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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Isobar's weather report 3.4.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Even George Isobar did a double take when he looked at the weather summary for last month.

“The average temperature was above average,” he said. “All I can remember is lots of cold weather.”

The weather data collected at Toledo’s National Weather Service office shows the average for February came out 1.6° above normal. It’s true, Isobar said, that there were some unusually cold days last month—and the chill continued into March—but that just makes it easy to overlook the warmer days.

“There were two days early in the month where it was 19 and 21° below normal for that time of year,” he said, “and there was a string of six below-average days later in the month.”

The final day of February was 11° below and conditions stayed frigid in March.

“But if you look back to March 10, we had a balmy high temperature of 57° and 56° the next day,” Isobar said. “We had 13 days in a row where the daily high temperature rose above freezing.”

Despite the above-average figure for the month, there were six single-digit days, including the low of -7° on Feb. 5.

Melted precipitation in Morenci came in a little above average at 2.33 inches, showing that this area missed much heavier rain that fell in the Toledo area.

“They ended the month with 3.72 inches,” Isobar said. “When we had a little more than an inch Feb. 11, about two and a half inches fell there.”

Snowfall totaled just 4.6 inches, despite starting out the month with 10 inches on the ground. There were still two inches on the morning of Feb. 12, but that nearly disappeared as the day wore on.

The average snowfall for February stands at about 8.1 inches after last year’s record-setting snow.

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