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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.

Church news 4.8.09

Written by David Green.

CROSS WALK: When Our Lady of Mercy church members gather this week for their annual Good Friday cross walk, they won’t face quite the same rigors as last year.

In 2008, nearly 20 people joined in the walk from the south shelter at Harrison Lake State Park into Fayette in the midst of the season’s biggest snowstorm.

It might be raining this time around, but snow isn’t in the forecast.

There are usually about 30 people who make the five-mile “Walk for Life.” Participants can take a turn carrying the large cross made by Ron Eisel. The group stops at the home of Willie and Lucy Rodriguez for a lenten lunch along the way. Food is donated by parishioners.

Members of the church youth group organize the event, and they make up the bulk of the walkers, but everyone is invited to join in and reflect during their time on the road.

“We walk as a sign of respect for life and for the One who gave us life,” said church youth leader Anita Van Zile.

She’ll miss this year’s walk since she will be on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic. Eisel will be in charge of the event, which begins at 11 a.m. on Good Friday.


MORENCI SERVICE: The Morenci Ministerial Association will sponsor two Good Friday services this year.

A service is planned at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, located at the corner of N. Summit and Locust streets. A second service is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, located at the corner of N. Summit and Coomer streets. Both services are open to the public.

Proceeds from offerings at both services will benefit the Morenci Ministerial Association Food Pantry.


MEDINA EGG HUNT: Easter eggs by the thousands await young hunters Saturday at the Medina Federated Church annual egg hunt.

Thousands of candy-filled eggs will be ready for children age 12 and under. The hunt begins at 1 p.m. Easter baskets will also be given away and the public is invited to join in.

In addition to the egg hunt and refreshments, special guest Jim Barron—a gospel illusionist from WBCL—will perform for children.

The Medina Federated Church is located at 12603 Medina Rd. in Medina.


CLAYTON SERVICES: The Clayton United Methodist Church choir will perform the cantata, “Grace That Amazes,” at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 9, at the church. The public is invited to join in this Holy Week celebration of word and song.

An Easter sunrise service is scheduled at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, with the theme, “What puzzles you about Easter?”

Many people have questions regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and those questions will be addressed during the sermon. A time of worship and singing is also planned.

The Clayton United Methodist Church women’s group will serve breakfast following the service.

The public is welcome to attend.

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