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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.

Alex Craig earns State Degree from FFA 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

alexcraig.ffa.jpgThree Morenci FFA members earned awards at the state convention last month.

Alex Craig earned his State FFA Degree. David and Daniel Stutzman were members of award-winning teams in state competition.

All three are FFA members through the LISD chapter.

Craig was one of nine county students to earn a State FFA Degree. Others were Beth Mills, Rachel Travoni, Rachel Lewis, Amanda Foster, Alicia Rellow, Jacob Carpenter, Eric Keller and Mike Nicolos.

The award is based on successful work in a Supervised Agricultural Experience that includes an investment of at least $2,000 or 500 hours of work. Candidates must also demonstrate leadership ability, plan and complete chapter activities, participate in five activities above the chapter level and serve as a chapter officer. Craig is this year’s chapter president.

Craig intends to study diesel mechanics at Owens Tech following high school, while maintaining a 1,200 head hog operation through Archbold Elevator.

David Stutzman joined Beth Mills, Rachel Travoni, Bryce Downard and Megan Curtis on the Ag Issues team and earned a silver award. The group staged a reënactment of the old TV show “Crossfire” in which they debated the use of corn for fuel or for food.

 Daniel Stutzman joined Jacob Halsey, Shanon Brown, Allison Pate, Amy Welke, Cortland Bowles and John Wielfaert on the Greenhand Conduct of Meetings team and the group was awarded a silver award.

 David Stutzman also received the Outstanding Junior Award, along with Bryce Downard, Veronica  Townsend, Arnold Gust and Alex Mahrle. The award is based on their Supervised Agriculture Experience, grades and FFA participation.

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