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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.

Fayette bus drivers honored 5.13.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette school bus drivers are recognized this week during National Transportation Week.

“These are the people who get up extra early in the morning and inspect their vehicles before they start picking up students,” said administrative assistant Molly Graf. “We appreciate their willingness to take classes yearly and stay current on the laws and take an extended class they are required to attend every six years.”

Fayette’s bus drivers are Ryan Eberly, Carolee Hartman, Ivy Kunkle and Cheryl Shaffer. The van driver is  Wendi Wyatt.

Substitute bus drivers are Steve Hartman, LaWonda Keefer, Rodney Kessler, Jon Rupp and Rod Sommers.  Chris Hylander is the substitute van driver.

Drivers participate in the School Bus Road-e-o, a competition between drivers around the state to test skill levels. They have done well and plan to enter again this year.

According to a state ranking, the Fayette district does an efficient job of transporting students.

The formula takes into consideration the number of buses and the number of students transported on a daily basis.  The state rewards those schools that do a good job. Fayette ranked eighth out of 602 school districts in the state.

Fayette’s transportation system has the lowest operating cost per mile in the county. The average state cost per mile to operate a bus is $4; Fayette’s cost $2.97.

The other six schools in Fulton County ranged from $3.02 to $5.43 per mile. These figures were provided from the State of Ohio for fiscal year 2007-08.  

Fayette has three bus routes in the morning and four in the afternoon. In addition, a full time van driver provides transportation for preschool and special needs students who attend other schools. Students are transported to seven other school districts on a daily basis, including Four County Career Center. 

Approximately 670 miles are traveled each day for 250 students.  Last year, more than 54,000 miles were covered in the regular routes and an additional 13,000 miles for athletic events and field trips.

• Two Fayette School District bus drivers scored top-20 finishes May 2 at the Northwest Region Bus Road-E-O at Evergreen High School.

The Northwest Region extends from Fostoria to Lima to the Indiana and Michigan lines. This year 68 bus drivers participated in an attempt to compete at the state level.

Fayette drivers Ryan Eberly placed  11th and Rod Sommers placed 20th.

The Road-E-O tests drivers on all skills pertaining to driving a school bus. The written portion of the test ranges from general knowledge and procedures to preparing for a bus trip.

That is followed by eight other categories behind the wheel, including time to complete the course, turn-around, railroad crossings, student loading and unloading, offset street, etc.

The state highly encourages schools to participate and test the skills of their drivers.

Other Fulton County schools participating this year were Archbold, Evergreen, Delta and Wauseon. 

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