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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.

Jeff Shadbolt competes in his first PBA event 5.13.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci bowler Jeff Shadbolt placed the highest among Lenawee Country participants last month in the third annual Adrian Open. The event marked Shadbolt’s first competition as a member of the Professional Bowler’s Association (PBA).

Lenawee Recreation was the host site for the annual event honoring national touring competitor Mike Koivuniemi.

Koivuniemi, ranked 49th in the PBA list of the 50 best bowlers of all time, competed in the Adrian event April 17-19 along with several other national touring players.

“It was pretty neat,” Shadbolt said, and it was also a little intimidating going up against Koivuniemi. “I had to compete against some of the guys you see on TV. I just wanted to be competitive.”

He accomplished that, placing 33rd among 82 entries with an eight-game total of 1,705 and a 213 average.

“I was just 20 pins out of the money,” Shadbolt said.

He’s had some help from other area PBA members he knows, and he ended up beating the one who has given him the most assistance.

Other county entries were Derek Hively, Matt Richard, Darrin Griewahn and Jim Hennessey.

Shadbolt recorded a 216 average in Morenci this year, good enough for the second best standing in 50 years of Mor-N-C Lanes history.

He submitted his statistics with an application to the PBA and was given membership. That gives him the opportunity to enter the qualifying round of PBA events, but he expects to mostly compete in the central region, where many of the events are in Ohio and southern Michigan.

Regional events are scheduled during the summer; national competition takes place in the winter.

Shadbolt figures he started bowling when he was a preschooler as he followed his father, Ken, to the bowling alley. He gave it up for a few years, then started in again when he was in middle school. He hasn’t stopped since.

Now he’s making PBA participation a family tradition, following his father as a qualifying member of the national organization.

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