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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Fayette grads announce future plans 6.3.09

Written by David Green.

Diplomas were awarded to 28 members of the Fayette Class of 2009 at Commencement services Sunday.

More than $230,000 in scholarships was awarded to the new graduates. Following are college choices and scholarships awarded.

Sullivan University:

Joseph Alvarez

Melinda Wyse

University of Toledo:

Trisha Bates—Jack R. Gleason Memorial Scholarship, Rocket Scholar Award, Fayette Area Foundation Scholarship.

Cody Brown

Dakota Shay—Rocket Scholar Award.

Danielle Wyse—Fayette Area Foundation Scholarship, Rocket Scholar Award.

Defiance College:

Mary Kate Borer—Defiance College Scholarship.

Ohio University:

Caleb Brinegar—Ohio University ROTC Scholarship.

Ohio State University:

Shelby Franks—GFTA Scholarship, Shane Kunkle Memorial Scholarship.

Austin Hylander—GFTA Scholarship, Fayette Athletic Boosters Scholarship.

Hannah Schrock—Fayette Athletic Boosters Scholarship, Franklin B. Walter Scholarship, the Ohio State University Scholarship.

Brittany Seiler—Lions Club Scholarship, William K. Humbert Scholarship, the Ohio State University Scholarship.

Kalley Martin (ATI 1)

Parker Stockburger (AT1)

Columbus College of Art and Design

Alexandria Goeltzenleuchter—Columbus College of Art and Design Scholarship.

Northwest State Community College:

Jessica Goodson

Benjamin Kovar—Fayette Area Foundation Scholarship.

Ashley McNamara

Kent State University:

Logan Keefer—Kent State University Scholarship.

Owens Community College:

Eliott Richardson

Chelsea Mynhier

Shenae Nuoffer

Mercy College:

Mara Raker—Lions Club Scholarship, Mercy College Scholarship.

Graduates who plan to attend college but have not decided where are Miranda Bible, Jennifer Moore and Rebbecca Stites.

Other graduates are Benjamin Arreguin and Coty Griffiths.

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