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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.

Large cuts proposed for Ohio libraries 6.24.09

Written by David Green.

Ohio librarians received the bad news Monday that proposed cuts in state funding threatens libraries throughout the state.

Governor Ted Strickland announced Friday that cuts to the state library fund that outpace relative reductions in other state programs.

Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library director Susan Stuckey urges patrons to contact their state representatives and the governor to express their opinion on the issue. E-mail message can be sent by looking for a link at the library’s website at http://library.norweld.lib.oh.us/fayette.

“We are going to be doing everything we can so this does not pass,” Stuckey said.

The governor is attempting to close a $3.2 billion cash shortfall by the end of the fiscal year next week by what he calls resizing state government in line with the shrinking economy.

According to an analysis by the Ohio Library Council, the cuts would reduce library funding by at least 47 percent in fiscal year 2010 and 45 percent in year 2011, compared to 2008 disbursement.

By contrast, state revenue will fall 18 percent and 16 percent in those two years.

The proposed reductions are expected to force the closure of many libraries in the state and bring severe cuts in services to many others. Libraries have already been forced to make cuts due to dwindling state funds.

The cuts are coming when libraries are facing unprecedented increases in the demand for services, according to Ohio Library Council (OLC).

“In every community throughout the state, Ohioans are turning to their public libraries for free high-speed internet to access information on employment opportunities,” said Mackenzie Betts of the OLC. “Children and teens are beginning summer reading programs and people of all ages are turning to the library for information and education.”

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