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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.

Fulton County Fair lineup announced 7.15.09

Written by David Green.

The 152nd edition of the Fulton County Fair, slated Sept. 4-10, features everything from top-name entertainment to farm-favorite competitions and displays.

On Labor Day Sept. 7, the Charlie Daniels Band will take to the Grandstand stage for an evening of down-home music the entire family can enjoy.

Best known for hits such as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Uneasy Rider,” and “The South’s Gonna Do It,” Charlie Daniels celebrated 50 years in entertainment in 2008 and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. The Grammy winner has released 51 albums during his career.

Also appearing Monday night are the Oak Ridge Boys, whose trademark four-part harmony and upbeat songs such as “Elvira,“ “Bobbie Sue,“ “Dream On,” and “American Made” have made them one of the most recognized and honored vocal groups in country music history. The Oak Ridge Boys are multiple Grammy and Dove Award winners.

Fans of Southern boogie, blues-rock, and arena-rock won’t want to miss the Fair’s Sept. 6 concert featuring the legendary group .38 Special.

Founded nearly 30 years ago, .38 Special has released 15 albums featuring hits such as “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Caught Up in You,” “Hold on Loosely,” “If I'd Been the One,” and “Rockin’ into the Night.”

Back by popular demand, the Van-Dells will perform in a free South-Stage concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

In addition, the 152nd Fulton County Fair will feature tractor pulls, the Rough Truck Challenge, Clashing Combines, demolition derbies, harness racing with pari-mutuel wagering, and the Golden Wedding Party.

Returning to this year’s fair through Tuesday will be an eight-horse hitch, All-Star Farms Percherons.

Reserved tickets are on sale now and can be ordered online at www.fultoncountyfair.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 419/335-7469 or, by visiting the ticket office.

Electric camp sites are booked, however, non-electric sites are still available. To reserve a space call the fair secretary at 419/335-6006.

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