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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 Athletic Boosters discuss sports fields 7.22.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Fayette Athletic Boosters know they’re tens of thousands of dollars away from obtaining athletic fields at the new school, but that’s not stopping the group from planning for the future.

The Boosters met July 15 with Andrew Wright of the Buehrer Group design firm to begin planning for ball fields and a running track.

Wright presented a proposed layout for facilities on land east of the school and he gave some rough estimates of costs.

Wright said his firm has recently completed athletic field work and he based estimates on those projects.

An all-surface running track could cost $176,000 for a six-lane layout and $221,000 for eight lanes. Those prices don’t include field event layout.

Baseball and softball fields could cost about $42,000, not including fencing and dugouts. He placed fencing costs $18 a linear foot.

Wright’s estimates do not include grading of the property, which he pegged at $40,000, and other miscellaneous costs such as drainage, electrical work connections to existing sewer lines and a concession stand.

Curt Fether of the Boosters noted the drawing for the baseball field was short of the state regulations for tournament play, but he said there appears to be room for modifications.

“If you’re planning for it, you might as well do it right,” he said.

Wright said the construction permit for the new school has not yet been closed, so work can proceed without the cost of obtaining additional permits.

Booster member Sarah Schrock asked if work could be done by volunteers. Other than design work, Wright said, volunteers could participate throughout the project.

Schrock said the Boosters have received several commitments for materials, but nothing specific can be arranged until the exact needs are known.

She said discussions among Boosters members have suggested grading the property and installing drainage tiles, then roughing in practice areas. The facility would be finished as funds became available.

A benefit to that approach, said teacher and coach Ryan Colegrove, is that it should be easier to raise funds when there’s something to see, such as a stone track that could later serve as a base for the finished track.

The Boosters have $25,000 in a new track fund and an additional $20,000 in the general fund, part of which could be used for facilities.

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