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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.

Morenci pitching machine team wins twice 7.22.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s “most coachable kids” pleased their coaches Saturday with a second tournament championship.

The seven- and eight-year-old pitching  machine league all-stars won the Sand Creek tournament Saturday after winning the Hudson tournament the previous weekend.

“They’re very coachable kids,” said Billy Williams, one of three all-star coaches. “They listen really well and they’re just doing 100 percent of what you tell them. They’re the most coachable kids I’ve ever seen.”

Morenci was slow to get going at the Hudson tournament and trailed by seven runs in the last inning in the opening game against Sand Creek.

It was the bottom of the batting order that finally got the team going. The remainder of the squad responded and Morenci won 13-12.

After that, Hudson fell in a pair of five-inning mercy losses.

“The defense was unbelievable,” Coach Williams said. “They play as a team so well.”

Daelyn Merillat and Mason Williams combined for a pair of double plays.

At Sand Creek, Morenci opened with a 15-7 win against Onsted, then dropped Hudson in a mercy-shortened game.

In the final, Morenci scored the six-run limit in both of the first two innings en route to a 27-7 five-inning game against Sand Creek.

Merillat made an unassisted double play and C.J. Miller ended the third inning on a running catch deep in the outfield.

Morenci will end the season at home Aug. 1 in an eight-team tournament at Wakefield Park.

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