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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.

4-H members earn awards at Lenawee fair 8.12.09

Written by David Green.

Area 4-H club members earned an array of awards at the Lenawee County Fair.

Goats

• Candi Evers, Medina Pioneers, Grand Grand Champion Boer Meat, Best of Breed Reserve Champion Boer.

Beef

• Allison Hyder, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Maine Anjou, Champion Showman, Intermediate Beef Showmanship.

• Emily Kutzley, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Dairy Feeder.

• Jasmine Dillard, Medina Pioneers, Champion Market Holstein.

• Daniel Stutzman, State Line Hustlers, Grand Champion Feeder Calf, Reserve Champion Steer, Reserve Champion Beef Showman, Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Calf, Feeder Calf Showmanship Intermediate, Overall Reserve Champion Beef Showman, Reserve Champion Holstein.

• Nick Stutzman, State Line Hustlers, Grand Champion County Bred Steer.

• David Stutzman, State Line Hustlers, Reserve Champion Feeder Calf, Grand Champion Beef Feeder Calf–Lenawee Tech Center.

• Hayze Wolf, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Angus Heifer.

• Elizabeth Austin, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder.

Swine

• Hayze Wolf, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Market Hog, Grand Champion Barrow.

• Allison Hyder, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Individual Gilt, Reserve Champion Market Hog.

• Brianna Stone, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Individual Barrow.

• J.D. Waters, Medina Pioneers, Overall Champion Swine Showman.

Poultry

• Colt Campbell, Bits and Pieces, Champion Goose; Champion Breed Waterfowl; Reserve Champion Production; First in Class Meat Geese, First in Chicken Flying Contest, Grand Champion Large Fowl, Reserve Champion Large Fowl, Reserve Champion Goose, Reserve Champion Duck.

• Clayton Bachman, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Large Fowl.

• Harley Sneyd, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Large Fowl.

• Travis Zuvers, Bits and Pieces, Intermediate Showmanship second place.

• McKenzie Brown, Medina Pioneers, Intermediate Showmanship Champion; Overall Showmanship Champion; Reserve Champion AOV pigeon.

Static projects

• Emily Kutzley, Medina Pioneers, extra special honors, photography; special honors, photography.

• Matthew Wright, Medina Pioneers, special honors, power.

• Kelsey Bloomer, Medina Pioneers, special honors, arts.

• Cheyene Travioli, Dodge City Wranglers, special honors, food and nutrition.

• Taylor Baugh, State Line Hustlers, special honors, food and nutrition.

Jr. Livestock Club Displays

Sheep—Medina Pioneers, first place.

Beef—Medina Pioneers, second place.

Swine—State Line Hustlers, third place.

Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds)

Medina Pioneers—Dylan Amos,

Zachary Morse, Thomas Hodshire, Drake Eichler, Hunter Bowers, Jarrett Waters. Dodge City Wranglers—Larkyn Swimmer, MacKenzie Phillips. State Line Hustlers—Alexis Wheeler.

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