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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 school board 8.19.09

Written by David Green.

Several Fayette students will soon be riding in a brand new school bus.

Board members voted Monday at the regular August meeting to accept a four-year lease/purchase with Blue Bird Financial Services for an 84-passenger bus. Delivery is expected by the end of the month.

The purchase price of the bus is $77,447.

There are currently no plans to trade in the district’s oldest bus, said treasurer Kelly Bentley.

Several personnel matters were approved by the board.

Cinda Metcalf was approved as a substitute teacher and Chris Hylander was approved as a substitute van driver.

Seven staff members were listed as certified to drive the school van, providing the annual requirements are met: Todd Mitchell, Molly Graf, Ryan Colegrove, Geoff Gilmore, Brad Raby, Pam Wise and Laura Leininger.

Seven people were listed as substitute bus drivers: Russ Griggs, Rodney Kessler, Steve Hartman, Jon Rupp, LaWonda Keefer, Rod Sommers and Doris Cuff.

Custodial substitutes are Diane Reinking, Wendi Wyatt, Ryan Eberly, Janie Keefer, Doris Cuff and Lisa Rodriguez.

Classified substitutes include study hall monitors Paula Ferguson and Eloise Wyse; secretaries Paula Ferguson, Chris Hylander, Lynette Smith, Michelle Pilbeam and Eloise Wyse; and cafeteria workers Lynette Smith, Kelly Willeman, Diane Reinking, Ryan Eberly, Dana Hanna, Lisa Rodriquez, Michelle Pilbeam, Eloise Wyse, Doris Cuff and Velvet Randall.

ADVISORS—Board members approved paid advisory positions for the 2009-10 school year.

Class of 2010, Kristina Newman and Laura Leininger; Class of 2011, Ryan Colegrove and Rebecca Nelson; Class of 2012, John Keys and Kelly Barkhimer. Instrumental music, John Keys; Vocal music, Kelly Barkhimer; Yearbook, Ryan Colegrove; National Honor Society, Laura Leininger; Art Club, Ryan Colegrove; Quiz Team, Laura Leininger;

Language Club, Alysa Short; Science Club, Kristina Newman; LPDC Chairperson, Suzette Boesger; Prom directors, Kelly Barkhimer and John Keys; Student Council (HS), Sarah Altsteatter; and Student Council (ES), Carrie Ueberroth.

Non-paid advisory positions approved were Class of 2013, Suzette Boesger and Sheila Killam; Class of 2014, Sarah Altstaetter and Barb Bruggeman; Class of 2015, Karen Brown and Sarah Skolmowski.

CREDIT CARD—The board voted to replace three current credit cards and consolidate spending with a single  business credit card through State Bank & Trust. The card will have a $10,000 limit.

NURSE—The board approved an agreement with the Fulton County Health Department for part-time school nurse services. The contract calls for the same level of services at the same cost as last year.

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