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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.

Neal Singles 5K results 2009.09.23

Written by David Green.

A record number of 5K runners participated in the fourth annual Neal V. Singles Memorial Run Sunday in Morenci.

Despite the absence of several veterans of past runs unable to attend this year’s event, the 325 runners topped the tally from previous years.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have dedicated sponsors and volunteers that have supported us every year, as well as new people who offered their help for the event,” said Jackie Schaffner, who coordinates the annual fund raiser with Heather Walker.

Proceeds from the event go to a scholarship fund named in honor of the late Morenci school administrator, Neal Singles.

Morenci Education Foundation director Bill Van Valkenburg expected to see a profit of between $2,000 and $2,500—a significant drop from previous years in a stronger economy.

“Jackie and I were both really pleased with how easy the event was to organize this year,” Walker said. “With a few exceptions, most of our volunteers have been with us since the beginning, which makes it much easier to plan. The volunteers know their jobs and they handle them without much help at all. It's great.”

Walker noticed a change in participation over the years.

“The first year we had many, many one-mile walkers—more than runners in the 5K. As the years have passed, the event has shifted to more of a traditional 5K, with more runners and fewer one-milers,” she said. “I assume it’s because the commemorative spirit of honoring Neal carried us the first few years and now word of the event being a well-organized 5K has gotten out to more runners, so we're seeing an increase in those numbers.”

Dominique Miller of Tecumseh repeated as the top female runner with a time of 19:40, and that was good for eighth overall. Tom Romanowski of Hudson took the overall title at 16:52. He competes in the 35 to 39 age group and Miller is in the 19 to 24 group.

Males

11 and under—Cameron Fee, 23:45; Zane Woerner, 26:37.07; Ian Pizzo, 26:37.59.

12 to 14—Jake Spaulding, 20:22; Luke Spaulding, 20:25; Reagan Stowell, 23:01.

15 to 18—Aaron Mountain, 18:39; Jacob Halsey, 18:58; Micah Gillen, 19:00.

19 to 24—Eric Lutton, 17:59; Ben Bloom, 19:09; Eric Momyer, 20:24.

25 to 29—Jason Whitcomb, 22:44; Brandon Donahue, 23:52; Shane Morse, 29:32.

35 to 39—Josh Donnelly, 19:54; Matt Rupp, 21:44; John Rorick, 22:29.

40 to 44—Keith Stowell, 21:33; Jun Tsuji, 25:34; T.G. Cook, 28:32.

45 to 49—Timothy Speed, 23:02; Orrin Whitcomb, 32:55.

50 to 54—Dave Barrett, 20:49; Domingo Valdez, 26:34; Jim Singles, 32:51.

60 to 69—Ron Carpenter, 20:28; Rich Wilkins, 23:03; Larry McCaskey, 23:46.

70 and older—Everett Luoma, 31:21; Bernie Marvin, 31:46; Earl Woerner, 38:40.

Females

11 and under—Darian Double, 27:17.4; Bailee Dominique, 27:17.93.

12 to 14—Madison Gleckler, 24:56; Taylor Baugh, 32:06; Mary Margaret Hollstein, 38:36.

15 to 18—Kyla Goetz, 24:21; Sylvia Fisher, 25:54; Mercedez McCaskey, 26:00.

19 to 24—Christina Lapidus, 27:03; Taryn Donahue, 27:16; Kristyn Olszewski, 27:48.

25 to 29—Kristy Castillo, 25:01; Kendra Rodriguez, 25:26; Carmen Ely, 27:30.

30 to 34—Andi Rorick, 25:54; Kirsten Cook, 28:33; Katie Frank, 31:59.

35 to 39—Mindy Goetz, 23:14; Denise Dashner, 23:29; Shanda Borck, 24:22.

40 to 44—Karen Donahue, 23:04; Jean Blankenship, 26:10; Tina Double, 26:43.

45 to 49—Kym Ries, 30:38.

50 to 54—Jo Essenmacher, 24:49; Cheryl Stromski, 29:14; Kathie Brock, 30:54.

55 to 59—Linda Dusseau, 41:12.

60 to 69—Mary Steinhauser, 30:56; Theresa Marvin, 38:40; Diana Rupp, 42:28.

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