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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.

Seneca Twp. board votes to enforce permit 2009.09.30

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township board members voted 3-2 Sept. 14 to enforce a special use permit for a child care center.

Allison Ott, Marie Meinke and Don  Emmons voted in favor of enforcing the permit, while John Gould and Chris White were opposed.

A special use permit was approved by the planning commission Aug. 3 for Dayna Cordts to operate a child care facility in an area zoned for residential use.

The permit requires the erection of a fence around a 5,000 square foot area. If Cordts does not comply, the situation will be reported to state child care licensing officials.

Cordts said later she will continue fighting the requirement since the township zoning ordinances don’t mention the word fence for child care facilities. The requirement calls for the property to be “screened” from adjacent lots.

TAX COLLECTION—Board members learned that Sand Creek Telephone Company will provide a temporary DLS internet connection at the township hall from Dec. 1 to March 31 for tax collection and for the board of review.

In the past, tax payments have been received at the treasurer’s home. With the DSL line at the township hall, the treasurer will be able to connect with the county’s tax records. Use of the county system now mandated, Ott said.

The connection will allow the treasurer, Meinke, to see what is owed, record payments and give receipts—all instantly recorded on the county database.

Tax collections at the township hall are scheduled from Dec. 26 to Feb. 16. Additional dates will be determined.

PLANNERS—White and planning commission member John Martinez were to attend a zoning workshop Sept. 23, presented by the Region 2 Planning Commission.

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