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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's Habitat for Humanity project nearing the end 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Marie Double of Delta remembers the day she spoke with a friend at church.

“She had just gotten a Habitat house and she said we should apply,” Marie said.

Marie and her husband, Scott, made their application with Fulton County’s Habitat for Humanity agency and they were chosen as a candidate family.

Habitat representatives visited the family and the Doubles were soon designated for a future building project.

That project is now almost in the past. The Doubles expect to move into their new Fayette home by Thanksgiving.

“Our goal was to have them in for the holidays,” said Fulton Habitat director Kristene Clark. “They might not be all settled in by Thanksgiving, but they should be living there.”

At a work session Saturday, a crew of volunteers was busy hanging drywall and the dusty house looked far from completion.

“Once we get past the drywalling stage, it goes fast,” Clark said. “You’d be surprised.”

As soon as the drywall finishers complete their job, the paint crew will get busy. As soon as that group finishes a room, the floor covering squad will follow closely behind.

Bob “the Builder” Sauder—the supervisor of the Fayette project—said the project is close to being on track and he expects the Doubles to be moved in by Thanksgiving.

That sounds good to Marie, and she’s delighted to be moving to Fayette.

“Actually that was our first choice,” she said. “We wanted something more rural.”

The location on the south edge of the community fulfills that desire.

The Doubles worked the required 250 hours on a Habitat build in Wauseon last summer and easily surpassed the minimum 50 hours on their own house.

“We’d like to get involved in more when we’re done here,” she said.

They aim to keep working because they enjoy spending time with the friendly people who volunteer with Habitat.

Their son, Daniel, 12, worked Saturday attaching drywall, but their five-year-old daughter, Salena, is too young for the work site. Soon they will all be sharing the house together.

The word “house” has a special appeal to Marie. She’s spent her entire life in apartments and trailers.

“This is my first house,” she said.

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