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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.

November election results 11.11.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s only contested contest didn’t favor the write-in candidate.
Council member Keith Pennington was on the ballot for the office of mayor and he garnered 160 votes in the low turn-out election Nov. 3. Former council member Jason Bryant ran as a write-in candidate and collected only 34 votes.
In uncontested council races, Jason Cook held on to his seat with 166 votes, Tracy Schell with 159 votes, and Greg Braun with 156 votes.
New-comer Joseph Varga was also given 156 votes.
The nearly uncontested election with no state and local issues drew only about 11 percent of the city’s registered voters.

FAYETTE–The Fayette village council has three new members and one appointed councilor will continue serving.

Paula Ferguson netted the most votes in the Nov. 3 election with 222. She’ll be joined by two other newcomers, Rodney Kessler (208) and Thomas V. Molitierno (163). Julia Ruger, who was appointed to council earlier this year, netted 187 votes.

Incumbent Ken Delphous will leave council at the end of the year after receiving only 85 votes. Eugene Rosinski was also on the ballot and polled 90 votes.

Ruth Marlatt was the only candidate for mayor and she received 214 votes.

Thirty-five percent of Fayette’s registered voters (283 of 810) participated in the election.

SCHOOL BOARD—Incumbent Deb Leininger (586) was the only candidate running in the Fayette Board of Education election. Board members will have to appoint one additional member to join the board in January.

GORHAM—Newcomer Trevor Hibbard netted the most votes in the Gorham Township trustee election. Hibbard was given 344 votes. Incumbent William McKinney retained his seat with 288 votes.

Unsuccessful candidates were Brian Keefer (261) and Matt Lumbrezer (113).

FRANKLIN—Jon Rupp (174) and Keith Buehrer (154) ran unopposed for Franklin Township trustees, where 45 percent of registered voters went to the polls.

CHESTERFIELD—James Stubbins (213) and Paul Holman (203) ran unopposed in Chesterfield Township. Clark Emmons will continue to fill an unexpired seat after defeating Paul Johnston, 211-99. Forty-five percent of the electorate voted.

LYONS—Andrea Gleckler (114), John O’Neil (107) and Julie Fenicle (89) were the clear winners in the Lyons village council race, but John Arquette and Ty Walker each ended up with 82 votes for the fourth seat.

If the tie still exists after the ballots are certified by the county board of elections, a coin toss will determine whether Arquette or Walker will serve.

Unsuccessful candidates were Dale Hallett (75), Joan Klier (70), Lee Patterson (29) and Amanda Winters (29).

Lyons had a 46 percent voter turnout.

ROYALTON—Steven Gillespie netted 379 votes in the Royalton trustee election and Ronald Lumbrezer finished with 324. The two were unopposed.

EVERGREEN—Gary Pennington led the way in the Evergreen Board of Education election with 1,183 votes. Julie Carter received 1,072 and Gregory Creque netted 1,036. Forty-three percent of registered voters participated.

ISSUES: Fulton County voters approved the issue for veterans compensation, 68-32 percent.

Issue 2 to create a livestock care board was favored 75-25 percent. Residents voted against the casino issue, 59-41 percent.

All three issues were approved statewide.

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