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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.

George Isobar looks at November weather 12.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You don’t need the white stuff to know that winter is here. After a morning low Saturday of 11° and Sunday of 12°, it’s an obvious fact that autumn has come to an end.

“The temperature stayed below freezing on both of those days,” said local weather observer George Isobar, “and was barely above on Monday.”

That’s when this area finally received its first coating of snow, although it didn’t amount to much. There was barely a trace to be seen Tuesday morning.

“Already December has shown a big contrast to November,” Isobar said. “We had several mornings in the upper 20s, but the daytime highs always made it into the 40s and usually 50s and 60s.”

According to the National Weather Service office in Toledo, the average temperature for the month came in at 4.5° above normal.

The high temperature of 69 was recorded Nov. 8 and the low of 23 came on the 28th. In between were a lot of comfortable fall days—many without a cloud in sight.

“The was one of the driest Novembers on record,” Isobar said. “We ended up with 1.16 inches.”

One of those rains—the storm on Nov. 10—was accompanied by a little thunder. Only a few flakes of snow were observed and no freezing rain occurred.

“It was just a really comfortable month, weatherwise,” Isobar said.

DECEMBER—That won’t be what people are saying Wednesday morning if predictions of snow and sleet come true. Locations to the west and north have had plenty of winter weather already, but the storm forecast for Tuesday night would be the first for this region.

The 30-year span for December shows an average of about nine inches of snow for the month, ranging from just a trace in 2001 to more than 28 inches in 2000.

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