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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 FFA 02.17.2010

Written by David Green.

Fayette FFA members have placed high in several competitions in the current school year.

The rural soil judging team of Raven Joughin, MacKenzie Fruchey, Reba Rash and Jerry Minzey placed first in district competition and advanced to the state contest. Others participating in soil judging were Darrell Randall, Nathan Seiler, Sarah Kovar and Taylor Curry.

Ten members of the parliamentary procedure team—Noelle Goodson, Amanda Gilmore, Jacy Lewellen, Cady Stockburger, Sydney Brown, Jessie Torres, Clay Burkholder, Jake West, Sarah Kovar, Darrell Randall and Reba Rash—placed first in the county contest and third in the district contest, just short of becoming state qualifiers.

Fayette placed fourth in the district dairy judging and dairy foods contest. Competitors scored a cow class, a heifer class and a linear class, and placed animals based on pedigree and sire characteristics. Quintin Keefer placed 10th individually.

Reba Rash placed first in Div. II of the district job interview competition and she will advance to the state level in March.

In the county competition, Rash was joined by Amanda Gilmore in Div. II. Alec Hylander and Patrick Mellott competed in Div. I; Taylor Curry and Chase Hookstadt competed in Div. III; Jacy Lewellen and Heather Cuff competed in Div. 4.

Nine first-year members attended Greenhand Camp: Cole Burkholder, Alec Hylander, Zayne Colegrove, Ruben Rodriguez, Allison Cuff, Cady Stockburger, Noelle Goodson, MiKayla Phillips and Patrick Mellott.

Fayette was the host site for the Fulton County Chapter Degree Ceremonies, recognizing second-year FFA members of Pettisville, Wauseon, Archbold, Evergreen and Fayette. Eighty-three county FFA members received their degree and heard remarks from State FFA President Jeremy Grove.

Fayette members are preparing for the annual FFA Week activities that begin Feb.  25, with hat day. That will be followed by twin day, class color day or official dress day, then duct tape day and final spirit day on Feb. 29, when the Ag. Olympics will take place.

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