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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 Township board 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

The Seneca Township board voted Feb. 8 to send three residents to educational sessions.

Planning commission member John Martinez will attend a Citizen Planner Workshop at a cost of $350. The workshop teaches fundamentals of planning and zoning.

Rich Simpkins and Bob Walton attended a board of review school Feb. 12, at a cost of $10 each.

The March board of review is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and and 1 to 4 p.m. March 8, and 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. March 9.

Walton was re-appointed to a two-year term on the planning commission and Scott Zuvers to a one-year term.

Simpkins was appointed to the board of review, with Burdette Bovee named an alternate.

Lori Drogowski was re-appointed as the township representative to the Morenci Area EMS board.

Construction board of appeals appointments will be made in the future.

REFUND—The board voted 4-1 to deny a request by Dayna Cordts for reimbursement of a special use permit ($250) and for attorney fees ($300). Township supervisor John Gould cast the “no” vote.

TRASH COLLECTION—Gould will call Allied Waste to obtain information about another option for garbage collection. Residents could buy tags and place them on garbage bags, using them only as needed. Allied would collect trash on a weekly basis, but residents would pay only for their tagged bags rather than a set monthly fee.

Gould said there’s a concern about the availability of tags since the township hall isn’t open on a regular basis. The board will continue discussion on the issue.

Gould will also inquire about the annual spring clean-up that he expects to be scheduled in April.

INSPECTION—Gould and building inspector Kevin Arquette were to inspect Sharon King’s property for an occupancy permit Feb. 11. Gould said later the permit was approved.

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