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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 school board 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Spring season coaches were hired last week by the Fayette Board of Education and contracts were extended for the superintendent and treasurer.

Baseball will make a return this year, with Bruce Miller serving as head coach and Nick Ramos as a volunteer assistant.

Sarah Skolmowski returns as softball coach and Pam Wise will serve as co-coach.

Ryan Colegrove will serve as varsity track coach, assisted by Bryan Stambaugh. Andy Van Zile will lead the junior high teams, assisted by Paula Stambaugh.

Superintendent Russell Griggs received a two-year contract extension through July 31, 2012, with no salary change. Griggs serves on a part-time basis and his contract is set for 130 days for the next school year and 120 days for the following year.

Treasurer Kelly Bentley was given a four-year contract through July 31, 2014, with no salary change.

The board met in a closed session for nearly two hours to discuss contracts, including a pact with the teachers.

CALENDAR—The board approved the teachers’ choice for the 2010-2011 school calendar. The first day of classes is Aug. 25 and the final day is May 27.

Students will receive one day off after Labor Day; the entire week off for a Thanksgiving break (along with parent-teacher conferences); and Christmas Break from Dec. 23-31.

PARK—The school will pay the village $3,500 for use and preparation of the two ball diamonds in the village park. This is an increase of $500 because both diamonds will be needed.

WORKBOOK—Workbook fees will remain the same for the next school year at $45 a student.

INTERNET—A three-year contract was approved for internet access through the Northern Buckeye Education Council.

NOESC—The school will pay the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center $201,816 for services for the next school year.

DONATIONS—The Fulton County Pork Producers gave the district $300 for agricultural education and the Fayette Athletic Boosters bought a weight vest, sand bags, suspension and resistor for $738.

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