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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 village council 03.24.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A familiar face is back at the helm for Fayette’s parks program.

Scott Wagner was hired by council last Tuesday to serve as parks director. The park board will pay 25 percent of his salary, and Wagner is expected to devote about 25 percent of his time to park activities and the remainder to general village needs.

Wagner will document his park hours and it’s understood that certain times of the year will require more time with park business. In emergencies such as a water line break, Wagner would leave his park duties and join the village crew.

Earlier this year Wagner announced he didn’t want to return to the position, but the job was altered so his work would be completed during his regular daytime hours and avoid additional evening work. Wagner said that’s how the job was set up when he was first hired several years ago.

Colin Barnhiser was hired to work as an on-call mower, replacing a person who retired.

CONCESSION STAND—The Parents Support Group will operate the park concession stand and receive $2,000. The group annually raises funds for the sophomore class. Any profits beyond $2,000 will stay with the park board.

The park board initially recommended accepting an offer from Jo Wagner and Virginia White, but the two women rescinded their offer to run the stand once they learned the parent group was interested. The two women made their offer only to make sure the stand was staffed and in operation.

Councilor Julia Ruger stated that the director should be in place at the end of the season rather than wait until mid-March. Administrator Amy Metz apologized for the situation, acknowledging it’s her role to help administratively.

PARKING—Metz expressed her concern about parking near the ball diamonds now that DH Holdings bought the former school property. Metz thinks there’s only one row of parking that’s part of the village property.

She spoke with Camille Ajaka of Philips Services, the firm working on the cleanup of the contaminated factory site. He didn’t yet have an answer to her question about parking.

ALLEY—Council will consider making the alley behind Keifer’s Video store a one-way road. The traffic would flow east to prevent potential traffic and pedestrian hazards.

APPOINTMENTS—Council approved the appointment of Cinda Metcalf to the tree commission and Burt Blue to the zoning board.

POLICE—Council gave its approval to seek a $19,000 loan for the purchase a new Ford Explorer police cruiser to replace the Crown Victoria. There was already $5,500 set aside for a new vehicle and the village received a gift of $500 from the Fulton County United Veterans.

The Explorer is about $3,000 cheaper than a Crown Victoria, said chief Jason Simon, and is easier for loading prisoners. The vehicle also brings a higher resale value.

Council approved re-hiring Adam Berg as a part-time officer to cut down on Troy Stewart’s overtime while officer Chris Garcia is on leave.

BILLS—Metz reminded residents that utility bills may be paid in the village office using a credit or debit card. In addition, residents can fill out a form in the village office if they wish to have payment made automatically from their checking account.

CLOSED—Council met in a closed session for more than an hour to discuss a personnel issue.

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