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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 04.28.10

Written by David Green.

Fayette Board of Education members met for a special session Monday morning to take care of a real estate issue and to hire a new girls basketball coach.

The former school property on Eagle Street is now officially owned by DH Holdings, the company charged with the clean-up of contamination from the former Fayette Tubular Products factory.

Fulton County prosecuting attorney Scott Haselman guided the board through the details of the property transfer. The school received $1,000 for the sale of the property.

When the school board received a $3.9 million settlement from DH Holdings in March 2007, the pact called for demolition of the old school buildings and for the school property to remain an undeveloped green zone.

In addition, DH was given the first right to purchase the property within a year following demolition.

Village officials are still seeking clarification from DH on the use of the parking area now owned by the company. Only a narrow strip of the parking lot north of the ball fields is owned by the village. In the past, the school parking area was used by ball fans and for special events such as the Bullthistle Festival.

COACH—Tim Nicely of Ayersville was hired to serve as Fayette’s girls basketball coach following the resignation of Ashley Oyer.

Nicely has served as Ayersville’s junior varsity girls coach for 15 years. He’s also coached the girls freshman team, the eighth grade boys team and the freshmen boys team.

Nicely and his wife are the parents of two children.

CONTRACTS—Negotiated agreements were approved for certified and classified staff for one year.

Contracts for both groups show no increase in salary, said superintendent Russell Griggs.

“Both employee organizations realize the current economic situation is not conducive for staff pay increases,” Griggs said. “The uncertainty in future state and federal funding is reason enough for fiscal caution at this time.

“The community is facing tough times and the school district needs to control expenditures in a period of declining revenues.”

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