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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.

David Stutzman participates in livestock sale 07.21.10

Written by David Green.

A Morenci area youth participated in the second annual Michigan Livestock Expo “Sale-abration” auction Tuesday.

David Stutzman was selected to enter a showcase market steer weighing 1,360 pounds. Seven other steers will be offered in the beef sale, including Katie Geiman’s (Carleton) grand champion market steer.

Other sales will include swine, sheep, goats and dairy.

Among hundreds of entries, Stutzman was one of 28 youth contenders selected. Three additional dairy representatives were chosen later. The sale took place at the Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion auditorium.

Through a series of exhibition contests over the weekend, judges selected the finalists for the Sale-abration. The Great Lakes Grand Purebred and Crossbred market animals represent livestock that have been bred, born and raised in Michigan.

Youth typically apply earnings from the auction to their current or future college expenses and/or invest the money back into their youth livestock projects. Proceeds above a sales cap support the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships and educational awards to youths involved in livestock exhibition activities. Last year’s inaugural auction raised $100,600 thanks to purchases by more than 60 individual and collective buyers.

Bill Sheridan of the Mason-based Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. provided the auction services for the event.

Prior to the sale, competitors, buyers and special guests were treated to a private reception featuring a wide array of Michigan-produced food and beverages to further celebrate Michigan’s agriculture industry. 

The Michigan Livestock Expo caters to young people from across the state between the ages of 8 and 20, and is sponsored by a large group of agricultural supporters including the Michigan Farm Bureau, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, United Producers, Inc., Kalmbach Feeds, Varnum Law Firm, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and Michigan State University.

More information is available at www.milivestock.com. 

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