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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 Fall Fest set 09.22.2010

Written by David Green.

There’s lots more than food at Saturday’s Fall Fest in Fayette, but that alone is more than enough reason to head downtown for the annual event.

Bakers can enter a pie or two in the pie baking contest—apple, pumpkin or pecan—and cooks can also participate in the new chili cook-off event.

Judging for the pies begins in the Opera House at 10:30 a.m. Entries will be sold at auction at 1 p.m. Chili cook-off entries are also due at 10:30.

One award will be given by a panel of judges and a people’s choice award will be given based on the votes of those attending the event.

By paying $5, explained Renée Bernheisel of the Fulton County Humane Society, a person can taste as many chili entries as desired and then vote on their favorite. A bowl of chili can be purchased by donation. Tasting is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Individuals or businesses are invited to enter the chili competition up until 10:30 a.m. Entries should be taken to the Opera House.

Food items for sale include Don Stiriz’s bean and ham soup, cooked outside in a brass kettle; the Lion’s Club milkshake stand; the fire department’s chicken barbecue; the Christian Church bake sale;  hamburgers and sausages from the Fayette Fine Arts group; hot dogs and brats from Kaiser’s Super Valu; baked potatoes from the Invisible Youth Network; soft ice cream from the Fulton County Humane Society; and cotton candy, popcorn and slushes from the festival committee.

If that’s not enough, there’s also a benefit bake sale for the Kellen Keiser family.

While you’re busy eating, walk along Main Street to look at the crafts and fall produce on sale, or watch some local residents get wet in the dunk tank.

A cornhole tournament gets underway at 10 a.m., and a chicken drop raffle begins at 2 p.m. Kids can paint pumpkins and take part in the Kiddleland games on the Village Green. They can also beg their parents for a dog or cat at the Humane Society pet adoption booth, then show off the new family member at 4 p.m. during the pet parade.

A resource fair is scheduled to provide information about home weatherization. There’s also a quilt raffle and a merchant basket raffle, and a softball tournament will be played at the park.

If that’s not enough to do, there’s also entertainment scheduled throughout the busy day. Wonda Biner presents karaoke from 10 a.m. until noon, and Southern Express will perform at noon and again at 2 p.m.

This year marks Fayette’s 14th Fall Fest.

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