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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.

Morenci fire department to visit elementary school 09.29.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci Elementary School students will get a close-up look at the fire department’s big aerial truck Tuesday when Morenci Fire Department members make their annual Fire Prevention Week visit.

Smoke alarms and fire safety will also be a big part of the visit, said coordinator Jeff Ort.

“We’ll emphasize smoke alarms because they do save lives,” he said. “It would be a really good time to check your smoke alarms at home.”

Ort said that after children learn about the importance of smoke alarms at school, they need to see their parents reinforce the value of the life-saving device at home.

“Show your kids it’s valuable,” he said.

Ort said it’s still common for department members to find dead batteries and inoperable smoke alarms when they’re fighting fires.

The Morenci Fire Department still has smoke alarms to give away to those in need, through a donation from the Morenci Kiwanis Club.

Alarms will be given free and also installed for free, if desired. In addition, department members will install alarms that residents buy on their own.

When at the school next week, department members will show a DVD that demonstrates what it’s really like inside a burning house—not the version that kids might have seen in movies and on television shows.

“It shows how dark it really is in a smoky house, it shows the real dangers involved,” Ort said.

Students will also receive coloring books and magnets promoting fire safety and emergency phone numbers.

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