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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.

Stair Public Library's Teen Book Club to meet 09.29.2010

Written by David Green.

Stair Teen Book Club is meeting the second Saturday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled at 12:12 p.m. Oct. 9 at Stair Public Library.

Teens interested in books meet to discuss what they are reading and share ideas about good books. The clubs is for students in ninth grade and above.

Refreshments will be served and everyone attending the meeting will have a chance to win a book.  At the October meeting, one lucky winner will get a copy of “Reckless” by Cornelia Funke, the first book in her new series.

The club started meeting in July, with an average of six people attending each month. Six members visited two book stores in August with club leader Sally Kruger and Stair Public Library director Colleen Leddy. They browsed through the teen sections to compile a list of books they would like to see in the library. One order has already been placed and the books will be on the shelves soon.

Mrs. Kruger hopes her young readers will be able to make contact with authors in the future.

“We have checked out a few possible authors to contact for phone chats or author visits,” Mrs. Kruger said, “and plans will be made at the October meeting to possibly see Ned Vizzini’s movie.”

Young adult writer Patrick Jones visited the library several years ago, along with Vizzini.

Members have turned in short book reviews which were posted on a “quick picks” feature at a reader/writer website called Fresh Dawgs (http://freshdawgs.blogspot.com). The group also has a Facebook page for reviews, quick picks, announcements and reminders.

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