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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.

Benefit planned for Randy Theis 11.17.2010

Written by David Green.

randytheis.jpgFayette resident Randy Theis might be the only person in the world who could consider a hard kick from a pony to be a blessing.

It was that kick that led doctors to discover that cancer was spreading through his body.

Randy was kicked last December and a doctor’s recommendation of therapy and pain medication didn’t bring relief. In February he visited a neurologist who finally tracked down the source of his discomfort—something totally unrelated to the kick.

The neurologist located a tissue mass in Randy’s back and he underwent surgery in March. He learned April 1 that he had lung cancer that had metastasized to his right rib, lower back, breast bone and right femur.

Twelve weeks of chemotherapy showed some improvement, but Randy’s treatments were far from over. He was scheduled for 20 radiation sessions, and at the recommendation of his doctor, a rod was inserted into his femur before treatments began to protect the bone from breaking.

Randy is currently on a four-week break from treatments and suffering from severe pain and limited mobility. He was reëvaluated last week, and a new course of treatments will be scheduled.

Randy faced permanent layoff from his job in January and lost his insurance benefits. His wife, Michelle, is paying the higher deductible rates of her insurance company while carrying the financial burden of the family.

A benefit for the Theis family is scheduled at 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at Fayette High School to help offset medical costs.

In addition to food, the event will include live and silent auctions, kid’s games, a pedal tractor pull, a corn hole tournament and other events.

Linda Malchow, who is helping organize the event, says there are some unique items among the auction donations. A sampling of the items collected include private airplane rides, an 8.8 cu. ft. freezer, a quarter beef, cakes by the Bake Shop, a cupola for a barn roof, crocheted tablecloth by Carma Sutton, 20 tons of stone (delivered), a painting of Woody Hayes, a St. Croix fishing rod with artwork by Kevin Renner, and a cast iron lawn bench.

Anyone willing to donate to the benefit should contact Linda Malchow at 419/708-7853; Anita Van Zile at 417/237-3019; or Michelle Theis at 419/572-0497.

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