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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 village council 11.24.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette village council members heard an overview of their employee health insurance plan at the Nov. 15 meeting, looking over options before the start of the new year.

Cindy Stever reviewed options available through BORMA, the Buckeye Ohio Risk Management Association, and answered councilors questions.

Stever cautioned council that if significant changes are made to the existing insurance plan, the Village will lose its existing status for risk factors. With the federal health insurance reform, the Village would be subject to the new “community rate” starting in 2014, if the existing rates were not “grandfathered in.”

“At this point, there’s no knowledge about what the community rate will be,” she said. “We’re kind of flying blind right now.”

Most communities are avoiding changes unless budget constraints dictate altering employee benefits.

Stever said BORMA has been able to keep rates down due to the large pool of insureds. The community rate would include a much larger risk pool, council member Tommy Molitierno said. That’s true, Stever answered, but it will include those who are not currently insured.

GAMBLE ROAD—Design work for the widening of Gamble Road to the new school is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, 2011. Construction will get underway when school is out for the year.

PARKS—Council approved the following programs and fees sponsored by the park board: T-ball, $25; mini parent pitch, $25; little league, $45; girls traveling team, $80; pony league, $90; co-ed softball, $450; men’s softball, $475.

Program fees are expected to be reduced due to sponsorship donations.

The following donations to the park program were received: Rodney Bingman, $75; Creighton Electric, $50; Phillips Plumbing and Heating, $150; United Methodist Church, $100; Ohio Gas, $100; Britsch, Inc., $50; Dyer & McDermott, $50; the Church of the Nazarene, $100.

PARKING—Council approved a revised map indicating the placement of downtown handicap parking areas, based on recommendations by ODOT.

PATROL CAR—The village will advertise for the sale of old police patrol vehicle, with a minimum bid of $500.

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