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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Hogs lost in barn fire 10.27

Written by David Green.

About 700 hogs were lost in an overnight fire early Tuesday morning, while workers managed to save about 300 head.

The Gorham Fayette Fire Department was called to 13442 Fulton County Road 19, between County Road N and U.S. 20, at 2:45 a.m. with the report of a large hog barn on fire.

Department member Kim Raker was driving through the area when taking her mother to the airport, said fire chief Tom Franks, and she first thought she was driving through fog. Once it became obvious that it was smoke, she saw the source and drove into the farm to investigate. By that time, a large portion of the ceiling in the 265-foot long structure was already burning.

She called the county dispatcher and awoke residents in the farm house.

About 300 hogs were transported by truck to another barn and only three hogs were known to have run away from the barn. Many of those that remained in the barn had to be euthanized.

The barn was owned by Greg Borton and the hogs were owned by Archbold Elevator, Franks said. He determined the blaze was caused by the electrical system. Franks said the structure was an older style hog barn with wood walls, and added that this was the second barn fire at the farm in less than a decade.

Franks requested immediate demolition of the remaining structure due to the threat of high winds Tuesday afternoon.

Fayette was assisted by equipment and personnel from fire departments in Morenci, Archbold, Wauseon and Lyons.

Franks said it was fortunate that Raker discovered the fire because sparks from that blaze could have ignited an adjacent hog barn.

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