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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.

George Isobar reviews November weather 12.08.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The dry times are over.

After three months with only four inches of rain, conditions changed in November with above-average precipitation recorded.

“It took a while to get going,” said George Isobar, National Weather Service climate observer for Morenci. “The month was half over before we got much to talk about, but then it started coming.”

Two-thirds of an inch fell Nov. 16 and more than an inch came down a week later. Another inch was recorded a couple of days later.

“We ended with 3.59 inches which is about a quarter inch above average,” Isobar said.

2010 proved to be one of those years with nothing more than a trace of November snow.

“We had a few flakes early in the month, on Nov. 4, and there were ice pellets before a rainstorm began Nov. 24,” Isobar said. “But that was it. Now we’re still waiting for the real thing in December.”

The average from the past 36 years is 2.4 inches.

The average temperature for November came in one degree above the long-term normal in Toledo. The high temperature for the month was recorded Nov. 13 at 69°.

“Toledo recorded 72° that day, which tied a 1989 record,” Isobar said. “But the most unusual day was on the 22nd. Toledo recorded a high of 66 and a low of only 57. With that warm night, the average  temperature of the day was 24° above normal.”

In Toledo, Isobar said, the sky was sunnier than normal and the wind speed averaged 7.6 miles an hour. The highest gust was recorded on Thanksgiving at 41 miles an hour.

DECEMBER—“You probably don’t want to talk about this unless you’re a winter weather enthusiast,” Isobar said.

Who knows what’s coming, he said, but here’s a little of what’s been in the past.

The average snowfall since 1975 is about nine inches. Many years we don’t get much to talk about, Isobar said, maybe two or three inches. Other years, like in 2000, we end up with more than two feet to bump up the average.

Look for some single-digit cold weather, too, he said, but hopefully not single-digit below zero.

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