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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.

Chief supermarkets CEO honored 02.16.2011

Written by David Green.

The Chief Supermarket CEO was named Woman of the Year by the Women Grocers of America (WGA).

Stephanie Skylar of Chief Super Market, Inc., received the award Tuesday at the 2011 National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) Annual Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase in Las Vegas.

The WGA Woman of the Year award recognizes an industry woman whose leadership has contributed to the success of her company.  This woman must be a member of the National Grocers Association and other industry organizations whose participation and involvement contributes/contributed to the overall well-being of the grocery industry; and must be a community-focused citizen committed to serving the needs of her neighbors, associates and customers through involvement in community and civic affairs.

Chief Super Market is a family-owned, regional supermarket chain that operates 12 stores under the Chief and Rays banners in nine communities in northwest and west central Ohio.

With more than 20 years of executive experience, Skylar oversees more than 1,000 associates as President and CEO.  Under her guidance, the Chief and Rays food retail stores continue to innovate and have shown increased sales and profits, even in today’s challenging business environment.

Skylar’s commitment and dedication to the staff is exemplified by Chief University, a comprehensive, hands-on associate training program. Launched in 2009, the University is a vehicle to capture employee’s talents throughout the Chief organization by teaching them the skills they need to tackle the new jobs that local retailing will demand.  

Skylar currently serves on the boards of the Ohio Grocers Association Foundation and the Defiance Regional Medical Center in Ohio. She is also a former board member of the United Way of Greater Lima and an active member of the Food Marketing Institute and the National Grocers Association. 

Beyond her professional responsibilities, she volunteers at the Equestrian Therapy Program at Fassett Farm in Lima where she assists as a side walker and helps lead horses that provide therapeutic horseback riding for disabled persons.

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