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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.

Morenci Area EMS receives $123,500 ambulance grant 02.23.2011

Written by David Green.

A $130,000 ambulance for $6,500?

Sounds like a good deal to Morenci Area EMS coordinator Larry Weeks. His request for funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program was approved last week.

The Morenci Area EMS grant of $123,500 is part of $1.4 million shared by nine Michigan agencies in the latest round of funding.

The grant requires a five percent local match of $6,500.

“It really puts us in a better position down the road,” Weeks said.

The news brings relief to EMS board members who faced the prospect of having to borrow the money to replace a 1997 model. That ambulance currently serves as a backup unit and the newer 2003 ambulance will be moved to reserve status when the new unit arrives. The industry standard for longevity is 10 years, Weeks said.

Weeks expects to attend a trade show with station supervisor Dan Sallows and assistant Chad Corbin to look over various models and select a manufacturer. They will then work on the design specifications.

Weeks said it’s possible to buy a “cookie-cutter” model for a cheaper price, but they don’t contain all the safety features that he wants the unit to possess.

Delivery of the new ambulance is probably a year away.

The grant allows the EMS board to continue saving funds for the next ambulance purchase, Weeks said.

“We’ve had some positive years recently and this will keep us on that road,” he said.

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