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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 city council 01.126.2011

Written by David Green.

A phase II environmental study is needed for the vacant Dunbar Auction House property on North Street, mayor Keith Pennington told city council Monday night. The building is expected to be purchased by the city and demolished to create a parking area.

The more extensive environmental work was not unexpected, said the mayor, due to the previous uses of the building that included an automotive dealership, automotive repair and furniture refinishing.

The company handling the study will begin work when the contents are removed. Council member Tracy Schell said that owner Duane Dunbar sold the contents to another party, so it might not be his to remove.

Dunbar wil be contacted in hopes of keeping the project moving forward, Pennington said.

ALPINE—Alpine Manufacturing Technologies will continue to pay rent through February on the former M&S buildings on Salisbury Street in Morenci, but operations are moving to Hudson.

Pennington said the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation is actively seeking a new tenant and is also examining ways to continue financing the cost of the building while there is no tenant.

BUDGET—City administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder is urging department heads to submit proposed funding for the next fiscal year, ahead of the proposed budget that must be presented in May.

She noted that negotiations with both unions are scheduled this year.

PAY—Scheduled pay increases were approved for police department assistant Ann Emrick and recycling center coordinator Laurie Schisler.

LIBRARY—Council approved plans by the Stair Public Library board to select Library Design Associates to select new carpet and implement their design improvements for a new young adult reading area.

The entire project project is funded by a $25,000 grant through the Reinhardt Library Fund.

RECREATION—Council approved a proposal from Conservation Design Forum (CDF) for assistance in updating the city’s five-year recreation plan.

Communities must have a current plan in place in order to apply for many recreation grants. The cost of the CDF’s work is $3,500.

CDF will first review the existing plan, compare it with state guidelines, and identify recreational components eligible for state and federal grants.

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