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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.

Skelton reward fund update 01.26.2011

Written by David Green.

The reward fund for information leading to the return of the missing Skelton brothers is growing, Morenci mayor Keith Pennington told city council Monday night, and there is now $23,000 that can be accessed to pay for tips.

Pennington said $8,000 is in the bank and an additional $15,000 was pledged prior to the establishment of the reward.

The Skelton Reward Fund Steering Committee could request money from the pledged funds if needed to pay a reward for tips that lead to the safe return or recovery of the boys and successful prosecution of those responsible for their disappearance.

Pennington said the committee will choose an amount to pay if it decides that a reward is justified. Multiple tips leading to resolution of the case could result in more than one cash award.

If no reward is paid, the money received—but not the pledged amounts—would be divided by the committee among three uses: playground equipment for Wakefield Park, playground equipment for the elementary school and the Morenci Education Foundation.

George and Diana Vereecke of Morenci promised to donate $3,000 to the fund if another $3,000 came in. They made good on the promise, Pennington said, and that contributed to the $8,000 that’s been received in cash.

“I’m very pleased with the effort the committee is making and the response they are receiving,” Pennington told council members.

Planning continues for an auction fund raiser scheduled March 19 at the high school.

Committee members are Jan Mohr, Cyndee Sanders and Kathye Herrera.

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