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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.

Opera House program scheduled 2011.05.11

Written by David Green.

The final program of the 2010-11 Fayette Artist Series gets underway at 3 p.m. Sunday in Fayette’s historic Opera House.

The program, titled “Stone Soup Sunday, An Inspirational Concert,” features contemporary and traditional musical numbers from a variety of local and area performers.

Opera House Director, Tom Spiess noted that this wrap-up concert serves a dual purpose. First, it replaces the cancelled Nov. 6 “Hellenistic Dancers” program and, second, it allows the Fayette Arts Council the opportunity to rekindle its commitment to sponsoring and promoting “music for the spirit.”

“For several years we presented a concert that focused on gospel and church music” Spiess said. “This concert is a return to that tradition.”

The concert will feature a “Do-it-Yourself Hand-Bell Choir” and music presented on the Opera House’s Mason & Hamlin Organ, as well as a broad selection of songs from talented performers from throughout the area.

Continuing a long standing tradition, a reception will follow the concert for patrons to meet with the visiting performers.

Tickets are available at the door or reservations can be made by calling 419/237-3111 and leaving a request for tickets.

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