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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.

Stone carver Sandy Cline to teach at gem show 2011.06.02

Written by David Green.

Well-known stone carving artist Sandy Cline will show his work and offer soapstone carving classes at the annual State Line Gem and Mineral Society show this weekend at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

The show, “Rockin’ for 50 Years,” celebrates the group’s 50th anniversary and runs Friday through Sunday. Cline’s classes are scheduled Friday and Saturday. For information, call 517/263-1669.

Cline is known as a strong supporter of the arts and taught sculpture at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts in Ontario for 19 years. Seven years ago he began leading five-day workshops at the William Holland School of Lapidary in Young Harris, Ga. The Ontario resident presents seminars are various art schools in Canada and the United States.

Cline takes raw pieces of soapstone and transforms them into a variety of creations. All of his pieces are said to possess a distinct personality that represent wildlife native to his home area.

“Although my studio is in the wilds of Burleigh, Ontario, I feel that the world is at my fingertips,” he said. “Over the past 36 years, my work has traveled to almost every country in the world.”

  “Each piece I make is a statement. I feel I am leaving behind little pieces of me and how I feel, embedded in the sculpture,” he says. “You have to learn to work with the stone, if you try to force it into something it doesn’t want to be, it will break. You become one with the sculpture, and you can feel that it is right.”

Cline says there is a living aspect to every piece of art, and the artist develops a special relationship with the objects created.

See more of Cline’s work at http://www.sandycline.com.

Educational demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend including geode cracking, cabochon cutting, silver casting, flint knapping, beading, wire wrapping, spool knitting, faceting and glass fusing.

Rock, mineral, fossil and crystal collections will be on display and dealers will be on hand. Children’s activities are also scheduled, along with door prizes and a raffle.

The show will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A raffle is scheduled at  2 p.m. Sunday.

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