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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.

Lenawee County Fair winners 2011.08.03

Written by David Green.

The following area 4-H members won awards at this year’s Lenawee County Fair. Information was provided by the 4-H office.

Beef

• Hayze Wolf, Medina Pioneers, Chianina Grand Champion, Crossbreed Grand Champion, Reserve Champion Showman, Overall Supreme Champion.

 • Allison Hyder, Medina Pioneers, Maine Anjou Reserve Champion, Maine Anjou Overall Champion, Champion Showman.

Market Beef

• Riley Burk, Lenawee Tech FFA, Grand Champion Steer; Champion County Bred.

• Daniel Stutzman, State Line Hustlers, Reserve Champion Steer.

• Hayze Wolf, Medina Pioneers, Grand Champion Feeder Calf; Senior Feeder Calf Showman.

• Jarrett Waters, Medina Pioneers, Junior Beef Showman.

Poultry

• Travis Zuvers, Medina Pioneers, Intermediate Showmanship, first place; Overall Showmanship Champion; Reserve Champion Large Foul; Champion AOV; Reserve Champion Production.

• Clayton Bachman, Medina Pioneers, Champion Large Foul; Reserve Best of Show Fowl.

• Sophia Whipple, Medina Pioneers, Junior Showmanship, second place; Light Weight Production Flying Contest, third place.

• Thomas Hodshire, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Bantam.

• Emily Shoemaker, Medina Pioneers, Light Weight Production Flying Contest, second place.

• Luci Shaffer, Bits & Pieces, Intermediate Showmanship, second place; Reserve Champion Overall Showman; Reserve Champion AOV.

Horses

• Cheyanne Travioli, Dodge City Wranglers, Novice Champion Western Pleasure Horse; Champion AQHA Halter Horse.

• Tim VanPelt, Clip-Cloppers, Champion Grade Halter Pony.

Static projects

Crafts 

• Taylor Baugh, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors and special honors, crafts;

• Haylee, Green, Medina Pioneers, special honors.

• Anna Loar, Medina Pioneers, special honors; special honors, foods and nutrition.

• Lauren Taylor, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors and special honors, floral and indoor gardening.

• Mary Margaret Hollstein, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors and special honors arts; special honors, performing arts.

• Ashley Taylor, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors and special honors, arts.

• Edward Hollstein, State Line Hustlers, extra special honors, foods and nutrition.

Goats

• Zachary Morse, Medina Pioneers,

Reserve Champion Pygmy.

Swine

• Luke Craig, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Market Hog, Reserve Champion Barrow

• JD Waters, Medina Pioneers, Reserve Champion Overall Showman

• Jarrett Waters, Medina Pioneers, Swine Showman, junior.

• JD Waters, Medina Pioneers, Swine Showman, intermediate.

• Alexis Wheeler, State Line Hustlers, first place Livestock Record Books Swine, Beginner.

Jr. Livestock Club Displays

Beef, Medina Pioneers, third place.

Swine, State Line Hustlers, second place.

Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds)

Medina Pioneers—Wyatt Loar, Aubree Fox, Kalie Mepham, Lauren Keller, Emily Shoemaker, Kaitlyn Sneyd, Davidson Sneyd, Collin Reckner, Emma Reckner, and Madison Keller. State Line Hustlers—Carolyn Gould and Blain Wheeler.

Open Class Beef Breeding

• Roger Wolf—Overall Supreme Champion, Champion Chianina Heifer, Champion Any Other Breed Heifer.

• Gaylord Kutzley, Champion Angus Heifer.

• David Halsey, Reserve Champion Angus Heifer, Reserve Any Other Breed Heifer.

 • Allison Hyder, Champion Maine Anjou Heifer, Reserve Maine Anjou Heifer.

• Don Fall, Champion Simmental Heifer.

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