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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.

Fayette village council 2011.08.03

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s Gamble Road widening project keeps getting better.

The road leading to the school will be widened from 18 to 21 feet, resurfaced and new street lights will be added where needed.

And the cost of the $155,041 project to the village? Only $6,462.

The change in costs is due to a different approach to street lights, explained village administrator Amy Metz at the July council meeting Wednesday.

The project was originally pegged at costing $245,000, but that figure includes $90,000 for new lights that would be owned by the village. If Edison owns the lights, the village will pay $17 a month per light and Edison will handle the maintenance. The village will pay an initial fee of $6,462 for installation.

Metz said that Edison recommends 10 lights, but she expects fewer than that to be installed. Some lighting is already in place along the road.

The village has a CDBG grant of $50,000 to use on the project, plus an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of $120,000. This will cover the cost of construction entirely, without the need to borrow $75,000 as first planned.

Metz will discuss the project in detail with Edison on Aug. 16. A pre-construction meeting was scheduled last week and work is expected to begin after the Aug. 6 Bull Thistle Festival.

Traffic is expected to be maintained in one lane during construction and the project should be completed by the end of August.

In addition to the bad condition of the road, Metz said that concern has been expressed has been expressed by many residents about safety due to the narrow width.

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