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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 Historical Society 2011.09.28

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Historical Society has two trips planned in October to kick off the fall season.

The group will first visit the Fulton County Historical Museum to see the Civil War exhibit. Anyone interested in attending should meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Fayette Opera House Village Green Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. to carpool and travel together. A small fee will be charged at the museum.

A second trip is scheduled Oct. 24 to tour the historical museum at Hudson, Mich. Meet at the Opera House Village Green parking lot at 12:30 p.m. to travel together. 

HISTORY DAY—Plans are underway for Fayette History Day, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Fayette Opera House.

Several senior citizens will be honored: Dr. Robert and Ruth Nyce, Kenneth Cooley, Eileen Woodard, Jane and Wilburn Brawley, William Steinem, Eleanor Myers, and John and Wanda Bacon.  

The David Loffer collection of photos and documents about Fayette, purchased at the Loffer auction last spring will be available to the public to view.  

A DVD made of “Woody” Hibbard, reminiscing about the Fayette community during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, will be shown throughout the day.  The video celebrating Fayette’s 125th anniversary will also be shown.

Lunch provided by the Fine Arts Council will be on sale and cake and punch will be served in celebration.

Kathy Fix has compiled “A Comprehensive Timeline of Historical Fayette” that includes many photos from Fayette’s past.  She will sell copies of the book and the price will probably be about $20. A signup sheet will be available at Fayette History Day.  All of the proceeds from the book are to be shared by three Fayette entities: the Fayette Historical Society, to commission local artist Rebecca Glasgow Loveless, to paint and display scenes from Fayette’s past; the Fayette Fine Arts Council for the needs of the historic Fayette Opera House facility/programs; and Fayette Normal Memorial Public Library.  

Fayette History Day displays will be presented by Jane Stiriz, Jim Fallon, Curt Cooley, Randy Scott and Kathy Fix, and anyone else who has items to share.

To reserve a table for an exhibit, call Kathy at 419/237-2418.   

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