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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.

Jeff Shadbolt sets bowling record 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

As Jeff Shadbolt’s magical night continued, more and more bowlers at Adrian Lenawee Recreation Bowling Center gathered around his alley.

When his play ended, Shadbolt had established a new record at the bowling alley and placed himself in the number three spot in Lenawee County history.

Shadbolt was competing Nov. 30 in the Adrian Commercial League when his extraordinary night occurred.

He rolled a 278 for his first game, a 300 in the second, and a 279 in the third for an 857 series. The middle game marked the sixth 300 game of his career.

His series score broke the previous record set by Darrin Greiwahn in 2007. Records have been kept at the alley since it was built in the 1940s.

Ken Richard of Tecumseh holds the county bowling record at 879.

“It was an amazing night,” Shadbolt said. “I only left four pins standing all night on first balls and I struck 32 out of a possible 36 times.”

One of those four pins standing almost went down.

“I had a wobbly 7 pin in game one that could have fallen,” he said, “and the first two balls in the third game coming off the 300 were very good, just a little faster than the others.”

The pressure built as the night went on and more and more people were keeping an eye on Shadbolt’s game.

“I just kept reminding myself: one shot at a time.”

Shadbolt wants to remain at the high end of his game and experience that kind of bowling again and again.

“I always tell younger guys that good bowlers bowl 300 and great bowlers follow it with something,” he said. “Who knows if you ever get back into those kind of numbers. Wednesday was surely a night I will never forget.”

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