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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.

Wedding: Van Valkenburg/Hill 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

wedding.vanvalkTimothy Joel Van Valkenburg and Lydia Ann Hill, both of Portsmouth, Va., were united in marriage Sept. 17, at Slayton Arboretum on the campus of Hillsdale College.  The groom’s father, Rev. William Van Valkenburg, pastor of Seneca Community Church, officiated the ceremony.

The groom is the son of Bill and Rosie Van Valkenburg of Seneca. He graduated from Morenci Area High School in 2003, and after attending Cedarville University for a year moved to Portsmouth.

The bride is the daughter of Sam and Christine Hill of Clayton. She graduated from Lenawee Christian School in 2004, then graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a degree in human resources.

Holly Ramsey, friend of the bride of Morenci, served as maid of honor and Erin Woods, sister of the bride of El Paso, Texas, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were friends of the bride Heidi Miller of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Crystal Hamann and Crystal Van Valkenburg, both of Portsmouth, Va. Abigail Roberts, daughter of the groom’s cousin from Greenfield, Ohio, was flower girl.

William Van Valkenburg, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Van Valkenburg, brother of the groom of Hudson, Mich., and friends of the groom, Joshua Etter of Sylvania, Ohio, Joshua Keifer of Morenci, Mich., and Loren Delmonico of Adrian, Mich. The ring bearers were Brock Woodard, the bride’s nephew, and Billy Van Valkenburg, the groom’s nephew. 

Steve Garrow of Jackson, Mich., and Colin Pikula of Portsmouth, Va., served as ushers. 

A reception followed the ceremony in the Dow Conference Center on the campus of Hillsdale College.

After a honeymoon trip to Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in Flintstone, Md.,  the groom returned to his job as a crew leader with the Dow Construction Company of Portsmouth and the bride returned to her duties as the banquet supervisor with the Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Va.

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