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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.

Chad King interviewed about computer security 2011.12.21

Written by David Green.

Morenci native Chad King was recently interviewed on a Cleveland television station for tips about computer security issues.

King, the owner of KingPin Computer Services in Cleveland, offers a variety of services ranging from computer repair to data backup.

The WKYC report called December a season for shopping but also for scamming. The reporter gave the example of a woman who clicked on a link that led to a window asking if she would like to renew her anti-virus software. Clicking there actually allowed the virus to infect her computer.

When it comes to internet security, King said, the most common mistake people make is to use one password for all their websites.

King explained that websites can share password information, making it easier for scammers to hack into accounts.

King recommends purchasing YubiKey, an “electronic key” that stores passwords in a virtual vault. To log into a site, you first have to plug the key into your computer.

“This is two-layer security,” King said. “One layer is, I type in my password. The other layer is that I put this key in and this key has to be present. If you don’t have the key, you’re not getting in my vault.”

The report notes that scams generally have a sense of urgency to them, often saying that an account is suspended or a package won’t arrive if information isn’t sent online.

Common scams going around now include:

• A PayPal e-mail saying that your account is frozen.

• An airline confirmation titled: Your Flight Order NXXXXX

• An Amazon.com shipping order.

King also mentioned that fake charities are good at fooling internet users. The Federal Trade Commission website has a charity checklist to help people make sure their money is going to a legitimate group.

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