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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 school board 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette has an new school board president following the organizational meeting Monday.

Kirk Keiser was selected to serve as president for 2012 and Deb Leininger was chosen vice president. Regular board meetings will continue to be scheduled at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

During the organizational meeting, David Brinegar was approved as an appointed board member through Dec. 31, 2013.

Committee appointments are: legislative liaison, Karen King; facilities, Keiser and Brinegar; Four County, King; financial/audit, Brinegar and Leininger; student achievement, Leininger; board policy, Keiser and Pam Seiler; and village representative, Keiser.

The legal firm of Ennis, Roberts and Fischer was retained for negotiations and general purpose representation.

During the regular meeting, the board hired the CPA firm of McManus, Dosen and Company for the annual audit at a cost of $3,100.

A contract with TTL Associates was approved for geotechnical investigation for the athletic field project.

PARK  BOARD—Scott Wagner was chosen to represent the school district as a member of the Fayette Village Park Board for a five-year term.

WAGE—Pay for several support staff positions was increased to match the new state minimum wage of $7.70 an hour.

DONATIONS—A donation of $256 was received from True North Church to pay reduced lunch prices for students during December.

The Fulton County Pork Producers donated $350 for Family Consumer Science Classes and $700 for FFA projects.

The Fayette PTO made three donations: $1,755 to purchase individual headphone set for each elementary student, $314 for keyboard guards for keyboarding classes and $269 for elementary reading awards.

RECOGNITION—Superintendent Russ Griggs presented board members with certificates for School Board Member Recognition Month.

CLOSED SESSION—The board met in a closed session for about 40 minutes with Amy-Metz Simon and Jason Simon.

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