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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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    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.

Traffic flow problem at Morenci Elementary 2012.01.25

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Whenever Morenci Elementary School dean of students Mary Fisher sees a child nearly get hit by a car in the school’s front circle drive, she knows she has to continue working with parents about safety rules.

Fisher knows she’s made strides and most parents are abiding by rules, but not everyone is paying attention.

“It’s been a real issue for us,” she said. “We’re just trying to do the best we can do to keep our kids safe.”

Changes haven’t come easily. At one time in the past, parents volunteered to direct traffic and keep cars out of the circle drive in the afternoon. They were sometimes met with verbal abuse.

“Convenience has to take second place to safety,” said Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks, who has helped with the issue.

The situation can become very chaotic—particularly in the afternoon—and patience is needed, Chief Weeks added.

Fisher has issued separate instructions for morning and afternoon traffic.

A.M.—When dropping off a child in heavy traffic, advance past the school toward the end of the drive before stopping. This will allow additional cars to enter the drive and avoid a traffic backup into Locust Street.

If a parent needs to go into the school, the vehicle should be parked in a parking spot rather than blocking traffic in the drive.

The newer parking area on the west end of the school can also be used.

P.M.—The circle drive is blocked in the afternoon with traffic cones, but Fisher has seen some drivers work their way around them. One day she watched a vehicle back into the drive.

Fisher prefers that cars line up along Page Street to pick up children or use the parking lot on the west end.

Some parents park on Locust Street in front of the school. When that’s done, she urges parents to park in the lane closest to the school so children don’t have to “J-walk” across traffic.

Some parents park a block away on Burley Street to avoid the heavy traffic near the school.

When the school was constructed in the 1950s, most students who lived in town walked to school and the size of the front drive wasn’t an issue.

That brings to mind one other solution to the traffic problem.

“Parents could let them walk to school,” Fisher said.

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