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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 village council 2012.05.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Some bad news about Fayette’s income survey was followed by good news that will keep hopes for grant funding alive.

The village needs data from an income survey in hopes of obtaining a grant for the sewer separation project, but a recent survey effort resulted in only 91 responses. Survey requests were sent to a list of addresses selected randomly by the Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), an agency that assists the village in obtaining grants.

The poor results set the effort back a step until part-time officer worker Dee Ferguson came upon the results of a survey obtained in 2011 with a larger number of responses. Those results were partially obtained by former village administrator Amy Metz-Simon who went door-to-door to obtain information.

That data can be used, said Roberta Acosta of RCAP, because it’s less than five years old.

Village council members learned at the committee-of-the-whole meeting May 9 about Ferguson’s discovery and about one other finding.

Ferguson also uncovered several property easements that were already obtained from residents in areas were sewer work will need to move onto private property. That discovery will save money by reducing the number of new easements needed before sewer work begins.

CHIPPING—Following the arrival of the new brush chipper, village workers have caught up on all of the standing brush left over from tree trimming earlier in the spring.

A stump grinder will be renting to remove those stumps and also some older stumps from previous tree-cutting.

TRUCK—Councilors discussed whether the old dump truck, that needs repairs, should be sold or scrapped. Prices for scrap metal sale will be obtained.

POLICE—Chief Jason Simon reported that part-time officer Justin Galbraith is resigning to take a new job and a replacement will need to be hired in order to avoid more overtime among existing officers.

SIDEWALKS—A report from the Government Affairs indicated that the sidewalk repair plan would be on hold until 2013. The next section to be addressed has not yet been determined.

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