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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.

Isobar looks at May weather 2012.06.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

You don’t need a weatherman to know how dry it was last month, but George Isobar is going to tell you anyway.

He’s going to tell you it was one of the driest months of May on record.

“From the local records I have since 1975, only 1994 was drier,” he said.

The official report lists precipitation as 1.74 inches, but that includes 0.62 that fell on the final day of April and was included in May.

“Actually, we had 1.77 in April and 1.12 in May,” he said. “The National Weather Service office in Toledo reports that precipitation for the year is down two inches.”

May was about 2.8 inches below normal. 

There were three thunderstorms recorded last month and one storm with hail, although the hail wasn’t associated with severe weather.

“We escaped severe weather for another spring,” Isobar said.

Although April’s temperature was close to normal after the astoundingly warm March, May was back on the rise. The average for the month came out 5.1° above normal.

“The most unusually warm day came May 3 when the high was 89° and the night time temperature stayed in the 60s,” Isobar said. “The daily average was 19° warmer than normal. There were only five days that finished below normal.”

The high for the month—96° on May 28—was the highest temperature ever recorded during May in Toledo’s years of record-keeping. Three daily record highs were recorded last month in Toledo, making a total of 10 so far this year.

Last May was the warmest since 1998 and the ninth warmest on record.

The low of 37° was recorded on the morning of May 10.

“It was dry and it was warm, but that’s about all there is to talk about for May,” Isobar said. “It was just a nice month, weatherwise. Placid and nothing too unusual.”

JUNE—We’re often looking for our first hot days in the 90s at this time of year, Isobar said, but that’s old news now. Maybe it will have to top 100 to get our attention.

“It certainly should be raining more,” he said, “but the forecast for the week isn’t showing any of that. Things better turn around soon or I’ll be back in a month talking about how it’s one of the driest Junes on record.”

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