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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.

Fulton County Fair line-up announced 2012.07.04

Written by David Green.

Montgomery Gentry and Styx are the two headline acts heading for this year’s Fulton County Fair. The 155th edition of the fair is slated Aug. 31 through Sept. 6 at the “Top of Ohio” Fairgrounds, just north of Wauseon on State Route 108. 

On 7:30 p.m. Labor Day Monday, one of country music’s all-time greatest duos, Montgomery Gentry, will entertain the grandstand crowd with such favorites as “Work Hard, Play Harder,” “Missing You,” “So Called Life,” “Lucky Man,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” and their newest release, “Rebels on the Run.”

Two Kentucky boys, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have had 14 Top 10 singles and five No. 1 hits and are members of the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets for the Labor Day Country Concert with Montgomery Gentry cost $25, $22, and $20.

Styx, which has performed at two Super Bowls takes the fair’s grandstand stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2.  

Best known for its mega-hits, “Come Sail Away,” “Crystal Ball,” and “Grand Illusion,” Styx broke through the mainstream with “Lady.” Spawned in a suburban Chicago basement in the early 1970s, Styx continues to sell out at venues all across the nation. Tickets to the Styx Sunday night concert cost $25, $22, and $20.

The most expensive tickets are for a limited number of fans who wish to stand on the track (known as festival seating).

Other grandstand events include the first-ever Pickup Truck Pull competition Sept. 1;  the NTPA Tractor and Truck Pulls Aug. 31 the Lost Nations Rodeo Sept. 4; and Ohio's Greatest Demolition Derby on Sept. 6.

The Fulton County Christian Music Ministries tent will feature Elvis impersonator Elvis Wade and the Christian group 33Miles. Both performances are offered at no cost.

Tickets go on sale July 9 through the fair website (www.fultoncountyfair.com) or by calling 419/335-7469. The Fair ticket office opens July 11 at 9 a.m.

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