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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.

Morenci city council 2012.07.25

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Despite paying more for an increased number of performers and losing money on the rodeo, Morenci’s Town and Country Festival committee reported a net profit of $3,131 from this year’s event.

Co-chairs of the festival Dale Long and Bill Foster reported to city council members Monday on the economic side of the festival.

“We did a lot of new things this year and a lot of that paid off,” Foster said.

Six bands helped bring in visitors and new events such as the pedal tractor pull, a 5K run and the dodgeball tournament each netted a profit. A dog raffle brought in $550 after the winner, Fran Bell, donated it back to the festival.

The festival’s share from the Eagles’ beer tent brought in $1,415 and proceeds from the carnival rides and games netted $1,734 for the committee.

“Dale worked really hard on the food vendors and merchant vendors,” Foster said. “I think it was the most merchant vendors we’ve had in a really long time.”

Many events were backed by merchant donations, Foster said, to help keep costs down.

In addition, he said, there was ample fund-raising throughout the year and those efforts brought in $1,363 before the festival got underway.

The committee spent $2,400 for entertainment and the sound system. The rodeo finished short by $1,552, but Long said it always draws a large crowd and many of them are from out of town.

One large donation for the fireworks fund left the account with $55 to start on next year’s campaign.

“Overall things went well,” Foster said, “and we have several fresh ideas for next year.”

“That’s an excellent job,” Mayor Keith Pennington said about the committee’s job this year.

ELECTION—Election inspectors for the Aug. 7 primary election were approved. Gail Johnson will serve as chair. Other inspectors are Joyce Woerner, Tonia Hoffman, Laurie Schisler and Leasa Slocum.

COMPUTERS—Council accepted a bid from IT Right—the company that currently works with the city—to buy two computers for $2,100. The purchase was made in anticipation of the new software the city will use.

JUNK CARS—Police chief Larry Weeks said the department mailed 21 notices to the owners of inoperable vehicles from late June and into July.

“We’ve gained compliance with every one but four,” he said. “I do appreciate their compliance without having to take more aggressive action to get those vehicles removed.”

K2—Chief Weeks said he followed the county health department’s order to speak with local business owners that could sell chemically engineered marijuana—also known as K2 and other names—and informed them that the substance is now illegal.

“We’ve had some issues with that in town,” he said. “We’ve had some people who have overdosed. It does impact our community.”

EMS—Weeks, who also serves as Morenci Area EMS coordinator, told council that Dan Sallows chose to step down from the position of station coordinator due to conflicts with his full-time job. 

His assistant, Chad Corbin, will take over as supervisor.

FIRE CALLS—Fire chief Chad Schisler said the department has been extremely busy.

“We’re at 96 calls for the year and our average is 125 for the entire year,” he said.

Schisler said a county-wide burn ban remains in effect.

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