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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 school board 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

Fayette has a new vocal music teacher in place following the resignation of Kelly Barkheimer.

Barkheimer, a part-time teacher with Fayette, submitted her resignation Sept. 7 to accept a full-time job with the Springfield school district.

Jennifer Cobb, who previously taught for Fayette, was hired as a permanent substitute to teach for the remainder of the school year.

Other staffing matters handled by the Fayette school board Monday included  approving Russ Griggs as a volunteer consultant for the district; hiring Lindsey Schaffer and Lindsey New for seventh and eighth grade cheerleading co-coaches for the 2012-13 school year.

JoAnn Cousino was approved as substitute bus driver pending the transfer of paperwork from Archbold Area Schools.

The board also approved the following classroom volunteers pending appropriate reference and background checks: Angie Beauregard, Dawn Figgins, Pam Hibbard, Stephanie Leininger, Anne Merillat, Sarah Lynch, Abby Seiler, Lindsey New, Sue Schaffner, Eloise Wyse and Michelle Pilbeam.

SUBSTITUTES—The approved a two-year agreement with Frontline Technologies for Aesop services of an automated employment replacement system. The system allows teachers to request a substitute without the need for an early-morning call to the school.

ON-LINE—The board approved a one-year agreement with Treca for digital academy services for students, up to $1,000 per student. The company offers on-line classes to help students make up credits before graduation.

DONATIONS—Board members accepted a $100 donation from the Fayette Area Foundation for National Honor Society for club activities and $100 for FFA for club activities. 

TRAINER—A contract was approved with Fulton County Health Center Sports Medicine Outreach Program to provide athletic training consultation and/or treatment services for a rate of $17.50 an hour for the current school year.

TRIPS—The board approved trips to the FFA Greenhand Camp Sept. 28-30, 2012 at Camp Muskingum and the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24-26.

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