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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.

Carol Newcomer retires from Waldron library post 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

carol newcomerWaldron’s library director will close out a 20-year career at the end of the month, but first she will be honored at a retirement open house Sunday afternoon.

Carol Newcomer joined the Waldron District Library Board in 1991—an exciting time in the library’s history. She was part of the effort to secure a location for a new library on Main Street and helped plan the facility.

In December 1992, while the library was still located in the old bus garage on Center Street, Carol was hired to serve as director. 

She was in charge during the era when computers found their place in libraries. Carol implemented the new technology and taught others how to use it. In 2005, she led a successful conversion from the card catalog to the fully computerized system. 

The library developed in many ways during her tenure, including the number of patrons. During the year before the new library opened, records show there were 2,508 visitors and 5,832 items checked out. During the past year, attendance had risen to 10,622 and circulation reached 14,698.

Carol, a rural Morenci resident, will wrap up 20 years with the Waldron library on Dec. 31, however, patrons will likely still spot her from time to time. She plans to compile and catalog local history to improve resources for people interested in genealogy and learning about Waldron’s past.

One patron described Carol this way: an easy smile, a helpful attitude and a wealth of knowledge.

In her retirement, Carol intends to spend more time with her children, grandchildren, parents, and her husband, Mike Cox. She will also continue church activities where she teaches Sunday School and leads a mid-week Ladies’ Bible Study.

 Beth Taylor from Lake Seneca was chosen to serve as the next director. She has been training with Carol for the last two months to learn as much as possible about the job.

Carol’s retirement open house is scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Waldron school cafeteria. In addition to refreshments, a performance by The Unforgettables is planned at 2:30. The a capella  women’s trio specializes in songs from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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