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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.

Filming underway for TV report on Skeltons 2012.12.19

Written by David Green.

Initial filming got underway Monday in Morenci for a segment of a new television series called “John Walsh Investigates.”

The series is currently in the development stage and will feature several criminal cases, both solved and unsolved. One segment will profile the case of Morenci three missing boys, Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks explained that Walsh is the father of a child who went missing in the 1980s while in a Sears department store in Florida.

“The case was poorly handled by law enforcement at the time,” Weeks said. “Mr. Walsh became a strong advocate for a change in the system and many good things have come out of it since that time to improve the investigation and reporting of missing children.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was created from Walsh’s efforts and he started the television series “America's Most Wanted.”

The show was broadcast on the Fox network for many years and later moved to the Lifetime Network.

Weeks said that Walsh’s new program is expected to go into much greater detail with unsolved cases. At this time no schedule has been announced for the series that will show on the Lifetime Network. 

Filming on Monday involved what’s known as “b roll” footage—filler to be used during parts of the program, such as Chief Weeks walking downtown and getting into his police car. Additional filming was done with Tanya Zuvers, the mother of the three missing boys.

The film crew also traveled to the Holiday City, Ohio, area where the boys father, John Skelton, allegedly drove on the night the boys went missing in November 2010.

The crew was expected to film in Adrian on Tuesday at the courthouse.

Chief Weeks and Zuvers met with Walsh at a location outside the city for formal interviews.

Zuvers wrote to Walsh in an attempt to gain his interest in the unresolved case.

Weeks described his part in the filming episode as uncomfortable, but he will gladly put up with the film crew’s requests in order to further the investigation. He’s pleased that Walsh is taking an interest in the case in hopes of collecting new leads.

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