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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 2013.01.23

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette's board of education officers will remain the same in 2013, but regular monthly meetings are moving to a new date.

Kirk Keiser was re-elected president of the board at the Jan. 14 organization meeting and Debra Leininger will remain as vice-president.

The regular meeting date is moving to the second Monday of the month, with a few exceptions. The 2013 schedule calls for meetings Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 27, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

The board meets in the art room at 7 p.m.

STAFFING—District treasurer Kelly Bentley was hired as the new technology assistant to help Becky Short with technology issues, inventory and e-rate filing. Her role will involve non-traditional hours, as needed, such as on holidays and before and after school.

The board approved a job description for transportation coordinator Ryan Eberly. Eberly will be trained by Molly Graf who will be retiring. Eberly will have office space available at the school when needed, but much of the job can be conducted via cell phone.

The positions filled by Bentley and Eberly were approved through June 30, 2014.

The substitute pay rate for cafeteria, secretarial and study hall positions was increased to match the new state minimum wage of $7.85 an hour.

DONATIONS—A donation from Christian Church Disciples Women’s Fellowship was accepted to aid elementary students with basic clothing needs.

The Fulton County Pork Producers gave $350 for educational instruction in the Family Consumer Science Classes and $700 for FFA purposes.

True North Church gave $282 to cover the cost of reduced-price lunches during the month of December 2012.

SCHOLARSHIP—Board members approved guidelines and criteria for the Nora Nash Smith Scholarship.

EMERGENCY—The board approved a revised Emergency Plan for the district, covering a variety of situations from drug overdoses to intruders.

FIELDS—The board further discussed development of outdoor athletic facilities. The Buehrer Group engineering firm will prepare a contract for the board to consider.

CASINO REVENUE—Fayette is scheduled to receive $9,377 in revenue from casinos located in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. The funds are apportioned based on enrollment figures.

Other area schools receiving revenue include Swanton, $28,197; Delta, $27,440; Archbold, $26,669; Evergreen, $25,998; and Pettisville, $10,616.

CLOSED—The board met in a closed session for more than an hour to discuss a personnel issue.

TURBINE—A replacement part arrived from the Netherlands and the school wind turbine is back in operation.

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