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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.

George's Radio opening new location in Morenci 2013.04.24

Written by David Green.

Andy Slawinski is a fan of small towns and he loves to offer the services of the big city in a small town—especially when the word “service” stays with the sale.

That’s what he likes about about George’s Radio and Antenna Service, the business he bought from George Walworth in 2009.

In addition to antenna and tower work, Slawinski sells Sony TV products, two-way communication equipment, and Dish Network and Direct TV subscriptions.

If you call a nationally-advertised phone number for Dish Network, or if you pay for it at big store, you won’t see George’s truck pulling up at your house, Slawinski said. It’s a common misconception, he said. People often expect a local service person for installation and maintenance, but that’s not the way it works.

“There aren’t too many family-owned businesses that can sell at the national price,” Slawinski said, but George’s can, along with offering the service that’s lost with a big box purchase.

Slawinski is opening the Morenci store (in the former Movie Gallery building on Main Street) to reach customers in this area as well as in Hudson and north toward the lakes. The Wauseon location continues to serve customers in Ohio.

Andy and his wife, Alexandra, are owners of the business. Michelle McGarrity-Pugh will handle sales at the Morenci store while Brian Roth serves as the head technician. Tom Miller will work at both locations.

A grand opening is planned Saturday at George’s from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with refreshments and door prizes. The business will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 until noon on Saturdays.

Slawinski said he’s very impressed with Morenci and pleased with the friendly response he’s received from everyone he’s met.

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