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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.

New pastor hired at Morenci Congregational 2013.05.30

Written by David Green.

 

p.greg morrisonGreg Morrison has stood in the pulpit of Morenci's First Congregational Church several times during the past four years, but he and his wife, Jodi, will soon become much more than occasional visitors.

Starting June 23, Rev. Morrison will serve as the church's pastor after Jack Cahill wraps up seven years of service to the church. Rev. Cahill will preach his final sermon here June 16 before retiring and moving to California.

The Morrisons intend to drive down from Charlotte each week to spend long weekends in the Morenci parsonage.

"We're excited about coming down and meeting people in the community," Rev. Morrison said. "Jodi and I both have an affection for Morenci."

Rev. Morrison has engaged in "pulpit supply" during the past four years and he spent more time here than in any other church.

"The congregation has always been warm and welcoming," he said. "I'm a small-town guy and Morenci is a good fit."

Rev. Morrison retired after a 31-year career with General Motors in Lansing. He's been involved in lay ministry for a decade and licensed ministry for the past four years.

"This will be my first church," he said. "This is a second career for me. It's a time I didn't anticipate. Now my life is headed in a new direction and I'm excited."

Greg and Jodi both grew up in Holt. They've been married 38 years and have a son who lives in Muskegon and a daughter who lives in Diamondale. They're anticipating the arrival of their first grandchild.

The Morrisons will begin their first three-day weekend in Morenci June 21.

"That will give us a chance to integrate into the community and I'm really looking forward to that," Rev. Morrison said.

 

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