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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Powers, Sarah

Written by David Green.

Sarah Ellen Powers, 88, of Decatur, Ga., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died May 21, 2006 at the Christian City Alzheimer’s Center in Union City, Ga.

She was born Dec. 23, 1917 in Celina, Ohio, the daughter of Carl and Gladys (Granger) Miller. She married Curtis A. Powers on Feb. 14, 1946 in Morenci, and he preceded her in death July 26, 1946.

Sarah was a homemaker who lived in the Morenci area most of her life. she and her husband owned and operated a trucking business. She was a long time member of the Morenci United Methodist Church.

Sarah is survived by one son, Kim Powers, of Decatur, Ga. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by  her parents and a brother, Carl Miller, Jr.

Graveside services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Dorothy Okray officiating. Visitation is planned from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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