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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.

Borton, James

Written by David Green.

James F. Borton, 74, of Stryker, Ohio, died Feb. 24, 2013, at Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center in Bryan, Ohio.

He was born June 1, 1938, in Tedrow, Ohio, to the late Ulna and Elvera (Rohrs) Borton. Jim married Rita Mae Lavinder on Aug. 22, 1964, at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, Ohio, and she preceded him in death Sept. 2, 2012.

Jim was a 1956 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School. After graduation he served his country as a member of the United States Army. He and Rita owned and operated Borton’s Clothing in downtown Fayette for many years. Jim also worked at Fayette Tubular Products, Polycraft in Wauseon, and later retired from Sauder Manufacturing in Archbold.

Jim was active in his community, serving for many years on the Gorham-Fayette Volunteer Fire Department and the Fayette Park Board, and he founded the annual Fayette Marathon Softball Tournament. He enjoyed all types of sports, most notably NASCAR and softball, and was an avid Ohio State fan. Jim was a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

Jim is survived by two sons, Michael Borton of Morenci, Mich., and Eric Borton of Wauseon, Ohio; three daughters, Gale Borton of Wauseon, Christy (and Jeff) Keller of Statesville, N.C., and Renae (and Bill) Stoiber of Ledyard, Conn.; a brother, Roger (and Pat) Borton of Fayette; two sisters, Phyllis (and Herb) Simon of Tecumseh, Mich., and Brenda Humbert of Fayette; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Bill Humbert.

In accordance with Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, with Pastor James Strawn officiating. Interment of his cremated remains will follow at St. James Lutheran Church near Archbold, with military rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Gorham Fayette Fire Department.

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