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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.

2013.05.22 Wendy Kessler: Don't let coaching controversy divide Fayette

Written by David Green.

Amid the chaos of construction that the town of Fayette is under—redoing all the roads, and with the new Family Life Center being built—there was also a controversy building. Unfortunately, I would realize later, it was a dividing controversy.

I would like to personally step forward and tell Coach Tim Nicely, “Thank you for your hard work and dedication!” I would like to let him know that Fayette did not turn their back on him after a very good season. I would like to let him know that Fayette was not behind a petition that said “Hey, we don’t want you here,” but there were a few from Fayette that were.

I don’t want this letter to get Coach Tim Nicely’s position back, he has already moved on, and I wish him the best of luck. I want the people of Fayette to realize and know that Coach Nicely is a very genuine and kind person. He was a coach who cared about the girls. Yes, he wanted a win, but what coach doesn’t? He was hired to do a job and he did that job above and beyond what was asked of him. He took a personal interest in Fayette and the girls he was coaching.

I want this letter to make sure that what happened to Coach Nicely doesn’t start a new trend of how things are done in Fayette. Had I known that a few people in Fayette could have been so damaging to this community, I would have started my own campaign with a petition. Fayette is a good town, with good people, who have good intentions. We have a great location, great schools, great school staff and a great community.

Our community, I feel, is in the becoming bigger and better mode not the tearing down and dividing mode. Please remember, people of Fayette, what happened and how this happened is not the view of all.

Refusing to contribute to the schools, athletic booster events and other occasions to help the town or schools does not hurt the few who signed and voted not to extend Coach Nicely’s contract, it hurts our school as a whole, our town, and our children. This is not what we need.

Do not let this divide us. Let this unite us so that when we hear of issues we can work through them. Let us work together. We need to learn from this. Do not let this pass without learning a lesson. “Those who do not learn lessons from history are condemned to repeat it.” (– George Santayana)  Let’s learn from this and not let it happen again.

I love Fayette.

– Wendy L. Kessler,

S.Main Street, Fayette

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