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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.

Brawley, Welburn "Jug"

Written by Steve Lauber.

Welburn “Jug” Brawley, 88, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 1, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare – Bryan Center in Bryan, Ohio.

He was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Burlington, Ohio, to the late Samuel Welburn and Eva (Rupp) Brawley. He married Jane L. Ford on April 21, 1946, in Fayette, and she survives.

Jug was a life-long resident of the Fayette area and graduated from Gorham Fayette High School. He served as a member of the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he earned a Purple Heart medal. He farmed for the majority of his life. He also delivered and applied lime for many area farmers and later hauled stone for the Fulton County Road Commission.

Jug served as a Gorham Township trustee for several terms and was a member of the Fayette American Legion. He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his farm. He and Jane attended the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples.

In addition to his wife, Jug is survived by a son, Judd (and Evangelina) Brawley of Archbold, Ohio; a daughter, Janis (and Tom) Morr of Bryan, Ohio; a sister, Mildred Stoner of Coldwater, Mich.; three grandchildren, Tamara (and Paul) Miller, Jim (and Terri) Morr, and Andy (and Laura) Morr; five great-grandchildren, Ian, Evan, Alex, Margo and Tara.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Brawley, and a great-grandson at birth, Weston Morr.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Rev. Gene Sugg officiating. Military interment will follow at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette with rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples or the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

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