This time of year is generally filled with shopping and stress. There is pressure to make sure everyone is happy on Christmas morning. It is rare that we actually take the time to step away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a day with our families.
John Jack Draper, United States Marine, and resident of Morgan recently passed away joining the ranks of the many heroes President Ronald Reagan classified as the “Greatest Generation,” whose ranks are diminishing at a rapid rate.
While the Morgan County School Board seeks an option to congested city streets during school arrival and dismissal, Morgan City officials said they are still seeking financing options for a new bridge at the end of Young Street. The bridge would span the Weber River, connecting Young Street to Commercial Street near the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
Recently it was reported that Morgan is becoming the new home of a Glenn J Kimber Morgan Academy. While the owners are seeking to build a new facility to house the school, they are still seeking to offer educational experiences for the people of the community.
City, county and school board leaders are considering negotiating tax incentives that could bring $6.2 million in taxable value improvements to the county in the form of an expansion of the Young Automotive Group.
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Local churches, merchants and communities partner together to share this act of love during this season of thanksgiving in preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Please join together in preparation for National Collection Week, November 18-25.
Among some of our community members we do not see the kind of patriotism that once brought us all to our feet as we listen to the national anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. There are debates as to whether we should remove the words “under God” from the pledge. Service in our military has become more of a job rather than a solemn duty of patriots. Such were the thoughts of many who attended the Sons of the Utah Pioneers’ monthly meeting held on Oct. 21.
Anyone who owns a home, walks across a bridge or enjoys the protection of our laws here in Morgan County should take a walk in Riverside Park. There in the warming October sun they should use their fingers to trace over the names of Samuel and Esther Francis that were recently inscribed on a monument dedicated to our forbears by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. This couple has been one of the center stones of the foundation upon which we all have laid our lives.
Magee Stapley, a paraeducator at Morgan Middle School, has been awarded the Utah Outstanding Paraeducator Award in the secondary resource category. The award will be presented at the Utah Paraeducator Conference in Provo Nov. 8 to 9.
As time goes by every industry goes through changes, and the towing business is no exception. Since Glenn’s Towing opened in 1956, full-service gas stations have been replaced by convenience stores in strip malls. Lease options and longer warranties have made it easier to rotate through new cars instead of buying used. Changes like this have led to a decrease in business for local towing companies.
When Dallen Calder saw little children running into the street without looking for cars to chase balls behind the high school soccer goal, he knew he had found a great Eagle Scout project. He put up a net behind the goal to prevent balls from rolling into the street and completed the project a week before school started in August.
Thursday, Oct. 17, Interstate 84 at Mile Marker 108 was closed after a double tanker fuel truck burst into flames. According to the Utah High Patrol, the west-bound tanker rolled Thursday morning. Its rear tank rolled and caught fire, while the front tanker and cab remained unturned. While emergency crews supervised, the rear tanker’s fuel was allowed to completely burn off. Speed may have been a factor in the accident, according to the UHP. No major injuries related to the accident were reported, but both west and east bound lanes were closed for hours.
In an effort to keep property taxes low in Morgan, there has been a growing awareness to shop locally. The biggest hurdle to getting people to spend their dollars in town is that residents don’t always know all that is available to them within the county.
Not many people can lay claim to babysitting a mountain lion for two weeks or keeping a mouse farm in their laundry room to feed injured raptors. Don Paul expounded on the time he wrestled the six-month-old mountain lion into the bathroom to wash it off. He said it was a real challenge and the bathroom was a mess afterward.
At the State Board of Education meeting, Friday, Oct. 4, Mountain Green resident Lydia Nuttall was honored with an achievement spotlight and awarded a Certificate of Excellence for exemplary service and dedication in improving education for Utah students.
The city of Morgan is proud of the fact that Commercial Street is slowly coming back to life. New signs have appeared throughout the year marking that growth. The newest sign on the street belongs to Morgan Valley Crafts.
Volunteer Trail Day: Join us for a day of trail maintenance to improve the park’s hiking and mountain bike trails. Work will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the option to participate half or full day. All volunteers receive free admission the day of trail work and a voucher for an additional day-use entrance. Registration required. 435-259-2614
Unit 576 (consisting of the Troop, Team and Crew of the Highlands Ward in Mountain Green, Morgan North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) conducted their combined Eagle Scout Court of Honor with their normal Court of Honor at the Highlands Church Building on Oct. 2. Cameron Winn, Star Scout in the Troop, conducted and the flag ceremony was performed by the Troop’s 11-year-old patrol under the direction of Jaxon Fowers.
On Oct. 21 the Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers will hold a ceremony at Riverside Park, at 1:30 p.m., to honor Samuel and Esther Francis, monumental pioneers of Morgan Valley. The community is invited to attend.
Mountain Green resident Rosy Lee was the first woman to cross the finish line at this year’s St. George marathon. Not only did she take home a first place win, but she was also inducted into the St. George Marathon Road of Fame.
Locals have organized a unique motorcycle ride and dinner fundraiser to benefit Morgan area schools set for this Saturday. The agenda is packed with a fall colors motorcycle ride, dinner, bonfire, live band, and driving competitions.
In 1894-95 a brick school was constructed on Highway 30/Lincoln Highway (1460 Old Highway Road) on property purchased by the Stoddard School Trustees from William L. Smith. The property purchase price was $50.
Local artist John Pincock shares his passion for art not only with the students he inspires each day at Morgan High School, but also with the community as well by producing and selling beautiful handmade pieces of pottery. Ironically, while growing up in West Valley, Pincock was not particularly fond of art class. Throughout his time in elementary and junior high, Pincock found he had a hard time compressing 3D objects into two-dimensional projects. That all changed when he enrolled in a high school ceramics class.
The news is filled with tragedy and heartbreak. Each day stories of trauma captivates the captions. Periodically a story will have an effect on us as a whole. It can be hard for us to forget distressing details and events.
The winner of the Daughter of Utah Pioneer quilt was announced at the opening social of the Morgan Company on Tuesday, Sept. 17. After the meeting, where every camp was represented, a special drawing of the winning ticket took place. This year the winner sat among the “daughters” and was surprised as her name was announced. Carol Tonks (pictured, holding her newly won quilt), is a long-time resident of Morgan and as a daughter, serves as treasurer in the Mt. Joy Camp. Congratulations, Carol!
If you happen to be a lover of Morgan High School, parades, volleyball and the color pink, then Oct. 3 is your lucky day. The Morgan Lady Trojan volley ball team will play their fourth annual “Pink Night” match, with proceeds going towards cancer research.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced today that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be headlining the Utah Women’s Conference the Senator and his wife Elaine have co-hosted for 27 years. The Conference, “Discovering the Diversity and Unity of Women will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
On Sept. 16, the Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held its monthly meeting and heard from Tom and Terry Wadsworth Warne. Terry was one of the youngest prisoners of war from World War II. She originally came from Morgan and was a granddaughter of President Richard Frye, the second president of the old Morgan stake.
“This was our busiest opening we’ve ever had,” said Blane Smith, owner of the Morgan Pretzelmaker location as well as 16 others throughout Utah and surrounding states. This is Smith’s first Pretzelmaker outside of a mall and the first in a small town, which brings a lot of unknown possibilities and excitement.
JR Hopkin is excited about a lot of changes in his future, most of all a new baby to arrive in early October. In addition to his bundle of joy, Hopkin plans on a change of occupations. After 8 years of serving Morgan delicious cooked-to-order burgers and fries, Hopkin has decided to hand the torch over to someone else. Hopkin plans to sell Steph’s to local businessman Blane Smith. This will be the first time since the business has opened in 1957 that someone outside the family has owned the establishment.
Questar Gas is requesting a decrease in its Utah natural gas rates. If the request is approved by the Public Service Commission of Utah (PSC), the annual bill for the typical residential customer will decrease by about $10 beginning Oct. 1.
If you have precious manuscript materials about your ancestors coming across the plains, consider sharing it with a new project coming to the Morgan County Library on Sept. 19, 2013, from noon to 6 p.m.
Lesli Jensen has now lived in Morgan for three years and continues to be grateful for living in such a beautiful valley. In the short amount of time she has lived here, she has been able to have a big impact on the lives of many Morgan residents. Through her two business, Essential Wellness Massage and Sunshine Dreams (a Sewing and Crocheting business), she helps others relieve tension, feel better, finish projects and learn new skills.
Saturday, Aug. 30, was an exciting day for Morgan residents Cameron Jones and Chad Peterson. Having traveled to Loveland, Colorado, to compete in the High Plains Regional Finals in team roping, their years of training and practice paid off. Cousins, Jones and Peterson participated in the #10 Shoot-Out and took home the win along with the pot of $10,082, a pair of Martin Trophy saddles, and $6,000 in USTRC Flex earnings which will help send them to compete in the United States Team Roping Championships National Finals.