Following an administrative investigation conducted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, the officer who fired a shot that struck the left eye of Kristin Nicole Biggs has been cleared and returned to duty in December.
In the spirit of the holiday season, some amateur radio (ham) operators have found a way to bring joy to disadvantaged and shut-in children. Thanks to the world-wide range of amateur radio equipment, it’s possible for hams to communicate with other hams almost anywhere on earth, including Santa Claus at the North Pole. Thus was born the North Pole Network (NPN) which purports to use special satellite links to allow kids to talk one-on-one with St. Nick.
For Morgan native, Rachel Denning, her creativity and drive to succeed were two of several ingredients that helped her earn a spot on the Premiere Season of the groundbreaking online competition reality show “Prosperity’s Kitchen.”
What started as one mom wanting to spend extra time with her two youngest daughters quickly blossomed into something benefitting many families in our community. Last spring Natalie Tibbitts decided she wanted to share her love of ballet, something she grew up participating in, with her two young daughters-Emma (9) and Abbie (7). Wanting to find a couple of other children to participate she put the word out and soon many other parents sharing her passion signed their daughters up. From this early beginning teaching ballet to her two young daughters, Natalie now heads up the Morgan Valley Ballet Company (MVBC) featuring four different classes and almost 50 young dancers, ages 3 to 11.
For as long as anyone can remember, the Lion’s Club has invited Santa to visit Morgan County. The Boy’s and Girl’s committee puts the event together, but everyone pitches in to help. Candy bags from the Sweet’s factory are put together during the regular Lion’s Club meeting to pass out to each child and after they visit with Santa, hay rides are provided by the Thurston family and their Clydesdales. The Lion’s Club would like to thank the fire department for providing Santa’s transportation to the event, Morgan County for the use of the building and for taking care of clean-up and The Morgan County News for advertising. See photos on pages 6 & 7.
Over the last several months, residents of Morgan County have become increasingly interested in concealed weapons permits. Months before the recent rampage in Connecticut and other terrible scenes, local citizens started the process to legally carry a gun.
In the five years Niel and Candice Ekberg have lived in Morgan, they have made a big impact in the community. Niel is a state trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol. Candice is a local EMT and a track and field coach at MHS. For each of them, getting to this point was a journey of self-discovery and pursuing meaningful paths. As their story unfolds, it is notable to observe their biography continues to evolve as the result of hard work—a testament that dreams may be accomplished through passion and perseverance.
In her second year of competing, Krista Johansen took first place for her edible architecture. Last year’s creation was a mock-up of Commercial Street that took second place honors. This year’s creation was started a week before the turkey and pumpkin pie were served on Thanksgiving Day. For the average gingerbread house, starting this early would mean there was plenty of time to work on it here or there. But Johansen’s elaborate design required her to work about four hours daily to complete it in time for judging.
Morgan City, County, and Chamber of Commerce have been working throughout the year to develop a new website. It has taken cooperation from the three parties to get the website ready to launch. All three could see the potential benefits this website could provide to Morgan businesses and its residents. “This has been a good thing,” Shelly Betz, city councilwoman stated. She encourages everyone to go to the website and see what is actually available in Morgan.
Fifty-three years ago, Frank “Whitey” and Darlene Little decided they wanted to do Christmas decorations in a new way. Their location gave them a unique place to create a Christmas scene. They decided to use their hill to display a nativity.
In 1982, Val and Loretta moved to Mountain Green from Arizona when Loretta’s sister Judy Pettingill gave rave reviews of the valley and the Morgan School District. The year before, their son Dan, lived with the Pettingills and attended school in Morgan. During a sixth-grade outing to the North Morgan Cemetery, he discovered headstones with the name Grover on them.
Looking at some news articles that I wrote for The Morgan County News over 20 years ago, I found one about Kris Carrigan in the May 29, 1992, edition. He was one of the subjects of a segment, “Youth in the workforce.”
Midway through the fundraiser Debbie Trussell was beaming with the support her family received from the community. “It’s going amazing!” Trussell said happily, “People are so amazing. So generous.” The courthouse auditorium was filled with donations and shoppers. Sections for clothing, electronics, toys, furniture, and more lined the walls and filled the room.
Golden Spike National Historic Site’s Annual Winter Steam Festival will be held Friday December 28th through Sunday December 30th. One of the site’s two 1860’s replica steam locomotives will arrive at the Last Spike Site at approximately 10:00 am and will be on display until 4:30 pm.
“I felt like it was one of those small towns off of an old Christmas movie,” Sunni Heywood said of last weekend’s Ol’ Time Christmas celebration on Commercial Street. While our beloved Front Street has actually been the scene of several movie sets, our Christmas celebration was better than any script. It brought together friends and family to enjoy the season together. We are lucky to live in one of the places people dream about.
After a grand jury was held, an indictment was issued on a criminal case involving a Morgan man. Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris said he will dismiss Morgan County’s charges in the case.
According to court records in United States of America vs. Andrew Owens Pentz, the indictment was issued for one count of possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun and two counts of a felon in possession of a firearm.
Records indicated that on or about Oct. 17, 2012, Pentz knowingly possessed an unregistered 20-guage sawed-off shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, as well as associated ammunition. As a result, Pentz will have to forfeit all firearms and ammunition in violation.
The holiday season is in full swing. This time of year always seems like a good time to reflect on those things for which we are grateful. The list often includes family, friends, employment, and freedom. I would like to add to that list; I am grateful for the staff at the Utah Driver License Division.
Luckily, we have had a mild winter so far because not everyone has been visited by the traveling home insulation vans that have covered the Morgan territory. In fact not everyone has four walls and a roof they can call their own. St. Anne’s Center shelters hundreds of Top of Utah’s homeless each year.
On Saturday Dec. 1, the Weber State Alumni Singers used their music to help Loydene Berg who lost her home to a fire in September. The choir presented a rich experience titled “A Gift of Music” to generous audience members who started off the holiday season with an amazing concert. The evening of music enriched those who attended.
Morgan County recently bid a fond farewell to a household name, Barber Brothers Ford. In 1981, the Barber brothers opened their first location in Morgan City. They started out as High Country Chevrolet Oldsmobile and after several changes, ended up taking on the Ford franchise and moved their building to its current location in 1998.
Scott Logan Gollaher is scheduled to appear before Judge Noel S. Hyde in a Morgan court room Wednesday on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, an additional 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of sodomy on a child.
Gollaher, a registered sex offender, was constructing a new home in the Morgan area when reports of sexual abuse reached the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
On June 17, 2012, Morgan County Deputy Joseph Rohbock was called by a concerned mother whose 11-year-old daughter had been the victim of a sexual offense incident. The mother had allowed her daughter and her daughter’s cousin to go with a friend the previous day. The three girls had traveled to Morgan to Scott Gollaher’s home at 246 E. Woods Creed Road in Morgan City. While visiting the Morgan home, the young girl said she had been touched, spanked and continually fondled. The visit involved a four-wheeler ride where Gollaher was the driver and the victim was his passenger in front.
Kristine Nicole Biggs, 41, was booked into the Davis County Jail Saturday, Dec. 1, after being released from a local hospital. Biggs lead Morgan County deputies on a high-speed chase through three counties before attempting to ram a Morgan Sheriff vehicle in South Weber. A Morgan deputy ended the situation when he fired his weapon into the windshield of Biggs’ GMC pickup and struck Biggs in the left eye. The deputy has been put on paid administrative leave while the case is being investigated by the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.
Consultant Matthew Godfrey with Better City said Morgan County’s economic development future could lie in courting the shooting sports industry. The move would accompany an overall recreation push for the county’s future.
Local writer Jeremy Taylor had a dream to become a published author when he started his business, C.N.F.I. Publishing (Creative Notion Foundation of Imagination), in 2003. He has accomplished this by believing in his dreams and working towards them. “I do believe that if an individual believes deeply enough one can accomplish their goals!” Taylor expresses on his blog http://cnfi-publishingproducts.blogspot.com, “I had to believe in my own abilities and in my dreams.”
East Canyon State Park Rangers James Lowe, Elizabeth Kovacs, and Jeff Dale were presented the Challenge Coin Commendation from Hill Air Force Base Colonel Henke of the 748th SCMG/419th Squadron for saving the life of Air Force employee Craig Feasel. The rangers were presented challenge coins, received a standing ovation, and were made honorary members of the squadron.
The holidays are here and what better way to ring in the season than to come listen to the Morgan Community Choir. The performance will be held Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Morgan High School auditorium.
Melanie and Eric Moore and their family collected over 100 bags of items to be donated to St. Anne’s homeless shelter in Ogden. They filled a trailer with clothes, books, used and new toys, blankets, gloves, hygiene items, diapers and other types of donations. “Anything people brought we took,” Melanie explained. The shelter needs warm items to hand out during the cold months. They love to have toys to hand out for holidays and birthdays. The shelter accepts any kind of donation. St. Anne’s goal is to help individuals and families move into permanent housing, so any items that are not used at the shelter are used to help people when they accomplish that goal. People are generally moving with no possessions and these items help them get established.
This time of year is generally filled with shopping and stress. There is all this 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.
The Morgan community mourns the loss this week of a great leader, service man and friend. Don Mathews passed away in the early hours on Friday, Nov. 23, of heart failure. Don was born in Cedar City on Nov. 8, 1953, to George Clark and Marcelene Mathews. Later his family moved to Orem, where he attended school and graduated from Orem High. An active child, Don especially enjoyed playing soccer and was able to be the team’s goalie. He loved to snow ski in the winter and would often catch the bus to Sundance to enjoy a day out on the slopes. Don especially enjoyed listening to radio broadcaster Paul Harvey and as a child he would run home from school to hear Paul quip his famous tag line “now the rest of the story.” He was well liked as a child and quite the character. He would often be found hanging out with his brother Jeff. He loved to make his family laugh and in turn, they found enjoyment in making Don laugh so hard soda would come out of his nose.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises motorists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts that state Road 65, the Big Mountain Highway, will close to all traffic for the winter at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov, 26.
More than a century and a half ago, one American author wrote of the cold, desolate, distrustful, phantoms that invariably haunt the mind, on the eve of adventurous enterprises, to warn us back within the boundaries of ordinary life.
Like most parents, Jeff and Debbie Trussell spend each day trying to raise their family with love and provide for their needs. Unlike most parents, this effort is complicated by the severe medical challenges they face every day with their 9-year-old son Brennan.
On Nov. 13, the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education along with the Utah State Board of Education hosted the second annual Symposium on Social Studies and Civic Education in Utah Schools. During this event, Lydia Nuttall of Mountain Green was presented with the 2012 Community Leader in Civic and Character Education award by Lt. Governor, Greg Bell.
Huntsville resident and former military pilot Darren Tidwell, age 50, perished in a plane crash Nov. 15. The incident occurred just five miles north of the Morgan County airport shortly after take-off. According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s office, Tidwell was flying to Logan for a project he was working on when his aircraft went down. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.