COLUMBIA, MO — Communities served by community newspapers continue to demonstrate heavy reliance upon their local papers for news and information. Seventy-three percent say they read a local newspaper at least once a week.
The number one story for Morgan County in 2010 was Garth Day. It seemed that the council administrator position brought controversy with him from the beginning. First, the position of council administrator, and then the person filling the position became controversial.
The November election is story number two. 2010 will likely be a pivotal year for politics in Morgan County. Four of the seven seats on the council were up for election. A fifth seat changed due to the resignation of Rodney Haslam.
In the Morgan City council meeting on Tuesday the council passed an ordinance banning “synthetic cannabinoids.” The substance has been given the street name of “spice”. This follows similar bans by other cities like Ogden and Layton. The Morgan ordinance is patterned after the Layton Ordinance.
I’ve had the opportunity to interview Morgan High School Volleyball Coach, Liz Wiscombe many times before, so as I sat down on Wednesday to interview her about the volleyball team’s recent win of the 3A state championship, it seemed like old times.
At the end of 2009 the county completed the Fairgrounds Parkway and the new bridge that was a part of the project. 2010 saw a verbal battle with the developer, Morgan Valley Partners, to receive payment for the developers portion of the project.
In June Morgan Elementary Principle Laraine Whitear died of cancer. Speaking of Whitear, Superintendant Ken Adams said, “Laraine was one of the kindest human beings I have ever been privileged to associate with.
Story number nine is Rod Haslam. When The Morgan County News did our first interview with Haslam we considered what title to give the article. After talking about it and considering it we determined to title it “Big Hearted Haslam”.
At a hearing on Monday the county indicated that the prosecution of Garth Day will likely be handed over to federal authorities. For the past several months the FBI has been investigating the actions of Day in allegedly committing fraud and forgery at the same time as the county investigation has been proceeding. The FBI has met with county officials, obtained documents of actions by Day, and identified areas for prosecution.
The Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held their Christmas program combined with the swearing-in of new officers. It all started with a spectacular meal catered to about 120 members and guests.
Captain Jonathan LaThell Mecham recently returned home to his wife, Celeste Mecham, and daughters, Cristina and Lisa, in Italy from a 12 month deployment to Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X.
LAS VEGAS – Megan Haslam, agricultural educator at Morgan High School in Morgan, Utah, is one of 33 individuals nationwide who received the Teachers Turn the Key Award, given December 4 at the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) annual convention in Las Vegas.
The day of the Christmas on Commercial Street was a cold one. The hot chocolate was welcome to warm those who were awaiting Santa’s attentions and visiting the various venues. In the midst of all the cold sat the Polar Bear Plunge.
Last Saturday, Barber Brothers Ford decided to give an early Christmas present to Morgan residents. In appreciation for the record setting business year at the local dealership they decided to offer free oil changes to county residents.
I would like for Christmas is a metal detector the reason I want that so I can find metal in the snow. I also want a hug from you why you ask? Just cause. A lego king dom I want that because it gets my mind going. Merry Christmas. p.s. put Molly P on the nauty list.
“There’s just something about Morgan…” “It’s a great place to live and raise a family...” “People really care about each other and care about their community in Morgan.”
These are the repeated types of comments used by long-time residents of Morgan County, newly planted Morganites, and also by many who just pass through the quaint town when looking for the adequate adjective to describe what strong they find so appealing in this valley.
On October fifth of this year Rod Haslam resigned from the county council due to health concerns. Haslam had been suffering for many years with a heart conditioned that worsened during his time on the council. By the eleventh of October Haslam was hospitalized to await a heart transplant. He was placed on medication and then began the wait for a transplant.
Anna Porter, on the left, receiving the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer (DUP) quilt from Melanie Lane, Mountain View Camp Captain, who made the quilt.
Porter won the quilt from a drawing she entered to benefit the maintenance of the DUP museum and cabin located just north east of the court house.
The Morgan DUP would like to express appreciation to everyone who supported the fundraiser.”
The Morgan ambulance service in the County has a long history helping those in need. In 1943, a fire in a business with an apartment above injured Norma Williams. She and her husband were rescued from the fire, but Morgan had no ambulance service and no medical facility so she was taken to the old post office building on the corner of Commercial Street and 125 North. She waited until the next morning for an ambulance to arrive from Ogden. She was transported to the hospital, but later died.
Brody Caswell, age 12, brought to our attention, that the sign by the phone tower on the east parking lot of the Morgan County Fairgrounds, says “Morgan County Fairgroudns”
The Morgan County News learned from outgoing Morgan County Council member Karen Sunday, that she was made aware of it. She believes that it happened about five years ago.
Sunday has advised the Fairgrounds Board and asked that they see that the sign is replaced with the correct spelling.
Morgan resident Jimmy Jones recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the weightlessness of space. While it wasn’t a trip in the space shuttle, the program operated by the Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) Foundation offers teachers the opportunity to feel at least one part of space flight.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be dedicating a new meetinghouse on Sunday. The building has been under constrocution for the last several months and is now ready for congregations to begin holding meetings.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for November 7 thru November 13, with a total of 157 calls:
***JUST A REMINDER THAT THE WINTER PARKING ORDINANCE IS NOW IN EFFECT …NOVEMBER 1- MARCH 31 THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE STREETS BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM
Thursday, November 11, 2010 was a very memorable day for our Morgan Middle School students and the 250 guests who joined us for our annual Veterans Day Assembly. It was an honor to recognize those who have served and are presently serving our great country during a time of war. Since our nation’s founding, brave men and women have taken up arms to defend the truths set forth in the Declaration of Independence: “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Christmas time with all its festive lighting and Christ-oriented displays again will be memorable on Temple Square this year. Choral and musical groups will present free music, carols, and songs of the season in the following venues:
Assembly Hall: Tuesdays through Sundays at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. (November 27 through December 23)
We held our monthly meeting on Thursday Nov 4.
We were called to order by our president and the minutes of our last meeting were read by Joan Mortensen. They were approved and passed. Our opening prayer was given by Anna Medaris.
This Saturday (Nov 13th) Mr. Jack Woods of Ogden will be speaking. Mr. Woods joined the Flying Cadets when he was 17 and eventually ended up as a flight engineer aboard the B-17, B-24 and the B-29. Mr. Woods mapped different portions of South America while serving in the B-29.
Halloween Bingo was a great hit at the center on October 28th right after lunch. Lois Woody was the “caller” for the games and kept everyone on their toes by letting participants trade, take or pass on gifts.
Realtor® Cathie McGregor Critchlow, sales associate with The Franklin Group Morgan, LLC, in Morgan, Utah, is one of five winners chosen by the National Association of Realtors® as REALTOR® Magazine’s 2010 Good Neighbor Award winners.