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28 Dec 2012 (All day)

Captivated by twinkling lights, sparkling ornaments and visions of baby Jesus and Santa Claus swimming in their heads, most children are easily caught up in the magic and spirit of Christmas.

28 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.”

28 Dec 2012 (All day)

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. 

28 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.

28 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.  

28 Dec 2012 (All day)

“Point your toes, and raise your voice as we honor Christ’s birth and rejoice.” The program passed at the door announced the evening’s theme and purpose.  

21 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.

21 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.  

21 Dec 2012 (All day)

The Morgan Conservation District is pleased to announce Quincee Dorius as the winner of the 2012 Conservation poster contest.  Quincee is in the fourth grade and attends Mountain Green Elementary.  

21 Dec 2012 (All day)

When it comes to selecting a place to get in shape, many people are intimidated.  Chans Porter, owner of CrossFit Unknown, hopes that he can help ease that intimidation with his new fitness center.

21 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.    

21 Dec 2012 (All day)

Thursday, Dec. 13, the Morgan special needs mutual performed the third annual, “A Very Special Nativity,” for standing room only crowds.  

21 Dec 2012 (All day)

 
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.

14 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.

14 Dec 2012 (All day)

If you are wondering what to get for that certain person on your list, you should really consider a book written for specifically for Morgan County residents.

14 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.” 

14 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.  

14 Dec 2012 (All day)

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. 

14 Dec 2012 (All day)

“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.

14 Dec 2012 (All day)

As one Mountain Green couple is finding out, it can be difficult getting a business license in Morgan County.

14 Dec 2012 (All day)

In the past, strings of Christmas lights were reserved for houses and trees. However, this year the lights got a little momentum in a Christmas light parade.  

10 Dec 2012 - 12:51

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.

7 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.

7 Dec 2012 (All day)

Morgan resident Jennifer Vesper took second place honors in the 3rd annual Ivory Homes Gingerbread Contest, earning a$500 cash prize not only for herself, but for her Relay for Life team. 

7 Dec 2012 (All day)

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. 

7 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.  

7 Dec 2012 (All day)

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.  

4 Dec 2012 - 14:45

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.

3 Dec 2012 - 16:44

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.

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

There are many American flags that proudly grace the Morgan County skyline, but there are few that have stories like the flag the flies over Young Ford in Morgan.

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

Encouraging customer to mail early this holiday season, Utah Post Offices have released suggested mail-by dates to ensure holiday cards and packages reach their destinations in time.

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.”

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

At the Sons of Utah Pioneers monthly dinner meeting on Nov. 19, winners of the Favorite Pioneer Ancestor contest were announced and recognized along with their parents.  

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

 
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.

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

Monday evening many gathered at the library for “The Gift of Reading” family fun night. 

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.  

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.   

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.  

30 Nov 2012 (All day)

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. 

23 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.

23 Nov 2012 (All day)

Family Fun Night will be Monday, Nov. 26, at the Morgan County Library.  The event has been named, “Gift of Reading,” and will begin at 6 p.m.

23 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.  

23 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.

23 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.  

23 Nov 2012 (All day)

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.  

15 Nov 2012 - 11:24

On Nov. 14, 2012, at 9:11 pm deputies in the Weber County Jail found inmate Jeffery Dean White(DOB 05-23-69) unresponsive in his cell. White was confirmed deceased at the scene by jail medical staff. Cause of death appears to be hanging. White was housed in the Weber County Jail's maximum security unit. White was housed in a cell by himself.
The Weber County Attorney’s Office is conducting the in-custody death investigation. White was in the Weber County Jail on two counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child and one count of criminal Homicide.

9 Nov 2012 (All day)

“Great things happen here during the holidays,” said Morgan County Food Pantry Director Tracy Kummer. She explained that people innately really want to help each other out.

9 Nov 2012 (All day)

Saturday, Oct. 27, the Mountain Green Kids Club had their first open house.  This will be Morgan County’s only state licensed child care center.