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6 Dec 2013 (All day)

Each year the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assists low-income residents with tax preparation.  

6 Dec 2013 (All day)

The Morgan County Historical Society is happy to announce the completion of their project to provide an index of the popular book “Mountains Conquered.”  

6 Dec 2013 (All day)

Caleb Bennett spent the better part of Monday along Interstate 15, making that magical seven-hour drive from his home in Morgan to Las Vegas.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

November found local Daughters of Utah Pioneers camps holding monthly meetings around the valley.  Morgan Company DUP was established in April of 1918, and has now grown to include six camps, namely: Hardscrabble, Mt. Joy, Mountain View, Peterson Creek, South Morgan and Weber River.  In the beginning, Porterville Camp (the first camp organized) and Peterson Camp were part of the company but have since either been combined with other camps or otherwise dissembled.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

One of the most common things I hear from individuals is that all their ancestors have been found.  I have yet to ever to find someone for whom it is true that all their ancestors have been found.  From an ancestral perspective at 10 generations we each have 256 ancestors.  If you include their children and spouses the number is more likely to be about 2,000.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

Morgan’s cultural interest has recently grown and is evident with the number enrolled this year in the Morgan Valley Chamber Orchestra. This is their third year and classes are already underway.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

At Thanksgiving time, we often think about things we are grateful for in our lives.  Being thankful is a wonderful thing, but the best way to show gratitude is to focus on the “giving” in Thanksgiving.

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

Ginny Tilby impressed the students of Morgan Elementary School with her quick drawing and talented illustrations as she introduced herself and taught lessons she has learned through sketches projected onto the wall.  

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

Emily Childs grew up in Morgan and, as many do, enjoyed foods such as white rice and pasta. Not until her first child was born and she was looking to shed the excess baby weight did she began to look for a healthier way to eat.  

29 Nov 2013 (All day)

Each year, thousands of groups, businesses, families and individuals come together to earn money for a great cause. Through this effort, they also exercise high levels of creativity while memorializing those they care about. 

22 Nov 2013 (All day)

On Nov. 17, The Sons of the Utah Pioneers held its monthly meeting with keynote speaker David Marsh of the Church Curriculum Department.  His topic included how the curriculum of the Church is developed, correlated, translated and disseminated throughout the world. 

22 Nov 2013 (All day)

The soldiers lived on two or three bowls of rice a day until it was almost gone. Only one ship got through at night to unload rice and got out before morning. The soldiers felt lucky to finally get just one bowl of rice once a day for the last two or three months.  Because Corregidor was under attack from the sky and sea with no hope of reinforcements, the men fought on heroically, but were forced to surrender on May 6, 1942.  

22 Nov 2013 (All day)

The holidays are here.  Snow, hot chocolate, family gatherings near and far, and music!

22 Nov 2013 (All day)

The arrival of Deseret Book items on the shelves of Morgan Valley Crafts has brought a lot of attention to Commercial Street.

22 Nov 2013 (All day)

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.  

15 Nov 2013 (All day)

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

15 Nov 2013 (All day)

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. 

15 Nov 2013 (All day)

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.

15 Nov 2013 (All day)

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.  

15 Nov 2013 (All day)

Susanne Skeen has been involved with 4-H nearly her entire life.  She was recently recognized for 35 years of volunteering her head, heart, hand, and health.  

15 Nov 2013 (All day)

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.

8 Nov 2013 (All day)

Many of those involved in family history in Morgan may not know that we have a celebrity/expert in our midst.  

8 Nov 2013 (All day)

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.

8 Nov 2013 (All day)

On Saturday, Oct. 26, over 1,200 parents, children and friends got in the Halloween mood with a “Trunk or Treat” hosted by Young Ford. 

8 Nov 2013 (All day)

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.

8 Nov 2013 (All day)

Five generation pictures are naturally hard to come by, but this five generation shot has a particularly unique story behind it.  

1 Nov 2013 (All day)

Jade Woolsey coaches the junior high wrestling team in Morgan.  He knows he works with hard workers and wanted to help his team get involved with and give back to the community.  

1 Nov 2013 (All day)

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. 

1 Nov 2013 (All day)

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.

1 Nov 2013 (All day)

The 2-year-old son of Curt and Dusty Morgan, Gustus loves to play outside, rain or shine, alongside is dog.  He loves his pet fish, baby horse, trains, big trucks and tractors.

25 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.

25 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.

25 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.

25 Oct 2013 (All day)

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. 

25 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.

25 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.

18 Oct 2013 (All day)

MyHeritage announced this week that they have reached a landmark agreement with FamilySearch. In the announcement they said, “MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, and FamilySearch.organnounced today the signing and commencement of a strategic partnership that forges a new path for the family history industry. Under this multi-year partnership, MyHeritage will provide FamilySearch with access to its powerful technologies and FamilySearch will share billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years with MyHeritage. This will help millions of MyHeritage and FamilySearch users discover even more about their family history.

18 Oct 2013 (All day)

“It felt like something unfinished was completed,” Marilyn Bambrough said of recently graduating from Utah State University. 

18 Oct 2013 (All day)

Andelyn Jeffery, daughter of Dennis and Donna Jeffery, and Justin Michael Smith, son of Blane and Janae Smith, are pleased to announce their marriage for time and all eternity in the LDS Bountiful Temple on the 18th of October 2013. 

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

Ancestry.com this week announced the acquisition of Find-a-Grave.  Find-a-Grave has been a volunteer-led effort that has provided grave information for individuals all over the United States.  Through the efforts of their volunteers they have amassed the largest collection of grave information online in the United States.  

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

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

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.  

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

What started out ages ago as the Samhain festival and All Hallow’s Day has lead to the present-day traditions of Halloween. 

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

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. 

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.

4 Oct 2013 (All day)

Utah State University Extension recently launched two new gardening websites: the USU Yard and Garden website at garden.usu.edu and the USU Dixie Gardener website at dixiegardener.org.

4 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.  

4 Oct 2013 (All day)

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.