Twice a year Deseret Book stores around the area fill to capacity with excited women, having a night out as many of their husbands, sons and fathers attend a special Priesthood session of General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When many people think of family history, they think of Aunt Mabel. The image conjured up is that of someone who is a little eccentric whose idea of a good time is going to a cemetery to take rubbings of headstones or visiting a county courthouse to pour through county records.
Whether by starting a talk with song in front of a large crowd or by towering over others with a 6’7” stature, David Glover is sure to stand out. His comedic talent and genuine personality have influenced many who call him a great friend. He loves to laugh and joke, and is often described as quite the “character.” His wife, Heidi, kids she was born talentless with only the ability to talk and smile. Smile and talk she does and in so doing claims just as many hearts.
Morgan Valley Crafts hosted a grand opening last weekend welcoming the public to its creative shop, located right here in Morgan. Refreshments were served which only diverted attention for a moment from the crafts which fared to be a bigger temptation for the great turnout of shoppers.
“It’s all about family” is a fitting motto for the Skinner household. Joey and Lisa Skinner have been blessed with four wonderful children: Shantelle (married to husband Nate), Colby (currently serving a mission in Mexico), Cameron (a high school senior), and Tucker (eighth grade). A new highlight in the Skinner family has been the addition of Shantelle and Nate’s baby girl, Brielle. Joey and Lisa love their new role as grandparents.
Wednesday night, at the blogger dinner, FamilySearch made a number of announcements. First off, they released that there are more than 6,700 registrants in advance of the conference. This makes RootsTech the largest genealogical conference in North America. In only its third year that is a remarkable achievement. It has become the “not to miss” conference in the genealogical world. If you did not pre-register you can still register at the door. A one day pass is only $89. The exhibit hall is open for free.
At the base of our famous “M” hillside sits one of the best power sports dealerships around. Born of a family’s passion for outdoor recreation and snowmobiling, Morgan Valley Polaris offers true family-style service.
As Morgan County residents watch as the last patches of snow melt away, they often wish for better weather and the luxuries of summer. Beautiful lawns, trees that are healthy enough to let children climb in while bearing delicious fruits, and vegetables overflowing onto our neighbors’ properties are often things people dream about but think they must wait until warm weather to prepare. Now is the time to begin planning and preparing for your summer gardening and fall feast.
Michael L. Newton from Croydon and Debbie Sessions from Peterson were appointed to the Morgan County Planning Commission. The Morgan County Council appointed them for terms set to expire on Feb. 28, 2017.
Every member of the Clark family (Bruce, Jennifer, Ethan, Ellissa, Hannah, Hailey, Cecily and Chloe) is involved in the 4-H program in Morgan County. Both Bruce and Jennifer volunteer their time and talents to 4-H. Bruce drives his tractor to the fairgrounds every year to help with livestock needs and his favorite joke includes the words “past your eyes milk.” Jennifer is the adult advisor to the Morgan County Jr. Teen Council as well as a TRY Team Adult Leader. Each of the children participates in 4-H clubs, camps, fairs and state events. The eldest Clark sibling, Ethan, participated in 4-H until this year when he graduated from Morgan High School and began serving a two-year, Latter-day Saint Mission in Minnesota. The family hosts a county-wide “Farmer for a day” camp where they invite all to come and learn about healthy lifestyle choices, wise use of resources and responsibility via the Clark Dairy Farm.
After six years of development and testing FamilySearch has released its Family Tree product to the general public. I have written about new.FamilySearch.org and then Family Tree a number of times over the past few years as FamilySearch did regular releases of the software to try to perfect the experience for those researching their ancestors.
When you live in a close-knit community like Morgan County, it is easy to run under the assumption that nothing bad ever happens here. However, victims of domestic abuse in this county know the unfortunate truth behind the facade.
A group of 500 volunteers from the Washington Heights Church will flood Morgan for a week this summer in an effort to spruce up some local homes. From June 24 to 28, the volunteers hope to paint, repair and spruce up the yards of many homes in Morgan City. With the help of the Morgan City Council, they have already identified 12 homes and hope to add as many as 10 more.
This year the staff at The Morgan County News would like to make your newspaper reading experience a little more interactive. You may have seen our weekly word of the week contests. Maybe you have tried to identify the individuals in an old photo for a prize.
Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of Taggart’s Grill in Taggart? The establishment has been serving lunch and dinner for nine years, and its fame has spread far and wide. It began as a gas station in the 1930s when two Taggart boys asked their uncle for some money to start up a station and some cabins. It expanded to a place that sold burgers and fish bait. At one point, a bobcat was kept on the porch. In the 1970s or early 80s, it burned down and Howard Taggart sold it to Elaine Stoddard, who owned it from 1996 to 2003. It is now owned by the Tuttle family and if you haven’t been there, you are missing a treat!
A familiar, pleasant face long seen at the Morgan Post Office will no longer be behind the counter after Feb. 28. After 34 1/2 years as a government worker, Darla Wright will be retiring from the U.S. Postal Service.
Once again, 1st Bank of Morgan is teaming up with the Earn It, Keep It, Save It Coalition (EIKISI) for Davis and Morgan Counties to provide IRS-approved tax preparation for low-income families and individuals. EIKISI is a statewide coalition building partnerships to strengthen family financial stability.
While preparing the year in review piece for last week’s newspaper, I really was amazed at all the things that took place in Morgan County during 2012. Sometimes I get stuck in the weekly rut of attending meetings, listening to recordings, writing stories and editing the newspaper. The chance to look at every newspaper published by The Morgan County News in 2012 gave me the opportunity to step back and really get an over-all picture.
The growth of indexed family history records has allowed the development of new family history experiences. The goal of a variety of companies has been to allow individuals with less genealogical experience to have success.
For over 100 years, 4-H has been giving kids useful skills and wholesome recreation. The 4-H program in Morgan County, as well as many counties throughout the state, has been limited to children in the third grade and older. The Utah State University Extension Office has been working on bringing a program called Cloverbuds to Morgan County that will involve students in Kindergarten through second grade. These students will have the opportunity to “learn while doing.”
It would be hard to keep up with the Joneses—at least all that they have done in a short time. Dr. Kip and Heidi Jones live in Monte Verde, Mountain Green. Kip is a dentist in Layton and Heidi is a stay-at-home mom to their four girls. Both are natives of Utah, but they traveled a great deal in the early years of marriage before they returned home to Utah again. The Jones have lived in Morgan County the past six and a half years.
A new year begins. All of the holiday decorations have been taken down and put away, kids have gone back to school, and adults have returned to work. The start of each year is rich with ambition, hopes and dreams. The whole year is before us and anything is possible. What makes the difference between accomplishing the milestones we earnestly set out to achieve and letting our resolve slowly dissipate into inaction? Resolutions, goals, targets, objectives—however you refer to them—help you get to where you want to be.
During the last months of 2012, Young Chevrolet, in Layton, raised $11,775 for the Davis Education Foundation. The donation will be presented to the Davis Education Foundation at their board meeting on Tuesday, January 15 at the Davis School Administration Building.
As resolutions are beingAs resolutions are being made for the new year, home ownership and better money management are often at the top of the list. Debbie Leonard, one of Morgan City’s newest real estate brokers, hopes to assist residents in achieving some of those goals.
It is nearly time again this year for RootsTech. This has become one of the best genealogical conferences in the United States, and it is right in our back yard. The conference runs from March 21-23. This year will have more sessions, a bigger display floor, and larger attendance that ever before.
Seventeen years ago a teaching job brought Doug and Jane Curfew to Morgan. Since then, they have had the opportunity to serve many Morgan children. Doug, a fifth grade teacher at Morgan Elementary, plays a very influential role in the lives of these young children as they begin to make the transition from elementary to middle school. He really enjoys the students he teaches and they in turn enjoy him. The students especially enjoy Doug’s love of ‘80s music as they get to partake of it in the classroom.
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.