Morgan entered the first round of the state boys basketball tournament last Saturday as the number one seed, earning the privilege to play at home against the Hawks of North Sanpete, a number four seed from Region 12. The game was closer than it ever should have been even though the Morgan boys eventually pulled away from North Sanpete.
The Morgan County School Board of Education wants input on how to handle anticipated growth, especially as it relates to expected increases in public school enrollment. To get that input, the board has formed a growth advisory committee/task force.
Representative Patrice Arent was inspired by Luke Parker—a student at Upland Terrace Elementary who regularly waves a sign at adults in idling cars during school pick up—to launch a campaign where the scripts are flipped and students educate adults on idling. His ingenuity in creating a way to remind people to play their part in preventing pollution reminded her that students often speak with the clearest voices, especially in issues where adults are sometimes forgetful.
In an effort to provide guests with real-time information related to lift and trail status, weather conditions, current resort information, the ability to track runs, vertical feet skied at the resort, speed and more, Snowbasin Resort introduced a free mobile app this week that is available for both iPhone and Android smartphone users.
Every year, the Morgan FFA chapter has its annual fundraiser of selling Valentine’s Day flowers. All day long, any assortment of flowers can be seen coming and going from the Ag room. Many members of the community come out and help the group by purchasing a bundle of roses or a vase of lilies and carnations for their sweethearts. It’s a big hit every year! We can always count on the folks in the county to come out and support us. Sure, the FFA members spend all day wrapping and arranging flowers and delivering them. But in the end, it’s all worth it to see what we’ve accomplished! Thanks so much to everyone who bought flowers this year!
Morgan has had a strong legacy of outstanding wrestlers. Throughout the last five decades, Morgan has produced its share of state champions. One particular family has wrestling success running through their blood. The Pentz family has earned its way onto the podium throughout generations and this last weekend, five cousins wrestled their way to the top.
Pam Francis is an important part of the Morgan School District Transportation Department. She was born in Coeur d’ alene, Idaho, and she is the second daughter of five children. Her family moved to the Pacific Northwest to a small farm when she was 2 years old. They raised shrimp, crab and salmon as a mainstay.
With the current economic climate, there has been a boom in the buying and selling of pre-owned items on facebook and classified pages. The new Traders Apparel store on Commercial Street facilitates this same concept in retail form.
On Feb. 17, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter, held its monthly meeting. Clyde J. Williams, formerly a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University and current assistant managing director of the LDS Church Correlation Evaluation Department, was the invited guest speaker.
Weber State University’s 18th annual Storytelling Festival will take place Feb. 24-26. Each year the award-winning festival invites the public to enjoy the performances of national, local and student storytellers.
You have heard of public art, but have you seen public artists in action? Next week, Thursday, Feb. 27, you may see artists with easels all around town. The group, called the Plein Air Painters of Utah, paints together once a month and this month they will be inspired by the beautiful Morgan valley scenery.
The Morgan High School Wrestling Team has been traveling the state since the beginning of the school year to compete with outstanding competitors. As the season is coming to a close, it is apparent Morgan wrestlers are among the best in the state.
The Morgan Trojans just claimed their third region championship. It is unusual for a team to be able to make such a claim, but what is even more astonishing is this Morgan team has never lost a region game, winning 32 straight. This varsity team is the result of talent, friendship, heart and determination.
The Bible says faith without works is dead. Should we really pray for snow and rain when we live in a desert? My memory is still fresh from a request by local church leaders to pray for less snow so that homes along the Weber River don’t flood. Heaven must laugh at us here in our earthly station as we pray for a mitigation of either drought or flood every second year.
Each year, Morgan Elementary School students show off their storytelling skills as they compete for the opportunity to represent the school at the annual Weber State Storytelling Festival in Ogden, Utah.
Holcim has also been working to support the Read Today program in Morgan Elementary. Through financial donations and volunteer reading tutors, Holcim has had a very positive impact on literacy at Morgan Elementary School.
Standings for week 20: First place, Eagle Rock Construction; Second place, Denice’s Home Plate; Third place, Morgan Drug; Fourth place, Valley Girls; Fifth place tie between Bell Oil and Head Over Heels.
In his recent State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama spoke about his signature domestic achievement, Obamacare. He predictably declared that his health law is working as advertised, despite all the problems with the website, the millions of Americans who have had their health insurance dropped as a result of the law, and the skyrocketing costs that have made health care unaffordable for many. To anyone taking an objective view, Obamacare is a disaster.
Roger and Joan Nold made Morgan their home last summer when they purchased 27 acres on Highway 66. The new Morgan residents have family members in different areas of military service, which has instilled in them a sense of gratitude and patriotism. When their son joined the Army reserves, Joan began reading books and researching about the effects of war and veterans with a stronger focus.
Holcim representatives, including Holcim Plant Manager David Fletcher, met with Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert and City Councilwoman Shelly Betz to present a check to fund new restrooms at Riverside Park.
Beth Smith Turner
June 6, 1919 – February 12, 2014
Beth was born to Conrad Alma Smith and Nellie May Compton in Morgan, Utah. She spent her early years in Ogden, Utah. She married Frank Robison Turner on Oct. 27, 1937, in the Salt Lake Temple. They moved to Taft, California, where the first two of their five children were born. They later moved back to Devil Slide, Utah, and had their third child. They built their home in Morgan on Island Road, where the last of their children were born, and they remained there for the rest of their lives.
Funeral services will be held at the Rock Church, 10 West Young Street, Morgan, Utah, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. A viewing will precede the funeral at 9:45 a.m.
Viewing Services will be held at Walker Mortuary, 45 West 200 North, Morgan, Utah, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
RootsTech started out with a bang. The conference will have more than 30,000 attendees with more than 4,000 youth attending on Saturday. The conference will also be broadcasting to more than 600 locations worldwide. These locations will hold local family history conferences in conjunction with RootsTech. It is expected that the total number of individuals that will participate in RootsTech, either directly or through one of the local conferences, will be nearly 150,000. That makes RootsTech the largest family history conference in the world, and it is right in our back yard. If you have time on Saturday to head down to the Salt Palace it will be worth the trip. On Saturday, Neil L Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be speaking along with Elder Foster and Elder Packer of the Seventy. Studio C will be performing and John Bytheway will be speaking.
If Utah parents want to choose new schools for their children for the upcoming (2014-2015) school year, they need to start researching the schooling options available to their children right away. That’s the message from organizers of National School Choice Week, which this week featured 25 events across the Beehive State and a history-making 5,500 events nationwide between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.
The Morgan Trojans boys’ basketball team defeated Uintah last Friday in another commanding performance. The 94-70 victory extends Morgan’s winning streak to eight games—the Trojans are yet to lose in 2014.
The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February. Severe winter weather throughout January across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
A disturbing trend is occurring among the children of the baby boomers, myself included. We seem to have no interest in trying to save old or broken things. Rather than paying someone to come fix a broken dishwasher, for example, we would rather just go buy a new one.