It is time, once again, to recognize some of the excellent young women and men of Morgan County as we spotlight Morgan High School’s Sterling Scholars. The Sterling Scholar program’s purpose is to publicly recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership, and citizenship of high school seniors in the state of Utah.
Plant Manager Keith Krugh, was honored to present a Certificate of Recognition and gift to each of the Sterling Scholars for 2011, seniors who have excelled in many categories available in their high school on behalf of Holcim, (US), Inc. Holcim is a cement plant located in Devil’s Slide.
Operation Graduation has committed $12,000 towards the construction of the Trojan Century Center. The announcement was made by co-chairs Denny and Lucinda Andersen following a meeting with this year’s committee.
Devil’s Slide - The Morgan Education Foundation is happy to announce that funds are already beginning to be received for the Trojan Century Center. Holcim Cement has graciously donated powder for the concrete in both the Center and the new transportation facility. Plant Manager Keith Krugh indicates this will be a considerable savings to the district.
Our school system has a dedicated and devoted group of citizens leading the Morgan Education Foundation. These men and women give of their time and talents to serve the students of our schools. Trustees include: Kelly Wright, Scott Deru, David Alexander, Bruce Galbraith, Daren Peterson, Becky Weeks, Diana Olsen, Deanne Johnson, Jerry Peterson, Melanie Moore, Scott Duncan, and Jennie Earl.
The Lady Trojans traveled to St George last Thursday and played a softball tournament over the weekend. The girls came out ready to play, but looked a little rusty due to weather conditions at home. The Trojans have been practicing every day, but have not been able to practice on their field due to the snow and rain.
As I mentioned in last weeks article baseball gradually made its way west in the late 1800’s. The Cincinnati Red Stockings went on a tour of the western United States and played exhibition games. As a result of these games many people were introduced to the sport of baseball.
One of the questions I am often asked is, “When are all the family history centers going to close since all the information will be (or is) online.” Each time I receive this question I shake my head a little in despair.
As a community there our many places we gather and enjoy. Morgan County Library loves being one of those places. Now it’s time to celebrate the opportunity we have to read, learn and enjoy our wonderful library. During the month of April we would like to share a few things with our community.
In a move hailed by open government advocates and press organizations statewide the Utah Legislature repealed HB477. This bill, passed at the close of the previous legislative session, would have reduced the ability for the public to gain access to government records under the Government Records Access and Management Act.
In a letter to current customers Comcast notified those receiving service that they would soon not be available. The cable provider will be discontinuing services on May 15.
Comcast has supplied a low cost alternative for customers unable to receive the signal from the county maintained antennae system as well as a full range of premium television service to customers in the county.
Carol Elaine Durrant Carter, eighty-one years old passed away on March 29, 2011 at her home in Morgan, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rock LDS Church, Morgan 12th Ward Chapel, 10 W. Young Street, Morgan, Utah.
A viewing for friends and family will be on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 45 W. 200 N. Morgan UT and Friday April 1, 20011 from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. at the Morgan 12th LDS Ward, 10 W. Young Street Morgan, UT.
The 3rd grade students at Mountain Green Elementary showed off their invention skills last week as they displayed and demonstrated their Leprechaun traps that they made. Each student was required to design and construct a Leprechaun trap based on principles that they had learned in class about simple machines. The students showed amazing creativity and a few of them were certain that they had caught a Leprechaun, unfortunately they all escaped. Way to go third graders!
By Robert Kilmer, Career and Technology Education Director
Throughout the year you can open the newspaper and read about the athletic accomplishments of Morgan High Students. Morgan has a reputation around the state of being one of the most competitive schools in the state. Very seldom do I go to a meeting around the state when someone does not comment on Morgan High’s accomplishments on the playing field. Many of our athletic programs can and do compete with schools three to four times our size. The students are amazing and have shown over the years a dedication and work ethic that is unsurpassed by other schools in the state. What you don’t see as often are the accomplishments of the students, athletes, and clubs in the classroom or in educational competitions. While these competitions don’t usually make headlines in the newspapers they still demonstrate the work ethic and accomplishments of Morgan’s students.
Baseball in Morgan County has roots that go back to around the first of the 20th century. Before we look at that history lets take a look at the beginning of baseball in America. Baseball in the 19th century is loaded with interesting history and facts.
Morgan City is continuing its unflagging support for businesses who are willing to invest in Commercial Street and help bring the street back to life. The latest to step in and invest in Commercial Street is Morgan Physical Therapy. The business purchased the old Variety Store and is now in process of remodeling the building for their use. The city enticed the business, in part, by holding out the possibility of incentives.
The Foot Clinic has been changed from our usual 4th Tuesday to March 29th instead. If you already have appointments, you will receive a call from the center; however, if you need to make an appointment, call 801-845-4040.
Morgan County has three active political parties: The Constitution Party, The Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
In odd numbered years, each of these parties holds an organizing convention. The main purpose of the convention is to elect county party officers to serve for two year terms. In the case of the Republican party, we elect a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and an At Large Member of the State Central Committee. We call this group of five The Executive Committee.
The people currently serving in these positions are (Listed in order): Larry Hatch, Corey Leishman, Bret Haney, Sherm Farnsworth and Jennie Earl.
Any resident of Morgan County who is willing to affiliate with; and register as a member of the Republican Party, is eligible to run for one of these offices. If you wish to run for a party office, you will need to be in attendance at the Republican Party Organizing Convention on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Morgan County Courthouse Auditorium. The event will begin with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and informal visiting until about 6:00 p.m.
About 6:00 p.m. the party chairman will call the meeting to order. The main item of business will be the election of officers; however, other business will be conducted as required. Those desiring to be on the ballot, for any of the five offices listed above, should arrange for someone who is a registered Republican to nominate them. A second to the nomination is not required, but is allowed if the candidate desires that to be part of his nomination. Seconds will be counted as part of the candidates two minute introductory speech time.
Voting will be by secret ballot and balllots will be counted by independent judges: meaning the judges will not be members of the party executive committee or county delegates.
Those voting will be Official County Delegates who were elected at the Precinct Caucus Meetings in 2010, or appointed to fill a vacated delegate position in the case of a resignation or some event that made a delegate ineligible.
We, the party leaders, hope to have at least two nominees for each of the five positions open for election. Please see our paid advertisement in this issue of the newspaper. Thanks for your consideration.
The Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family and friends of Mary Swede Hickman to celebrate her birthday. We will celebrate from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 at Family Tree. Please RSVP to (801) 829-4404 by March 31.
The Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family and friends of Fern Carter to celebrate her birthday. We will celebrate from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at Family Tree. Please RSVP to (801) 829-4404 by March 31.
The Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family and friends of Wanda Hansen to celebrate her birthday. We will celebrate from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 4 at Family Tree. Please RSVP to (801) 829-4404 by March 31.
Raymond D. McMillan will celebrate his 90th birthday on Saturday, March 26 and would like to invite his friends to share this day with him at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mountain Green Elementary.
After much searching, some near misses and a brush or two with disaster, Megan and Reid quit looking and resigned themselves to lives of lonely desperation. A few days later they found each other. And just in the nick of time, as Reid, in a fit of bravery, had joined the Army and had only two weeks to sweep Megan off her feet. Well swept.
Megan and Reid are to be married April 2, at the Riter Mansion in Logan. They invite any and all they may have overlooked to join them in the celebration.
As the season is about to change from winter to spring each year, newspapers from across the state meet in Saint George for the Utah Press Association’s Winter Convention. This last weekend, March 18-19, the annual event was held and marked the association’s 117 annual convention. As always, The Morgan County News was there to represent Morgan’s hometown newspaper.
Morgan City has removed the old playground equipment at Riverside Park in preparation for new equipment to be installed. The new equipment includes play areas designed for five to twelve year olds and a separate area designed for younger children. The equipment also includes a kinetic area to help children become more fit. The equipment above is what will be installed for the five to twelve. The kinetic play area is to the left. The city has asked that those using the park during construction stay off the equipment that is marked “Keep Off” until the constriction is complete.
The county council autorized a budget of $6,000 to pay members of its Swift Water Rescue Team on Tuesday. The swift water rescue team was formed to manage an increasing number of incidents on rivers in the county.
The 2nd grade students from Mountain Green Elementary enjoyed a great field trip to the Clark Planetarium at The Gateway in Salt Lake City. They were able to explore the many displays in the museum as well as participate in a live show in the dome theater. They were able to experience a speedy sunrise and sunset, and learn how Earth’s rotation causes the motions of the sun, moon, and stars. They viewed the spherical Earth, Moon, and Sun and heard a few stories about several constellations. After the field trip the students walked down to the fountains at The Gateway. There they ate lunch and enjoyed watching the fountains move to the olympic-themed music.
Often, the best lessons in life come during the most difficult moments. It’s an ironic twist to your torment. However, just because there’s a lesson to be learned doesn’t lessen the fact that it really did hurt you, break you, embarrass you, scare you, or scar you. Whether a million other people have experienced similar pains and perils, made the same mistakes, or tripped and fell at the same spots you did, doesn’t matter. Don’t ever let anyone generalize, or belittle your battles because they are yours and the pain is personal. Of course your true lessons should go deeper than any obvious commitments to just make better choices. Beyond your choice to choose more wisely, you should also feel a new strength of purpose within yourself. You’ve faced your fears, or maybe you’re still facing them, but that’s what makes you better for your battles; you are still pressing forward.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – After careful deliberation, base officials have decided not to host an open house and air show this year. It has been deferred until 2012. Team Hill looks forward to hosting a great community event next year.
I was reading one of the family history bloggers this last week and I read a statement that has become common. It goes something like, “Never trust anything online.” The blogger took issue with the statement and went on to say that this person had taken the statement too far. He reminded his readers that there are many source records online. These are often of better quality than the microfilm from which many of them were made.
“There were approximately 100 visitors to the County Library that day,” replied Morgan County Librarian, Valerie Hancock. She was reporting on the response to having a popular guest who had been invited to speak there last week. The extremely popular LDS author and speaker, Jon Bytheway was enthusiastically received when he spoke to the crowd last Friday.
Morgan Elementary School students and staff celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading and logging 363,304 total minutes in the month of February, a new school record! Pictured are Mrs. Sommers’ 4th grade class who won the classroom contest reading a combined 22,103 minutes earning Mrs. Sommers a Barnes & Noble gift certificate.
Now more than ever before it is important for each of us to make our own personal fitness a priority. Being physically fit and participating in an active lifestyle can help reduce the prevalence of many of the health problems we face today such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Beyond the physical benefits of fitness, there are many mental and social benefits as well; feeling good, increasing energy levels, reducing stress, and spending time with family and friends, are but just a few.