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.
With winter finally releasing its grip on Morgan Valley, we will witness an amazing transformation. Many of us trade our snow shovels in for garden shovels. Some store their snowmobiles for the winter and load up four-wheelers for a trip to the dunes. Still others will trade snowboards and ski’s for their hiking boots and backpacks.
The discussion continues on whether the county ought to build a facility to replace the animal control building currently rented from veterinarian, Dr Lott. It also seems that the project has come full circle.
Monday, March 21 “Oklahoma” will be the production at the Plaza Playhouse. Season ticket holders be ready to leave at 4:45 p.m. for dinner then the play. Let the center know if you would like to attend with this group.
Twain and Shirley Carter will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary. All family and friends are welcomed to an Open House on Saturday March 19, 2011 at the Morgan LDS Stake Center, 355 North 700 East, Morgan, Utah, from 1 - 3 p.m.
To the young lady’s and young men of Morgan High basketball teams. You did not win the state championships, but you are still number one, the greatest and most respectful young adults and it was great being able to watch you play.
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.
In documents by The Morgan County News obtained through a Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) request from the investigation into the actions of Garth Day, the former Morgan County Council Administrator, additional details of the actions of Day were revealed.
First of all, congratulations to all of you who have signed up for either the 5k, half-marathon or full marathon that will take place in our beautiful Morgan Valley this summer! For those of you who haven’t, it will be an exciting experience, a first for Morgan Valley and I definitely encourage you to participate. I’ve hoped one day there would be a marathon in this amazing place to run and it’s about to happen for the first time in less than five months!
The school board reported that the drawings on the new PE facility (above) are approximately fifty percent complete. The structure will be 150 feet by 293 feet. The current name for the facility is the Trojan Century Center since this year marks the one hundred year anniversary of the first high school class in Morgan.
The school board received a request to start a debate club, but approved a debate team on Tuesday. The high school saw this as a first step to determine if there was sufficient interest to form a team.
In the school district meeting on Tuesday the school board adopted a new maturation curriculum. A group consisting of school representatives and parents has been studying maturation programs across the state in an effort to build the best program for Morgan. The results of their study and work were presented in the school board meeting and approved to be implemented.
The school district took final action on the question of the land sale to the county on Tuesday. In a unanimous vote the school board decided to retain the land and to fence the entire parcel. This move will remove from the table any option for the county to use the land for the fair grounds. The board acted after the county failed to come to a decision on how to proceed on the land after three separate responses from the school board.
In the next few months teachers throughout the Morgan School District will be participating in statewide academy classes learning about the implementation of the new Utah State Common Core Educational Standards.
In a move to protect citizens from fraudulent solicitations, Morgan City adopted an update to the code governing solicitors. “We have had a lot of complaints about solicitors,” said councilmember Shelly Betz.
It has been more than three years ago that access to Ancestry.com was removed from family history centers. Removed might nit be the correct wording since some of the resources of the site continued to be available, but it felt as though it was being removed. Many of the collections on Ancestry were no long available, including most of the United States census and the British census. Shortly thereafter FamilySearch worked to replace at least some of the resources by indexing the 1910 census and purchasing subscriptions to HeritageQuest online and FindMyPast, but the loss of Ancestry continued to leave a hole. That hole has now been filled as nearly all of the Ancestry.com records can now be accessed for free from the Morgan family history center.
Wednesday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the Morgan Senior Center we will start a free six-week workshop for people with ongoing health concerns. The classes will be taught by Jesse Garcia from Weber Human Services and will be highly interactive with breaks and snacks as well.
Happy 50th Birthday to Marian Brooks Stock. A Surprise Birthday Party was given to Marian by her husband, Duane and daughters Jennifer and Nicole on Saturday, March 5 to celebrate her birthday with family and friends at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn.
Camree Brown and Joshua C. Hansen have chosen March 11, 2011 to be married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. A reception will be held that evening at the Highlands LDS Church in Mountain Green from 6-8 p.m.. In case of an oversight, please join them at the reception held in their honor.
In a controversial move, Governor Herbert signed into law House Bill HB477 and in one stroke of the pen significantly reduced the openness of Utah government. He took this action after repeatedly supporting a policy of transparency.
It was an alumni reunion in the stands last Saturday night. Many Trojan fans made the trip to Salt Lake City to watch our Morgan boys basketball team play for the state 3A title. Everyone expected a close game but I don’t think anyone expected a 44 to 33 final score.
In the council meeting on Tuesday the council remained deadlocked on the issue of the land purchase from the school district, effectively killing the land purchase. Members Ned Mecham, Don Mathews, and Howard Hansen were in favor of the purchase, Members Ronda Kippen, Lyle Nelson and Chairman Tina Kelly were opposed. Member Kilmer chose to abstain. The issue needs four votes to proceed.
In 2010 Morgan High School’s Advanced Theatre group, “The Player’s of Plays” received superior ratings at Region Drama Festival where they won the region drama trophy. They continued on to State Drama Festival Where the Group also received superior ratings along with many showcased performances and medals won by Morgan High School drama students. “The Players of Plays” are a 30 member auditioned group under the direction of acclaimed actor and instructor Mr. Adam Slee. The group includes actors, actresses, technicians, make-up artists, dancers, and singers. This advanced group has received recognition from numerous adjudicators and has been selected out of 25 schools in Utah to have their upcoming musical Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” be reviewed and Judged for a chance to perform at the Jimmy Awards!
Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family of Bob Shelby to celebrate his 81st birthday. We will celebrate from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 18 at the Family Tree. Please RSVP to (801) 829-4404 by March 7.
Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family of Mary Rich to celebrate her 92nd birthday. We will celebrate from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 11 at the Family Tree. Please RSVP to (801) 829-4404 by March 7.
The Morgan Utah Stake will hold its semi-annual stake conference on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, 2011.
The meetings will be held in the Morgan Utah Stake Center at 355 North 700 East, Morgan, at the Rock Chapel at 10 W. Young Street, Morgan, and at the Porterville Chapel on South Morgan Valley Drive as listed below.
Speakers for the priesthood leadership, adult, and general sessions will come from the presiding authority, stake presidency, and membership of the stake. Elder Donald J. Keyes of the Seventy will be presiding at this conference.
The following sessions are planned. Visitors are invited:
- 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, for all priesthood leadership (Stake Center)
- 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, for all adults, ages 18 and up (Stake Center)
- 10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 13, for all members (Stake Center, Rock Chapel, Porterville Chapel, and Family Tree Assisted Living Center)
Gene and Lillian Carter of Morgan will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary and Gene’s 80th birthday on Saturday, March 12 at an open house held at the Morgan LDS Rock Church.
The couple was married March 10, 1950 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were later sealed in the St. George LDS Temple on October 16, 1954. Over the years they have both served in many capacities in their church.