Meagan, Maycee, Levi and Mallarie are very excited to announce the birth of their new cute baby brother. Ryder Lee Durrant was born on Sept. 20, 2013, at 5:48 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs., was 19 ½ inches long and has lots of dark hair. Proud parents are Jason and Tana Durrant of Morgan. Grandparents are Craig and Marla Hyde and Mark and Eva Durrant of Morgan and Pat and Kay Roberts of Layton. Great grandparents are JoElla Francis and Joe and Norma Hyde.
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.
For the second time this season, the Cougars of Union High School opposed the Trojan volleyball team. The rich history of Morgan volleyball, their formidable record of 13 wins and 3 losses, and the home crowd cheering them on proved too much for Union and they fell again to Morgan. With the win, Morgan remains undefeated in region matches.
Brewer Snedden set a goal a year ago to become the state BMX champion in his division. Hard work, determination and an intense focus facilitated Brewer’s win at the state championship Sept. 13-14 at Rad Canyon in South Jordan.
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.
Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Northrop Grumman and team members are Bryan Chappell, Pat bird, Pat Olsen, and Randy Glanville. In a tie for 2nd place is MVP Polaris and team members are Bill Skeen, Susan Skeen, Kacie Straw and Shadd Straw, and also team Split Happens and team members are Dillon Smith, Heather Lombard, Casie Kline and Danny Kline. Our high scores and series for this week go to Dillon Smith 217=587, Danny Kline 248=676, Bryan Chappell 221=602, Pat Olsen 216=554, Pat Bird 168, Dennis Vernon 188, Jo Peterson 162, Chad Hayes 211=533, Dave Preece 176, Lynsey Enlow 167=464, Craig Mahoskey 278=709, Bill Skeen 191=516, Kacie Straw 186=475, and Shadd Straw 179. Great bowling teams!!!
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
Dr. Jacobs celebrates reading with Morgan Elementary School third grade students. Morgan School District Superintendent Doug Jacobs and elementary students across the county celebrated reading last week in an attempt to Read for the Record. The Pearson Foundation, in partnership with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign and the Governor’s Office, supplied the book “Otis” by Loren Long. County children and children across the state attempted to set a new record by all reading the same book.
The Morgan school’s Parent Teacher Student Organizations are combining efforts for the first time ever to raise funds for the high school, middle school and elementary school. The Morgan PTSO Fall Festival is on Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be full of excitement and fun for the whole family!
Chris Carrigan was born in Provo, Utah, while her father was attending Brigham Young University. She has four sisters and one brother. She spent most of her early years in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to kindergarten in a two-level old rickety school that reminded her of Ogden High School. She wore a red dot every day on her collar because when she was in first grade, she was hit by a car when walking home from school.
The ping-pong on the recreation agreement between the county, school district and city continued this week as the city approved the recreation agreement, but struck the liability provision that has been the ongoing contention between the entities.
In the Morgan City Council meeting this week, City Attorney Gary Crane reported that the State of Utah has established a canal safety commission and is considering taking action on canal safety. After canal problems that have caused loss of property and life, the state is considering ways to improve safety, including potentially a water tax, a tax on new developments, or the state approving any new developments that take place next to the canals.
This week the Morgan City Council approved providing access to a $642,000 no-interest loan from the USDA to the developer of a new hotel in Morgan City. The developer has already obtained nearly $5 million in funding on their own. This was the final step needed in the agreement with the city and the developer to facilitate the building of the hotel.
Morgan County Council thinks their quandary with getting high-speed internet to the county as well as their struggles with Lost Creek being shed as a state park would be good fodder for a local television program.
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.
The cry often heard in Morgan County from elected officials is, “We need more economic development.” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this statement in government meetings over the past four years.
I want to thank all those who helped me with my Eagle Project of planning trees at Kent Smith Park; Mike Waite, Richard Cameron (SMS Mobile) Travis Forsyth, Spencer Larson, Logan Cameron, Andre Malan, Troy Toone, Mont Forsyth, Carl Hipwell, and a special thanks to my family.
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.
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.
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.
After almost a year of work, the Morgan County Council has been handed a draft of a development agreement that could eventually bring thousands of building units and new recreational amenities to the county.
Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Team 3 and team members are Trina Pentz, Paula Harrington, Carolyn Hibler, and Jessica Jorgensen. In 2nd place is Team 5, and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. Our high scores and series for this week go to Cleo Stuart 175, Wendy Winn 157, Linda Clompton 155, Paula Harrington 164=454, Jessica Jorgensen 156, Melva Minster 178=499, Candice Johnson 175=485, and Carole Townsend 166. Nice bowling ladies.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the MorganMTB Race Team competed in their second race of the season on the Round Valley trails in Park City. Sixteen team members braved cold and muddy conditions to race in the second race of the season in the Utah High School Cycling League series.
Breanna M. Hurlbut grew up in western Oklahoma and moved to Utah in July 2009, prior to her eighth grade year. It was during that year that she was introduced to volleyball. In 2011, she and her family moved to Morgan, where she made the high school volleyball team. She now loves the game, her team and her coaches! A three-sport athlete, Brea also loves basketball and track, and will seek to give 100 percent into being an integral part of her teams’ competing for state titles this year.
On a soggy Wednesday afternoon the Morgan Trojans hosted Park City and Union in an exciting cross country meet. Morgan’s home course overlays the beautiful fairways of the Round Valley Golf Course with a magnificent mountain backdrop. A big thank you goes to the golf course caretakers, owners and personnel who so graciously offer their grounds for training and competition.
While administrators in the Morgan County School District have heard residents offer a four-day school week as a solution to their budgetary woes, other schools in the nation have already tried it with mixed results.
Ellen Thunberg sat on her school bus in Stockholm, Sweden, a bit dismayed at the monotony of her life. She was bored with school and wondered if she was going to have to continue with her mundane schedule. As she pondered on her lackluster situation, Thunberg’s friend presented an idea she had never before contemplated: she suggested they become foreign exchange students! Fast forward through the paperwork, selection process and waiting, and Thunberg found herself on the other side of the world on an adventure right here in Morgan, Utah, while her friend stays with a family in Chicago, Illinois!
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.
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.
Friday night our spectacular Morgan High School football team took on the Carbon Dinos for a homecoming game to remember. The threat of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Morgan’s powerhouse players. They took the Dinos down in a landslide win of 61-0.
The news is filled with tragedy and heartbreak. Each day stories of trauma captivates the captions. Periodically a story will have an effect on us as a whole. It can be hard for us to forget distressing details and events.
Our bowling leagues are back in full swing for the 2013-2014 season. We have three leagues going now, and we will be starting a Friday night league in October. If you, or anybody you know would like to bowl this year please call Parkside Lanes at 801-829-6012 for more details.
Wasatch High School hosted the Wasatch Invitational at Soldier Hollow on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Trojan Cross Country team faced one of the most challenging courses of the year on this high altitude mountain terrain originally designed as the Olympic cross country skiing venue. Athletes pushed themselves to the limit while tackling the steep hills and constantly changing running surfaces. To help mitigate crowding, race organizers divided the junior varsity races into underclassmen and upperclassmen categories for both the girls and boys, in addition to the varsity races.
The Trojan football team opened up region play just the way that many thought they would. From start to finish, they dominated the Emery High School Spartans, who had entered the game on a three-game losing streak. The Trojans continued those woes winning with a comfortable final score of 42-7.
During the Utah Valley University Forum on Engaged Reading, Dr. Douglas Gardner of UVU presented the Morgan Elementary second grade team a $500 “For the Love of Reading Innovative Reading Program Award” prize to be used for the continued development and sustainability of their classroom efforts. The teachers were also recognized for innovation in engaged reading and literacy instruction during a banquet at The Chateaux Deer Valley on Thursday, Sept. 19.
I want to applaud Morgan County School District Superintendent Doug Jacobs for his willingness to look at the four-day school week. This is a creative solution that can alleviate the district’s budget problems. It is no secret that the Century Center is costing us approximately $350,000 per year. The budget savings from a four-day week would easily cover the cost of the Century Center. It will also help the district cope with the additional costs of Obamacare.