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September 1, 2011

The Utah State University Extension Office provides excellent resources to Morgan County.  Through the Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H program, the Agricultural Services Department and the Food Sense Program our community is enriched and educated. The first two services may be familiar to you already, but the last, Food Sense is an up and coming program in the Extension Office. The program is headed by me, Madeline Carrigan, the Nutrition Education Assistant and sponsored and supported by Amanda Horrocks the County 4-H Agent. Food Sense is a program funded by the USDA which aims to assist families in budgeting properly and getting the most nutrition out of what they can afford.  

September 1, 2011

Several months ago the county council changed the body that hears appeals to planning commission and county council decisions.  The county had previously had a board of volunteers that heard the appeals cases.  The council had been struggling to have enough volunteers to keep the appeals board working.  They also had challenges with the appeals board keeping current on the knowledge necessary to make good decisions.  Appeals are rare, and the law and county codes are complex.  Last year the chairman of the appeals board wrote to the council about his concerns relating to the capability of the board to render good decisions.

 

September 1, 2011

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Earl J Banner, age 74, passed peacefully away on Thursday September 1st.   He was born on May 14, 1937 in Declo, Idaho to Clarence LeRoy and Olevia Hymas Banner.  He learned many lessons and skills that carried him through the rest of his life working beside his father and brothers on the family farm.  After graduating from Declo High School he attended University of Idaho before serving a LDS mission to Samoa, where he learned to love the Polynesian people.  He attended Brigham Young University and met his sweetheart, Nyla Wilcock.  They were sealed for eternity on June 14, 1962 in the Salt Lake Temple.  

September 1, 2011

The family of Grace Johanson would like to extend our deep gratitude to all of our wonderful friends in the community for their love and kindness during our time of loss. Thank you for all of the cards, visits, and food that was brought to our homes. 

 

September 1, 2011

I want to personally thank the crew and cast of “Annie” for an outstanding production.  Each member played an important role in the success of the event.  I especially extend appreciation to the parents and community for their attendance and support.  It is my hope that this is just the beginning of an annual event that brings the schools and citizens together at the beginning of each school year celebrating local talent and raising funds for a worthwhile cause.

 

August 25, 2011

As school begins each year students are usually filled with excitement and enthusiasm to meet new friends and learn new things.  Just the anticipation of a new class and seeing their old friends provides motivation to come to school during the first few weeks.  Regrettably, after a few weeks some students begin to feel that regular attendance to school is not important.  Sadly, but not usually intentionally, some parents also feel that missing a few days of school is not that important.

 

August 25, 2011

1752 is an important year in family history.  It is the year that most of Europe switched their calendars.  The Julian calendar did not coincide perfectly with the earth’s orbit and added eleven minutes each year.  The Gregorian calendar (which we use today) was introduced in 1582, but only a few countries in Europe adopted it.  

 

August 25, 2011

The news has been stirring about a community theater company and its version of the Broadway Musical “Annie” which will be held at the Morgan High School Auditorium, this week August 25th, 26th, 27th and 29th. 

 

August 18, 2011

The 100th Anniversary of the Morgan County Fair was a successful one for the 4-H program. With over 180 fair exhibit entries, 171 4-H Livestock animals sold, two nights of Horse 4-H, the 4-H Teen Council face painting booth, and the Morgan 4-H Robotics club booth, the Morgan County 4-Hers stayed busy!

 

August 18, 2011

The Morgan Valley has been carpeted with lush green for most of the summer and the hills and valleys continue to clothe in the colors of summer.  It’s hard to imagine that school will be back in session next week!  Following are some random thoughts about the upcoming year and what we can expect to see as the year progresses.

 

August 18, 2011

The Morgan Education Foundation is making a final push to fund the new Trojan Century Center.  They are beginning a two-week campaign to reach out to the residents of the county and alumni of Morgan High School.  The foundation believes that there are many that benefited from an excellent education in Morgan that will want to support the Trojan Center, particularly on the hundredth anniversary of the High School.  The campaign will last two weeks and is targeting to raise $100,000.  This should bring the foundation to the necessary funding for the facility to be completed. “Our goal is to reach out to individual, to alumni, to families… and ask for a commitment of $1,000, “ said Kelly Wright Morgan Education Foundation president.  He continued, “[It is] great opportunity to share in helping to build this facility, not just a mediocre facility, but a facility… that has a classrooms to teach, that has the equipment…everything that would make this first class.”

 

August 18, 2011

Located just east of the Ogden temple is the Ogden FamilySearch Library.  With the exception of the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake, the Ogden library is the busiest in the world serving more than 45,000 patrons annually.  There are more than 140 computer stations in the facility as well as large training rooms.  The center has more than 300 staff who help patrons find their ancestors as well as an extensive film collection.

 

June 16, 2011

Money is a subject we all have to deal with. Some of the 4-H members learned that money is no small topic at the Money Day Camp, on June 8th. They learned, through various activities, where to keep their money, how to save their money, and how to spend their money. Throughout the day, these 4-Hers (6th to 8th graders) had to be aware of their choices in saving and spending money.

 

June 16, 2011

 

Summer 4-H will be in the parks, at the courthouse, and the fairgrounds.

 The Morgan County Parks that will be hosting “4-H in the Park” include: Riverside, Mountain Green Bowery, Croydon, Milton and Porterville. The activities will be Wednesdays, June 22, 29, July 6, and 13, from 9 am to 10 am. Those ages 8 or older (those 3-7 yrs may attend if accompanied by an adult) are free to participate and no registration required. Activities will include crafts, games, patriotic activities and more.

“4-H is often for the youth, these activities encourage families to come participate together,” said Amanda Horrocks, Morgan County USU Extension Agent.

 

 

June 16, 2011

 

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

Mitch Albom 

The valley of Morgan is alive with the rebirth that accompanies late spring and early summer.  Copious amounts of snow and rain have left behind a lush carpet of foliage and flora for all of us to enjoy.  Visitors to the valley are taken back by its beauty and majestic mountains.

 

June 16, 2011

 

Dear Editor,

…and readers.  This is in response to “The Biker” letter in your 6-10-11 issue.  The letter was written to “you”, which, barring further clarification, includes everyone besides the writer, including me.  “I”, and “you”, are found guilty of a lot of indecent, unthoughtful, vile things, culminating finally in cutting the biker off and killing him.  Now I’m definitely not perfect, but I’m not all those bad things, and I’ve certainly never harmed or killed a biker.  I feel like I, and the vast majority of the “you”, have been accused, found guilty, and sentenced, without ever being known, heard, or having a fair trial. 

 

Dear Editor,

June 16, 2011

 

The Miss Morgan Queen Contest was held Thursday, June 9th @ Graceland Equestrian Center.  There were some excellent candidates competing for the title and many spectators showing support.  In the end, the following were crowned: Queen – Kacie Chappell, 1st Attendant – Sam Peterson, 2nd Attendant – Olivia Anderson (from left to right)!  Every contestant walked away with over $200 in prizes! This contest would not have been a success without the following sponsors: Graceland Equestrian Center, IFA on 12th street, Morgan County Newspaper, Connie Nance, Karen’s Kreations, Risin Star Farm (Katrina Pearce), Andi B’s Jewelry, Staci Andrews Schlack, Diane Dickson, Ron’s Fix It Shop (Gwen Robison) & Kristin Kariger. This contest was put on by Danell Sorensen & Nancy Ford.  We would like to thank the community for their support and all the girls for their hard work and dedication.  They will represent Morgan County proudly for 2011. 

 

June 16, 2011

 

The following is the 8th part in a series of “The History of baseball in Morgan County”. Most of the information is taken from a book by Paul Stewart called “Baseball in Morgan County: The Early years”.

On September 6th, 1946 a Championship game was held in Morgan county between South Morgan and Richville. The game was played at the county fair grounds before a full house. In 1946 there were not any floodlights for the field so the length of the game was at the mercy of the sun. With the first pitch at 2:30 in the afternoon, there was little chance of running out of daylight. This game was the exception.

 

June 16, 2011

 

The Morgan Valley Marathon is only six weeks away.  Hopefully you have been preparing and anticipating this great event!  It’s not too late if you still want to participate.  If you’ve been training for the marathon you should plan your longest run, which should be about 18 to 20 miles, about 4 weeks prior to the marathon.  Half marathoners, your longest run should be about 10 miles.  For those who would still be interested in participating, there is still plenty of time to train for the 5K.  If you and your family are interested in running  in the 5K, we are offering affordable 5K  discount plans.  Sign up forms for the 5K plans are at Jubilee, Goldenwest Credit Union at the Morgan County Library.  For those who have not yet registered, the prices have gone up for the races but we are offering a resident discount that will give you $15 off of the registration fee.  When registering enter the code:  MORGAN  to receive the discount.  You can register through the mail to avoid the extra processing fee, if interested contact Kim Turner at turnerek@msn.com.  

We would love the community to be involved in one way or another to showcase our beautiful valley and all it has to offer.  If running is not your thing, please consider being a volunteer.  We would love to have you involved.  To sign up to be a volunteer, go online at: 

www.morganvalleymarathon.com. 

 

April 28, 2011

In a move that will provide some help for budget shortfalls at the Sheriff’s office, the Morgan City Council determined to contract with the county to have the services of an additional deputy for 84 days during the summer months.  

 

April 28, 2011

Gedcom (Genealogical Data Communications) is a file format that allows genealogical data to be shared between software programs.  Gedcom was implemented many years ago by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to facilitate genealogical information exchange.  It was subsequently adopted as a standard and virtually all genealogical software and sites support Gedcom for data exchange.  

 

April 28, 2011

The Morgan Girls Golf team traveled to Tremonton last Thursday for their final regular season tournament.  The tournament was delayed one hour while one storm passed, and once play began, it was just a matter of time before the next storm rained down on them.  Soaking wet, they managed to finish nine holes of golf.  

 

April 28, 2011

Morgan High has announced their cheerleaders for the 2011-2012 school year. They are listed here: Back row:  Shelby Prochnow, Paige Malan, McKayla Jones, Noelle Dredge, Lexus Toomer, Shayli Kilmer, Bekah Compas, Karlie Dotson

 

April 28, 2011

On April 7, 8, and 9 the first Morgan High Alumni Basketball Tournament was held to help raise funds for the Boys Basketball program and the Morgan Education Foundation to help with the New Century Sports Building that will begin construction this Spring.  

 

April 28, 2011

On April 7, 8, and 9 the first Morgan High Alumni Basketball Tournament was held to help raise funds for the Boys Basketball program and the Morgan Education Foundation to help with the New Century Sports Building that will begin construction this Spring.  

 

April 28, 2011

The Morgan High School Track Team has traditionally attended the Logan High, Grizzley Classic, Invitational for the last decade.  It is a large meet with over twenty schools from 1A-5A classifications competing.  

 

April 28, 2011

Congratulations to Matt Franich for being elected “Sweetheart” for the month of April.  We appreciate Matt’s smiling face here and his great contribution to the conversations.

 

April 28, 2011

Morgan County Library sends a big “Thanks” to a great bunch of “future authors” for sharing their talents with us.  We knew there was talent in our county but we were just amazed at the stories that were entered in our contest for National Library Week.  So we just wanted to mention a few of the awesome kids and the wonderful ideas they shared with us. 

 

April 28, 2011

 

Last Thursday, April 21, northern Utah had some major winds, and the power was out in parts of Morgan County because of it, and a lot of damage throughout six Utah Counties. In the photo above, the Eppards on Morgan Valley Drive had their barn fly into the back  of their home, and they lost a large section of a fence also. They have a wind station and it recorded at 238 miles per hour at 1:25. Then 20 minutes later, a 73 mph gust took out one of their storage sheds.  The tyrotoxism barn weighed over 12,000 pounds. 

 

April 15, 2011

The Lady Trojan’s played Bear River for their first home regional softball game on Tuesday April 5 2011, at Morgan.  The Bears gained a 7 to 0 lead in the first three innings.  The Trojan’s tried to turn the game around in the fourth inning, but was only able to bring in one run.  Shay Hatch was 2 for 3, Amiee Sowder had a double with one RBI and was 1 for 2, Raqeal Jensen had a double, Whitney Titus was 1 for 2 and Brook Pierce was also 1 for 2 and was the only one that scored this game.  Morgan only had six hits this game, but continued to battle, but unfortunately Morgan could never recover and Bear River won 16 to 1

 

March 21, 2011

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.

 

March 4, 2011

In order for the Horse 4-H program to start the new season in style, the Morgan Horse 4-H
Council is sponsoring a Logo Contest. The chosen logo will be used to help advertise and promote the horse 4-H program throughout the coming year.

In order for the Horse 4-H program to start the new season in style, the Morgan Horse 4-H
Council is sponsoring a Logo Contest. The chosen logo will be used to help advertise and promote the horse 4-H program throughout the coming year.

February 18, 2011

At the School Board Meeting on Tuesday night the school board local building authority approved the issuance of $4 million in bonds for the school building projects.  The bonds will be purchased by Zions Bank.  The bank has agreed to purchase them at the same rate as the subsidized rate under the federal government program used for the bonds.  This means that the school district will be getting interest free money.

December 31, 2010

Captain Jonathan LaThell Mecham recently returned home to his wife, Celeste Mecham, and daughters, Cristina and Lisa, in Italy from a 12 month deployment to Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X.

December 31, 2010
November 9, 2010

Realtor® Cathie McGregor Critchlow, sales associate with The Franklin Group Morgan, LLC, in Morgan, Utah, is one of five winners chosen by the National Association of Realtors® as REALTOR® Magazine’s 2010 Good Neighbor Award winners.

September 25, 2010

Ron Hodson from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources presented at the county council meeting on Tuesday night.  Hodson was requesting support from the council for a proposal to accept donated land from Kearn River Pipeline.

 

September 19, 2010

Technology today has made our lives easier and information more easily accessible than ever before. At the click of a button a student can go to a virtual lab to dissect a frog or to build a strand of DNA.

Technology today has made our lives easier and information more easily accessible than ever before. At the click of a button a student can go to a virtual lab to dissect a frog or to build a strand of DNA. As students progress through life they will be required to acquire and use technological skills that many of us never dreamed of as we were growing up.

September 17, 2010

Morgan Empowered is sponsoring the upcoming Parent Awareness event, “Safety on Cell Phones and the Internet”, which will be held at the Morgan High School auditorium on Tuesday, September 28th, beginning at 6:30 pm.