On Tuesday May 12, the Morgan High School class of 2015 gathered with friends and family to celebrate years of hard work coming to fruition at the annual Scholarship Night. Well over $1.55 million dollars in scholarships were awarded to the graduating seniors at Morgan High.
Despite weather conditions that were less than ideal, the Morgan High School track team returned from the 3A Track and Field State Championships at Brigham Young University with a number of excellent performances and an individual state champion—Chania Nagel in the discus. Nagel, who threw her winning toss of 123-03.5 on her third and final throw, claimed her first state championship and also garnered a second place finish in the shot put with a throw of 37-04.50.
At 10:30 p.m. Monday, local firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire on Bigler Lane in Peterson. Ten firefighters from station 121 and four firefighters from station 131 responded with three engines.
With application deadlines looming for six open local government positions, now may be the time to get involved. Available positions include a Morgan County School Board member position, Morgan City Mayor and four Morgan City Council spots.
Friday night, May 8, families filled Morgan Elementary School to experience an amazing evening dedicated to the arts. Artists of all skill levels from professional to beginner shared their works and delighted crowds both young and old. Various mediums of art shared the spotlight as music, dance and visual arts were all well-represented. During a jam-packed evening, activities, presentations and performances entertained and educated the community in many facets of art.
On Friday, May 8, the Morgan High Rodeo Club hosted a high school rodeo for over 200 participants who competed in 781 events. The fairgrounds were filled with trucks, trailers, cowgirls, cowboys, family, friends and supporters.
In January, the Morgan County School District Board of Education made some sweeping policy changes involving banning requests for students to be bused to locations other than their homes, but later made allowances for day care arrangements. In the meantime, the transportation subcommittee studied the issue and this week provided their recommendations on bussing policies moving forward.
Every parent has reasons they want their children to participate in group sports, and many are ferociously competitive. But few have the longing to simply have their child enjoy being able to compete in a loving environment with their peers, just for the simple notion of belonging to a team.
Of all the issues considered by the local and state Farm Bureau this year, access to rivers is one of the most pressing for Morgan County, Morgan County Farm Bureau Vice President Randy Sessions recently told the Morgan County Council. Other issues include a countywide fencing ordinance, Taxing issues, sage grouse, and animal control.
On Saturday, April 17, the MHS track buzzed with activity as 17 high school teams gathered for the Morgan Pocket Change Invitational. The Trojan tracksters set 68 personal records (34 boys and 34 girls) and placed fifth as a team overall behind Weber, Springville, North Summit and Bear River.
With only three more months left of the Morgan School District’s official budget year, things are looking up while the school board approved continuing with immediate “Band-Aid” solutions to house future growth.
Envision Utah President Robert Grow related a thought that Larry H. Miller once shared with him. Miller said, “I would give back every car I have ever sold if Utah could go back to the way it used to be.” However, until a proper time travel device has been invented, all we can do is look to the future to ensure our children will be able to enjoy the same opportunities and environments that we have in our communities today.
Morgan City’s contractor, Wilkinson Construction, will begin work Monday on a roadway reconstruction and minor widening project along 700 East between 300 North and Mahogany Ridge Road. Locals would know this as Old Highway Road east of Interstate 84, from the freeway exit to Mahogany Ridge Road. The project is intended to improve the roadway surface, drainage, traffi¬c flow and safety for drivers.
The UDOT 2015-2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan puts Morgan County on the map for state road projects. The plan puts widening Highway 66 in the nearest future, moves a new Mountain Green Interstate 84 interchange up on the priority list, and adds a new Interstate 80 interchange on Highway 66 to the list.
“Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky,” said John Grogan.
No statement could describe Animal Control Officer Paula Harrington Pentz better. Pentz was loved by everyone who came in contact with her for whatever reason. Resident Julee Hemingway recalls running into Pentz at the store. “My son just had surgery and she was trying to get him to smile. She had such a big heart! She will be missed.”
Due to a Utah Highway Patrol towing contract amendment effective Jan. 15, auto accident scenes may take longer to clear in Morgan County and motorists may have to wait longer for a tow if they don’t specifically request a local tow company.
Dr. Lance Crowther has a unique display unlike any other in his dental practice at 195 E. 100 North in Morgan. From various broken pots and machetes to handmade textiles, the dentist has been adding to his beloved display for years and recently acquired several more items to complement his collection.
After being dropped by Morgan City, consultant Better City may be facing the same fate with its current client Morgan County. But as some Morgan County Council members noted, in a county almost entirely privately owned, economic development is dependent on landowners and not the government.
Startling statistics reveal that more veterans die of suicide each year—at an average of 22 suicides a day—than in combat. Veterans return to their old lives but often not as their old selves as they deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and other physical and mental limits.
It is the classic chicken-or-egg question haunting Yaryca land owners and the Morgan County Council. What comes first: amending the future land map or getting a developer on board? At their last meeting, the council decided the question was just too scary to answer when the future of 2,600 acres lies at issue.
While the Morgan County Council failed to agree to open all county offices on Fridays, all council members did agree to at least open the recorder’s office from 1 to 5 p.m. every Friday beginning May 8.
Clean air, healthy habits, longevity and access to exercise opportunities all played a part in Morgan County being named Utah’s healthiest county for the sixth year in a row according to a national County Health Rankings study.
After a three-day search, Utah State Park officials recovered the body of Mountain Green resident Matthew Rasmussen, 45, from Willard Bay. An experienced fisherman and regular at the bay, Rasmussen was found under 13 feet of water Wednesday half a mile southwest of the north marina.
Two great bands, three talented choirs, a historic drama production and tremendous artwork all add up to an amazing Spring Celebration of the Arts at Morgan Middle School. Monday night, March 16, parents, friends, family and community members filled the gym to celebrate the Middle School Fine Arts Department.
Representatives from Weber Human Services say they would like to see more Morgan County residents take advantage of their services including mental health, substance abuse counseling, prevention services, and aging services.
Saturday, the Morgan High School freshman girls’ basketball team put an exclamation point on their perfect season by winning first place at the Ben Lomond Freshman Tournament. The Lady Trojans amassed a perfect 20-0 record, won their games by an average of 34 points and their Region 10 games by an average of 41 points.
The Morgan Stars Special Olympics Volleyball team was shining as it took to the court Monday evening at the Morgan Middle School gym. Fourteen players in addition to coaches and high school athletes entertained an appreciative audience with their skill, effort and joy of the game.
February is the month to share love and many dads of Morgan Elementary School daughters showed their love just before Valentine’s Day at a Daddy Daughter Dance. On Feb. 12, approximately 222 dads escorted roughly 300 daughters to a formal dance at the elementary school.
For the first time since 2010, Morgan High wrestling has an individual state champion. Senior wrestler Jayden Pentz won first place in the 132 pound division on Saturday night at Utah Valley University.
The results from a new feasibility study for a hotel site on Commercial Street are in, and successful numbers may depend on the redevelopment of a water park at Como Springs, according to Morgan County’s economic development consultant Better City.
Several state leaders including Governor Gary Herbert joined the attendees of the Morgan County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner on Feb. 5, 2015. Governor Herbert dined with guests, took the occasion to meet many of the residents and even stayed for photo opportunities.
Who could have scripted a more perfect ending? Knowing that their coach was stepping down at the end of the cheer season, the Morgan varsity cheer team delivered its most compelling performance of the year and took home the state championship in front of an overflow crowd at Salt Lake Community College on Jan. 31, 2015.
Morgan’s 25 indoor track athletes competed in the State Indoor Track Championships at the Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 31. Trojan senior Britten Duerden brought home state titles in high jump and triple jump and a fourth place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. The girls’ team placed fourth and the combined team came in 18th overall. These achievements are even more remarkable because the Indoor Track Championships reach across all classifications from 5A to 1A. Over 50 high school teams competed and Morgan was one of only four 3A schools with the remainder of the teams representing 4A and 5A schools.
After years of working on a four-day work schedule, it is an unofficial consensus of the Morgan County Council that county offices should be open on Fridays. But it is still in question as to which hours.
After preparing intensely for the past several months, the Morgan High School cheer team swept region honors in every event in which the team competed last weekend. In addition, cheerleader Paige Malan was named co-champion of the individual skills competition.
Morgan residents will have a new choice of music classes offered in their own city. Miriam Hone will begin offering a variety of classes Feb. 2 at 157 North Commercial Street, a few doors down from Browning Outlet.