Morgan City’s roadway reconstruction and minor widening project is progressing along 700 East (Old Highway Road) between 300 North (I-84 freeway exit) and Mahogany Ridge Road. Project completion is expected by mid-July.
Ragnar has been running its race through Morgan County since the inception of the relay race over a dozen years ago. During that time our community members have cheered for runners, complained about traffic, waved to visitors and picked up left-over trash. With a whole variety of emotions and thousands of visitors, two local high school teams found a way to help the runners and raise funds.
A brazen, broad, daylight drug deal in the Ridley’s parking lot landed two Morgan residents in jail on multiple felony charges. Deputy Gary Dudley was passing by when he observed what appeared to be a drug deal taking place in the east end of the Ridley’s parking lot. Both suspects were well known to Morgan deputies. Dudley was immediately contacted by a citizen who reported seeing an exchange of cash for a small bag.
Rocky Mountain Power has ongoing plans for its Weber Hydroelectric Project in Weber Canyon, as evidenced by plans to renew its federal license. The application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is for an additional 30 years of future operation and details plans for a fish passage and recreation access improvements.
Some 35 to 40 Holcim employees spread out around the Morgan County Fairgrounds June 3 to work on various improvement projects. A group worked diligently digging a long trench and placing new lights at the high school arena. Another small group of Holcim employees worked on fixing rotted wood on the bleachers at the main arena. At the Exhibit Hall building, a group worked diligently to finish repainting and adding trim. The Morgan High School seniors worked together to scrape the old paint and began the painting process the week prior.
The Commercial Street Market brought businesses and shoppers together for the first time on Saturday June 6. With over 20 vendors, in addition to the permanent storefront owners, festival goers had a variety of options for shopping, snacking and entertainment. The Morgan Music Academy, housed on Commercial Street, provided live entertainment by their students and staff throughout the day.
From the time she was young, Morgan native Shantel Watkins loved to see rodeo royalty. She would stand to the side and watch as the beautiful queens and attendants would sign autographs and greet excited little girls. However, she was always too shy to approach the talented girls with crowns and sashes.
Every year local youth look forward to an appearance from one of our very own Utah Jazz players. For the third year in a row, Morgan kids will have the opportunity to meet 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Jeremy Evans on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m.
The students at Morgan Elementary School were lucky enough to enjoy a dry morning on Friday, May 22, amid weeks of rain showers to enjoy coming together to make a difference through Relay Recess. Now in its sixth year, this established activity is an event most students eagerly look forward to.
For years, Hannah Clark has been reciting the 4-H pledge: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.”
Low clouds surrounded the valley as the haunting notes of taps rang out over the South Morgan Cemetery to close the ceremony honoring Morgan County’s veterans and fallen sons. The early morning mist seemed to mirror the solemn occasion as the small crowd of onlookers watched the raising and lowering of the flag to half mast, a gun salute and laying a bouquet of red, white and blue flowers on a veteran’s grave as a symbol to honor all who fought and gave the last full measure of devotion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early last week, 11-year old Landon Streadbeck, son of Jeff and Annette Streadbeck of Morgan, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma—a “young people’s” bone cancer that usually affects children over 10, teens and young adults up to age 30.
The top honor for rodeo queen hopefuls in Utah has been awarded to Morgan High School graduate, Bailey Jo Woolsey. Woolsey won the coveted golden tiara on the final night of the 2014 Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, making her the only Morgan County resident ever to hold the title.
Bailey begins her reign as Miss Rodeo Utah 2015 after spending the last few months as “lady in waiting” to last year’s queen. Bailey is the daughter of Jared and Lisa Woolsey; her grandparents are Dennis and Sheila Woolsey and Dean and Karen House.
Along with her family, Bailey invites you all to attend her formal coronation and gala on Jan. 29, at the HUB 801 Events Center, 3525 Riverdale Road in Ogden. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served throughout the night and the actual coronation will take place at 6:30 p.m. There will be silent and live auctions that evening as well.
The family of Kevin Ovard is happy to announce the retirement of their husband and father.
Kevin has worked for Holcim (US) Inc. and Ideal Basic Industries for the past 39 years. He started as a summer employee upon graduation from college and progressed through several hourly positions.
The last few months have been a very difficult time for our country as there has been tension over several high profile police-involved cases. While very few law enforcement officers are ever involved in these types of situations, the entire group can become targets for everything from hateful comments to violence.
Local Chris Petersen is flourishing in the country music business with original album "Make a Memory Tonight." While music has made a big difference in his life, he is using his music to make a big difference in others’ lives as well.
One of the biggest differences between a large newspaper and a small-town publication is that a large paper will have a large office staff. A small town newspaper doesn't have that luxury.
Each staff member at The Morgan County News has a number of hats to wear and a number of places they need to be to perform their daily tasks.
Now that Morgan Valley Crafts is fulfilling all the copy/print needs of the community, we at The Morgan County News have less need to have the office staffed full-time. Official hours will be limited to Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
One thing that can almost always be guaranteed every tax season is that new rules and guidelines will be introduced to implement new tax laws passed. This year, the new Affordable Health Care Act will be the biggest kink in the tax chain.
"Your tax preparer is going to need as much detail regarding your health insurance coverage for yourself and every person residing in your home or that qualifies as a dependant on your return," according to local tax preparer Karen Nelson. "Plan on spending a lot more time this year on tax return preparation and consulting with your preparer if needed."