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18 Sep 2014 - 14:14

On Sept. 15, 2014, community members sat in the shade of two giant poplar trees at Riverside Park to honor Albert Douglas Dickson, pioneer of the Dickson family here in Morgan County, by adding his name to the pioneer monument at the park’s entrance.  
The memorial speech was given by David D. Dickson, a grandson.  Albert was born while his parents were visiting his maternal grandmother in Porter County, Indiana.  The Dickson family had been residents of Nauvoo, Illinois, at the time of Albert’s birth.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

Seven Morgan County residents threw their hat in the ring in March for a chance to sit on the Utah State School Board for District 1.  Only one was allowed to progress in the selection process, which a federal judge declared unconstitutional last week.

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

We have enjoyed a great summer of reading throughout Morgan County.  With kids and adults who love to read and seek adventure through great books, it was an adventure for all of us. This year we had 3,233 prizes earned, 437,550 pages and 17,480 books read by our patrons.  What an amazing summer of reading!

12 Sep 2014 (All day)

Jesse Haven is among the influential pioneers who helped settle the Morgan Valley.  Few remember him, but a little time and a trip down the lane in front of Billy Weaver’s home and the Wardel Mink Ranch will give the Morgan County historian a rare glimpse of the past.  

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

Morgan motorists may be subject to 
emissions testing

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

5 Sep 2014 (All day)

By now most people who have lived in Morgan for any period of time have had a friend, relative or neighbor who has participated in the Morgan Community Choir.  Going into their 16th year, the choir has made an impression on individuals and the community.  

28 Aug 2014 - 16:00

World War II tore the world apart and brought our country together as young men and women served their nation with valor.  One of those courageous servicemen, Keith Little, joined the Navy at 18, traveling across the world from his hometown of Morgan.
First stationed on the battleship USS New Mexico and then on the USS Missouri, Little worked diligently as a radio intercept operator.  With skill he copied radio traffic and broke codes to aid the United States with knowledge on locations and information coming from the other side.  
Like many others who have seen war firsthand, Little does not speaks very much about his service in the Navy.  His silence may be out of necessity more than others.  Little’s mission was extremely secretive.  The family reports that his name wasn’t even recorded as being on the ship.  
After Little’s service, he had the option to go home immediately on a ship or go to another area to attend a ceremony and receive his awards.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Former Morgan resident Melissa Wilson, daughter of Ed and Sharlene Olsen, will be sharing her newfound talent with The Morgan County News in the form of her cartoon strip, Wonders and Blunders.  

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

On Wednesday, July 30, the skilled and the brave took their turn at the Morgan County Fair ATV Rodeo.  This annual event drew crowds to the arena at the fairgrounds in spite of earlier rainstorms.  The skies were clear; however, after several days of rain the arena brought a whole new challenge. Now the contestants didn’t just have to beat the clock, they also had to contend with MUD! 

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

On Monday, Aug. 18, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter, received a powerful lesson on temples from one of the LDS Church’s most able speakers on the subject.  Edward J. Brandt, Ph.D., former director of Church Correlation and recent past president of the Columbus, Ohio, Temple, spoke to the assembled group on “Temples Past and Present.”

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

On Thursday, Aug. 14, the Thursday Trail Riders of Morgan County visited Old Ephraim’s Grave in Logan, Utah. 

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

Everyone knows that business is starting to boom again on historic Commercial Street. What you might have missed is how much these new businesses have evolved.

22 Aug 2014 (All day)

More than 200 people crowded the Morgan County Courthouse auditorium during a public hearing Aug. 14 to amend the county’s future land map in the East Canyon area to eventually make way for a new 2,980-acre resort.  The landowners asked the planning commission to consider re-designating 2,980 acres currently designated natural resources and recreation to master planned community.

15 Aug 2014 (All day)

“Goodbye, happy home,” sighed Nellie Nelson as she and her husband left their home on Dalton Creek in 1911.  Walter and Nellie Nelson had traded their happy, cozy home on Dalton Creek for a farm in Milton (1585 N. Morgan Valley Drive) so their four young children could be within walking distance of the school.

14 Aug 2014 - 13:35

Tuesday morning, 40 Holcim employees were encouraged to forgo their regular workday to offer service instead.  They loaded their gear and headed to the Morgan Lions Club lodge.
The volunteers arrived early, filling the parking area with pickup trucks, flatbed trailers and cement trucks.  As work began, the grassy area was loaded up with old railings and faulty pieces of wood to make way for updated cement stairs and a new patio behind the facility. 

8 Aug 2014 (All day)

Jeremy Evans was welcomed to the Trojan Center with big cheers. Youth watched with wide eyes as this 6’9” Utah Jazz forward walked into the building. Evans was all smiles and gave incredibly high fives to all the mini basketball fans.

8 Aug 2014 (All day)

Despite the rain, this year’s county fair was a success and many are pointing to the demolition derby as a jewel in the fair crown.

7 Aug 2014 - 13:12

Torrential rains and water flowing out of Lost Creek Canyon caused a mudslide Monday that threatened the Ron Crouch home at 3000 N. 7000 E. in Croydon.  Mud and debris flowed onto the road, making it impassable in places.  County emergency crews responded and closed the road to facilitate clean-up efforts.

7 Aug 2014 - 13:07

Every rodeo begins with the National Anthem and Old Glory waving her famous red, white and blue.  The Special Needs Rodeo was no different.  Larry Turner proudly rode around the arena on horseback, presenting the Stars and Stripes, while David Olsen honorably sang the National Anthem.  
After the brief opening, Turner and Olsen joined over 20 other special needs cowboys and cowgirls in the arena to experience the thrill of a rodeo.  They came with all different abilities but with the same chance to participate. 

7 Aug 2014 - 12:48

As families with small children arrived at the Morgan County Fair to participate in the children’s games, local businesses, families and individuals gathered Saturday in the Ray W. Little Education Pavilion to purchase sheep, hogs and steers in support of area youth.  
Each youth can show as many animals as they would like, but you can only sell one animal in the junior livestock event.  This year 150 animals were sold, which means that 150 youth raised livestock for this occasional.  That is a lot of responsibility for kids this age and gives them a great chance to learn about and respect where their food comes from.
For almost a year, junior livestock participants must learn to properly feed, care for and exercise their animals.  This is no small task.  Especially for those raising steers that weigh ten times what the children raising them weigh.

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

Every year local youth look forward to an appearance from one of our very own Utah Jazz players.  For the second year in a row, Morgan kids will have the opportunity to meet 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Jeremy Evans on Monday, Aug. 4.  

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

For some, the American military in Germany is a mystery. By participating in the 2014 Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command is able to break down the barriers of its fences and show the local nationals everyone is a part of the same community.

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

“There’s only one thing worse than riding a dry sheep, and that’s riding a wet one!” Monday night’s announcer said as riders slipped right off the livestock.  

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

The Milton Roundup brought nearly 500 people to the Milton Park on Pioneer Day.  An old fashioned potluck dinner, pony rides, games, bounce house, rock wall and music entertained the crowd from infants to the elderly.  

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

Morgan County’s 11-year run with the Widowmaker Hillclimb has come to an end.

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

The Morgan County Fair Board is excited about the 2014 fair already underway.  This dedicated bunch has been working hard to ensure this year will continue to be a success!  While there is too much to say about the fair, here are some highlights. 

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

The Morgan company Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) will be having their summer social on Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverside Park. 

31 Jul 2014 - 18:00
Community rallies to thank firefighters

As of Monday, July 28, the Morgan County fire dubbed the Tunnel Hollow fire was completely contained.  The fire was ignited by lightening on Sunday, July 20, and grew as windy conditions blew the flames up the mountainside.
Thankfully, the breeze also blew in a rain storm that provided much needed precipitation to help contain the last four percent of the blaze.
Eight smokejumper teams, a HotShot team and seven hand crew teams were brought in to fight the fire that eventually ate up 1,600 acres of land in Morgan County. 

31 Jul 2014 - 16:18

Morgan County’s 11-year run with the Widowmaker Hillclimb has come to an end.
“It was a family decision we are no longer going to do the Widowmaker because of liability and insurance,” said Logan Wilde, who helps run the family ranch.
For years, the Wilde family was able to buy insurance through various programs for $5,000 a year for the event.  When previous programs stopped offering insurance, new insurance quotes were just too much for the family to swallow.

31 Jul 2014 - 16:14

This year’s wrangler contest was a little different than in the past thanks to the weather. The much needed rain couldn’t damper the spirits of these young cowboys. Their dedication to the sport was evident in each ride.
Jon Cannon graciously offered the use of his equestrian facility, Graceland, located on Island Road. It turned out to be the perfect solution under the circumstances.

31 Jul 2014 - 16:11

Kendal Kingsley, daughter of David & Linda Kingsley, earned a title and received a crown that no one outside of our county has ever done before.  Kingsley was named Morgan County Fair Queen on Monday July 29.
Morgan County fair royalty contest has traditionally been a closed contest, only allowing Morgan residents to enter.  However, because of low interest, the queen division was opened to contestants outside of Morgan County, making Kingsley the first non-resident Morgan County Fair Queen in contest history. 

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Look for tagged fish at East Canyon State Park this summer for your chance to win prizes, some of them provided by local businesses.  This year 120 rainbow trout were tagged at the park.  If you catch a tagged fish, bring it to the office to collect your prize.  The fishing challenge started May 3 and gots until August 31, no registration necessary.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Help stop spread of the ‘STD of the sea’

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

This year, East Canyon State Park is on a mission to introduce more people to this excellent venue.  As part of this mission, new park manager Chris Haramoto has been working closely with PureFishing.com to secure fishing equipment for a free annual fishing club for local children.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Utah horse 
owners advised to take precautions

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

Several dozen Morgan kids are a bit better at dribbling, shooting and maneuvering a basketball this week after Morgan Grace Fellowship Church hosted a community basketball camp.  The camp was split into two locations with approximately 25 kids in Morgan and 30 kids shooting hoops in Mountain Green.  

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

On Monday, July 21, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held an extremely successful evening at the Mountain Green Bowery featuring  Craig G. Fisher of the Seventy.  Fisher is currently heading up the Dedication and Celebration of the rebuilt Ogden Temple. He spoke for about 40 minutes on how the celebration preparations are going.

24 Jul 2014 - 11:42

As the Weber River through Morgan County becomes more of a hot spot for tubers and rafters, emergency calls and incidents on the river are also increasing for Morgan Emergency crews.
“Overall it is getting to be a problem because there are so many people up there,” said Terry Turner, Morgan emergency services director.  “On weekends it is pretty crowded.”

24 Jul 2014 - 11:25
Brave firefighters commended for their efforts

On Sunday, July 20 the late afternoon sky was lit with an incredible lightning storm.  As the storm raged and passed, it left quite a shock as three fires were started at nearly the same time across the valley.
One fire started near the Croydon cemetery and burned approximately 120 acres before being put out.  This fire was primarily handled by the Summit County Fire Department, but crews from Morgan were requested. 
Another fire burned in the Norwoods area along Highway 66.  Morgan Fire Chief Dave Rich received a call from a resident who had been sitting on their front porch and watched as lightening started this blaze.  He called the fire in on his way to the fire station. 
As most of the fire crews headed to this fire that eventually burned six acres, the last call came in for the Tunnel Hollow area, the canyon heading towards Taggarts.  Crews were diverted from the Norwood fire, and as the crews reached Round Valley, it became apparent they would not be able to reach this fire.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Students and teachers may be enjoying the summer break, but plans for the coming school year are well underway. The Morgan Education Foundation invites you to join with them in support of local public schools by participating in the sixth annual Morgan Education Foundation Golf Tournament on Aug. 5, 2014, at Round Valley Golf Course. 

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Everyone has a story to tell. It’s too bad in this day and age that we often do not take time to get to know our neighbors and learn their interesting experiences.  Most people are reticent to share their lives, but a visit with Ken Farr of Mountain Green is both entertaining and touching. Like any good story-teller, Farr can have you laughing one minute and shedding a tear the next.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

Shane Rappleye opened his new store on Commercial Street to give Morgan youth a place to work in a clean atmosphere and gain much-needed job skills.  However, with other business ventures taking up a large chunk of his time, Rappleye made the tough choice of putting Traders Apparel on the market.

18 Jul 2014 (All day)

If you visit places like Morgan Drug or Front Street Gifts, there is a little wooden crate on the counter near the register full of Little Red Hen Candy. 

17 Jul 2014 - 13:12

Shane Rappleye opened his new store on Commercial Street to give Morgan youth a place to work in a clean atmosphere and gain much-needed job skills.  However, with other business ventures taking up a large chunk of his time, Rappleye made the tough choice of putting Traders Apparel on the market.
After a lot of thought, Justin an Aimee Ferrin expressed their interest in purchasing the company. “The Rappleyes have been friends of ours for a long time and when the business went up for sale, we saw it as an opportunity to be involved in and give back to the community as well as it being a good teaching tool for our sons to get real-life, on-th- job experience,” said Aimee.

17 Jul 2014 - 13:03

Last October, mother Dusty Morgan desperately needed the aid of emergency medical service workers for her toddler, Gus, when he was found unconscious and not breathing after falling into a horse trough.  Fortunately, those workers went above and beyond and the story had a happy ending.
“Simply said, they saved more than a life, they saved our whole family,” said Dusty Morgan, a Coalville native and Morgan resident.  “They did everything they needed to give him the best, and were a great example of trust and team work.”
It was such a great example that the incident received state-wide attention from the Utah Department of Health as well as the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness.  At the July 9, Utah EMS Awards Ceremony, the Morgan County emergency was honored as the state’s outstanding performance for a rural emergency medical incident.

17 Jul 2014 - 12:39

David Allen Rich the I, II and III, all of Morgan, are fired up about a goal they have been working on for the past few years. 
The trio has a burning desire to restore a 1941 Ford Howe Fire Truck to its original state.  While it is a work in process, they have made great progress and they showed off their efforts at the Morgan 4th of July parade.  They plan to enter the antique truck in the fair parade this summer.
In 1965, a young Dave Rich I went on his very first fire call.  He took the Ford Howe truck to a barn fire on Young Street near East Canyon Creek.  The Ford Howe was retired after only a few years and replaced with a 1967 La France; unlike Rich who has dedicated nearly 50 years of service without being retired or replaced.  Through the years of service to our community and working with different engines, Rich still fondly remembers that first truck above the rest.

10 Jul 2014 - 14:19

The 4th of July parade is something all of Morgan County looks forward to each year.  Usually the excitement comes from the children standing on the side of the road with bags hoping they will be filled to the brim with Independence Day treats.  
While this was as true this year as any year, one young lady in the crowd was about to get something much more valuable than candy thrown from a float. A diamond ring was in her future.
Cormick Breshears wanted to make his marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Whisper Givan, a fireworks show so unique and special that she, along with the town of Morgan, would never forget.  
He strategically planned it so Whisper never questioned him about riding in the parade float with the Morgan High School wrestling team.  After all, he was the assistant coach, so it was only appropriate.  “To say that I was nervous is an understatement, I was terrified!” said Breshears.  
He continued saying that keeping it a secret was no easy task.  “There were so many times where I almost slipped and said something about it. A couple of times I did slip and ask my parents something right in front of her,” commented Breshears.
As the fully decorated Razor approached, all the cameras came out. Givan said, “I think I was the only one in the dark.  Everyone else in my family knew.” But as the Razor began to turn, she started to wonder why the wrestling parade float was so girlish and void of any wrestlers. 

4 Jul 2014 (All day)

Faith White has become a state finalist in the National American Miss Pageant. This has always been her dream. Faith has a disability that makes her walk on her toes and makes her tire easily.