The Morgan County Republican Party recently chose new party officers including Chairman Lars Birkeland, Vice Chairwoman Tina Cannon, Secretary Lydia Nuttall, Treasurer Pamela Smith and State Central Committee Member Kera Birkeland.
Monday, April 22, the Morgan Community Choir held its 15th Annual Spring Concert. The choir took center stage in their matching blue dresses, cummerbunds and bow ties. Milan Mecham narrated the program as Lois Manning directed the choir.
Morgan County is making equipment available to the public in an effort to control noxious weeds county-wide. Backpack sprayers and sprayers that can be attached to ATVs will be available Mondays and Thursdays from the county extension office free of charge for county residents. The equipment was purchased by the Morgan County Weed Board.
Ken Hicks was honored as the Morgan County recipient of the 2013 Utah Silver Bowl Award at a ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah, on April l6. A luncheon was given in honor of volunteers throughout the state featuring Bob Evans of Fox 13 News as master of ceremonies. Remarks were offered by Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell and LaDawn Stoddard of the Utah Commission on Volunteers.
“I’ve looked at it as a blessing in disguise,” Gentry Lawson said of being too sick to attend Monday’s Boston Marathon. Lawson had been excited to compete in the Boston Marathon; it was something on his bucket list that he was really looking forward to.
Not so long ago a young woman from Star Valley, Wyom., spent her time growing up with four brothers. Each of them being wrestlers, they did not hesitate to include her in their rough housing. Natalie focused her energy on the more refined skills related to dance, but she is a more capable wrestler than you might expect.
Reid Wilkinson, son of Dee and Lori Wilkinson, arrived at the Salt Lake City Airport on Thursday, April 17 in the evening. Reid just completed a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan and gets to spend two weeks with his family.
Twice a year Deseret Book stores around the area fill to capacity with excited women, having a night out as many of their husbands, sons and fathers attend a special Priesthood session of General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Whether by starting a talk with song in front of a large crowd or by towering over others with a 6’7” stature, David Glover is sure to stand out. His comedic talent and genuine personality have influenced many who call him a great friend. He loves to laugh and joke, and is often described as quite the “character.” His wife, Heidi, kids she was born talentless with only the ability to talk and smile. Smile and talk she does and in so doing claims just as many hearts.
Morgan Valley Crafts hosted a grand opening last weekend welcoming the public to its creative shop, located right here in Morgan. Refreshments were served which only diverted attention for a moment from the crafts which fared to be a bigger temptation for the great turnout of shoppers.
“It’s all about family” is a fitting motto for the Skinner household. Joey and Lisa Skinner have been blessed with four wonderful children: Shantelle (married to husband Nate), Colby (currently serving a mission in Mexico), Cameron (a high school senior), and Tucker (eighth grade). A new highlight in the Skinner family has been the addition of Shantelle and Nate’s baby girl, Brielle. Joey and Lisa love their new role as grandparents.
At the base of our famous “M” hillside sits one of the best power sports dealerships around. Born of a family’s passion for outdoor recreation and snowmobiling, Morgan Valley Polaris offers true family-style service.
As Morgan County residents watch as the last patches of snow melt away, they often wish for better weather and the luxuries of summer. Beautiful lawns, trees that are healthy enough to let children climb in while bearing delicious fruits, and vegetables overflowing onto our neighbors’ properties are often things people dream about but think they must wait until warm weather to prepare. Now is the time to begin planning and preparing for your summer gardening and fall feast.
Michael L. Newton from Croydon and Debbie Sessions from Peterson were appointed to the Morgan County Planning Commission. The Morgan County Council appointed them for terms set to expire on Feb. 28, 2017.
Every member of the Clark family (Bruce, Jennifer, Ethan, Ellissa, Hannah, Hailey, Cecily and Chloe) is involved in the 4-H program in Morgan County. Both Bruce and Jennifer volunteer their time and talents to 4-H. Bruce drives his tractor to the fairgrounds every year to help with livestock needs and his favorite joke includes the words “past your eyes milk.” Jennifer is the adult advisor to the Morgan County Jr. Teen Council as well as a TRY Team Adult Leader. Each of the children participates in 4-H clubs, camps, fairs and state events. The eldest Clark sibling, Ethan, participated in 4-H until this year when he graduated from Morgan High School and began serving a two-year, Latter-day Saint Mission in Minnesota. The family hosts a county-wide “Farmer for a day” camp where they invite all to come and learn about healthy lifestyle choices, wise use of resources and responsibility via the Clark Dairy Farm.
When you live in a close-knit community like Morgan County, it is easy to run under the assumption that nothing bad ever happens here. However, victims of domestic abuse in this county know the unfortunate truth behind the facade.
A group of 500 volunteers from the Washington Heights Church will flood Morgan for a week this summer in an effort to spruce up some local homes. From June 24 to 28, the volunteers hope to paint, repair and spruce up the yards of many homes in Morgan City. With the help of the Morgan City Council, they have already identified 12 homes and hope to add as many as 10 more.
This year the staff at The Morgan County News would like to make your newspaper reading experience a little more interactive. You may have seen our weekly word of the week contests. Maybe you have tried to identify the individuals in an old photo for a prize.
Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of Taggart’s Grill in Taggart? The establishment has been serving lunch and dinner for nine years, and its fame has spread far and wide. It began as a gas station in the 1930s when two Taggart boys asked their uncle for some money to start up a station and some cabins. It expanded to a place that sold burgers and fish bait. At one point, a bobcat was kept on the porch. In the 1970s or early 80s, it burned down and Howard Taggart sold it to Elaine Stoddard, who owned it from 1996 to 2003. It is now owned by the Tuttle family and if you haven’t been there, you are missing a treat!
A familiar, pleasant face long seen at the Morgan Post Office will no longer be behind the counter after Feb. 28. After 34 1/2 years as a government worker, Darla Wright will be retiring from the U.S. Postal Service.
The Morgan County police officer involved in a Davis County shooting Nov. 25 has been identified. While the Davis County Attorney’s Office says Morgan Sherriff’s Sgt. Daniel Scott Peay’s use of force was “not justified” by Utah law, Davis County Attorney Troy S. Rawlings declined to prosecute Peay.
In a two-page memo to Morgan County Sheriff Blaine Breshears, Rawlings said Peay’s use of deadly force “does not squarely fit with the letter, scope and intent” of Utah law. However, Rawlings said a jury would likely not find Peay guilty of a crime.
“We believe a unanimous jury would not convict Sergeant Peay of a crime when presented with all of the evidence,” Rawlings said in the memo.
Once again, 1st Bank of Morgan is teaming up with the Earn It, Keep It, Save It Coalition (EIKISI) for Davis and Morgan Counties to provide IRS-approved tax preparation for low-income families and individuals. EIKISI is a statewide coalition building partnerships to strengthen family financial stability.
While preparing the year in review piece for last week’s newspaper, I really was amazed at all the things that took place in Morgan County during 2012. Sometimes I get stuck in the weekly rut of attending meetings, listening to recordings, writing stories and editing the newspaper. The chance to look at every newspaper published by The Morgan County News in 2012 gave me the opportunity to step back and really get an over-all picture.
For over 100 years, 4-H has been giving kids useful skills and wholesome recreation. The 4-H program in Morgan County, as well as many counties throughout the state, has been limited to children in the third grade and older. The Utah State University Extension Office has been working on bringing a program called Cloverbuds to Morgan County that will involve students in Kindergarten through second grade. These students will have the opportunity to “learn while doing.”
It would be hard to keep up with the Joneses—at least all that they have done in a short time. Dr. Kip and Heidi Jones live in Monte Verde, Mountain Green. Kip is a dentist in Layton and Heidi is a stay-at-home mom to their four girls. Both are natives of Utah, but they traveled a great deal in the early years of marriage before they returned home to Utah again. The Jones have lived in Morgan County the past six and a half years.