In the entertainment venue, summer hits have been largely centered around superheroes. Locally, we have our own superheroes—those who volunteer countless hours and dollars to serve their community.
Cries of sadness could be heard all over town from the lack of Independence Day festivities. Becky Shaw heard that call and came to the rescue. In a single bound she picked up the heavy torch and took on the daunting task of planning an entire Fourth of July celebration in just a few weeks.
Thankfully, many people stepped up and volunteered to be her sidekicks. You may have seen someone running around town handing out parade flyers or throwing together last-minute floats. If you see them without their capes, please assist them with this crazy undertaking. If you would like to enter a float in the parade, there is still time!
As you made your way through Morgan City this week, one couldn’t help but notice all the red shirts around town.
Every year, the Washington Heights Church picks a community to serve. The church has several mission programs overseas that members participate in, but members who couldn’t afford to travel across the globe wanted to affect change in their local communities.
This desire to serve and “share God’s love” sparked the original “Serve Ogden” efforts. Last year “Serve Ogden” became “Serve Bountiful,” and this year “Serve Morgan” was born.
Almost half of the registered voters in Morgan County turned out to the polls Tuesday night to defeat the proposed Morgan County School District voted local levy.
About 30 people gathered at the county offices late Tuesday night to view the results: 64.41 percent (1,600 votes) against, 35.59 percent (884 votes) for. Of 5,495 registered voters, 45 percent visited the polls (2,485 voters).
Voter turnout was highest in the Croydon District, where 66 percent of registered voters cast their votes strictly by absentee ballot. Compared to the other six voting districts, the Croydon District also had the highest percentage (80.7 percent) of voters voting against the levy.
Voter turnout was lowest in the Mountain Green District at 38.8 percent.
The district with the highest percentage voting for the levy was North Morgan, where 43 percent cast ballots supporting the levy.
Official results will be unveiled at the July 9 canvas, where absentee and provisional ballots will be included in the final tally. As of Tuesday, 137 absentee ballots were still out. To be included in the July 9 canvas, the absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 24 or earlier.
In March, Aspen MacArthur and Krista Sorensen and their families traveled to St. George, Utah, to compete in the Dixie at the Spectacular Clogging Competition. Krista won first place in advanced and Aspen won state champion in the Jr. Pro division. Both girls competed in a cappella, which is judged solely on sound.
About 10.5 miles from the Morgan exit on Highway 84, and driving south past Porterville stands The Tifie Ranch in Morgan, Utah. The ranch, which is a family operation, is among the 50 things to do in Morgan County.
Many young boys have a dream of being a cowboy. A small group of college students decided to bring this dream to life. Several young men from Texas determined to ride all the way from Mexico to Canada, and rode through Morgan earlier this week.
Many people flock to Morgan County for its abundance of recreational opportunities. Activities such as boating, fishing, rafting, hiking, snowmobiling, hunting, bike riding and more are readily enjoyed throughout the county. Whether it is a family outing, a weekend camping with friends, or a solo retreat, residents and visitors alike are able to make great memories and find pure enjoyment.
“Is anyone here a redneck?” questioned the announcer at the United Truck Pulls on Saturday, June 15. This would seem to be a redundant question to outsiders, but those inside the sport know that there is more to truck pulls than that.
I met Katelyn Braithwaite in September 2012 at the library, where she had two collection boxes. One was for school supplies and the other for children’s books. Impressed with her ambition and curious about the results of her efforts, I needed to find out what would drive such a young girl to do such big things. I discovered that great examples and determination played a major role in her accomplishments.
Utah’s official fire season begins and the open burning season officially ends each year on May 31. Fire danger will increase rapidly as warmer and drier weather develops. So far, tests are showing that despite the rainy spring, moisture levels in grassy fuels are below average. So far this spring, several debris burns have blown out of control, escaped and become wildfires burning private and public land. As of June 1, open burning is prohibited without a permit.
The Marie McQuiddy Daley Softball Tournament is held in honor of our courageous mother, daughter, relative and friend. Please come cheer on teams and enjoy the day with us. The tournament will take place this Saturday, June 15 at the Wilkinson Rec Plex. For more information contact Audrey Peterson or Tara Hammer.
The Morgan County Library has started signups for families and individuals to participate in the Summer Reading Program. The library encourages everyone to participate from babes in arms to 100-year-olds and even beyond, the library staff laughed as they realized there really are library patrons older than this.
Ragnar Relay Series and its original Ragnar Wasatch Back event is expected to bring some 17,500 runners, 1,500 teams and record crowds to the region for its first three-day, two-race event in the company’s history.
On Saturday, June 1 4-H and FFA members from around the county and surrounding areas gathered at the Morgan County Fairgrounds for the June Livestock Show. Students from grades 3 to 12 presented show steers and lambs to be judged in market and showmanship classes. In the market classes, the animals were put into groups based on their weight and were judged on their build and the quality of the animal. In the showmanship classes, students were divided by grade into senior, intermediate and junior showmanship groups. The students were then judged on their knowledge and ability to handle their animal and their animal’s appearance and behavior.
TSgt Darrin Sather, on active duty with the USAF, recently returned from South Korea to his home in Mtn. Green. He not only received an emotional and heartwarming welcome from his wife Eleanor and their children Jackson, Alli and Julian but our local Boy Scouts from Troop 576 under Scout Master Carl Hipwell posted about 70 American flags on their street and driveway. Darrin and his son Jackson later participated in the Scouts Court of Honor and Darrin was our guest speaker. Welcome Home Darrin!
Fire officials are issuing a strong caution as warmer weather arrives. Several field clearing and debris burns in Morgan, Summit, Salt Lake, Uintah, San Juan and Grand counties have escaped, requiring action by fire fighters. Fire managers say these fires were all preventable and they recommend taking some simple precautions to safely and successfully burn.
Five- to 8-year-olds had the chance to pledge their heads, hearts, hands and health to themselves and others on May 28-29 at the first annual Cloverbud 4-H Camp. 4-H has been an important organization in Morgan County for over 100 years and now younger kids have the opportunity to be involved. The group met at the Morgan County Courthouse for their activities during this day camp that lasted two days.
Sauce on your face is no disgrace at The Rib Shack, a restaurant with successful runs in both South Ogden and Syracuse that is set to open this summer in Morgan. The establishment specializes in ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket with all the fixings.
Unit 576 conducted their father and son overnight campout and scout court of honor in the small amphitheater and park recently established behind their church building next to the Mountain Green cemetery.
For the second year in a row, Utah State University Extension 4-H will continue to implement “Making the Future” programs for youth in Utah through a $25,000 grant from Cognizant, a global leader in business and technology services.
Springtime is a good time to rid ourselves of items that we no longer need or use but would be of value to others. This year, why not donate those usable items to the Morgan Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers for their annual yard sale? The yard sale will be held on June 15 on the corner of the Walker Mortuary from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A little over six months ago David and Michelle were anxiously fundraising for their young son, Austin, to receive cochlear implants. Morgan was plastered with the battle cry “Audible Ears for Austin.” Neighbors, friends and strangers joined in the effort to raise money for the costly surgery.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across Utah and the country for the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement mobilization, May 20 to June 2.
Ryan and Jessica Terry celebrated the 4th of July, 2011, like many of us, at the Riverside Park. Their children Eden, Ty and Lydia played games and the family enjoyed visiting with old and new friends. One particular conversation changed their lives forever.
Senator Mike Lee’s Mobile office is coming to Morgan. This mobile office is a resource for constituents across Utah who might not otherwise be able to meet with casework officers or other staff at Senator Lee’s offices in Salt Lake City and St. George.
Jacob Allen became one of our county’s youngest Eagle Scouts when he received the prestigious award on April 28 at the age of 13. Jacob, along with his parents, project manager Frayne Spens and about 20 other volunteers, expended 150 combined hours planning, building and installing a 38-foot long, disability-accessible wheelchair ramp for a retirement community nestled in a trailer park in Farr West. The portable ramp can be used at different trailers, as needed.