The local levy is a very hot topic, with a $1.3 million price tag for Morgan taxpayers at stake. The root of this issue is whether three of the five elected School Board members (a simple majority) will have the authority to decide how tax dollars are spent without input from taxpayers.
How important is the education of our children. In our elementary schools we have one class with 35 children, six with 30 or more and 9 with 26 to 29 and our enrollment is growing every year. How effective can a teacher be with so many students at this critical stage of their development? I’ve had 10 boys in our scout troop and can’t imagine how a teacher can give adequate attention to 30 students.
Following months of psychological therapy, Brigham City resident Douglas K. Beesley appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney facing voyeurism charges that originated in Morgan County. He was granted six months to complete his counseling program.
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.
Emma Loo Bell will celebrate her 90th birthday Saturday, Jan. 22, 2013. Family and friends can share the day with her at an open house that day from 2 to 4 pm at the Field Street Church, LDS Ward, 240 S 300 W, Morgan, Utah.
Jaedyn and Kaeson are excited to announce the marriage of their mom, Jessica Billock to Kris Benson as they celebrate with their friends and family for an evening of food, drinks, dancing and fun for the couple’s first night together as Mr. and Mrs. Benson. Friday, June 28, from 6 p.m. until the evening ends.
Tod and Karen Straw are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter Shaneece, to Dustin Lane Stewart, son of Paul and Gina Stewart. Shaneece and Dustin have chosen Friday, June 28, 2013 to be married in the Bountiful LDS Temple.
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.
The Morgan County School Board reviewed and unanimously accepted the final fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday. Business Manager D’Lynn Poll said the school district collected more redemption taxes than usual this year and tax collection rates are up. Redemption taxes are property taxes that land owners have failed to pay in years past.
At Morgan Elementary School, one of the smallest classes of fifth graders completed their school year in May. The kindergarten class that has registered for the upcoming 2013-14 year is about 20 students larger than the fifth graders that recently completed the school year, said Principal Tim Wolff. The 116 registered kindergarteners represent a typical class size, Wolff said. The 2012-13 kindergarten class was large with 128.
During the course of the public debate on the necessity of a Voted Local Levy in the Morgan School District, we often times forget the larger picture of the financial struggles faced by the state and most districts. State Superintendent of Schools Martell Menlove stated in a community meeting in Morgan County last month that Morgan School District is not alone in facing financial challenges when it comes to balancing their budgets this year. A quick review of the state’s newspapers and television stations and you will see many headlines, news stories and editorials dealing with school finance. One example can be found on the editorial page of the Sunday, June 2, issue of the Ogden Standard Examiner.
I am a Morgan County resident and taxpayer, a father with children currently in Morgan schools, and a recently-appointed member of the Morgan School Board. I will vote in favor of the Voted Local Levy as I believe it is the best option for our current situation.
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.
Havala May Rich and Mason Thomas Wright are to be married June 15, 2013. Their parents Stephen & Lynelle Rich, Chad & Marya Wright, and Jean & Anna Middleton are celebrating that evening at a reception given in Mason’s and Havala’s honor.
Kurt and Angi Bryant are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter Savanna to Hayden Roney son of Park and Stephanie Roney. Savanna and Hayden will be married June 21, 2013, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
The Morgan Valley Marathon has been a dream in the making for the past few years. The idea of a marathon in Morgan began among a group of friends who love to run the roads of the beautiful Morgan Valley.
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.
Morgan Storm U-11 girls team, comprised of local Morgan county players, swept first place honors in the silver division of the Wasatch Classic played in Layton/Kaysville during the Memorial day weekend.