Sixty years ago Harold and Mary Ellen met, fell in love, and then were married on May 24th. During these past sixty years they have raised three children; Grant (Annette) Laughter, Scott Laughter, and Candy (David) Stevens. They have 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, who are their pride and joy. There will be an open house on May 26 from 5 to 7 p. m. at their home, 830 East 100 South in Morgan. The family would like to invite all friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to come by and help us celebrate their 60 years together. Please, no gifts.
Morgan City is short at least $814,000 in taxes owed to a special improvement district by Mount Joy, LLC, a local developer now involved in bankruptcy court proceedings. Without payment, Morgan City officials may have to cut costs or reduce services to make a $103,000 bond payment June 1. Developer Gray Jensen said things are in the works that could help the city make the payment.
Exciting improvements are coming to Carrigan Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Over the next several weeks customers will be able to enjoy a larger more comfortable waiting room all the while keeping the same great Morgan service they have come to love. Those driving by will notice a change as the building undergoes construction on a new more modern exterior. Not only will the exterior be affected but two new sales offices will be added to ensure a more efficient car buying experience. Customers will appreciate the updated ADA bathrooms while they wait and will also benefit from the new customer pick up area.
Don and Joan Winn will celebrate 50 years of marriage on May 25, 2012. They met while they were students at Brigham Young University and were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1962. Don was born in Pocatello and raised in Rexburg, and Joan was born in Salt Lake and raised in East Millcreek.
Jeanice Randall will celebrate her 80th birthday on May 29. A family picnic will be held in her honor May 28. She was born May 29, 1932 ,in Round Valley, Morgan, Utah, to Cecil and Harriet Tonks. She attended Morgan schools and has lived in Morgan all her life. She has one brother, Lorin C. Tonks of Milton, Utah. Jeanice married Homer F. Randall on December 11, 1953, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Homer died December 21, 1996.
The Morgan High Boy’s Tennis Team ACED at Region. Swish Wiscombe and Ben Holland took first place in 1st Doubles, Nate Johnson and Miles Mecham took fourth place in 2nd Doubles, Ryan Lynch took fourth place in 1st Singles and Taylor Clark took third place in 2nd Singles.
The Trojan track team will be represented at the state meet by 10 girls and 9 boys. Many of these athletes made the state qualifying marks (SQ)and others placed in the top four at the region meet to be eligible for the State Championships in Provo May 18-19. Listed below are the athletes and the events in which they will be participating this weekend at state.
Last week it was announced that our local Morgan AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) was the winner of the national ‘HerbaLife Wellness Challenge’. This means that one lucky AYSO team gets to pack their bags, shine up their shin-guards, and get ready for the soccer adventure of a lifetime in Honolulu, HI for seven days and six nights.
Another beautiful weather day greeted the track athletes as they unloaded the buses at Stansbury High School to compete for the Region XI Track and Field Championship. The two day meet is always exciting as it brings to a close the months of hard work and training that the athletes have extended to be ready to battle for the region trophy. The first day of running events are all trials except for the 1600m. The top 8 times in each event are brought back on the second day for a one heat final. Field events are competed on both days with finals taking place on each day in each event. Athletes work very hard to qualify the first day for the finals on the second day. The top four places in each event qualify for the state meet including relays.
The first ever AAU Utah District Volleyball Championships were held this past weekend, May 11-12, 2012 at nine different locations from Ogden to Draper. 114 teams from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana entered this historic event.
Wednesday, May 9, the Morgan FFA Chapter held its annual banquet where we honored many students for their outstanding accomplishments. We believe that congratulations are in order for all those who gained their Greenhand, Chapter, State, and American degree. Greenhand: Alex Eddington, Kennedy Gibson, Hanna Giles, Chase Grandpre, McKenna Hales, Annie Hodges, Linsday Mahan, Kailyn Nelson, Mariah Remund, Taylor Sherburn, Miranda Smith, Ty Stephens, and Taisha Vollmer. Chapter: Bryce Preece, Jessica Carter, Tabatha Carter, Isaac Cannon, Jake Cannon, Jessica Larsen, Marissa Morgan, Courtney Sanders, and Tyson Spens. State: Christina Andersen, Nate Buchanan, Garrett Eddington, Shawn Francis, and Megan Stapley. American: Ethan Porter. We would also like to honor Hanna Giles and Luke Larsen for being selected as our Star Greenhands.
The girls from Mountain Green Elementary School had a fun filled evening with their dads or grandpas at the PTSO sponsored Daddy Daughter Dance. This was an amazing night where the girls had the opportunity to get all dressed up for a special evening out with their dads. The girls and their dads got to fill out a “get to know your sheet” together as well as purchase jewelry keepsakes, get their pictures taken, eat lots of treats and have a wonderful time dancing. Thanks to the Mountain Green Elementary PTSO for their wonderful support and effort to make this an enjoyable evening for all those who came.
Megan Stapley, a 2012 graduate of Morgan High School FFA (Future Farmers of America), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Barber Brothers Ford and Ford Motor Company. Stapley’s parents are Kurt Stapley and Maggee Stapley of Morgan. Stapley plans to study at Weber State University.
On March 8-10 the Morgan FFA Chapter went to the town of Richfield to their FFA State Convention. Several of them competed in competitions. The Parliamentary Procedures team consisted of six members. They competed by completing a 10 minute long demonstration of the procedures that are used to run an official meeting.
As the weather warms, my staff and I focus on the loose ends that still need to be tied to finish the school year successfully. Among those loose ends is the important and joyous responsibility we have of planning and carrying out graduation ceremonies. Just imagine the countless hours of preparation. If a student spent just one hour on homework each day from the time they were in kindergarten until graduation, he or she would have spent 2,340 hours. We know that many of our students have spent many more hours than that.
The seasons of our life are vast and varied. Some days are full of blue skies and cool breezes, while others are cloudy, dark and cold. Of course we know that each season is necessary to not only keep the circle of life of refreshed, but renewed.
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and 1ST Bank Morgan are joining the Small Business Association (SBA) in celebrating National Small Business Week, May 20 through May 26. ICBA, which represents the nation’s more than 7,000 community banks, is reminding everyone about the critical role community banks serve in supporting local small businesses.
According to Morgan County’s new employee handbook, hourly employees cannot be forced to volunteer. Councilman Robert Kilmer questioned if this could mean that supervisors should not ask their employees to volunteer at the annual county fair.
Sometimes parents discipline their children when they kick and punch each other, but some find that their children discover discipline through kicking and punching. Discipline, self-respect, coordination, confidence, integrity, determination, and attention are just a few of the attributes students can learn while developing their martial arts skills at Martial Science. Martial Science began instructing in February and has been a hit.
Utah will be available to search by name within the next day or two in the 1940 census at FamilySearch.org. The total states published to search by name as of the present time are Delaware, Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, New Hampshire, Utah, Florida, and Wyoming. An additional seven states are close to release. They are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Vermont and Hawaii. Several other states are completing quickly. The project is nearly 50 percent complete.
Jessie L. Permar has completed the requirements for a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s, School of Social Policy and Practice. Graduation ceremonies will be held at UPenn’s, Philadelphia Campus, May 2012.
Morgan County Horse 4-H is preparing for their first show of the year. Remember 4-H youth you must enroll at the Morgan Extension office prior to the show. The show will be on Saturday, May 26 starting at 9 a.m. at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
On Saturday, May 19, Armed Forces Day, the Morgan County Pilot’s Association will be sponsoring the 2nd annual Veteran’s Recognition Day beginning at 10 a.m. at the Morgan County Airport (located at 5000 Cottonwood Canyon Rd., Mountain Green) to recognize and honor all veterans from all services.
There have been several new additions to the Morgan County News and Jennifer Vesper is one of them. She is excited to be a part of the newspaper staff and hopes to make a difference in the community through her new position.
Every year, Morgan County is overrun by an aggressive weed called Dyer’s woad. Dyer’s woad is a non-palatable, aggressive weed that produces chemicals which inhibit growth in adjacent plants. It has established itself across thousands of acres of western rangeland where the Bureau of Land Management estimates that it can reduce grazing by 38 percent. It is now widespread in Morgan County, as well as in 24 other counties in the state. Dyer’s woad is a native of southeast Russia and has been used since the 17th century to produce a blue dye extract. It is thought to have been imported into California in contaminated alfalfa seed and appeared in Brigham City around 1910.
Family Fun Night at the library is the perfect evening to relax and spend time with your family while encouraging learning and thought. Monday, May 21 will be the second Family Fun Night and there are high hopes it will build on the success of the previous event. The last affair brought a crowd of over 80 participants and turned the library into a carnival. This coming Family Fun Night will transform the library into a dream emporium. The night won’t make you nod off because lots of fun activities have been planned to explore the things we wish and hope for. The idea was born from a patron interest survey that showed a need for family specific events. The staff created the idea for a quarterly Family Fun Night with guests from the community.
Morgan City is set to begin construction next week on the splash pad at Riverside Park. The city has been raising funds for more than a year and is continuing to do so. Many of the splash pad features have been sponsored by local businesses and some of the construction work has been donated as well. The city has had donations from groups of mothers and grandmothers as well as many residents from all over the county. They city has also conducted fund-raising activities throughout the last year such as selling hot dogs at last year’s Independence Day Celebration. The city has raised the funds necessary to begin construction, but is still requesting donations to provide funding for additional water features as well as benches.
World War II Veterans from Morgan County were honored in a recent Eagle Scout project completed by Trevor Slate of Milton. Slate raised money to place markers on the graves of Norris Andrew Nelson, Sgt. Henry Burton Nelson, P.F.C. Thomas Henry Giles, Sgt. Chester R. Olsen, Seaman 2nd Class Karl Crittenden, P.F.C. Frank Jay Lacey and First Lieut. Craig Hannum. He found it interesting that small farming communities like Milton, Richville, Porterville, Morgan City, Peterson and Mountain Green all lost so many of their sons and daughters, creating hardship on families, neighbors and the entire community. Many veterans returned wounded and shell-shocked carrying unimaginable, horrible images for the remainder of their lives.
After Brad Barton addressed Morgan County families on May 1 about the “illusion vs. reality” of underage drinking, families participated in “What Will I Do On My Summer Break?” The youth in particular had a blast visiting various booths and hands-on displays in the MHS commons area sponsored by local businesses and organizations which provide summer-time activities, camps, classes, and events for kids and families in our Morgan County community.
A clear, calm, warm morning welcomed over 500 athletes to the Morgan High School track April 21, 2012, for the fifth annual Morgan “Pocket Change” Invitational. The athletes represented fifteen schools from Utah and Wyoming in classification from 1A to 5A. Competition began at 9:00 am and ran until 3:30 pm. The stands were filled with spectators, athletes and parents. Team tents were scattered around the grass outside the track fence providing shade for the day-long event.
Morgan’s Varsity baseball team won two critical games last week to all but assure the team a playoff berth. Braden Daniel struck out ten batters over seven innings to help Morgan defeat Tooele, 4-2 on April 24th. Daniel also helped out his cause with an RBI single in the first inning. Lantzen Toomer was 2-3 with a triple and an RBI single. Cameron Jarrett also reached base twice, including an RBI double in the third inning.
On April 24 and 25 members of our FFA chapter competed in the 2012 Career Development Experiences in Logan. There were eight teams that competed. One of those teams won the state title for this year in the Agricultural Sales contest. Those that were on the team were Luke Larsen, Jake Cannon, Katie Spens, and Megan Stapley.
Inspired by Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Mrs. Sheridan encouraged students in Mrs. Yorgason’s class to create a “quilt square” based on a character trait each student would like to acquire.
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle…If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”