In her second year of competing, Krista Johansen took first place for her edible architecture. Last year’s creation was a mock-up of Commercial Street that took second place honors. This year’s creation was started a week before the turkey and pumpkin pie were served on Thanksgiving Day. For the average gingerbread house, starting this early would mean there was plenty of time to work on it here or there. But Johansen’s elaborate design required her to work about four hours daily to complete it in time for judging.
Morgan City, County, and Chamber of Commerce have been working throughout the year to develop a new website. It has taken cooperation from the three parties to get the website ready to launch. All three could see the potential benefits this website could provide to Morgan businesses and its residents. “This has been a good thing,” Shelly Betz, city councilwoman stated. She encourages everyone to go to the website and see what is actually available in Morgan.
Fifty-three years ago, Frank “Whitey” and Darlene Little decided they wanted to do Christmas decorations in a new way. Their location gave them a unique place to create a Christmas scene. They decided to use their hill to display a nativity.
Morgan High wrestlers hosted North Summit at Morgan High on Thursday, Dec. 6. Morgan did well beating North Summit in front of their home crowd. They wrestled again on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at Roy duals. The varsity team placed 12th beating out Brighton by one point.
Morgan’s High FFA and FCCLA organizations are teaming up with the Student Body Officers, MMS, & MES for this year’s Sub for Santa. These two groups have helped Morgan County residence for the Sub for Santa program for several years. These two high school organizations have divided up the responsibilities for those who need help for Christmas. The FCCLA organization is responsible for collecting items for families who have asked for assistance in bringing Christmas to their family. The FCCLA will have a tree in the Morgan Ridley’s with requested items. A person or an organization may take a request to fill and then return the tag with the item back to Ridley’s or bring it to Morgan High before the deadline that will be stated on the tree. The tree will be set up for two weeks or more in Ridley’s during the month of December.
Language arts teachers from both the middle school and high school met with Christelle Estrada, Language Arts Specialist from the Utah Office of Education, on Nov. 29 to receive training and insight to assist with the implementation of the new Language Arts Common Core. From this, the teachers planned and shared resources to meet their goals.
In 1982, Val and Loretta moved to Mountain Green from Arizona when Loretta’s sister Judy Pettingill gave rave reviews of the valley and the Morgan School District. The year before, their son Dan, lived with the Pettingills and attended school in Morgan. During a sixth-grade outing to the North Morgan Cemetery, he discovered headstones with the name Grover on them.
Looking at some news articles that I wrote for The Morgan County News over 20 years ago, I found one about Kris Carrigan in the May 29, 1992, edition. He was one of the subjects of a segment, “Youth in the workforce.”
Midway through the fundraiser Debbie Trussell was beaming with the support her family received from the community. “It’s going amazing!” Trussell said happily, “People are so amazing. So generous.” The courthouse auditorium was filled with donations and shoppers. Sections for clothing, electronics, toys, furniture, and more lined the walls and filled the room.
Golden Spike National Historic Site’s Annual Winter Steam Festival will be held Friday December 28th through Sunday December 30th. One of the site’s two 1860’s replica steam locomotives will arrive at the Last Spike Site at approximately 10:00 am and will be on display until 4:30 pm.
“I felt like it was one of those small towns off of an old Christmas movie,” Sunni Heywood said of last weekend’s Ol’ Time Christmas celebration on Commercial Street. While our beloved Front Street has actually been the scene of several movie sets, our Christmas celebration was better than any script. It brought together friends and family to enjoy the season together. We are lucky to live in one of the places people dream about.
After a grand jury was held, an indictment was issued on a criminal case involving a Morgan man. Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris said he will dismiss Morgan County’s charges in the case.
According to court records in United States of America vs. Andrew Owens Pentz, the indictment was issued for one count of possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun and two counts of a felon in possession of a firearm.
Records indicated that on or about Oct. 17, 2012, Pentz knowingly possessed an unregistered 20-guage sawed-off shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, as well as associated ammunition. As a result, Pentz will have to forfeit all firearms and ammunition in violation.
The holiday season is in full swing. This time of year always seems like a good time to reflect on those things for which we are grateful. The list often includes family, friends, employment, and freedom. I would like to add to that list; I am grateful for the staff at the Utah Driver License Division.
Luckily, we have had a mild winter so far because not everyone has been visited by the traveling home insulation vans that have covered the Morgan territory. In fact not everyone has four walls and a roof they can call their own. St. Anne’s Center shelters hundreds of Top of Utah’s homeless each year.
On Saturday Dec. 1, the Weber State Alumni Singers used their music to help Loydene Berg who lost her home to a fire in September. The choir presented a rich experience titled “A Gift of Music” to generous audience members who started off the holiday season with an amazing concert. The evening of music enriched those who attended.
Pictured in the middle is Harold Orton. The Orton family are long-time residents of Morgan County. To his far left is his daughter Lynn Orton Boyce. To the right of him is his Granddaughter Tiffany Wright-Roberts, daughter of Lynn Orton Boyce and the late Terry Wright.
David LeRoy Baugh Jr. “Roy” passed away November 29, 2012, after an 8 year battle with liver disease. Roy was born April 18, 1938, to David LeRoy and Edith Mary Amidan Baugh in Slaterville, Utah. After living in Ogden until he was 6 years old, they moved to North Ogden where his father built an auto mechanic garage adjacent to their home which was a huge part of their lives. Roy’s father taught him how to work on cars and farm machinery and most of all taught and passed on the ‘Baugh Tidy Gene.’
Morgan County recently bid a fond farewell to a household name, Barber Brothers Ford. In 1981, the Barber brothers opened their first location in Morgan City. They started out as High Country Chevrolet Oldsmobile and after several changes, ended up taking on the Ford franchise and moved their building to its current location in 1998.
Scott Logan Gollaher is scheduled to appear before Judge Noel S. Hyde in a Morgan court room Wednesday on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, an additional 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of sodomy on a child.
Gollaher, a registered sex offender, was constructing a new home in the Morgan area when reports of sexual abuse reached the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
On June 17, 2012, Morgan County Deputy Joseph Rohbock was called by a concerned mother whose 11-year-old daughter had been the victim of a sexual offense incident. The mother had allowed her daughter and her daughter’s cousin to go with a friend the previous day. The three girls had traveled to Morgan to Scott Gollaher’s home at 246 E. Woods Creed Road in Morgan City. While visiting the Morgan home, the young girl said she had been touched, spanked and continually fondled. The visit involved a four-wheeler ride where Gollaher was the driver and the victim was his passenger in front.
Kristine Nicole Biggs, 41, was booked into the Davis County Jail Saturday, Dec. 1, after being released from a local hospital. Biggs lead Morgan County deputies on a high-speed chase through three counties before attempting to ram a Morgan Sheriff vehicle in South Weber. A Morgan deputy ended the situation when he fired his weapon into the windshield of Biggs’ GMC pickup and struck Biggs in the left eye. The deputy has been put on paid administrative leave while the case is being investigated by the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.
Our Morgan Trojan football team held nothing back in their blow-out season opening victory over Delta. The team used their incredible defensive efforts to block Delta out completely, which secured their 35-0 win. What a great start to what is sure to be a memorable and successful 2013-14 season.
Consultant Matthew Godfrey with Better City said Morgan County’s economic development future could lie in courting the shooting sports industry. The move would accompany an overall recreation push for the county’s future.