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9 Nov 2012 (All day)

In both of Morgan’s only contested local races, the incumbents came out on top—so far.  In the Morgan County School Board Precinct 1 race, Jody V. Hipwell beat out opponent Lydia Nuttall by just 23 votes.  Although the final count Tuesday was 418 to 395, county officials are waiting until Nov. 20 to count all absentee and provisional ballots.  Precinct 1 has 28 provisional ballots and 12 absentee ballots, or 40 votes that could still make a difference.  

9 Nov 2012 (All day)

Saturday, Oct. 27, the Morgan High School volleyball team took third place in the 3A volleyball state championships at the UCCU Events Center in Orem.

7 Nov 2012 - 11:16

**TV tower upgrades cause hiccup in channel 11 reception
On Nov. 1, Morgan’s digit to analog television conversion was finalized with $71,000 worth of equipment installation. However, older TV sets are still having problems displaying the three KBYU channels, or channel 11.
Morgan County Councilwoman Ronda Kippen advised residents to rescan their television in order to ensure that channel 11 is reprogrammed properly. Those residents with newer television sets that automatically rescan whenever they are turned on likely have no problems receiving channel 11.

7 Nov 2012 - 08:00

In both of Morgan’s only contested local races, the incumbents came out on top. In the Morgan County School Board Precinct 1 race, Jody V. Hipwell beat out opponent Lydia Nuttall by just 23 votes. The final count was 418 to 395.

For the backyard neighbors, it was an interesting race from the primary vote earlier this year until Election Day.

For School Board District 3, incumbent Ken A Durrant won with 427 votes over Clay Ivan Rich’s 295 votes.

See this week's The Morgan County News for the full story.

7 Nov 2012 (All day)

The Young Automotive Group added a new dealership to their company with the purchase of Barber Brothers Ford, in Morgan, on Dec. 3, 2012. The new dealership will run under the name of Young Ford.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Natasha Lyn Andersen was named to the Utah High School Activities Association 2012 academic all-state girls’ soccer team.  She was honored at the 3A state soccer championship game at the Rio Tinto stadium on Oct. 20. These are such intelligent girls, the cumulative grade point average of the selected team members is a 4.0.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

We have had an enjoyable and exciting fall season!   On Saturday, Sept. 15,  basketball regionals were held at the Clearfield Aquatic and Fitness Center.  We had eight athletes compete in basketball skills and they all did a great job.   Swimming regionals were held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Utah State University.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

We’ve all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When it comes to education, that saying is absolutely true.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Learning.  This term can mean so many things, but in the Morgan FFA we strive to learn all we can in every possible way.  Over the course of the last several weeks, FFA teams have been practicing all across Northern Utah to compete at the renowned Snow College Competition.  Competitions here focus on real life agriculture with areas of study such as agronomy, dairy cattle, horses, range, floriculture, soils and more.  Your very own students here at Morgan High School have been learning more and more about each of these individual subjects through the Morgan FFA all in the end goal of competing at Snow College.  “The FFA trip to Snow College was a worthwhile experience.  The participating team members participated in a challenging and educational experience.  Additionally, we were able to meet new people and have a good time,” says Daxton Rowser, Morgan FFA member, when asked about the competition.  Also, the Morgan FFA chapter would like to thank every person who has ever coached one of our teams; you’re guiding hands have taught us a great amount.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

On occasion we find inspiration from unexpected sources. I did when I listened to 150 third grade children powerfully express themselves through a remarkable musical journey. The songs employed meaningful lyrics with messages intended to build confidence, provide strength, help people achieve their potential, dream big, and to stay optimistic during difficult times. The lessons are simple, but universal.  

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves”

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

After two high-profile domestic violence cases have gripped the Morgan community in the past year, efforts to protect victims in abusive relationships are becoming increasingly important.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

2012 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for Oct. 21- 27, with a total of 139 calls

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

The Sons of Utah Pioneers welcomed guest speaker David Pike to Morgan this week.  Pike also brought along his wife Debbie.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Carolyn and Kent Kolan are long term residents of Mountain Green. They built their home in Monte Verde in 1971.  Carolyn is originally from Heber City and graduated from Wasatch High School.  Kent was born and raised in Lehi and graduated from Lehi High School.  They met attending a junior college in Provo, now known as Utah Valley University.  “We didn’t really like each other when we first met, but with a lot of pressure from a mutual friend, we started dating the fall of 1965,” Carolyn said.  Those dates resulted in their marriage September 1966.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Team Valhalla Armory competed in the 2012 Survival Trial held at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. Twelve teams from throughout the United States pushed themselves to the absolute limit to see if they had what it takes to survive.  

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

The last issue of TMCN reported that the Cottonwoods subdivision developer had requested incremental tax funding for a reservoir that he/they want to develop in conjunction with his North Side Creek subdivision.  Incremental tax is the tax difference between the undeveloped land (the bare lot) and the property after it has been developed (i.e., in this case after homes have been built on the lots).

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Next Tuesday, Nov. 6 we will have the privilege of casting our vote for the next President of the United States of America.   For our government to be Of the People, By the People, and For the People we must exercise our right to vote!

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Gilbert Louis Scoville peacefully returned to his Heavenly Father on October 25, 2012 in Morgan, Utah. He was 83 years old. 

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

The family of Marnie Stark would like to thank the community for the outpouring of love and heartfelt support we have received.  Words cannot express the support we have had from the community. The amount of loving gestures have been crazy.  They have come from friends, family and even people we didn’t know.  We would not have made it through this without all this love.  The family would like to thank the Morgan 6th Ward Relief Society, Walker Mortuary and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.  We rest easier knowing our little butterfly is free to fly.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

If you like Wood Creations, you are going to love the newest store on Commercial Street: Morgan Valley Crafts.  For some time now, many Morgan City Council meetings have been focused on revitalizing Commercial Street and we are starting to see the success of their hard work.

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

On Thursday Oct. 26, Morgan High School staged an event to help educate and remind our community about our history, rights, and freedoms related to government.  Morgan County resident Lydia Nuttall worked with our local government to bring this event to our community to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of America’s Constitution.    The Ellis Island program presented history from our founding fathers as well as from the famous Island that welcomed millions of immigrants from 1892 to 1954. 

2 Nov 2012 (All day)

Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable.  When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins.  The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School.  Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone.

1 Nov 2012 - 17:49

Just 16 months apart in age, sisters Marnie Franich Stark and Rana Franich Aguirre were inseparable.  When they were young, their mother Jessie Franich would dress them like twins.  The “Fiesty Franich sisters” shared many common friends while attending Morgan High School.  Even their parents couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone. 
As the oldest sister, Marnie would often offer Rana relationship advice.  But the tables had turned in the last three years when Marnie found herself in an abusive relationship with her live-in boyfriend Jeffrey Dene White.  And Rana, who had dated White herself two decades ago, often warned Marnie about his substance abuse and potential for violence. 

1 Nov 2012 - 17:35
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**Hailey Kilburn Jones (cousin):
Marnie meant so much to me.  So many wonderful memories: her beautiful smile; her heart-felt giggles, giggles that came from her toes up; her one-of-a kind hugs, I always knew how much she loved me when she gave me one.  She wasn't just my cousin I was very close with, but my friend also.  All the fun Christmas Eves together as a family are great memories.  She was my protector growing up.  She was ALWAYS there when I needed her most; it's like she could sense that.  When my husband lost his job, she was the first one to my house to see how she could help.  She was so caring, loving, and giving.  I look back on her life and realize all the effort she put in to stay close and to know what was going on in our families’ lives.  She cared so much for everyone's well being.  I want to live my life by her example.  She had such a way of letting you know and feel how important you were to her and how much she loved you.  I see now how important it is to let people know how you feel about them.  You can't wait for tomorrow; do it today.  Marnie did that.  I never questioned what I meant to her.  Whether it was with words or deeds, I just knew how much I meant to her and how much she loved me.  She meant the world to me.  I love her with all my heart! She was kind and caring.  She loved unconditionally.  She always made you feel special.  She had a one-of-a-kind smile that truly did light up the room.  Her hugs were the kind of hugs that got you through until the next time you saw her again.  Most importantly, she was BEAUTIFUL inside and out.  She was always a protector and loved fiercely those closest to her.  Our Marn was just so special, she touched so many lives. She was an angel here on Earth to our family, and now she is our sweet angel in Heaven. 

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Last Wednesday night the MHS Volleyball team sponsored its 3rd annual Pink Night. MHS & Skyline came together to play for cancer research.  Both teams wore pink jerseys and even the officials wore pink. This year was extra special because the volleyball team recently lost one of its own to cancer, Sherie Wright. Sherie and her family were honored before the game and all proceeds of over $2900 will be donated in her name to cancer research.  

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

In the hustle and chaos of our daily lives, it is easy to have tunnel vision and focus either on everyday tasks or on the little negative things that can sometimes overwhelm our days.  So in this issue, I’d like to focus more on a couple of really positive activities that have happened recently at Morgan High School: our “Anti-bullying” and “Think Pink” events.  First, I must admit that young people continue to amaze me in their generosity and willingness to stand for their convictions.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Friends and family of Morgan Elementary students fell into fun at the fall festival.   The rain didn’t keep the crowds away from the party set up in the school’s gym, cafeteria and hallway.  Over 300 children and adults attended the fall festival making it a huge success.   

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

 
On September 7, the entire seventh grade took a trip to Mormon Flats.  This year these students will have the opportunity to study about the impact that this trail had on travelers heading west to California.  Groups such as the Donner-Reed party and the Pony Express travelled up and over big mountain.  Students will also study about the Mormon trek west and the struggle the pioneers had crossing the plains and scaling big mountain. 
The day was started when Linda Smith, a local historian, came and shared the stories of many people who traveled the trail the students hiked that day.  She did a wonderful job as she dressed in pioneer clothing, while sharing interesting stories. 
After hearing the stories of those that traveled on the trail, students loaded the buses en route to Mormon Flats.  The seventh graders picked up the pioneer trail in Henefer and traveled along SR 66.  The students did not have to hike up the hill; they took the easier route and hiked down the trail. This five mile hike took the students around two hours to complete; students gained an appreciation for what some of those early settlers went through.  When they reached the bottom the buses were parked and waiting with the lunches.  Students sat and ate their lunches surrounded by the beautiful mountains we enjoy in our valley.  The students were also able to participate in games like leg-wrestling and stick pull.  There was also an advisory tug-of-war challenge which the students really enjoyed. 
When the students returned to the school they finished the day by watching a video “A Trail of Hope.” This film relates experiences of those that traveled along the same trail the students just hiked.  It was wonderful and the students were well behaved and appreciative of having the chance to see and learn about Mormon Flats. 

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Oct. 17, 2012, was an exciting day for the fourth grade students at Morgan Elementary School.  Students had just put the final touches on their published drafts after completing a unit on “Writing a Personal Narrative.”  

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

According to organizers, the Morgan County Fair this year was one of the best attended in as long as a decade.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

2012 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for October 14th thru October 20th, with a total of 151 calls

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

The way recreation programs are handled by the city, county and school board may be changing in the near future.  Changes could affect the annual 4th of July celebration. 

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Developer Rulon Gardner has plans for a new 22-lot development, and is approaching the county and school board about the possibility of using tax increment funding to build a reservoir feature.  The reservoir would double as a private amenity for the development as well as storage for secondary water.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Thursday, Oct. 25, snow packed roads caused numerous slide-offs on I-84.  Because of the slide-offs, several semis pulled over only to get stuck in the snow on the sidelines.  The road was closed for several hours to allow time for snow removal and clean-up.  

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

After a Utah State basketball game Rob Colvin met Suzanne Udy for the first time. Rob who is from North Ogden, and Suzanne who is from Salt Lake City (a Skyline High School graduate), were both enrolled in the university. Rob knew he had met someone special and was immediately interested in getting to know her better. However, he didn’t have a scrap of paper or a pen with him to jot down her information.  Being the creative person that he is, Rob used an aluminum foil gum wrapper in his pocket to scratch down her phone number. It took two tries to make the phone call but fortunately he was able to find the right combination of numbers. 

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

There has been quite a storm of interest in the mountain biking and BMX industry in Morgan as of late.  There is a new mountain biking team featuring students from Morgan High and local resident, Jason Johnson, has proposed a new bike track in the area.  This may be a great idea for kids like Brewer Snedden.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Loydene Berg and her son, PJ, lost their home to an electrical fire last month on Sept. 4.  The home was a complete loss.  This included her Yamaha Grand Piano which had a lot of sentiment attached to it from her late father and her husband Peter, who was murdered 12 years ago at Chevy’s Restaurant in Salt Lake City.  The home was also not insured at the time of the fire, due to a suspension in the insurance coverage until a rain gutter was replaced. The work had been done, but had not been reinstated before the fire destroyed the home.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Elder Dane Craig Carter has returned from the Korea Daejeon Mission, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the son of Craig and Lisa Carter of Morgan. He will report on his mission on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan 7th Ward.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

Elder Joshua Duncan, son of Scott and Michelle Duncan has been called, and has accepted the invitation to serve as an LDS Missionary to the Brazil São Paulo Interlagos Mission. Josh will speak in the Highlands Ward (Highland Chapel 5378 W. Old Hwy Rd.) on Oct. 28, at 10:50 a.m. Josh will report to the São Paulo, Brazil MTC on Oct. 30, 2012.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

MORGAN – Marnie Franich Stark, 38, passed away October 20, 2012 at McKay Dee Hospital.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

On Saturday, Oct. 20, members of the Morgan Mountain Bike Race Team participated in the first-ever Utah High School Cycling League state championships.  Seven team members and their coaches traveled to Soldier Hollow in Heber Valley to compete against 24 other Division 2 high school teams in what was the perfect ending to an incredible first year of high school mountain bike racing in Utah.

26 Oct 2012 (All day)

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, nearly 2,000 students and faculty members from Morgan High, Morgan Middle and Morgan Elementary schools participated in a full evacuation drill.  This drill led them roughly a half mile from the school grounds to Wilkinson Construction.  

25 Oct 2012 - 16:10

Thursday, Oct. 25, snow packed roads caused numerous slide-offs on I-84.  Because of the slide-offs, several semis pulled over only to get stuck in the snow on the sidelines.  The road was closed for several hours to allow time for snow removal and clean-up. 
Highway 39 through Ogden Canyon was also closed temporarily due to a weather related accident.
Morgan County was hit with more than six inches overnight.  Teachers who commute from Ogden were stuck in the canyon and buses were stuck in the snow, so Morgan Elementary and Mountain Green Elementary were both closed for the day.  This is a rare occurrence in Morgan, so students were thrilled and kids all through the county pulled out their sleds and made the most of it.
The first snowfall of the year is historically bad for driving conditions, which makes it especially important to slow down and drive carefully.

25 Oct 2012 - 12:00
Morgan native to be laid to rest Friday

As the Morgan community lays one of its own to rest today, the man suspected of causing her death sits behind bars.
Jeffrey Dene White, 43, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Weber County Jail on first degree felony murder and two counts of third degree felony charges of commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child. 
According to Ogden Police Lieutenant Danielle Croyle, two children under the age of 10 were present during the murder of Marnie Franich Stark, 38.  She is the daughter of Morgan locals Matthew Joseph and Jessie Franich.
The Ogden Police Department responded to an “unattended death” Oct. 20 on the 1300 block of Douglas Avenue.  During the course of the investigation, Ogden Major Crimes Detectives determined there was evidence to support the cause of death as a homicide.
Stark was pronounced dead at McKay-Dee Hospital that day.  White was her live-in boyfriend.

19 Oct 2012 (All day)

Once a week for three weeks, a student in a Morgan High School classroom passed out while attending Mr. Rock’s health class during first or second period.

19 Oct 2012 (All day)

The Morgan County School Board is considering administering the Student Health and Risk Prevention survey to students in select grades in February or March of 2013.  In years past, some parents have objected to the content of the survey and claimed the schools did not properly follow through on the “opt in” parent permission procedure.