It’s been three decades since my teenage years and I still have very vivid memories of my life growing up in the early 80s. Of course, it was memorable when I got my driver’s license at 16. It felt like a small step into the world of being an adult. I was excited and “ready to roll,” but it is difficult to “roll” when you don’t even have wheels, let alone the car and engine to go with them.
The 2nd Annual Miss Morgan Queen Contest was held Thursday, June 10 at Graceland Equestrian Center in Morgan.
There were five excellent candidates competing for the title and many spectators showing support. In the end the following were crowned: Queen – Kami Call, 1st Attendant – Danielle Robison, 2nd Attendant – Sam Peterson, Miss Congeniality – Kacie Chappell, and Horsemanship went to Dani Hammer!
Morgan County officially has a new council member as of 9:00 am Monday morning. Don Matthews was sworn in as the replacement for David Gardiner for District Five by Stacy Lafitte, county clerk. Gardiner recently resigned from the position when he moved out of the county.
The traditional honor of leading Morgan County’s 4th of July parade as Grand Marshals, has been given to Larry and Sherolyn Jenkins. The couple will lead the parade tomorrow to kick off Morgan County’s annual 4th of July celebration.
This spring and early summer produced a number of changes in our administrative team. Late in the month of May, Ron Wolff announced his intentions to step down as Superintendent. In mid-June our beloved Morgan Elementary Principal, Laraine Whitear lost her battle to cancer. Both individuals have left voids to be filled in our system. The positive influence for good they have given and shared with our community will be felt for years to come.
Betty Louise Lane Green, passed away peacefully in the early morning of June 28, 2010 and returned to the arms of her loving Father in Heaven and a glorious reunion with her loved ones that preceded her.
Over the years I have been doing family history I have occasionally heard someone claim they have their line traced back to Adam. I have from a researcher hired by my grandma, a record which shows my Mecham line traced back to Adam. Unfortunately, these claims are fantasy.
James Nickerson submitted this picture to the newspaper several months ago after traveling to New York. The picture is inspiring enough but I’m sure watching the sun setting behind Lady Liberty in person was an awe-inspiring moment.
Jeremy Barker is a candidate for the County Council at large B seat. Barker is running against Ned Mecham.
Barker’s mother is from France and he is a native French speaker. His father is from Bountiful. Barker was born in Centerville, the oldest of five children, and grew up in that area. He graduated from Viewmont High School in 1993. He and his wife Sharon have two children, a boy and a girl, and one on the way.
Morgan- Wade T. Murdock has been selected as the new Morgan High School Principal. Murdock’s official appointment will occur at a Special Board of Education meeting scheduled for July 13, 2010 at 3:30 P.M. in the district office. The Morgan Board of Education received input from a screening committee comprised of parents, educators, and support staff prior to reaching their decision.
After the county’s previous postmaster accepted a position in Hooper, Morgan was left without a postmaster for a few months. Dave Schroeder has now filled this vacancy and is the new postmaster for Morgan County
Monday night in a special session of the county council the applicants for County Council District Five were reviewed. There were two applicants, Donald Matthews and Austin Turner; both are candidates for this position on the council in the fall election.
At the special meeting of the council on Monday Don Matthews was appointed to serve the remainder of the term for District Five on the County Council. The candidates were asked to introduce themselves and communicate their qualification. The council then asked the applicants a number of questions. Following is a summary of Matthews’ remarks and his answers to the questions.
Boy Scout Unit 576 of the Mt. Ogden District, Trapper trails Council, has been placing the American flag in the front of various Mountain Green homes for nine years! What a great patriotic service to our community! Plus, those who have subscribed to their service help support our local Boy Scout programs and summer camps. One hundred and eighteen flags are being posted this year for each of the seven flag holidays.
Public Hearing and Resolution 10-22 – 2010 Property tax rates and revenue amounts
There were no public comments. The resolution passed unanimously.
Public hearing – for the purpose of opening and adjusting 2009-1020 current year budget.
There is a time for everything under the sun; a time for every season. But the season of the family-owned farming operation is on the verge of its last leg on its steady decline into oblivion; losing ground by the day
Wednesday evening, the Morgan Board of Education approved a resolution to employ Timothy Wolff as the new principal of Morgan Elementary School. Wolff graduated from Weber State University with a BS in Elementary Education in 2001. He has also earned a Master’s Degree in administration from the University of Houston. Following graduation he was employed as a teacher in the Fort Bend Independent School District, a suburb of Houston.
After spending a great deal of time and effort searching for a new superintendent, the Board of Education decided that the most qualified candidate was already in the district. Wednesday evening Ken Adams was named the new Superintendent of Schools for Morgan County replacing Ron Wolff who will begin serving as the superintendent in Box Elder County on July 1.
Amy Clark is a candidate for the County Council at Large A seat. This is a two year seat that will replace Al Lundgren. Clark gained an appreciation for a rural outdoor lifestyle growing up in Montana. She attended BYU where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and later her Master’s in Public Administration. The Public Administration Master’s degree focuses on effective management of government services for the communities they serve.
One of the first things I remember about growing up is that people would always tell me how much I looked like my dad…especially the brown eyes. I always liked it when people said that to me. But, until I grew up, I did not realize how much we were alike in other ways as well…at least in my mind.
Laraine S. Whitear was born June 23, 1948 in Paris, Idaho to Willard and Ada Stucki who are deceased. Laraine passed away in her home on June 15th 2010 after a courageous five year battle with melanoma cancer.
I have often been asked, “What can a busy parent do to make sure their child succeeds in school?” According to the Parent Institute, four simple things can be done to help parents make sure their child is doing their best in school.
I have similar feelings as Dave Hansen, Republican Party Chairman for Utah; He expressed his excitement last Saturday at a Central Committee Meeting stating “I haven’t had this much fun in years”. As I have become more actively involved in politics I would agree with Dave. People are talking with each other. Many are realizing their vote does matter and counts. Your average voter this year is actually voting in favor of a candidate they like. Our ballet in Morgan is filled with choices.
It is a rare thing to have a real statesman run for public office these days. However, that is exactly what our current political climate is calling for, and the person who has answered that call is Jon Hellander.
I would like to respond to the accusations from a recent letter to the editor that said that, Jon Hellander running for House District 53, is a puppet of a number of state legislators. It is absurd to think that a strong willed, principled individual like Jon is submissive to anyone. In fact, he has influenced me to reconsider my position on the state-wide property tax equalization proposals that I have vigorously supported during my four years in the legislature.
Garth Day is the county council administrator for Morgan. He was hired in June of 2008. In this role he manages the staff in the non-elected county departments and provides support to the council in their legislative and administrative role.
Ron Hodson from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources presented at the county council meeting on Tuesday night. Hodson was requesting support from the council for a proposal to accept donated land from Kearn River Pipeline.
Huntsville, UT - Utah's Snowbasin Resort has filed a Master Plan with Weber County's Ogden Valley Destination and Recreation Resort Zone to build a massive resort village at the ski area, finally realizing its plan to become a world-class ski and snowboard resort.
In the Morgan City Council meeting on Tuesday, a public hearing was held for the 2010/2011 budgets. There was light attendance by citizens, however, changes that will affect each resident of the city. In addition to the budget for the city that was discussed and approved, new rates were set for services from the city.
The city council has been keeping their words consistent with their actions over the past several months. After the city repeatedly expressed a strong commitment to rejuvenating Commercial Street, this week they have taken some actions to do just that through more beautification.
Robert Kilmer is a teacher at Morgan High School. He came to Morgan fifteen years ago to teach and to live in the beautiful rural environment that is Morgan County. He currently teaches welding and machine tools, and is the CTE (Career Technology Education) director at Morgan High School.