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15 Aug 2014 (All day)

Thank you to all our friends and customers,

8 Aug 2014 (All day)

My parents and I, along with my Aunt Coleen and Uncle Ron, want to thank COLETTE WATKINS and EVERYONE else who made it possible for my friends and me to participate in the Special Needs Rodeo.  It was so much fun.  

1 Aug 2014 (All day)

I wanted to provide supplemental comments on the article “Danger increases along popular stretch of Weber River,” by Deanne Winterton, published July 24, 2014.  Thanks for the informative article!

25 Jul 2014 (All day)

We, the family and wife of Ken F. Mecham (FLASH), would like to thank everyone for the kind expressions of sympathy that were shown to us during our time of loss.  

10 Jul 2014 - 14:32

Newspapers are dead, or at least dying.  It was a topic of study, research and debate when I was in college studying journalism 18 years ago.  Sure, it caused me to pause a moment and consider the career I was pursuing.  If I would have believed the predictions, I wouldn’t be a news editor today for a weekly published on newsprint.  But here I am, still in the newspaper business, still with a job.  And here you are, reading my inked words on newsprint.
When I was first employed with The Morgan County News in 1998, the number of subscribers was actually lower than it is now.  If newspapers are dying, why are our subscriptions up?
Readers subscribe to a newspaper for many reasons, according to an Ad Age/Ipsos Observer American Consumer Survey in 2012.  Among those reasons in order of importance are local news, coupons, national news and obituaries.
Newspapers are integral to society because they monitor local government, explore current local events, have the largest staff dedicated to reporting, compare prices, share local opinion and explore local entertainment.  This is done in detail written by other locals, not some think tank residing thousands of miles away.

13 Jun 2014 (All day)

The family Leland Craig Wright wishes to thank everyone for the acts of kindness during his passing. 

2 May 2014 (All day)

How many times have you heard, or said yourself, that turning off Route 89 or Interstate 15 and heading up Weber Canyon to Morgan Valley is like entering a whole new world.  

25 Apr 2014 (All day)

Thank You – The family of Marion Spackman would like to thank all of our friends and neighbors for their support and kindness during dad’s illness and passing. 

11 Apr 2014 (All day)

Although the controversy over the “common core” has been going on for a couple of years, my conversations outside of fellow educators have been limited to only a few individuals.  That began to change the night of the Republican Party Caucus meetings in my precinct.  I have been amazed at the lack of understanding and misinformation possessed by several individuals that I’ve talked with; thus the impetus for this response.  The purpose of this response is not to change the minds of those who are opposed, but to simply provide those who are honestly seeking information with the other side of the story.

28 Mar 2014 (All day)

Thanks to the many friends who sent birthday wishes to us last month. It was wonderful to hear from you. We still miss all of you. 

28 Mar 2014 (All day)

We never fully appreciate the value of a small community, friends, family and neighbors until a life-changing event occurs.  On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Wilkinson Construction and Morgan Valley Polaris had a life-changing event.  

7 Mar 2014 (All day)

We are writing to thank the wonderful young women and young men of Morgan High School basketball teams for a very fun year.

7 Mar 2014 (All day)

I just wanted to take a second to share a unique perspective of what happened last Saturday during the 3A state championships held at Southern Utah University.  I say unique because I was likely one of the few people in the Centrum who used to wear a Morgan basketball jersey and who currently has two children attending the opposing school for the boys’ game, Cedar High School.  Also, I had the privilege of representing my employer, Southern Utah University, in the presentation of the medallions just minutes before the two games started.

28 Feb 2014 (All day)

In response to the letter in the Feb. 7 TMCN regarding referring to our children as “kids,” I can’t help but point out that language is a dynamic medium; many words have multiple, often diversely different meanings, and word meanings change with time and usage.  

7 Feb 2014 (All day)

A disturbing trend is occurring among the children of the baby boomers, myself included. We seem to have no interest in trying to save old or broken things. Rather than paying someone to come fix a broken dishwasher, for example, we would rather just go buy a new one.

7 Feb 2014 (All day)

I have lived here in Morgan now for 17 ½ years. This city and county have a population of great and loving people, parents, grandparents and charming and lovely children.  I know that it is a national thing, but I cannot understand why we call our dear children kids – young goats.

7 Feb 2014 (All day)

Thanks thanks to many friends who sent so many greeting cards to Charles on his birthday. 

31 Jan 2014 (All day)

The Williams family, Dan and Rose Ann, Mike and Jill, would like to express their special thanks to Ernie Durrant, Hugh and Claudia Davis, Arlys Johanson and Sylvia Lyons for the wonderful job they all did at our mom, Mary Williams’ services.  

31 Jan 2014 (All day)

A surprise birthday party was held for me on Jan. 26 at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn.  The party was put on by all of my children, grandchildren and great grand children. My husband and I would like to thank all of them for the lovely dinner and conversation.  We really enjoyed the afternoon.  The icing on the cake was when a special someone paid our entire tab.  Whoever that kind person was, we would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

I want to show my support for the Morgan County School Board.  Recently, at the school board meeting, they adopted a two-minute limit to public input. They had a timer and cut people off midsentence if they exceeded the two-minute limit. I applaud the school board for their hardline stance even though others criticize this as a harsh policy.

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

The Franich family would like to thank all those who donated money to help us decorate the tree for the Festival of Trees in memory of Marnie Franich Stark.

13 Dec 2013 (All day)

On Nov. 16, a fundraiser was held on my and my family’s behalf to raise money for my breast cancer fight. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of your love, kindness, support and prayers. We would also like to thank all of the businesses that donated. 

15 Nov 2013 (All day)

Thank you to everyone who has shown support for us during the last 7 months. 

1 Nov 2013 (All day)

I would like to say my deepest thank you to all the people who helped me with my Eagle Scout Project. 

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

The cry often heard in Morgan County from elected officials is, “We need more economic development.”  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this statement in government meetings over the past four years.

11 Oct 2013 (All day)

I want to thank all those who helped me with my Eagle Project of planning trees at Kent Smith Park; Mike Waite, Richard Cameron (SMS Mobile) Travis Forsyth, Spencer Larson, Logan Cameron, Andre Malan, Troy Toone, Mont Forsyth, Carl Hipwell, and a special thanks to my family. 

27 Sep 2013 (All day)

I want to applaud Morgan County School District Superintendent Doug Jacobs for his willingness to look at the four-day school week. This is a creative solution that can alleviate the district’s budget problems. It is no secret that the Century Center is costing us approximately $350,000 per year. The budget savings from a four-day week would easily cover the cost of the Century Center.   It will also help the district cope with the additional costs of Obamacare.

27 Sep 2013 (All day)

The Milton cemetery committee would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Kenneth Nelson for the many years of service and hard work he has given to the operation, maintenance and many improvements to beautify and maintain the Milton Pioneer Cemetery.

20 Sep 2013 (All day)

As a very concerned citizen, I would like to share some totally disturbing facts about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which is quickly looming before us.  It will affect EVERYONE especially seniors, the disabled, babies born with defects, etc.  Most Americans are against it; only 12percent in a recent poll felt it would be a positive for Americans yet, the powers in Washington are set on giving us this beginning of socialized medicine. 

20 Sep 2013 (All day)

To Our Dear Morgan Community,

13 Sep 2013 (All day)

Please accept our hearfelt gratitude for the many acts of kindness with cards, food, flowers, calls or any other thoughtful deeds on behalf of our Dad, brother, grandpa and great-grandpa during his recent passing. 

16 Aug 2013 (All day)

On behalf of the Morgan County Fair Kids Games, we would like to give a big shout out to all those who volunteered their time and the companies that donated so generously to make the games a success this year. 

9 Aug 2013 (All day)

A special thanks from Colt, Oakley , Ruger Nelson and their family goes out to those thoughtful people who helped with the unfortunate loss of our beautiful wife and mom, Kallie Nelson.

9 Aug 2013 (All day)

As chairman of the 50 year class reunion for the Morgan High School class of 1963, I would like to express my appreciation to all those who attended. 

9 Aug 2013 (All day)

Morgan County Library would like to send a great big thanks to our community for helping our “Dig Into Reading” be such a great success! We couldn’t have done it without you.

2 Aug 2013 (All day)

The Morgan County Search and Rescue Group has recently been able to upgrade their communications capability with the purchase of several new radios and a new repeater.  The group has been operating the last few years with some older style radios which have now become obsolete.  

26 Jul 2013 (All day)

We want to give our heartfelt thanks for the kindness you have shown our family.

19 Jul 2013 (All day)

To the great community of Morgan:

12 Jul 2013 (All day)

My family and I would like to thank the members of: The Heights Community Church, The Morgan Grace Fellowship Church, The LDS Church and the caring ladies of the Relief Society.  

5 Jul 2013 (All day)

To concerned tax payers:   The Morgan County Council just passed up another economic opportunity based on self interest.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

I was quite disappointed in how some of our county members acted and behaved due to Leeway voting on both sides of this issue. I am aware of several instances where members were out of hand, yelling, swearing, and name calling because someone didn’t agree with them. There were also a number of cases of sign stealing. Both of these issues have to do with our first amendment rights. If we expect our own freedom of speech we must allow and respect that of others even if we don’t agree. We can talk about these things civilly like the adults we should be. Taking of signs is also an infringement on this amendment. Another problem we encounter is accusing people without proof for such deeds. We have never been and should never be a “guilty until proven innocent” society. If we continue to have this type of attitude in a number of years we will not have a republic because some won’t tolerate the views of others. 

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

The family of Paul R. Stuart would like to thank all the relatives and friends for the food, flowers, and kindness shown to us at the time of our loss.  

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

The Morgan Search and Rescue would like to thank all the Morgan businesses, the Sheriff’s Office, the County Council, the City of Morgan, and the people of Morgan County for being so welcoming while members of the National Search and Rescue were in town for their convention.  They would also like to thank everyone for supporting the Search and Rescue members of Morgan County, the State Search and Rescue, and the National Search and Rescue Association. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Like some of you, I have chosen to serve our community by participating on different school committees (MHS Community Council, Morgan Education Foundation and MHS Scholarship Board) that hopefully add value to the educational experience of all of our children.  There are some amazingly smart and dedicated parents who give freely of their time and resources to enrich the educational experience of all of our kids in this valley.  We do not always agree on the best way to meet the needs, but for the most part everyone has the best interest of the kids in mind.  I think we work well together because we leave ego’s and personal agenda’s at the door.  We ask thought provoking questions, we learn the issues and then we try to put forth solutions that meet challenges head on.  Our job isn’t done when we walk out of a meeting.  These are “working” committee’s where we roll up our sleeves and spend countless hours taking action and executing the plans laid out in the meetings.  We work with very tight budgets.  We work hard to raise money, simply because we have too, and consequently are quite conservative in how we spend each and every dollar.  We work closely with the teachers and school administrators.  We feel their pain.  You can never really know that pain until you sit in their classrooms and virtually walk in their shoes.  In most instances we work with the School District Administrators and in some cases we sit side by side with School Board members to find solutions to problems.  We have learned first hand the uniqueness of being part of a school district in rural Morgan County, with an almost nonexistent tax base.  One day that will change, but only when we are willing to accept the fallout that comes with growth and development.  It’s called change, and many are afraid of it.  None the less this area has so very much to offer, but it comes at a price, sometimes a steep price.  It is a price that each of us must bear.  Do I want higher taxes?  No.  Can I afford higher property taxes?  I cannot.  So why do I support the Voted Local Levy?  Because from where I sit, it is the best short term SOLUTION to a long-term problem.  Let’s be very clear about something.  The VLL is not the end-all answer, but it is a real short-term solution that is needed now.  Those who oppose the VLL have become very proficient at propogating what I call the FUD factor.  They spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.  It all begins with certain half truths and then leads to veiled forms of borderline deception.  Case in point.  Last night I received a flyer in the mail.  On one side it stated that I have “the opportunity to voice my opinion”.  I’ve read the Constitution and I get that.  This is a truth.  On the other side of the flyer it states in smaller text that if the VLL passes that “I will no longer have a voice or a vote” (false).  It states further that the school board can raise my taxes (truth) without advertising or notifying me (false).  They call it taxation without representation.  What is this, the Boston Tea Party all over again?  Of course we have representation.  It’s called going to the advertised school board meetings and standing up and saying what you have to say.  Do you realize that last week the school board held their annual budget meetings which were fully advertised and open to the public?  Do you also realize that not one single person who opposes the VLL attended the meeting?  If the VLL does not pass, the sun will still rise on on June 26th.  But know this one fact.  If you have a third grader going to Mountain Green Elementary, your child or grandchild will be sitting next to 32 other students of which 2-3 will have major behavioral issues that dominate the teachers time and efforts.  Now imagine the quality education your child is going to experience!  This is real, as real as it gets.  Again, the VLL is a tax, no doubt about it.  It will cost you $2.18 per month for each $100,000 that your home is valued at.  The School District needs $358,000 this next year alone that will go toward four (4) specific needs.  Replacing three educators who have retired or moved, costs associated with special needs students, remediation for those struggling in math and lastly to address state mandated standards and testing.  This is not conjecture, it’s fact.  The time to vote is almost here.  What will you base your vote on?  Will it be the FUD factor that you read about or hear about that has run rampant these past few months?  Or will you call a teacher you can trust, or your local school board member and ask specific questions about specific needs.  Get educated and then do the right thing for you, your family and your kids.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

As an original founder of For Morgan Kids, I’d like to explain how the name was chosen. We determined that we wanted something that was… 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Education’s purpose, process, and product is the eradication of ignorance and is, in turn, the foundation of law and order in any society.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

The Beautiful Morgan County…

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Last week one of our school board members wrote to the editor that he didn’t think anyone could go through the school budget and find anywhere that could be cut.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

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.