This edition marks the one hundredth issue published since Anne and I purchased The Morgan County News in November of 2009. It has been an interesting, educational, and enjoyable ride.
Running a local newspaper in a town with only a small number of businesses is challenging. For many years the newspaper has been on the edge of survival. Since 1923 it has been a labor of love for the publishers who have owned the newspaper.
I am thankful for the opportunity we have to think of the good and positive aspects of our community and tell each other, by means of this newspaper. We all know some wonderful people that are in the Morgan area and one of my favorite people is Larry Turner. He is quite often standing by his bike and waving all that pass by. No matter what kind of day we are having, a wave from Larry with his big smile always makes things better.
We would like to thank all our friends and neighbors for their kind thoughtful expressions of sympathy through their cards, phone calls, visits, food and flowers during the passing of my sweet mother, Bessie Monson.
A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who were such a big help when we had the misfortune of having a trench cave in. Our hero is Mike Evans for his quick action of getting my head and chest uncovered so I could breath again. Also a BIG THANK YOU to the Morgan EMT’s who were so fast and professional in all they did to help me.
We would like to thank the many friends and neighbors who spent their Saturday morning helping cut, split and stack our winter’s supply of wood. Your service lifted a tremendous burden from our minds as well as our family. A special thank you to Richard Wiscombe for coordinating. Without you this would have never taken place. Thank you to those who have brought wood to our home. Thank you to all! We love and appreciate each one of you.
Gerald & Georgia Mikesell, Gene & Julie Mikesell, Glenn & Rosemary Eberle, Tom Mikesell and Grandchildren
We would like to thank all who called brought food and visited Georgia, especially The Morgan 6th Ward. Thanks to the ambulance crew and all who helped Gerald during her hospital and care center stay.
She is recuperating at home from a broken leg. Thanks for all your prayers.
The family of Grace Johanson would like to extend our deep gratitude to all of our wonderful friends in the community for their love and kindness during our time of loss. Thank you for all of the cards, visits, and food that was brought to our homes.
My name is Clyde Criddle. I have very fond memories of Como Springs, in fact very good ones. I worked for the Heiners for a few years mostly as a pin setter in the bowling alley and other jobs as needed.
I want to personally thank the crew and cast of “Annie” for an outstanding production. Each member played an important role in the success of the event. I especially extend appreciation to the parents and community for their attendance and support. It is my hope that this is just the beginning of an annual event that brings the schools and citizens together at the beginning of each school year celebrating local talent and raising funds for a worthwhile cause.
As a former resident of Morgan I very much enjoyed the article in the News about Como Springs. However, no mention was made of the Sunday band concerts performed by the Morgan High School band. There used to be a bandstand at the far left-hand corner of the swimming pool and as a youngster I loved watching the band march single file along the edge of the pool to reach the bandstand. By the time I was a member of the band the bandstand was no longer used for the concerts because the water deadened the sound of the music. When I was in the band the concerts were played in the center of the park where chairs were set up for us. Fond memories--not only of the band but of the dances and roller skating! Also, I was baptized in the indoor swimming pool at Como.
I would like to thank everyone who helped with the 100th annual Morgan County Fair. It would not have been possible without all of the people who donated their time to ensure the fair was a success. I greatly appreciate all the support and dedication of the fairboard members and committees. They are the reason the fair was so successful. There are so many people who stepped up and worked non stop to make sure things were done. A special thanks to our families who spent countless hours helping with whatever needed to be done. Thanks to the County Council members that volunteered to help through out the fair. I would also like to thank Rod and his crew for prepping the fairgrounds and maintaining them throughout the fair. If I missed anyone who helped, I greatly appreciated all you did to make the Morgan County Fair the Best Little Fair in Utah.
The family of K. Earl Ericksen would like to sincerely thank this community for the expressions of love and sympathy shown to our family during the loss of our father/husband. We have received an outpouring of concern that has greatly touched our hearts. We appreciate our association with such wonderful people.
I have a few comments about the front page article about the Morgan County School District Transportation Department being over budget. We know the main reason for this cost overage is due to fuel cost for an ever growing school system. The school district is concerned with the future needs of a new school or even two new schools and remodeling cost. They don’t have the money. The school district talks about increasing school fees for students. This school fee idea will only create a few thousand dollars which is nowhere close to the amount necessary to keep up with the cost of education. I applaud the school district for not asking for a new Morgan County School District Office and Administration building. They are working out of a small office in front of the Morgan Elementary School. Good for them.
After reading the article in last week’s paper about the land owner and developer’s frustration I want to thank the County Council for protecting our community. It isn’t easy to stand up for the rules and regulations of our county, but we have a good county. This is the reason we voted you in to protect and take care of us.
We would like to thank Danell Sorensen and Nancy Ford for putting on a fabulous “Miss Morgan” contest. Their time and effort were greatly appreciated. Also a big thank you to the sponsors for their donations.
…and readers. This is in response to “The Biker” letter in your 6-10-11 issue. The letter was written to “you”, which, barring further clarification, includes everyone besides the writer, including me. “I”, and “you”, are found guilty of a lot of indecent, unthoughtful, vile things, culminating finally in cutting the biker off and killing him. Now I’m definitely not perfect, but I’m not all those bad things, and I’ve certainly never harmed or killed a biker. I feel like I, and the vast majority of the “you”, have been accused, found guilty, and sentenced, without ever being known, heard, or having a fair trial.
This is Hap Fry - We live along the river across from the Clark Farm here in Morgan. I was out taking pictures of the water building up. I found out that a tree had fallen in to the river up by the High School. Herald had told me that it was a huge tree. He had heard that there were huge branches broke off and coming down the river.
To make something like Operation Graduation a Success it needs help from everyone; parents, grandparents, community members, businesses and the Staff of Morgan High School. Everyone has helped to make it a success.
Last week an editorial commentary was submitted labeling the Morgan County Airport as a “heavily subsidized” burden on the taxpayers, and a “ridiculous” use of funds for something used by a minority of the county residents. While everyone is entitled to an opinion and has a right to voice it, a little more research and thought regarding the issues will often alter one’s point of view:
The family of Seth Harvey Schick wishes to express our sincere appreciation for the outpourning of love and support during his illness and passing. The expressions of sympathy and love will always be remembered and cherished.
To the young lady’s and young men of Morgan High basketball teams. You did not win the state championships, but you are still number one, the greatest and most respectful young adults and it was great being able to watch you play.
To our friends and neighbors,
We want to tell you how much we appreciate your thoughtfulness to us with the passing of our sweet daughter-in-law Sandy Wilson.
The visits, flowers, phone calls, cards, words of condolences to us have been so beneficial and comforting at this sad time.
We love you and thank you,
Larry and Judy Wilson
Last weekend the Morgan High wrestling team travelled to Delta to compete in an important two-day multi-school tournament. Unfortunately a couple of our Morgan wrestlers ended up in the hospital due to some fairly serious injuries. I was at work when I received a call from Coach Allen that our son, Christian, had dislocated his elbow during a match and was on his way to the local hospital. My wife jumped in the car to make the three hour drive to Delta.
It seems this time of year is “The Season of Giving,” which seems to mean spending money on material stuff and wrapping them up in fancy paper and bows to let family and friends know how much you care about them.
I recently attended an assembly at Morgan Middle School honoring veterans. I am so happy I drove up to Morgan to attend! I was moved by the program as the children performed music, sang patriotic songs and handed out homemade cards of thanks to the Veteran’s who attended.
I want to take a moment to thank all the Single Adults for your support of the activities that we are trying to establish in the valley and in both LDS Stakes. Also a thank you to The Morgan County News for posting events, and helping us round up our Single Adults.
We have grown in numbers each event, with new people coming all the time. We are having a lot of fun together, getting to know others and making new friends in the valley, that are in the same situations.
When I was younger it was not unusual to hear someone on the playground assert, “It’s a free country!” This was usually done when they were doing something that was not quite right, but they wanted to do it anyway. As I have grown older I have discovered that there is often a misperception of the freedoms we enjoy.
We would like to Thank the Morgan High School Volleyball Team, Coach Liz Wiscombe and her Staff for donating the proceeds they earned at PINK NIGHT to the American Cancer Society in Memory of our Daughter Marie McQuiddy Daley.
My husband and I did our due diligence in researching the qualifications, etc in reference to Clark, Hatch and Kilmer. In the primary we chose Clark because we felt that she would serve the County fairly and honestly.
I have lived in Mountain Green for twenty years, and periodically have written letters to the Editor. This will be another occasion in which I will do this again, because we will have a chance to vote for a particular candidate of our choice. However, that isn't true for the Morgan County citizens today. We had two candidates running for sheriff, but one decided to withdraw from the candidacy.
It is not often that I write editorials. I think most often our role as a newspaper is to report the news in the most objective way we can, and allow each person to develop their views. I work particularly hard to ensure that I keep a neutral tone when I write. I have opinions, but I work to keep them out of my articles.
I am writing this letter to thank you for putting all the candidates in the paper. That is a great way to help the elections in our community. Also it can show people what the candidates are like and what they want to happen in the community. Thank you for doing that.
My name is Grey Gallagher, I live in Peterson, and I am writing you this letter to fulfill a requirement for my Communication merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America program.
One of the things I think that would make Morgan County a better place is a river walk. I would like to see it tie into the ogden river walk. It could start at the park in Morgan and go by Peterson, Mountain Green, then down the canyon.
Brad Richards' letter to the County Council, as printed in The Morgan County News on September 3 edition, voiced his concerns about the functioning of the Board of Appeals (BOA), and a recommendation for resolution.