As I have researched school district finance during the past few months, I have come to the decision to actively support the voted local levy. We have great students, parents and teachers in Morgan County who have made education a priority. Our CRT scores prove a high level of proficiency in language arts and science comparable to districts that are spending double per student annually. Some may argue that if we are meeting our basic educational goals and even beyond, why would we want to increase funding?
TSgt Darrin Sather, on active duty with the USAF, recently returned from South Korea to his home in Mtn. Green. He not only received an emotional and heartwarming welcome from his wife Eleanor and their children Jackson, Alli and Julian but our local Boy Scouts from Troop 576 under Scout Master Carl Hipwell posted about 70 American flags on their street and driveway. Darrin and his son Jackson later participated in the Scouts Court of Honor and Darrin was our guest speaker. Welcome Home Darrin!
Fire officials are issuing a strong caution as warmer weather arrives. Several field clearing and debris burns in Morgan, Summit, Salt Lake, Uintah, San Juan and Grand counties have escaped, requiring action by fire fighters. Fire managers say these fires were all preventable and they recommend taking some simple precautions to safely and successfully burn.
Five- to 8-year-olds had the chance to pledge their heads, hearts, hands and health to themselves and others on May 28-29 at the first annual Cloverbud 4-H Camp. 4-H has been an important organization in Morgan County for over 100 years and now younger kids have the opportunity to be involved. The group met at the Morgan County Courthouse for their activities during this day camp that lasted two days.
Sauce on your face is no disgrace at The Rib Shack, a restaurant with successful runs in both South Ogden and Syracuse that is set to open this summer in Morgan. The establishment specializes in ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket with all the fixings.
It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.
Jim Bledsoe, a four-year county resident who plans to vote against the levy, acted as moderator. The panelists included the following four residents, who are all planning to vote against the levy: Brent Anderson, local businessman; John Barber, who operated Barber Brothers Ford for 14 years; Kera Birkeland, small business owner; Joe McFarland, father of four children who have gone through Morgan schools.
Panelist Tina Cannon, a tax professional and mother of four, said she is undecided on how she will vote on June 25’s ballot. Panelist Jennie Earl, a 10-year resident with a master’s degree in elementary education, did not want to comment on if she was pro- or anti-levy.
Unit 576 conducted their father and son overnight campout and scout court of honor in the small amphitheater and park recently established behind their church building next to the Mountain Green cemetery.
For the second year in a row, Utah State University Extension 4-H will continue to implement “Making the Future” programs for youth in Utah through a $25,000 grant from Cognizant, a global leader in business and technology services.
Doug and Jennifer Porter are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Jessica Lee Porter, to Garret Durrant, son of David and Angela Durrant, and Gayla Durrant. Jessica and Garret will be married on Saturday , June 1,2013 in the Salt Lake Temple. In case of oversight, please join them in their celebration at a reception held in their honor that evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Rock Church in Morgan, 10 W. Young Street.
Every year local youth look forward to an appearance from one of our very own Utah Jazz players. This Monday, June 3, Morgan kids will have the opportunity to meet 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Jeremy Evans.
Morgan High School held its annual Scholarship Awards Night on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Parents, families, teachers and community members all gathered to honor the nearly 100 members of the Class of 2013 who received scholarships to help them pursue their dreams of gaining a post high school education.
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, both elementary schools will realize the full implementation of “skill classes.” An idea planned many years ago, this change has become necessary now as the district faces ongoing funding deficits. With this change, the Morgan County School District is projected to save $76,800 over the next two years.
A huge reason we have so many individual success stories in our special education program at Morgan Middle School is because of the success of our peer tutor program. These students play a vital role in the success of some of their fellow students.
After attending the school administration/board presentation regarding their proposed levy for increasing property taxes, I think that they made a fine presentation. However, I must disagree that it was entirely factual.
This letter is written in support of the Morgan School Board’s proposed voted levy. We have been impressed over the years with the quality of the educational programs provided for the students in Morgan County. Our children have all graduated from the school system and have found success in post high school educational and employment pursuits. We attribute this to the quality and effort of the educators involved in the school system, and in the leadership of those who have served on the school board over the years.
Growing a bountiful garden is a complex, evolving and sometimes trying process. So many influences determine the success or failure of the outcome. Is the success or failure of our children any different? Is it any less complex? Do we want our children to survive and just be fine? Or do we want them to thrive and bear loads of fruit that will give back to the world around them as they mature?
Springtime is a good time to rid ourselves of items that we no longer need or use but would be of value to others. This year, why not donate those usable items to the Morgan Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers for their annual yard sale? The yard sale will be held on June 15 on the corner of the Walker Mortuary from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A little over six months ago David and Michelle were anxiously fundraising for their young son, Austin, to receive cochlear implants. Morgan was plastered with the battle cry “Audible Ears for Austin.” Neighbors, friends and strangers joined in the effort to raise money for the costly surgery.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across Utah and the country for the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement mobilization, May 20 to June 2.
Ryan and Jessica Terry celebrated the 4th of July, 2011, like many of us, at the Riverside Park. Their children Eden, Ty and Lydia played games and the family enjoyed visiting with old and new friends. One particular conversation changed their lives forever.
Senator Mike Lee’s Mobile office is coming to Morgan. This mobile office is a resource for constituents across Utah who might not otherwise be able to meet with casework officers or other staff at Senator Lee’s offices in Salt Lake City and St. George.
Jacob Allen became one of our county’s youngest Eagle Scouts when he received the prestigious award on April 28 at the age of 13. Jacob, along with his parents, project manager Frayne Spens and about 20 other volunteers, expended 150 combined hours planning, building and installing a 38-foot long, disability-accessible wheelchair ramp for a retirement community nestled in a trailer park in Farr West. The portable ramp can be used at different trailers, as needed.