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30 Jun 2013 - 17:34
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In the entertainment venue, summer hits have been largely centered around superheroes.  Locally, we have our own superheroes—those who volunteer countless hours and dollars to serve their community.
Cries of sadness could be heard all over town from the lack of Independence Day festivities.  Becky Shaw heard that call and came to the rescue.  In a single bound she picked up the heavy torch and took on the daunting task of planning an entire Fourth of July celebration in just a few weeks. 
Thankfully, many people stepped up and volunteered to be her sidekicks.  You may have seen someone running around town handing out parade flyers or throwing together last-minute floats.  If you see them without their capes, please assist them with this crazy undertaking.  If you would like to enter a float in the parade, there is still time!

30 Jun 2013 - 17:34

As you made your way through Morgan City this week, one couldn’t help but notice all the red shirts around town.
Every year, the Washington Heights Church picks a community to serve.  The church has several mission programs overseas that members participate in, but members who couldn’t afford to travel across the globe wanted to affect change in their local communities. 
This desire to serve and “share God’s love” sparked the original “Serve Ogden” efforts.  Last year “Serve Ogden” became “Serve Bountiful,” and this year “Serve Morgan” was born.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

The Ragnar relay starts at the Utah State University football stadium in Logan and ends at Park City High’s football field.  Part of that 197 mile stretch came right through Morgan County.  Over 1,100 runners came through Morgan on Thursday June 20 and Friday, June 21, either on foot or supporting their teammates in a decorated SUV.  Teams of six to 12 people take turns running all day and through the night. There were several teams from Morgan valley this year.  It is a tough race and not all teams finish, so congratulations to those who persevered!  

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

A group of high school girls from Morgan recently captured the Utah State Summer Games tournament champs title.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

I am preparing this week’s edition of the Campus Connection on Monday, June 24.  I am doing so intentionally before date of the voted levy. As the dust settles and the results of the vote are made known, the district will move forward based on the voice of the people; exactly what the board intended when they initiated the balloting process.  The board and district have every intention of developing a budget and plan that best meets the needs of the students with the resources available.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

Riverside Park was full of children, laughter, games and Bible stories during the Party in the Park last week presented by Morgan Grace Fellowship.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

Concerned resident Lily Mecham wrote to Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert about a danger she identified.  She worried about the Riverside Park playground and splash pad being so close to the river.  

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)

Anyone who has taken the ACT test knows what a grueling process it is.  

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

After Alvin Lundgren vacated his four-year seat on the Morgan County Planning Commission, the Morgan County Council appointed Mountain Green resident David Sawyer for the remainder of his term.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

2013 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for June 16 to June 22 with a total of 158 calls

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

A recreation agreement among Morgan City, Morgan County and Morgan County School Board has delayed again, much as it has in the past year and a half, this time over the debate of how the entities should share deductibles and claims in the face of a lawsuit.

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)

Rex and Susan Wingle along with Hank and Bonnie Telford are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Jenna Lee Wingle and Chase Roger Telford. A reception will be held in their honor at Huntsville City park, 7450 East 250 South, Huntsville, Utah, on June 29, from 6 – 9 p.m. Jenna and Chase will be living in Logan, Utah while they finish their education. In case of oversight, please come and wish them well at the beginning of their life together.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

Natalie Kaye Nicholas and Aureliano Montes Jr, of San Jose California, will begin their journey together on June 26, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. They will have an open house at Natalie’s home, 2415 S Morgan Valley Drive, on Friday, June 28, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. In case of oversight (very possible) you are invited to attend and celebrate with friends and family that Friday.

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. 

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

The Family Tree wishes a happy birthday to Beth Richins, Beth Turner, Don Butters, Mary Louise, and Rosella Compton.  A party for them will be held Saturday, June 29.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

Christian Ecker, son of Chuck and Lisa Ecker, has been called to serve in the Indianapolis, Indiana mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will report to the Provo MTC on July 3, 2013 and will speak at the Milton ward June 30 at 10:45 a.m.

28 Jun 2013 (All day)

Andrew Jess Reeder, son of Karl and Pamela Reeder has been called to serve in the New Mexico, Farmington mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will report to the Provo MTC on July 3,2013.

26 Jun 2013 - 10:57

Almost half of the registered voters in Morgan County turned out to the polls Tuesday night to defeat the proposed Morgan County School District voted local levy. 
About 30 people gathered at the county offices late Tuesday night to view the results: 64.41 percent (1,600 votes) against, 35.59 percent (884 votes) for.  Of 5,495 registered voters, 45 percent visited the polls (2,485 voters).
Voter turnout was highest in the Croydon District, where 66 percent of registered voters cast their votes strictly by absentee ballot.  Compared to the other six voting districts, the Croydon District also had the highest percentage (80.7 percent) of voters voting against the levy.
Voter turnout was lowest in the Mountain Green District at 38.8 percent. 
The district with the highest percentage voting for the levy was North Morgan, where 43 percent cast ballots supporting the levy. 
Official results will be unveiled at the July 9 canvas, where absentee and provisional ballots will be included in the final tally.  As of Tuesday, 137 absentee ballots were still out.  To be included in the July 9 canvas, the absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 24 or earlier. 

26 Jun 2013 (All day)

Morgan voters went to the polls yesterday and voted down the proposed vote local levy by a wide margin. 2,485 votes were cast, a 45% voter turnout. 885 (36%) were cast in favor and 1,600 (64%) voted against. The vote was fairly consistent across all precincts. The breakdown by precinct is as follows:
Precinct                     Voters                 For                          Against
Mountain Green         421            141 (33.5%)            280 (66.5%)
Peterson                      587             213 (36.3%)           374 (63.7%)
Canyon Creek            278              73 (26.3%)            205 (73.7%)
City                               516             198 (38.4%)           318 (61.6%)
North Morgan          437             189 (43.25%)          248 (56.75%)
CC State Senate      188                59 (31.4%)             129 (68.6%)
Croydon                      57                 11 (19.3%)             46 (80.7%)

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. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

…Shouldn’t we love ALL of Morgan’s kids?

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

How important is the education of our children.  In our elementary schools we have one class with 35 children, six with 30 or more and 9 with 26 to 29 and our enrollment is growing every year.  How effective can a teacher be with so many students at this critical stage of their development?  I’ve had 10 boys in our scout troop and can’t imagine how a teacher can give adequate attention to 30 students.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Following months of psychological therapy, Brigham City resident Douglas K. Beesley appeared in court Wednesday with his attorney facing voyeurism charges that originated in Morgan County.  He was granted six months to complete his counseling program.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

A landowner adjacent to the proposed Mountain Green Village project has offered an alternative route for a future interstate exchange on his property.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

A Mountain Green resident made his first appearance in Second District Court June 5 in front of Judge Noel S. Hyde facing charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

While perfecting the Mountain Green Village PUD master development agreement, the Morgan County Council is grappling with allowing short-term or temporary rentals in the county.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

In March, Aspen MacArthur and Krista Sorensen and their families traveled to St. George, Utah, to compete in the Dixie at the Spectacular Clogging Competition.  Krista won first place in advanced and Aspen won state champion in the Jr. Pro division.  Both girls competed in a cappella, which is judged solely on sound.  

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Summer is in full swing and for many Morgan youth that means working on 4H projects.  Now is the time to start planning and preparing items to be entered in the Morgan County Fair.   

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

About 10.5 miles from the Morgan exit on Highway 84, and driving south past Porterville stands The Tifie Ranch in Morgan, Utah.  The ranch, which is a family operation, is among the 50 things to do in Morgan County. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

To Mom,

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Emma Loo Bell will celebrate her 90th birthday Saturday, Jan. 22, 2013.  Family and friends can share the day with her at an open house that day from 2 to 4 pm at the Field Street Church, LDS Ward, 240 S 300 W, Morgan, Utah.

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Jaedyn and Kaeson are excited to announce the marriage of their mom, Jessica Billock to Kris Benson as they celebrate with their friends and family for an evening of food, drinks, dancing and fun for the couple’s first night together as Mr. and Mrs. Benson. Friday, June 28, from 6 p.m. until the evening ends. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Dear Mom and Dad, Happy 50th Anniversary! June 21, 1963. Thank you for your amazing example. We love you. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Tod and Karen Straw are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter Shaneece, to Dustin Lane Stewart, son of Paul and Gina Stewart.  Shaneece and Dustin have chosen Friday, June 28, 2013 to be married in the Bountiful LDS Temple. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Anthony Nelson and Rebecca Rees are excited to be married on Wed. June 26, 2013 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Many young boys have a dream of being a cowboy. A small group of college students decided to bring this dream to life. Several young men from Texas determined to ride all the way from Mexico to Canada, and rode through Morgan earlier this week. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

Many people flock to Morgan County for its abundance of recreational opportunities. Activities such as boating, fishing, rafting, hiking, snowmobiling, hunting, bike riding and more are readily enjoyed throughout the county. Whether it is a family outing, a weekend camping with friends, or a solo retreat, residents and visitors alike are able to make great memories and find pure enjoyment. 

21 Jun 2013 (All day)

“Is anyone here a redneck?” questioned the announcer at the United Truck Pulls on Saturday, June 15. This would seem to be a redundant question to outsiders, but those inside the sport know that there is more to truck pulls than that.

14 Jun 2013 (All day)

The Morgan County School Board reviewed and unanimously accepted the final fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday.  Business Manager D’Lynn Poll said the school district collected more redemption taxes than usual this year and tax collection rates are up.  Redemption taxes are property taxes that land owners have failed to pay in years past.  

14 Jun 2013 (All day)

With 2,085 lakes in Utah and more than 89,000 miles of streams and rivers, water is an essential natural resource in the state that must be preserved and protected.

14 Jun 2013 (All day)

At Morgan Elementary School, one of the smallest classes of fifth graders completed their school year in May.  The kindergarten class that has registered for the upcoming 2013-14 year is about 20 students larger than the fifth graders that recently completed the school year, said Principal Tim Wolff. The 116 registered kindergarteners represent a typical class size, Wolff said.  The 2012-13 kindergarten class was large with 128.   

14 Jun 2013 (All day)

Although the change was debated, Morgan High School administrators agree that switching venues for annual graduation services was a good decision.