The Morgan County Council has agreed with moving forward on hiring someone to help with the county’s economic development goals.
"We have difficulties in the county," Councilman Lyle Nelson said. "We are hailed as the county that is difficult to do business in, or get a business started in. I have heard horror stories of those that gave up trying."
He said the answer to turning that around is to hire at least a part-time economic development director or consultant.
"We need someone on our side that can actively recruit," Nelson said. "We need to put some money into someone here consistently that answers the phone."
Just after noon on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012, Austin Larson was working at the rock pit in Mountain Green when he heard an unusual noise across the street that got his attention. When he confirmed there was smoke he quickly went to the Mountain Green fire Station, where he works as a volunteer fire fighter. Larson retrieved the fire engine and made his way back the short distance to the home to find that the fire was already fully evolved. By this time calls were coming in from a postal worker who was in the area, a 1st Bank employee from the bank next to the house, and others who viewed the smoke and flames.
As the house burned firefighters from surrounding areas were called in including two trucks from Weber County and a ladder truck from South Ogden. Brush trucks helped with a grass fire that spread behind 1st Bank, Mountain Green Branch. Twenty-eight fire fighters worked on the blaze before they were able to stop it around 4 p.m. The house continued to smolder until about 6 p.m. A crew remained at the scene overnight and was able to control two or three flare ups during the night, reported Dave Rich, Morgan County fire chief.
Chet and Joan Adams are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Hannah, to Jordan Douglas Bischoff, son of Mark and Jenifer Bischoff.
Hannah and Jordan will be married today,
Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in the Bountiful Temple. Their reception will be held at the Rock Church in Morgan from 6-8 p.m. with dancing from 8-8:30 p.m.
Hannah graduated from Morgan High School and Morgan High LDS Seminary. She graduated from Weber State University with a degree in sociology and is employed at Morgan High School and the Utah State University extension office.
Jordan graduated from Morgan High School and Morgan High LDS Seminary. He served an LDS mission to Oslo, Norway. He is currently employed by Centerpoint Construction and plans to attend Weber State University this winter.
After a honeymoon to Las Vegas, the couple will be making their home in Morgan.
In case of an oversight, Hannah and Jordan would love for you to come and enjoy the evening with them.
55 Alive Class Aug. 6 from 9 a.m til 1. Please let us know if you would like to attend since there is limited space. Anyone who has been in the education field can attend for $4, AARP members $12 and non-members $14. You can receive a discount on your car insurance for a three year period just for taking this class. Marie Nye is an excellent teacher and you gain a great deal of knowledge about your driving habits.
11: Temple trip - please call Emma Lou to sign up. Lunch at noon.
12: Enjoy a ride up to Jeremy Ranch and around the Jordanelle and Echo dams following lunch on Wednesday.
The group will leave around 1:30.
13: Right after lunch there will be a book review. Just come and relax and listen to a very interesting book.
19: Have lunch and then a great hand massage with ShaRon. The massages and conversation are free and then everyone will be put into a drawing for free hand lotion.
20: Blood pressures with Alice Hirai. Then following lunch, Madeline, from USU Extension Office, will give everyone tips on nutrition, plus have samples for your enjoyment.
25: Foot Clinic with Happy Feet. Please call in for your reservations: 845-4040.
26: Back massages with Val. Cost is $5 for 10 minutes. Please sign up when you come or we can put your name down by calling the center. Appointments will begin at 12:30.
28: The Annual Fall Leaf Tour to Cache Valley will leave the center at 9 a.m. with Mary Kaye as your volunteer driver. Enjoy a fun day of sightseeing, eating, gathering goodies and great companionship. The group will return around 3 - so plan your day.
Keep in mind all the great volunteers we have serving everyone at the center and give them an occasional "thank you" - they do many kind acts!
Come and check out the new computers at the senior center. They are here for everyone to enjoy. Loiis Woody is willing to help you out with any of your questions. Let’s get you started.
Aug 31 – MHS Varsity Football, MHS vs Wasatch, 7 p.m.
7 – Varsity Football, MHS vs. Grantsville, 7 p.m.
7 – MHS Class of ‘77 pre-reunion event football game at 7 p.m. For more info. 801-372-9861.
8 – MHS Class of ‘77 Reunion dinner at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn at 6 p.m.
8 – ACT test at MHS
8 – Class of 1982 Reunion, MHS Commons
11 – 4-H Centennial Celebration Banquet, Join us for a night of celebration and join us from 6-7 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the program. Check out extension.usu.edu/morgan for more information.
15 - Morgan Cruz’n Classics car show – Riverside Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., entry form online at www.morgancityut.com, free admission.
15 - 3rd annual Weber/Morgan Chapter Buddy Walk & 5K. 5K registration at 8:30 a.m. and begins at 9. Buddy Walk registration 10 a.m. and begins at 11. For more info. call 801-309-0950.
15, 16 - Morgan Utah Stake Conference at the Morgan Utah Stake Center, 355 N. 700 E. Priesthood Leadership Meeting - Sat. at 4 p.m., age 18 and up -Sat. at 7 p.m. General session - Sun. at 10 a.m. The general session will originate from the stake center and will be broadcast to the chapel in Porterville, to the Rock Chapel, and to the Family Tree Assisted Living Center. All are invited to attend.
17, 18, 19 - MHS Mini Cheer Clinics after school, at each school until 5 p.m. Performance will be Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at MHS J.V. Football Game. Sign ups MES and MGE Sept. 10 3-5 p.m. For more info contact Wendy Wilkinson @801-645-4199.
18 - 4-H AfterSchool Club Series begins. See extension.usu.edu/morgan for more information or stop into the Extension office to register today.
19 – Free Cooking & Nutrition Class, topic is Cooking with Preserved Foods. Time 10-11 a.m. at the Court House Auditorium.
20 - 4-H Family Fun Night 6:30 p.m. at the Court House Auditorium. Join us for a free craft project and yummy treats. Open to all ages.
17 – Free Cooking & Nutrition Class, topic is Comfort Foods Re-Invented. Time 10-11 a.m. at the Court House Auditorium.
18 - 4-H Family Fun Night 6:30 p.m. at the Court House Auditorium. Join us for a free craft project and yummy treats. Open to all ages.
Creative and ambitious individuals that have a passion for what they do were found in abundance at this week’s Morgan farmer’s market. Each vendor has a unique story and purpose for being involved.
One such vendor is Davis Produce. Davis Produce offers a variety of fresh grown produce from their greenhouse. Tina Davis, owner, is glad to be back for another year and says she enjoys the people of Morgan.
Handcrafted and homemade items from Carol Marshall included parchment crafted book markers designed with calligraphy ink and paint on a type of paper known as velum. Marshall has done this craft for over 10 years and she enjoys it the most. Recently retired, she found herself not content. To broaden her interests, she discovered craft books and learned how to make bracelets and earrings.
The students of Morgan Elementary have just stepped into the 2012-2013 school year and their teachers have their classes up and running. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, parents sat in miniature chairs at miniature desks to listen to big plans for the upcoming year.
As we begin a new year at Morgan High School, I am excited to renew many of the relationships I have with our wonderful students. As staff members of Morgan High School and Morgan School District, we are always looking for ways to improve our school system and continue to provide the students of this great valley a top quality education.
It’s a huge target that’s placed firmly on the backs of the 2012 Morgan Lady Trojan Volleyball team. It comes with the territory of being the two-time defending state champs in 3A. And they wouldn’t want it any other way.
The Morgan High golf team continued their Region 11 season Aug. 22, at Sky Way golf course in Tremonton. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt and Jake Miles; Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne and Garren Miles; Sophomore - Tanner Jensen and Freshmen - Russell North and Braxton Ovard.
Did you know that Morgan/USU Extension has a great FREE resource available to all its residents that can help your family eat healthier, save money at the grocery store and make your food dollar go farther? It’s called Food Sense.
The Morgan High golf team continued their Region 11 season Aug. 15, at El Monte golf course in Ogden. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt, Jake Miles, Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne, Garren Miles, Sophomore -Jason Bledsoe, Freshmen - Russell North, Braxton Ovard.
Sometimes there are misconceptions about PTSO. Courtney Gualco, the new MES PTSO president, wants everyone to know what PTSO is all about. “We’re a support to the parents, teachers and students of our school,” Gualco explained. “We try and help make school a pleasant experience. Any parent can participate in PTSO and there are many ways to help.”
Jade Pittel, a colleague and teacher at Alta Elementary School in Jackson, Wyoming, recently shared her insight as both an educator and parent with regards to the nightly homework struggle. It is with her permission that I share her wit and wisdom on the subject.
Have you ever imagined your life as a puzzle? Ever wish you could go back to the days of those cute cardboard puzzles where the shapes and colors were easier to find and put together? Nowadays it seems the pieces are too small and there are too many of them! How are you supposed to find the time and patience to put them all together? Some days you may find only one piece and some days you look at the pile of pieces and keep on walking to some other less daunting distraction. Yet, there are some days where you find several pieces that renew your energy and excitement for life. Those are amazing days! There are also days when you realize a piece is in the wrong place. While it seemed to fit at the time, you realize now that there is a better place to put it, or that it doesn’t belong anymore. And I’m sure you’ve felt at times like the winds of doubt and discouragement have blown your pieces all over the floor.
David Brown, a recently returned Finnish mission president, spoke to the Sons of Utah Pioneers at their monthly dinner meeting. The subject of his presentation was concerning the history of the church in Finland. Brown spoke about how Finland is a small country, but it has over 188,000 lakes within its borders. The Finish name means swamps because of the many lakes.
Each summer the Morgan County Library sponsors a reading club as an incentive to keep the mind sharp and the imagination active. Last Thursday, participants celebrated their commitment to reading with an end of the summer Pajama-Rama party. Each week throughout the summer, participants earned prizes by reading a specified number of pages. Kids and adults alike could choose weekly prizes including books, toys, and certificates to local businesses. To cap off the successful reading program, children wearing pajamas came for a morning event full of books, food and fun.
High school senior, Travis Carter, grew up loving music. As a young child he enjoyed sitting around and relaxing while listening to different bands express themselves through music. He learned to appreciate the range of human emotion music can evoke. This sparked a passion fueling his desire to create music and inspire others. Originally he aspired to be a drummer—however, the idea was soon abandoned once it was discovered how much room a drum set can take up in the home. Next, he moved on to the guitar. With no formal training, he picked up a guitar and taught himself to play.
Connie Kippen can’t say enough about her family. “My kids and grandkids-that is the number one thing in my life,” Connie said and then minutes later on another topic she continued, “My kids bring me the most excitement and most joy.” Any topic seemed to relate back to her children and her love for them.
With the start of school rapidly approaching for the students here in Morgan County, one thing is certain: football season is about to begin. During this early point of the season, optimism runs high as every team in the state believes they are championship contenders. As the games begin, some teams will step up, while others will fall out of playoff contention.
Morgan residents—especially those in East Canyon, Milton and Stoddard—are getting tired of power bumps, failures and surges. They have complained to power officials, who are reviewing damage claims but are still unsure the cause of all the problems.
At the entrance of Riverside Park, there is a big rock monument with “Early Morgan Pioneers” engraved at the top. Under the engraving there is a list of some amazing people who have shaped Morgan County into what it is today.
Here at The Morgan County News, we like to recognize individuals and companies who give back to the community through service and/or donations. Most of these individuals are Morgan County based businesses, but every once in a while there is someone outside our community who comes back to their roots year after year to help support their hometown youth.
The online world has created many opportunities to find additional information and connect with others who are researching our ancestors like never before. The ability to search indexes and view the original images from home at our convenience is changing the world of family history. Digital is here to stay and will continue to enhance our ability to identify our ancestors, but it does bring some challenges.
Morgan Elementary School is looking forward to another great school year. We have some great new additions to our faculty this year. We would like to welcome Mrs. Waller, who has been a lifelong resident of Morgan. She will be teaching fifth grade. We are also excited to have Miss Booker join our elementary family. She previously taught in the Ogden School District. She will be teaching fourth grade this year.
It is exciting to start our fifth year at Mountain Green elementary school. As you can tell from all of the new homes being built, our school is growing. This year at Mountain Green Elementary, we will be having our teacher professional training days on the same day of the week as the rest of the district. Therefore, early out day will be on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. We will be starting each day at 8:30 a.m., which is five minutes earlier this year. The normal time for school ending has not changed, ending time is at 3:20 p.m.
Morgan Middle School is excited about this new school year. We have lots of fun things planned. The sixth grade will have their back to school night on Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. to get things started. Aug. 23 will be the first day of school and will be a full day of school. Our PTSO is sponsoring a Back to School Bash fund raiser on Aug. 24 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the middle school. The Bash costs $10 to attend and there will be activities and megatoys. Those who attend should plan on getting wet. There will also be drinks and food for an additional cost. For more information on the bash, contact PTSO President Shalece Sanders 801-876-3458.
With the commencement of the 2012-13 school year a rudimentary form of Professional Learning Communities will be implemented in all schools within the district. Presently, Morgan Elementary School, Mountain Green Elementary School, and Morgan Middle School employ basic models of PLCs. Morgan High School has had periodic departmental planning sessions, but nothing continuous or direction focused.
Under the direction of their coach, Dennis Peterson, the Morgan High golf team started their Region 11 season Aug. 9, at the Oquirrh Hills golf course in Tooele. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt, Jake Miles, Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne, Garren Miles, Sophmores -Jason Bledsoe, Freshmen - Russell North, Braxton Ovard.
In the throws of budget turmoil, the Morgan County School District is motivated to sell its old bus garage property on State Street. Superintendent Ken Adams said there has been interest in outside parties purchasing the commercial property, including renewed interest from Morgan County. The school board went into executive session Tuesday to discuss real estate negotiations with the county. They planned to have something in writing for the Morgan County Council to consider during their Aug. 21 meeting.
Morgan County is a buzz with worries of tax increases and what is the School Board going to do to pay for all their expenses. This is not a fun time to be on the School Board, but I admire them for attacking this problem head on. I think, I can stand for the county school bus drivers and say “Thank You” to the County for the new Bus Garage. We have been in need of this facility for years. The debate is over if it should have been built at this time. I don’t know how it was paid for but it will be put to good use. We now have the capability of lifting a bus to do repairs and inspections under it. This is a huge time savings and cost savings over what the transportation had in the past. Along with these savings comes the issue of safety. We have a safe facility to work in. Thanks to everyone in the county as this facility has become a reality and we “Thank You.”
Jean and I were excited to have made plans to see, eat, watch the families and just have a wonderful time at this year’s Morgan County Fair. We were greeted with a smile at the east gate, and were directed to the disabled parking. It was still pretty far to walk, but luckily we had our canes.
With the proposed increase in property taxes for schools I looked up my property taxes that applied to Morgan county schools for the years 2005 - 2011 and the proposed increase for 2012, it is as follows:
Jo Ann Smith, Mountain Green resident for 45 years, moved here in 1967. Her husband, Kent, used to say she was an Okie—not an Okie from Oklahoma—but from Oak City, Millard County, Utah. She was born in Oak City in 1933, the first of seven children born to Allen Lovell and Virginia Lyman Lovell. She lived there until age 5.
“Every relayer has one thing- a story…” Trevor Wynn began his speech at the opening of last Friday night’s Relay for Life. He talked about losing his grandmother and then his father. When he researched this deadly disease, he found that the survival rate around that time was 67 percent. He wanted to do more to help with the cause. Shortly after his father lost his fight to cancer, he got involved with Relay for Life through Ellen Poll. “I relay for my dad, and that’s my relay story.”