When the challenges of life face us, it is so important to not forget the Lord in your life. This was the desire of our wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Natalie Walker Garritson left this life suddenly on October 16, 2011 at age 37. She was surrounded by her loving family and greeted by them as well.
BAGHDAD, Iraq—It’s not every day family members deploy together to Iraq. It’s not every day family members get to see each other while deployed together in Iraq. And it’s not every day an uncle gets to extend his nephew into the Army while deployed together in Iraq.
Jeff Wardell was appointed to the Morgan City Council on July 28, 2009 to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Dave Larsen after he moved to Mountain Green. Wardell is a lifetime resident of Morgan. He was born here and went to school here. He married his high school sweetheart from Morgan and raised three daughters here. He has deep roots in the community and a love for the City and County. Wardell says, “It’s peaceful. I love driving up to Morgan from the mouth of the canyon every evening … it’s beautiful.”
A body, believed to be Alexis Rasmussen, was discovered in a grave in an isolated portion of Morgan County. North Ogden Police Chief Polo Afuvai, said, “Late yesterday afternoon police were led to an undisclosed grave site in an isolated area of Morgan County by a confidential source.” at a press conference on October 19th. He added that the evidence and remains have been taken to the medical examiner to prove identity and to determine the cause of death.
Last Monday, as an elementary student living in the Mountain Green area was getting off the bus, and walking home, a man in a grayish/ silver truck pulled up and the man in the truck told the young girl to “come here for a second.” The girl ignored him, and then took off running as the man got angry and threatened to hurt her if she didn’t obey.
Middle School art teacher Steve Carrigan went to Japan a few years back for an art convention. He there met a Japanese artist who was looking for international art to share with her students. It was there that inspired Carrigan to have his students submit their art work to Japan, drawing themes that the Japanese artists would send to him.
Steven Gudmundson is Morgan High’s new woods teacher. His curriculum encompasses all drafting, woodworking and construction classes. He graduated from Westwood High School in Austin Texas in 1996, and then went on to graduate from BYU. He came to Morgan because of a job opportunity, and is enjoying his time here. Mr. Gudmundson enjoys furniture design and is excited for the opportunity to teach this to his students.
Have you ever felt like that you are incapable of doing something? As if you aren’t strong enough or others will think less of you if you can’t do it? I can relate. Doubting yourself is second-guessing yourself, which will bring you down. I used to think that a lot of things were out of my reach or were out of my league.
Creative FACS is a good and fun way to spend an hour once a week every week at Morgan Middle School. Also not to mention the delicious snack or craft. Every week after school whether you come Tuesday or Wednesday we get to do something like make a recipe or make something to take home.
October has been selected as National School Principals Month. The primary purpose for this designation is to recognize and honor the outstanding work of public school principals. In Morgan we have the privilege of having six outstanding leaders directing our schools. These individuals each portray unique leadership skills that when combined add enormous strength to the quality of our schools and the academic climate within those schools.
The OVWSF and Snowbasin are proud to welcome the newest Team Utah chapter to its slopes this season as well as Head Coach Jon Clark. Team Utah Program Director Lane Clegg said, “We are not only excited to expand to Snowbasin, but after a long search and many interviews Jon Clark was a perfect fit for our newest mountain chapter”.
The Morgan Varsity Girl’s Tennis Team all did amazing at State! Sydney Creager in 1st singles - played an excellent game against Spanish Fork but lost. Kilee Earl in 2nd singles played Spanish fork and lost. Ashlee Earl in 3rd singles won against North Sampete then lost in a hard fight against Dixie in the quarter finals. Morgan Schmid and Sarah Rolan in 1st doubles lost against North San Pete. Whitney Morgan and Seanna Thornton 2nd doubles won against Payson then in quarter finals lost against Snow Canyon.
At the St. George Marathon, on October 1st, Rosy Lee, Morgan High School Cross Country/Track Coach finished first in the Women’s Division with the winning time: 2:43:59 (2 hrs,43 mins,59 secs), beating her previous record from 1999 of time: 2:44:52 by 53 seconds.
When I was a kid, I loved it when anyone in my family went on a trip because there was a chance they would bring back a souvenir for me. Even receiving something simple as a sea shell gave me wonder as I held it up to my ear and imagined I was there on the sandy beach listening to the waves roll in. I hope we never lose our youthful creativity and imagination. It truly is in the small and simple things that great memories are made. Our memories are more precious than anything money can buy. We can buy every thingamajig and whatnots, but still have nothing of value to show for our journey. What are the true treasures of our lives; the ones that can’t be stored on a shelf, or eventually sold at a garage sale?
On October 6, 2011, members of the Morgan Beta Literary Club met at the Morgan Senior Center for the Beginning of their 2011/2012 year. President Joni Despain conducted the meeting, fifteen members were present and three members excused. Booklets were hand out with assignments for the club year and everyone was reminded to pay their club dues.
Last week I attended a dinner FamilySearch hosted for the leaders of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG). As a part of the evening we were discussing ways that we could create a more rich experience with the 1940 census. There were many excellent ideas that started me thinking.
The first phase of the splash pad fund raising has finished successfully as the city raised the initial $30,000. The total amount needed to be raised is $100,000. The city is continuing to accept donations from all county residents. While the splash pad will be located in Morgan City, it will be used by the entire county. Please continue to support the splash pad.
Recently, it was decided in a meeting with Morgan School District Superintendent Ken Adams and Special Education Director, Steven Wood, what to do with the money that was raised from the community theatre’s production of “Annie”.
On Sunday, October 9, Renn and Valeri Hoopes had their twenty-ninth wedding anniversary. Both make important contributions to our community as educators at Morgan High School. Mrs. Hoopes teaches Biology and Mr. Hoopes is the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. The couple has worked here all fourteen years that they have lived in Morgan. They both grew up in Star Valley, Wyoming although they weren’t high school sweethearts. Mr. Hoopes’ sister encouraged him to take her friend Valeri on a date, and the rest is history! They were married in Star Valley, Wyoming and sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
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.
Rees Bros, of Morgan, ranked as sixth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Utah having recorded 92 head of Angus with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.
Can you picture what you read? Could you draw or design it? It’s an amazing thing, our imagination and reading helps us use it all the time. What kind of book grabs you and keeps you reading? We would love to see what books the youth of Morgan County just can’t put down.
Bessie Woodward Monson was reunited with her eternal sweetheart on Sunday, October 9, 2011, 18 days before her 90th birthday. She was born October 27, 1921 in Lewiston, Utah, to James Leon Woodward and Saphrona Purnell Woodward.
It is every girl's dream to one day meet a star, and especially someone they idolize. This dream came true for Poem Pinhey of Morgan, when her aunt Lacie Child, entered her into a video contest sponsored by Cover Girl, and Taylor Swift, to have the chance to win a back stage pass with Taylor swift on her recent concert in Colorado. Only 20 recipients received this award, and were picked from online votes of their videos submitted.
DeOrr Peterson is running for the Morgan City Council. He has served on the City council for a combined total of approximately thirteen years. He served from 1982-1986, from 1990-1994, and from 2005 to present. Peterson has enjoyed his time on the council. His experience has given him good perspective on the community, the challenges, opportunities, and changes over time. He said that the current council gets along well and can come to decisions with good discussion and opinions shared in a respectful environment.
Support Morgan High School winning $10,000 vote for McKenna Zentner. Oct. 10-Oct. 17. Morgan High School portion will air on Monday Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. on KSL. Vote at www.werutah.com Click on R U Talented. Click on small dot next to McKenna Zentner name and click submit.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the third grade class of Mountain Green Elementary School performed new songs, accompanied by peppy music and contagious actions. The energetic program lasted about 30 minutes and included the songs “We are Amazing”, “Secret Mission”, “Direction Dance”, “What can You Do in 3 Minutes?”, “Smile”, “Stronger” and “How Big Are Your Dreams?” Another song performed is entitled “The Great Big Beautiful World.” The students were engaged in their performance, and their energy spread to the audience.
Morgan Elementary held its first ever Grandparent’s Day. Grandparents from all over came to enjoy lunch, have their pictures taken and just spend time with their grandchildren. If you were to walk into the lunch room during this time, you would see nothing but smiles from ear to ear! It was an enjoyable day for everyone. Thanks “Grandparents” for spending the day with us!
In the State of Utah voters are able to select fellow citizens to positions on local district school boards through non-partisan elections. This system allows many decisions regarding public education to be determined on a local level. These representatives add real meaning to the term “Grass Roots”.
The Morgan Trojans varsity football team basked in their big victory against their biggest rivals The Bear River Bears. It was a very intense game with a lot of stir from both sides, the Morgan Trojans pulled off an amazing win with two touch downs in the last minute of the game. Our boys bring home another win from Bear River showing their dominance.
In a five to one vote the council decided to keep Cottonwood Park as a county park rather than handing over the park to the local homeowners association. Some residents in the area did not want the county to develop the park with additional items like a bowery, restrooms, or soccer fields. They expressed the view that the park is a local park that does not have sufficient parking, or large enough space to accommodate the types of activities being discussed by the park board.
A few weeks ago I stressed the importance of unplugging yourself from the world and investing more time in YOU. The thought occurred to me on my journey this week that I omitted some crucial counsel. Learning to enjoy the journey more is not only about what you should unplug from, but rather, what you should plug in to. It sounds so simple that we don’t even realize its importance. I was cautioning each of us to stop investing, or rather, wasting our time, talents and treasures in things which do not edify, or energize our lives. Now, I’m talking about learning to recharge our inner batteries. With stress embezzling so much of our hard earned emotional income, if we don’t learn to recharge our inner batteries, we’ll be charging back into our daily battles with nothing more than bold bravado.
Can you picture what you read? Could you draw or design it? It’s an amazing thing, our imagination and reading helps us use it all the time. What kind of book grabs you and keeps you reading? We would love to see what books the youth of Morgan County just can’t put down. For Teen Reading Week we will be having a “Picture” contest to see if you can show us what you really like to read. We welcome all students from Morgan Middle School and Morgan High. To enter just draw, paint, or illustrate in any way something that you have read in one of your favorite books. Please make sure your entry has your name, age and phone number on the back and is no bigger than 11x14 in size. Your item needs to be submitted to the Morgan County Library by October 31st. We can’t wait to have the teens of Morgan County “Show us what they read!”
When Braydon Deru adopted a dog from the Davis Animal Shelter he thought he was saving man’s best friend. Instead he found himself getting a visit from the Morgan Animal Control officer. The officer informed Deru that it is not legal to own a pit bull in Morgan and that he would either need to get a DNA test to prove that the dog is not a pit bull or get rid of the animal.
Holcim Cement Plant in Crodyon began Tuesday with its typical routine. Employees were crossing the plant with their usual responsibilities, and drivers were picking up loads of cement to transport to various destinations. As employees and customers moved about their normal routine, one truck was not expected.
Mountain Green has 2 book clubs in the Highlands/Monte Verde area. One club is chaired by Carole McCain and has about 9 ladies attending. They meet monthly on the first Tuesday. They met this week and discussed The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. The book covers 3 generations. A young girl is sent to Australia without her parents. Her grand-daughter researches and discovers her grand-mother’s mysterious past in England.
This month they are reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond--a “Halloween” story set in Puritan times. For November they are reading The Ladies Number One Detective Agency (the first book in the series) by Alexander McCall.
One of the ladies presents 3 books each month and the group selects one to read for the coming month. If you are interested in the joining the group, call Carole.