In late October of 2010, PFC Matthew Permar, along with the rest of his unit, 2nd Battalion, of the 4th Regiment, 4th Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, began their long journey from Ft. Polk, LA to Afghanistan. Their civilian contracted airline made its first stop in Bangor AFB, Maine; then on to Sophia, Bulgaria; finally landing in Manas, Kyrgyastan. In Manas, after being issued plates for their body armor, 2nd Battalion soldiers boarded an Air Force C-17 for the flight to FOB (Forward Operating Base) Shank, about 50 miles south of Afghanistan’s capitol city, Kabul. The landing at FOB Shank was delayed because the base was then under mortar attack. In one bizarre incident, a mortar round landed on a soldier’s foot. Fortunately it was a dud and he survived. The base was mortared again on the following day during evening chow, and Permar was struck by how little warning the incoming rounds gave, no great whistling sound like in the movies. After the stress of the long flight, he slept through the mortar attack on the third day.
Veterans Day 2011 comes once in a century this year on 11/11/11. With this remarkable day in history, where we celebrate our veterans throughout the nation and different wars, I wanted to post some of the letters that have been sent to me from people throughout the United States from veterans, soldiers and individuals who support our troops. On my side job, I work as a songwriter with an organization called Project Troops- Artists Who Care. We do concerts for soldiers and veterans, and have been involved in fundraising to help with sending packages and letters to our troops. We often get letters to give to the soldiers and veterans, and I wanted to share some of these sentiments provided by veterans, and supporters of our troops for this Veterans Day. It is not enough for us to merely stand by and take our freedoms for granted, we must realize for what we enjoy today, someone has paid a price, and is paying the price for our freedoms today. Thank a soldier, write a letter, send a package, to let them know of your gratitude.
Sat. Nov. 5, Deputy Peay was on the scene for 8 hours to assist in the wrecks that took place on I-84 in the canyon heading west bound. The wrecks happened about 6:30 A.M. when a semi jack knifed on the bridge due to icy road conditions. This caused a chain reaction involving 27 vehicles and 5 semi trucks wrecking.
Jessica T. Little, daughter of Darwin and Tami Little, has been called to serve in the West Virginia Charleston mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jessica will speak at the Morgan Stake Center (355 N 700 E) on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. She enters the MTC on Nov. 16.
Nicholas James Carter and Heather Nicole Holman have chosen to be married on November 11, 2011 in the Bountiful Temple for time and all Eternity. Nick is a graduate from Morgan High. He served a full time mission in Dominican Republic and is currently attending Utah State. Heather is a graduate from Morgan High School as well and also attends Utah State, pursuing a degree in Speech Therapy. In case of an oversight please join us for the reception held at the olde rock church in Morgan Utah, 11 W. Young Street, at 6:00 pm. Nicholas is the son of Jeff and Georgene Carter, and Heather is the daughter of Sherry Holman and Chad & Stacey Holman.
Edna Jaques Little of Morgan, will celebrate her 85th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 20. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend an open house in her honor, on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2-4 p.m., at the Morgan LDS Field Street Chapel, 240 S. Field Street, Morgan.
In a close result separated by only 16 votes Lynn Mickelson was elected to the Morgan City council. Mickelson previously served on the council for many years. In an election for three council positions, with four candidates running, the following are the results: Cards cast: 315 Total votes cast: 907 (each voter could cast three votes)
On Friday, November 4 at approximately half past the noon hour, a Morgan County Deputy noticed, what appeared at first to be, a minor problem. He had his eye on the 7-Eleven store in Morgan City, located at 404 East 300 North, on State Street.
In a close result separated by only 16 votes Lynn Mickelson was elected to the Morgan City council. Mickelson previously served on the council for many years. In an election for three council positions, with four candidates running, the following are the results: Cards cast: 315 Total votes cast: 907 ( each voter could cast three votes) 1. Tony London 289 votes (incumbent) 2. Jeff Wardell 264 votes (incumbent) 3. Fred Lynn Mickelson 183 votes 4. DeOrr Peterson 167 votes (incumbent) Write in votes: 4
Our Wednesday night Owls bowling league had some great bowling this week. Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Northrop Grumman and team members are: Ashton Hoopes, Pat Olsen, Pat Bird, and Randy Glanville.
This season has been the best I have seen these boys play with their hearts. As this season comes to an end, we see the tears of dedication and of sacrifice come to a halt. The last region game against the Spanish Fork Don’s was a hard loss at 20 to 35. However it was fought well and the Morgan Varsity football made some very strategic plays and grew together in trusting each other, trusting the coaches, and showing unity as a team. Spanish Fork commented that this game and playing against the Morgan Trojans, was the toughest game they have played against all year.
The entire student body of Mountain Green Elementary school received a special treat when local artist, Zach Winegar, carved the school mascot, an eagle, into one of the large pumpkins that have been on display at the school for the past few weeks. He carved the eagle into a 994 lb. pumpkin grown by Tyler Quigley, also of Mtn. Green.
How many times has this sentence been said, “I hate all the drama!”? More than a billion times. How many times has this sentence been said, “I am going to stop gossiping.”? Not enough. The only way to stop “drama” is to make a change from within you. You need to be able to look at yourself and say, “I am going to make that change!” We can’t just sit around and think that someone else is going to fix the problem.
Learning beyond the classroom is an essential part of a complete education. The Morgan County School District Community has an expressed dedication to this concept through our Mission Statement and imbedded within our instruction. “What does it look like?” is a common phrase educators use as we challenge ourselves and our colleagues during professional development and is also a phrase that is appropriate when planning successful educational experiences beyond the classroom. What is learning beyond the classroom and how can it be linked seamlessly to the activities and learning prepared for school?
Morgan Middle school culminated an event filled week Thursday afternoon, by hosting an assembly to reinforce the messages of the Red Ribbon Week campaign. Started in 1988, Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program which is used to teach students all across America the danger of illegal drugs.
Taking a vacation is a great way to get away from the daily noises that annoy us. We want to get away from the alarm clocks, boring board meetings, rush hour traffic, and unwanted phone calls. We seek the holy grail of getaways, the kind where we find both peace AND quiet. At least that’s the plan. Instead we end up trading one annoying noise for another. We may escape the familiar sounds of our daily lives only to spend our time listening for last boarding calls, taxi cabs, tour guides, room service, crowded lines, raucous restaurants, and of course, traffic. But listening is crucial to our journey. While some sounds get on our nerves, others warn us of danger, or comfort the wounded heart.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In genealogy, a picture can be worth many hours of research. Seeing your research in new ways can help you to detect errors, see patterns, and identify new opportunities for research.
Morgan welcomed Richard and Linda Eyre last week as they presented information from their new book “The Entitlement Trap”. Morgan Empowered sponsored the event to help families in the area gather information that would assist and help in raising their children. The Eyre‘s wrote their book to help parents with the growing problem of entitlement.
Floyd and Charlotte Widdison have lived in Mountain Green for 40 years. They actually met in Morgan over 45 years ago when Charlotte taught elementary school and had Floyd’s younger brother in her third grade class. She also taught mutual in Morgan and had his 2 younger sisters in her class. Both the sisters and the brother kept telling Floyd what a nice teacher they had.
Once upon a time, Shane Carl York and Elisabeth Petersen crossed paths in the old Milton Church primary room. The event sparked a glorious and beautiful relationship. We are now excited to announce our upcoming wedding in the Salt Lake Temple on Saturday the 5th of November 2011.
Thank you for taking part in the R U Talented competition this last week. Morgan County floored me with the amount of votes you were able to get for MHS and McKenna. She was a fabulous representative for the school.
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.
There is so much more that can be said about Como Springs.
In all the published histories of Como, none have included the large fox farm there. It was located on the south part of Como Springs property. Several foxes were purchased by the Heiner’s to start the fox farm.
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.
Bridgette Suzanne Nielson, born on October 18, 2011, returned to her Heavenly Father on October 29, 2011. She was born and passed away at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bridgette is the daughter of Adam Heath and Stacy Carrigan Nielson of Williamsburg, Virginia. She has one sister, Andalyn Rose and two brothers, Myles Adam and Tucker Little; grandparents Dan and Tawna Nielson, Clearfield, UT; Steve and Suzanne Carrigan, Morgan, UT; great-grandparents Darrell and Luie Nielson, Kearns, UT; Ruby Carrigan, Morgan, UT; Fern Clarke Norton, Roy, UT; and great-great-aunt June Little, Morgan, UT and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Our sweet mom passed away October 26, 2011 at the Family Tree Assisted Living in Morgan. She was born October 5, 1924, to Juston Peter and Isabell Robinson Allred in Osgood, Idaho. She grew up in Osgood, graduating from Ammon High School in Idaho Falls. After graduation, her family moved to Utah, settling in Liberty where she met her husband, Vernon J. Shaw. They were married October 24, 1943, in Harrisville and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
Days later and coach Liz Wiscombe still cannot believe the outcome of the 3A State Volleyball match, “We were expecting to win but not that easily”, said Wiscombe about the sweep against Snow Canyon. Snow Canyons team had taken state for the last five years in the 4A class division and expected to do the same in 3A.
Tony London has served on the Morgan City council for fourteen years. He grew up in Morgan County, in Croydon. After he married, in 1979, he moved to Morgan City. He has three children and two grandchildren. He works at Holcim as the plant terminal manager. His responsibility there is for shipping product to their customers.
With the dawning of a new age at the turn of the century, the beautiful Morgan valley experienced more rapid growth and change along with the rest of the nation. The changing times also changed the functioning of the American families, communities, and society as a whole.
In a show-case match featuring two tall and talented volleyball squads, the defending 3A champs from Morgan (21-4) came from behind to defeat the reigning 5A champs from Lone Peak 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, and 27-25.
The accreditation process is well underway at Morgan High School. As we prepare for the visiting team to arrive on March 13th and 14th, we have focused on the steps to make sure that our school is on track and ready to go. One of the first steps was to analyze our departmental effectiveness using the new guidelines provided by the state accreditation training team. Each department met and answered a series of eleven questions regarding various aspects of instruction and learning within their areas of expertise. Teachers were asked how they help one another throughout the department and school to better meet the needs of students. In reading the different responses, I am reassured by the strengths and talents of our faculty and staff. We have an amazing group of teachers who not only understand their content area, but also know and understand their students.
This year in 8th grade science we are doing a number of fun activities. We will make and erupt volcanoes, make and launch catapults and make grape smashers. The students have many chances to perform hands on experiments and labs. I believe that this enriches the learning environment.
Mrs. Breshears is the new English teacher in the Morgan School District this year. She teaches three tenth grade English classes at the high school in the mornings and two seventh grade English classes at the middle school in the afternoon. Mrs. Breshears graduated from our very own Morgan High School and went on to Weber State University afterwards. She put her degree on hold for a while to start a family but went back to school three years ago and received her bachelor’s degree from Weber State majoring in English Teaching with a Psychology Teaching minor.
The students at Mountain Green Elementary School have been getting a close up view of some very large pumpkins. The growers, Matt McConkie and Tyler Quigley, both residents of Mountain Green, brought the pumpkins to the school for display.
Morgan County Historical Society for pictures and history information.
In, looking back over the history of the Morgan County High School, one must regard its rapid development as most miraculous. In the fall of 1911, the high school began to take firm footing. The first year saw a sturdy bunch of twenty-two students and one instructor, Principal H. B, Fry, working hard against a thousand difficulties; yet never having the least idea of the great foundation they were laying. One room comprised the spacious apartments of the school in the present grade building.
Everyone gets sick sometimes and no matter when the sickness strikes it’s never pleasant. It’s miserable and often depressing. Being sick on vacation, however, is not only ironic, but an irritating interruption to your itinerary. You’re supposed to get sick during the work week, not when you’re trying to enjoy resting and relaxing, right? Nevertheless, an untimely illness can unravel the best travel plans in a heartbeat; accompanied by a cough, the sniffles and can turn your skip to the lou into a sprint to the loo.
As April approaches preparation work for the 1940 census continues. Ancestry.com announced that they will be providing a full index to the 1940 census once it is released. They intend to provide the index free for the first year.
DATC is moving forward with the project to build the Entrprenuerial Center. They expect to have the center open before the end of the year. Bidders need to be onsite or pre-bid meeting on November 2. Individuals interested in providing a bid on the remodeling can contact the DATC.