In the document “Promises to Keep” adopted by the Utah State Board of Education in August of 2009 it refers to the mission of Public Education. Within this mission it states that Utah’s public education system keeps its constitutional promise by ensuring literacy and numeracy for all Utah children.
“There’s just something about Morgan…” “It’s a great place to live and raise a family...” “People really care about each other and care about their community in Morgan.”
These are the repeated types of comments used by long-time residents of Morgan County, newly planted Morganites, and also by many who just pass through the quaint town when looking for the adequate adjective to describe what strong they find so appealing in this valley.
On October fifth of this year Rod Haslam resigned from the county council due to health concerns. Haslam had been suffering for many years with a heart conditioned that worsened during his time on the council. By the eleventh of October Haslam was hospitalized to await a heart transplant. He was placed on medication and then began the wait for a transplant.
Paul Dickson of Morgan celebrated his 80th birthday on Wednesday, December 1, 2010.
In honor of this special occasion we wanted to share some wonderful things about our Dad that make him the amazing man we love. Dad has created a tradition of writing sincere letters to each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild every Christmas. He is also famous for his delicious peanut brittle.
Two weeks ago, I discussed getting started with family history. I outlined an approach that began with starting with what you know. By writing down what you know, looking at photographs and other items and connecting with other family members substantial family information can often be complied.
Anna Porter, on the left, receiving the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer (DUP) quilt from Melanie Lane, Mountain View Camp Captain, who made the quilt.
Porter won the quilt from a drawing she entered to benefit the maintenance of the DUP museum and cabin located just north east of the court house.
The Morgan DUP would like to express appreciation to everyone who supported the fundraiser.”
The Morgan girls basketball squad opened their season on Tuesday Nov. 30 with a home game, hosting the Mtn Crest Lady Mustangs, a 4A squad out of Hyrum. Last season, the Lady Trojans went to Hyrum and snuck out of town with a big victory. Mtn. Crest would return the favor this year, beating our home town girls by a score of 57-50.
Volunteering in Morgan County Schools is a generous yet rewarding commitment to our children. Each of our four separate campuses has a variety of opportunities that can be tailored to meet almost any time commitment or personal strength.
MORGAN- George Alfred (Alf) Turner, age 96, passed away November 24, 2010.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2010, at 12:00 noon at the LDS 12th Ward building (Rock Church), 10 West Young St., Morgan, UT with a viewing to be held Friday, November 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary 45 W 200 N, Morgan, UT and Saturday, November 27 from 10:45 to 11:45 at the church.
The Morgan ambulance service in the County has a long history helping those in need. In 1943, a fire in a business with an apartment above injured Norma Williams. She and her husband were rescued from the fire, but Morgan had no ambulance service and no medical facility so she was taken to the old post office building on the corner of Commercial Street and 125 North. She waited until the next morning for an ambulance to arrive from Ogden. She was transported to the hospital, but later died.
Talk to any of the teachers at Morgan High School and they will tell you about the amazing students they teach; how extraordinary the young people are that live in Morgan Valley. There are two young women who attend Morgan High School that, through their latest endeavor, epitomize the great spirit of service of which the teachers and leaders at the school describe. These two students are Rebecca Elton and Madison Sunday. They are neighbors and friends.
Neil Carrigan was born and raised in Morgan. He graduated from Morgan High School and earned a degree from Brigham Young after which he became a math teacher. He taught for seven years at Rich High School, a small rural school in Randolph that had only fifty students. He then moved to Morgan where he taught math and coached a variety of sports for thirty-two years.
Elder Bryan Wilkinson, son of Rob and Wanda Wilkinson of Mountain Green, will serve in the Neuquen Argentina mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will enter the Mission Training Center on December 8, 2010.
Like two characters from a fairy tale, Brandy and Britain have fallen in love.
Mark and Patricia Guess of Oroville California are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Brandy Lynne Guess to Britain Lane Huntington, son of Kelly and Melissa Huntington of Morgan.
I recently attended an assembly at Morgan Middle School honoring veterans. I am so happy I drove up to Morgan to attend! I was moved by the program as the children performed music, sang patriotic songs and handed out homemade cards of thanks to the Veteran’s who attended.
Brody Caswell, age 12, brought to our attention, that the sign by the phone tower on the east parking lot of the Morgan County Fairgrounds, says “Morgan County Fairgroudns”
The Morgan County News learned from outgoing Morgan County Council member Karen Sunday, that she was made aware of it. She believes that it happened about five years ago.
Sunday has advised the Fairgrounds Board and asked that they see that the sign is replaced with the correct spelling.
It is just after Thanksgiving and many of us are sitting at home in the after turkey stupor. If you are like me you are taking shelter indoors from the cold and enjoying time with the family. I love the holidays and the traditions handed down through the years from family. It is a great time of year to do family history.
Unusually Large Snow Fall Sweeps This Section - The season’s first snow storm swept through this weekend leaving about 20 inches of snow.
Misses Lula Barton and Afton Shand were weekend visitors in Salt Lake as guests of Miss Shand’s sister, Beth, at the Beehive House.
It has been said that “Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity”. Over the past several weeks, I have had many experiences that I feel separate our community and the Morgan School District from mediocrity. I would like to share a few experiences with you and also congratulate this wonderful community in which we live.
UDOT’s Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)™ announced its 49 recipients of donated bikes, helmets and scooters in classrooms and assemblies statewide. Students earned the prizes for participating in UDOT’s “Walk More in Four” initiative.
“I have the best job in the world,” exclaimed Tracy Kummer, Morgan Community Services Director who oversees the Morgan Food Pantry. She explains that “service is the best thing in the world and I’m grateful to the county for this opportunity.”
When coming to meet with Tracy first time, one may be nervous or hesitant about being there.
Morgan resident Jimmy Jones recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to experience the weightlessness of space. While it wasn’t a trip in the space shuttle, the program operated by the Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) Foundation offers teachers the opportunity to feel at least one part of space flight.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be dedicating a new meetinghouse on Sunday. The building has been under constrocution for the last several months and is now ready for congregations to begin holding meetings.
Ken Durrant is in his third term serving on the Morgan School Board and is loving the experience. “ I have enjoyed every minute of it “ says Durrant. He is a lifelong resident of Morgan. His father was mayor of Morgan City and he graduated from Morgan High School. Durrant and his wife, Kris, have four children, three of which still live in Morgan, and eleven grandchildren.
After graduating from high school, Kristianna Rose packed her bags and set off for Southern Utah University in pursuit of further knowledge and enlightenment. Much to her delight, she discovered that Jeffrey Dana Lundgreen had done the same thing.
Their mutual interests blossomed into love, and as a result, Rodney and Vicki Rose of Morgan, and Dana and Ilona Lundgreen of Monroe, Utah, are pleased to announce their marriage.
Elder Taylor James Drennan, the son of Brent and Laylene Dicou and the late David Drennan has been called to serve in the Neuquen, Argentina mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 8, 2010. He is speaking in the Porterville Chapel on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.
Melvin Wayne Spendlove of Morgan will celebrate his 80th birthday. Family and friends may attend an open house in his honor from 1 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn (upstairs) in Morgan.
One of the most daunting tasks in family history can be just getting started. “Where do I begin? “ Is one of the most common questions I am asked. Like many things in family history the answer is simple, and not so simple.
I want to take a moment to thank all the Single Adults for your support of the activities that we are trying to establish in the valley and in both LDS Stakes. Also a thank you to The Morgan County News for posting events, and helping us round up our Single Adults.
We have grown in numbers each event, with new people coming all the time. We are having a lot of fun together, getting to know others and making new friends in the valley, that are in the same situations.
Jane Mertz and Donna Butters both celebrated 80th birthdays.
Lola May Tucker Campbell passed away at the age of 92.
Gas prices dropped an average of 46 cents recently. Gas in Morgan was going for $2.32 after the drop.
The Community Impact Board, (CIB) at a meeting on November 4, approved funding for the proposed new County Building. The county is proposing a building to house the animal shelter and better utilize the cost being paid to a veterinarian to house the shelter.
The county has been struggling with space issues for some time and has been exploring whether this building could solve some of those space problems.
When I was younger it was not unusual to hear someone on the playground assert, “It’s a free country!” This was usually done when they were doing something that was not quite right, but they wanted to do it anyway. As I have grown older I have discovered that there is often a misperception of the freedoms we enjoy.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for November 7 thru November 13, with a total of 157 calls:
***JUST A REMINDER THAT THE WINTER PARKING ORDINANCE IS NOW IN EFFECT …NOVEMBER 1- MARCH 31 THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE STREETS BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM
A heated discussion ensued at the county council meeting on Tuesday as the council considered, for the third time, the Rose Hill well land use agreement between the county and Wilkinson Cottonwood Water Company.
By Terry Allen, Assistant Principal, Morgan Middle School
You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back. ~William D. Tammeus
Thursday, November 11, 2010 was a very memorable day for our Morgan Middle School students and the 250 guests who joined us for our annual Veterans Day Assembly. It was an honor to recognize those who have served and are presently serving our great country during a time of war. Since our nation’s founding, brave men and women have taken up arms to defend the truths set forth in the Declaration of Independence: “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Christmas time with all its festive lighting and Christ-oriented displays again will be memorable on Temple Square this year. Choral and musical groups will present free music, carols, and songs of the season in the following venues:
Assembly Hall: Tuesdays through Sundays at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. (November 27 through December 23)
The votes are all tallied and winners declared in the county races. Don Mathews will continue his service on the council representing district five. Mathews beat opponent Austin Turner by forty six votes with 53.4% of the vote. This race had been too close to call until the absentee and provisional ballots were counted.
Bob and Arvella (Arvey) Cox are Celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Bob was born June 3, 1929 to Fred and Helen Cox in Akron, Ohio.
Arvey was born May 11, 1931 to Wendell and Viola Wolsey in Cardston, Alberta Canada.
She graduated from Weber High School. They were married at the Bertha Eccles Hall on November 24, 1950.
Dale and Pat Wilson will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, November 13, 2010 with an open house at the Porterville LDS Church from 4-6 p.m. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on November 11, 1960.