Mel Brown has a family tradition of political service. His father ran for the state legislature when Brown was young, and he and his brother have both served as Utah’s speaker of the house. Brown is a man who has years of experience in the legislative process, and strong connections to the area he serves.
When one gets involved in politics in Morgan County it is only a matter of minutes before encountering Larry Hatch. Hatch is easily the most active person in the County in politics. He serves as the Chairman for the Republican Party. Although Hatch clearly communicates conservative values, he has been diligent in ensuring that all voices and all viewpoints be heard, whenever possible.
Residents throughout the county gathered at Kent Smith Park in Mountain Green to join in the festivities celebrating the arrival of pioneers to Utah. The celebration has become an annual tradition and includes activities for the whole family.
Kenneth Thomas Adams, 90 of Porterville, passed away on July 27, 2005.
I love baseball! Like many boys, I was signed up for my little league team when I was seven. Ever since then, I have played either baseball or softball. Yes, when I became an old geezer, I had to change to softball.
FamilySearch, a nonprofit sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has family history centers dotting the globe. There are more than 4,500 family history centers in more than eighty countries around the world.
The Smedleys and Smiths can truly be called pioneers of this area in Morgan County. Pioneers are visionaries for change and finding a better way, they are passionate enough about their vision to make a plan, and then they have the courage and the willingness to put all of their cards on the table in order to make their dream become reality. “If you aren’t willing to take a risk,” said Joanne, “you’ll never get anything done.”
Last week I focused on resources that are not available online. Unfortunately, this still represents the majority of family history records. This week I will focus on the main sites where you can find online records.
The Morgan High Class of 1943 met on Friday, July 15, 2005 at the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer building. They had a dinner, and talked of old times. Of the Class of 1943, there were 13 members of the class at the reunion.
Some of you know that this is almost the anniversary of my mom’s death two years ago and those that do probably know that I am a complete and total Momma’s Boy! What can I say, she loved me! She took good care of me and I hope that I took good care of her when she needed me.
Morgan- Gale Floyd Allen, 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, July 8, 2010. He was born March 12, 1920 in Morgan, Utah, to Herbert and Noreen Olsen Allen. He was the youngest of six children.
Mountain Green - Landon Richard Smith, beloved son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend left this earth on July 9, 2010. Landon, 25, was born August 29, 1984 to Gregory and Deborah Smith in Ogden Utah.
Al Lundgren is a candidate for county attorney running against the incumbent Jann Farris. Lundgren currently serves on the County Council. Lundgren grew up in Colorado and attended his first year of college at Colorado State. After the first year he moved to Utah to attend BYU.
If the community of Mountain Green had a theme song, it would probably be the one where in the cartoon, “Madagascar”, when the lemur sings “I like to move it, move it… physically fit, physically fit, physically, physically, physically fit.” Upon hearing the catchy tune, and seeing the sweet moves, one can’t help but to move it too. And that is just what the organizers of Saturday’s Tour de Mtn. Green were hoping to accomplish by strutting their own stuff; getting others to get up and move it too.
The Morgan County Fair is a 99 year old tradition of the community, and the nearly century old tradition grows and improves with each annual event.
However, before Morgan had its own fair, the residents of the county joined with the residents of Davis, Weber and Box Elder Counties. These counties, of the Intermountain Fair Association, met and displayed their exhibits in Ogden City.
In nine years of being a publisher of weekly newspapers, I only went on one vacation. On that week, I went to great lengths to make sure that a friend, a very reliable friend, would make sure the paper was completed and sent to the printer by the deadline. I went over with him each step in the process over and over until I felt satisfied he understood everything. He, however, was ready to forsake any and all forms of the written or published word whatsoever.
During the last few years school districts have been forced to rely more and more on local property taxes to supplement the money appropriated by the legislature to pay our teachers, maintain our facilities and pay for programs that enhance our students’ education. This year, in a down economy, not only are the funds from the state budget impacted, but the local funding from property taxes will be affected as well.
Salt Lake City The Utah Bankers Association has elected new officers and board members for 2010-2011. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the association's Annual Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho.
*Nataya Giles wins first place in the second annual 25th Street Kids fair and Baby Contest.
*Rod Winn became the years champion chess player with Dawson Winchester as runner up. The championship game was played at the end of year graduation party.
Julie Miller, a genealogist with whom I have worked over the past few years writes a column for The Broomfield Enterprise. She recently wrote and article which started me thinking. Her article focused on the fact that while the Internet is a great resource, not everything can be found online.
Since my husband, Don, and I purchased The Morgan County News, we have published 32 newspapers, and it’s definitely been a lot of work. When that deadline is coming for the newspaper to go to the printer, it feels like… Do you ever have that dream where you’re running as hard as you can from something and you just can’t get away?
Jann Farris is the County Attorney for Morgan County. His current term ends this year, and he is running for his second term as Morgan County Attorney. Attorney Al Lundgren, who is currently serving on the Morgan County Council, is running against him.
Saturday morning welcomed runners with blue skies and beautiful weather. The event ran from Riverside Park on a scenic course, taking in views of the Morgan Valley, to running along the river trail. This year's event was again a successful fundraiser for the Morgan High School Cross Country Team with nearly 160 athletes competing.
It was a large crowd that gathered to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 3. Everything planned came together perfectly, along with the cooler summer weather, to make for a great day of celebration.
It’s been three decades since my teenage years and I still have very vivid memories of my life growing up in the early 80s. Of course, it was memorable when I got my driver’s license at 16. It felt like a small step into the world of being an adult. I was excited and “ready to roll,” but it is difficult to “roll” when you don’t even have wheels, let alone the car and engine to go with them.
The 2nd Annual Miss Morgan Queen Contest was held Thursday, June 10 at Graceland Equestrian Center in Morgan.
There were five excellent candidates competing for the title and many spectators showing support. In the end the following were crowned: Queen – Kami Call, 1st Attendant – Danielle Robison, 2nd Attendant – Sam Peterson, Miss Congeniality – Kacie Chappell, and Horsemanship went to Dani Hammer!
Morgan County officially has a new council member as of 9:00 am Monday morning. Don Matthews was sworn in as the replacement for David Gardiner for District Five by Stacy Lafitte, county clerk. Gardiner recently resigned from the position when he moved out of the county.
The traditional honor of leading Morgan County’s 4th of July parade as Grand Marshals, has been given to Larry and Sherolyn Jenkins. The couple will lead the parade tomorrow to kick off Morgan County’s annual 4th of July celebration.
This spring and early summer produced a number of changes in our administrative team. Late in the month of May, Ron Wolff announced his intentions to step down as Superintendent. In mid-June our beloved Morgan Elementary Principal, Laraine Whitear lost her battle to cancer. Both individuals have left voids to be filled in our system. The positive influence for good they have given and shared with our community will be felt for years to come.
Betty Louise Lane Green, passed away peacefully in the early morning of June 28, 2010 and returned to the arms of her loving Father in Heaven and a glorious reunion with her loved ones that preceded her.
Over the years I have been doing family history I have occasionally heard someone claim they have their line traced back to Adam. I have from a researcher hired by my grandma, a record which shows my Mecham line traced back to Adam. Unfortunately, these claims are fantasy.
James Nickerson submitted this picture to the newspaper several months ago after traveling to New York. The picture is inspiring enough but I’m sure watching the sun setting behind Lady Liberty in person was an awe-inspiring moment.
Jeremy Barker is a candidate for the County Council at large B seat. Barker is running against Ned Mecham.
Barker’s mother is from France and he is a native French speaker. His father is from Bountiful. Barker was born in Centerville, the oldest of five children, and grew up in that area. He graduated from Viewmont High School in 1993. He and his wife Sharon have two children, a boy and a girl, and one on the way.
Morgan- Wade T. Murdock has been selected as the new Morgan High School Principal. Murdock’s official appointment will occur at a Special Board of Education meeting scheduled for July 13, 2010 at 3:30 P.M. in the district office. The Morgan Board of Education received input from a screening committee comprised of parents, educators, and support staff prior to reaching their decision.
After the county’s previous postmaster accepted a position in Hooper, Morgan was left without a postmaster for a few months. Dave Schroeder has now filled this vacancy and is the new postmaster for Morgan County
Monday night in a special session of the county council the applicants for County Council District Five were reviewed. There were two applicants, Donald Matthews and Austin Turner; both are candidates for this position on the council in the fall election.
At the special meeting of the council on Monday Don Matthews was appointed to serve the remainder of the term for District Five on the County Council. The candidates were asked to introduce themselves and communicate their qualification. The council then asked the applicants a number of questions. Following is a summary of Matthews’ remarks and his answers to the questions.
Boy Scout Unit 576 of the Mt. Ogden District, Trapper trails Council, has been placing the American flag in the front of various Mountain Green homes for nine years! What a great patriotic service to our community! Plus, those who have subscribed to their service help support our local Boy Scout programs and summer camps. One hundred and eighteen flags are being posted this year for each of the seven flag holidays.