BLAST FROM THE PASTSep 30, 2022 11:23AM ● By Tom Haraldsen
The enrollment was large Monday when the schools of the county opened for this winter’s work. The prospects have never been better for a successful school year. Monday morning every teacher was in his or her place, and from reports the teaching force in the county is unusually strong this year. There are a few boys and girls who have been given permits to work on farms and in factories and will be absent from school for about two weeks.
Activities among Utah 4-H club members are now centering around the 1932 state fair to be held in Salt Lake City Oct. 1 to 8. It is at the state fair that those who have dreamed of being pronounced champion demonstrator, showman, herdsman, dress maker or fruit-preserver, learn whether or not their dreams will materialize. After D.P. Murray, state club leader, returned from visiting many of the clubs in the state, he predicted that the 4-H club section at the 1932 state fair would far excel any previous section both from the standpoint of quantity and quality.
About 2720 grade school pupils began study Monday. Junior high and senior high students will trek back to classrooms on Sept. 28. Assignments of teachers in the Davis county schools for the current school year were released Tuesday by Superintendent Hubert C. Burton. There were 136 instructors named for the 14 schools in the county, which is just a few short of the needed number. Mr. Burton said the remainder will be appointed soon.
Construction on the first unit of the $70 million Weber Basin Project will get underway soon. A spokesman for the Bureau of Reclamation said notices were going out to contractors from its Denver office this week, inviting bids on this first unit, the Gateway Tunnel Project. The 3.3 mile concrete tunnel is part of the 11.8 mile Gateway Canal which will run west from a diversion dam on the Weber River, starting three miles west of Morgan. Estimated cost of the canal and tunnel is $8.8 million
Walls for the new Keith O’Brien store are rising fast in the Five Points shopping center. Within a week workers finished pouring the concrete floor, and have the north wall up and the front wall on its way. At the same time work is well along on the expansive parking lot, with undercoating being applied to about half of it. With this work done the store will be able to open in early spring with a dry parking lot.
At a recent Woods Cross City Council meeting, Mrs. Jolene Standing, president of the South Davis Council PTA, met with the council to ask them to proclaim Sept. 26 as PTA Day. She explained the organization and expectations for the coming year, stressing the bicycle safety program for all schools, in addition to the cultural arts projects (writing, art and other types of creativity) which can interest and enhance a student’s school days. She was accompanied by Mrs. Claudine Whetman who is Vice President of the South Davis Council PTA in charge of safety, and Janice Stevens, a local PTA worker in charge of the bike safety projects for elementary and secondary schools.
Smiling broadly, Bountiful Mayor Dean S. Stahle and Woods Cross Mayor Lawrence Urry signed an agreement for the cities to work jointly for development of a motel-convention center complex. The signing last week climaxed long and tedious negotiations between officials of the two communities – and marked the first time such a redevelopment agreement has been reached between two neighboring cities. The proposed site is about 10 acres – six located in Bountiful and four in Woods Cross. The project would begin with 100 motel units the first year. That would be increased to about 200 rooms plus a family-style restaurant in the second phase, and eventually 300-500 rooms and a 500-seat convention center.
The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) students at Farmington Elementary were rewarded beyond their wildest dreams Thursday when Karl Malone showed up at the school to endorse their anti-drug campaign. The Davis County Sheriff’s Department spearheaded the event which was made possible by Kay Malone, Karl’s wife. She is a strong supporter of youth anti-drug groups. Malone and his Jazz teammate Isaac Austin entertained students with a rap message, then introduced the Hype-C, a rap group he is producing whose message is “upbeat, uplifting and positive. That’s why I like them,” he said.