Archives for November 2017


Theresa Elizabeth Bengsch Bright

Nov. 23, 2017


Our loving mom, grandma, and sister passed away on Nov. 20, 2017.

Born on Aug. 12, 1928 in San Francisco, Calif. o Leo Paul and Anna Maria Heins Bengsch.

She married William Ernest Bright on Feb. 24, 1948. They were later sealed on June 24, 1970 in the Salt Lake Temple.

She loved gardening, painting, and most of all her family. She is survived by all her children: Shirley (Neil), Barney; Donald (Lynn), Bright; Virginia (Dennis), Butler; Mary (David), Alexander; David (Alice), Bright; Steven (Marie), Bright; sister Leona Harrington, and numerous grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband, William, daughters Lesa and Judy and sister, Anna Urbansic.

A viewing will be held from 6-8p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Broomhead Funeral Home, 1260 S. 2200 W. Riverton.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the LDS Stake Center, 15040 Mountainside Dr., Bluffdale, with a viewing one hour prior.

Interment at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park. Online condolences:


Del R. Alldredge

Nov. 23, 2017


Del R. Alldredge, 82, of Sterling, Utah, passed away on Nov. 18, 2017 in Gunnison, Utah.

He was born on June 16, 1935 to Rue LeRoy and Ida Deseret Jaynes Alldredge. He married LouElla Henderson, Aug. 30, 1957, in Kanab, Utah.

Del is survived by his children; Pride Calvin (Tamera), Alldredge, Riverton; Johnny Del Alldredge, Salt Lake City; Jimmy, Oakland, Calif.; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Miner.          Preceded in death by his parents; wife, and nine siblings.

Graveside services and Interment will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Kanab City Cemetery. There will be a viewing held prior to services on Saturday at the Sterling Ward Chapel from 9-10 a.m.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook. at


Kenneth G. Lee

Nov. 23, 2017


Kenneth G. Lee passed away quietly on Nov. 13 in Mt. Pleasant, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Salt Lake City to George and Lola Lee on May 24, 1952.  He served 36 years in the Utah National Guard, and retired as a Sargent Major E-9. He also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Tooele City Fire Department.

He later married Barbara Nunley on April 21, 1990. After retiring they got to fulfill their dreams, bought a travel trailer and were able to explore many adventures. Ken had a love of hunting, fishing, golfing, and gambling.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Lee and children: Shawn (Brandi), of Magna; Misty Lee of Crestview, Florida; Mindy Andreasen of Ephraim and Sophie (Josh), Poulsen of Grantsville. They have 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by two brothers: Marvin Lee of Tooele; Douglas Lee of Murray; two sisters: Kathryn Bowman of Arizona; and Linda Nelson of Tooele. He was preceded in death by father, George Wayne Lee, mother Lola Ellen Wood Lee, daughter Wendy Dawn Lee, son Michael Shay Lee, and grandson Brighton Lee Poulsen.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Tate Mortuary, 110 S Main, Tooele. Burial followed at Tooele Cemetery.


Kendall McIntosh

Nov. 23, 2017


Our beloved father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and brother, Kendell McIntosh, age 60, of Gunnison, left us to be in Heaven with his many loved ones on Nov. 14, 2017 due to complications with his lungs, in Provo, Utah.
He was born Oct. 3, 1957 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, a son of John Amos and Marlene Madsen McIntosh. Kendell was one of eight children growing up, so he always had one of his siblings to cause havoc with.

He married the love of his life, Lynette Johnson, on Nov. 13, 1976 and they went on to have five wonderful children together. Lynette passed away Dec. 25, 2004.

Kendell was a caring, compassionate man, putting everyone else before himself. He was the most selfless man we’ve ever known, always giving and never expecting anything in return. He was a man of few words, but anything he said always spoke volumes to everyone around him.
He was the hardest worker we have ever known, working many years as a coal miner at Sufco and Skyline.

As most would know, Kendell loved being outdoors. He had many hobbies that he cherished. If he wasn’t outside doing yard work or working on his vehicles, you could find him in the mountains, hunting, camping, fishing, searching for arrowheads, riding his four wheelers, or one of his newest hobbies, snowmobiling.

He loved his children and grandchildren very much, he took pride in their accomplishments and helped them through their failures, always there to pick them up when they were down, but setting an amazing example for everyone along the way.

To say he will be missed would be an understatement, but we know he is not far away. Dad would have wanted us to continue on with our lives, to stay close as siblings, to do the things he loved to do with us, to keep the traditions going and to know that no matter what happens in this life, we will always have each other.
He is survived by his children: Megan Mcintosh, Mandie Mcintosh, Brady and Heidi Mcintosh, Mckall and Kolby Street; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; brother: Billy Mcintosh; and sisters: Virginia Draper and Sherry Horne.

He is preceeded in death by many of his dear loved ones. But the one we know he couldn’t wait to see is waiting to welcome him home with open arms, and what a beautiful reunion that must be, his sweet Lynette.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at noon in the Manti City Cemetery.  Friends may call for viewing at the family home, 280 W. 100 South in Gunnison, Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. or Wednesday morning from 9-11 a.m. prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Manti City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.       Online guest book at:


Ryan Leonard Pritchard

Nov. 23, 2017


Ryan Leonard Pritchard, 41 of Manti, passed away, after a long battle with cancer, Nov. 14, 2017 at his home.

He was born Feb. 26, 1976 to Leonard “Bud” and Donna Mower Pritchard in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Ryan was raised in Ephraim, Utah and loved to be in the mountains where he earned his nickname “Mountain Man”.

He loved to race at the Horseshoe Mountain Raceway north of Ephraim and in the Mud Boggs with his truck. He worked as a supervisor of the porters at the Oasis casino in Mesquite, Nevada and delivered parts around the county for Napa Auto Parts, where many people knew him.

He is survived by his son, Gage Pritchard, Caldwell, Idaho; parents Bud and Donna, Ephraim; grandmothers Donna Pritchard and Barbara Blunk, both of Ephraim; brother Jeromy (Tabitha), Pritchard, Manti. Proceeded in death by his grandfathers Leonard A. Pritchard and Jay V. Mower; and grandmother Donna J Peterson.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Rasmussen Mortuary in Mt Pleasant. Interment was in the Ephraim Park Cemetery.

Online condolence at

Lorraine and Michael Helton

Lorraine Helton as a child.


Lorraine Helton of Manti is celebrating her 90th birthday Nov. 30

Nov. 23, 2017


Lorraine Helton will be 90 years old on Nov. 30, 2017.  To honor Lorraine, her husband, Mike, has planned a birthday celebration and open house to be held Thursday evening, Nov. 30, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at the Frischknecht home, 440 W. 200 North in Manti.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Your presence is the only gift needed.  Refreshments will be served.

Dyson Allen


Dyson Allen earns Eagle Scout award

Nov. 23, 2017


Eagle Scout Award Dyson Allen, son of Michael and Laurie Allen of Sterling, has achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

Allen, a member of Troop 541, reached his goal of Eagle Scout in June, 2017 and received his Eagle badge during a court of honor ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at the Sterling LDS church.

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Allen coordinated a work crew that installed flag mounts that are visible along Highway 89 through Sterling.

His parents say, “Thank you to the countless scout leaders who have been such a positive influence in Dyson’s life.”

Larry Tooker interviews “Doc” Hedelius during a Veteran’s Day presentation at North Sanpete High School.

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In a recent speech and debate competition, Manti High School took first place overall. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Killick Mickelson, Coach Eric Peterson, Ethan Christensen, Tim Krzymowski, Corbin Creery, Kaylin Morris, Kathryn Christensen and Eric Sawyer, (middle row) Kyler Kerksiek, Jasmine Alcala, Anna Johnson, Hunter Palmer, Taylor Palmer, Malorie Hansen, Ellie Anderson, Justin Bawden, Karlie Strickland, Emily Frischknecht, (front row) Vivianne Leers, Lacey Kent, Kodie Godfrey, Warren Hess, Cari Carmody, Abigail Watson, and Josh Douglas.


Manti High debate team takes first in

Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit

By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Nov. 23, 2017


MANTI—The Manti High School Speech and Debate Team came out on top in their first tournament of the year.

On Nov. 4 at Emery High School, the team took first place overall in the Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit first competition, beating Grand, Emery, Juab and Beaver.

“Some thought that we were too young and inexperienced, but they came through with flying colors! I have never been prouder of a speech and debate team,” Manti’s Coach Eric Peterson said.

In Public Forum, Malorie Hansen and Justin Bawden took first place, while Hunter Palmer and Taylor Palmer came in second.

In Original Oratory, Manti did well with Jasmine Alcala coming in first, Emily Frischknecht in second and Hansen in fourth.

In the extemporaneous categories, in National Extemp Manti students placed well. Warren Hess took first, Anna Johnson placed third, Killick Mickelson fourth and Hunter Palmer fifth, with second and third places for Corbin Creery and Kyler Kerksiek in Foreign Extemp.

Warren Hess and Tim Krzymowski took fourth and fifth in Student Congress, and in Impromptu, Krzymowski took second and Ethan Christensen took fifth.

The team will travel to Carbon High School on Dec. 2 for the Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit’s second competition.

“Our team is doing extremely well,” Peterson said. “It was a great competition. The Central Utah Speech and Debate Circuit is a great spot for schools south of Provo to practice their skills and get better at speaking and debating.”

Inside our Schools

Compiled by Linda Petersen

Nov. 23, 2017



Gunnison Valley High School

You can get your Santa on and join in the Gunnison Valley Santa Run 5K this Saturday for a good cause.

On Tuesday, the whole school enjoyed the Bulldog’s Got Talent Assembly where more than 18 individuals and groups showed off their talents. The winner received a $50 cash prize. The top three finishers get to go on to the school’s Christmas assembly. The purpose of the assembly was to highlight the many talents of Gunnison students.

The student body officers are again sponsoring the Gunnison Valley Santa Run 5K this Saturday, Nov 25. Check in is at 9:00 a.m. and the race begins at 10:00 a.m.. The $15 registration fee will help fund a Sub for Santa that the SBOs are doing for Gunnison residents.

North Sanpete High School students were introduced to this year’s Sub for Santa program where teachers have agreed to do wacky things like wearing a shock collar and allowing the student body to bark at him (Sterling Whipple) when they reach a funding goal.

North Sanpete High School

The school kicked off its annual Sub for Santa drive last Friday with a school-wide assembly. To help the students’ motivation, several administrators, teachers, SBOs and class officers have agreed to do various silly stunts if the students reach certain money goals:

North Sanpete High Sub for Santa Pledges:

Principal Nan Ault, Asst. Principal Jeff Ericksen – Count and roll all of the change collected. Students will not have to go to class while they count.

Freshman Class Officers – Duct tape them to the wall, with $5 pieces of tape.

Mrs. Brooks & Mrs. Stewart – Condiment Challenge,  – Spray with condiments one time for every $250 raised.

Cheerleaders and SBO President Makade Talbot – Funny Music Video for $600.

Mr. Whipple – Temporary tattoo on his forehead, one for every $700 donated.

Sophomore Class Officers – Bad Joke Telling – Smash an egg on their head if they lose. toward raising $1,000.

Mrs. Tazmin Valko – Wear a different school uniform each day for a week, with a surprise on Friday toward raising $1,111.11.

Mrs. Jori Turpin – Wear her wedding dress for a day at school toward raising $1,500.

Mrs. Griffith, Mrs. Hathaway, Mrs. Peckham – Egg Russian Roulette toward raising $1,500.

Drill Team – Boys basketball team will do their hair and make-up for a day toward raising $1,500.

Student Body Officers – Make an awful music video with a song of the student’s choice toward raising $1,550.55.

Mr Syme, Mr. Pollack, Mr. Landon Bailey – Bad joke telling with an egg to the head for the losers toward raising $2,000.

Mr. Morley, Mr. Bird, Cory Olsen, Brock Bailey – One Chip Challenge toward raising $2,300.

Student Body Officers – Anna will wax the boys’ legs (Makade, Ty, Cooper) toward raising $2555.55.

Junior Class Officers – Pour a bottle of cologne on them, throw rotten tomatoes at them, dump a bucket of glitter on them toward raising $2,734.59.

Mr. Whipple – Wear a shock collar,  allow the student body to bark at him toward raising $3,000.

Mr. Kevin Allen – Donate $50 worth of toys toward raising $3,000.

Mr. Hoopes, Mrs. Hadley, Mr. Tyler Bailey, Mr. Bentley – Greet students on the road when they arrive with signs and dancing toward raising $3,333.33.

Senor Braithwaite – Shave head and allow students to paint shaved head toward raising $3,330.33.

Senior Class Officers – Wear Man Rompers for the day toward raising $3,500.

Lunch Ladies – Allow students to pick the menu for a day toward raising $3,500.

Mrs. Dyches and Mrs. Griffith – Put on blindfolds, run across legos barefoot for two minutes toward raising $3,500.

Student Body Officers – Rickie and Jori will spike a cart of volleyballs at them with their hands tied behind their backs toward raising  $3500.55.

Mr. Sadler – Donate 2.5% of the total donated.

Mr. Johnson – If each class donates $50 she will make them crepes.

Mr. Whipple – Each student in his class will receive a ticket for each $1 donated.  The winner of the drawing will be allowed to knock down his pop can tower.

Mr. Strain – Cheer/Drill allowed to give him a make over for the day toward raising $5,000.

Mr. Strain – Publicly challenge Dwayne Johnson to a wrestling match on social media toward raising $5,500.

The SBOs will be collecting money for the next few weeks during passing times, assemblies, flex time and athletic events.


Ephraim Elementary School

Ephraim Elementary School Reflections winners were honored at a special event recently.

The PTA recently recognized the school’s young artists in a special Reflections night. Students honored were:

Film: Eli Peterson, Tom Brooks

Literature: Adelie Douglas, Roy Everitt, Clara Hales, Janee Christensen, Kamrie Douglas

Music; Ash Brooks

Photography: Benson Warby, Harvey Chaney, Joseph Nielson, Wally Everitt, Nelson Everitt.

Visual Art 3D: Annie Johnson, Elysha Olsen, Kaya Olsen, Kodie Taylor, Sierra Pope.

Visual Art 2D: Crue Stevens, Cy Hales, Draco Stevens, Jayleigh Newton, Joseph Nielson, Luke Christensen, Odin Stevens, Penny Perkins, Roy Eeveritt, Wally Everitt, Andrew Harris, Ashley Olsen, Brinley Bailey, Clara Hales, Clarissa Beagley, Destiny Williams, Galilea Cruz, Grace Cornelsen, Hailey Howard, Kenzee Cox, Lilly Stevens, Lucy Bean, Matthew Gabkhuyag, Nelson Everitt, Stella Quackenbush.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 28, the PTA is having a dine-in fundraiser at McDonald’s., McDonald’s will donate 50 percent of all inside sales to the PTA. Drive-through sales are excluded.


Manti High School

The Lady Templars are hoping to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience getting to play basketball at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Under a Utah Jazz program called Play Where the Pros Play, high school teams can play a game at the arena prior to a Jazz game if the teams sell a certain number of tickets. (That amount is $3,750 which equates to approximately 100 tickets). The combined tickets allow Lady Templars and Utah Jazz fans to watch both their high school team and the Jazz play separate games on the same night.

If they can make that happen, the Lady Templars will play vs Gooding, Idaho and then later that night fans will get to watch the Jazz play against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Seat prices range from $25 to $277 and can be purchased at The games will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30. Purchase deadline is Dec. 22 at 12 p.m.


Fairview Elementary

Last Tuesday, Nov. 14 students and their families enjoyed a special family fun night at the school sponsored by Sanpete County 4-H. There were games and refreshments for everyone.

KayD Quinn’s first grade class collected the most box tops and Coke rewards the first quarter. They received a treat and supplies for their classroom from the PTA.


Manti Elementary

Students at the school recently enjoyed Safety Week. Each day a different safety topic was highlighted. On Monday it was fire safety and students got to check out a fire truck and visit with firefighters after school. On Tuesday the theme was “drugs are scary” with Halloween activities. Wednesday was bike helmet safety. On Thursday for crosswalk/parking lot safety, students enjoyed a special assembly with Officer Kenny Kirkham and crossing guard Breezy Anderson. The week finished up Friday with activities about cyber safety.

Kyan Mickelson (L-R) and Matthew Lundeberg lead off in a student-run Veterans Day assembly. Manti Elementary is holding a fundraiser to ensure the Leader in Me program continues at the school.


School fundraiser focuses

on building character


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Nov. 23, 2017


MANTI—When it comes to school fundraisers, most of us think of overpriced wrapping paper, chocolate or knickknacks we don’t know what we’re going to do with.

At Manti Elementary, however, they’re doing something different.

A Leader in Me school, Manti is looking to fund the program going forward. To do so, they’re participating in a Leader in Me fundraising pilot program. They’re the only school in Utah approved to do so.

Kicking off this week, the Lead-a-thon encourages students (there is no obligation) to get sponsors who will fund them in putting some of the skills they’ve been learning into action.

So, instead of buying cookies or wrapping paper, for example, family and friends can sponsor the students for doing the dishes unasked or for drawing a picture of what they’d like to be and discussing it with an adult.

It’s positive reinforcement along with more meaningful fundraising, Principal Karen Soper said.

“They are actually using the 7 Habits in their lives at home and every day consciously,” she added.

The goal is for students to find 10 or more sponsors willing to put up at least $10 for performance of the leadership skills they’re learning at school. No student is obliged to participate. (In fact, everyone who does participate is required to submit a signed permission slip from their parents.)

Students can find as many sponsors as they’d like, and the school even suggests that families with multiple children consider a goal of 10 sponsors per family, rather than for each child.

As they raise funds, students who reach certain individual goals will qualify for different point levels which are rewarded with experiential rewards like lunch with the principal or extra recess, rather than the small trinkets that are often associated with traditional fundraisers.

The top three earners will receive cash prizes.

Fundraisers are traditionally done by the PTA or PTO. In contrast, this one is being sponsored by the school (although the PTO is helping out).

This week, students will be identifying the tasks they could complete or leadership traits they could model and be sponsored for. Then, over the next couple of weeks, they will find sponsors and perform the tasks.

They will even be contacting local businesses to see if they’d be willing to be sponsors.

The goal is to raise $8,000, which would fund the Leader in Me program through another year with a little left over toward the following year.

But Soper is hopeful they can raise even more.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we could raise $14,000 and have the program funded for two more years?” she said.

“We’re not selling goods. We’re building character and investing in kids,” she noted.

Community members not associated with the school who think this is a worthy cause can also get in on the fundraiser. To do so, visit From the comfort of your armchair, you can be part of this unique program.

The Lead-A-Thon will go through Dec. 3.

Singer/songwriter Peter Breinholt will perform in Richfield on Dec. 7, along with a few North Sanpete Middle School, North Sanpete High School and Gunnison Valley High School students.


Sanpete students to perform

in Richfield Christmas concert


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Nov. 23, 2017



RICHFIELD—Five local orchestra students will have the opportunity to perform alongside singer/songwriter Peter Breinholt in a special Christmas concert in Richfield on Dec. 7.

Those students who will join Breinholt during the “Holiday Musical Extravaganza” sponsored by the Central Utah Educational Service (CUES) include Tanner and Emily Kerksiek of North Sanpete Middle School, Jamie Walker of North Sanpete High School and Jasmin and Christina Carter of Gunnison Valley High School.

The concert will also feature close to 20 students from the school districts CUES serves.

“It will be a memorable show and a fantastic opportunity for those students to participate with and learn from an accomplished musician such as Peter (Breinholt),” CUES trainer and concert organizer Brandon Harrison said.

Breinholt, a well-known Utah artist, originally hails from Pennsylvania. His family moved to Utah when his father took a teaching position at the University of Utah.

As a U. of U. student, Breinholt began performing around Salt Lake City and started composing. Since that beginning, he has released six albums and a concert DVD, along with award-winning TV and film scores.

Last year Gov. Gary Herbert awarded him the Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for a lifetime of achievement in the arts.

“Part of what I love about performing,” Breinholt said, “is that I get to sometimes feel a connection with people in the audience, even if I haven’t spoken with them. It goes beyond language.”

On the upcoming concert and the opportunity to perform with local high school students, he added, “And when you have a show where members of the community are up on stage with you, performing your songs alongside you, it’s the same thing but even better. I’m very excited to be doing songs with local musicians, most of whom are teenagers.”

The concert will be held in the Richfield High School auditorium, 495 W. Center, Richfield, on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any CUES region high school (including North Sanpete, Manti and Gunnison Valley), at the CUES office in Richfield (820 N Main, Suite 3), as well as requested online at or by calling Harrison at 896-7259.

Additional information can be found at, or email Harrison at

CUES service centers serve more than 14,000 students in the North Sanpete, South Sanpete, Tintic, Juab, Sevier, Piute, and Wayne school districts.

Chad Hymas, who became quadraplegic in a 2001 farming accident, has become a prolific public speaker, sharing his inspirational message with people across the globe.

Inspirational speaker tells Snow

students of dreams, not disabilities


By Max Higbee

Staff writer

Nov. 23, 2017


Chad Hymas has been called “the most inspirational speaker in the world” by the Wall Street Journal. For the last two decades, he has traveled the country and the world speaking to audiences of diverse sizes and backgrounds, from LDS Church Firesides and students at schools to executive retreats for large businesses.

Last Thursday, Nov. 16, Hymas brought his message to Snow College in its second-to-last convocation of the semester. He had been on the road for ninety days straight, and this was his last engagement before returning home.

“Snow brought me here to talk about disability awareness, and I’m going to. But that’s not going to be about me being in a wheelchair,” said Hymas as he began his presentation. He is in a wheelchair, cannot walk and has limited use of his upper body, but he explained that everybody has some sort of struggle, some disability in life. Many of those are less visible or more severe than paralysis.

Hymas said,“I just wanted to be a farmer. I never had this speaking thing in mind. Yet, it never would have happened without the accident. I just wanted a little piece of land, but now I’ve seen all seven continents that God made. You see, I wasn’t dreaming big enough.”

“I’ve been a lot of places, I’ve met a lot of people, and some of those people, even though they can walk, are more trapped than I am.” According to Hymas, a disability can be such things as peer pressure, pressure to succeed, and addiction, in addition to familiar disabilities like physical handicaps or mental illness.

Hymas shared one example, a high school student named Josh, who was often mocked for his lisp and other eccentricities. He told his father that he either wanted to kill himself or switch schools because of the way that the other students treated him. His father responded: “You’re not going to kill yourself, you’re not going to die, you’re going to go back there and be nice to those people.”

Josh did so, specifically by making a habit of holding open a door at the top of the stairs to the second story of their school. The other students noticed his simple gesture, his place in the community. While, at first, he was even made fun of for holding the door, he soon garnered the respect of his fellow students, forming a deep relationship with a former bully who is now his best friend. He built a camaraderie with most of the students in his school. By the end of his senior year, he was voted Prom King and given an actual door signed by many students who’d used “his door.”

“Here’s how he did it,” said Hymas. “He stopped thinking about his lisp and clothes that people made fun of… when he was having a rough day, he tried to take the words I, me, and mine out of his mind, and insert you, we, ours, and us. He realized that when he didn’t focus on himself, his disability became less significant–to him and everyone else.”

Hymas became a quadraplegic in 2001, at the age of 27, when the hydraulics on a hay lift he was operating failed, dropping a 2,000 pound bale of hay on his neck. His sons were one and three at the time of the accident. He and his wife have raised their children together, including two adopted children: a girl who was born in Guatemala, and a son from Ethiopia.

Chad Hymas and his family turned a life-shattering event into something wonderful. He has impacted, for the better, thousands of people around the world.

The cover of author David Mackey’s new book “Temple Light and Train Tracks: The Almost Forgotten History and Lore of Sanpete” shows the Manti Temple. The book focuses on the temple’s construction and the following decades until 1929.

‘Temple Light and Train Tracks’

is coming to local book outlets

By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Nov. 23, 2017


Author David Mackey has released his second volume of Sanpete history, Temple Light and Train Tracks.

In his first volume, Rattlesnakes and Axe-heads, Mackey uncovered the county’s beginnings to about 1879.

In this second volume, Mackey zooms in on details and historical nuggets usually overlooked in broad-brush community histories dealing with the five decades from the building of the Manti Temple to 1929.

The book, he says, will help people come to understand the contributions and sacrifices made during these significant years.

What these people labored and sacrificed for sometimes is no longer visible and can only be seen when placed in the spotlight, such as Sanpete’s ghost towns and abandoned farming communities.

Mackey said, “These are incredibly significant decades in this area—as they were for much of the country, but the contributions and personal sacrifices people made for this place at that time, not only for their own families but their towns and the county at large, warrants study by people living here today.”
According to Mackey, Sanpete was a booming place from the mid-1890s well into the 1920s. Railroad trains ran not only to and from Nephi and Thistle but connected with Salina, Richfield and Marysvale.

He said, “By the early 1900s, five trains arrived at Manti on a daily basis, as it was the main hub along the line for both the San Pete Valley and the D&RG railroads.”

Mackey said he initially believed it would only take him two or three years to adequately deal with these fifty years of Sanpete’s history. Yet he came to realize he would either have to end with the year 1900 or be willing to give more time to adequately cover topics involving the later decades.

He admits, “The work has taken me a lot longer than I had expected. This book is basically two volumes in one, but it is full of stuff that I not only found fascinating but I feel and genuinely believe is extremely relevant for our time.”

He said a primary focus of Temple Light and Train Tracks has always been centered on the construction and early years of the Manti Temple.

Yet the book also provides an overview of Sanpete’s political and railroad history for these fifty years and deals with a wide range of topics, such as the area’s connection to bandits and the Outlaw Trail, ranching, farming, mining, inventions, industry, area education and schools.

Mackey says he was surprised by how intrigued he became with material for other chapters, including those dealing with Sanpete’s military history, athletics, drama, and the county’s changing natural environment.

“The chapter I least wanted to tackle ended up being one of the most interesting to me personally, and that was the one dealing with plural marriage,” he said.

In his view, “the pot simmered and boiled over” with so many “strong-willed and determined” individuals involved in plural marriage in the county and beyond.

Mackey says he also enjoyed discovering accounts about early residents and their interactions with wildlife, including remarkable tales involving everything from grizzly bear to magpies.

He adds, “Between 1885 and 1910, a considerable number of newspapers surfaced in Sanpete’s towns that dramatically increased the amount of written information that has been preserved about the area.”

In addition to ransacking newspapers for nuggets and detailing the political persuasions and editorial predilections of each county newspaper, Mackey also conducted oral interviews and pored over primary records, books and photos.

Copies of Temple Light and Train Tracks will soon be available at Anderson Drug and the Co-op in Ephraim, Skyline Pharmacy in Mt. Pleasant, the Corner Station in Fairview, the Conoco in Moroni, General Store in Fountain Green, Gunnison Family Pharmacy in Gunnison and at Harmon’s and Lindel Book & Gift in Manti.

Lady Hawks at practice.

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The Manti High School Templars varsity basketball team practices for the season ahead of them.


Boys teams field experienced

players this year


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Nov. 23, 2017


It’s a new basketball season, and new seasons breed new hope. Boy’s basketball teams around the county are hitting the hardwoods, sweating in the gym and working their drills to get ready for the 2017-2018 boys basketball season in Utah 3A and 2A.

Area boys basketball teams experienced some success last year with most of the teams finishing at or near .500, although no team advanced beyond the first round of the state playoffs. However, struggles last year turned into deep and experienced teams this year, according to area coaches. All of the county high school coaches predict that their squads are going to be improved this year, building off of last year’s struggles, and they all think that they will have a chance to compete for a region championship this time around. If that’s so, there’s going to be a lot of exciting basketball in Sanpete County this year.

Gunnison Valley

Coach Ben Hill is one of the coaches that sees big things for his squad this year. He says, “This team’s going to do really well. This group has played together a long time, and they play good team basketball.”  Last year’s squad finished 10-10 overall, and 3-7 in their region. They finished the season well with some “good wins,” but did not qualify for the playoffs.

Four seniors graduated from last year’s squad – Cole Stewart, Gage Mogle, Drew Hill and Tyler Francis – and took with them the “bulk of the offense.”  However, Coach Hill has 7 returning seniors, including 2 returning starters, which will make for an experienced and deep squad. The key seniors will be Wyatt Young, Isiah O’Neal, Bowen Jensen, Parker Stewart and Parkes Bartholomew.

The Bulldogs first game will be on Nov. 21 at Altamont High, at 6:00 pm.


Coach Devin Shakespear described last year as a “growing year” for his group, even though they finished with a 10-14 record overall, and 4-6 in the region. They played eventual champ Waterford in the first round of the playoffs, and lost a close game 55-50.

Only two seniors started on that squad, and that leaves Coach Shakespear with a “big senior class” this year. Dylan Wathon, Matt Neilson, Brett Thompson and Brody Barson figure to earn significant minutes on this year’s team.

Coach Shakespear says that his team “will be very competitive” in what he calls a very good region.“There will be no bad teams this year.”  He says that his team’s goal is to be in the top 2 or 3 in the region, and make some noise in the playoffs.

The Templars first game this year will be on Nov. 21 at Millard High School, at 7:00 pm.

North Sanpete

Hawks boys basketball coach Chris Hoopes thinks that his team “can definitely be in the hunt” for a region championship this year. Last year’s squad, 6-16 overall, 4-4 region, had some difficulty in the early schedule, but got better later in the year. “We struggled at first, but found some things that worked for us late in the season, and finished by playing for the region championship.”

The Hawks are another team that returns a lot of its members for another go-round. They lost their starting center and guard, Kaleb Bailey and Justice Green, as well as Tanner Morley, a “glue-guy” that logged a lot of minutes. But the majority of their scoring and rebounding returns. Sean Taylor was last year’s starting point guard, Spencer Steadman was the leading scorer, and Brock Bailey was the leading rebounder. Jaylen Sorensen will also be a key contributor to the squad.

Coach Hoopes said that his team is “going to get better every game, and take one game at a time.”  At the end of the year, their goal is a region championship and a berth in the state playoffs.

Their first game is On Nov. 21 against North Sevier at 7:00 pm.