Archives for February 2018

Mt. Pleasant to choose

Justice Court replacement


By James Tilson

Staff writer

Feb. 22, 2018


MT. PLEASANT—A meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 26, to select candidates for the vacancy in the Mt. Pleasant Justice Court.

The meeting will be held to replace Judge Ivo Peterson whose retirement is effective on June 30.

This 9 a.m. meeting of the Sanpete County Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the chambers of the Mt. Pleasant City Council (115 W. Main).

Public comments will be accepted for the first 30 minutes of the meeting concerning issues facing the Utah judiciary and about any improvements to the system.

Those interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment.

After the public comment portion, the meeting will then be closed to allow the commission members to select three to five candidates for the vacancy.

According to the press release from Utah State Courts, “Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Sandra Bigler, within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Bigler then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.”

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation and on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at

Contact Tami Larson at 462-2456 ext. 2 or by email at for additional information on the justice court position. The deadline for applying was Tuesday.

Plea deal in works for man who

allegedly stole Addie donations


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor

Feb. 22, 2018


PROVO—James Fowlke Richards, 46, Pleasant Grove, is scheduled for arraignment today after Sam Pead, deputy Utah County attorney, noted during a hearing on Feb. 8 that a plea deal is being negotiated with Richards.

Richards allegedly stole funds intended for Addie Lynn Fausett, the young girl from Fountain Green who received thousands upon thousands of Christmas cards and packages.

Little Addie died on July 29, 2016, and was buried in Nephi, initially without a grave marker.

Addie’s mother, Tami Fausett, visited Addie’s gravesite often, and nearly a year after Addie’s death, a burial marker was donated.

Tami had trusted Richards, yet she said, according to KSL, “He took what was donated for her headstone and for her funeral and medical bills, and I don’t know what happened to it.”

She added, “I thought he was a nice guy, a good person. We really liked him as a person, as a friend. He made us think he really cared for our family. But if he can make fake statements and lie and take money that he said was for my sick child, he’s not a good person.”  According to court documents, Richards is accused of using fake documents to seek reimbursements from charity organizations, claiming he had paid Addie’s medical bills, yet he kept some of the money amounting to thousands of dollars.

Tami expressed concern that the money taken came from donations caring strangers, in some cases noting that the donation was all they could spare.

Richards was charged in October 2016 with three counts of communications fraud (second-degree felonies), and he was also charged with forgery (a third-degree felony).

Tami appeared in Provo on Feb. 8 and is reported by the Deseret News to have said, “I was hoping it could be done and over with just because it has been dragging on for so long.”     She added, Richards “made us all believe he was a friend and he loved Addie. … I feel betrayed and hurt. He used my child.”

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Spring City heritage of military

service worthy of recognition

with veteran memorial


By Courtney Syme

Feb. 22, 2018


A committee of Spring City residents (Spring City Veterans Memorial Association) is working to ensure veterans of Spring City are not forgotten or ignored. With the support of city government, VFW Post 9276, The Friends of Historical Spring City and others, a veterans memorial is being pursued.

The memorial and a granite monument will be “In honor of the brave men and courageous women of Spring City who served in the Armed Forces of the Territory of Utah and The United States of America.”

This effort is modest when compared to many veteran memorials. That is part of the proposed design—an affordable, modular concept not intended to be a final product but a starting point.

We plan to honor veterans past and present and plan for inclusion of future veterans. The memorial will represent more than 175 years of military service by residents of Spring City.

Spring City is recognized for its rich pioneer history and heritage, primarily through the preservation and restoration of pioneer era buildings and architecture. Great effort has taken place over the last 50 years by individuals and the community to ensure that heritage is not forgotten.

One aspect of Spring City’s heritage that began even before settlement and continues today is the heritage of brave men and women who served in the defense of country, state and community through military service. Nearly 500 such individuals have been identified. This heritage of past, present and future has, unfortunately, been mostly ignored.

The committee recognizes this effort is no small undertaking. No one entity could accomplish it alone. This will require the cooperation and support of many people and organizations.

What we did not expect was that this idea would create some controversy.

Perhaps that is why no one has attempted this in the past.

The cost is significant, but millions have been spent on historical preservation and recognition. The cost of the memorial is small in comparison.

The committee made a commitment to be open and forthcoming about its activities and motivations. There has been extensive review of documents and publications about the history of Spring City veterans.

The work of the local and county Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) has been invaluable. Our list of veterans as posted on Facebook is a combination of published lists mostly from DUP sources.

One committee goal is to make sure the information engraved on the monument is as accurate as possible. We are gratified by information identifying veterans not in publications. Most of those are veterans of recent conflicts. We will issue updates on the progress of the project in a timely fashion.

Many people recognize honoring veterans as a worthwhile idea. We appreciate their support and ask patriotic people everywhere to support the recognition of our veterans.

Our freedom and liberty have been and are dependent upon the service of good and honest people. We can and should honor them.

“This liberty will look easy by and by when nobody dies to get it” (from George Washington in the play “Valley Forge” by Maxwell Anderson).

The most challenging part of this project is funding. The committee is committed to providing an appropriate and quality memorial that will not only honor veterans but also add beauty, value and pride for our community and Sanpete County.

Grant applications are in process. However, most require matching funds.

Donations for this important work are being accepted.

At least $20,000 needs to be raised to provide the matching funds for grants and to begin construction.

The committee’s goal is to dedicate the memorial no later than Veterans Day 2018.

We ask for your help!

Visit our Facebook page for more contact and donation information. Donations will be accepted at any branch of Utah Heritage Credit Union or may be sent to PO Box 126, Spring City UT 84661.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman said, “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”

In the winter of 1948-1949, a group of selfless Utahns, including members of the Barton, Hansen and Mellor families of Sanpete County, braved subzero temperatures to deliver hay to starving sheep and cattle herds stranded and freezing in remote grazing areas.

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Who turned these old doorknobs before me?

By Randal B. Thatcher

Feb. 22, 2018


I have a cousin who has always been interested in very old things. An inveterate rock-hound and arrowhead-seeker, he is continually on the hunt for that rare item of hidden beauty or historical significance.

Such expeditions have more recently led him into several old abandoned mining towns and ghost towns of our western United States, opening up a whole new treasure trove of forgotten Americana for him to comb through.

This includes glass pieces from old bottles, silver hood ornaments and grill plates on rusted-out vehicles, along with rusting kitchen utensils, cans, spurs, hinges, pulleys and other miscellany.

He grabs up anything from those boomtown days of yore that could—were it able to speak—tell a spellbinding story of our country’s rough-and-tumble frontier times.

One day, as he was scouring the old abandoned mining town of Manhattan, Nev., he happened to spy a particularly eye-catching doorknob on one of the old miner shacks.

“My mind began to wander,” he told me, “and to wonder about who might’ve lived in that 100-year-old shack.”

These musings prompted him to seek out other doorknobs (those on the town’s old chapel were especially striking). He photographed each one and then turned his imagination loose as he tried to picture the hands—long since moldering in their graves—that might’ve turned those knobs so many years ago.

He was hooked.

This hunt for old doorknobs became a passion.

His incessant quest has led him to other ghost towns and historic places so I knew it was only a matter of time before the lure of historic U.S. 89 and the old pioneer villages of Sanpete County would coax him down here.

Two weeks ago, his pickup truck finally rolled through Fairview and Mt. Pleasant, making frequent stops along the way to explore, examine and snap pictures of many weathered old doorknobs.

I hopped in with him as he came through Spring City and joined him in the hunt.

Of course, he deemed many rustic old doorknobs in this pioneer town worthy of adding to his photographic trophy case.

Whatever I’d initially thought of his Great Doorknob Hunt, his enthusiasm became infectious, and I found myself ruminating right along with him about the hard-scrabble, 19th-century folks who’d lived on the other side of all those weather-beaten doors.

It took me instantly back 150 years, as I tried to picture them in my mind’s eye and to envision them as they went about the rigors of their daily routines.

And now, I can’t help but look for old doorknobs myself as I go about my own (far less rigorous) daily routine.

Whenever I put my hand on a doorknob that looks authentically old now, I can’t help but wonder what unseen hands might’ve been upon it before my own.

And when I walk into an old pioneer home that still has the original flooring, I think about all those pairs of handmade leather shoes that trod the same rough-hewn planks over a 100 years before my own mass-produced Nikes came trundling over them.

My wife and I have learned some of the history and family details of the initial pioneer inhabitants (and builders) of our old Spring City house, since moving into it four years ago.

Yet I am much more inclined now to ponder more deeply upon these people and to try to feel their presence.

I will sometimes sit very still in the parlor or the bedroom and just think about them.

And if I am very quiet, I think I can hear them: their concerns about crops or the weather or the new calf or foal; their kind words and their arguments and even their most intimate whisperings.

I can’t, really, but it’s fun to sometimes make-believe I can.

Since going doorknob hunting with my cousin, such a historically minded view of our pioneer valley has grown more pronounced in my own mind.

I cannot actually see the ghosts of those original settlers, but I am inclined now to stop by an old Sanpete cemetery and wander among the headstones or saunter slowly through an old pioneer barn or farmyard, looking for any rusted relic from the past.

And why not?

Every town in this Sanpete Valley is historic, sprinkled about with myriad reminders of those bygone days. They are virtually under our very noses, if we’ll simply attune ourselves to seeing them.

I don’t expect to hear the actual voices of our home’s original inhabitants, but if I ever do, I just hope they won’t harangue me too roundly for my wimpy insistence on indoor plumbing and a furnace!


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Snow theater presenting classical

musical ‘Into the Woods’

starting tonight at 7:30 p.m.


EPHRAIM—The Snow College theater department is presenting “Into the Woods,” one of the great classics of musical theater.

Opening night is tonight in the Kim Christison Theater at the Eccles Center on Snow College campus.

The show will run for six performances: tonight through Saturday, and next weekend, Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3.

Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel—these names are centuries old, their tales have been told time and time again.

This musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine places all of these stories side by side so the woods Jack wanders through to sell his cow are the same woods that Rapunzel’s tower sits in, the same woods that Little Red Riding Hood skips through to reach her grandmother’s house.

“It’s a fairy tale,” said director Trent Bean, “but it’s a fairy tale set in a real, complex world. It uses these stories to look at the complexities of wishing and what it’s really like to get your wish, the difficulties with ‘happy ever after’.”

The musical employs a 22-person cast which has been rehearsing since the beginning of January—working to discover unique and honest portrayals of these beloved characters, who are already so familiar to audiences.

Hannah Romney, who plays The Witch, shared how her portrayal of the character is “pretty fun—she’s a skeptical, aloof, old hag but also a gorgeous, sinister enchantress.”

The cast is joined by a 12-piece orchestra to play Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning score as well as a technical crew made up of Snow students. The costumes were designed by Snow Theater’s longtime costumer, Kathleen Hansen.

“The cast has been optimal, the crew has been optimal. I could not have asked for a better experience mounting this production,” said Bean. “And one of the big things is a real sense of ownership of this show by the cast and crew.”

“Into the Woods,” like the fairy tales it’s based on, exists to teach lessons and morals to those of us in the audience—and it doesn’t settle for small themes. This show seeks to address such issues as losing loved ones, determining right and wrong and learning to love and be loved by the people around us.

“This show makes observations on how there are always good and bad people on both sides of an issue,” said Bean. “In our current cultural climate, after these national tragedies that we have, it’s easy to divide people in our minds into ‘those guys’ and ‘these guys’ and forget that there really is good and bad on either side.”

Romney said her “favorite theme of the show is that everyone suffers losses, whether they be big or small; everyone loses something. But we can get through those losses with the support of the community.”

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and those of high school age and younger, and $3 for Snow students with their student ID.


Gunnison Valley Hospital Births

Feb. 10-22, 2018


RittLee Reed Fowles was born to Kamren and Angela Fowles of Mt. Pleasant on Feb. 10, 2018. She weighed 7 pounds.

Elsie Thompson was born to Connor and Jana Thompson of Ephraim on Feb. 11, 2018. She weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces.


Sierra Mickelson

Missouri, Independence Mission


Feb. 22, 2018


Sierra Mickelson, daughter of Ryan and Jennie Mickelson of Manti, has been called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She will serve in the Missouri, Independence Mission, primarily in the Independence Visitor Center. 

She reports to the Provo Missionary Training Center on March 7, 2018. Sierra will be speaking in the Manti 9th Ward on February 25 at 11 a.m. at the red church on Main Street.


Robert Max Scharf

Feb. 22, 2018


Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Robert Max Scharf, age 83, of Centerfield, passed away Feb. 14, 2018 in Gunnison of complications from a fall.  

He was born Nov. 12, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Richard Fritz and Grete Sophie Mathilda Tegtmeyer Scharf. He graduated from Lindblom High School and the University of Michigan.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy “Dot” Gene Strothman, June 2, 1956 in Palos Park, Illinois.

Robert was not a member of any particular church, be he very much enjoyed genealogy and he taught LDS church members in California how to research their ancestry.  He was an Eagle Scout and got his award from Eddie Rickenbacker. 

He was a forester and worked for the forest service in California for over 30 years. He fought many forest fires and planted tens of thousands of trees. 

He made lots of memories with his four sons, hiking through the mountains in California. 

He could fix anything.  His welding skills were used to rebuild a drama theater and fix the Patton House in Springville, California.   He rebuilt two model A cars from the ground up.  He started a Model A Club in California.  He also built a 1956 Fordson Major tractor.

He loved his wife very much.  They had a relationship that people strived for. 

Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Dot, of Centerfield; two sons: Bill and Diana Scharf of Rosemead, California; Robert and Jennifer Scharf of Centerfield; 14 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: James Scharf and Richard Scharf; a grandson: Brannon Scharf; and a great-granddaughter: Rebekah Nelson.

At his request, his remains have been cremated and private family services have been held under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Richard Torrance Green

Feb. 22, 2018


Richard Torrance Green, age 84, born in Spokane, Washington, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2018 in the Beehive Home, Payson, Utah. 

Richard was born to Victor S. and Hazel Green on June 3, 1933.  Richard was preceded in death by the mother of his five children, Diane Caryl (Wilson) Vollar and his stepson, David Reed Smith. 

He is survived by his wife Kayla Loa (Cheney) Green, Michael Green, Kathleen Green, Teresa (Green) Thornton, Christopher Green, Jennifer (Green) Smith and stepson, Michael Smith. Richard has 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Richard earned a Master’s Degree in General Education from Whitworth College, Spokane. He was a dedicated professional educator his entire career, specializing in mathematics and science. He taught and coached at St. George’s School in Spokane and Oaksdale, Washington.

After moving to California he continued to teach at Rancho Arroyo Middle School and Sunset High School until his retirement from Hayward Unified School District.  Richard loved boats and water. He enjoyed sailing his boat in the San Francisco bay area and spent a lifetime cherishing northern Idaho’s Priest Lake. He found pleasure being a handyman. He relished being outside and could always be found with a shovel in his hand. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home. As an avid photographer, he even had his own home darkroom.

He was also active leader in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Richard had a strong religious belief in the Lord that lasted throughout his life, including his affiliation with the LDS church. He was an ordinance worker at the Manti, Temple, Utah for six years, as well as other priesthood organizations.  

Viewings will be held Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. both at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 N. 100 West, Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m., same location. Graveside services will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Afterwards, an open house will occur at 1:30-3 p.m. at The Valentine Carriage House, 613 S. 500 W., Mt. Pleasant. Online condolence at  


Adrean William Bench

Feb. 22, 2018


Ardean William Bench, 89, of Centerfield, Utah, passed away Feb. 14, 2018 in Gunnison, a few days shy of his 90th birthday.

He was born Feb. 19, 1928 at home in Salina, to Samuel Exile and Lenora June Breinholt Bench.

Beginning his schooling at Salina Elementary, Ardean then moved west to North Sevier High School, then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Rick’s College. He served in the Northern States Mission (Chicago, Illinois) in 1947.

Ardean married Rhoda Laura Moulton on Nov. 3, 1950. After some time their children came: Douglas William (Danette) Bench, Kathleen (Allan) Jemmett, Val Denton (Bobbi) Bench and Laurel Marie (Steve) Tutty. He lived and served in many areas of Utah and southeastern Idaho.

He was a seminary teacher and principal for 35 years, but also provided for his family by working for the Forest Service, being a farmer/rancher and ended his employment years by being a safety inspector of seminary and institute buildings for the LDS Church.

Upon his retirement, he was given a statue of a teacher leading some students with the inscription of “Thanks for a lifetime of dedicated service from the Church Educational System, from 1955-1990.” He and Rhoda served a full-time LDS Mission in Busby, Montana with the native Americans.

Rhoda passed away in 2004. Ardean then married Lexie Randa Porter Wells on Nov. 20, 2004. He became the step-father of Coralie (Jose) Rodriguez, Randi (David) Fielding, Rob (Abigail) Wells, Bill (Rebecca) Wells, Dan (Sharla) Wells, Lexie (Michael) Ross. They lived in Rigby, Idaho, for a time, then moved to Centerfield, which was just over a few miles from where he was born and raised. They served a full-time mission at the Gunnison Correctional Facility.

He is survived by his children; 25 grandchildren and 31 step-grandchildren; brother, Keith (ReNee) Bench and sister-in-law, Joan Spivey.

Also preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Arlene Bench, Marlen (Jean) Bench, Wendell (Elizabeth) Bench, Reid (Alta) Bench, Valene (Owen) Bagley, Kenneth Bench, Jay Bench; sister-in-law, Lee Bench.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in the Centerfield Ward Chapel. Burial was in the Salina Eastside Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Mont Leon Shepherd

Feb. 22, 2018


Mont Leon Sheperd, 87, of Ephraim, returned to the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Feb. 16, 2018, due to complications of endocarditis. He had his loving wife and children at his side at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Mont was a very kind, loving and caring person; a father of eight, grandfather of 17, a great-grandfather of 31, and a great-great grandfather of one.

Mont was born Oct. 6, 1930 to Gilbert LeRoy and Viola May Morgan Shepherd at his home in Salt Lake City. The family moved to Levan when he was six years old and this was where he grew up and went to the local grade schools and graduated from Juab High School in Nephi.

Mont was a master at many things and was always busy. He always gave each thing he did his all and his best.

He married Loraine Henrie from Delta, they later divorced. He then married Sarah McEntire, they later divorced, but were blessed with three children from these two marriages: NaLana Rae Sheperd (Daniel) Hughes; Terri Lynne (Steven) Higdon and William Jacob “Jake” (Shannon) Shepherd.

In 1974 he married Maxine Garbe Stevenson and gained a family of five more children. Susan, Ron (Freddie Ann), Gary (Becky), Sandra, and Robert (Jody)

Mont joined the National Guard in Nephi and served six years, one of active service during the Korean War. They cut trees and built a log church and lined the inside with green parachutes. They sent back to the states for sacrament trays. This church was dedicated as the first LDS chapel in Korea, where soldiers happily held their meetings in the new chapel.

Mont’s main profession was a glazer and building contractor. He spent 10 years in Las Vegas and worked on some of the big casinos. He worked 10 years in Phoenix, Arizona on numerous projects. Mont moved back to Levan and started his own contracting business. Later he took a position as a foreman of the carpentry shop at Snow College in Ephraim.

He was also their glazer, locksmith and served 16 years as campus fire marshal. He worked in helping construct the college president’s house, the bell tower, the fountain and numerous other remodeling jobs at the college. He served Ephraim City as a member of the Safety and Planning Committee and the Beautification Committee.

Mont was known for his beautiful yard which was always well groomed and a beautiful big garden. He was happiest when with his wife and family, working in the yard or garden. He loved playing golf with his wife and friends.

Mont was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions. After he retired he and his wife served 11 years as ordinance workers in the Manti Temple.

Mont was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Terri; five brothers and one sister. He will be greatly missed by all, but now he is out of pain and doing what makes him happy, serving his Heavenly Father.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Ephraim 6th Ward Chapel, 420 North 200 West. Viewings were held on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at the church from 6-7 p.m. and prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Interment was in the Ephraim Park Cemetery with Military Honors. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

The cast of Manti High School’s upcoming “Something’s Afoot” will perform one of Agatha Christie’s whodunits (front row, L-R): Katelyn Allred, Malorie Hansen, Abby Huff, Emily Frischknecht, (back row) Zach Brown, Carson Lawrence, Dallin Brereton, Josh Peterson, Marcus Bahlmann and Justin Bawden.

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Ephraim Middle School teachers Lisa Schleuter (L-R), Linda Flitton, Tim Black and Valene Scott display their award for being selected as the Outstanding Middle School Science Department for the State of Utah for the 2017-2018 school year.


EMS Science department

teachers honored by Utah

Science Teachers Association

By Lyle Fletcher

Staff writer

Feb. 22, 2018


PROVO—Four teachers at Ephraim Middle School recently received a statewide award for their teaching efforts.

With a combined approximately 80 years of teaching science at the school, the four teachers were named the Outstanding Middle School Science Department for the State of Utah by the Utah Science Teachers Association (USTA) for the 2017-2018 school year.

The teachers—Valene Scott, Lisa Schlueter, Tim Black and Linda Flitton—traveled to Provo for the annual USTA conference and were highlighted at the USTA banquet held at the Provo Marriott Hotel on Feb. 9.

John R. Taylor, USTA president, and Todd Monson, USTA middle level state representative, gave the four science teachers the award.

Nominations for the award came from fellow teachers, administrators and district personnel, and only one middle school science department is selected each school year for the award.

These four teachers work together to create innovative and hands-on lessons “to energize and excite their students about science for their students,” states the brochure concerning their award.

For instance, their students at the middle school have created such things as models of the Earth, Sun and Moon; index-card cars with skewer axles and Lifesaver wheels; and egg-drop capsules.

Their students also have had fun learning science with hands-on labs for such things as Newton’s laws, magnetism, static electricity, rock identification and ecosystems.

Brief biographical information about each teacher is available at (put “Ephraim” in the search box).

For instance, the bio for Black indicates he was raised in Ephraim, lives in Manti and was a troublemaker in school. “I never dreamed or even thought of being a teacher,” his bio states.

After spending years trying to figure out what he wanted to be, he eventually went to college to become a teacher. He wrote in the bio, “I realized I liked teaching people things.”

He’s worked at Ephraim Middle School for 27 years now.

Scott has taught for 17 years at the middle school, and Flitton has taught 10.

The brochure states, “Together, they have taught science for about 80 years at Ephraim Middle School.”

Thus, Schlueter’s contribution to this “about 80 years” is in the close neighborhood of a quarter of a century.

The four teachers said they appreciated support from Kent Larsen, South Sanpete School District superintendent, who also attended the banquet.

Inside Our Schools


Compiled by Linda Petersen

Feb. 22, 2018


Ephraim Elementary School

Monday, March 5, will be a half day of school, and students will be excused early at 11:30 a.m. The teachers will be attending a district reading training in the afternoon. Students will be served lunch an hour early and then excused to go home. Buses will run as usual. There will be morning kindergarten and morning preschool classes; no afternoon sessions.


Fairview Elementary

Last week was Red Ribbon Week at the school. On Monday, which had a Hawaiian theme, “Lei Off Drugs,” students heard from local emergency medical technicians and firefighters how to help others during an emergency. Tuesday was “Too Smart to Start” (also Crazy Hair Day) where students learned how to team up against drugs and bullying. Valentine’s Day was “BEE Kind” (Crazy Sock Day) where students were encouraged to perform random acts of kindness. Thursday had a theme of “If you ‘mustache’ our school is drug and bully free’ and students got to wear a mustache to school.

Tuesday, Feb. 13, Sanpete County 4H sponsored Family Fun Night at the school where students and their families enjoyed games and refreshments.


North Sanpete Middle School

Students enjoyed a Sweethearts Dance sponsored by the business club on Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the evening. There was a photo booth, “kissing” booth and Cupid’s snack shack.

The school’s science department was recently recognized as one of three outstanding science departments of the year by the Utah Science Teachers Association. An elementary school and a high school were the other winners.


Manti High School

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, juniors participated in Post-Secondary Day where guests from several Utah colleges and universities shared information with them about their schools, including BYU, Dixie State, LDS Business College, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, Utah College of Applied Technology, Utah State University, University of Utah, Utah Valley University and Weber State University.


North Sanpete High School

The school will host a Paradigm Shift Workshop next Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. for seventh- to 12th-grade students and their parents. The workshop will help students and their parents prepare for success in college. Children ages 2 to 12 can participate in activities in the commons. Dinner will be provided for the whole family.

Last Friday, Feb. 16, the student body officers (SBOs) sponsored a Winter Olympics assembly. The SBOs created different versions of four events: figure skating, biathlon, bobsled and hockey. Classes competed for the spirit stick .The seniors won all four events and claimed the spirit stick.

Hannah Ostraff recently won a juror’s award in the All-State Art Show in Springville. Her piece was selected as one of 25 pieces included in the traveling exhibition. She was also one of 28 students to have their artwork displayed in the State Capitol Art Show. Hannah received a $350 cash award.


Wasatch Academy

The Wasatch Academy Sustainability Committee, made up of students and faculty, has kicked off a “Ban the Bottle” campaign to reduce waste caused by plastic bottles. The school currently provides bottled water for campus events in a number of settings.

It is the committee’s goal for Wasatch Academy to be a “plastic water bottle free school” by Sept. 1.

Committee members and the Development Office have set a goal to raise $24,500. Funds raised through this campaign will be used to purchase and install 15 rapid bottle-filling stations and provide every member of the school community a Wasatch Academy logo bottle.