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  • 2017 Year in Review

From the pages of The Times-News
Compiled by Rebecca Dopp


Juab County Demolition Derby named 4th Best Derby in the World by the Demolition Derby League.

Senior Citizens Center kitchen gets remodeled.

Byron Woodland, county commissioner, and Colby Park, county assessor, are sworn into office.

JHS Cheer and Stunt 3-peats as Southern Region Cheer Champions.

Nixon Hoaldridge, son of Brad and Nicole Hoaldridge, was the New Year’s baby at CVMC, born on January 8th.

NCPD’s good police work connects convicted rapist to California murder investigation.

Grand staircase removed as part of Juab County Courthouse renovations.

Dale Whitlock and Mary Nielson sworn into school board positions.

Seth Atkinson takes over as Nephi City Administrator replacing Randy McKnight.

Missionaries: Rebecca Evans returned from Massachusetts Boston Mission

Weddings: Kolten Kendall and Maggie Hunter, Jennifer Zirbes and Rolando Caballero, Terrika Veater and Jay Sutherland, Tate Squire and McKell Wood.

Passings: Kenneth Lynn, R. Delos Andrews, James Garlick, Clara Paulsen, Darlene Howard, Cynthia Jeffery, Norma Tolley.


JHS Cheer and Stunt earn their third state title, capping off another great season.

Light pollution from tomato plant causes grief for Mona residents.

JHS Wrestling repeats as Southern Divisional Champions, advance 15 wrestlers to the state competition.

Four JHS wrestlers take 1st place at state: Jayce Lind, Gentry Warner, Joey Aagard and Dylan White. Team takes the 1st place trophy in the 3A division.

Dr. Joel Holman received the 3A Coach of the Year award and shared it with his assistant coaches.

Nephi City appoints new members to Miss Nephi pageant committee.

Mona City approves new ordinance concerning group homes and residential facilities.

Missionaries: Chase Painter returned from the Tennessee Knoxville Mission; Don and Marcia Eyre called to the Roseville California Mission.

Weddings: Jennifer Gibson and Morgan Sweat, Jordan Eldridge and Kierstin Horner.

Passings: Gregory Robinson, Karl Worwood, Alice Harris.


Work continues on new bleachers at the fairgrounds.

Issue between Randy Brooks, private land owner, and Juab County has been resolved with Willow Creek Road, Waterfall Road, and Clover Canyon Road remaining open to the public.

Changes at Journey Boys Home in Mona will hopefully benefit Mona residents.

Ten JHS students competed in the Sterling Scholar competition. Rylie Wright, Trade and Technical Education, and Hunter Steele, Speech and Drama, were runners-up.

Heavy winter snow causes high water in Salt Creek and Old Hollow.

Problems with loose dogs in Mona City persists.

Missionaries: Krista Roundy returned from the Missouri St. Louis Mission.

Passings: Richard Sayers, Newana Kay, David Carter, Iona Hair, Zelma Memmott, Terry Thomas, Walter Rieske.


JHS boys soccer team gets first win ever against the Richfield Wildcats, 2-1.

Cpt. Bert Wright receives Utah Chief of Police Association Officer of the Year award.

Minersville man drowns at Yuba State Park.

Nephi City approves zone change for new subdivision in Covington Ridge.

Eight contestants compete for Miss Nephi title. Hannah Robins crowned queen, with Hannah Petersen, 1st attendant, and Megan Davis, 2nd attendant.

County officials move into newly remodeled office at county building.

Mona City voices displeasure with codifying company’s service.

JHS Junior Prom royalty was Tucker Memmott and Emily Dopp, king and queen; Estefany Whiting and Tate Shepherd, 1st court; Gage Tischner and Krista Nielson, 2nd court; Aubree Hatfield and Tanner Rosquist, 3rd court.

Blair Albrecht selected as new Nebo View Elementary Principal.

Passings: Esther Tanner, Della Jackman, Aimee Pokorny, Gary Bowles.

Weddings: Sheldon Chapple and Shaelee Deeben, Devan Ingram and Stacey Spencer, Ally Nelson and Ryan Hatfield.


Line interruption caused large scale power outage in area for about three hours.

Juab County receives JRI funding looks to revanp how it handles criminal defense.

Randy McKnight retires as Nephi City administrator after 38 years of service.

Nephi City renames airport as J. Randy McKnigh Nephi Municipal Airport.

JHS girls golf 3-peat as region champions.

JHS softball team 3-peats as regions champions.

Grocery wholesale, manufacturing and data-type industries may be a good fit for Juab County, according to economic development survey.

JHS Choir receives superiors at state competition.

Jim Langford selected as new Juab High School principal.

JHS graduates 190 students in Class of 2017.

Weddings: Bryce Brindley and Lysette Skinner, April Fillmore and Kris Kay, Brady Black and KaDi McKeachnie; Miquelle Richards and Talon Bryan.

Missionaries: Brittany Petersen called to serve in California Sacramento Mission; Michael Roundy called to Indianapolis Indiana Mission; Trent Rindlisbacher called to Chile Santiago West Mission; Larry and Alice Ricks return from New Jersey Morristown Mission; Anne Arns called to Jacksonville Florida Mission; McKay Christensen returned from Argentina Resistencia Mission; Cheyanne West returned from Boston Massachusetts Mission; Kiel West returned from St. Petersburg Russia Mission; Cody Robinson called to North Carolina Raleigh Mission.

Passings: Clara Park, Rachel Tidwell, Thomas Mattinson, Wesley Allen, Rex Terry Kendall, Michelle Larson.

Continued next week


Lack of state court funding hurting the county jail budget.

Forest Service releases Final Records of Decision for TransWest and Energy Gateway South projects.

Camron Ostler was killed in ATV accident in Nephi.

Jared Eldridge appointed as new 4th District Court judge, resigns as Juab County Attorney.

Passings: Jack Bosh, Dianna Stephenson, Lee Newton, Bruce Wilson, Darlene Fowkes, Camron Ostler, Jeannie Bader.

Weddings: Shyann Greenhalgh and Travis Beck, Brandon Aagard and Harlee Monroe, Shalice Butterfield and Joseph Peterson, Judy Diamse and Bart Glover, Austin Black and Mariah Aagard.

Missionaries: Trevin Dansie called to Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission; devin Anderson called to Chile Santiago South Mission; Nick Cannell called to Bismarck North Dakota Mission.


Nephi City approves zone change for Red Cliffs Subdivision and Economy Floors.

Search for fugitive Michael Dees put Nephi City on lockdown.

Randy and Suzanne McKnight selected as Grand Marshals for Mammoth Parade.

Seth L. and Arlene McPherson selected as Grand Marshals for Western Heritage Parade.

Jozie Ady, Ute Stampede Queen, and attendants Heidi Colbor and Tyler Wall, welcome rodeo fans to the 83rd annual Ute Stampede.

Grace Eyre died from injuries sustained in an accident during the Western Heritage Parade.

Police continue search for man involved in bank robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Nephi.

Sandy Brooks selected as Grand Marshal for Levan Heritage Parade.

Grand Marshals for Mona Pioneer Days were Hal Newton, Tyler Keyte, Shawna Keyte, Debbie Newton, Brenda Newton, Shanna Memmott, Mike Memmott, Ed Newton, and Nila Keyte.

Mona Pioneer Day royalty were Alli Whicker, Sidney Hancock, MaKadee Kay, Hunter Fowkes, Austin Park, and Jarrett White.

Nephi City will soon have updated mapping system for city electrical services.

Passings: Bonnie Larsen, Myrtle Vest, Marjorie Peterson, Grace Eyre, Shaw Phillipsen, Reva Morgan, Troy Manske.

Weddings: Trevin Greenhalgh and Angela Kenison, Zachary Carter and Emily Ingram, Levi McKay and Mollie Devlin, Danielle Lynn and Braden Romney, Brent Boswell and Jordan Okelberry.

Missionaries: Colton Wright called to Oklahoma City Oklahoma Mission; Walker Memmott called to Philippines Manila Mission; David Taylor called to Texas Lubbock Mission; Dawson Sperry called to Ecuador Guayaquil South Mission; Andrew White returned from Federal Way Washington Mission; Ryan Christensen called to Costa Rica San Jose West Mission; Payton Bowring called to Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission; Hunter Steele called to Washington Kennewick Mission; Ryker Osborne called to California Sacramento Mission; Talon Jennings returned from Ghana Cape Coast Mission; Chet Dalton called to Anaheim California Spanish-speaking Mission.


Miss Juab County pageant had eight contestants. Saige Cowan wins title; Kemri Buck, 1st attendant, and Marissa Richardson, 2nd attendant.

Juab County looks for ways to get more water for the county.

Moratorium of fees charged for building in subdivisions and commercial areas could not be implemented legally; council officially adopts resolution to amend fees charged for plat and plan reviews.

Mona City Council holds first meeting in new council chambers.

Robbie Layton wins Juab County Demolition Derby; sold out crowd.

Two skydivers killed in tandem jump at Nephi City Airport.

Ryan Peters selected as new Juab County Attorney.

Nephi City discusses next phase of light poles along Main Street.

Residents enjoy total solar eclipse on August 21; 91% of the sun was blocked out in our area; next eclipse will be in 2024 and in 2045, the eclipse will go right over Nephi.

JSD holds Truth in Taxation hearing; attracting and retaining quality teachers a high priority for district.

Mona City develops lease agreement for rental of new community center.

Passings: Lawrence Westfall, Kenneth Arp, Seth L. McPherson, John Westring, Spencer Mangels, Anita Ewell, Edna Nielsen, Betty Lou Ostler, Jerry Weir, Richard Pexton, Gregory Ingram, Corey Carter, Justin Jones.

Weddings: Shelby Adams and Dax Steidley, Dalton Gee and Lesley Olsen, Brett Baker and Holly Johnson, Brock Anderson and Natalee Walker, Sara Davis and Andrew Pulsipher, Ivy Oveson and Christopher Running; McKinzey Wickel and Brock Carlson, Bailey Jo Howard and Braden Peterson.

Missionaries: MaKiah Thalman called to North Carolina Charlotte Mission; Hayley Willmore called to Virginia Chesapeake Mission; Dillon Douglas returned from South Carolina Columbia Mission; Taylor Ludlow returned from Texas Houston East Mission; Kyler White returned from Oregon Portland Spanish-speaking Mission; Jared Bosh called to Tempe Arizona Mission.


Mike Spencer, JHS math teacher, nominated for national teaching award.

Nebo Market celebrates grand re-opening with new pharmacy, enlarge deli and bakery, and addition of America First Credit Union branch.

State will build its own communications tower in Dog Valley.

Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox make Juab County a stop on 5K Jobs Tour of Rural Utah .

Barn of Steve Winn a total loss after spark ignites haystack.

Peters sworn in as new county attorney.

Steve Peterson credited with saving the lives of students after school bus collides with camp trailer on SR-28. Peterson sustained head and face injuries while students had minor injuries.

Homecoming royalty was Tucker Memmott and Krista Nielson, king and queen; Logan Squire and Demi Jackson, 1st court; Troy Tapasoa and Alloa Day, 2nd court; Jake Squire and Paigen Hanson, 3rd court.

JHS girls tennis team take region title for first time in school history.

Auditor says Mona City needs to tighten purse strings; projects on hold.

Jared Eldridge sworn in as 4th District Court judge.

Nephi City approves parameters resolution for electric fund projects.

Passings: Sarah Fackrell, Cheryl Adams, Craig Weight, Reta Marshall, Barbara Hansen, Lynn Newton.

Weddings: Brinnlee Taylor and Taylor Nielsen, Karlee Ockey and Wade Brown. Kyleah Ferguson and Bryson Winnie, McKenzie Shaw and Jake Robinson, Scott McKay and Sharon Kay.

Missionaries: Karter Ockey returned from Arkansas Little Rock Mission; Amy Davis called to Washington Tacoma Mission; Sarah Cannell called to Yakima Washington Mission; Kaitlin Guillory called to Georgia Atlanta North Mission; Sarah Bonzo called to Oregon Salem Mission; Tanner Drake returned from Washington Federal Way Mission; Caleb Atkinson called to Young Church Service Mission.


Landscaping in city right-of-way is a cause for concern for city employee.

UDOT will pursue funding to install cable barriers on stretch of I-15.

Nephi City meets with RCAC analyst about water rate model.

Juab County votes to buy-in to Utah Valley Dispatch Special Services.

JHS girls soccer play in state playoffs for first time, lost to Morgan in quarterfinals.

National Vinyl Products breaks ground on $7 million expansion.

JHS girls cross country team are region champions,

Excessive speed may have been contributor to early morning fatality of Michigan man on I-15.

Nephi City will become member agency of Utah Valley Dispatch.

Road construction on I-15 backed up traffic for four hours during Fall Break weekend.

JHS football team is co-region champions with Juan Diego and Summit Academy.

Community Reinvestment Agency holds public hearing for proposed hotel in Nephi.

Passings: Janice Bennett, John Stilson, Mont Yates, Roberty Lyman, LaVeryl Winn, Carol Taylor.

Weddings: Makell Rindlisbacher and Tony Pay.

Missionaries: Hannah Jacobsen returned from New York Rochester Mission; Jon and Kaye Mitchell return from Kyiv Ukraine Mission; Sarah Harmon called to Poland Warsaw Mission.


Questions and concerns abound as Mona City drafts proposed animal rights ordinance.

Nephi City does not want UDOT to remove crosswalk at Center Street and Main Street.

Elections results: Nephi Mayor Glade Nielson; Nephi Council, Kent Jones and Skip Worwood; Mona Mayor Bill Mills, Mona Council, Michaels Stringer and Frank Riding; Levan Mayor Corey Christensen, Levan Council, Bruce Rowley, Ray Evans and Clifford Christensen.

Nephi City adopts parameters resolution for new hotel construction.

Nephi City meets state requirements by adopting water rate tiers.

Commissioners approve purchase of more storage data for the county.

County commissioners dissolve Special Service District #1.

Levan Town adopts changes to animal service and control ordinance.

Weddings: Megan Hansen and Justin Poulson, Bruce Adams and Ciara Torrens.

Passings: Betty Sanders, Bud Best, Bernard Cook, Sammuel Winn, Donna Andrson, Robert Feaman, R. Thane Thalman.

Missionaries: Kynlee Sessions returned from Sacramento California Mission.


Leonard Trauntvein inducted into JSD Ring of Honor.

Large crowd airs concerns over proposed animal ordinance in Mona.

County commissioners attend visit of President Donald Trump in Salt Lake City.

Mr. Juab is Jaron Ercanbrack. Attendants are Brennan Sage and Logan Squire. Mr. Congeniality is Tucker Memmott.

Children’s Justice Center has grand opening in Nephi, will serve Juab and Millard Counties.

Winter Ball royalty is David Forscutt and Kemri Buck, king and queen; 1st court, Estefany Whiting and Zack Peters; 2nd court, Ashely Peterson and Tanner Jones; 3rd court, Tucker Memmott and Krista Nielson.

Nephi City approves purchase of Heritage Hills by new owner.

Nephi City holds public hearing for the issuance of bonds for new hotel construction.

Mona City approves first step in annexation process.

Mona City will seek CIB funding to create a city general plan.

Passings: Ava Christensen, Ronald Creer, Pearl May Snow, Vee Nostrom, William Marshall, Keith Worthington, Gayle Linton.

Weddings: Mahonri Nielsen and Jessica Faasavalu, Maddison Branch and Shad McPherson.

Missionaries: Jerry and Sandra Westring returned from California Sacramento Mission; Katie Wickel returned from Uruguay Montevideo Mission.