Bobcats sting the Bees in an impressive Homecoming victory

Image: Nick Carver lets one fly.

To cap off the Homecoming week celebration, the Sky View Bobcats welcomed the Bees from Box Elder to town on Friday. Coming into the game Sky View at 1-4-0 was the underdog against the 4-1-0 record of Box Elder. However, the Bobcats came to play and defended their house, putting up four scores Sky View exterminated the Bees in a 28-to-13 Homecoming victory.

Lewiston City Council endorses plan to offer community classes

LEWISTON — Ballroom dance, sign language, bread making, landscaping, and quilting are a few of the classes residents will have the opportunity to take, with the offering of community classes right in their own city. No longer will they need to make the half-hour drive into Logan to attend classes.

Lady Bobcats break season tie against Lady Mustangs

SMITHFIELD — It was a night that ended with sweet revenge for the Sky View High School Girl’s soccer team. The Bobcats avenged their early season loss to Mountain Crest Tuesday night, winning round two by a final score of 2-1. The Bobcats were led by Senior Striker Stacy Bair, who scored the first of Sky View’s two goals and her pin point passing and superb ball handling was too much for the Mustangs defense to handle.

Mustang fourth quarter stampede too much for Bobcats to handle

Image: Milyon Chantry takes down a Mustang.

Valley rivals Mountain Crest Mustangs came to town and battled with the Smithfield Bobcats in a close game that came down to the wire. The Mountain Crest Mustangs scored first, but then the Bobcats mounted an ambush that resulted in two scores in the second quarter. Two Mustang fourth quarter scores would seal the Bobcats fate, and when the dust settled Mountain Crest headed south with the victory.

Not many bright spots in Sky View Bobcats trip to Brighton High School

Image: Nick Carver (8) delivering a pass, while Sean Gero (20) provides protection.

The Sky View Bobcats did a decent job of containing the passing offense of the Brighton High Bengals Friday night. However, the Bobcats couldn’t cage the Bengals running game giving up over 200 yards on the ground. Falling 3-28 Sky View moves to 1-3 on the season heading opening up region play next week against the valley rival Mountain Crest Mustangs.

Lady Bobcats hold off Roy, improves to 6-4

Image: Teammates celebrate after their recent win.

It was a beautiful evening Thursday as the Sky View girls soccer team played host to the Roy Royals. Sky View jumped out early taking a demanding 3-0 lead only 10 minutes into the game. Their play calmed down after that and no goals were scored until Roy got on the board with 15 minutes left in the first half. With the score 3-1 at half time Roy came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and quickly tied it in the first five minutes of the second half with a pair of goals from Taryn Davies. 

Lonnie Loveday: A life of service and jokes

Image: Lonnie Loveday: Friend to all, servant to many!

A few blocks east of the city office sits a conservative home, with a nicely landscaped and well kept yard. Inside lives a man who has spent his life serving the community and making life better for the residents of Utah. Oh, and if you stop by you’ll most likely leave with a new friend and a few new jokes to tell as well.

Bobcats climb Mount Olympus and win the “Clash of the Titans”

Image: Team sings victory song lead by O-Line coach Jim Walker.  Na, na, na, na, na NA!

Not many people picked Sky View over Olympus in tonight’s match up, as a matter of fact there was just one lone reporter that was brave enough to pick them over the Titans, and according to Head Coach Craig Anhder that reporter was his neighbor. That lone reporter will have bragging rights among his peers this weekend as the Bobcats clawed their way to a victory, dominating on offense, defense and just about every other area of the game.

Bobcats show claws in the first quarter, then get battered by the Rams

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Last week Head Football Coach Craig Anhder asked his players to come out strong and play hard from the opening kickoff. In the first quarter the Bobcats did just that scoring on a long drive that resulted in a touchdown. The Cats followed up that drive with a kickoff return by Yabitse Wells ran back for a touchdown. Just like that it was 6-14 and Sky View was in the driver’s seat. Unfortunately for Sky View and the full house of loyal fans that was all the scoring the Bobcats would do and the Highland Rams from Pocatello, Idaho took over and methodically put points on the scoreboard, caging the Cats with a final score of 32-14.

Northridge Knights mount a winning crusade against the Bobcats

Image: Corey Jensen defends a pass

The Sky View Bobcats went into Friday night’s game as the underdogs against the 5A powerhouse Northridge Knights. In the first quarter it appeared the odds makers were spot on in their estimation of the match up. But the undersized underdog Bobcats refused to roll over and battled back in a losing effort that saw them fall 13-30.

Cache County School Board holds building and bond meeting

Image: Superintendent Steve Norton expresses his appreciation for the quality and dedication of district employees and teachers.

After taking care of some routine business the Cache County School Board discussed how negotiations had gone with the classified employee association, and the teachers association this year. That was followed up with presentations on the progress of a facilities assessment report and a status update on the Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP).

Smithfield City approves 19.6% property tax increase to bolster the general fund

Image: Mayor Darrell Simmons and the Smithfield City Council hold meeting to vote on property tax increase resolution

Last week in a meeting that stretched on for over four hours the Smithfield City Council listened for nearly two and a half of those hours to residents voice concerns over a proposed 19.6% increase in property tax; before vowing to go back and see if there were places that they could make any deeper cuts. Wednesday night in a council meeting held at the Senior Center it took the council only an hour to offer explanations and thoughts before motions were made, seconded, and unanimously approved the increase.

Agenda: Building & bond committee report

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The Cache County School Board meets Thursday to consider: building & bond committee report, facilities assessment report, adequate yearly progress (AYP) report, board code of conduct. The meeting will be held at the district offices (2035 N 1200 E) on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Agenda: Council set to vote on 2011-2012 tax rate and budget

Image: Smithfield City Council agenda for August 17, 2011.

The Smithfield City Council is meeting Wednesday to finalize the 2011-2012 tax rate and city budget. The state tax commissioner will be there to assist in calculating the tax rate based on changes the council may or may not make to the budget. The meeting will be held in the Senior Citizen Center (375 Canyon Rd) on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Smithfield City proposed tax increase; Residents say not the right time

In a night where there was great respect expressed for the members of the Smithfield Mayor and City Council Members, a civilized and impassioned plea from residents sent a message to the council that now is not the time for a proposed 19.6% property tax increase. The council then responded with a well organized and educational presentation on the nature of the general fund, and a promise to look for areas of further cuts before making the deciding vote.

Agenda: Public hearing over proposed tax increase

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The Smithfield City Council is holding a public hearing over the proposed property tax increase. The expected increase is $27.88 per year for a $185,000 home and $50.69 for a business of equal value. The public hearing will be held during the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, August 10 at 6 p.m.

Cache County School Board raises property taxes in 4-3 vote

Emotions flared Thursday at the Cache County Board of Education meeting when a proposal to raise property tax was passed by a 4-3 vote by the board. Board member Tamara Grange said the district has “squeezed the turnip” as much as possible, but that they cannot continue to achieve high test scores without funding. “We have cut wherever we can cut,” she said. “We have to prepare these kids for a different world than we grew up in.”

A proper retirement for a desecrated U.S. flag

Image: Bart Baird (right) reading his thoughts on the flag.

SMITHFIELD, Utah — A U.S. flag was desecrated in protest during the Fourth of July parade in Hyrum. On July 30, that flag was properly retired. American Legion Chaplin Tom Karren welcomed the thirty to forty assembled citizens and offered a prayer. He explained the retirement ceremony and said a few words on the meaning and importance of the flag to him. He then turned the ceremony over to The Boy Scouts of America.

Alert: Residents asked for help to find burglars

A few of Smithfield residents have been hit with small item burglaries and suspicious trespasses. Single personal property items from six different homes or vehicles have been taken since the first of July. They include an iPad, a purse, a fire department handheld radio, gasoline, and serving china. Home stereos and lights have been purposefully left on inside the homes by the burglar(s)/intruders.

Earl Lindley — The pearl of the gridiron

Image: Earl and Marilyn Lindley returning to Edmonton with the Grey Cup

A native of Wellsville, Utah, Earl Lindley now lives a simple life. He wakes up just like any other man, has 24 grandchildren, and goes on vacation with his family. He lives in a nice home with his wife Marilyn on the outskirts of Smithfield and is active in his community.

City Council interest high in some cities, not so much in others

Political interest in some communities in Northern Utah is running high while in others it seems to be non-existent, at least as it is manifest in the number of those deciding to run for political office. Thirteen people have declared their candidacy in Logan, 11 in North Logan and nine in Brigham City, forcing primary elections in those cities on September 13. But in Mendon, where three council seats area available, not one person filed by the July 15 5 p.m. deadline.

Agenda: Three rezone requests including two requests for multi-family housing

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Three requests for rezoning are before the council and public during this Wednesday’s regular city council meeting. Joseph Chambers is asking for smaller lot sizes near 314 West and 100 North, Lowell and Nanette King are asking for multi-family zoning for land at 134 North and 100 West, and Lowell King is also asking for multi-family zoning for land near 855 South and 250 East.

CANCELLED: Senator Hatch town hall in Logan on July 7

UPDATE: Town hall meeting is cancelled. My name is Terry Camp and I work for the Orrin Hatch Election Committee. I was hoping that you could announce on your website that Senator Orrin Hatch will be hosting a townhall meeting in Logan on Thursday July 7th from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Dansante Building in downtown Logan.

School board votes to raise property taxes by $4 a month

Image: Fall enrollment increased sharply starting in 2006 and has not stopped. Every year over 500 students are added to the district rolls.

The Cache County School Board voted 4-3 to raise property taxes. If finalized in August, the tax on a $200,000 home in Cache County will increase by $47.19. For a $200,000 business property the tax would increase by $85.80. The district will use the money to fund the K-3 reading program, buy new busses, pay for new software, and maintain building roofs and other needs.

Draft horses pull in large crowd

Image: Draft horses ready to compete at Richmond’s Black and White Days draft horse pull.

RICHMOND—Lunging and pulling into their harnesses, sometimes even going to their knees, the teams that competed Saturday night knew they were being watched and loved it. Starting at 7, the Horse Pulling Contest, a part of Richmond’s 96th Black and White Days Annual Horse Show, had a large turn out with teams traveling from all over to compete.

Registration underway for half marathon & 5K

Image: Not Yo’ Mama’s Half Marathon route.

The first ever Not Yo’ Mama’s Half Marathon and 5K starts at 6 a.m. on July 16. The half marathon course includes gorgeous views of Cache Valley, Smithfield’s East Bench, Birch Creek Golf Course, Mack Park and Smithfield Canyon. Sponsored by Smithfield Recreation and Runners North, the run will hopefully become an annual event. The cost is only $35 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5K. Starting July 1 the cost rises to $50 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K. So register now at www.smithfieldrecreation.com

Smithfield City Council candidate applications due July 1 through July 15

Smithfield City will hold a Municipal Election in November 2011 to elect Three (3) City Council Members for a four (4) year term to begin on January 1, 2012. If you are interested in running for one of these positions the sign up period is from Friday, July 1, 2011, at 9 a.m. through Friday, July 15, at 5 p.m. You can register at the City Recorders Office, 96 South Main, Room 113, during this time. Ten (10) to twenty (20) hours per week is a good estimate for the time Council Members will need to give to their Council assignments.

Richmond’s horse pull is this Saturday, June 18

RICHMOND—The draft horse pull and open horse show that are usually held during Richmond’s Black and White Days celebration will be held this Saturday, June 18, in the field behind LD’s Café. Organizers have draft horse teams entered from throughout the northwest and Canada.