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Friday, May 12, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

New tennis court sends Millville into budget stretching

By Shauna Smith

April 21, 2006 | MILLVILLE -- Construction of North Park is moving right along with concrete being poured, curbs and gutters put in and parking being planned, but when it comes to the new tennis court, the City Council has reached a standstill.

With a budget of just over $80,000 and very few options, the council is having a hard time deciding who will construct their new tennis court and what it will be made of.

After researching companies that construct tennis courts, councilman Rod Hobbs found only four in the whole state of Utah. After doing further research, Hobbs found that one company doesn't really construct or finish tennis courts as it stated, said Hobbs. That leaves the council with three choices: Sports Court, Cucos Markets and The Tennis Company, all of which charge over $100,000 to construct a tennis court.

"We don't have enough money to just go and throw up a tennis court," said Councilman Brian Jensen. "I think we'll have to do it step by step."

Mayor Mike Johnson didn't like the step-by-step approach. "I don't want to go half way on it. If we're going to do it, let's do it. And make sure it's gonna last," he said.

The council explored other options such as having someone from town pour the concrete and having one of the tennis court companies just do the finishing. They also brought up the possibility of having JUB Engineers build the tennis court.

After some frustration and no agreement, Jensen said "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to make a damn tennis court."

The mayor suggested that council members do their own research to find the best solution and bring their ideas to the May 4 council meeting.

In other business the council discussed a change in the current dog ordinance that requires dog owners to register their dogs within three months of getting them. This does not allow enough time to get the dogs spayed or neutered and get all their vaccinations.

The council wants to give dog owners six months rather than three to get their dogs registered. They debated whether or not they need to hold a public hearing to change the ordinance and scheduled one for May 4 just in case, which will be pulled off the agenda if they find it is not required.

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