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Headlines Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Fire and water

Photo Courtesy Randy Rapp
Mantua Reservoir was a alight with reflections of fireworks from the conclusion of the Little Valley Days sesquicentennial celebration on Saturday night that is being hailed as the biggest and best the town has ever put on.


Groundbreaking signals final phase of Academy project

Announcing the project as a vital part of Brigham City’s economic success, Brigham City Mayor Tyler Vincent welcomed a crowd of nearly 100 people to the ribbon cutting Friday which commenced the renovation and restoration of the Box Elder Academy of Music and Dancing.
Those in attendance heard from not only Vincent but from Roger Manning of the Academy Foundation, President of Saunders Construction, Edward Saunders, and the projects’s principal architect, Steve Goodwin, all of whom hailed the significance of the building to the arts and the importance of preserving its historical heritage.
“This is one of many wonderful opportunities for the community,” said Goodwin. “This is a way to give thanks to our ancestors and to immortalize their names.”
Saunders said he has been a part of many challenging projects in the past but that he ranks this one up toward the top of his list. He said it will be a great facility and will enhance the lives of thousands in the area.



Body of missing Tremonton man found in remote area of county

The body of Brian Skinner, 46, was found Friday near the salt flats east of Lemay Island, a remote area of Box Elder County.
Skinner had been missing for nearly two weeks, his family reporting his disappearance on July 9 after they had not heard from him since July 6. He was returning home to Tremonton from Elko, Nev. where he was employed at a mining company.


Petition looks to bring down burned-out BC buildings

Several Brigham City residents voiced their opinions during public comment last week regarding the present state of three burned out historic buildings—two of which burned down in 2008 and the Baron Woolen Mills building which burned last month—calling them safety hazards and eye sores.
Dave Hipp, who lives near the woolen mill, was on-hand Thursday to present a petition started by Fred and Tammy Cannon, which calls for the city to take action with the buildings and either see them demolished or restored properly.
“Those buildings now present themselves to be a hazard to safety and health,” said Hipp. “When those buildings start to fall they can become a catalyst for vandalism and other criminal activity and can also depreciate the value of people’s homes.”