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Headlines Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Academy groundbreaking set

Courtesy FFKR Architects
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the refurbishment of the Box Elder Academy of Music and Dancing is set for Friday, July 18, at 10 a.m. This artists rendition shows the view of a completed Academy building from the northwest.. The project is anticipated to be complete within a year.

Project to come in under $4 million, expected to be completed in a year

By Mike Nelson
Associate editor

Brigham City is looking forward to Friday morning and the official groundbreaking commencing the rehabilitation of the Box Elder Academy of Music and Dancing.
For nearly two decades, the city has been exploring various options for restoring and using the former home of dance and of the arts in downtown Brigham City. Now, work is set to move ahead on the project and is projected to be complete by this time next year.
The city purchased the more than 100-year-old vacant building in the late 1990s for $70,000—the amount due in back taxes at the time—and for years explored dreams of remodeling and reopening the historic structure as a downtown landmark. To date the city has spent more than $1.3 million in federal grant money on seismic upgrades and exterior refurbishment and has bonded for just more than $3 million with an additional internal loan to complete the renovation of the building.


Truck vs. motorcycles accident sends riders to hospitals

A multiple motorcycle and truck accident on US-89 in South Willard on Monday evening resulted in four riders being sent to area hospitals.
According to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry , at approximately 6:30 p.m., three motorcycles with four riders were in the left-hand southbound lane near the Hot Springs Trailer Park (approximately 8700 South) when they were cut-off by a furniture truck crossing in front of them.
Investigators suspect that the driver of the truck may not have realized he was on a one-way stretch of road, and believe he may have slowed in the right lane in order to make a left hand turn, suddenly crossing the lane right in front of the motorcyclists, who were coming from behind in the left lane, causing the accident.



News Briefs

Pioneer Day celebration in BC
The Box Elder Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers will sponsor a Pioneer Day celebration in Brigham City on Saturday, July 19, at the Box Elder County Courthouse grounds, 01 South Main Street in Brigham City.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., a family pioneer parade will take place on Main Street from Forest Street to 300 South. Between noon and 6 p.m., activities and games, interactive displays, concessions and entertainment will be featured at the courthouse. Additionally, tours of historic sites in the area will also be available.
The evening will culminate with a pioneer heritage program held in the Brigham City Tabernacle at 6:30 p.m. with historian and author Frederick M. Huchel as keynote speaker.

Mantua Reservoir closed for Little Valley celebration
Mantua will be closed to boaters, swimmers and anglers on Saturday, July 19, for Mantua’s Little Valley Day celebration. The reservoir will once again open for recreation on Sunday, July 20.

Top of Utah fire restrictions issued
Effective last Saturday, all unincorporated private and state lands in Box Elder County—as well as Cache, Rich and Weber counties—became subject to fire restrictions levied by the state forester until further notice.
Open fires—except campfires—smoking, fireworks, tracer ammo and exploding targets, cutting, welding and grinding are all banned under the restriction issued today. Violation of the restriction is punishable as a class B misdemeanor.
The order does not apply to private lands within incorporated towns and cities.

Two new speed limit zones in county look to slow drivers down
Box Elder County Commissioners recently voted to post a speed limit of 45 mph on 6400 North between SR-13 and Iowa String Road in West Corinne. The speed limit was recommended by County Roads Supervisor Bill Gilson after his department conducted a study in the area.
Additionally, Gilson recommended the speed limit be reduced to 55 mph at Stone Road north of Snowville to the Idaho state line as well as 25600 North. Signs indicating the reduced speed are placed 1,800 feet before the Snowville city limits just before the residential areas there.

Registry aims to protect children online
Today’s children are growing up in an online world and are using tablets, smart phones and computers at very young ages and with the online world rapidly and constantly changing, parents often struggle to keep tabs on what their kids are doing, what they might be exposed to and who they are talking to online.
In 2005, the Utah State Legislature created the Utah Child Protection Registry where parents can register their email addresses, phone numbers and instant messenger IDs to block adult advertising from targeting inboxes with products and services such as pornography, online gambling, alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. Proponents of the program say computer spam filters redirect these messages to junk folders where they can still be accessed while the registry prevents the advertisements from ever being received in the first place.
The registry will not solve all of the problems faced by parents but it will give families one extra layer of protection from harmful enticements,” said Evelyn Everton, spokesperson for the registry.