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The following is a speech delivered by Delta High School student Brody Chase. 

                  Good morning Delta High School. With all the recent controversy surrounding standing for the flag and protesting the flag, I decided to speak on the reasons why we stand for the flag. I was speaking with an individual with a different set of views than I have, and this topic came up. They couldn’t quite grasp why the nation cared if some NFL players kneeled in protest for the flag. I remember reading an article about a week before. Jane Hampton Cook, George W. Bush’s former White House webmaster and author of “America’s Star-Spangled Story,” wrote an article on five reasons we stand for the flag. I am going to read you her five points, and then put them into my own words.           

The first one is: We stand for the flag not to focus on what divides us but on what unites us, which is being an American. Everyone who lives in this country, like it or not, is American. And because of this, we all need to act like it. In his farewell address, George Washington said, “The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.” Deep down inside, we all want the same thing. Equality, to have our freedoms upheld, and many other topics that are so highly debated in America today. America is nothing without the principles it was founded on, and the flag represents those principles. We have seen what being divided can lead to in this country: A civil war, a war which the most Americans lost their lives out of any other war. During this civil war, a man by the name of Abraham Lincoln coined the famous phrase, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Our flag is not a symbol of division. It doesn’t prefer one group in this country, and our flag doesn’t worship one religion. It doesn’t affiliate with any political parties, and it doesn’t discriminate. Our flag is a symbol of unity and should be viewed and treated as so.

Number two is: We stand for the flag not to pledge allegiance to a president, but to honor the reality that we have an elected president and not a lifetime king. One of the main reasons of the revolution is the oppression we faced from Britain. Thomas Jefferson said, “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” None of the founding fathers supported having a king, they created a new government that represented all people. Now, let’s face it: no one really enjoys our current president. But, when we stand, it’s not to pledge our lives to serving him. We stand for the fact that we don’t have to serve him. If he wanted to declare war on Britian, he couldn’t do it by himself, whereas a king could very well send his nation to war. If he wanted to take half of Michigan and give it to Indiana, he couldn’t do that, but a king could very well take away land from some states and give it to other states. We have 50 separate states, with 50 separate stars on the flag, but are united as one under a federal government. The flag represents our freedom from a tyrant, and represents our individual freedoms.

3. We stand not because of past or present pain caused by injustice, but to salute the principle of justice. In 1782, congress outlined what the different colors and symbols on the flag represent. “The colors of . . .  those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red (signifies) hardiness and valor and blue . . . signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.” The flag itself is a symbol, and the different colors and symbols each have their own meaning. We do not stand for the flag to show our support past injustice, such as racial discrimination, but rather stand for the fact that we are able to achieve justice. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous speech titled, “I Have a Dream”, he had a section that, while reading through it, really stuck out to me. “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men—yes, black men as well as white men—would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” He later goes on to state that “justice a reality for all of God’s children.” We know that all men are created equal, the founders thought so too. A majority of them actually despised slavery. They wanted a republic in which all sexes of all races and ethnicities could be 100% equal, and that is what we stand for.

The fourth topic is: We stand for the flag not for our generation but to set an example for the next generation. I cannot stress this enough: if we do not show our respect for our country, then upcoming generations will forget what America is. America is a land of opportunity, a land of equality for all groups of people, and a land founded on the principle that all men are created equal. This country is the best country in the world, and we need to let our future generations know that we have major respect for it, because we have as much as or more freedom than every country in the world, and that is a huge blessing. We must always show our love for the Star-Spangled Banner, and for the pledge, those very things that accompany the flag. If we fail to see the flag through the eyes of those who fought and died for it, we are failing at being a true patriot.

The last reason is, “We stand for the flag today, not to please ourselves but to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.” We don’t stand for the flag and the anthem to make ourselves look patriotic. We stand to remember the more than 1.2 million Americans who have lost their lives for this country, from the era of the Revolutionary War fighting for our independence up to today, fighting terrorists in order to keep America safe. In response to the NFL controversy, John Kelly stated, ““I believe every American, when the national anthem is played, should cover their hearts and think about all the men and women who have been maimed and killed. Every American should stand and think for three lousy minutes." Kneeling for or protesting the flag is simply selfish. Our American flag is not to be used as a protest item, it’s not just a piece of cloth, it’s what we identify as as Americans. Our flag means so much more than many, many citizens see today, and we need to have the utmost respect for it           

This flag that we have flying high on flag poles around the world, that we have draped over caskets when one of our brave soldiers died, and that so many valiant patriots fought to protect, is the most important symbol that America has. Our flag is very sacred and is not to be used as another item to protest with. It’s not to be burned or stepped on in protest. We must stand to remind everyone that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


American Legions everywhere are suffering from lack of young and new recruits.


Richard Jed Warner, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 3, 2017 in Provo, Utah after a long  battle with Alzheimer’s, a progressive and devastating degenerative brain disease. While he lived life to its fullest, his death was a gentle and prayed-for event.


1-Unnofficial Fillmore City Municipal Election 2017


February 9, 1941 ~ November 1, 2017

 Bud Robert Best, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in the Delta Community Hospital surrounded by his wife of 49 years and their three children.


The Experience Millard County app is now live. It places local sports, news, shopping and tourism adventures in the hands of the user. This new app has most everything Millard County offers residents and tourists. It will highlight local businesses and their social media. The app is available on app stores as a free download for both iOS and android phones, ipads and tablets. The app is user friendly with updated information concerning high school sports, business information and city and county events. Find addresses and phone numbers for eating establishments, or jump to a website in a flash. Download, utilize and save time. We will be contacting businesses to discuss ways to enhance your listing and advertise your business. For more info call 435-864-2400.

Shirley G. Schena, age 87 resident of Delta, Utah passed away October 18, 2017, in Provo, Utah. Shirley was born January 25, 1930, in Eureka, Utah, to David Garbett Sr. and Mary Alice Huff Garbett.


Shirley was raised in Eureka, Utah and was educated in Eureka schools. She was very involved in high school activities. She and her high school classmates remained life long friends.


She married Grant Koyle of Spanish Fork, Utah in 1947. They were the parents of two daughters Denys and Shirlene. Grant was killed in the Korean war.


She married Neno A. Schena of Mammoth Utah in 1951. Together they had five children Nina, Patty, Gina, Jeffery, and Jayne.


Shirley and Neno lived many places as they entered into multiple business adventures including The Silver Sage Inn, Vernon, Utah; The Border Inn, Baker Nevada; before they settled in Abraham, Utah where She and Neno farmed and raised their 7 children. Shirley also worked at the Millard County Care Center as a cook and activities director. Later in life Shirley and Neno owned and operated S&S Distributors with their daughter Nina.


Shirley was a proud lifetime member of the Democratic party and loved to discuss political philosophies with friends and family. She came from an very musical family and enjoyed singing in The Blue Notes for many years. She was an avid reader and could discuss authors and literature at length and also wrote original scripts and directed many plays and productions. Shirley was an excellent cook and was always ready to feed family and friends at a moments notice.


Preceded in death by her parents: David Garbett Sr., Mary Alice Huff, husband: Grant Koyle, husband: Neno Schena, daughters: Patty and Jayne, sisters: Joyce and Mary Marie, brothers: Fred, David, and Dwain.


Survived by her children: Denys Koyle, Shirlene (Bill) Miller, Nina (Steve) Higgs, Gina Fuller, Jeffery (Patricia) Schena and her adored grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.


She will be returning home to Eureka for her final resting place. A graveside service will be held at the Eureka City Cemetery, 66 South 300 East Eureka, Utah on Saturday, October, 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm.


The family wishes to express their appreciation to Brown Family Mortuary for their services. A special thanks to the Diamond D Assisted Living for their loving care.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Utah State Library Program for the Blind and Disabled. 250 North 1950 West Ste A, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116-7901


Robert Boyd Hare (Bob), 76, passed away October 18, 2017 at his home in St. George, Utah. He was born on July 25, 1941 to Merlin (Mike) Arthur and Lorraine Hunter Hare in Fillmore, Utah. He grew up in a large and loving family in Fillmore, and was the oldest of 3 brothers and 7 sisters.

Bob attended school in Fillmore, and graduated from Millard High in 1959. He married Rae Ellen Barton in 1965 (later divorced) and together they raised 5 daughters and a son. In 1993 he married his eternal companion and sweetheart, Leslie Christiansen Erickson, and they have enjoyed a wonderful life together surrounded by love, faith, and family. With his marriage to Leslie, Bob received the additional gifts of another son and two daughters whom he loved as his own.

As a young man Bob served our country honorably as a member of the Utah National Guard. He had a deep love of his country and was active in his political party, serving as both a district and state delegate. He also worked for the Utah State Road Department as Chief of Party until the early 1970’s, when he went into business with his father and purchased Kessler Milling Company in Fillmore. Mike and Bob were well-known for their hard work and honest business dealings while they owned the mill. In the early 80s they made the decision to sell the business, and Bob began traveling to Delta to train for a position as an electrician for the new Intermountain Power Project, where he worked until his retirement. After retiring from IPP Bob and Leslie made their new home in St. George, Utah.

Bob loved the outdoors, and spent many weekends hunting, camping, and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren on hikes and backpacking trips into the mountains he loved. He also was a truly gifted gardener, and always had the most beautiful vegetable garden and yard. Even after moving to Delta where the soil was a challenge for him, he found ways to grow wonderful things, and always enjoyed harvesting and sharing the vegetables he grew.

He was an active member of the LDS church, and served in many capacities including callings in the Bishopric, Elders Quorum Presidency, and as a Mission Leader. He loved the gospel, and never tired of learning and practicing the principles he held so dear.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Leslie, St. George, and his children Debra Robinson, LeeAnne (Blair) Maxfield, Sherri (Jeff) Jackson, Robert (Jennifer) Hare, Lori Allen, and Laci Hare. Step-children Merrill Erickson, Natalie Erickson, and Jennie (Andy) Nicolls. Siblings: Dixie (LaMar) Pomeroy, Bonnie (David) Peterson, Barbara (Keith) Hafen, Kay Lynn (Brian) Newey, Susan (Doug) Steffen, Micheal (Janeen) Hare, Gail Hare, Deborah (Tony) Robinson, and Stephanie (Fili) Aleman. Bob also is survived by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved so much. Preceeded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the LDS meeting house at 550 E. 700 S. in St. George. Internment will be in the Tonaquint Cemetary in St. George under the direction of Maglelby Mortuary.