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Council, mayor differ on “kickball” talk

High tension and hot tempers put an end to a Wheat and Beet tradition. On Friday, Aug. 1, a traditional kickball game between members of the Garland City Fire Department and the newly crowned Miss Bear River Valley 2014 royalty ended with harsh words and shoving.

Garland City Mayor Scott Coleman called a special city council meeting the following Wednesday to discuss the issue, seeking an executive session to discuss a personnel issue. He did not state what the issue was until the meeting started.

“This is not a hearing. It’s to get some facts that the city needs to take regarding this issue,” Coleman said.

According to video taken that day by Leader Assistant Editor Jessica Tanner, the game started friendly but quickly escalated to an unfriendly brawl between Garland City Fire Department members and a male member of the royalty team.

Coleman was denied his request to enter into an executive session by members of the Garland City Council.



3 comments for “Council, mayor differ on “kickball” talk

  1. rhett
    August 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I miss living in garland and tremonton! This is awesome :-)

  2. Clay
    August 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Coleman is a great Mayor with a great agenda. This is defiantly not a huge waste of time. He definitely deserves to be Mayor. (Insert Sarcasm)

  3. Pepper Brooks
    August 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Being a professional dodgeball announcer over at ESPN 8, the Ocho, I have seen a lot of dodgeball in my days, both good and bad. After seeing this Wheat & Beet Days debacle, I have never seen anything this bad when it comes to poor sportsmanship. My partner in the booth, Cotton McKnight stated that while some were calling for a time out, others were calling for the umpire to break it up, and the Mayor was even calling for tradition to end. What they should have been calling for was for the fire chief, Rob Johnson, to resign. Seriously, for a grown man who represents the town to put hands on a teenager in a friendly game of dodgeball is just flat out wrong and wrong. Now granted it was a bold strategy, but let’s wait to see if it pays off.

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