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August 18th, 2014

Vandals hit Shelley school

August 18, 2014

Shelley School District has an unexpected expense because of unknown persons who vandalized the old Goodsell Elementary School, now called the District Service Center.
It is thought three individuals gained entrance to the school on Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening.
"All the fire extinguishers were set off and they trashed the place," said Special Education Director Jeff Brandt. "Sixty to 100 fluorescent bulbs were broken; glass was all over the place."
The vandals also upended 50-gallon jugs of water for the water cooler.

August 17th

Catholic celebration draws a crowd

August 17, 2014

Hundreds gathered at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot on Sunday for the annual Kermes/Festival fundraiser sponsored by the local Catholic churches (St. Bernard's and St. Kateri) and the local Hispanic community.
There were food booths serving up traditional Mexican food, treats, live music, dancing, games and an overall festive feeling in the air. It was one that could take not take the smile off the face of grandmother Rosie Gomez of American Falls as she watched her five grandchildren (ranging in ages from 3 to 15) laughing and playing.

August 15th

Ex-BMH IT director enters Alford plea

August 15, 2014

The former Bingham Memorial Hospital IT Director Jack York entered a change of plea Friday morning before Sixth Judicial District Judge David Nye.
York entered an Alford plea to Count 1: Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic or Oral Communications, a felony, a violation of Idaho Code § 18-66702(1)(a), as set forth in the Grand Jury Indictment filed June 19, 2013.
In an Alford plea, the defendant maintains his/her innocence but agrees that a jury would probably find him/her guilty.

Bonnie “Verlee” Mangum, 80

August 15, 2014

Bonnie “Verlee” Mangum, 80, of Blackfoot, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 at the Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center.
Verlee was born  July 31, 1934 in Monmouth, Illinois, to Arthur Flora Thornburg and Fay Cleo Shellabarger. She was raised in Illinois and Salt Lake City, Utah, and finished her schooling in the Snake River School District when she moved to Idaho to live with her aunt and uncle, Gayle and Ruby Williams.
On May 4, 1955 Verlee married Lynn R. Mangum in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They had four sons, Lloyd, Ron, Barry and Blaine.

August 14th

Ash Street construction may be done by Fair Week

August 14, 2014

If there are no more rude interruptions by Mother Nature, Blackfoot city officials say that the Ash Street construction project should be complete by "fair week." The Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot is Aug. 30 thru Sept. 6.
The summertime road project, which has been underway for over two months now, is a much needed overhaul of the worn out and "pot-hole riddled" Ash Street from Francis to Grant streets.
Workers are currently doing what is called, "blue top," the final step in the road grading process.

Blackfoot Baseball Club holding camp next week

August 14, 2014

BLACKFOOT — In cities the size of Blackfoot the youth baseball leagues serve as a feeder system for the high school program.
But what is more often than not the case in the local leagues is that the players are not coached by the same coaches from the time they start playing until they reach the high school level.
Local business owner and baseball coach Kevin Hayes with the help of the Next Level Baseball Academy in Pocatello is looking to change that.

Angela T. Flores, 87

August 14, 2014

Angela T. Flores, 87, of Blackfoot, passed away, Sunday, Aug.10, 2014 at Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born May 31, 1927 in McAllen, Texas, to Anacleto Trevino and Priciliana Gutierrez. Angela was raised in Texas. Her parents were migrant workers and as a result, her family moved around as needed to work in the fields. In 1952 they moved to Blackfoot to work in the potato harvest and she has resided here since.
In 1940 she married Jose Maria Flores in McAllen, Texas. He preceded her in death in 1987.
Angela was a member of the Catholic Church.

Annette Scott, 51

August 14, 2014

Annette Scott, 51, of Blackfoot, returned to her Heavenly Father Sunday, Aug.10, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer. With her children by her side, she passed away peacefully at the Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center. 

August 13th

Chamber members get INL update

August 13, 2014

Kelly Stombaugh of Pocatello, who now works for the Girl Scouts, was a victim of a layoff at the Idaho National Laboratory years ago.
"I was excited to hear they are hiring again," Stombaugh said after hearing Amy Lientz, a communications specialist at the INL, during Wednesday's Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Lientz gave an update of happenings at "the site" and related facilities.

William Robert 'Heavy' Macfarlane, 69

August 13, 2014

The man with the larger than life personality, most affectionately known to so many, as Heavy Macfarlane, passed away at the age of 69 on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, from complications of esophageal cancer.
He was born on July 26, 1945 to Robert Walter “Bob” and Harriet Elizabeth Taylor Macfarlane in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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