January 18th, 2012
THOMAS â€” Brent K. Young received his Snake River High School (SRHS) diploma Wednesday evening, only 43 years after he finished high school.
Last month, the Snake River school board members voted to award Young his diploma.
After joining the U.S. Navy in 1968, Young was told he could graduate with his class. The Vietnam conflict changed that when he was called into active duty in October of that year.
"I'm truly excited to do this for you," said SRHS principal Dean Bonney. "My oldest brother graduated in 1969; he is nine years older than I. Things seemed very different then.
BLACKFOOT â€” With just over four seconds remaining, Blackfoot's Keith Moore got a dream look at the basket from the right baseline where the senior let fly with a three ball that was on line but unfortunately, the ball went just long as it caromed off of the back iron and into the hands of the Madison rebounder.
The three, would have tied the game at 55-55 but instead, the Broncos had to foul the Madison player where he knocked down both free throws and despite a basket at the buzzer by Colby Pearson, the Broncos fell to the fourth ranked team in the state by the final tally of 57-54.
BLACKFOOT â€” Each year the Prospectors' Club, a community support organization made up of former Chamber presidents and other Blackfoot business leaders, honors one individual.
"It's for those who've gone beyond the norm for the community," said president Leonard Martin, the publisher of the Morning News.
This year's recipient of the Best Foot Forward Award, presented at the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, is Susan Nalley.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County was in a unique situation last year when the Snake River flooded as county crews worked to clear snow from roads, Bingham County Commissioner Whitney Manwaring said during his State of the County address at the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce President's Luncheon Wednesday.
The costs associated with the flooding reduced the ability of the county to chip seal roads, which is something the county hopes to work on this year, Manwaring said.
One major project in the works is improvements to Ferry Butte Road from Highway 39 to Tilden Road.
City in good shape financially
BLACKFOOT â€” In addressing business and community leaders at the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce President's Luncheon Wednesday, Mayor Mike Virtue said he believes the city is in a good position for economic recovery.
Through frugal budgets and smart decisions, Virtue said the city is in excellent financial shape and that 2012 should be another good year.
"I think we're in a positive position for when the economic recovery happens," Virtue said.
LaMar N. Barrus, 85, of Firth passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 in Firth.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
HAMILTON, Mont. â€” Anina S. Johner, 80, died on Sunday Dec. 18, 2011Â at home after a short battle with leukemia under the care of her daughter Sherry Vetter, grand-daughter Brandy and Aspen Hospice of Stevensville, Mont.Â
She is survived by children: Sherry Vetter, Bruce, Paul, and Doug Johner and Tracy Wooldridge, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and one sister Claudia Bailey; and numerous extended family members.
She was preceded in death by husband Jerome (Jerry), son Mark, her parents and two sisters.
Mary Alice Smith, 97, of Blackfoot passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at the Renaissance Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot.
She was born Aug. 28, 1914 in Blackfoot, the daughter of Joseph V. McKercher and Goldie F. Beasley.
She graduated from Blackfoot High School.
She married Conard Thorpe and they were later divorced.Â She later married Lee Byington in June of 1943 in Blackfoot.Â He preceded her in death.
On Jan. 14, 1958, she married William Smith in Kellogg.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Lady Broncos were hoping for a comeback after the first time they faced off against the Madison Bobcats. Although they did not swipe the win, they closed the gap from that first outing but still came up just short in the 55-45 defeat.
â€śIt is a bit frustrating. We had them for three quarters, but we have not learned to finish the game,â€ť Blackfoot head coach Merle Smith said.
FIRTH â€” County foes collided at Firth High School on Tuesday night as the Aberdeen Tigers traveled to Firth to do battle with the Cougars.
The game certainly wasn't the sharpest of contests from either squads standpoint and in the end, it was the home standing Cougars who prevailed, earning the season sweep of the Tigers with a 61-44 victory.