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BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County residents proved generous in their donations to the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign.
More than $4,200 in donations were collected from the kettlesâ€”$1,700 more than last year.
The Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency's Bingham County office is the local Salvation Army service extension. SEICAA coordinates volunteers for the kettles and collects and distributes the funds collected to the local community.
"My goal was to go over $4,000," Bingham County SEICAA Program Coordinator Bobette Jackson said. "Next year we would like to hit $5,000."
BLACKFOOT â€” For the past two weeks, large trees along the north and south banks of the realigned Blackfoot River have been removed to comply with Corps of Engineer recommendations.
District Seven Flood Control board secretary Marion Walker said the Army Corps of Engineers has established new recommendations for flood control as a result of the many lawsuits brought against the Corps after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Before 1962, the river meandered, Walker said. In fact, there were two channels.
BLACKFOOT â€” Four former athletes at Blackfoot High School appeared with their attorneys before Seventh District Magistrate Judge Charles Roos Thursday in the Bingham County Courthouse.
The defendants, Anthony Clarke, Nathan A. Walker, Tyson W. Katseanes and Logan J. Chidester, are all 19 years old.
The four face felony charges of forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object and misdemeanor charges for alleged incidents involving underclassmen who were teammates.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the community are welcome to St. Bernard Catholic Church's Nativity play on Friday.
Director Donna Blackman said several of the parish's children will present the play at 5 p.m.
"There's no charge," Blackman said. "This is the children's gift to the community as we celebrate Christmas."
Blackman said the play, which features the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and many familiar hymns, will last about 30 minutes.
She said those who attend are welcome to stay for services which will follow immediately after completion of the play.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Blackfoot School District School Board announced in a press release they have placed Coach Jonathan Packer on administrative leave from his coaching duties effective December 23, 2010 pending the investigation and review of the hazing incidents.
Blackfoot School Board released the following statement:
BLACKFOOT â€” Five additional students have received a Juvenile Violation Report of misdemeanor offenses after police uncovered a separate hazing-related incident at Blackfoot High School.
Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore said the second incident was uncovered as police were interviewing and investigating individuals regarding criminal activity and hazing among student athletes at Blackfoot High School.
Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney emphasized that the JVR is not a charging document. However, he said, it is often mistaken as one because it is similar in appearance.
FIRTH â€“ Teaching school board members their roles and responsibilities, Liz Killpack is in her fourth year traveling across the state of Idaho. Killpack is a board trainer with the Idaho School Board Association (ISBA).
A few of her responsibilities include teaching board members how to govern without micro-managing, ethics, strategic planning and goal- setting.
â€śUsually boards donâ€™t take time to discuss whatâ€™s important in their district,â€ť Killpack said. School districts want to give students a â€śtotal education,â€ť but when cuts come, what does that total education look like?
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) â€” Police say more possible hazing victims have come forward after five former Blackfoot High School athletes were charged earlier this month.
Blackfoot Police Chief Moore says more charges are pending, but declined to say what they are or against whom they would be filed.
Nathan Walker, Anthony Clarke, Logan Chidester and Tyson Katseanes have been charged and are scheduled to appear in 7th District Court on Dec. 23. They face various misdemeanors and felony counts of forcible sexual penetration using a foreign object.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Today marks Bingham County Deputy Larry Christian's 60th birthday, his last day of work in the Bingham County Jail and almost the beginning of his retirement.
Christian is the first person who started his career working in the Bingham County Jail and retired from that same facility.
"I love my job," Christian said. "It's a good fit for me."
Christian started in law enforcement after someone stole a pair of boots from his store, the Hirsch Value Center, located by White Eagle.
BLACKFOOT â€” Elementary students in the Blackfoot and Snake River school districts read for more than 2 million minutes in October after a friendly challenge from the local firefighters union.
In the Blackfoot School District, seven schools participated with a total of 1,095 students reading for a combined 1.94 million minutes. In Snake River, Riverside Elementary had 271 students participate. They read 210,592 minutes.