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Family members raised a flag in honor of longtime Blackfoot resident and World War II veteran Worth B McNeel at a ceremony outside Ridley's grocery store in Blackfoot on Wednesday.
McNeel was born on Feb. 19, 1921. When World War II broke out in 1941 he was attending school at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University). He joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps and was called to active duty in April of 1943 where he reported to Fort Douglas, Utah.
Members of the Blackfoot City Council adopted an ordinance dealing with refinancing of the community's Waste Water Treatment Bonds (WWTP) during Tuesday's meeting.
Michael King, public finance banker for Idaho Bond Bank, said he was able to refinance the city bonds to receive a higher rating with Standard and Poor's credit rating agency. King compared refinancing the WWTP bonds to refinancing a house, saying the bonds will have a shorter lifetime with reduced interest rates and will help reduce debt associated with the city's sewer system.
It was designed for the sole purpose of retiring the United States flag with honor and dignity. With the help of U.S. veterans from the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA), that's exactly what a newly designed ceremonial flag incineratorâ€” designed and donated by Premier Technology employeesâ€” did for the first time at a flag retirement ceremony at the company's headquarters in Blackfoot Tuesday afternoon.
Proud to be an American is Marjorie Mecham from Groveland. A flag flies in her yard and she has flag and patriotic decorations in her home.
About her flag collection, she said, "It's something I've done for a long time.
"My daughter sends me flags when she travels and I pick flags up from places when I travel," Mecham said.
The flags spurred many a story.
Holding a flag featuring a blue star on a white field with a red border, Mecham said, "I have this flag because my husband served during World War II."
Those eager to see some great fireworks (and even light some of their own) can do so in a safe and controlled environment tonight starting at dusk at the Fort Hall rodeo grounds. The firework show is in celebration of Shoshone-Bannock 'Treaty Day' and Independence Day.
According to Randy 'L Teton, public affairs manager for the Sho-Ban Tribes, 'Treaty Day' is in recognition of a peace treaty signed on July 3, 1868 in Fort Bridger (which at that time was in Utah Territory) between the Shoshone and Bannock Indian tribes and the United States government.
The first Intermountain Equifest at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds concluded Sunday evening.
The Equifest featured horses, trainers, vendors and concessionaires. Trainers came from Colorado, California and Coeur d'Alene.
Trainer Aaron Ralston from Silt, Colo., demonstrated bridleless horsemanship. He worked with a 4-year-old Appaloosa stallion named Chief who had been ridden 20 times.
FORT HALL â€” One man is dead following a one-car rollover near Fort Hall about 1:10 a.m. Saturday.
Cullen Fights Over, 19, of Fort Hall died at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello of injuries he suffered in the rollover, according to an Idaho State Police report.
Fights Over and Danae Jimmie, 19, of Blackfoot were passengers in a 1999 pickup which Kendall Perry, 21, of Blackfoot was driving on Philbin Road when Perry lost control and went off the road. The vehicle rolled into a field.
Jimmie and Fights Over were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
ROSE â€” The Wild Adventure Corn Maze has a new owner and location with the old price, said owner Richard Johnson.
The new location is one-quarter mile west of Exit 98 on Interstate 15 (the Rose-Firth exit). Coming from Rose, the maze is located east of the Rose corner.
Last Wednesday, Shawn Stolworthy and Chayce Whitworth were at the corn maze doing some trim work.
The Rose corn maze was planted with the insignia for the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission. The corn maze covers 10 acres with five miles of trail.
Shawn Stolworthy designs and cuts mazes into field corn.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Jesse William Allen Whipkey, 67,Â accepted a plea agreement to aggravated assault with an enhancement for use of a deadly weapon in committing a felony Thursday afternoon.
He faces a maximum sentence of five years for aggravated assault with an additional 15 years for using or attempting to use a firearm in commission of a felony.
The aggravated assault charge states Whipkey intentionally tried to do violence to another person, namely his daughter, Amy Mayer, when he aimed a .22 pistol at her and pulled the trigger.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot teens Cameron Baker (vocalist) and Josh Spencer (pianist) had their first taste of performing live music together in a large concert venue Tuesday evening in Salt Lake City and now have their first music video out on Youtube.
The teens were chosen from an audition tape to open for popular singer Dia Frampton (well known for being a runner up on the reality TV show - 'The Voice') at the concert venue 'The Complex'.
"I was a little nervous stepping out and singing that first song," Baker said, "but then I was able to relax a little and enjoy the moments."