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There was literally something abuzz in Blackfoot Thursday afternoon. A swarm of thousands of honeybees converged over the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds, eventually settling on a curb behind the Bingham County Courthouse.
Bingham County Commissioner Ladd Carter, who saw the bees from his office, called his son, Chase, a novice beekeeper. Chase brought a honey box to catch the bees.
Students and adults alike enjoyed a perfect spring afternoon Wednesday at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds for the 20th annual D.A.R.E. Activities Day. The event was in celebration of the D.A.R.E. graduations of about 900 fifth graders from throughout the county.
The Bingham County D.A.R.E program started with a grant in 1990 and was spearheaded by two sheriff's deputies who started teaching the program in the schools in an effort to steer kids away from violence, drugs and alcohol.
BLACKFOOT â€” A year ago, almost to the day, C&B Operations purchased Rockymountain Machinery and renamed the business Bingham County Implement.
Although customer service was important, Rockymountain often took three to four business days to receive a requested part. Now that it's the Bingham County Implement, it only takes a mere two hours to receive a part because it's part of a large corporation.
Items of note from April 14-20.
Bingham County Sheriff
REPOSSESSION ATTEMPT: April 15, 5:56 p.m.: A man said he was attempting a repossession and the woman fled in the vehicle and hit a real estate sign with her vehicle.
ACTING STRANGE: April 16, 9:52 a.m.: A caller said a man is standing next to the interstate with his hands by his face and acting strange.
FIRE: April 17, 8:27 a.m.: Dispatch received as report of a motorhome on fire on Highway 26.
TRAMPOLINE PARTS: April 17, 2:22 p.m.: A woman said the net and springs of her trampoline have been stolen.
The "Coins for Kenzie" and "Hats On For Kenzie" campaigns, spearheaded by local teen Megan Moore to raise money for 8-year-old McKenzie Barbre have netted a nice chunk of change. Barbre has had two bouts with eye cancer.
Moore presented a check for $1,531 to Barbre's family Tuesday after just a little over a month of fundraising efforts. McKenzie's family will use the money to pay for medical bills.
Twelve years of planning, fund raisers and pledges culminated Monday morning with the installation of stained glass windows in the Bethel Lutheran Church, 413 N. Main St. in Firth.
The windows are in the front of the sanctuary. The one the left side features a picture of the ascension of Jesus Christ. The right side features Jesus welcoming a small child.
The two main panels measure 9 2/3 feet tall by 1 2/3 feet wide. The curved windows at the top of the design measure 1 2/3 feet tall by 1 2/3 feet wide.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Local author Linda Gatewood has completed her second book "Spring Promise," and is offering it to friends and family in the Blackfoot area before it is released to the general public.
"Spring Promises" is the the sequel to Gatewood's first book "Winter Secret" and the second of a four-book "Winter Secret" series, which some have compared to the popular "Born" book series.
"This is a pre-release of the book, a chance for all my friends and family to read it first" Gatewood explained. "The actual release date isn't until Aug. 6."
To provide more options for Snake River students, Basic American Foods plant manager Brent Higginson presented a check for $5,250 to the Snake River School District Friday.
The money will be used for technology, probably the purchase of laptops to be used in the new civil engineering technology class offered at Snake River High School (SRHS) this fall.
Darren Leavitt, an instructor at Idaho State University, will teach the class via the Idaho Education Network (IEN).
Students Nayeli Morales and Tony Davis from the Student Health Council at Independence High School are on a mission to see that all parks in Blackfoot become smoke-free for the better health of everyone, especially children. The students, along with Traci Lambson, MHE from Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH), presented a proposal to the Blackfoot City Council on Tuesday night in hopes that the city will consider making smoke-free parks a reality in the near future.
With the help of its patrons, employees and members of the community, Bingham Co-op presented a check for $14,100 and boxes of food to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) Wednesday.
"Even though it wasn't a great year, with help from the community we increased our giving," said Bingham Coop marketing director Jeff Nii.
The total amount of funds given to SEICAA increased by over $1,000 from last year.
"People came by and dropped off money or food," he said. "Our employees also were very involved."