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A group of women from the Harvest Family Christian Church who have a vision to help those in need were inspired to start the 'Harvest Free Gift Store' inside the country church in the Groveland area.
Lisha Lee, the group's ministry leader, said the store has been open since October and has already provided furniture, appliances, clothing and other household goods to many families in the community who really needed the items.
FIRTH â€” U.S. News & World Report reviewed 21,035 U.S. public high schools; 46 Idaho schools made the rankings.
In Idaho, Firth High School was ranked 4th in the U.S. News Best High Schools 2013.
When Firth School District Superintendent Sid Tubbs learned about the ranking, he was surprised.
"They used our numbers," he said. "We checked.
"We know we have people who work hard and kids who do well," said Tubbs. "We know we have a good school."
Nationally, Firth was ranked 937. Firth ranks in the top 4.45 percent of high schools in the nation.
A Blackfoot man was killed in a collision with a semi-trailer about 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The accident occurred on Highway 39, approximately 2 miles north of Aberdeen.
According to the Idaho State Police, Joseph Grover, 63, of Blackfoot died after he struck a 2002 Kenworth semi which Daniel Bolgen, 59, of Aberdeen was driving.
Both drivers were northbound with Grover driving a 1988 Jeep Cherokee. When Bolgen turned westbound onto 1500 South, Grover struck the semi-trailer from behind.
Local nonprofit organizations participating in "Idaho Gives" on Thursday are gearing up for what they hope will be unprecedented day of giving in Bingham County.
The statewide 24-hour fundraising blitz will begin at midnight on Thursday and will end at 11:59 p.m.
Items of note from April 3-7
Bingham County Sheriff
HUNGRY PIGS: April 3, 9:38 a.m.: A woman said two pot-belly pigs keep eating her dogs food.
FRAUD II: April 3, 12:21 p.m.: A woman said she received a phone call from someone who requested her to send them a $1100 money order for them to release her prize. She said she did send them a money order that she got from Walmart.
FRAUD: April 3, 1:10 p.m.: A caller reported sending $1100 to Nicaragua for a lottery scam.
THEFT: April 3, 1:34 p.m.: A man reported four tree stands and some other items stolen.
BLACKFOOT â€“ More than 50 people participated in â€śWalk a Mile in Her Shoesâ€ť on Saturday.
â€śWe appreciate everyone who comes out to walk,â€ť said Susan Nalley, chair of the board of the Bingham Crisis Center. â€śWe always have amazing support from the community.â€ť
Asked why he was walking, Bryce Moser said, â€śMy wife is on the board and itâ€™s for a good cause; it helps to bring awareness of the Crisis Center and about domestic abuse. Itâ€™s a lot of fun.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” The laughter and the "ARRRGHHHs" could be heard throughout the building at Stoddard Elementary School as students celebrated exceeding their Idaho Reads! VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) reading challenge at a "pirate themed" reward party Friday.
Annie Tanner, Idaho Reads! VISTA volunteer for the school, said that the goal for the school-wide reading challenge was for the students to read 200 books (with a book title starting with each letter of the alphabet) by March 31. The students exceeded the goal by reading 207 books.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dan Cravens announced he is running to become the next mayor of Blackfoot at noon Thursday in front of City Hall.
Asked how he would accomplish these goals, Cravens said, â€śThe mayor is the lead ambassador for Blackfoot. That doesnâ€™t cost the city a cent.
â€śThere are also federal and state programs to help local employers,â€ť said Cravens.
Not long ago, my wife, Jill, and I bought our first home, Cravens said. â€śWe hired a carpeting company to re-carpet a few of our rooms.â€ť
Blackfoot High School students won gold medals (first place) in cabinet making and welding at the Idaho SkilllsUSA competition last week.
Jake Lauritsen, a junior, won first place and a gold medal in cabinet making. Zackary Hall, a senior, won first place a gold medal in welding and a bronze medal in technology- related math.
Both Lauritsen and Hall will compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo. Lauritsen will compete in cabinet making. Hall will compete in welding.
Dan Cravens, a regional economist with the Idaho Department of Labor, has scheduled a news conference at noon Thursday at the Blackfoot City Hall.
While sources close to Cravens have indicated that he plans to announce a run for mayor of Blackfoot, Cravens said he will have no comment until Thursday.
Mayor Mike Virtue has indicated that he will not seek another term. He has been in office since 2006.
In addition to his job with the state, Cravens is vice-president of the Bingham Economic Development Corporation and is chairman of the Bingham County Republican Party.