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BLACKFOOTâ€”Dozens of people from all over gathered to attend Jessie Woodland's funeral at Hawker Funeral Home on Saturday morning.
According to Jessie's aunt, Tammy Cobbley, Jessie planned everything about her funeral. "We asked her if she wanted us to party or do something serious to celebrate her life and she said she wanted it all - which is exactly how she lived her life," said Cobbley.
Jessie's battle with gastric cancer has touched the hearts of many in our community and has brought us all together to help rally on her and her family's behalf.
Dozens of young children and their escorts became princesses courtesy of the A Capella class at Snake River High School on Saturday.
"Being able to take my granddaughters to this is just so wonderful. They absolutely love it! We look forward to it every year," said Paula Parks.
A Capella students dressed up as Disney princesses and princes to host a tea party, a puppet show, dancing, singing, princess charm school, nail painting, crown making and more.
"I think my favorite part is the crown making," said Reese Adakai.
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Blackfoot High School student Taylor Smiddy has been selected to dance at the final Utah Jazz regular season home game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday. Smiddy will dance with a group of other high school aged dancers, most of whom are from Utah, in this special halftime performance.
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Books, books and more books! The "Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library" are holding their spring book sale on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the basement of the Blackfoot Public Library.
The volunteer group "Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library" hold a book sale in the spring and fall to raise money for the library. Thousands of books of all kinds - on nearly every subject imaginable - are donated throughout the year and sold for as low as 25 cents per book. Some of the books are even free.
BLACKFOOT â€” Employee representatives of Blackfoot's Basic American Foods plant and manager Brent Higginson presented a check for $11,500 to the Community Dinner Table on Wednesday.
That donation, and an announcement there's a possibility the organization will soon have a building of its own for storage were the highlights of its recognition dinner.
"You do the right things for the right reasons," Bingham County commissioner Ladd Carter told those assembled.
After 14 hours of testimony, the due process hearing for Snake River High School science Asmus has concluded.
The hearing started on Friday and lasted from 3 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. that evening. The hearing resumed Monday at 6 p.m. and concluded at 11:50 p.m.
The defense started presenting its case at 8:40 p.m. on Friday.
Teachers were called and expressed their opinions that Elaine is a good teacher and works well with students and many colleagues.
Three more witness were called Monday evening to complete the plaintiff's case in the Elaine Asmus due process hearing.
The witnesses were Rebecca Arynne Hoge, who as a counsellor provides intervention with students, Snake River Junior High School principal Roger Thomas and Snake River High School principal Ed Jackson.
Hoge testified that, possibly in January, she met three students in the hall of the science building who said there was "a war" in the science department.
Other witnesses called were Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk, Kandi Duff, Laurie Grayson and Jackie Alvarez.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nearly 20 years of working in the heating & air business and a passion for helping people, has inspired Todd Wayland, along with his wife and business partner Mandy Wayland, to open Todd's Heating & Air in Blackfoot.
No one wins in this contest.
Around 200 people attended the due process hearing for the Snake River High School science teacher Elaine Asmus Friday at the Snake River High School Auditorium.
Facilitator Dale Storer outlined the rules of the hearing.
"The board can only consider evidence presented at this hearing," he said. "This is a due process hearing where attorneys confront witnesses and cross examine witnesses.
THOMAS â€”Â The due process hearing of the Snake River trustees taking in consideration the renewal of Elaine Asmus' contract for the next school year takes place at 3 p.m. today at the Snake River High School Auditorium, 922 W. Hwy. 39, Blackfoot.
Asmus is a popular biology teacher at the Snake River High School.
Paul Stark, Asmus' attorney said she had a disagreement with teacher Laura Gabrylczyk, the wife of the district Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk.
Stark said Laura Gabrylczyk filed a formal complaint that led to the decision not to renew Asmus' contract.