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June 5th, 2014
ROCKFORD â€” Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when American, British and Canadian troops hit the five beaches of Normandy in northern France.
Early on the morning of June 6, 1944, 7,000 ships of all sizes approached the coast of Normandy. This was the largest flotilla the world had ever seen, and has never been surpassed.
On D-Day, Americans were assigned to attack the beaches of Utah and Omaha. The British attacked Gold and Sword Beaches; the Canadians attacked Juno Beach.
IDAHO FALLS â€” From free entertainment including Lady Houdini and Blackfoot spray can artist Matt Sorensen to concerts from Big and Rich and Credence Clearwater Revisited, the Eastern Idaho State Fair will "Feed Your Need For Fun" this year.
"This year will be 112 years of food, family and fun," said fair manager Brandon Bird as he announced the theme and headline acts on Wednesday.
The fair will run from Aug. 30-Sept. 6. Gate prices will remain the same as they have been for the past five years â€” $6 for adults and $2 for children 6-11. Senior admission is $4.
Ask any of the fifth graders from Blackfoot School District who were awarded a free bike from Phil Meador Toyota in Pocatello for their perfect attendance and most will say that it was a "piece of cake."
Nearly 80 student from the district received a free mountain bike, helmet, and an award certificate, while they and their families were treated to a pasta dinner from Villano's Italian Restaurant at the finale of Phil Meador's "PASS" (Perfect Attendance Spells Success) Program on Tuesday evening.
The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC) needs the support of the community for Friday night's concert.
Country star Ty Herndon and popular Nashville band "Due West" will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and programming director Susan Mann is asking the community to step up and help fill up the auditorium.
"If you ever enjoyed an event at the BPAC, we ask that you support this concert," Mann stated. "We need a good audience for this show."
Mann stressed that poor attendance at concerts can decrease future funding for the BPAC and make it difficult to attract good shows to the facility.
It's an emotional time when folks take the time to decorate the graves of their loved ones during the Memorial Day weekend or throughout the year. However; emotions can quickly turn to hurt and anger, when it is discovered that what has been placed on those graves has been stolen.
The Bronco pride was palpable as over 240 seniors were awarded their diplomas from Blackfoot High School in front of packed house at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Friday evening.
The commencement ceremony honored the school's longtime traditions, but was spiced with the humor, reverence and personality that only the "Class of 2014" could provide.
Graduates Gentry Carter and Blake Dewveall had some fun joking with the audience and "taking a selfie" before offering their opening remarks.
BLACKFOOT â€” Heartfelt were the remarks expressed at the commencement ceremony at Independence High School on Thursday evening.
Twenty-nine graduates marched across the stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center to receive their diplomas before a proud and appreciative audience.
"The teachers are Independence are flat out amazing," said class speaker Angelica Longoria. "They will take their time to help you until you understand.
"They believed in me," she said.
Two representatives of the Blackfoot Community Dinner Table accepted a check for $1,000 from the Bank of Commerce on Wednesday.
The food pantry at the Bingham Senior Citizens Center is an extension of the Community Dinner Table.
Justin Hokanson, a senior vice president and manager of the Blackfoot branch, presented the check to Ronda Cheatham, CDTâ€™s food pantry coordinator, and Lee Hammett, another member of the CDT board of directors.
A group of about 12 community members appointed by Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis to advise on the future of the Blackfoot Municipal swimming pool held their first meeting on Tuesday evening.
The group, consisting of city and county representatives with a variety of backgrounds nominated businessman Charley Kotter to serve as chairman of the committee. Committee member Lori Kay, who is the vice-principal of Blackfoot High School, volunteered to serve as Kotter's back-up.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Servicemen and women who have served the country in life and death were honored on Monday at the Memorial Day service at Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.
"This is a community that serves," said Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis, "but when you say 'the service,' you are speaking about people who have served in the military and the great service they have accomplished.
"[People serve in the military] because you love your nation," the mayor said.
"There is no litmus test for the service but to be a red-blooded, true-blue American.