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May 22nd, 2012
One hundred forty-five seniors graduated from Shelley High School on Tuesday.
Jessica Johnson and Willson Higham were the co-valedictorians.
Kayla Butler was named Miss Shelley High; Will Higham was named Mr. Shelley High.
To date, the class of 2012 has garnered $706,436 in scholarships.
In her valedictorian address, Johnson gave a brief overview of the students' years together.
âIn sixth grade, we learned to say âpoo-pooâ instead of crap,â she said.
Kindergarten students from Blackfoot Community Charter Learning Center (BCCLC) gave a smashing rendition of the age-old tale "Goldielocks and the Three Bears".
Students sang their little hearts out to catchy tunes that told of cold porridge, broken chairs, and the important message of not "snooping".
The warning signs of abuse in a teen dating relationship aren't hard to spot in this high tech age that we live in but they are important for everyone to know.
A free presentation on abuse in teen dating relationships was held at Bingham Memorial Hospital Monday with attorney Fred Zundel of Idaho Legal Aid Services in Pocatello and Dixie Chapman, executive director of Bingham Crisis Center the hosts/
"The key is to catch the dynamic of domestic abuse early and rectify it," Zundel said. "We need to stop the abuse in early ages before a guy has spent 10 to 15 years pounding on a woman."
In the light of allegations of impropriety surrounding Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH), questions have arisen about who owns the facility.
Bingham County commissioner Cleone Jolley said, âIf I were a farmer who owned my land and decided to lease it, I would still own the farm. The person to whom I leased it could use the land as he/she saw fit as long as the person stayed within the contract.â
Bingham County owns the hospital like that farmer.
BMH, Inc., is an Idaho non-profit corporation recognized as a 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue System.
Russell Hammond, who has been the Snake River School District superintendent for the past seven years, will retire July 31.
Hammond started his education career in 1971 in the Blackfoot School District after graduating from Idaho State University.
"I taught social studies and was a counselor at the Blackfoot Junior High," said Hammond. "I left education for 16 years to own and manage a construction business with my father.
"I returned to the Blackfoot School District in 1989 as a teacher and was one of the original staff of Second Chance alternative high school.
The 'retro' marquee in front of Blackfoot High School (BHS) will soon be retired to a new location and replaced by a new state-of-the art digital marquee
thanks to a $7,000 donation from Basic American Foods.
BHS is one of a handful of local schools to receive much-needed grant money for various projects from Basic American.
Basic American Plant Manager Brent Higginson said, "Basic American believes strongly in education and gives thousands of dollars every year to schools in the area through their 'corporate giving program.' "
Items of note from May 8-11.
CAT TROUBLE: May 8, 11:57 p.m.: A caller said they are having problems with the cats from a neighbor. They said the neighbor has more than 20 cats.
DOOR-TO-DOOR: May 8, 8:43 p.m.: A caller said a group of people are selling items door-to-door and they are concerned because it is getting late in the evening.
BIKE THEFT: May 8, 11:29 p.m.: A caller said someone has stolen his bike.
KIDS PLAYING: May 9, 4:05 p.m.: A caller said some eight or nine year-old kids are playing mailboxes. They said the kids have been told to stop but refuse to.
Winners for the 2012 Eastern Idaho Awards Ceremony were announced Saturday as part of the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest.
Blackfoot's Hallie Miles earned second place in the kindergarten division. She won a certificate and a bag of goodies.
Hallie story, with original artwork, was entitled, âRainbow Fairies.â
In Hallieâs story, there are seven rainbow fairiesâred, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo and violet.
âThese fairies sing all the time, everywhere they go,â her story concludes.
The PBS writers contest is for kindergartners through third graders.
A lot of effort went on behind the scenes during Saturday's Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More for 200-plus volunteers. Hundreds of gallons of water, chocolate milk and Gatorade distributed, traffic directed, signs put in place, roadways painted and pancakes flipped by the do-good citizens of Bingham County in an effort to make the marathon run smoothly did not go unnoticed.
Competitors came from Idaho, Montana and Utah, but a man from Blackfoot won the overall championship of the Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More on Saturday.
John Taberna ran the 26.2-mile course around the community in three hours and two minutes.
Taberna said the marathon was his first in seven years. He and his wife run the Pocatello series of 5- and 10-kilometer races and he regularly competes in half-marathons.
"They claim you have to do marathon training to get better at the half," Taberna said. "Since this was local, I said, 'why not?'