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BLACKFOOT â€” Chris Cahall has a lot to be thankful for this yearâ€”she received a kidney transplant on Thanksgiving day after more than four years on the organ donation waiting list.
Cahall, 45, grew up in Blackfoot and now lives in Moore. She has been a diabetic since she was nine years old. It was about 10 years ago when her kidneys began showing signs of failure, and four and one-half years ago she went into stage 5 renal failure.
She has been on hemodialysis since, and has been patiently waiting all that time for a kidney donation.
HAPPENING NOW: 1:55 p.m. - Possible gas leak at Independence High School. Blackfoot Fire Department is on scene and just evacuated students and personnel.
UPDATED: 2:12 p.m. Gas company on scene. Students and faculty have been allowed back in the school. Principal Mark Kartchner said students were evacuated as a precaution.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) â€” A gunman killed a police officer in a Virginia Tech parking lot Thursday and was found dead nearby in a baffling attack that sent shudders through the campus nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.
The shooting took place on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in Washington, fighting a government fine over their alleged mishandling of the 2007 bloodbath.
BLACKFOOT â€” Jen Grover and Jaclyn Falter are single mothers with a dream and a goal.
They want to support their children â€” Grover has four and Falter three â€” and they want to succeed as chocolatiers.
They are opening Lolaâ€™s Chocolates at 10 NW Main, the corner of Bridge and NW Main. They will celebrate their grand opening during the 7th annual Winter Walk on Saturday and are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
â€śWe figured we may as well go for it,â€ť Grover said of opening the shop. â€śIf you donâ€™t go for your dreams, youâ€™re never going to go.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” The 20th annual Cookie Festival at the Emanuel Lutheran Church is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The church is at 1110 Parkway Dr. in Blackfoot.
The cookies cost $5 per pound.
Over 5,000 cookies will be on sale.
"No boxes of cookies are pre-packaged," said Margaret Contor. "As people come in, we hand them a box and a glove so they can pick what cookies they would like."
Each box holds about four pounds of cookies.
John Miller, a previous Morning News editor, has posted this tribute for Pearl Harbor Day on his blog. We thought you might enjoy. Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
IDAHO FALLS â€“Â The doors of the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Idaho don't open for about 24 hours but more than 75 people already are in line at 3003 S. 25th E. in Ammon despite the single digit temperatures.
BLACKFOOT â€” Butch Hulse won the runoff election Tuesday for seat 4 on the Blackfoot City Council by a margin of 122 votes.
Hulse defeated Clair L. Broadhead with a vote of 450-328 as he garnered 57.8 percent of the vote and won the majority at each polling place.
A total of 778 voters headed to the polls in the runoff election and turnout was similar to the November election when 781 total people cast their vote for seat 4.
â€śI appreciate everyone that voted,â€ť Hulse said after the election. â€śIâ€™m really excited.â€ť
Broadhead had no comment after the election results were finalized.
MORELAND â€” The Bennett family, owners of KARRS in Moreland, wants to deliver "A Christmas Feast Fit for a King" to a deserving family.
What they need is help help identifying people with a need.
"All you have to do is write a short letter explaining why the family deserves a free dinner," said Charlie Bennett. "We will then choose one of those stories as a winner."
The deadline for recommendations is Monday, Dec. 19, so a winner can then be selected and contacted.
"On Christmas Day, we will deliver a fully cooked hot meal to the family in their home," Bennett said.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The Idaho Department of Labor is sponsoring the Eastern Idaho Job and Community Resource Fair in Idaho Falls Wednesday from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. The event will be at the East Idaho Public Health District Office, 1250 Hollipark Dr. in Idaho Falls.
Approximately 30 employers will be looking to fill a combined 200 positions.
Employers to be represented include Premier Technology, Spudnik Equipment, Transystems, URS/Areva, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Compa, Bart Larson Trucking, Center Partners and CenturyLink.