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IDAHO FALLS â€”Â Even the weather honored U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan David Sharp at his funeral Monday. It was balmy and bright.
Sharp, age 28, died Saturday, Dec. 3, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, from injuries suffered while on a military mission in Afghanistan's Kandahar province as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sharp was carrying a fallen soldier back to the safety of the company stronghold when he was hit by a improvised explosive device (IED). He lived 12 days before succumbing to his injuries.
It's hard for Barry Humpherys to realize that it has been 15 years since he graduated from Blackfoot High School.
But the U.S. Marine Corps captain has accomplished a lot since May of 1996.
BLACKFOOT â€” Singing sensation David Archuleta brought the Christmas sprit to Blackfoot Friday night with his "My Kind of Christmas Tour."
And for those who got to meet Archuleta before the concert, Christmas came early.
Approximately 30 people attended a VIP meet and greet with Archuleta prior to the show Friday night and got autographs, photos and a mini-private concert.
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.