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February 1st, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Two of the five former Blackfoot High School athletes charged with various criminal offenses that occurred a year ago during basketball season are scheduled to appear in court in Bingham County next month for a jury trial. The juvenile also charged is scheduled for trial later this month.
Magistrate Judge Charles Roos said he would do whatever necessary to ensure a trial would occur next month, saying that he believes it is in the best interest of the community to have a speedy trial.
"We're going to try this case in March," Roos said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dignitaries from the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce joined those from the Bank of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the bank's new facility on Tuesday.
"We've had a great relationship with Blackfoot and Bingham County," said Tom Romrell, president and CEO of the Bank of Commerce. "Our business has grown so much that we could not service the demand at our old building. We needed to enlarge our parking area and our consumer area."
The new building at 624 Jensen Grove Drive does that.
ABERDEEN â€” On Monday Arthur Vailas, president of Idaho State University, praised the people of Aberdeen for what they and their forebears have built.
Speaking at the annual Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce dinner, Vailas said, "education is what provided opportunity. Education is the greatest gift that you can give humanity."
He noted that those who built Aberdeen recognized that and ensured that their children would be educated.
"The greatest thing is where people are able to work as a collective," he said. "When you do, you will advance your mission of good will.
FIRTH â€“ Twelve Boy Scout troops from Shelley and Firth and one Order of the Arrow troop participated in an overnight campout and Klondike Derby Friday and Saturday at the river bottoms in Firth.
The number of Scouts, leaders and staff camping overnight totaled 103.
Most of the Scouts said their favorite activity of the campout was the sled race, also known as the Klondike Derby.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot High School Choir Department will be presenting their popular Renaissance Feast Feb. 3, 4 and 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
"The More the Merrier" Renaissance Fair includes dinner and an entertaining night of music and theatre.
The meal will include roasted chicken breast, mashed red potatoes, roasted vegetables and dessert.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees received the results of an audit of the districtâ€™s bullying and harassment policies and administrative procedures during their regular meeting Thursday night.
SHELLEY â€” Assistant Librarian Henrietta Miller has made most of the 195 story kits available for loan at the North Bingham County District Library in Shelley.
The story kits feature a variety of themes. Some of these themes include holidays, transportation, trucks, cars, flight, animals, authors or destinations.
"One patron has borrowed every kit we have," Miller said.
Miller started building kits about 13 years ago, right after the library moved into its present location.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â It was not just another day at the office for Derek Preece, owner of On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration. On Wednesday, it was his home with the flooded basement and the flood was his fault.
First, Preece filled a 1,200-gallon swimming pool and sat poolside in his basement as his five children enjoyed the fun. Then, Wednesday morning, he released the water and set out to prove what his firm can do.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Lillian Vallely School received a large grant to fund a portion of the construction costs on a new building currently underway.
The Lillian Vallely School received $50,000 from the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund. The fund was established through a generous $15 million bequest to the Idaho Community Foundation from Boise philanthropist Gladys Langroise to support the health, education and welfare of children. Langroise died in early 2000, just prior to her 100th birthday.
BLACKFOOT â€” A program providing tribal youth with academic support services and leadership development opportunities has doubled in size this year.
The NDN Scholars Programâ€”short for Navigating and Developing Native Scholarsâ€”began last year as a pilot program aimed toward helping tribal youth reach their academic goals. This year, the programâ€”which operates as part of Partners for Prosperityâ€”received a Learn & Serve grant that allowed for the expansion of the program to focus on service learning. The grant also allows for a leadership conference to be held for all tribal youth in the area.