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September 19th, 2010
SHELLEY â€“ Thousands took in activities at Spud Day last Saturday. Spud Party USA 2010 was the theme for this, the 82nd annual Spud Day.
In the adult division of the popular Spud Tug, after a long, hard-fought tug, the Mike Crapo team bested the Versey team, which had won the Spud Tug for the past five years. There were 13 teams entered. The winning team took home a tall trophy and $100.
Rules for the Spud Tug are simple. The number of people on the team doesnâ€™t matter as long as their combined weight does not exceed 1,000 pounds. It is also a single-elimination contest.
BLACKFOOT â€“ The first ever Buddy Walk in Blackfoot was a huge success with hundreds showing up to give their support for people with Down Syndrome and their families.
The teams walked the greenbelt and played games. The South Eastern Idaho Down Syndrome Organization has been very small in size, however today's event raise over $7,000 and exceeded all expectations.
The goals of the organization is to help make people aware of individuals with Down Syndrome and recruit people to the group.
BLACKFOOT - Pride and pain. Applause and tears. All were present Saturday as the community lined the streets from the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds to Jensen Grove.
The city send-off for members of the 116th Brigade started with a parade. Followed by a presentation to Mayor Mike Virtue. The community then enjoyed a free barbecue while they mingled with the soldiers.
The troops will fly-out of the area September 21.
BLACKFOOT â€” Approximately 250 people worked moving corn from the field to freezer bags Saturday morning.
Members of three faith groups â€” the Blackfoot South and West stakes from the LDS Church, Emanuel Lutheran and Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist churches â€” prepared corn for use at the Community Dinner Table later this year.
"The Community Dinner Table is such a fantastic idea," said Craig Atwood, who trimmed corn from the cob at the Methodist church. "They need all the help they can get."
FIRTH â€” Constitution Day was Friday. To remember this event, elementary students dressed in a sea of red, white and blue at A. W. Johnson Elementary in Firth.
"The Constitution is the highest law of the country," kindergartner Aiden Clayson said.
The Constitution was taught to each class, grades kindergarten through fourth, throughout the week. Kindergarten teacher and counselor Mary Harshbarger taught these classes.
At the Firth Middle School, students participated in a poster contest. The winners were Allie Gibson, Hannah Esplin, Victor Burkhart and Savannah Brewington.
RIVERSIDE â€” After raising six children of their own, Rudy and Veronica deWit were faced with an empty house.
"I saw Wednesday's Child and wanted to adopt," Veronica said of their initial journey into the world of foster care.
That was five years ago. Although Rudy wasn't too keen on the idea of adoption or foster care at first, he eventually warmed to the idea.
"We've fostered 11 kids since then," Rudy said as he sat at the kitchen table earlier this week. He noted how easy it is for anyone who have ever considered providing such a service to begin the process.
POCATELLO â€” In about a year, Portneuf Medical Center will have a new cancer center. It will open at the same time as the hospital's new facility does the summer of 2011.
"This is really a historic day for the people of Pocatello and all of Eastern Idaho," said Dr. Scott Pierson, a medical oncologist and hematologist at the current cancer center.
Speaking to a small group of cancer survivors and other dignitaries at a ground-breaking ceremony on Sept. 16, Pierson noted that medical and radiation oncology will be under one roof in the new facility.
BLACKFOOT â€” Starting this week, voters can vote absentee in the Bingham County Clerkâ€™s office at the County Courthouse. People can vote absentee until 5 p.m. the Friday before the general election.
Absentee voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. Previously, absentee ballots could be cast until 5 p.m. Monday, the day before any election.
Polls in Bingham County are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 2.
There are three ways electors can request an absentee ballot. They are:
BLACKFOOT â€“ As the sun started to set in Blackfoot Monday night, fears began to rise. When 9-year-old Isaac Patton Green did not arrive home from school, officers began searching the area around Ridge Crest Elementary and Jensen Grove, it was not until 7:51 p.m. that the call came announcing he had been found.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dennie Hill of Blackfoot didn't expect Tisa Dream Runne to win the Merial Distaff Regional Final horse race at the Eastern Idaho State Fair on Saturday.
"It was really a nice field of mares," said Hill, who shares ownership with his wife Kris. "You couldn't tell who would win the race. I had another mare in it that I thought had a better chance."
"I was pretty damn tickled," Hill said of the horse's win in the $24,500 race. With the win she qualified for the Challenge of Champions in New Orleans, La., in late November.