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June 1st, 2014
It's an emotional time when folks take the time to decorate the graves of their loved ones during the Memorial Day weekend or throughout the year. However; emotions can quickly turn to hurt and anger, when it is discovered that what has been placed on those graves has been stolen.
The Bronco pride was palpable as over 240 seniors were awarded their diplomas from Blackfoot High School in front of packed house at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Friday evening.
The commencement ceremony honored the school's longtime traditions, but was spiced with the humor, reverence and personality that only the "Class of 2014" could provide.
Graduates Gentry Carter and Blake Dewveall had some fun joking with the audience and "taking a selfie" before offering their opening remarks.
BLACKFOOT â Heartfelt were the remarks expressed at the commencement ceremony at Independence High School on Thursday evening.
Twenty-nine graduates marched across the stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center to receive their diplomas before a proud and appreciative audience.
"The teachers are Independence are flat out amazing," said class speaker Angelica Longoria. "They will take their time to help you until you understand.
"They believed in me," she said.
Two representatives of the Blackfoot Community Dinner Table accepted a check for $1,000 from the Bank of Commerce on Wednesday.
The food pantry at the Bingham Senior Citizens Center is an extension of the Community Dinner Table.
Justin Hokanson, a senior vice president and manager of the Blackfoot branch, presented the check to Ronda Cheatham, CDTâs food pantry coordinator, and Lee Hammett, another member of the CDT board of directors.
A group of about 12 community members appointed by Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis to advise on the future of the Blackfoot Municipal swimming pool held their first meeting on Tuesday evening.
The group, consisting of city and county representatives with a variety of backgrounds nominated businessman Charley Kotter to serve as chairman of the committee. Committee member Lori Kay, who is the vice-principal of Blackfoot High School, volunteered to serve as Kotter's back-up.
BLACKFOOT â Servicemen and women who have served the country in life and death were honored on Monday at the Memorial Day service at Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.
"This is a community that serves," said Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis, "but when you say 'the service,' you are speaking about people who have served in the military and the great service they have accomplished.
"[People serve in the military] because you love your nation," the mayor said.
"There is no litmus test for the service but to be a red-blooded, true-blue American.
BLACKFOOT â In what turned out to be an upbeat and positive meeting over a controversial matter, Blackfoot School District officials unanimously moved to contract out the district's custodial services to "GCA Services Group" out of Cleveland, Ohio at Thursday's board meeting.
While the official contract with the company will start July 1, 2014, GCA officials, who were in Blackfoot for the meeting, say the transition will "start immediately."
BLACKFOOT âÂ With 100 percent of the 28 precincts in Bingham County reporting, the voting totals for county races are:
State Senator Steve Bair faced no opposition. He received 5,071 votes.
State Representative District 31 Position A Neil Anderson received 5,117. He was unopposed.
State Representative District 31 Position B Julie VanOrden received 5,144 votes. She was also unopposed.
County Commissioner District 1
Mark Bair was unopposed. He received 5,050 votes.
County Commissioner District 2
Incumbent Whitney Manwaring was reelection. He received 3,831 votes or 68.82 percent.
Quoting the class motto "where there is unity, there is always victory," valedictorian Kendra Johnson pointed out that Shelley High's 2014 graduates have been able to support one another since 2002.
That's when they began their public education journey, with some students joining them and others leaving along the way.
"As we move on, many of us will face many more challenges," Johnson reminded her classmates. "If we go forward united, we will always be strong."
Salutorian Brennan Taylor said, "one quality that has allowed us to get where we are today â determination.
A Blackfoot man was sentenced Monday on one felony count of aggravated battery and felony injury to a child with bodily injury. This felony involved his baby daughter.
Fernando Lee Naranjo, age 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and injury to a child on April 7. Tuesday he was sentenced.
The healthy baby girl was born Nov. 19, 2013, said Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson. On Jan. 18, 2014, her father beat her bad enough to cause seizures and traumatic brain injury.
The child had a brain injury, retinal hemorrhaging, bruising and broken bones. She now has seizures.