January 12th, 2015
#1 â€” Stoddard teacher on Rose Parade Float on Jan. 1
By LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT â€” Watch for Stoddard Elementary teacher Melissa Hunt on top of the Farmers Insurance float in the Rose Bowl Parade on Jan. 1.
Hunt is one of five $100,000 winners of the Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Teacher Challenge." This challenge took place throughout 2014.
Hunt and her proposal were sponsored local agent Gina Wixom of Farmers Insurance.
"All money goes to I.T. Stoddard Elementary," said Wixom. "The $100,000 award will be spent exactly how Melissa wrote her proposal."
â€¢ Swearing in of county officials at noon in courtroom #1. The county officials who will be sworn in are Whitney Manwaring, Mark Bair, Pam Wray Eckhardt, Tanna Beal, Ronald Simmons, and Mike Gardner.
â€¢ Community Dinner Table will serve a hot meal for those in need at Jason Lee Methodist Church, 168 S. University Ave, from 5-6:30 p.m. No charge, no IDâ€™s, no dress code; nothing but good food and fellowship. For more information call 785-3611.
FIRTH â€” Recognizing the signs of depression and learning coping skills were the topics of an assembly presented at Firth HIgh School (FHS) last Thursday.
FHS senior Kasidy Belnap selected this project for her senior topic and for her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) project because she has dealt with depression herself.
Firth trustees approved a student's FCCLA project before it could also be used as his or her senior project.
See Monday's Morning News for the full story.
BLACKFOOTâ€”The low gas prices are a holiday gift that just keeps on giving. With gas prices averaging around $2 per gallon, not only were retail businesses up during the holiday season, but companies that are in the transportation or delivery business are benefiting as well and passing the savings onto their customers.
Many trucking firms are putting the savings from lower fuels back into their business by hiring more drivers and warehouse workers.
BLACKFOOT â€” At last years 4A District 5/6 tournament the Blackfoot Broncos were involved in a battle with eventual district champion Bonneville.
The Bees had one of the best teams in the state last year and ended up with a handful of state placers.
Friday night the Bees returned to Blackfoot, but this time they were wrestling as 5A members and part of a quad match with Rigby and Hillcrest.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council moved to proceed with the annexation of the Smith property off of Highland Drive and the Mikesell property off of East Airport Rd. at Tuesday's city council meeting. However, the city will hold off on the annexation of Baker/Thomas property on Highland Drive until a development letter regarding the property is reviewed by attorneys.
The city's planning and zoning director Rex Orgill said that the city's motivation behind annexation is so they [city leaders] can better manage the city's growth.
See the full story in Friday's Morning News.
THOMAS â€”Â Trailing by five with 3:30 left in the game the Snake River Lady Panthers had the opportunity for a six-point play after a pair of Shelley fouls, one being a technical.
But the Panthers went 2-for-4 from the foul line and then turned the ball over on the ensuing possession.
Shelley closed out the quarter on an 8-1 run to earn a 53-42 victory and a sweep of the season series with the Panthers.
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Shelley 52, Snake River 43
Shelley 13 14 13 12 â€” 52
Snake River 8 7 20 8 â€” 43
Shelby Bewley, a senior at Blackfoot High, organized and coordinated the blood drive held at the BPAC (Blackfoot Performing Arts Center) Today from 1to 6 p.m.
THOMAS â€” The 2014-15 season has been unkind to the Snake River Panthers boys basketball team.
Entering Wednesday night's game with South Fremont the Panthers were 1-7 and mired in a three-game losing streak.
But when you have a roster of just two players with varsity experience some growing pains are going to be expected.
Con Bauer and Alec Pope combined to score 41 of the Cougars 53 points as they handed the Panthers their fourth straight loss 53-43 in Thomas.
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South Fremont 53, Snake River 43