May 27th, 2014
On May 20, 2014 God received yet another angel.Â
â€¨Dwyla â€śDeeâ€ť Fern Preslar, 87, of Idaho Falls, Idaho passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and loved ones.Â
Dee was born on November 5, 1926 in Richfield, Idaho to Frank Alvah Turner and Grace Beatrice Thompson. Â
In 1979 Dee married Sherman Preslar in Elko, Nevada.
Mark Novas Hopkins passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Mark was born July 18, 1936, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Russell G. Hopkins and Mable A. Novas. He attended grade school in the Blackfoot area, and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1955. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force.
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.
SHELLEY â€”Â For a large majority of the players on the field of Shelley High School Friday night the 2nd Annual Idaho National Guard East Idaho All-Star Game was the last time they would ever strap on pads and a helmet.
With one last chance to make a big catch or a big hit in front of family and friends the squads made up of some of the top players from District 5 and District 6 did not disappoint the large crowd on a perfect Friday night for football.
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."
Robert Rory Hansen, 24, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
Robert was born on Oct. 16, 1989, in Blackfoot, Idaho.Â He was the youngest of three children of Garth Kay Hansen and Leslie Ann Waters Hansen.
Robert attended Blackfoot High School where he played football with friends and won state football his senior year in 2008. After graduating high school Robert attended ISU.
Betty M. Sailer, 82, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, surrounded by her family. Betty was born April 26, 1932 to Iverson and Lula Crum in Bluffs, Ill.Â
After graduation from high school she started work as a secretary.Â Later when she married, she became a homemaker and mother.Â As a wife in a military family, she moved around, living in various parts of the U.S.Â She spent her life raising her children and later worked part-time in various jobs.Â
BLACKFOOT â€“Â 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.
THOMAS â€”Â Snake River senior Billie Gibson is no stranger to success.
As a member of three 3A state championship volleyball teams in her four years in Thomas Gibson is used to competing at a high level. And with a handful of her teammates already signing to play sports in college it was only a matter of time before Gibson got her chance.
With the stroke of pen on paper Wednesday afternoon Gibson cemented her future.
The senior and soon to be graduate signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D.
John LaMar Call, 81, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at his home.
He was born Dec. 29, 1932 in Chesterfield, Idaho the son of John Balfour and Una Bowman Call.
John grew up in Chesterfield, Blackfoot and Idaho Falls, graduating from North Gem High School in 1952.
He served in the United States Army in Germany from 1954-1955.Â He was honorably discharged in June 1962.
He married Barbara Jean Ellis on July 31, 1959 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.Â They were later divorced.Â On Oct. 25, 1993 he married Clara Birchell in Blackfoot, Idaho.