November 30th, 2014
READING, Pa. (AP) â€” A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly.
Reading's spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit.
Now a group led by the city council president is raising money to buy and decorate a more impressive replacement. The current tree is topped with a lighted pretzel, a nod to the area's many bakeries.
FIRTH â€” It is not often a team go over nine minutes without scoring a basket and still earn a double-digit win, but the Firth Lady Cougars did both on Saturday night with a 46-29 win over Malad at Firth High School.
The Lady Cougars scored a field goal with 4:30 left in the third quarter to build a 32-16 lead. But it would be over nine minutes of game play before Natalie Jolley's layup came with 1:46 left in the game.
During the nine minute stretch the Cougars did manage to convert nine free throws, but the Dragons were never able to cut into the big lead.
BLACKFOOT â€” Whether shopping on Thanksgiving afternoon or at 4:30 in the morning on Friday some stores have reported that while business was busy on Thursday and Friday, things also went smoothly. Beall's in Blackfoot opened its doors Thursday at 4 p.m. and stayed open till 1 a.m. on Friday.
"Today has been quiet; we haven't had the flood of people that we had Thursday" said Cheryl Gertsch, the store manager for Beall's.
Some customers reported positive experiences with Black Friday shopping at Beall's. Beall's offered rewards to folks who were willing to wait in line to shop.
Sallee Weaver, a resident of The Willows assisted care facility, said she appreciated the chance to get out.
Michael Jordan, who produced his driver's license to prove that's his name, thanked a friend for telling him about it.
Both were among those who enjoyed the Community Dinner Table's third annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church on Thursday.
BLACKFOOT â€” In yesterday's edition of the Morning News the girls soccer All-Bingham County team was released featuring the 11 best players in the county in my opinion this season.
Today I get to announce the All-Bingham County boys soccer team.
Just like the girls team the all-county team was picked by myself based on the performances I saw during the season.
And while not everyone can be chosen for the team, the picks are in no way made to diminish or not acknowledge any players performance during the year.
With that announcement out of the way on to the team.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Now that the fall sports have officially come to an end earlier this week it is time to move onto to some postseason honors.
Just like season I will be releasing All-Bingham County teams to honor the performances by players though out the season.
And just like last season the players are picked by myself and are based on the performances by the individuals during the season.
We will begin with girls soccer where the Shelley Russets were the only team that qualified for the state tournament and featured a high powered offensive attack.
A Chubbuck woman apparently thought Blackfoot's Walmart would be an easy place to load up a cart and leave without paying. She was wrong.
Blackfoot police say Jennifer Stowell, 41, took 77 items valued at more than $900 from the Blackfoot Walmart on Nov. 19.
THOMAS â€” It has been a week since the Snake River Lady Panthers last took to the basketball floor.
In that time the team hasn't had a lot of practice as head coach Rich Dunn was helping the coach the Panthers football team to the 3A state title last Friday.
Despite that the Panthers took to the floor Tuesday against Filer.
It wasn't the prettiest of games but the Panthers earned a hard fought win going 13-of-14 in the final 3:35 to earn a 44-35 victory.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) â€” A Maine man who authorities originally said fell to the sidewalk while rappelling down a fire escape after breaking into a Portland flower shop was actually part of a stunt that had gone awry.
Ronald Podlaski told the Portland Press Herald on Monday he was trying to surprise a friend Saturday by sneaking up the fire escape and climbing in her apartment window. The 29-year-old Podlaski, an artist who uses the name RookSye, says he got the wrong building and ended up in the florist.