Gerralynne Kaye Walker, 48, of Blackfoot passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011 at her home.
She was born July 13, 1963 in Idaho Falls, Idaho the daughter of Georgia Kay Hepworth and Richard Floyd Hawkes.
Gerralynne lived her entire life in Blackfoot attending schools in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1981.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She enjoyed painting and other arts, loved her animals, grandchildren and spending time with her family.
FIRTH â€” Firth High School students presented 18 bereavement kits to the director of the Women's Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls Thursday.
These kits will be given to families whose baby died before birth, said Janice Anthony, the Family and Consumer Science teacher at FHS.
Included in each kits is a kimono, a nine-patch blanket and a knitted hat. The kimonos are sewn in varying sizes for the different sizes of the babies.
Students in Anthony's Fashion Design classes made these kits and used looms to knit 43 hats.
BLACKFOOT â€” Earlier this week a jury in Bannock County and Idaho's Sixth Judicial District found two former employees of Premier Technology guilty of violating the Idaho Trade Secrets Act.
In a case dating from late 2007, Chadd Orr and Jeff Schutte were accused of conspiring with Petersen, Inc., an Ogden, Utah-based competitor to Premier Technology, to damage Premier's customer base in an effort to devalue it and eventually buy it.
Blackfoot held off Snake River 57-56 on Thursday evening. For game story and stats pick up Friday's edition of the Morning News.
BLACKFOOT â€” Family and friends of Chris Gardner gathered at Blackfoot High School Thursday afternoon for the dedication of the new gym in his honor.
Gardner, who died in 2010 in an ATV accident, was a teacher, coach and principal in the Blackfoot School District before retiring in 2008. He also officiated high school football and basketball games for 30 years.
Neva Maxine Crowell Burks, 85, of Shelley passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at The Gables of Shelley.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot.Â Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday Dec. 26, 2011 and for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.Â Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery.Â
Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
Arthur Hofstetter, better known as Uncle Artie, was born in New York City in 1922.Â He was a veteran, had a strong work ethic and valued family.Â
He enjoyed attending family school recitals and sporting events throughout his life.Â Uncle Artie was always up for an adventure, taking his nieces and nephews on excursions such as fishing and boating on the Hudson, trips to upstate New York, seeing the â€śgiant headsâ€ť in South Dakota and exploring the West to discover the worldâ€™s largest petting zoo.Â
The Blackfoot Wrestling team opened their home schedule in style on Wednesday evening as they beat both Minico and Rigby before an appreciative home crowd. For the full story, pick up Thursday's edition of the Morning News.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students in the Ridge Crest Limited English Proficiency (LEP) after school program celebrated Posadas with their families and teachers Wednesday evening. The Posadas, a Christmas tradition in Mexico, includes a reenactment of the procession into Bethlehem, culminating with a fiesta.
Approximately 25 students participate in the LEP after-school program Monday through Thursday. They receive help with their homework, work on special projects and get extra support from bilingual staff.
THOMAS â€”Â Russell Hammond, superintendent of the Snake River School District, is retiring July 31, 2012.
District trustees have begun searching for his replacement. The application period began Dec. 1 and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Applications must be received by the February date. To date, one application has been received.
"Are we working under a deadline?" asked trustee Steve Reader.
"Yes, you probably want someone in place by July 1," Hammond said.