March 16th, 2012
Jeff Deru has opened Meridian Street Automotive. His garage at the south end of Meridian Street was previously owned by Bill Wissert.
"I came to Idaho to be a manager for Snap-On Tools," Deru said. After he and that company parted ways, he managed a repair shop in Idaho Falls.
"I've been in the automotive industry for 28 years," he said. "I owned two auto shops in Layton, Utah."
A native of Layton, Deru said the community has lost the small-town feel he enjoyed when he was growing up.
For the MORNING NEWS
BLACKFOOT â€” After 49 years, Rockymountain Machinery Company will change ownership! On Friday Rockymountain Machinery Company, a 49-year-old John Deere Dealership in Blackfoot, announced an agreement to sell has been made with C & B Operations, LLC headquartered in Gettysburg, South Dakota.
â€śWe here at Rockymountain Machinery Company are all very excited about joining C & B Operations, LLC, and look forward to a continued strong presence in the local agricultural communityâ€ť, said company president and CEO Darwin Harrington.
Former Moreland resident Kimberly Grant always knew writing would have an influence on her life. This knowledge led her to become a freelance magazine writer and an author. Recently, Grant published her third novel, "Venom," through Covenant Communications.
Grant began writing articles in 2006 for family-oriented magazines. She has contributed to magazines such as "LDS Living," "The Washington Family" and "Parents & Kids."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos opened the home portion of their 2012 schedule on Friday afternoon as they swept an abbreviated double header with Century by winning game one 6-0 and then followed that up with a 2-1, three inning win in the night cap.
"The pitchers came out and did a great job of hitting their spots tonight," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "We talked about starting ahead and they each did just that which was a big key for us today."
BLACKFOOT â€” Jacob Harris of Troop 235 knew what he wanted to do for his Eagle Scout project.
"I wanted to do something for kids," he said.
He found the ideal project when Neils and Susan Anderson, who are serving an LDS Church mission in Guam, told him the school children needed books.
So, with the help of family, friends and some fellow Scouts, he began collecting books. "I wanted children's books, but I got some young adult books for older kids."
Those books came from collection boxes at the Morning News, the Blackfoot City Library and the Snake River Library.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School's state championship We The People competition government team showed about 35 community members its skills on Thursday.
Fourteen of the 16 students who have qualified for the national competition in Washington, D.C., next month answered questions about the U.S. Constitution from a panel of judges including Mayor Mike Virtue, assistant prosecuting attorney Mark Cornelison and Independence Alternative High School teacher Dan Grimes.
Blackfoot and the Idaho Potato Museum got a brief mention on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" recently. Follow this link to watch the video. The Blackfoot mention is about 2 minutes, 53 seconds in.
BLACKFOOT â€” Lawrence James Crow, age 25, pleaded guilty to attempted murder Wednesday when he appeared before Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson.
Crow was arrested July 22, 2010, and charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of batteryâ€”domestic violence. On that date, the Bingham County Sheriffâ€™s Office and Blackfoot Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the Groveland area. After arriving, officers learned of a gunshot victim with a wound to the lower left arm.
The victim was transported to Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Marianne Harward Wall passed away on March 1, 2012, after an unexpected illness, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA.Â She 79 years old.Â For the complete obituary and to share memories & condolences please go to www.edwardsmemorial.com
PRESTON â€” Beth Christiansen Olsen was born March 12, 1925 near Moreland. Beth was the third of nine children born toÂ Gerald Christiansen and Florence Wheeler Christiansen.Â BethÂ loved growing up on the family farm and delighted in her father telling her brothers that she was his best worker.Â Beth attended Moreland schools and was the valedictorian of the Moreland High School Class of 1943.