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Wintch named to hospital board

September 29, 2011
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Wintch named to hospital board

By CITIZEN STAFF  Natalie Wintch has joined the Franklin County Medical Center board of trustees. The Preston woman will serve a three-year term, and was introduced to the other trustees during their September meeting by County Commission Chair Richard Westerberg. Wintch is an attorney by professional training, having practiced in Utah, where she worked...

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Barnes selected as Preston School District’s 2011-12 Teacher of Year

September 28, 2011
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Barnes selected as Preston School District’s 2011-12 Teacher of Year

By JEAN CARTER Citizen staff writer Chris Barnes, third grade teacher at the Oakwood Elementary, has been chosen as the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year, after being nominated by the Preston School District’s Administration Board. She has been with the school district 21 years, teaching at both the Oakwood and Pioneer schools, and today,...

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Late blight confirmed in Franklin County crops

September 28, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor A fungal disease has been officially confirmed in Franklin County for the first time ever and has the potential to impact home gardeners this coming spring. Late blight, a disease that wiped out almost all potatoes in Ireland in the 1850s and caused widespread starvation, was confirmed by...

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Community members rescue Festival

September 27, 2011
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Community members rescue Festival

Volunteers sought in effort to revive holiday tradition  By RODNEY D. BOAM  Citizen editor Some concerned businessmen contacted Preston City Councilwoman Saundra Hubbard about continuing the Festival of Lights tradition, after reading the article in The Citizen two weeks ago. Hubbard said some of the businessmen did not want to be recognized, but said...

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Area closing in on precip record

September 23, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor August precipitation records reveal above-average rainfall in Franklin County and the area is creeping up on a precipitation record set 28 years ago. The community is in third place as far as moisture since 1964, according to King Smith, who keeps official weather totals for the National Weather...

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Great Reads for Girls to start

September 23, 2011
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BY CITIZEN STAFF  The author of “Hatter and Jabberwocky!” and firefighter Daniel Coleman will be featured in the kick-off of the “Great Reads for Girls” mother and daughter book club at the Larsen-Sant Library. The program will start Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., with Coleman sharing how he started writing and how audience...

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Stripe rust impacts local farmers

September 22, 2011
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Stripe rust impacts local farmers

By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor For some wheat farmers in Franklin County, stripe rust reduced yields significantly this summer. Others didn’t see much impact from the fungal disease. Extension agent Stuart Parkinson said many factors determine just how severe infestations are. Some of those include soil type, varieties planted, when the disease manifested...

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$40,000 goes to Clifton for Street Study

September 21, 2011
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By JEAN CARTER  Citizen staff writer Water is a big issue in Clifton, and as of right now, the water supply is adequate. Problems could arise in the future, and Mayor John Gailey suggested the city monitor the water usage at both the springs and the well. One way to monitor the springs is...

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FCMC gets $831,574 records grant

September 20, 2011
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FCMC gets $831,574 records grant

BY CITIZEN STAFF  The National Office of Rural Health has awarded Franklin County Medical Center a grant totaling up to $831,574 to support the hospital and doctors’ offices in getting electronic health records computerized and networking together. Hospital Administrator Mike Andrus released information about the grant Friday, which he said will be paid in...

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Clifton approves new budget

September 15, 2011
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By JEAN CARTER Citizen staff writer After a short discussion and a minor change, the Clifton City Council approved the 2012 budget of $129,571. The change was to move $215 from the dog fund into the general fund. A separate account of $56,175 remains in the government investment pool, with $32,200 in the water...

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