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Preston man awaits sentencing

February 6, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   A Preston man awaits sentencing in District Court in Preston next month on one count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16. Jeremy Scott Copeland, 34, has pleaded guilty to the charge and is undergoing a psychosexual evaluation prior to sentencing. He was...

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Obrien named Coach of Year

January 27, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   DAYTON – West Side’s first-year head volleyball coach Jerri Obrien has been named 2A Volleyball Coach of the Year by the Idaho State Coach’s Association. Obrien took the Pirates to the state championships and West Side won the state crown several week’s ago. “It is an honor...

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Beutler announces retirement

January 27, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor An “institution” at West Side School District announced his retirement this week. Melvin Beutler, who has been superintendent for 25 years and with the district 33 years, announced to school board trustees he will retire at the end of the current school year. Beutler, who is 65 years...

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Predicted heavy snowstorm fizzles

January 19, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   The weather pattern across Franklin County and most of the Intermountain West has changed. But large amounts of snow that were forecast on Wednesday did not materialize. King Smith, who keeps official records for the National Weather Service, said warmer-than-expected temperatures persisted throughout the night and kept...

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Bear River Massacre commemoration set

January 18, 2012
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By RODNEY D. BOAM Citizen editor   The commemoration of the Bear River Massacre will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m., at the memorial site off Highway 91, approximately four miles northwest of Preston, just past the Bear River bridge. The memorial usually is an opportunity for the tribal members to...

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Winter storm warning for southeast Idaho

January 18, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   There is a big change in the weather pattern and the National Weather Service is predicting several inches of snow accumulation in Franklin County by Friday. The agency issued a winter storm warning from Wednesday at noon through Thursday afternoon. The NWS said up to four-feet of...

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First Baby

January 3, 2012
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First Baby

By RODNEY D. BOAM, Citizen Editor   The Franklin County Medical Center’s first baby of 2012, was Ethan Swainston, born at 11:59 p.m.on Monday, Jan. 2, He is the first son of Talesha and Curtis Swainston, of Preston. Ethan weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 and 1/4 inches long. Ethan has three...

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No one injured in house fire

December 15, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   A Preston family escaped injury early Thursday morning after their house was destroyed by fire. Dan Buckingham and his family was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors and managed to get out of the burning structure at 135 So. 300 West unharmed, according to Franklin County...

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Man sentenced for shooting at Preston Police officers

November 22, 2011
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By Robert S. Merrill Assistant editor   A Preston man has been sentenced to serve up to five years in the state prison for shooting at two Preston Police officers during a domestic dispute earlier this year. Jacob Ray Johnson was arrested early last spring for attempted murder of two police officers during a...

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Election Results

November 9, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   Voters in towns across Franklin County picked council candidates and filled and mayoral posts Tuesday in a light turnout at the polls. Those obtaining culinary water from the Fairview Water District approved a $1.9 million bond by a large majority, 89 yes to 45 no. There were...

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