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Two plead guilty to grand theft

March 9, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   Two Franklin County residents associated with a recent crime spree across southern Idaho and northern Utah plead guilty to grand theft in District Court in Franklin County on Thursday. Judge Mitchell W. Brown ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Hector Diaz, 20, Franklin, and Jose Padilla, 18, Preston....

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Battery suspect waives preliminary hearing

March 9, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   An adult male, arrested on Feb. 29 in conjunction with an aggravated battery in Preston, waived a preliminary hearing in Franklin County’s magistrate court Thursday and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 19 in District Court before Judge Mitchell W. Brown. The alleged assault took place...

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Conveyor belt causes mill fire

March 9, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   A malfunction in a conveyor-belt system was listed as the apparent cause of a fire Wednesday afternoon that destroyed a grain mill at Valley Wide Co-op (Franklin County Grain Growers) 264 So. State, causing up to $5 million in damage. Fire District Fire Marshal Scott Martin said...

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Hyde signs double sport scholarship to play at TVCC

March 9, 2012
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Hyde signs double sport scholarship to play at TVCC

By TERESA CHIPMAN PHS sports writer Recently, Preston High School senior Regan Hyde traveled to Ontario, Ore., again. This time to meet with Treasure Valley Community College soccer coach to practice and ultimately sign a full-ride scholarship to play soccer and softball for the Chukars. A month prior, Hyde had visited the campus at...

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Baseball players sign to play at USU-Eastern

March 9, 2012
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Baseball players sign to play at USU-Eastern

By TERESA CHIPMAN PHS sports writer Two Preston baseball standouts signed Letters of Intent to play for USU-Eastern recently. Brayden Jorgensen and Colton Draney both accepted scholarships to play for the two-year sports program which is considered a great feeder for other Utah universities. Baseball coach Brandon Ormond said, “Brayden Jorgensen is a three-year...

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UPDATE – Grain Growers fire aftermath and interview with Fire Marshall

March 8, 2012
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Photos from the fire at Grain Growers

March 8, 2012
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  Photos by Bob Merrill

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Granary fire causes $4-5 million in damage

March 8, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   A fire started at approximately 3:37 p.m. Wednesday at Valley Wide Co-op’s (Franklin County Grain Growers) grain mill at 264 So. State and totally destroyed the structure, causing between $4-5 million in damage. Fire District Fire Marshal Scott Martin said the fire spread quickly and was already...

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BSU asks Dunn to play

March 8, 2012
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BSU asks Dunn to play

By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor Football fans from Franklin County will be following the Boise State Broncos a little closer this fall to see the progress of Preston’s Brennyn Dunn. Dunn was recently invited to play football for BSU as a preferred walk-on and said he is very excited about the opportunity to...

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Fire at Franklin County Grain Growers – Initial Report

March 7, 2012
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   A fire started at approximately 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at Valley Wide Co-op’s (Franklin County Grain Growers) grain mill at 264 So. State and totally destroyed the structure. Fire crews were still on the scene at 8:30 p.m. mopping up and watching for hotspots in the granary tower...

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