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Crime spree stopped

December 9, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   Three Franklin County residents associated with a recent crime spree in Idaho and Utah are incarcerated and court proceedings have begun. Hector Diaz, 20, of Franklin, waived a preliminary hearing on Dec. 2 and was bound over to district court on three felony grand theft charges, according...

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Concert – Christmas carols to ring out at Rotary event

December 9, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor Christmas carols will again ring out in Franklin County during this holiday season and help get residents in the Christmas “mood.” The Preston Rotary Christmas Choir will present its 79th annual concert this Sunday, Dec. 11. Co-director Carl Hoffman said this year is the 79th anniversary of continual...

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Record November snowfall and colder than normal

December 9, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor Even though much of the white stuff in the valley has melted, a record snowfall for the month of November was recorded and it’s 458 percent of long-term averages. The normal amount of measurable snow is 3.4 inches and King Smith, who records weather data for the National...

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First half Property Tax due Dec. 20, 2011

December 9, 2011
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By ROBERT MERRILL Assistant editor Property owners in Franklin County and across Idaho have until Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. to pay their first-half, 2011 property tax payments. The full property tax assessment bill has two deadlines for payments. The first half is due on Dec. 20 every year. The second half is...

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Entrance to Stokes altered for Safety concerns

December 8, 2011
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor A project, designed to improve safety on South State in front of Stokes MarketPlace, has recently been completed and will change traffic patterns on the highway. Entryways into the parking lot of the grocery store off South State have been eliminated. New curb, gutter, and sidewalks have been...

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Author to sign Christmas book

December 8, 2011
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Author to sign Christmas book

By RODNEY D. BOAM  Citizen editor Annell Williamson, a Southeast Idaho author, will be at The Citizen for a book signing of her new book, “In Search of the King,” on Dec. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. Williamson, who lives in Georgetown, has written a story about how a group of animals go...

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Medicare Advantage deadline is Feb. 29, not Dec. 7 to switch

December 7, 2011
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By CITIZEN STAFF  Those losing Medicare Advantage coverage have until Feb. 29, 2012, to make necessary changes, The Citizen has learned. That’s rather than a Dec. 7 deadline reported in last week’s paper, one which several sources had identified. Sherri Hoffman, a Franklin County-based senior health insurance specialist who is contracted with United Healthcare/AARP,...

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H.S. choirs in Christmas mode

December 7, 2011
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H.S. choirs in Christmas mode

By RODNEY D. BOAM Citizen editor This is a busy time of year for the vocal music students at the two major high schools in Franklin County. Preston High School vocal instructor Paul Seare said the Preston vocal groups and band are planning holiday concerts beginning with the Christmas Concert series at the Logan...

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SCS pellet plant a win, win, win

December 7, 2011
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SCS pellet plant a win, win, win

By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor EDITOR’S NOTE: This story first appeared online at www.prestoncitizen.com  The local Soil Conservation District (SCD) has embarked on a wood pellet manufacturing enterprise ultimately designed to reduce material destined for the county landfill. The operation, Bear River Pellets, has also created two part-time and one full-time position at...

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Grain Growers to merge

December 6, 2011
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Grain Growers to merge

By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor Franklin County Grain Growers Co-op, an 81-year-old institution in the community, will become Valley Wide Co-op on Jan. 1. Local stockholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposal to merge with Valley Wide last month. Local manager Steve Hinckley said 86 percent of those who cast ballots at...

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