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Andrus says goodbye

February 20, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor Several co-workers of Franklin County Medical Center Administrator Mike Andrus applauded him for his years of service to the hospital and community. Andrus announced his pending retirement recently. The hospital held a retirement party for him last Wednesday. Paul Smart, chief financial officer for FCMC, said he has...

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Napoleon turns 10

February 20, 2014
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By RODNEY D. BOAM  Citizen editor It’s been 11 years since hometown filmmaker Jared Hess and his wife Jerusha brought his crew to Preston to film the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.” Ten years ago it put Preston on the map. Although not many in Preston warmly embraced the movie, it still made $46 million. The...

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Council to look for new industrial site

February 19, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor A four-county economic director urged Preston City, Franklin County and Franklin City officials to work together to find suitable ground for a second industrial park in the county. Kathy Ray, based in Malad, told the council on Monday the current industrial park in Preston is almost full. “There’s...

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Annual FFA breakfast scheduled Thursday

February 19, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor The annual Preston FFA breakfast will be held this Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Craner Agriculture Building on the Preston High School campus. The event started in 2005 and is provided free of charge as a token of appreciation to those businesses and individuals in the community who...

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Hobbs signs letter of intent

February 19, 2014
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By TERESA CHIPMAN  PHS sports writer Tess Hobbs, daughter of Jeff and Jill Hobbs of Franklin, has accepted a scholarship and signed a letter of intent to play soccer for BYU-Hawaii. She plans to study business at the Division II school. She had verbally committed to play for Dixie State University, but when BYU-Hawaii...

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Officials call CodeRED testing a success

February 19, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor A performance test held last week of the new CodeRED emergency notification system in Franklin County was very successful with a connectivity rate of 81 percent. The test determined how quickly messages can be delivered to the entire community in case of an actual emergency. The new system,...

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Irrigation forecast: Improved?

February 18, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor Weather forecasters are predicting the stormy pattern of the past two weeks to continue and that is improving the water outlook for this coming irrigation season in Franklin County. But more snow and rain is needed during the next six weeks before irrigation companies will know just how...

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Avalanche danger extreme

February 18, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor Heavy mountain snow, laden with ample moisture, has fallen the past two weeks across Franklin County and northern Utah and created extreme avalanche conditions. Up to four feet of the white stuff has accumulated and Franklin County emergency services director Warren Wilde is cautioning snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and...

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Sandbag sand moved

February 18, 2014
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By RODNEY D. BOAM  Citizen editor Franklin County Emergency Management Director Warren Wilde is preparing for possible flooding in the county. The Franklin County Road Department has moved the sand for sandbags from the road sheds to the indoor riding arena at the county fairgrounds. No sand will be available at the Franklin County...

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Two charged with felonies

February 18, 2014
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By RODNEY D. BOAM  Citizen editor Christopher Thomas Baker, 36, of Weston, has been charged in District Court with one count of grand theft and one count of burglary for allegedly breaking into a safe on Jan. 31 and taking $30,000 from Lamonts Automotive Repair, where he was employed. Becky Matthews, 44, of Preston,...

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