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VW merger announced

March 27, 2015
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After being partners in the success of Valley Agronomics for the past eight years, the board of directors of both Valley Co-ops of Jerome and Valley Wide Cooperative of Rupert have unanimously approved the signing of a letter of intent to merge both companies into one entity. Valley Wide Cooperative operates a farm store,...

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Safety net deadlines extended

March 27, 2015
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, until...

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PSD sets 2016 calendar

March 27, 2015
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By STEVE ANDERSON  Citizen intern The 2016 school calendar dominated the discussion at this past Wednesday’s Preston School Board meeting. Next year will begin with a full week of in-service teacher training in August and proceeds from there. Three proposals were offered to the board. One called for a nine to ten day Christmas...

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LDS Living preview: One county, two prophets

March 26, 2015
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By RODNEY D. BOAM  Citizen editor Heaven must have smiled on Franklin County in 1899 when two boys were born on farms not 10 miles apart and not far from Preston. They became classmates while being educated in the Oneida Stake and both would lead The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Harold...

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FFA team heads to state

March 26, 2015
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor The Preston FFA Chapter Parliamentary Procedure team recently competed in the District Career Development event held at West Side High School and won the competition, which qualifies it for state. The team members were required to complete a written test, answer oral questions and perform an eight-minute demonstration...

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Richards wins state at DECA competition

March 26, 2015
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By RODNEY D. BOAM  Citizen editor Preston High School senior Dylan Richards won first place in State in the Personal Financial Literacy category of DECA, previously known as Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America. Richards will head to Nationals in Orlando this April where he will compete at the Disney World...

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Teacher pay raise proposed

March 25, 2015
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By STEVE ANDERSON  Citizen Intern This past Friday, the Education Committee approved a proposal that will increase teacher’s pay. According to a report in the Idaho State Journal, the plan will boost teacher pay over the next five years at an initial cost of roughly $123 million. The same article said that a teacher’s...

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Legislature still in session

March 25, 2015
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor The 2015 session of the Idaho Legislature is starting to wind down and an adjournment date is still up in the air, pending agreement on a public education budget. “We still need to set the education budget, but first we need a plan on a teacher-pay bill,” said...

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Schools go on spring break

March 25, 2015
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor Students in all of Franklin County’s public schools will be on spring break from March 30 through April 3. The last day students and teachers will be in class in the Preston School District will be on Thursday, March 26. Students will return to school on Monday, April...

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PJH science team on to DC

March 24, 2015
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By RODNEY D. BOAM  Citizen editor Preston Junior High’s science team won first place in the Eastern Idaho Science Bowl. They will now be traveling, all expenses paid, to the national science bowl in Washington, D.C., on April 30 to May 4. They will compete in the Office of Science’s National Science Bowl and...

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