By RODNEY D. BOAM
August: Fire heavily damaged a storage complex just northwest of the county’s Robinson Building at the start of the county fair. Many of the units used by food vendors were destroyed by the fire.
September: Members of the 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team, including soldiers from Preston, returned from service in Iraq. Two of those who returned were members of local law enforcement community: Chad Dunn, a Preston Police officer, and Kelly Biggs, a Sheriff’s deputy for Franklin County.
Concerned community members and businessmen save the Festival of Lights, a 25-year-plus tradition that was considered doomed by lack of funding and perceived interest.
Whitney resident Sue Panter was mauled by a 3-point buck deer while jogging along 1600 East near Little Mountain on Sept. 30. She was rescued by two motorists, Michael Vaughn and his daughter Alexis, who stopped and got the deer off of Panter.
December: House fire destroys home and displaces family of 12 in the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 15. Dan Buckingham and his wife Brenda had just settled in from a trip to Salt Lake, when the home’s fire alarms alerted them. The Buckinghams stood and watched fire fighters battle the flames which left the home and everything in it in ruins.
Preston police and county deputies were involved in standoff at the home of Danny Timothy of Preston. Timothy surrendered to police after at two hour stand-off. Timothy was arrested on charges of aggravated assault.
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