In an effort to celebrate educators in the Preston School District, the Preston Education Foundation hosted a gala dinner on May 6 for district employees: aides, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, cleaners, administrators, and teachers. 

H.K. and Angela Smith are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Lexi to Mitch Mingo, son of Darwin and Julie Mingo of Rockland, Idaho. They will be married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan, Utah Temple on May 18, 2021. Lexi graduated from the Idaho Virtual Acad…

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at 200 East 200 South, in Preston, on April 20 at about 10:30 p.m. Chad Daley sustained internal bleeding due to the collision and spent time in both Franklin County Medical Center as well as Portneuf Medical Center for his injuries.

It is May and we are still in legislative session. I hope that comes to an end next week. However, I do not want to Sine Die. Some say that means the legislature wouldn’t be able to comeback and conduct business. I don’t agree with that. I believe we have the authority to convene when we wan…

With billowy clouds dotting a blue sky and colorful flowers blooming May is a pretty time to celebrate Mother’s Day. Cards, candy, flowers, hugs and kisses fill the day for many. With my children spread out in various states, I started my own tradition of writing a letter to each of my child…

After over a year of being closed to the public, the Preston Family History Center has set May 17, as its first day to be open to the public.

(Editorial Note: Part 202 of a series of further development in the early days that impacted Franklin County. Sources: Preston Booster, 1913; Preston News, 1914.)

Trails West, which has built horse trailers in Preston for the last 44 years, was recently recognized for excellence in that market.

Coryneum blight or shot-hole blight is a fungal disease that causes damage on peach, nectarine, apricot, and sometimes cherries. It is caused by the fungal pathogen Wilsonmyces carpophilus. It can infect buds, twigs and branches but most often we notice it on leaves and fruit.

25 Years Ago, May 8, 1996

After receiving education budgets from the House and looking at a comprehensive budget the Idaho Senate swiftly advanced meaningful tax relief this week, passing a Tax Relief bill (H 380) by a vote of 27-8. The legislation saves Idaho taxpayers more than $160 million by cutting tax rates for…

The biggest issue of the Weston City Council meeting this month was the completion of the water project. The hold-up from last month was that the control panel and various parts for it couldn’t be found due to widespread shortages caused by the pandemic. Those have since been resolved and th…

As you know, I have had a total knee replacement and have missed about two weeks of the session. The shutdown we had for COVID -19 affected my scheduling of the knee surgery. Long story short, I had a deadline to complete the surgery, or would have to have all the prep work repeated. The sur…

Local youth participating in District 8 rodeo last weekend placed as follows:

Local elementary teacher DeeDee Ford spent the last day of April and the first day of May doing something unimaginable to many. She competed in and ultimately won her age division of the Bonneville Salt Flats 100-mile Endurance Run. The original course was underwater due to recent storms but…

Marie Russom, who has worked in the Preston School District for 24 years, is the Rotary Teacher of the Month.

Dismayed by the repeated vandalism of its public restrooms and splash pad, Preston City’s mayor and council noted that it is stepping up security around the city park. City officers will be making extra surveillance, as well as improving its camera systems.

The Franklin County Historical Society is sponsoring a Kids’ Summer Passport program for local county children. It is hoped that participants will become acquainted with a few of the many places in Franklin County that have historical significance and have some fun while doing it. When the “…

Unlike the last 40 years, in which the Citizen of the Year has been chosen from individual nominations, The Preston Citizen’s 2020 Ross/Bell Community Service (Citizen of the Year) Award was nominated by a whole class of people: West Side High School’s Class of 2021. They and scores of peopl…

As we enter May, I reflect on a question once posed by my granddaughter, Rebekah: “Grandma, if April brings showers, what did the May flower bring?” I thought of a couple of good intelligent answers but couldn’t guess the one she was posing. With a Cheshire-cat smile she quipped: “The Pilgrims.”

Quick highlights from the journalist history of Franklin County over the past 100 years. Taken from the newspaper archives of the Franklin County Citizen and Preston Citizen.

The local swim team held its final meet of the season for elementary and junior high swimmers from Preston and West Side schools last Wednesday, April 28 at the Preston Aquatic Center. High school kids on the swim team are also on their high school track teams, so they did not participate in…

The House voted on Senate Bill 1204 this week. This vote decided whether to accept the new wave of federal aid money. Idaho is doing just fine; we do not need this money. We have a surplus, as it stands. The bill passed 38-31. The more conservative Republicans voted against it. I certainly v…

(Editorial Note: Part 202 of a series of further development in the early days that impacted Franklin County. Sources: Preston Booster, 1912-13; The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey; Life Story of David Davis; The History of Bannock County, 1893-1993.)

There seems to be some movement on appropriation budgets this week as the Joint Finance and Appropriation Committee (JFAC) approved some revised versions of the higher education and K-12 budgets to be voted on by the House and Senate. The new budget bills include a $1 million increase to the…

Dennis DeeRay Jensen and Charles “Randy” Moore, both veterans of the Vietnam War, were honored recently for their service in the Vietnam War with a “Quilt of Valor.”

Dr. Lance Harrison has been named by the trustees of the Preston School District as its new superintendent. He will take his position at the end of June, when Superintendent Marc Gee will finish up his contract with the district and move on to a position in Middleton, near Boise. Gee has bee…

The April West Side School board meeting began with a passionate message of concern from John Olinger. He came to the board meeting to voice his worries about the potential hazards of police drug raids at the school. One instance he articulated was the piling of student backpacks for the dru…

Preston City is planning a celebration June 5, to open its splash pad and kick-off a new Pitch, Hit and Run competition. The celebration will begin with the competition at 10 a.m., and be followed by the splash pad party at from noon to 2 p.m.

In horticulture, dormant oil is an inaccurate term today. It originally referred to less refined oils that were unsafe to use on plants after they broke dormancy. However, these older oils have been replaced with more refined, light-weight oils that have potential application to plant foliage.

Last Friday Governor Little vetoed Senate Bill 1136 (S1136). As you may remember, S 1136 addressed changes in the Extreme Emergency Powers held by the Governor. This legislation declared that every Idahoan that works and pays taxes is essential. It protected the rights of citizens to peacefu…

It’s a pleasant sound when I step out onto my front porch to hear the singing of birds high in the treetops, or watch the birds hopping about in the grass. I’m amazed to look up and see Bald Eagles flying in circles over our house and landing in the tall pine trees across the street. Sometim…

I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan. 1, 1967. There were many things that I did not understand about the church. When I was asked to talk in a stake conference and was confused because I thought we would meet in a steak house. Anoth…

The Preston Junior High advanced choir, directed by Jill Durrant, presented a musical melodrama “Westward Whoa” on April 14-15, in the PJH cafeteria.

Dr. Joel Wilson will join the Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office beginning July 1. He currently serves as superintendent for the Butte County School District, and was the superintendent of the Preston School District before that.

Cache Valley Ballroom’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” event was held April 23, at the Elwell gymnasium in Dayton. The fund-raiser featured 10 “stars” from the community who each performed a ballroom dance routine with a CVB dancer in front of a panel of judges and the cheering crowd.

Quick highlights from the journalist history of Franklin County over the past 100 years. Taken from the newspaper archives of the Franklin County Citizen and Preston Citizen.

(Editorial Note: Part 201 of a series of further development in the early days that impacted Franklin County. Sources: Preston News, 1921-1942; Franklin County Citizen, 1942-1946; Franklin County Commissioner records 1956-62.)

When Barbara Packer’s brother, Lynn Womack, called in January, and asked to take Barbara and her husband, John, to dinner on Sat., April 17, he explained that hopefully the COVID restrictions would be lifted by then. Well, that turned out to be a cover-up for the ‘real’ dinner invitation.

Tickets to That Famous Preston Night Rodeo will be available for purchase beginning May 20, at 8 a.m. Tickets range from $8 to $16 depending on sections of the arena they are in and age of person for whom the ticket is purchased. They will be available at www. prestonrodeo.com. For more info…

A tanker loaded with 48,000 pounds of organic cream from Aurora, Colorado, found itself high centered at 800 East Oneida on April 13. Following GPS coordinates that routed the truck away from Preston’s State Street, the driver passed at least six signs that warned the road was closed due to …

Franklin County Commissioner, Robert Swainston, advised the Preston City Council on April 12, that a bid to improve the airport's runway was opened the week before, allowing efforts to obtain funding to proceed. 

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