(Editorial Note: Part 243 of a series of further development in the early days that impacted Franklin County. Sources: Cache Valley Newsletter, compiled and edited by Newell Hart,; Franklin County Citizen, 1916; History of A Valley, edited by Joel E. Ricks ; Hometown Album, compiled by Newel…

Cars lined our neighborhood streets as they regularly do on Friday nights for Preston High School’s football game. This past Friday, despite the thunder, lightning and heavy rain, they still came to the game donned in heavy coats, gloves, hats and we even saw a portable heater under a blanke…

Practices have begun for the Preston Rotary Club sponsored Christmas Choir. The choir is slated to perform at the Dahle Performing Arts Center in Dayton on Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

According to the Preston Junior High weather station, four inches of snow, broken tree branches and downed trees marked the arrival of winter in Franklin County on Tuesday, Oct. 12. More snow was expected early this week.

The Preston Citizen asked the candidates of local contested government offices four questions to better help their potential constituents get to know their thoughts on their communities. Following are their responses.

As fall unfolds and the days grow darker and colder, we’re faced with the possibility of getting the flu and COVID-19. Regardless of how we personally feel about vaccination, we can boost our immunity by eating nutritious foods.

(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 October Dayton City Council meeting began with a review of the future dates for the next few meetings to ensure that the busy holiday season doesn’t interfere. The next city council meetings will take place Nov. 9, and Dec. 7, at their usual time, 4:30 p.m.

Preston City will host a “Meet the Candidates” night on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 — 8 p.m., at the city offices for the upcoming Preston City Council election. Two council seats are open, and the meeting will also be live streamed.

Randy Henrie updated the Franklin County Commissioners on the progress of the courthouse remodel during their commission meet on Oct. 12. Henrie said he received final approval of the plans for the sally port and generator.

Symbii Home Health and Hospice was recently named the reader's choice for Best Home Health in 2021 by the Idaho State Journal. The company, which has offices across southeast Idaho, also has an office in Preston. 

Jeff Elgan, Preston, changed his plea to guilty to an amended charge on Sept. 23.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce the implementation of the Medical Priority Dispatch System™ (MPDS®) to better serve the citizens of Preston City and Franklin County in emergency situations. With it, dispatchers will coach someone at the scene on steps to take to h…

Preston City’s Festival of Lights is slated for next month and the festival committee has requested reservations for the Candlelight dinner by Friday, Oct. 15.

Weston’s October city council meeting began with the resignation of another council member. This time it was Ryan Beckstead who resigned. Since it was his seat that was up for reelection the council has decided to simply swear in his replacement a month early so they will begin in December r…

Petunias, marigolds, zinnia, and other annuals grown in containers will die when frosts get too severe. Most perennials (plant that comes back year after year), however, can be maintained over the winter if steps are taken to protect them. I’m going to refer primarily to trees and shrubs, bu…

Most people I talked to this week have picked the last of their tomato crop and had them in the pressure canner on the stove. The clouds gathered for a day, thundered and lightning, and rain dampened the sidewalks, roads, and grass. Afterward, a brilliantly colored rainbow arched over our ne…

Snowfall arrived in Franklin County over the weekend when a storm parked over the valley and delivered much needed rain on the valley floors and snow in the mountains. Rain continued Monday and Tuesday, turning into more snow, some on the valley floors.

Chris Pitkin (left) and Mitch Nelson (right) accept a $4,225 check from Jackie Anderson and Michelle McNeely, who represent the Elks Club. S&R is bringing on more member and the funds will supply them with equipment, said Pitkin, the S&R commander. Some may also be used to fund beaco…

Matthew Durrant, a native of Preston now living in Utah, was recently named one of the recipients of the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in the Crossroads of the West Council last week. The NESA honors men who have devoted lifetime of service to their community…

(Editorial Note: Part 242 (news #2) of a series of further development in the early days that impacted Franklin County. Sources: Cache Valley Newsletter, compiled and edited by Newell Hart; Franklin County Citizen, 1916; Preston Standard, 1901-1902; Hometown Album, compiled by Newll Hart. Li…

(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 John Birch Society (JBS) of Preston will host for its October meeting Shanna Geddes, chairman of Franklin County’s Republican Precinct Committee, and Scott Workman, the district chairman. Geddes also served as the Franklin County clerk and as the assistant clerk for approximately 20 year…

The Larsen-Sant Library is holding its annual Cookie & a Book Night on Wed., Oct. 13, from 4 — 6 p.m. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Oakwood Elementary cafeteria, said Teresa Rasmussen, assistant director at the library.

Can you feel it? In the cool, breezy air leaves are turning brilliant colors and falling off the trees. Family and friends traveling through Sardine Canyon and Cub River Canyon tell me the colors are spectacular this year. Tomatoes in our garden are still producing but need to be covered lov…

Prized by the Aztecs and Maya for their ability to provide long-lasting energy, chia seeds have long been used as a superfood. Native to Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds are related to mint and come from the Salvia hispanica plant. Today, chia seeds have become a common ingredient in healthy…

Rocky Mountain Power was authorized by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to pass on a federal billing credit to certain residential or farm customers in Idaho. The change reduces the annual power bill of a typical residential customer by about $16.56 and takes effect Oct. 1, 2021.

A 90-day moratorium on approving any new minor subdivisions in the Preston City limits was approved three to one, at the city’s Sept. 27 meeting. The intent of the moratorium is to allow the city’s planning & zoning commission a chance to improve the minor subdivision ordinance. The mora…

The Preston High School band is participating in the Bridgerland Band Invitation on Oct. 9, at 8:45 a.m. With 43 high school marching bands coming to the competition from Utah and Idaho, marching band fans will have a full day of entertainment, said Wayne Manning, band director. 

(Editorial Note: Part 241 of a series of further development in the early days that impacted Franklin County. Sources: The Trailblazer History of the Development of Southeastern Idaho, published by Daughters of the Pioneers, 1930; Cache Valley Newsletter, compiled by Newell Hart; Franklin Co…

(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 seeds planted by 4-H members last spring that survived a late frost and exceptionally high temperatures last summer yielded some giant pumpkins this fall.

Idaho Fish and Game reminds all deer hunters that most antlerless mule deer hunting opportunities were eliminated for the 2021-2022 seasons in the Southeast Region. This includes general archery-only hunts, general youth-only hunts, controlled youth-only hunts, and extra antlerless controlle…

For those heading out for some pheasant hunting this fall in the Southeast Region, take note. The Zollinger Access Yes! property, located one quarter mile east of HWY 91 on the Winder reservoir road, will not be stocked by Idaho Fish and Game as planned.

With school back in session, it’s good to hear periodic cheers on the weekends from the Preston High School direction for their football games, youth football camps, soccer games and cross country races. Yay!

Preston Golf and Country Club Open League played a Low Gross and Low Net tournament this past week. In the First Flight, Sawyer Jensen finished first gross with a 33 and Chad Christensen was second with a 35. In the net division, Steve Summers was first with a 33, and Dean Blaisdell and Just…

The world is full of heroes of whom the public is largely unaware.

Preston Lions Club President Cyndi Wall, presented the Melvin Jones Fellow award to Preston Gold & country Club Golf Pro, John Van Vleet, on Sept. 11, for his support over the past 14 years helping with the Lions Knight for Sight Charity Golf Tournament.

Critical shortages of substitute teachers, bus drivers and other staff are stressing school districts and charter schools throughout Idaho, including Franklin County. A new program administered by the State Department of Education will help, but, but not enough, say local superintendents.

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