Some impressive monsoonal storms hit Franklin County last weekend. Heavy black clouds dropped their rain in various places at various rates.

Personnel from Idaho Fish and Game’s hatcheries in the Southeast Region will be releasing over 6,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout at various locations during August. Of that, 500 will be planted at Willow Flat between Aug. 2 and Aug. 6. Another 500 will be planted between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3.

Carma Long is celebrating her 95th birthday on Aug. 8. Her family will meet on the Aug. 7, to honor her and have a birthday dinner. Carma was born in Glendale, Idaho in 1926 to Fred and Eva Wanner. She married J Reed Long in 1944. He died in 2013 after 69 years of marriage. They have five ch…

Richard and Jennifer Swainston are pleased to announce the marriage of their son, Cory Swainston, to Anna Warner, daughter of Karen and Eric England and Phil Warner. Cory and Anna were sealed in the Mt. Timpanogos LDS Temple on July 23, 2021. A reception was held that evening in Pleasant Gro…

There has been a noticeable reduction in water usage in Preston, said city officials during their July 26 meeting. Almost a month has passed since Preston City officials changed the base amount of water per month to 40,000 gallons from 50,000 gallons.

Governor Brad Little took a moment to answer some local questions while he was in town for That Famous Preston Night Rodeo on July 29.

The Heritage Home in Preston recently received a Silver Award certificate of recognition from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for their quality of care of its residents during survey in June.

School will start soon, and everyone will be getting back into a normal routine. It is a great time to consider making some small lifestyle changes that will positively impact your family.

For generations, people have “come on home” for That Famous Preston Night Rodeo. This year, it “set a record” as JJ Harrison, the clown, repeatedly pointed out to a delighted crowd.

The Franklin County Theatre of Arts Council put on the melodrama Rise of Robin Hood by Brian D. Taylor on July 23, 24 and 26 at the Worm Creek Opera House. It was directed by Paul Swainston and Rodney Comstock.

A spark from a backhoe striking rock in the parched grasses in the Cub River Ranches subdivision changed one family’s Sunday plans.

As Gov. Brad Little and the largest crowds ever at that Famous Preston Night Rodeo watched top-notch cowboys rope, ride and race, JJ Harrison and Andy Seiler exchange witty barbs and the crowd raise their voices in competition, it was a bull that stole the show Thursday night.

The Grace Fellowship Church Vacation Bible School was held July 12-21, under a blanket of clouds and a cooling breeze at times, in Preston Park. “Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth” was the theme. Children ages 4 to those who completed 5th grade participated.

Wells Fargo has had a branch operating in Preston for decades. In September that will no longer be the case. Customers have been directed to use locations in Logan or online resources after Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

To people living today the life of a pioneer could be a script for an action movie. The strong leading man going forth in one adventure after another, accomplishing daring feats, finding romance and doing it all in under two hours. When asked to recount his life history, William Moroni Blair…

The family of Merlin and Naomi Wilde combined with the community of Mink Creek to bring “Nome” home to Mink Creek for Naomi’s 106th birthday. Two of her sons live in Mink Creek, Ross and Dean. Their brother Van lives in Arizona.

Quoting from an article I wrote in May, “This is shaping up to be a rough water year. In the coming months we are likely to see limited water supply and you should start now conditioning your lawn to put down deep roots.”

The West Side School district will discontinue Online Options as a method of teaching most students as it puts excess strain on staff and faculty to teach double the classes. The system will still be available for students who have extenuating circumstances such as an extreme family issue, p…

Some of the new people hired by the Preston School District were introduced at the July 21 meeting of the district’s board of trustees.

Record crowds have purchased tickets to That Famous Preston Night Rodeo. Even with just half the arena replaced with the new bleachers, there are more seats than have been available in the past — and they are essentially sold out, said rodeo chair Kris Beckstead. Just a few single seats are …

(Editorial Note: Part 232 of a series of further development in the early days that impacted Franklin County. Sources: Franklin County Citizen, 1924-1931; Wikipedia; 4-H History, Southeastern Advocate, 1914.)

During the 100 Deadliest Days on Idaho roads, the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is working with law enforcement agencies, including the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Preston Police Department, to reduce aggressive driving.

Students of Virginia Thompsen, a teacher at Preston High School for 31 years before retiring in 1992, may be interested in knowing that their former type teacher was named by Spring City, Utah, as the 2021 Citizen of the Year and Grand Marshall of the Pioneer Day Parade.

The July Dayton City Council meeting was hot and muggy. Councilman Stacy Moser summed it up nicely when he, half jokingly, motioned for the city office building to get an air conditioner. The improvised swamp cooler, a fan blowing on some ice packs, wasn’t keeping up very well with the 95 de…

Cement sidewalks buckling in the heat isn’t anything new in warmer climes, but it is new in Preston. City workers who have cared for public infrastructures in Preston over the last four decades say they have never seen this in Preston before. Since mid June temperatures in Preston have remai…

After a year away from the stage and audience, Franklin County Theatre Arts Council is back with a live production. “The Rise of Robin Hood,” a melodrama written by Brian D. Taylor, is set for production July 23, 24 and 26 at the Worm Creek Opera House.

Canning season is almost here. When canning low acid foods like meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, be sure to use a pressure canner. Pressure canning can kill the spores of the deadly bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. However, just using a pressure canner does not guarantee safe food. You m…

On Saturday, July 31 the Bar J Wranglers will perform at the Caribou County Fairgrounds, under the big top. The Grace High School Booster’s annual fundraiser features a chuck wagon breakfast including pancakes, eggs, and sausage with entertainment by the Bar J Wranglers.

Preston Kiwanis is anticipating record crowds this year at the rodeo and is calling for as many volunteers as it can find to grill burger, take and run orders, take payment, set up and clean up, said Connie Young secretary and treasurer of the club. To help, interested persons may contact he…

With the expansion of the rodeo arena's southern and eastern sides, the Lions Club lost its kitchen temporarily, said Cyndi Wall, president of the service club.

A Pioneer Day outreach program will be sponsored by the Franklin Company Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, on Saturday, July 24, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the museum on 1st East and Oneida in Preston. Families are invited to come and tour the museum, as well as living history demonstration…

Lori Jones and Doug West both of Preston have announced they will wed Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. They will be married at Deer Cliff Inn by a mutual friend, Wayne Schroll of Nampa, Idaho.

Javiera Silva is living her dream. She is a medic in the United States Air Force, looking forward to her first deployment.

There is in the splashing of the creek a great spray of diamonds. As each youngster sails like an astronaut out on the tire swing, then releases the hold on the earth to flail, suspended in time and space for that brief second or two, there is a timelessness, a postponement of all things evi…

Representatives from Heritage Development laid out new plans for the Franklin Council on Wed., July 14. Many of the issues opposed at June’s meeting had been revised, but citizen opposition was still intense.

At its July 12 meeting the Preston City Council approved a business license for Wheeler Electric out of Idaho Falls. The company will work out of a trailer, not a store front, as it works on local construction.

Vendors who come to town during That Famous Preston Night Rodeo will be able to set up shop July 29-31 in Benson Park. Next year, they will be located elsewhere.

Striping the roads around Preston High School with angled parking lines has almost tripled the number of cars that can be accommodated during high school events. Officers Scott Royer and Cuyler Stoker of the Preston Police Department marked out the spacing and the Preston City Public Works c…

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