(Editorial Note: Part 177 of a series of further development in the early days that impacted Franklin County. Sources: Hometown Sketchbook, researched by Newell Hart; Franklin County Citizen, 1920-42; Cache Valley Newsletter, edited by Newell Hart; Obituary of Michael Nielson; Interview of L…

“Do I need to quarantine?” It’s a question the employees at Southeast Idaho Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline are answering hundreds of times a day. While the ultimate answer changes call to call and person to person, they all almost start the same with an “It depends.”Before getting into “wh…

Influenza (the flu) is a serious contagious disease that attacks the respiratory tract in humans. The flu is different from a cold in that it comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, and body aches. Most people recover from influe…

Local wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revert to zoom today, just as they were set to opening back up to weekly services on Sunday. 

The coronavirus has claimed its first life in Franklin County, states the Southeast Idaho Public Health office. A man in his 80s passed away Monday, Oct. 5, from the disease. To respect his family’s privacy, SIPH offered no additional details.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stated on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test comes a month until the election and after the president has spent the year largely downplaying the threat of the virus.

For entrepreneurs of all ages, all industry types, and the expansive array of ideas that come with the pursuit of running a small business, so comes the dilemma for many around HOW to get their idea/product/service the financial backing to get it off the ground and delivered to the masses.

The dining room of the Preston Senior Center is reopening Oct. 2. Curbside lunch pick-ups will continue to be available as well, said Lindsay Broadhead of the center, but seniors who enjoy the center’s lunches are encouraged to return to the dining room for socialization.

The pandemic's impact on the ability to obtain food has taken a variety of shapes over the last six months. But one that is enduring is the inability of organizations which provide food to the aged or needy populations of Franklin County, to continue to do so.

The Larsen-Sant Library is one of 51 public libraries in Idaho that have been granted increased Wi-Fi hotspots for patron use. The service will be funded by The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) which received $2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act fundi…

Dax Keller was unanimously voted in as a new trustee on the Preston School District Board of Trustees on Sept. 16. Keller fills a position vacated by Jodi Shumway, who resigned from the board last month in order for the district to employe his wife as a teacher.

The Worm Creek Opera House will suspend showing movies until Thanksgiving or perhaps Christmas. Distributors of new movies are not releasing them yet, and the theater has not been able to break even showing pre-released movies, said theater board member Anita Swainston.

Idaho Fish and Game is taking public comment on a variety of proposed fee rules that would affect fees for refunds, hunter education, and more. Deadline to comment is Oct. 7, and people can comment via email to or mail to Paul Kline, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID, 83707.

To protect the health of its members, the Rotary Choir has suspended its annual Christmas concert for the 2020 holiday season.

Preston and West Side School Districts are joining other school districts in Eastern Idaho that have chosen to provide free meals to all registered students likely through the rest of 2020. The free meal program comes as an extension of a change to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nation…

A month ago, when Utah State University had a phased move-in for students living on campus, not as many of them were wearing masks while outside — despite a policy requiring face coverings.

The regular flu vaccine as well as the high dose flu vaccine is now available at Southeastern Idaho Public Health. To schedule immunization appointments, contact the Franklin County Office at 208.852.0478 or visit for more information.

What local health officials had hoped would be only a couple of days of relatively high COVID-19 cases has continued, with 20 or more new infections reported every day since Thursday in the health district.

On Sept. 8, the Preston School District was notified that a student attending Preston High School had tested positive for COVID-19.

The 38th annual LoToJa Classic will pass through Franklin County with approximately 1,250 cyclists on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Preston Area Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Preston Elks Club in a canned food drive on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at the corner of Oneida and 100 West.

Steve Aust, Director of the Preston Community Food Pantry, wants residents who need help with food to know that the pantry is open. Patrons may drive up to the food pantry door where they will be told what is available and their order will be taken. There is no paper handling.

With COVID-19 test results back from more than 80% of the 287 residents in USU’s quarantined dorms, four students are known so far to have the virus, but a university spokesperson said Friday no more positive results are expected from the “few dozen” remaining students.

A report co-authored by a Utah State University professor sheds light on how people in the Western U.S. have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including their views on government assistance and what the future holds.

As of Thursday evening, Sept. 3, the Southeast Idaho Public Health District had reported four new cases of coronavirus in Franklin County since Monday, Aug. 31.

Bear River and four of its fellow Region 11 schools did themselves proud at the 4A boys’ state golf championships last week, but it was a second-year school from the southern end of the state that took the event by storm.

The Bear River football team knew it was facing a tall task in its final home game of the 2020 season, hosting a Sky View team that hasn’t lost a region game in more than four years and came to Garland riding a 20-game winning streak dating back to last season.

With Bear River already featuring the top golfer in Region 11 this year, the Bears entered last week’s region championships with an outside chance to also claim the season team title.

More than 600 miles on I-15 made for a long day, but the Bear River High School cross country team gained some valuable experience at a meet in Cedar City last week.

Three difficult losses to open Region 11 play did not crush the spirit of the Bear River High football team, which went on the road last Friday and pitched a shutout.

The Bear River cross country team was able to attend one of the few invitationals being held this year, returning to one of their favorite meets at Roy High School on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The GWFC Women’s Civic League teamed up with Tremonton City to bring a pumpkin walk to the local community. The public turned out in force to see a variety of pumpkin- and Halloween-themed displays from local schools, businesses and other organizations.

Angels for Christmas taking applicationsApplications are being taken for the Angels For Christmas program that helps Box Elder County families with Christmas assistance.

It’s finally fall and I’m so excited! I love this time of year because I love drinking hot chocolate, turning the fireplace on, and wearing oversized sweaters. I love watching the leaves fall from the trees, taking my kids to pick apples, and making (well, eating) pies. I love the crisp, col…

Boyd Udy took his team and a buggy on Friday to Shane Haviland’s place to give Shane’s daughter, Addy, a ride to the top of a hill in Avon for her wedding to Cody Hill. Boyd says “Congratulations to the bride and groom.”

Woke up this morning wondering just what you would like to hear about this little town. Would you be interested if I told you a herd of wild horses came into Portage and spread out to find food and water wherever they could, and people were amazed to see these beautiful animals striding by t…

The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer search and rescue team dedicated to saving lives by providing search, rescue and emergency response to the visitors and citizens of Box Elder County.

Pumpkin walk this Friday, SaturdayThe GFWC Women’s Civic League and Tremonton City invite the public to the first Tremonton Area Pumpkin Walk this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, at the Holmgren Nature Trail.

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