April 14th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” A Blackfoot man died after an early morning crash Thursday that resulted in his vehicle catching fire.
Tobie Robinson, 23, of Blackfoot, was traveling northbound on Highway 91 in a 1995 Acura Legend at approximately 2:30 a.m. when for unknown reasons his vehicle went off the right side of the roadway near Shilling Street, according to the Idaho State Police. Robinson's vehicle came to rest on the embankment of the Blackfoot River. He was wearing his seatbelt and was trapped inside his vehicle as it started on fire, ISP said.
THOMAS â€” The Snake River Community Orchestra will perform music from the popular Broadway musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel" for its spring concert Friday and Saturday.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5. All proceeds will benefit Snake River Fine Arts.
The orchestra will be accompanied by a chorus. There will be three talented vocal soloistsâ€”John Grayson, Curtis VanOrden and Sarah Jackson.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School Basketball Coach Jonathan Packer said he was informed this week by the administration at the school that they will not seek to renew his coaching contract next year. Packer coaches boys' varsity basketball.
Packer said he met with Ben Speelmon, the man hired in January to serve as an educational consultant in the absence of Principal Blaine McInelly, and Athletic Director Brian Flake Tuesday afternoon.
THOMAS â€” Cole Rushton and the rest of the Snake River Panthers were walking quietly and carrying a very big stick on Wednesday afternoon, scoring 17 runs on 15 hits in a 17-5 demolition of conference rival Marsh Valley.
"We hit the ball good and did a good job of playing a baseball game in just terrible weather," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "I hate playing baseball in this kind of weather but the kids did a great job of staying focused through it."
RIVERSIDE â€” The Snake River Lady Panthers braved a chilly afternoon on the diamond, warming themselves with a hard fought 6-2 conference victory over the visiting Marsh Valley Lady Eagles on Wednesday evening.
"We played much better today, we just keep on trying and we are getting it all together," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "We just kind of worked at it one inning at a time and it was all right today."
BLACKFOOT â€” A slow offensive start doomed the Blackfoot Bronco baseball squads chance at a win on Tuesday afternoon as the visiting Knights of Hillcrest built a commanding 9-1 lead after three innings of play and then played keep away, handing the Broncos a disappointing 18-6 defeat.
"We started the game kind of tentative and allowed them to get ahead and it's always tough to try and battle back when your behind," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "Hillcrest is a good team and Motes threw well but they are definitely beatable, I don't think that they are 12 runs better than us."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham Crisis Center is seeking brave men to join thousands of others throughout the country in showing their support for women while taking a stand against sexual assault and gender violence.
That stand will be made in high-heeled shoes.
The Bingham Crisis Center is hosting a "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event Saturday at 11 a.m. They are hoping to raise awareness of sexual assault and gender violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
BLACKFOOT â€” Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson has set a trial date for the case of MSW Green Energy Corporation versus Bingham County. County officials are suing the company for non-performance of contractual obligations.
Donald Fredley, president of MSW Green, and Austin Johnson, vice president of MSW Green, have also been named as defendants in this lawsuit.
A jury trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The judge reserved three days for the trial.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Sharon Hoge has taught in the Blackfoot School District her entire teaching career. Presently, she teaches drama at the Mountain View Middle School (MVMS).
Hoge has also taught first grade and fourth. She taught fifth grade for 10 years at Stoddard Elementary School before joining the staff at MVMS.
â€śI was hired at MVMS as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator,â€ť Hoge said. â€śAbout the same time, the drama teacher at the school quit.
Roger Patterson, 59, of Sugar Grove, Ill., passed away April 7, 2011 in Geneva, Ill. He was born Feb. 6, 1952, in Borger, Texas, to TJ and Virginia Patterson.
He was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing in the hand bell choir; he was a member of their Evangilism and Membership committee; and was active on a church committee to start a community garden.
Roger retired from United Airlines and was currently working at Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, Ill.