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Twin Falls police have arrested 55 year old Clarence Meeks following the robbery at Dairy Queen in Twin Falls on December 18th.   He also faces charges for attempted burglary following an event on Christmas day at the Phillips 66 Gas station where someone demanded money from the clerk.  She said no, the suspect then left the store.

Sears will be closing over 100 stores including the one at the Magic Valley Mall in Twin Falls.  In all 64 K-Mart and 39 Sears’s locations will be shuttered.  Twin Falls in early April with the auto center closing in late February. 

Idaho’s ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violates free speech rights.  That’s what a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.  The panel also ruled the law correctly criminalized those who made false statements to obtain records at an agricultural facility.  This overturns what 2014 lawmakers passed calling it the Ag-Gag law.

Gooding county commissioners are hoping see the county become licensed at the paramedic level.  Right now EMS staff can provide all basic services but can’t administer medication during their services. 

A man and a woman were killed in a fire that destroyed their house in Payette.  By the time firefighters arrived the house was engulfed in flames early Wednesday morning.  The coroner said autopsies are being performed to find out how the couple in their 70’s died.  Officials are not sure how the blaze started. 

Two Oregon refuge occupiers are in trouble after Facebook photos show them violating their release conditions by visiting the Bundy ranch in Nevada without permission.  Jon Ritzheimer will now surrender to prison on January 12.   Ryan Payne was order to return to home detention in Las Vegas.

It turns out that a 9 year old girl who reported a man approached the Sinclair gas station in Shoshone provided false information and police have closed their investigation.  Police scanned security footage and reviewed receipts from the station and spoke to people before concluding the events didn’t occur.

22 year old Aspen Storm Curtis was arrested after about 200 vases went missing from headstones in Ada and Canon Counties.  His charges include Burglary, Grand theft and desecrating a grave.

Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 43F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:   cloudy skies and rain overnight. Low 33F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tomorrow: Rain and Snow early. High around 40. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 36)

MONDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 39)


HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 40)

WEDNESDAY: Scattered Showers

HIGH: 39 (Mountains: 38)

THURSDAY: Scattered Showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

January 5th: On this day

Born on this day near Florence, Alabama, was Sam Phillips, businessman, record executive, record producer and DJ who most notably founded Sun Studios and Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Through Sun, Phillips discovered such recording talent as Howlin' Wolf, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. The height of his success culminated in his launching of Elvis Presley's career in 1954. Philips was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2001. He died on 30 July 2003.

Patsy Cline started recording what would become her self-titled debut studio album. The first single from the album, "Walkin' After Midnight," peaked at #2 on the Country charts.

Born on this day in Beaumont, Texas, was Mark Nesler, singer-songwriter who wrote Tim McGraw's "Just To See You Smile," George Strait's "Living And Living Well," Aaron Tippin's "For You I Will", Darryl Worley's "I Miss My Friend" and Keith Urban's 2008 single "You Look Good in My Shirt".

Kenny Rogers started a three-week run at the top of the Billboard country chart with "Coward Of The County.” The song also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #1 on the UK pop chart where it remains the most recent traditional country music song to hit #1 in the UK.

Shania Twain's "You're Still The One" was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at this years Grammy Awards. The Canadian singers album Come On Over was also up for Album of the Year. The Dixie Chicks appeared in Best New Artist, the first time country acts have made each of the top four categories.

Toby Keith was at #1 on the US Country chart with Shock'n Y'all, his eighth studio album. "I Love This Bar", "American Soldier" and "Whiskey Girl" were the three tracks from the album to be released as singles, and all reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts. "I Love This Bar" inspired a chain of restaurants that Keith launched under the name I Love This Bar And Grill.

Celebration of Life Service Announced for Mel Tillis

Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will host a celebration of life service for the late Mel Tillis on January 31 at 10 a.m.  The memorial service is free and open to the public, and it will feature performances by Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, the Gatlins, Darryl Singletary, Jamey Johnson, Splinter Middleton, the Stutterettes (Tammy Carter, and Tonya Wainscott), members of Tillis’ Statesider band and others.   A member of the Country Music and Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame, Tillis died on Nov. 19 at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85. Tillis’ career as a performer, songwriter, actor and music publisher spans six decades. Many of his songs became country music standards, among them “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “Detroit City,” “Heart Over Mind,” “I Ain’t Never,” “Honey (Open That Door)” and “Mental Revenge.”

January 6th: On this day


Born on this day in Shelby, North Carolina, was Earl Scruggs the American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a 3-finger banjo-picking style (now called Scruggs style). Worked with Bill Monroe in the "Blue Grass Boys", scored the hit as Flatt and Scruggs with "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies in 1962. Scruggs died from natural causes on March 28, 2012, in a Nashville hospital.



Jerry Lee Lewis was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Great Balls Of Fire". The song which was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, featured in the 1957 movie Jamboree.


Johnny Cash released "Ballad of a Teenage Queen". Taken from his 1958 album Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous, the song which is just 2 minutes and 13 seconds long gave Cash his third #1 country hit.


  1. W. McCall was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Black Bear Road. It is largely considered the album which gave him the most significant boost of his career, almost entirely due to the hit novelty song, "Convoy". The song itself was largely responsible for starting a nationwide citizens' band radio craze. The song "Black Bear Road" in turn popularized the now-infamous road itself, along with its "You don't HAVE to be crazy to drive this road - but it helps" sign.


Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes were each nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female for their versions of "How Do I Live." This was the first time in Grammy history that two renditions of the same song competed against each other. Rimes took the Diane Warren penned song to #2 on the US charts and #7 where it spent 34 weeks on the chart. The song was originally intended for release as a single for the 1997 action blockbuster Con Air soundtrack.


January 7th: On this day


Born on this day in Maryville, Tennessee, was Jack Greene the country musician nicknamed the "Jolly Green Giant". His best known song is the 1966 #1 hit "There Goes My Everything." He died at home on March 14, 2013, from complications of Alzheimer's disease two months after his 83rd birthday.


Born on this day in Vienna, Missouri was country singer Leona Williams. She was a backing musician for Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard, to whom she was married between 1978 and 1983. She also charted eight times on Hot Country Songs, with her only Top 40 hit being a duet with Haggard titled "The Bull and the Beaver."


Johnny Cash started a regular Saturday night spot on the Louisiana Hayride, broadcast from the Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Born on this day in Herrin, Illinois, was David Lee Murphy country singer, songwriter, who scroed the 1995 US Country #1 hit “Dust On The Bottle.”


Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music chart with "Rose Garden." The title track from her album stayed at the #1 position for four weeks. Anderson received a Grammy Award for the song for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.


Born on this day was John Rich, country music singer-songwriter. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the country music band Lonestar, in which he played bass guitar and alternated with Richie McDonald as lead vocalist. In 2003, he joined Big Kenny to form the duo Big & Rich, who released three albums on Warner Bros. Records as well as ten singles, including the #1 hit "Lost in This Moment". In addition to his work in Big & Rich, John has co-written singles for Faith Hill, Keith Anderson, Jason Aldean and Gretchen Wilson.


Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott married Nashville-based drummer Chris Tyrrell. The two first met in college and reconnected when Lady Antebellum and fellow country music band Love and Theft, in which Tyrrell was the drummer at the time, both served as opening acts on Tim McGraw's Southern Voice tour in early 2010.