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Friday 051118

The Eastbound lanes of I-84 near Wendell were closed for about 3 hours early yesterday morning.  Police say that about 1:48 a.m. 57 year old Cynthia Mead of Idaho Falls was walking eastbound in the right lane of travel when she was struck by a semi-truck.  She died at the scene.

Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 36 year old woman in Shoshone.  Police say the incident occurred near North Rail Street and North Apple Street Wednesday Night.  A person of interest is in custody.

60-pounds of Marijuana was seized during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 Wednesday.  Police say a Minnesota man was arrested in Elmore County on charges of Drug Trafficking.

Charles Henry Ramsay, a Glenns Ferry teacher has been charged with sexual exploitation of a Child.  Earlier this week the Elmore County Sheriff’s school resource officer and detectives discovered evidence during a routine K-9 sweep at the school.  Ramsay, who is suspended from the school, was a high school mathematics teacher and a track coach.

Authorities are keeping an eye on the Big Wood River in Hailey as warm weather has speeded up the snowmelt from the higher elevations.  Flood Stage is 5 and a-half feet.  Earlier this week the water was measured at 4.7 feet. 

Voters have until 5 pm today to cast their vote early.  Polls will open at 8 am Tuesday May 15th for the Primary election.  On a side note, signs are everywhere promoting the many campaigns.  Officials are reminding candidates those need to be removed by Thursday evening. 

The Filer School District is looking at options when it comes to funding a school resource officer.  Officials say it’s been over 15 years since the district had that position filled. 

The College of Southern Idaho Office on Aging is offering what are called Operation Red File Packets.  The packets are for the elderly in case of an emergency.  It contains emergency info, medications to allergies and any orders such as do not resuscitate.  It would be kept in a noticeable place when EMS or Police officers need to get a person to the hospital.

Today:  Windy. Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy in the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 60F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

Tonight:  Rain showers in the evening will evolve into a more steady rain overnight. Low 42F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow:  Rain likely. Thunder possible. High 49F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

SUNDAY: Sun and clouds, few showers possible

High 65 (Mountains: 59)

MONDAY: Partly sunny, chance of an isolated shower

High 70 (Mountains: 65)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny

High 73 (Mountains: 67)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny

High 77 (Mountains: 71)

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny

High 79 (Mountains: 75)

May 11th: On this day


Johnny Cash was arrested and held overnight at the city jail in Starkville, Mississippi. The event inspired Cash to write the song "Starkville City Jail".



Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.


Lester Raymond Flatt the bluegrass musician died. Best known for his work in the Bluegrass duo The Foggy Mountain Boys he was also known as "Flatt and Scruggs," with banjo picker Earl Scruggs who performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", which was used as the theme for the television show The Beverly Hillbillies. He also released many solo and collaboration works and hed been a member of Bill Monroe's band during the 1940s.


Winners at the 28th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by George Strait, Reba McEntire and Randy Owen included: Pioneer Award - George Jones, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill, Top Vocal Group - Diamond Rio, Song of the Year went to Vince Gill for "I Still Believe in You" and Country Music Video of the Year was won by Tanya Tucker for "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane."


Trace Adkins married Rhonda Forlaw at Nashville's Belle Meade Mansion in front of over 800 guests. Adkins performed a song he wrote for his bride: "The Rest Of Mine."


Gretchen Wilson released her debut album Here for the Party, which featured her breakthrough single, "Redneck Woman." The album received four Grammy nominations: Best New Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song ("Redneck Woman") and Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("Redneck Woman"). Gretchen Wilson won Best Female Country Vocal Performance.


Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert became engaged after five years of dating.


Little Big Town were at #1 on the country singles chart with "Girl Crush", (which topped the chart for 13 weeks). Some radio stations were reported to have pulled "Girl Crush" from their playlists, in response to concerns from listeners who interpreted the song to be about lesbianism.





May 12th: On this day


Born on this day in De Soto, Missouri, was The Duke of Paducah (Benjamin Francis Ford), an American country comedian, radio host and banjo player popular from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in February 1986. He died on 20 June 1986.


Born on this day in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was Billy Swan, singer, songwriter best known for his 1974 US Country #1 and crossover hit single, "I Can Help". Swan also penned country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis.



Born on this day, was Kix Brooks III, country music artist, best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn who have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music.


Johnny Cash guest starred with comics Homer & Jethro on the NBC TV The Ford Show, presented by Tennessee Ernie Ford.


Connie Francis and Hank Williams Jr, recorded “Singing The Blues”, “Wabash Cannonball”, “Blue Blue Day” and “If You've Got The Money” at Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.


Dolly Parton had the country #1 single with "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right". Originally appearing on Parton's Here You Come Again album, "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" became Dolly Parton's seventh #1 country single as a solo artist.



Born on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, was Holly Williams, singer-songwriter, and the granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and half-sister of country singer Hank Williams III.


During a UK tour, Johnny Cash appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Glen Campbell joined Cash on stage where they played a selection of each other's hits.


The Pizza Hut chain of restaurants introduced the new Blake Shelton signature product, Blake's Smokehouse BBQ Pizza.





May 13th: On this day


Born on this day in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was Johnnie Wright, the singer-songwriter who worked with Jack Anglin in the duo Johnnie & Jack, who had the 1965 #1 hit “Hello Vietnam”, which was used as the opening theme in the film Full Metal Jacket. He died on Sept 27th 2011.


Born on this day in Dora, Alabama, was Terry Fell who started his record career in 1945 as a member of Billy Hughes band. During his first session for RCA in Hollywood, he recorded a song that would become a hit. Although the A-side, "Don't Drop It", was underplayed, the B-side, "Truck Drivin Man", became a classic, especially in the trucker country music scene. Many artists have covered the song including; Ricky Nelson, Boxcar Willie, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Martin, The Flying Burrito Brothers, George Hamilton IV, Glen Campbell, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Leon Russell and Toby Keith.


Born on this day in Dunedin, Florida, was Lari White, country music artist and actress. Three of her singles having reached Top Ten: "That's My Baby" and "That's How You Know (When You're In Love)" and "Now I Know."


Born on this day in Charleston, South Carolina, was Darius Rucker, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish who had the 2008 US Country #1 hit “Don't Think I Don't Think About It.” Rucker won the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year in 2009. Rucker scored two US Country #1’s in 2010 with “Come Back Song’, and “This”.



American Western swing musician Bob Wills died. Wills who was also a member of The Texas Playboys is considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing. He was recording an album with fan Merle Haggard in 1973 when a stroke left him comatose until his death. From the 1970's until his 2002 death, Waylon Jennings performed a song called "Bob Wills is Still the King".


Heartworn Highways the documentary film by James Szalapski was released. The film captured some of the founders of the Outlaw Country movement in Texas and Tennessee and features Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band.


Rascal Flatts held the top position on the country charts with Me and My Gang. The album went double platinum in the first month of release and has sold almost 5m copies in the US. The singles released from this album included "What Hurts the Most".