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Authorities in Cassia County are continuing their investigation into a bank robbery at the D.L. Evans bank on Overland in Burley.  The incident happened yesterday.  Both Dworshak and White Pine Elementary announced they would be keeping students in the building while authorities investigated the incident.

Two attempts to introduce bills to repeal Idaho grocery taxes on food failed yesterday and another was withdrawn, leaving only one grocery tax relief bill pending in the Legislature.  Both would have repealed the state’s 6% sales tax on food bought in grocery stores. Under the one surviving bill, the state’s grocery tax credit that can be deducted from taxes for Idaho residents would jump by $15 for senior citizens and $35 for everyone else, to a maximum of $135.

Home prices in southern Idaho continue to increase. Agents say that the average sales price of a home rose 5.7 percent in 2019.  Jerome County say a 7.7 percent increase.  Starter homes that cost $140-thousand a few years ago is now selling for $200-thousand. 

Police say they have found a cell phone belonging to 17 year old Tylee Ryan who was last seen in September.  It appears the phone was found in Hawaii with her Mother Lori Vallow who has been considered a person of interest in the case.  On Oct. 25, more than a month after the 17-year-old disappeared, a text was sent from her phone to a worried friend: "hi. miss you guys too… luv ya."

Idaho residents are buying less beer and more liquor, according to the state Liquor Division.  Director Jeff Anderson told the legislature’s budget-writing committee that the Liquor Division returned a record dividend of more than $83 million in fiscal year 2019. That’s about $6.8 million more than the previous year.  Idaho resident purchases are following a national trend.

The wife of a Pocatello resident has contracted the coronavirus.  Rebecca Frasure and her husband Kent were on the cruise ship Diamond Princess that’s currently under quarantine in Japan.  Kent has not tested positive for coronavirus but remains on the quarantined cruise ship with more than 3,700 passengers and crew. 

SPORTS

As high school girls district playoffs continue, more teams moved toward the state tournament action that starts next week.  Raft River is one of those teams as they defeated Oakley last night 38 to 23.  Elsewhere, Kimberly downed Gooding 39 to 37.  Now the bulldogs will play Filer tomorrow at 7.

Declo said no to Wendell 49 to 20.

As for the Boys, Camas County outlasted Murtaugh 54 to 38.  Carey defeated Glenns Ferry 62 to 48 and Hansen took the game win from Richfield 58 to 50.  It was Wendell 53 over Castleford 36 and Wood River took it from Gooding 57 to 32. 

Tonight, Boise State looks to extend Air Force’s conference losing streak to seven games. Air Force’s last MWC win came against the Boise State Broncos 85-78 on Jan. 15. Boise State lost 70-61 on the road to Utah State in its most recent game.  Game time is 7 pm at Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunshine. High near 45F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low 27F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High 43F Low 28F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 45 Low: 29

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 42 Low: 27

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 43 Low: 32

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 44 Low: 30

WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain/snow showers.  High: 42

February 11th: On this day

1908
Born on this day was Roba Stanley, country music singer who has been said to be the first woman to record country music, (others have pointed out that Samantha Bumgarner and Eva Davis recorded a session three months before Roba). She died on June 8, 1986.

1918
Born on this day in Chicago, Illinois, was Wesley Rose, music industry executive and record producer. Rose was a important part of the development of the country music industry. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Country Music Association.

1957
After making an appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts TV show performing "Walkin' After Midnight" (and winning the contest), Decca Records rush-released the song as a single. It became Cline's first major hit single, reaching #1 on the Billboard country music chart and #12 on its pop chart.

1962
Born on this day in Kennett, Missouri, was Sheryl Crow, singer, songwriter and actress. In 2013, Crow signed a recording contract with Warner Music Nashville and, a few months later, released "Easy", the first single from the upcoming album, which became her first top twenty country radio hit.

1970
Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond and Tammy Wynette. Ray Charles performed a version of "Ring Of Fire", and a short version of "Walk The Line."

1975
Willie Nelson recorded "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" which went on to become his first #1 hit as a singer. Written by songwriter Fred Rose the song was originally performed by Roy Acuff and later by Hank Williams.

1979
Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US Country music chart with his sixth studio album, The Gambler which has now sold over 35 million copies world wide.

1984
Merle Haggard reached #1 on the Billboard country chart with the Lefty Frizzell song "That's The Way Love Goes". At the Grammy Awards of 1985, "That's the Way Love Goes" won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

2007
The Dixie Chicks won three awards at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles: Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for "Not Ready to Make Nice," the latter shared with songwriter Dan Wilson) and Album of the Year (Taking the Long Way). Carrie Underwood took the Best New Artist Award and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Jesus, Take the Wheel"; the song also earned a Best Country Song award for songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. Also, country music pioneer Bob Wills - the longtime leader of the Texas Playboys - was a posthumous recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Wills was recognized 32 years after his death.

2016
American songwriter Kim Williams who wrote hits for Randy Travis, Joe Diffie, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and many others died. Williams was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1994, won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award (for "Three Wooden Crosses") in 2003, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.