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Wednesday 091819

41 year old Larry Ray Halbert faces 25 years in prison for a vehicle accident that took the life of 71 year old Cheryl Miller of Dietrich in December of 2017.  Miller was northbound on Highway 93 near Shoshone when Halberts vehicle drove over the center line striking her head on.  He was charged with DUI.  He will be sentenced December 16th in Jerome County.

46 year old Edward Wooldridge was sentenced earlier this week in Jerome on a charge of Lewd Conduct with a child.  Court documents say the abuse had taken place for more than 10 years.  He could spend up to 20 years in prison on the charge.

The first of four people convicted of attacking a Boise woman and leaving her for dead in the foothills has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.  30 year old Cody Baker pleaded guilty in April to aiding and abetting aggravated battery. Prosecutors said he stomped on the head of a 20-year-old woman and held her down while she was stabbed with a knife and broken bottle during the March attack. The victim survived her injuries, but had to drag herself 2 miles to get help.

35 year old Eric Eugene Junge, a day care worker at Mickey and Minnie’s Playhouse in Mountain Home has been charged with a felony after investigators said he inappropriately touched a child at the day care center.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has suspended the day care, which means it can’t operate.

If you have old unused pesticides, here’s your chance to have the Idaho State Department of Agriculture dispose of them properly.  Since 1993, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture has safely collected and disposed of over 2.3 million pounds of unusable pesticides.  They will be in Burley at the BLM Tuesday September 24th and Wednesday September 25th at the twin Falls Canal Company.

22 year old Grant Stevenson of Nampa who is accused of threatening to set of bombs and release deadly nerve gas at an apartment complex has reached a plea deal.  Both sides have agreed to a 15 year prison sentence and no more than $125-thousand dollars in restitution. 

SPORTS

In local sports, Lonnie Ahlquist the activities director for Canyon Ridge High School has resigned.  Ahlquist requested that he be reassigned to a classroom position at the high school.  He said he has been unable to effectively manage his stress levels and need to step away from his responsibilities to heal.  He was a math teacher prior to taking the position in 2015.

Wendell High school will receive $10-thousand dollars from Riddell’s 2019 Smarter Football Program.  The school was one of 800 who applied and only 10 schools nationwide earned the grant.  Peyton Manning, one of the brand ambassadors, congratulated the Trojans with a video announcement on Tuesday. 

Week three of the Idaho High School Football media poll is out.  Gooding is out of the top five after their loss to Weiser.  Declo is back at number five in Class 2A.  Oakley and Valley is in first and second place for the Class 1A Division 1.  Lighthouse Christian is now in first place for Division 2 after their win over Carey last week. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High 71F. SE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with occasional showers. Low 48F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow:  Overcast with rain showers at times. Thunder possible. High 58F.  low of 41.  Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

FRIDAY:  Slight chance of showers, breezy and cool. High: 61. Low: 40.

SATURDAY:   Partly cloudy skies and slightly warmer. High: 65. Low: 42.

SUNDAY:  Increasing clouds through the day, and warmer. High: 72. Low: 47.

MONDAY:  Isolated showers with mostly cloudy skies. High: 71. Low: 45.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies with isolated showers. High: 73.

September 18th: On this day

1941
Born on this day in Marietta, Georgia, was country singer Priscilla Mitchell. In the 1960s, with country singer Roy Drusky, she recorded a series of hits, their best-selling recordings being country music "cheating songs", including their biggest hit together, "Yes Mr. Peters", released in 1965, becoming #1 on the country charts.

1953
Born on this day in Louisville, Mississippi, was Carl Jackson, country and bluegrass musician who played in Glen Campbell's band for 12 years. Jackson's first Grammy was awarded in 1992 for his duet album with John Starling titled Spring Training. In 2003 Jackson produced the Grammy Award-winning CD titled Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers - a tribute to Ira and Charlie Louvin. He also recorded one of the songs on the CD, a collection of duets featuring such artists as James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and others.

1980
Johnny Lee was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Lookin' for Love". The song was part of the soundtrack to one of the year’s biggest movies, Urban Cowboy.

1994
The seventh Farm Aid benefit concert took place at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Neville Brothers, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, John Conlee, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Deana Carter.

2006
Willie Nelson and several of his band members were charged with misdemeanor drug possession in Louisiana after state police had pulled Nelson's tour bus over for a routine commercial inspection. Smelling a suspicious odor inside, police searched the bus and found marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

2012
Dwight Yoakam released the album 3 Pears. By the end of 2012, the album was named on annual best of lists by NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, AOL's The Boot, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, and Rhapsody, and has been included in more critic's "best of 2012" lists than any other artist in the country genre.

2013
Dwight Yoakam was granted the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association at the 12th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards held in Nashville.

Tuesday 091719

21 year old Gramajo Reyes of Caldwell died in an early morning crash early yesterday morning when her car collided head on with another vehicle.  Idaho state police say 38 year old Weston Jones of Kimberly was southbound around 2:41 a.m. a half a mile north of the Idaho Nevada Border when he crossed the center line. 

Today is Idaho School Zone Safety day.  Governor Brad Little proclaimed the day asking traffic safety partners to spread the word to emphasize school zone enforcement.

An Idaho Falls woman was arrested after she allegedly admitted to beating, choking and biting her 2-year-old child.  28 year old Heather Hillcock took the boy to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical center early yesterday morning.  Hillock was charged with felony injury to a child, punishable with up to 10 years in prison. Her bail was set at $50,000.

48 year old Todd Holbrook was injured Sunday when his vehicle caught fire after he led police on a chase across Rupert.  The 2000 Green Ford Expedition was destroyed by flames.  Authorities had tried to stop him because of a traffic violation. 

Today is Constitution day and the College of Southern Idaho is hosting a free lunch and film to observe the day.  Constitution Day celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and recognizes all who have become citizens.  The event is from noon to 2.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it’s considering a request from the U.S. Department of Energy to renew a license to store the radioactive debris from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.  The core of a reactor south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, partially melted in 1979.

35 year old Eric Junge, a day care worker in Mountain Home, has been charged with a felony after investigators said he inappropriately touched a child at the day care center.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has suspended the day care.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to Volleyball where Shoshone shut out Glenns Ferry 3 to zip.  Then it was Carey 2 Shoshone 1 and Jackpot 3 over Twin Falls Christian Academy 0.

In Girls Soccer, Twin Falls won over Jerome 3 to 1 and Burley lost to Mountain Home 6 to 3. 

In Boys Soccer Jerome outlasted Twin Falls 1 to 0 and Wood River defeated Canyon Ridge 4 to 3.

WEATHER

Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. High 68F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 46F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Increasing clouds late and breezy. High: 68. Low: 43.

THURSDAY: Chance of rain and storms under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies. High: 59. Low: 40.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High: 61. Low: 39.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and pleasant. High: 66. Low: 42.

SUNDAY: Increasing clouds through the day and warmer. High: 70. Low: 47.

MONDAY: Isolated AM showers, followed by decreasing clouds and breezy. High: 70.

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September 17th: On this day

1923
Born on this day in Mount Olive, Alabama, was Hank Williams (born Hiram King Williams). The American singer-songwriter and musician is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked #1. During his last years Williams's consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life. Williams died aged 29 on January 1, 1953.

1952
Born on this day was American musician, singer and songwriter Steve Sanders. He was best known as being the replacement for William Lee Golden, the baritone in The Oak Ridge Boys. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on June 10th 1998.

1959
Johnny Cash made his first appearance on UK television when he appeared on Boy Meets Girl. Cash appeared solo, as his backing group the Tennessee Two who, under UK Musicicans Union rules, were not allowed to accompany Cash.

1971
Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the country music album chart with You're My Man, Anderson's fourth studio album. The record was a #1 hit on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for seven weeks, Anderson's third (and to date, last) #1 on the chart. Produced by Anderson's husband Glenn Sutton, the title song was Anderson's second #1 record.

1972
Faron Young who has international success with "It's Four in the Morning" - was charged with assault for spanking a girl in the audience at a concert in Clarksburg, West Virginia after claiming she spat on him. Young appeared before a Wood County, West Virginia justice of the peace and was fined $24, plus $11 in court costs. It was the first in a string of incidents involving Young, whose increasingly bizarre behavior would begin overshadowing his success.

1977
Reba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut. She almost did not make it in the door after a guard at the Opry gate missed her name on the night's list of performers. Her parents and older sister, Alice, drove 1,400 miles round trip from their Oklahoma home to see what turned out to be Reba's three-minute performance that night.

1979
Born on this day, was Stephen Cochran American Country music singer and songwriter. In 2009 Stephen was named as a spokesman for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Research and Development. The VA and Cochran collaborated to produce a music video for Veterans who need help.

2014
Country music star George Hamilton IV died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 77. The singer and guitarist, who began performing as a teenager in the 1950s, had suffered a major heart attack a few days earlier. After an early foray into pop, Hamilton became a country stalwart, scoring 40 hits in the 1960s and 70s. He was inducted into Nashville's Grand Old Opry in 1960 and continued to work until shortly before he was taken ill.Bottom of Form

Monday 091619

Additional felony charges could be filed against two men who have been accused of impersonating federal agents during an attempted theft at the Twin Falls Walmart.  44 year old Aaron K. Altes and 38 year old Thomas Wildman were charged with burglary, impersonating officers and possession of a controlled substance.  Wildman also was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

A panel of lawmakers formed to monitor how federal laws affect Idaho’s sovereignty and report back to the Legislature has created three subcommittees to examine federal lands, education, and health and welfare.  Republican Rep. Jason Monks, said the purpose of the Committee on Federalism is to find ways for the state to work more effectively with the federal government, and the breadth of that challenge is better met by forming subcommittees.

Steve Pankey a former candidate for Idaho governor says he’s under investigation in connection with the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl.  Pankey ran as a Constitution Party candidate for governor in 2014 and again as a Republican in the 2018 primary, is under investigation in the death of Jonelle Matthews, a Greeley girl who was reported missing on Dec. 20, 1984.

Search crews have recovered the body of 16-year-old Luis Diaz who went missing after falling over a waterfall on Elk Creek near Lewiston.  He was hiking with friends Sunday when he slipped and fell.

18 year old Tyler Rambo who was shot by police after a Fourth of July fireworks display has been arrested on murder and assault charges.  The warrant likely wasn’t served until this week because Rambo was recovering in the hospital from having parts of his legs amputated due to injuries from the shooting.

How much does it cost to own a vehicle in Idaho? Triple A said you would be surprised: Over 92-hundred dollars a year.  That’s the highest cost since AAA has been tracking expenses starting in 1950.  The price tag includes insurance, loans, fuel and maintenance.

SPORTS

Following their win over Portland state the Boise State Bronco’s are now ranked 20th in the polls.  Boise State took the win from Portland State on Saturday night 45-10.  The broncos have moved up two spots.  While the Broncos have yet to play a ranked team this season, that might change as the Bringham Young Cougars received votes in both polls after they beat the PAC-12's USC Trojans 30-27 in overtime in Provo. USC (2-1) entered the game No. 24 in the Coaches Poll.  Boise State plays BYU in Provo on Saturday, October 19. The Broncos lead the rivalry 7-2, but Boise State's two losses to the Cougars both happened at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly cloudy skies this morning will become overcast during the afternoon. High 82F. WSW winds shifting to NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Windy. Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy after midnight. Low 49F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny with a chance of a.m. rain showers.   High: 65 Low: 45

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny with a chance of rain showers.  High: 68 Low: 45

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in both regions. High: 64 Low: 43

FRIDAY: Partly sunny with a chance of rain showers in both regions. High: 60 Low: 42

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny.  High: 66 Low: 43

SUNDAY: Sunny.  High: 72.

September 16th: On this day

1946
Born on this day in Hampton, Arkansas, was Wood Newton, songwriter and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1978 and 1979, Newton charted the singles "Last Exit for Love", "Lock, Stock & Barrel" and "Julie (Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?)". He later became a songwriter for other artists, with his credits including Razzy Bailey's #1 single "Midnight Hauler".

1950
Born on this day in Darby, Florida, was David Bellamy, singer, songwriter of The Bellamy Brothers. The duo had success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit "Let Your Love Flow" in 1976, a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. Starting in the late 1970s, the Bellamy Brothers found success in country music as well, charting twenty #1 singles.

1969
Johnny Cash was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "A Boy Named Sue". The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at 3 years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming him Sue, commonly a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels.

1974
John Denver was at #1 on the US country album chart with Back Home Again. The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" (#1 pop, #1 adult contemporary), "Back Home Again" (#5 pop, #1 AC, #1 country), and "Sweet Surrender" (#13 pop, #1 AC). In addition, the studio version of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" appeared on this album.

2003
Sheb Wooley the singer, songwriter and actor best known for his 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater" died in Nashville, Tennessee. He played Ben Miller, brother of Frank Miller in the film High Noon, Travis Cobb in The Outlaw Josey Wales, and also had a co-starring role as scout Pete Nolan in the television program Rawhide.

2016
A total of 30 artists gather to record "Forever Country", a single released in honor of the 50th annual Country Music Association awards. The track featured Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and others. The song debuted at #1 the week of October 8, the third song to do so since its inception in 2012.

Friday 091319

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said the state will not sign onto a tentative settlement with the Sackler family who owns OxyContin maker Prudue Pharma.  On Wednesday 20 states reached an agreement. One of the next steps for Purdue Pharma is a bankruptcy filing, which could end lawsuits filed against the company.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said they will take comments through October 12th over a waiver that would require patients to get a referral before they can get family planning services.  The comments are required when the state wants to deviate from standard Medicaid rules.  Voters have approved expanding Medicaid in Idaho while lawmakers are trying to add their own twist to the plan. 

46 year old Matthew Park has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated driving under the influence and vehicular Manslaughter.   Three young girls ages three five and six, died in a car crash in Blaine County.  He could spend 15 years in prison and pay a $20-thousand dollar fine.  A trial is expected to begin in February of 2020.

Barges loaded with a wide variety of commodities will remain in a holding pattern for the rest of the month while workers repair a critical navigation lock at the Bonneville dam on the Columbia River.  Officials say the locks will reopen September 30th allowing traffic to begin traveling again to the ocean from the gem state.

The Idaho National Laboratory will work with three energy utilities to find an economical way to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen that can be stored and used to power everything from industrial to personal vehicles.  The lab near Idaho Falls is the U.S. government’s primary nuclear lab.  The revamp is part of a strategy to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. 

The remains of 23 year old Austin Forrest Pevo may have been located.  The Shoshone Bannock tribes announced this week this could mean closure for the family of the Fort Hall man who has been missing for more than a year.   Family members suspect foul play but officials have not released any details.

SPORTS

In sports from around the area, first to boys soccer where Kimberly shut out Declo 2 to 0.  Gooding defeated Filer 6 to 1.  The Sun Valley Community School downed Wendell 4 to 1. 

In Girls Soccer, the Sun Valley Community School 4 Wendell 1.   Buhl took the win over Bliss 2 to 1.  Filer defeated Gooding 2 to 0.

In Volleyball, Twin Falls Downed Wood River 3 to 2.  Buhl defeated American Falls 3 to 1.   Hansen defeated Dietrich 3 to 0.  It was Sugar Salem 3 Filer 0.  Lighthouse Christian 3 Carey 0 and Valley 3 Glenns Ferry 0.  Raft River defeated Oakley 3 to 2. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny to partly cloudy. High 82F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear skies. Low 52F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 80. Low: 52.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 84. Low: 52.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and not as warm. High: 77. Low: 49.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies, cooler, breezy with isolated showers possible. High: 63. Low: 42.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies, breezy and cool with a slight chance of showers. High: 65. Low: 43.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower, and cool. High: 65.

September 13th: On this day

1911
Born on this day in Rosine, Kentucky, was Bill Monroe, American mandolinist who helped create the style of music known as bluegrass. The genre takes its name from his band, the "Blue Grass Boys", named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. He is often referred to as 'The Father of Bluegrass'. Monroe died on Sept 9th 1996.

1956
Born on this day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was David Mansfield, violinist, mandolin player, guitarist, pedal steel guitar player, and composer. Mansfield has worked with many artists including, Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Roger McGuinn, Sam Phillips, and Dwight Yoakam.

1965
Buck Owens had the #1 country album "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" Owens later said he got the idea for "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" after seeing an Esso gas station sign with the company's slogan at the time, "Put a tiger in your tank."

1975
Born on this day was Joe Don Rooney, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with the American country trio Rascal Flatts who have scored 11 US Country #1's.

1976
Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with Are You Ready for the Country. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest. Despite the title, this outlaw country album featured covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. MacArthur Park (Revisited)" and won Waylon his first Grammy Award in 1969.

2006
Banjo player Earl Scruggs was honored at Turner Field in Atlanta as part of the pre-game show for an Atlanta Braves home game. Organizers set a world record for the most banjo players (239) playing one tune together, playing Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown".

2009
Taylor Swift became the first country music artist to win an MTV Music Video award at the 2009 event, winning a Best Female Video for "You Belong with Me." Hip-hop artist and producer Kanye West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech, saying that another video should have won. This resulted in a media stir for several days; eventually, West apologizes - first on his blog, and then by personally contacting Swift.

Thursday 091219

Three out of state truck drivers have struck a deal with Ada County prosecutors over transporting Hemp through the gem state.  They originally faced felony marijuana trafficking charges.  Now it’s likely they will plead to misdemeanors, serve no more jail time and remain on unsupervised probation.  They were transporting hemp from Oregon to Colorado.  In both states it’s legal to transport the product but not in Idaho. 

Public health officials have confirmed there are two people in Idaho who have developed a serious lung disease linked to vaping.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the two patients, one a minor and the other a young adult, were hospitalized for a time but are now recovering at home.

Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury is one of two police chiefs in Idaho that has signed a letter from a national Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.  The letter asks the immigrant communities across the country to have no fear in reporting crimes or ask for help in case of emergencies.  

The Trump administration said that it is expanding hunting and fishing in 77 national wildlife refuges in a move that critics contend is deferring management to states and could harm wildlife. Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge in southern Idaho faces two significant changes: opening a season for hunting elk with bows and arrows and extending boating season by a month.

Jason Lee Verwer, an Idaho driver who struck and killed a young couple as they strolled down a Fruitland sidewalk last year has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.  He faces up to 10 years in prison for each count when he is sentenced in January.  Prosecutors said Verwer was driving about 62 miles an hour when he intentionally struck 23-year-old Matthew Parkinson and 17-year-old Amelia Parkinson from behind.  No motive was given.

Search crews are looking for a Lewiston area teen who has been missing since he fell down a waterfall at a popular hiking spot on Sunday.  The 16-year-old Deary High School student was hiking with a small group of friends near Elk Creek when he apparently slipped and went over the edge of the waterfall into a 23-foot deep pool of water.

SPORTS

In sports from around Idaho, first to BSU football.  The Boise State Broncos will be at home this week as they welcome Portland State.  The Saturday Night game will be the second of three-straight home games for the Broncos who are currently 2 and 0 for the season.  They won the game against Marshall 14 to 7 at Albertsons Stadium last weekend.  The team will open conference play next week against Air Force.

The College of Southern Idaho Volleyball team is back on a winning streak with a 3 to 0 win over Treasure Valley.  The Eagles are now 7 and 6 for the year.  Tomorrow they travel to Nevada for the Summer Nevada Tournament. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny. High 74F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 49F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 79. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 80. Low: 52.

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 83. Low: 51.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and cooler. High: 76. Low: 47.

TUESDAY:  Partly sunny skies, breezy and cooler. High: 65. Low: 43.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower, breezy and cool. High: 64.

September 12th: On this day

1931
Born on this day in Saratoga, Texas, was George Jones the country music singer who has scored more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists. Jones who married Tammy Wynette in 1969, and has had 15 US #1 country hits, is celebrated by some of his fans as the hard-drinkin', fast-livin' spiritual-son of his idol, Hank Williams. Jones missed so many engagements that he gained the nickname of "No-Show Jones." Jones died on 26th April 2013 aged 81.

1974
Born on this day, was Jennifer Nettles, American Grammy winning country music artist, lead vocalist with the duo Sugarland who scored the 2009 US #1 album Live on the Inside'.

1999
The Farm Aid 99' benefit concert took place at the Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, Virginia. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Susan Tedeschi, Keb' Mo', Deana Carter, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.

2003
Johnny Cash, US singer songwriter died of respiratory failure aged 71. Widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, he was known as The Man in Black. Cash traditionally started all his concerts by saying, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash." His best-known songs included "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black." Cash also had his own US TV show in late 60's - early 70's.

2006
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing documentary film produced and directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck (daughter of actor Gregory Peck) had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film followed the Dixie Chicks over a three-year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements in the United States after lead singer Natalie Maines publicly criticised then President of the United States George W. Bush during a live 2003 concert in London, England.

2014
Lynn Anderson was arrested and charged with a DUI in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the singer's third offense since 2004.

Wednesday 091119        

Fire ripped through an unoccupied home near Heyburn Sunday.  Fire officials say it appears it started in a ceiling light fixture.  When crews arrived at the home at 300 west and 500 south, flames were visible from the attic area.  The dwelling was severely damaged.

The Twin Falls School Board trustees approved an emergency levy Monday evening worth $659-thousand 202 dollars to pay for expenses in the current budget.  The board decided to implement the levy because of the districts growth of about 120 students. 

Steven John Criss a 66 year old Twin Falls man, facing 25 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, entered a not guilty plea this week.  Cricket Wireless contacted police after finding images with children less than 18 years of age on a phone that Criss had.  They were in the process of transferring files to his new phone.  A further search found a Google cloud account where 38-thousand photographs and 22-hundred videos of child pornography.  His trial is set for February 11th and remains in custody on a 100-thousand dollar bond.

Some Twin Falls City Council members are considering a vote to ban smoking at some city parks and trails.  Some including councilwoman Suzanne Hawkins and Recreation director Wendy Davis said enforcement would be difficult.  Councilman Greg Lanting said the golf course would suffer from a ban.  Other members including the mayor are for the ban. 

Idaho governor Brad Little has ordered all U.S. and State flags in Idaho be flown at half-staff this Saturday in honor of U.S. Army Sergeant first class Dustin B Ard who died August 29th during combat operations in Afghanistan. 

A critical navigation lock at the Bonneville dam on the Columbia River has shut down because of cracks in concrete.  This means barges transporting millions of tons of wheat and other goods to the Pacific Ocean for export are at a standstill.  It remains unclear when repairs would be done.

SPORTS

In sports from around Magic Valley, first to High School Volleyball where Twin Falls defeated Canyon Ridge 3 to 0.  In fact it was a bunch of shutouts yesterday.  Gooding 3 Kimberly 0.  Castleford 3 Dietrich 0.  Lighthouse Christian 3 Sun Valley Community School 0.  Filer 3 Buhl 0.  Valley 3 Oakley 0.  Mountain Home took Wood River 3 to 1.  Hansen overpowered Wendell 3 to 1.  Burley 3 Minico 1, Rockland 2 Murtaugh 1.  Carey shutout Murtaugh 2 to 0.  Shoshone over Raft River 3 to 1. 

In Girls Soccer, Kimberly said no to Buhl 3 to 0.  The Sun Valley Community School downed Gooding 6 to 0.  And Boys soccer finds the Sun Valley Community School defeating Gooding 4 to 0.  Bliss said no to Filer 2 to 1 and Buhl defeated Kimberly 4 to 2.

WEATHER

Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High 69F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 47F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High 74F. Winds light and variable.

THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 72. Low: 46.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 79. Low: 49.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and warm. High: 80. Low: 52.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 82. Low: 49.

MONDAY: Partly sunny skies and cooler. High: 74. Low: 47.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower and cooler. High: 68.

September 11th: On this day

1899
Born on this day, was Jimmie Davis, singer, songwriter, who served two nonconsecutive terms as the 47th Governor of Louisiana (1944-1948 and 1960-1964). Davis was a nationally popular country music and gospel singer from the 1930s into the 1960s, occasionally recording and performing as late as the early 1990s. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Davis died on November 5, 2000.

1962
Born on this day, was Blake Chancey American record producer and music business executive, (the son of record producer and label executive Ron Chancey, who signed George Strait and Jimmy Buffett, and produced the Oak Ridge Boys). Chancey worked with and developed Dixie Chicks, Ricochet, Montgomery Gentry, as well as overseeing the A&R of many other artists on the roster. He went on to produce Waylon Jennings, Billy Ray Cyrus, Little Big Town and Mary Chapin Carpenter and many other Sony artists.

1981
Born on this day in Augusta, Georgia, was Charles Kelley, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit "I Run To You." The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now." Lady Antebellum was also awarded the Best Country Album award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

1984
Barbara Mandrell was seriously injured in a car accident. She suffered multiple injuries and severe concussion that caused temporary memory loss, confusion, and speech difficulties. She took an 18-month sabbatical from performing to recover.

1993
Merle Haggard married Theresa Ann Lane, the couple have two They have two children, Jenessa and Ben. Haggard has been married five times.

2001
Filmmaker and music video director Carolyn Mayer Beug, was one of the passengers who died when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center. Also on the plane with her was her mother, Mary Alice Wahlstrom. Beug had directed several music videos for country singer Dwight Yoakam.