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The humble Thompson, who battled health issues brought on by an autonomic disorder late in his tenure as general manager, likely will never get the plaudits he deserves for the talented rosters he assembled during his 13 years in charge of the football operation. He can’t take credit for resurrecting the woebegone franchise, as his mentor Ron Wolf did, but he certainly righted the operation after head coach Mike Sherman struggled with the dual role of coach/GM in the early 2000s.

A segment of local history will bid adieu to Grangeville this week. GoBidToday.com, in cooperation with United Country Real Estate/Musick and Sons Auction and Real Estate Services, will sell Ted Billups’ tractor and memorabilia collection. The on-line auction of more than 30 collectible tractors, as well as hundreds of manuals, toys and other keepsakes, will end Thursday, Nov. 29, 3 p.m. MST. The final preview or inspection of items is today, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Billups’ north Grangeville shops. “So far, we have 137 registered bidders from 23 states, three from Canada and one from Australia,” said auctioneer Kyle Musick on Monday.

CHS Primeland country store will host its Ladies Night this Thursday, Aug. 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Door prizes and refreshments will be served. There will be 50 percent off closeout prices on clothing (excluding Wrangler) and other deals throughout the store. Free gift bags will be available for the first 50 ladies through the door! Stop by 1001 North A Street; call 208-983-1745; on-line log onto www.CHSPrimeland.com.

Robert G. Gehring, 86, was born on July 6, 1929, to Ted and Inez Gehring at their family home in Keuterville, where he grew up. He attended Pine View Elementary School and St. Gertrude's Academy High School. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1951, and was stationed in Georgia and California and served in the Signal Corps. He was discharged in 1953.

In several ways, the journey from youth to adulthood resembles the arc of the school record discus throw Drew Lindsley unleashed during the lead up to state last May.