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2014 Businessman of the Year Friday, 14 November 2014 18:52

We honored Dr. Bill Williams, the 2014 Businessman of the Year at at banquet held on November 13, 2014.

Bill R. Williams is the son of Shelby and Louise Williams of Buhl.  They farmed by Buhl and also raised cattle.  He was joined by a little brother in 1951. 

Bill graduated from Buhl High School in 1965. He attended College of Idaho, and graduated with a degree in Zoology and subsequently went to Pacific University to attend Optometry School. Bill met Carolyn Kennedy at Pacific.

Bill and Carolyn were married in 1972. They had two daughters, Darcy in 1978 and Annie in 1981. Darcy went to photography school and is living in Portland, Oregon and has recently gone back to school at Portland State and has a son, Archie. Annie and her husband, Jeff, have 5 children, Selah, Karis, Shalom, Rhys, and Gabe. They currently live in Asia.  They are linguists and are learning an unwritten language in hopes of building a written language and a New Testament in that language – a process that takes about 25 years.

Bill is an active member of Rupert Rotary Club and the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce. Business is one of Bill's strengths. It is in his servant attitude and consistent "be there" work ethic that we are honored him at this event.

Events like these would not be possible without the help of our wonderful sponsors.  We want to thank our Event Sponsor, Zions Bank; Gold Sponsors, DL Evans Bank, Valley Agronomics; Silver Sponsors, The Voice/Times News, Minidoka Memorial Hospital, First Federal; Bronze Sponsors, Idaho Power, Amalgamated Sugar Co., Industrial Ventilation Inc., Mart Produce, Schow's, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Rupert Discount Store and Barclay Mechanical Services.

2014 Farmers of the Year Friday, 14 November 2014 18:34

We honored Tim and Jana Darrington on November 13 at banquet held in their honor.

Tim Darrington is the son of Leroy and Minnie Darrington. Tim is a third generation farmer.  He grew up on a small dairy farm in Declo. Tim and his five siblings still live and work within a 10 mile radius of each other. Tim graduated from Declo High School and attended Ricks College

Jana is the daughter of Clyde and Carole Rogers. Jana grew up in Paul, and being the only daughter, her five brothers picked up the slack on the farm. Jana graduated from Minico High School, and after high school, she worked for a time then attended technical school. 

Tim and Janna married in 1974 they have two sons and two daughters. They both agree that their children, Cade, Michael, Melissa and Jill, their spouses and their beautiful grandchildren completely fill their hearts. 

As their family grew so did their farming operation which expanded in the Declo area and into Minidoka County. They purchased Jana’s parents farm north of Paul, maintaining a rotation of crops.  Tim also does a fair amount of custom work and enjoys raising a small cow/calf herd.

Tim and Jana, consider themselves true partners, complimenting each others strengths and abilities. “It’s not always been easy but it’s been a rich and fulfilling journey where each stage of life brings unexpected joys,” said Tim.

Events like these would not be possible without the help of our wonderful sponsors.  We want to thank our Event Sponsor, Zions Bank; Gold Sponsors, DL Evans Bank, Valley Agronomics; Silver Sponsors, The Voice/Times News, Minidoka Memorial Hospital, First Federal; Bronze Sponsors, Idaho Power, Amalgamated Sugar Co., Industrial Ventilation Inc., Mart Produce, Schow's, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Rupert Discount Store and Barclay Mechanical Services.


2014 Leadership Class to begin in January Wednesday, 07 December 2011 19:53

The Leadership Challenge

One measure of a community’s greatness is the voluntary contributions made by its leaders.  The future of our community is closely tied to the quality and commitment of our next generation of leaders; the individuals who are needed to serve on boards, commissions, in community groups and in elected positions.  This kind of leadership talent must be aggressively sought out, nurtured and given the tools to lead successfully.  As we look out into the community, many of the most profound accomplishments have been made possible through the leadership of volunteers giving of their time and talents.  The Chamber is a wonderful example of volunteer leadership.  It’s Board of Directors as well as all of the committees and task forces are made up of volunteers that give of their time and share their expertise and talents.  We need to realize that it takes the efforts of willing leaders to build and better the community.

The business community and individuals can be a part of building leaders for tomorrow by nurturing potential leaders today.  Seeking out opportunities for those with leadership talent, providing responsibilities in daily routine or through special projects, companies can teach and cultivate the leadership abilities of their staff thus producing leaders for their organization for years to come.  Individuals may also be proactive in seeking out opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and volunteer for such leadership roles that will give them the chance to stretch and practice their abilities to direct and accomplish results through group actions.

The Chamber sees this nurturing or leadership as a vital part of sustaining the growth of our community.  We admonish and invite the businesses in our area to review what they are doing to foster leadership in their companies and how they can foster leadership talent or allow those with demonstrated skills to apply their talent.  We invite individuals and the business community to become more active in volunteering their time to build the community in whatever capacity they see fit.

The Chamber, understanding the importance of nourishing new leaders and helping to foster leadership talent, instituted the Leadership Program in 2004.  Taking cues from the many wonderful programs already in place throughout the United States and Idaho, the Chamber will enter its eighth year hosting the leadership program.

This eight month program is geared at cultivating the needed talents, knowledge and networks that help create an effective leader. Each year, the aim of the program is to increase a base of informed and capable leaders who are committed to using their talents to meet the needs of our businesses and community.

All of the sessions are designed to be highly interactive, stimulating and thought provoking.  A typical day might involve a fast-paced combination of group discussion, exercises, field trips and presentations by respected local leaders.  Class sessions will be held in locations appropriate to the topic, the community is the classroom.  The instruction will not reflect any one solution or political viewpoint but rather will present varied and diverse approaches to problem solving.  Participants will be expected to share their unique experiences and learn from one another.

The 2014 program will be held once a month typically from eight-thirty in the morning to five in the afternoon.  Areas of exploration in 2014 will include:  Personal Leadership Skills, Industry & Agriculture, Local Government, Health Care, Education, Law & Justice, Media, and Tourism.  2014 Mini-Cassia Leadership will begin on January 16, 2014 and graduation will be in August.  If you or someone in your company would like to participate, the registration deadline is January 13, 2014 and class space is limited to 18 participants.  Tuition is $395, all transportation, meals and materials will be provided.  Tuition must be paid prior to the first session.  For more information, please call the Chamber at 679-4793.

This community draws strength and moves forward through the efforts and abilities of those who are willing to work at making a difference.  Leadership is not only the directing and teaching of others, but more importantly the courage to take that first step towards getting something done.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00

Ribbon Cutting- Evans Family Chiropractic, LLC

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The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Evans Family Chiropractic, to commemorate their grand opening.  The business is owned by Dr. Erik Evans who is pictured cutting the ribbon.

It’s the only clinic in Burley with a spinal decompression table. Spinal decompression is a term that describes the relief of pressure on one or many pinched nerves in the low back and neck areas.

What does it treat?  Spinal decompression can be achieved non-surgically and is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis.

How does it work?  Non-surgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through an on-board computer that controls the force of disc distraction.  This enhanced control allows non-surgical spinal decompression tables to apply a traction force to the discs of the spinal column reducing pressure and pain in the low back and or neck. 

You can call 678-4100 for your free consultation to see if spinal decompression is right for you. Their Business hours are Monday and Thursday 9:30am to 6pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 8am to 5pm; Friday 7am to 4pm.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00

Ribbon Cutting- Smiles 4 Kids

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Smiles 4 Kids

1408 Pomerelle Avenue Suite D

Burley, Idaho 83318

Phone: 208 678-7415


The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at Smiles 4 Kids, located at 1408 Pomerelle Avenue Suite D in Burley to commemorate their grand opening.  The Burley office is managed by Rhonda Elquist who is pictured cutting the ribbon and Dr. Trent Pryor is standing left of her.

Smiles 4 Kids, Dentistry for Children is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology, including digital X-rays and computer imaging. Their waiting area has a videogame center as well. Smiles 4 Kids have 3 offices in Idaho, Twin Falls, Burley and Nampa.

Business hours are 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday; their business number is 208-678-7415.

Pictured left to right: Aubrey Nelson, Dr. Trent Pryor, Karen Salinas, Heather Black, Rhonda Elquist


Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00

Kim Hansen Chevrolet, Inc.

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Kim Hansen Chevrolet, Inc.

1221 W. Main Street

Burley, ID  83318


Pictured left to right: front row; Jon Wilson, Scot Stanfield, Dennis Moultrie, back row; Trevor Rice, Andra Ross, Monique Hurst, Nick Bame, Libby Sakai, Donna Peterson, Luke Hansen, Adam Hansen

Not pictured: Louis Bourgeois, Darin Cottom, Arick Fenstermaker, Tyler Greene, Jerry Halford, Kim Hansen, Justin Higley, Todd Jackson, Ryan Loveland, Jill Paskett, Rudy Ramirez, Michael Rockwell, Gilbert Tellez, Alex Whiteley, Marcus Winter, Garvin Wrigley

 Kim Hansen started his career in auto sales in Soda Springs in 1977. In 1984 he moved to Burley and opened a Chevrolet franchise, the only Chevrolet dealer in town. Kim grew up in car dealerships. His grandfather started in 1952 in Montpelier and his father owned a dealership in Brigham City, Utah which is now owned by Kim’s brother. Kim has 2 sons, Adam and Luke, who manage the dealership in Burley. They sell new Chevrolet cars and used cars of any make. They perform maintenance and warranty work on any GM vehicle as well as the service and repair of other makes.

On behalf of the employees, they would like to thank you the community for their continued support and they look forward to serving you. They are open Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.                                                                    


Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00

Ribbon Cutting- LCC Liquidators

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The Mini-Cassia Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting at LCC Liquidators, located at 1200 Parke Avenue in Burley to commemorate their grand opening.  The business is owned by Lloyd Cox who is pictured cutting the ribbon, and managed by Alan Cox who is standing to the left of the owner. They sell liquidated food items and other convenience store items. Not pictured are Melissa Sanchez, Dare to Create Hair Studio and Jennifer Owens who sells women’s clothing which are also located in the building. They bring in merchandise every week, so go check it out. The business hours are 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday; and their number is 208-219-2142.


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