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Headlines Wednesday, December 17, 2014


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What’s being built in BC?

Work continues on the renovation and restoration of the Box Elder Academy of Music and Dancing. Under the direction of Edward Saunders, president of Saunders Construction and the project’s principal architect, Steve Goodwin, the project is anticipated to be completed by summer 2015. The restaurant portion of the project, a building annexed to the north side of the Academy building, is still the subject of some discussion. Brigham City’s Economic Development Director Paul Larsen said the city’s redevelopment agency has been working with a restauranteur for some time and that they are close to making an announcement. Larsen said a lease agreement has been drafted and will be the subject of the RDA’s meeting Thursday night. An announcement could follow soon after, said Larsen.


Zundel touts successes of Box Elder County RDA

By Nelson Phillips
Staff writer

Box Elder County Director of Economic Development Mitch Zundel delivered the Box Elder Redevelopment Agency’s annual report on Dec. 3, citing figures showing the program a success. Zundel’s presentation was given before County Commissioners Stan Summers, Jeff Scott and Ryan Tingey, who also sit on the board of the RDA.
Created in June of 1999 by the Box Elder County Commission, the RDA’s mission is to promote economic growth and renewal in the county. As a stand-alone agency, the RDA is a business entity for the county, enabled by law to enter into contracts, buy, hold and sell property, receive tax monies, borrow money, and even sue or be sued. The Box Elder RDA has participated in five project areas, classified under the law as economic development areas, or EDAs. Four of those areas are still active, with the Walmart EDA being closed last year, a year early, having fulfilled its obligations.

Mother charged with making, selling child porn

By Mike Nelson
Associate editor

A Box Elder County Woman was arrested in Perry late last month and has been accused of taking nude photos of her 5-year-old daughter and selling them.
Starla Rae McCabe, 45, is being held in the Box Elder County Jail and faces 10 second degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Court documents allege that the photographs were taken in March.
A probable cause statement filed in Box Elder Justice Court indicated that a Box Elder County Sheriff’s detective had obtained an electronic warrant to search a handheld game system on Nov. 10. The detective searched the device and found 19 photographs of McCabe’s daughter, naked from the waist down.
According to statements made by McCabe’s minor daughter at the Department of Child and Family Services on Nov. 10, McCabe had taken nude photos of her with the game system as well as a camera. The daughter also told investigators that her mother had printed the images and sold them for $100 each.