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June 26th, 2008

Golden West putting in communication cable

Golden West project ... Golden West Telecommunications is excavating and laying new cable in Philip. The construction project, expected to be completed by mid-July, includes burying copper, coax, and fiber optic cables. This work is a back up for current systems and to ease any future additions and advancements.

Golden West Telecommunica-tions is excavating ground, drilling new cable paths and laying new cable in Philip.

The current construction project, which is expected to be complete by mid-July, includes burying copper, coax, and fiber optic cables. Westcott Construction Company, Inc. is working with Golden West on the project.

According to Tom Finn with Golden West, the work is a backup to current cable routes. If communication lines were ever for some reason to fail, the system would be able to be re-routed so that little if any loss of service would be noticed.


Philip's Second Annual Invitational Matched Bronc Ride another success

The big rodeo event that was held in conjunction with Philip's Centennial last year, held its own this year. The second annual Invitational Matched Bronc Ride on Friday, June 20, in the Philip Roping Arena was a sold-out, standing-room-only success.

The promise of a good show had a build up of a buffalo burger feed offered by the Philip Chamber of Commerce and other sponsors.


June 19th

Ft. Pierre to Deadwood Wagon Trail itinerary is set

Lonis Wendt, program coordinator, announcer and scout, has revised and updated the program list of speakers, music and information for the trail ride.

Evening meals will begin between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Evening programs will begin at 8:00 p.m. Interest will determine the length of the evening programs, with the musical programs continuing until 10:00 p.m.

Campsites for July 3, 4 and 5 will be north of Philip.

July 29, Day 0 - Gather at the fairgrounds in Ft. Pierre, with overnight camping available. Appreciation picnic and celebration followed by program.


All welcome to Philip's Community Spirit Celebration

A "celebration of community spirit" event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at the Philip Volunteer Fire Hall and the Fire Hall Park.

As a graduation ceremony of Philip in the Horizons project, there will be a free ice-cream social. Everyone is invited. The Philip Chamber of Commerce will hold its July meeting at the same time and place.

"Citizens are invited to promote all the wonderful things their organization is involved in," said Britni Ross, a local member of the Horizons project.


School Board approves contracts / policies

The updated elementary and secondary handbooks for the 2008-2009 school year were approved. The main changes were the wordage concerning graduation and a tighter policy concerning cell-phone use by students.

A brief discussion was held on whether "Haakon" or "Philip" should now be the name for the school district. Part of Haakon County is now in the Kadoka Area School District and some students attending this school district come from Jackson County. The Haakon School District is not a county district.


Philip cowgirls and cowboys place well at Sturgis Regional High School Rodeo

Philip High School's Rodeo Club took second as a team, following Sturgis, at the Sturgis High School Regional Rodeo last weekend, June 13, 14 and 15.

Clint Nelson earned the Boys Rookie Award while Marla Kelly brought home the Hard Luck Cowgirl recognition.


June 12th

Heart of the West Couples Golf Tournament results

Philip's Lake Waggoner Golf Course was host to a Heart of the West couples golf tournament Sunday, June 8.

The tournament, sponsored by Philip Motor, Inc., had a total of 26 couples entered in the two flights - a low net and a low gross flight. A team was awarded the higher placing that it earned in either flight.

The low net flight was won by the team of Alvin and Donna Crown with a handicap point total of 51.


Regional High School Rodeo in Wall

Regional High School Rodeo in Wall ... Jade Nelson and Tucker McDaniel. Photo by Terry Holub

The 2008 Wall Regional High School Rodeo was held on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.


Philip Chamber of Commerce members enthusiastic about possible farmers' market

The main presentation during the Monday, June 9, meeting of the Philip Chamber of Commerce was a promotion for a possible future farmers' market.

Christine Andrus has already gotten the Philip City Council to waive any peddlers' licenses concerning the event that is proposed for Saturdays from July 1 through August 31 at the Fire Hall Park. The council's only concern was reminding vendors that sales tax is still required. An informational meeting is set for 2:00 p.m.


Built from the heart ...

Jaycie West, daughter of Zach and Amber West, sits upon a dresser that will be raffled during Philip Festival Days, August 1 and 2, as a fundraiser to help with medical expenses. Earlier this year Jaycie was kicked in the head by a horse and required surgery. "Now she's well on her way to 110 percent recovery," said grandfather Doug West. "The doctors gave her a green light to be a normal kid." The dresser is made of cedar, oak, cherry, teak, African Rosewood and barn wood, and has spur poles for handles.