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March 20th, 2008

Charlie Brunson

Charlie Brunson, age 66, of Kadoka, SD, died March 11, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Monday, March 17, at the Belvidere Community Church, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Ushers were Bob Eckert and Jim Willert. Pallbearers were Tom DeVries, Casey Willard, Bob Schofield, Charlie Carlson, John Rodgers, Al Badure, Jerry Willuweit and Joe Thorn.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.

Charlie W. Brunson was born June 17, 1941, in Murdo, SD, the son of Charles and Ada V. (Swan) Brunson.


March 6th

Philip Chapter FCCLA competes at District IX

Philip FCCLA at District IX meeting ... Floor in front: Grace Schnabel, Callie Schofield, Kayla O'Connell and Abby Fitzgerald. Front on stage: Advisor Brigitte Brucklacher, Cassie Schofield, Jordan Smith, Skye Brucklacher, Andrew Brech, Abby Carley, Emma Slovek and Colby Smith. Back row: Bethany Kroetch, Jennifer Stangle, Loni Nelson, Sierra Hook, Tara Ravellette, Kenzy Pinney and Molly Coyle.

The Philip Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the District IX FCCLA meeting on February 27th at the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.

Towns in District IX include Philip, Belle Fourche, Bison, Sturgis and Wall. The conference gave members the opportunity to compete in STAR events and develop leadership.

Skye Brucklacher, a Philip High School senior, has served as the district chairman for the past year and is also a state officer through having this position.


Time's a-wasting before the Elementary Science Fair

by Lee Vaughan

Philip Science Fair organizer

With just three weeks to go until the Philip Elementary Science Fair, it's time to pull out all stops to wrap up this year's research.

For students' convenience, the websites listed on the handouts explaining how to do a project, write the report, and set up a board, have been listed on the school's web page. All that is necessary is select the appropriate site and click.

As in the past, students will be setting up their projects in the Elementary Gym between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. on March 27th.


Haakon County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday

Insurance and highway department matters highlighted the Tuesday, March 3, 2008, Haakon County Commissioners meeting.

Brad Wilson, Sioux Falls, from the South Dakota Municipal League spoke with the commissioners regarding what his organization's workmen's compensation pool could do for Haakon County. He noted they are a member-owned nonprofit pool that provides workmen's compensation for cities, counties and special districts within South Dakota.


City Council addresses topics and audience from fishing, insurance, trees, dances to rifles

The Philip City Council held on Monday, March 3rd, was longer than usual to accommodate the full agenda.

Roger Williams asked if Lake Waggoner was receiving all that it could from the well system. With the extended drought in the region, there are very few fishing and boating places in western South Dakota. "We have a great place with a nice camping area, and no other place around to fish or boat," said Williams. He noted that the north boat ramp at the lake will not be usable much longer because of the lowering water level.


Philip students study leap year with four local citizens born on February 29th

From left: Roger Williams with 13 calendar birthdays, Cheryl Hook who is only nine birthdays old, Gay Logan with 19 birthdays and Carson Daly celebrating his first February 29th birthday.

"The students were so worried that Carson has never really had a birthday before now," said Philip third grade instructor Karen Rembold. Carson Daly, son of Steve and Julie Daly of Midland, celebrated his first calendar birthday on February 29th. He is actually four years old.

He and three others, Roger Williams, Cheryl Hook and Gay Logan, visited the classroom to culminate the third grade studies of leap year.

While grasping the idea of an extra day every four years, the students studied the history of different calendars.


February 28th

Phil Norman

Phil Norman, 80 of Hayes, died Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at the Hospice House in Rapid City.

Services were held Tuesday, March 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Pierre with burial at the Scotty Philip Cemetery.

Philip Leo Norman was born on July 29, 1927, in Pierre to Roy and Edith (Fackelman) Norman. He was raised in rural Stanley County where he attended rural grade school before graduating from Pierre High School in 1945.

He married Maxine Pugh in 1947.


February 27th

Philip Lady Scotties end District 15B play in near repeat game with White River

The Philip Lady Scotties had defeated the White River Tigers in a close 52-50 match in the last regular season basketball game.

In Philip's first matchup in District 15B play, the Scotties lost to White River in a close 50-52 match. The Monday, February 18th, game put Philip out of the running for the following competitions hosted by White River on Tuesday, February 19th, and Thursday, February 21st.

At districts, the Lady Scotties could not hold on to the lead during the first quarter, but ended the first half with a three point advantage.


Philip Scotties host Kadoka Area in last regular season game

The Philip boys' basketball team hosted the Kadoka Area Kougars on Friday, February 22nd.


Philip Scottie wrestlers show well at State

This year's State "B" Wrestling Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd, in Sioux Falls.

At the district tournament, all 14 varsity members of the Philip team earn the right to compete at regions.