April 19th, 2007

Scottie boys take season's first golf tournament

Tara Ravellette

The Philip high school golfers competed in their first tournament of the season on Tuesday, April 10. First place at the Meadowbrook Invitational in Rapid City went to the Scottie boys.

Cool temperatures of mid-to-high 40s and a steady wind created extra challenges for the boys' and girls' teams.

Philip's Allen Hauk scored a 90 to take the second place individual medalist honors, behind Wall's Kyle Barber who shot an 87 to claim the top spot. Sam Mendoza of Takini took third place with a 91. Bison's Jeffrey Johnson claimed fourth place with 91 strokes.


The young mother stands crying beside the abandoned well. Until this morning, it had been forgotten to all living souls. Rotten and half buried boards were now caved in and no longer covered the deadly chasm. The woman desperately clutches a precious photo to her chest.

Only hours earlier, her eight-year-old daughter stood in their house's entry way wailing for her mother. The girl knew that she was in big trouble for getting drenched in mud.

Schools, fire and police get Homeland Security grants

Schools were the main recipients in the latest round of Region 1 Homeland Security grants.

Haakon School Board heads toward this school year's end and toward next year

Board President Matt Reedy was given authorization to finalize details with Piroutek Auction in setting up the sale of property and land donated to the school district by the Cottonwood Roping Club. Reduced advertisement costs and a potentially larger bidding crowd are the reasons the land sale will be simultaneous with other land sales. The tentative sale date is May 26. The corrals and other property will be sold with other property tentatively on May 12.

Maurice Handcock is newest Crew Agency insurance agent

Maurice grew up in the Long Valley area and was a farmer and rancher for 20 years. He then sold equipment for Baye and Sons in Philip, and worked at Headlee Enterprises in Kadoka. Most recently he has been manager of the Midwest Co-op grain elevator in Kadoka for the past 10 years.

"Grady, Tom, Rusty and I feel very fortunate to have Maurice join our agency," Bernice Crew said. "His knowledge of agriculture, the area, and the people will make him a valuable asset to Crew Agency." Maurice has recently completed the licensing requirements in South Dakota.

Annual tornado drill April 25

South Dakota will observe Severe Weather Preparedness Week April 23 through 27. The National Weather Service and emergency management agencies sponsor this event to help residents to prepare for severe summer storms.

A statewide tornado drill will be conducted starting at 9:00 a.m. MDT (10:00 a.m. CDT) on Wednesday, April 25. The exercise is used to train emergency service organizations how to respond to a tornado warning. Communities may sound local warning sirens and many schools will conduct safety drills for their students.

Hunter Safety Course in Philip

There will be a Hunter Safety Course held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 5th at the Philip Fire Hall.

The course is free, sponsored by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. A person must be 12-years-old or turn 12 prior to the end of this year in order to attend this course. Successful completion of a Hunter Safely Course is required by law of every person under the age of 16 who wishes to hunt in South Dakota.

The course will be provided only twice in Haakon County this year - this spring in Philip and again this fall in Midland.

Deborah Snook receives Outstanding Teacher Award from South Dakota School of Mines

Deborah Snook was recently recognized at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's 56th Annual Honors Convocation with the Mines Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Paul A. "Al" Morgan

Paul Allen "Al" Morgan was born April 1, 1933, to Homer and Laura Morgan of Milesville, SD, where he grew up. On March 21, 2007, he passed into the arms of his Lord following several months of very poor health. He was nearly 74.

Allen attended high school in Pierre and Rapid City, SD.

On July 3, 1953, Allen was united in marriage to Lorraine "Lori" Clark of Philip, SD. The young couple moved to the East Coast where Allen served four years in the army.

Al and Lori moved back to Philip where Al worked as an electrician for Willis Drew for two years.

Richard B. McDermott

Richard B. McDermott, 67, died peacefully in his home in Rapid City, April 13, 2007, exhibiting the same qualities that he maintained throughout his life - grace, integrity, courage, and loyalty to his family and friends.

Dick, as he was known to those close to him, was born on July 19, 1939, in Redfield, SD, to Thomas V. and Alice J. McDermott. His childhood was one of enormous freedom, growing up in a small town.