February 1st, 2007

Dacia Dick wins American College Theater Festival acting honors for seven state region

Each year the University of South Dakota Theatre department participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (ACTF). USD belongs to Region V which includes competing schools and universities from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

This year the Festival was held January 21st to the 27th in Ames, IA, at Iowa State University.

Legislators in Pierre meet with the South Dakota Newspaper Association

District #27 Representative Mark DeVries, Belvidere, preparing to vote during floor session on January 25. Earlier, he discussed some aspects of this legislature term with reporters from his district.

Governor Mike Rounds told members of the South Dakota Newspaper Association January 25 that he will not support efforts to force small schools to consolidate.

SDNA members were in Pierre for the annual Newspaper Day at the Legislature that has traditionally included a press conference with the governor.

A bill was introduced this session that would make schools consolidate if they had less than 200 students.

"Why is 200 so special," Rounds asked. "What's the difference in the magic of a particular number.

Sarah Huston wins battle against eye cancer

On June 29, 2006, the family went to Minnesota for Sarah's second chemotherapy treatment. The medical professionals were encouraged and thought Sarah might have better vision than first predicted.

The third treatment was in mid-July. This time the doctors were concerned that the tumor in Sarah's left eye was not shrinking and that the optic nerve might be violated. They wanted to remove the eye immediately. Having heard this before, the Hustons again sought a second opinion.

Frederick Lyle Hunt

Frederick Hunt, age 50, of Rapid City, died Wednesday, January 24, 2007, at his residence in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 29, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, organist. Ushers were Reuben Vollmer, Jr. and Kirby Schofield. Pallbearers were Ken Standiford, Roger Dale, Pat Fosheim, Kenny Gillaspie, Terry Olson and Lawrence Stroppel.

Reuben Deutscher

Reuben Deutscher, age 87, of Wall, died Saturday, January 27, 2007, at the Beverly Healthcare Bella Vista in Rapid City.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, January 30, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant and Father Dan Juelfs and Father Kerry Predeville as con-celebrants.

Music was provided by Rita and Gene Patterson and Myron Williams. Ushers were Mike Erz and Dennis Schone.

January 26th

Scottie boys lose by one to New Underwood

Philip lost an excitingly close game against the New Underwood Tigers on Thursday, January 18. The Scotties started coming from behind in the second half, then held the Tigers in the fourth quarter, but not enough. The score at the buzzer was 48-49.

Philip 12 7 14 15 = 48


All Philip wrestlers take fourth place or better at Parkston Tournament; Trask/Lincoln take firsts

The Scotties traveled to Parkston to compete in a January 20th tournament.

Lady Scotties lose to top-rated Sully Buttes 45-78

The Lady Scotties faced one of the top basketball teams in the state on Friday, January 19, when they went up against the Sully Buttes Chargers in Onida. The final score was 45-78 against the Scotties.

Philip 7 12 10 16 = 45

Sulley 24 21 16 17 = 78

Philip scorers: Tylissa Fitch and Marissa Mann - 13 each, Kenzy Pinney - 9, Sierra Hook - 4, Kaylee Nelson and Toyeala Fortune - 3 each.

Sully Buttes scorers: K. Lamb - 29, E. Lamb - 16, A. Yackley - 13, K. Lamb - 7, E. Guthmillsto - 5, H. Handcock and H.

My Community ...

The town and surrounding community of Philip, SD, has a rich 100 years of trials and glories. Today, residents and visitors can see that continuing history in the individuals, organizations and businesses of the area.

With fewer than a thousand residents, Philip has the positive attributes of communities 10 times its size. Volunteerism is not a thing or a bewilderment; it is a way of life. The state-acclaimed Philip Volunteer Fire Department exists even without a taxable fire district.

Legislative Update

The legislature is in full swing as we complete our second week. Several major issues have come up in the past week that I would like to share with you.

Personally, I did not agree with or vote for the cigarette tax. However, the people of South Dakota approved the measure in the November election. I am supporting legislation that would take the additional tobacco tax monies and return it to the taxpayers in three areas; education, property tax relief, and Medicaid funding.