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June 23rd, 2005

A voice on the plains

General Manager Kelly Penticoff and editor Del Bartels in the production department.

Special to The Pioneer Review

by Bill Kunkle, Eugene, OR

Seems like everybody is blaming the media for the world’s problems. Sadly, the electronic media makes up a substantial part of where most people get information, including news.

There remains places where folks read their weekly paper word for word. In a town like Philip, South Dakota, people really care about each other, how they are, and what they are doing. It’s a place of front porch talkrs who discuss events from barking dogs to drunks. They pray together in church and cry together at funerals.


Keven Morehart is new superintendent for Haakon Schools

Morehart family new to Philip ... Keven Morehart is the new Haakon School District superintendent and elementary principal. His wife, Melanie, is the new elementary special education instructor. Stratton is about five months old; while Madyson is four, and Bosten is three.

“I’m anxious to get going with my work; to be part of the Philip community and part of the school district,” said Keven Morehart. He is the new Haakon School District superintendent and elementary principal. Though his official start date is not until July 1, he is already on the job and attending out-of-town meetings with Philip High School Principal Jeff Rieckman.

Originally hailing from Hillsboro, N.D., Morehart attended Mayville State University to earn certification in elementary education and coaching. He was then part of the U.S. Navy for nine years.


June 2nd

State "B" golf for five Scotties

Philip's Dak Carley made a solid drive on this Par 3 hole at the State "B" golf meet. He ended the tournament with a 161 for 19th place.

For the 2005 State “B” Golf Tournament, the boys golfed at the par-72 Brookings Country Club and the girls at the par-70 Edgebrook Golf Course. The two-day meet was held Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24, in Brookings.

Philip's Dak Carley drifted somewhat with a score of 83 on the first day, but came back well during the second day’s play with a 78. He finished in a tie for the 19th position with a total score of 161. Last season, Carley tied for 16th.

Scotties’ Brit Miller played an 85 on the first day and finished with a 167 total score.


Brynn Coyle takes first at State "B" track meet in Sioux Falls

Out of 55 teams at the State “B” Track Tournament, Philip placed 14th with 19 team points. Brynn Coyle earned 16 of those points with first place in the shotput, a toss of 39’9.5”, and third place in the discus, a throw of 128’ 00”.

“Brynn Coyle ended her high school career as a state champion in the shot put. She also established a new Philip school record with a toss of 41’1.5” earlier this season, ” Head Track Coach Jerry Rhodes said.


To go home feeling they helped …

Officers often work alone and taking someone into custody requires protective devices.

by Bill Kunkle

Government has no higher duty than to protect its citizens’ health and safety. South Dakota supports law enforcement and its citizens, who, for the most part, respect the law and the rights of their neighbors.

The police officer is the most visible symbol of our nation’s first line of defense. Their days are often busy and filled with unforseen events. They are embassadors of goodwill, often the first look at our government at work. Sometimes called “the thin blue line”, they must be prepared to risk their lives to protect public safety.


To go home feeling they helped …

The law around here … Chief of Police Kit Graham, Deputy Sheriff Mark Foley, and Sheriff Larry Hanes.

by Bill Kunkle

Government has no higher duty than to protect its citizens’ health and safety. South Dakota supports law enforcement and its citizens, who, for the most part, respect the law and the rights of their neighbors.

The police officer is the most visible symbol of our nation’s first line of defense. Their days are often busy and filled with unforseen events. They are embassadors of goodwill, often the first look at our government at work. Sometimes called “the thin blue line”, they must be prepared to risk their lives to protect public safety.


Jackson resigns as Haakon School business manager

The business manager since 1995 for the Haakon School District 27-1 has resigned. Marcia Jackson will be assuming the business manager responsibilities for the Hot Springs School District on July 1.

A special school board meeting was held Tuesday, May 24, during which Jackson’s resignation was accepted with regret. The position’s contract expires June 30. The school board authorized advertising to fill the position.

Marcia and Bill Jackson will be moving to Hot Springs after living in Philip for ten years and in Midland for many years before that.


Pearl M. McCormick

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 3, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of the arrangements.

Pearl Marie McCormick, age 95, of Kadoka, died Tuesday morning, May 31, 2005, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Pearl Marie Jenks was born December 1, 1909, at Mitchell, SD, to Floyd and Elsie B. (Showalter) Jenks.


May 27th

Walter H. Prahl

Walter H. Prahl, age 92, of Murdo, died Monday, May 23, 2005 at the Kadoka

Nursing Home.

Walter H. Prahl was born November 4, 1912, near Vera, South Dakota, the son of Rudolph and Dorthea (Kettelsen) Prahl. He was baptized on November 20, 1912 ,at Draper, South Dakota. Walt grew up in the Vivian area.

Walt was united in marriage to Mabel Ainslie on January 1, 1935, in Valentine, Nebraska.

They made their first home east of White Clay, Nebraska where they resided until 1936 when they moved to the farm southwest of Vivian.


Velma P. Hanson

Velma P. Hanson, age 83, of Philip, died Tuesday evening, May 17, 2005, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services were held Monday, May 23, at the American Legion Hall in Philip with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Elvera Moos, vocalist. Ushers were Corwin “Corky” Thorson and Roy Pfeifer. Pallbearers were Scott, Matthew and Craig Johnson, Mark Hanson, Chad McCoy and Spencer Sudbeck.