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June 7th, 2007

S.D. Boys' Basketball Official of the Year

David Burnett (right) of Philip has been honored by the National Federation of State High Schools Association. Presenting the award is Mark Naugle, Superintendent at Hill City Schools and former secondary principal at Philip High School, and one of Burnett’s former officiating partners.

David Burnett was awarded the 2007 National Federation Officials Association's Active Officials Award for SD during the Boys' State A Basketball Tournament in the Rapid City Civic Center on March 15 through 17.

The NFOA has sponsored Active Officials Awards for each state in all sports since 1983. The individuals receiving these awards have exemplified the highest standards of ethical conduct and moral character, have made significant contributions to high school officiating in South Dakota and are members of the NFOA.


Philip teen officially charged in fatal crash

Zane Fees, an 18-year-old Philip youth, has been charged with vehicular homicide, according to authorities.

Fees turned himself in Thursday, May 31, on charges related to an accident earlier this month, said Alvin Pahlke, the Jackson County state's attorney.

Fees was driving a pickup that rolled on a Jackson County gravel road on May 16, ejecting passenger Dalles Craig Brucklacher, 18, who died at the scene.


City prepared for centennial and summer

The Philip City Council met Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioner's Room at the Haakon County courthouse.

In old business, the council was given a Centennial Celebration update from Joe Gittings, the Centennial Committee Chairman. The Committee had ordered an open container cup that people may purchase for one dollar to use during the celebration when visiting either the 73 Bar or the Steakhouse. Gittings also mentioned that both the Bar and Steakhouse will be issuing colored wristbands each night for those of legal drinking age.


VSO Graber resigns at Tuesday's county commissioners meeting

Veterans Service Officer Kevin Graber notified the Haakon County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday, June 5, meeting that he is resigning from his position.

Graber, who has received commendations for his work in Haakon and Jackson counties, is leaving his position since his wife has taken a teaching position in Chamberlain. He has been the Haakon County Veterans Service Officer for the past four years.


Philip Ambulance Service open house

Philip Ambulance crew ... Back row, from left: Marty Hansen, Mike Schultz, Dody Weller, Amy Kroetch, Dianne Parsons, Edna Knutson, Steve Millage and Larry Hanes. Middle row: Karyl Sandal, Carla Smith, Debbie Hansen, Donna Smith, Vanessa Anderson, Kim Bouman, Pam Word and Brenda Kersteins. Seated: Training Officer Lori Quinn, Treasurer/Billing Esther Oldenberg, Director Don Weller, Secretary Debbie Hanrahan and Sergeant at Arms Lee Vaughan. Not pictured: Mark Foley and Gayle Rush

Moved into its new location, the Philip Ambulance crew offered an open house on May 22. Crew members have been eager to show off the new facilities - to the point of giving preliminary tours of the building during the remodeling stages to anyone who wished.

Gutting of the structure began around mid-April of 2006, shortly after the ambulance service acquired the property from Kennedy Implement.

The Philip Volunteer Fire Department had purchased several additional trucks. With the two ambulance units sharing bay space, some fire units had to be parked outside.


A young man's fancy ...

Spring! A young man’s fancy … salute to the season.

Philip will celebrate spring right where it all happened one hundred years ago. It will be a big party, drawing together the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of area homesteaders and early pioneers to a place they can call home. For many, it will mean traveling back from where life has taken them.

Spring is a time when a young man's (and lady's too) fancy can throw caution to the wind.

Thankfully, Philip is not a hotbed for serious crime, but while having fun, it may be a good idea to keep your eyes open and your mind engaged.


May 24th

Four Philip area students earn honors at West River Math Contest

The 57th annual West River Math Contest was held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City on Monday, May 14.

About 475 students, representing 21 schools, competed.

Prizes were awarded in each division for first through fifth place in A and B school divisions. An overall winner in each division was also determined.

The only exception to this is the masters test and all students, whether class A or B, are tested against each other. The top five place winners receive medals and certificates and the overall winner receives a plaque.


Rose Heeb of Midland to vie for Miss South Dakota 2007 title

Rose Heeb, daughter of Dean and Cheri Heeb of Midland, is one of 26 young women from around the state who will compete for the title of Miss South Dakota 2007, June 6 through 9, at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs.

Heeb's brother, Cecil, will be her escort, walking her down the walkway during the preliminaries of the evening gown event.

All contestants competed at local competitions throughout the state to qualify for the state pageant.


Region 7B track meet qualifies more Philip Scottie athletes for state tournament

The wind and competition could not stop the Philip Scottie team from adding to its list of state qualifying members.

The Region 7B Track and Field Meet, held in Kadoka on Thursday, May 17, had eight schools represented. The Philip girls' team earned second place with 118 points, behind the first place Kadoka team. The boys' team soundly took first place with 163 points, with Kadoka trailing behind with 112.

"Overall it was a fantastic day," said head coach Jerry Rhodes. "We won the boys 7B region and were runner-up with the girls.


Dalles Craig Bruckacher

Dalles Craig Brucklacher, age 18, of Philip, died Wednesday morning, May 16, 2007, as a result of an automobile accident south of Philip.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 22, at the high school, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Barb Bowen, prelude/postlude pianist, Skye Brucklacher, prelude flute, Philip High School Choir, accompanied by Marilyn Millage, and congregational hymns.

Ushers were J.J. Walker, Jay Baxter, Lee Dennis and Casey Seager.