Archive - 2008

April 2nd

Philip Health Services receives CT scanner upgrade

The $400,000, 4,200 pound technical machinery was first rolled from a semi to a tilt-bed truck, then to eight big guys who rolled it into the hospital. Helping were Philip hospital head of maintenance Scott Baye and maintenance personnel Dan Walker and Lucas Schofield.

The General Electric 16-Slice Lightspeed Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) scanner was delivered to the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip on Friday, March 28th.

The 14 boxes and crates included the donut-shaped main unit which weighs over 4,200 pounds, or as a delivery supervisor said, "more than your average SUV." The machine and installation comes at a total cost of a little more than $400,000.

The CT scanner will be in general operation by Friday April 4th.

Candidates running in April 8th election

Two candidates are running for Philip City Council Ward III, Shirley Chin and Greg Arthur.

Ward III is that area within the Philip city limits north of Pine Street and west of Larimer Street. Ward III also includes the area north of Pine Street, west of North Wood Avenue and south of Hone Street. The polling place will be in the community room of the Haakon County Courthouse. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8th.

March 24th was the last day that citizens could have registered to be able to vote in the April 8th elections.

Marvin Swan

Marvin Swan, 80, of Pierre died Saturday, March 22 at Maryhouse in Pierre

Services were held Friday, March 28, at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre, with burial in Scotty Philip Cemetery in Pierre.

Marvin Ernest Swan was born on January 20, 1928, at Grass Lake, MN, to Ernest Yngre and Freda Katrina (Dahlquist) Swan.

March 20th

Jesse Overton Harris Williams

Jesse Overton Harris Williams, age 87 of Kadoka, South Dakota , died March 15, 2008, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Jesse Williams was born January 5, 1921, on his parents' homestead in the Recluse area in Jackson County, South Dakota, the son of William H.K. and Esther (Jaquays) Williams. He grew up and graduated from Philip High School in 1941.

He was united in marriage to Velma Horton on October 14, 1944, in Rapid City, South Dakota. After their marriage they made their home on the Triangle Ranch on the Bad River in Jackson County until retirement.

Haakon School Board looks at new scholarship, intercom, playground equipment and volunteers

The Monday, March 17th, meeting of the Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education began with the preliminary approval of another scholarship for Philip High School graduates.

Richard and Gladys Smith of Philip wish to put $50,000 each, totaling $100,000, into a Certificate of Deposit from which interest would go to scholarships. One scholarship, of a yet undetermined amount, would be awarded to a graduating senior continuing their education in the health care field. The scholarship would be renewable by that graduate for up to four years, if they satisfy the criteria.

Special meeting of Philip City Council on CDBG grants and as Board of Equalization

The Philip City Council met in special meeting on Monday, March 17th.

It hosted a public hearing for the application of Community Development Block Grant funds on the proposed storm drainage improvement project. The council also met as a municipal Board of Equalization.

The drainage project is the installation of storm sewers and the repairing of affected street surfaces.

Results of library study circles to be shared at community meeting

The visions of Haakon County residents regarding a library will be presented at a community meeting, Tuesday, March 25th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Philip school's elementary gym.

For the past three weeks residents of Haakon County have met in six study circles, four based in Philip and one each in Milesville and Midland. During the first meeting the groups discussed the current library's services and other pros and cons of library services within the county. They also discussed their vision for a library and its services to the county.

Midland Drama Club presents comedy "Aunt Ollie's Home Away from Home"

Hometown hospitality? ... You can laugh until you choke, or get choked, during the Midland Drama Club’s performance. The residents and guests of “Aunt Ollie’s Home Away From Home” are a cast of real characters. No, any refreshments for the audience between the two acts will not include samples of Earl’s moonshine.

The cast and crew of the Midland Drama Club are in the last stages of dress rehearsal for their performances of "Aunt Ollie's Home Away From Home."

The two-act comedy is to be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th, at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 30th, at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Midland.

Director Linda Schofield has transformed these volunteer actors and actresses into a zany collection of residents and visitors at a hillbilly inn.

Haakon County to be fully accounted into legal Fire Protection Districts

Proposed – everything in a fire district ... In the southeast corner is the existing Midland district. The existing Milesville district is north-central with a proposed expansion westward. The existing Deep Creek district claims most of the northeast corner, with hopeful expansion. The Philip Fire Protection District, in the southwest, encompasses the rest of Haakon County. At this time, the Philip Fire Protection District has no proposed mill levy, thus no fire district taxes.

Philip, Milesville, Midland and Deep Creek all have existing fire protection districts. Land may not be within the boundaries of two different fire protection districts. Milesville is petitioning to include the two full townships and parts of four others between its current boundaries and Pennington County. The Deep Creek district is hoping to include two townships to its northwest.

In attempting to clarify matters, Philip Fire Chief Marty Hansen said, "We definitely need to have fire protection districts.

Eugene Wheeler

Eugene Wheeler, age 80, of Amarillo, TX, died Friday, February 22, 2008.

No services were held.

Mr. Wheeler was born in Deadwood, SD. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from the Veterans Administration and Bivins Memorial Nursing Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Lula Wheeler; and a son, Noel Wheeler.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Kay Miller of Montana, Diana Staniewski of Washington, D.C. and Kelly Harris and her husband, Poncho, of Amarillo; two sons, Gene Wheeler, Jr.