Archive - 2009

April 9th

Capa and O'Connor to be part of BBC program

Philip O'Connor (photo by Chad Coppess, S.D. Dept. of Tourism)

by Nancy Haigh

A town may be down to one resident and his dog, but there's always someone interested in its history, in this case the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Philip O'Connor found his "town" and himself as part of a BBC show regarding the town and the Dirty Thirtys. O'Connor noted that on January 8, 2009, he received a phone call from Emily Curry of the South Dakota Department of Tourism in Pierre.

April 3rd

Philip school track/field season begins

With almost 40 students out for track and field, Philip head coach Jerry Rhodes has high hopes for the excellent talent on the Scottie team this season.

Rhodes heads the team with assistant coaches Tom Parquet and Ralph Kroetch, and junior high coach Brynn Coyle. Volunteer coach Pat Guptill will help out, especially in the hurdle events. Michelle Van Tassel will be the student manager and statistician.

Only three seniors are currently on the team.

James E. Rumney, Jr.

Memorial services will be held for James E. Rumney, Jr. of Hot Springs, SD, on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Mueller Civic Center Theater with John Davis officiating. Jim died at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, SD, on March 23, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jim was born May 29, 1939, to James Edward Rumney, Sr., a/k/a Eddie and Gladys (Black) Rumney.

He began life on the family ranch 45 miles north of Lusk, WY. The ranch was located on Lance Creek just above where it joined the Cheyenne River.

Seven candidates for board of education

Seven candidates are running for two at-large seats on the Haakon School District 27-1 Board of Education. The election will be Tuesday, April 14. Five questions have been given to the candidates. Their answers will be printed in successive issues of the Pioneer Review.

Question #4. What do you suggest for more student, parent and general public involvement in school board concerns?

Michelle Butler: "As with any concerns, it is vital that you go to the source first.

Wyatt, visiting urologist at Philip hospital

by Del Bartels

Dr. Joseph Wyatt, an urologist from Pierre, has begun his monthly visits to the Philip Health Services Inc. clinic and hospital.

Wednesday, March 25, was his first day, with future scheduled visitations on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Currently, Wyatt will be taking appointments and seeing patients from 9:00 a.m. to noon, "or longer as needed," said Wyatt. "I'll stay until there are no more patients to be seen for the day." The scheduled hours may increase in the future, if warranted.

SD public smoking ban - local opinions

When the recently passed South Dakota smoke free law takes effect July 1, it will still be legal to smoke outdoors, such as walking down Main Street. The law covers all public workplaces with the exception of existing cigar bars, smoke shops and lodging rooms such as motels, which may designate smoking rooms.

According to the South Dakota State Medical Association, recent statistics show that only about 20 percent of South Dakotans smoke.

Burglary at Rock N' Roll Lanes

The Rock 'N Roll Lanes bowling alley at the north side of Philip was broken into and robbed in the early hours of Saturday, March 21.

Using a tool such as a crowbar, a person, or persons, destroyed the lock and brace to the southwest steel door to gain entry.

Four video lottery machines were then forced open and emptied of the money inside. The machines' tickets, which automatically register whenever the machines are opened, indicated the exact times of 3:23, 3:24, 3:24 and 3:25 a.m.

Two candidates for Philip City Council

Two people, Greg Arthur and Trisha Larson, are running for one open seat on the Philip City Council. The Tuesday, April 14, election will determine who will fill the two-year term for Ward III. Five questions have been given to be answered by each candidate.

Why are you running for the city council at this

particular time?

Larson: "When my husband, Ron, and I moved back to Philip to be close to our families, we knew it would take commitment to the community to help make it the best it can be, with an even brighter future, for our children.

March 26th

Veteran assistance changes form; loans replaced with grave marker assistance

by Joe Sneve, CNS

The South Dakota legislature and Gov. M. Michael Rounds have decided to repeal the emergency veterans' loan program to free up money from the veterans affairs special revenue fund for other veteran programs.

Rounds signed House Bill 1270 on March 10 to end the loan program which provides veterans and their families with small loans to assist in economic emergencies.

On March 3, sponsor of the bill, Sen.

Increase in food stamp benefits

Governor Mike Rounds has announced that most low income South Dakota households will receive additional food assistance as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Beginning April 1, the maximum monthly benefit will increase based on household size.

"An unprecedented number of South Dakotans have applied for food stamp benefits in recent months," Gov. Rounds said.