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Archive - 2011

October 6th

Letters to the Editor:

Dear Editor,

I would like to respond to Bill Kunkle's guest editorial in which he praised Obama's vague religious beliefs.

I am glad to know which political candidates are Christian, pro-life and born in the United States of America. If a politician is evasive about answering questions on moral issues, I feel he is trying to hide his core values. and hopes to fool most of us until he gets elected.

As the saying goes, you can fool most of the people some of the time. And if it happens on election day, you achieve great rewards.


More 'er Les

The Philip City Council voted Monday evening to supply the Philip Matched Bronc Ride with $1,500 of support for the 2012 Philip Invitational Matched Bronc Ride. The event started with $2,500 each year to help promote the event, then was cut back to $2,000, then to $1,500 for 2012 with talk of cutting back to zero.

The history behind this event started with a few people kicking the dirt, trying to come up with some ideas on how we can utilize the arena here in Philip.


Philip city council finalizes 2012 budget

The Philip City Council meeting Monday, October 3, began with the council first approving the payment of pending bills, which totaled $187,458.41. This included salaries and benefits of $31,674.24.

In old business, no future compliance responsibility is required with the Land and Water Conservation funds that were used for the Lake Waggoner bathhouse project.

The council then established the city's amount to be appropriated for the advertising of the 2012 Matched Bronc Ride. That amount is $1,500.


Fatal helicopter crash south of Philip

Limited evidence ... Timothy LeBaron led the team investigating a fatal helicopter crash, October 1, south of Philip. His report involves “man, machine, environment,” he said. He added, “The wreckage pattern was consistant with an in-flight break-up.” Note that the wreckage no longer contains seats, much of the helicopter body or anything else that could have been destroyed in the crash and fire. The tail fins are in the far background.

by Del Bartels

At approximately 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, a Robinson R-66 helicopter crashed south of Philip.

The pilot, 64-year-old James Hladkey, Gillette, Wyo., was the only person on board during the fatal crash. Hladky was the president of Cyclone Drilling Inc. He was flying from Gillette to visit a friend in Winner.

The helicopter was flying from west to east when it crashed on land owned by Gene and Sheryl Michael. The thick, black smoke mushrooming upward could be seen from Philip.


October 3rd

Wayne T. Riggins

Wayne T. Riggins, age 90 of Wanblee, South Dakota, died Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home near Wanblee.

Wayne was born January 29, 1921, in Kinsley, Iowa, the son of Floyd "Pop" and Marie (Dugan) Riggins. In 1932, at the age of 11, the family moved to the Garner place on Bear Creek in Washabaugh County, South Dakota. Wayne attended Garner School through the eighth grade. In May 2005, he was honored at Kadoka High School's commencement ceremony as a veteran and was presented with an honorary high school diploma.


William G. "Bill" O'Connor

William G. "Bill" O'Connor, age 69 of Philip, South Dakota, died Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home east of Philip.

William G. O'Connor, better known as Bill to his family and friends, was born November 19, 1941, in Pierre, South Dakota, the son of James Francis and Catherine Anna (Murphy) O'Connor. He grew up on a ranch northeast of Philip, graduating from Philip High School.

Bill was united in marriage to Sandra Odom in 1971. They farmed and ranched east of Philip all their married life.


Donna E. Hansen

Donna E. Hansen, age 71, of Philip, South Dakota, died Thursday, September 29, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.

Donna E. Waldron was born November 22, 1939, in Presho, South Dakota, the daughter of Jess and Mabel (Harmon) Waldron. She grew up in Presho before the family moved to the White Thunder Ranch on the Cheyenne River in 1949. Donna attended rural school in that area before attending Philip High School, graduating in 1957.


September 29th

Lady Scotties fall to Faith

The Philip Lady Scotties volleyball team journeyed to Faith to go against the Lady Longhorns. Tuesday, September 20.

Philip fell 0-3, with game scores of 19-25, 13-25 and 25-27. Philip's season record stands at 6-6.

Serving: Philip - 52 of 60 (4 aces). Leaders: Misty Johnson - 8 of 9 (3 aces), Kaci Olivier - 5 of 6, (1 ace), Sayde Slovek - 10 of 10.

Receiving: Philip - 53 of 67. Leaders: Krista Wells - 25 of 31, Josie Guptill - 15 of 17, Slovek - 10 of 15.

Setting: Philip - 63 of 70 (14 assists).


Scotties compete at multi-division Rapid City Invitational meet

The Rapid City Invitational cross country meet was AA, A and B division, with teams from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado. It was held Friday, September 23, on the Elks Golf Course and had a total count of runners that exceeded 870.

For the Philip Scotties this was the second race in the last 54 hours. Combined with temperatures over 90 degrees and more quality competition than they will face at any other race this season, they had to dig deep to find what it takes to remain competitive.

Junior Holly Iwan was one of over 130 starters in the girls' varsity race.


Philip Scotties dominate Western Great Plains Conference cross country meet

Holly Iwan, left, earned second place in a time of 16:00 for 4,000 meters at the Western Great Plains Conference cross country meet. Ellie Coyle earned sixth place in her first ever varsity run, with a time of 17:01.

The Scotties traveled to Wall, Wednesday, September 21, to compete for highly valued conference honors.

This was a small but highly competitive meet with many of South Dakota's finest runners entered. Individually, several Scotties had a good day.

Boys' varsity ran at 9:30 a.m. with temperatures in the 60s and a light breeze.