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Archive - 2011

September 29th

Lady Scotties edge Harding County

The Philip Lady Scotties volleyball team hosted the Harding County Ranchers, Thursday, September 22.

The varsity started slow, losing the first game 13-25, but came back with a second game win of 25-17. The third game could not have been any closer, ending 24-26. Philip again rebounded with a 25-21 win. Standing tied, the teams battled the final game. Philip edged Harding County 15-13 for a match score of 3-2.

Serving: Philip - 98 of 106 (4 aces).


Belle Fourche volleyball tournament

The Philip Lady Scotties traveled to Belle Fourche, Saturday, September 24, to compete in the annual Belle Fourche Volleyball Tournament.

The Scotties began the tournament with a season record of 7-6. They ended with 10-7.

Philip vs. Moorcroft, Wyo.

25-22, 25-16

Serving: Philip - 41 of 48 (4 aces). Leaders: Kelsie Kroetch - 9 of 10 (1 ace), Krista Wells - 7 of 7 (1 ace), Sam Johnson - 4 of 5 (2 aces).

Receiving: Philip - 37 of 38. Leaders: Wells - 12 of 12, Kaci Olivier - 8 of 8, Josie Guptill - 6 of 6.

Setting: Philip - 69 of 70 (7 assists).


Scotties fall to Ranchers at Deadwood Bowl

Making room ... Philip football players Lane Scott, #30, and Jade Berry, #43 along with a couple other Scotties hold back Harding County Ranchers so ball carrier Cody Reder can move the ball down field. The teams met in the first game of the Prospector Bowl in Deadwood last Saturday. Photo by Nancy Haigh

The Philip Scotties football team traveled to Deadwood, Saturday, September 24, to compete in the 20th annual Prospector Bowl at Ferguson Field. The Scotties challenged the Harding County Ranchers.

The beginning of the game saw a valiant drive by the Scotties, but to no avail. Their wall against the Ranchers held until the last minute of the first quarter. A Harding County rusher broke free and carried the ball 30 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The extra point attempt failed.

The Ranchers' ball carrying lived solely off of break-free runs.


Milesville Post Office faces closure

For many small, rural South Dakota towns their local post office has been the mainstay of their area, even after all the other business have left.

Recent announcements and meetings by the United States Postal Service have left many western South Dakota residents feeling angry and frustrated about the closing of their post offices. Towns can be spaced a fair distance apart in western South Dakota with a jaunt of 15, 20 or more miles just to get to the closest post office.


Achbach, Guptill, Piroutek pilgrimage to Spain for World Youth Day program

World sized crowd, world sized television screens ... The World Youth Day event in Spain included semi-truck-mounted gigantic televisions so the 1.7 million people could better see the Pope and stage. As shown here, they even saw themselves as a crowd, from a distant aerial view.

by Del Bartels

Father Kevin Achbach, high school senior Josie Guptill and college sophomore Danielle Piroutek attended the World Youth Day (WYD) program August 16-21 in Madrid, Spain.

"There is only one word to describe the pilgrimage to Spain, unbelievable," said Josie Guptill. "We all experience challenges in our everyday lives, but this pilgrimage allowed me to see more clearly the good that can come for those challenges."

World Youth Day, a Catholic event held in different countries usually every third year, focuses on youth.


Droz is new Haakon County Deputy Sheriff

Deputy Sheriff Droz ... He confirmed his interest in law enforcment by riding along with the Pierre police while he was in Stanley County High School. Droz has worked security, and has some experience as a deputy sheriff and as a jailer. He looks forward to the Haakon County position and to the law enforcement academy in Pierre.

As of Monday, September 26, Haakon County has a new deputy sheriff. Derek Droz left a position with the Walworth County jail system to work with Haakon County Sheriff Mel Smith.

Though Droz has some experience in law enforcement, he will be taking the basic officer certification course offered at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre. The course is free to South Dakota counties and the officials taking the course.

Droz became interested in law enforcement when he was a student at Stanley County High School.


Masons' child identification program

Dental impression ... These ladies were among the 113 people who received identification kits from the local Masons. It is recommended that the packets be kept in the family’s freezer, in order to keep the swabbed DNA sample in good condition. Nationally, the fastest growing group in the Mason’s CHIP program is teenage girls.

The local Masons hosted a free South Dakota Child Identification Program (CHIP), Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20-21, at the elementary gymnasium.

Over a dozen Masons volunteered to man the computers and other stations as a total of 113 young people went through the line.

The identification process generates individual completed identification kits that are given to the parent or guardian to take home for safekeeping. Nothing was kept by anyone else except for the permission form.


Gloria J. "Jeanie" Kingsbury

Gloria J. "Jeanie" Kingsbury, age 63, of Pine Island, Minn., formerly of Kadoka, S.D., died Sunday, September 25, 2011, in Pine Island, Minn.

Gloria Jean Grimes was born on October 28, 1947, in Rapid City to Lewis E. and Elsie V. (Peterson) Grimes. She grew up in Weta, attended and graduated from high school in Kadoka in 1965. She then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.

On August 26, 1967, she married John R. Kingsbury in Kadoka. They lived in several communities during their first years of marriage.


Richard W. Johnston

Richard W. Johnston, age 82 of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Richard W. Johnston was born in the New Underwood hospital on March 1, 1929, to William and Cecil (Richards) Johnston. They lived at Dalzell, S.D., at the time then later moved to Elm Springs on property adjacent to the Johnston homestead. He attended the Linn School for all of his grade school years. In 1947, he graduated from New Underwood High School. Once he finished high school he rented the Albert Arneson place at Elm Springs.


Eunice Koester

Eunice Koester, 62 of Pierre, died Tuesday, September 27 at her home in Pierre. Visitation will be 5-7 pm Wednesday, September 28 at Isburg Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 10:00 am Thursday, September 29 at Faith Lutheran Church with burial at Riverside Cemetery

Eunice was born September 21, 1949 to Simon and Rose Elrod. She grew up in Murdo graduating from Jones County High School.

Eunice was employed at Georgia Morse Middle School. She was very proud of her job. She enjoyed decorating the 6th grader's Christmas tree and making an ornament for each student.