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August 10th

G. George Hackworth

G. George Hackworth, 89, Sturgis, SD, died Monday, August 7, 2006, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Karl Gregory officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

George was born January 4, 1917, in a sod house close to White River, SD. He attended school two years at Mission, SD, and third through eighth grade at Ring Thunder Township.

James R. "Jim" Williams

James R. "Jim" Williams, age 80, of Philip, SD, died Saturday, August 5, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, August 9, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Ron Garry officiating.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist, singing "On Eagles' Wings", "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "O' Sacrament Most Holy".

Eucharistic ministers were Marion Matt, Keith Emerson and Lester Perason. Lector was Rita O'Connell. Altar servers were Troy and Tate Guptill.

Thomas & Berdine Hanson

Committal services for Thomas and Berdine Hanson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, at the Black Hills National Cemetery. A V.A. Chaplain from Fort Meade will officiate the brief interment services with military honors presented by the Sturgis Honor Guard.

Thomas Leonard Hanson was born July 22, 1916, in Mt. Vernon, SD. Tom was the 13th child of the 14 born of Martin and Lizzie Hanson. He was a retired supervisor with Lockheed Missile and Space Company located in Sunnyvale, California.

LaVonne O. Green

LaVonne O. Green, age 83, of Interior, SD, died Wednesday morning, August 2, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Graveside services were held Saturday, August 5, at the Fairview Cemetery in Interior.

LaVonne O. Kruse was born on her parents' ranch in Conata Basin near Interior, the youngest of 14 children born to William and Lena (Schluter) Kruse.

City Council sees money coming in and going out

The Philip City Council's regular meeting on August 7th was financially based on many topics.

Under "old business," the additional fees requested from Wohlenberg, Ritzman, Co. have been dropped.

Haakon County Commissioners discuss aerial fire fighting options

With the high rate of wildfires occurring in the region, the Haakon County Commissioners took steps to help local fire fighting units in case a wildfire should threaten Philip.

Emergency Manager Lola Roseth and Roger Williams, assistant fire chief for Philip, presented information to the commissioners at their Tuesday, August 1, meeting regarding information gathered at a firefighters meeting in Faith. Williams explained that the county is eligible to participate in a program in which airplanes and helicopters can be accessed to fight wildfires.

Philip area youth attend Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas

Three years of fundraising bore fruit on July 12-17 when 39 area youth and leaders flew to San Antonio, TX, for a nationwide gathering of church young people.

Thirty-nine area people were registered for the 25,000 person sold-out event, the 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Youth Gathering.

Mike Albrecht, Becky Brech, Cynthia Finn, Mike Seager, Pastor Mark Ford and Nicole Nelson chaperoned the 27 young people from the Philip youth group, two from the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka, and four from the Midland Lutheran Church.

The thousands met together in t

August 3rd

Oelrichs' Chad Ferley riding high in saddle bronc standings

Fortified by a big win this past weekend at Salina, CA, Oelrichs cowboy Chad Ferley is riding high in the Professional Cowboys Associations' saddle bronc standings.

Ferley tied for top honors in the first go-round of his pet event at Salinas last week by scoring 83 points on Russell Rodeo' Fancy Pants and then won the title Sunday when he rang up a rodeo-best 86 on a South Dakota horse, Korkow Rodeo's Queeny.

Kirley Junior Shooters take ninth at Nationals

Right on target ... The Kirley Junior Shooters took ninth place at the National BB-gun match in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Front row, from left: Nick Neuhauser, John Willoughby, Haley Hand, Avery Johnson, Shantel Norman, Wyatt Johnson, Coach Kevin Neuhauser, Austin Briggs, and Coach Byron Hand. Back row: Coaches Darren Fischer and Jeff Willoughby.

Members of the Kirley Junior Shooters traveled over 11,000 miles to compete in the International B-B Gun Competition Match. They left Haakon County on June 28 for Bowling Green, Kentucky, and returned on July 4, bringing with them the ninth overall place ... a place earned out of 253 shooters, representing 39 teams, representing 19 states.

Five team members and two alternates of the Kirley Junior Shooters earned the honor to go to Nationals: John Willoughby, Nick Neuhauser, Austin Briggs, Haley Hand, Chantel Norman, Avery Johnson and Wyatt Johnson.

Kaylee Nelson takes 13th in girls' cutting at National High School Finals Rodeo

Standings after first go-round

Breakaway roping: 8th place - Katy Pfleger, Rapid City, 2.917.

Bareback bronc: 1st place - Paul Palczewski, Ludlow, 78; 10th place - Jet Price, Buffalo, 73; 28th place - Troy Bechen, Whitewood, 67.

Pole bending: 10th place - Dusti Varland, Faith, 20.445; 69th place - Alicia Kokesh, Belle Fourche, 22.01; 104th place - Roberta Triggs, Rapid City, 25.084; 110th place - Halley Treeby, Hecla, 25.663.

Tie-down roping: 46th place - Branden Baade, Artesian, 12.87; 91st place - Dane Kissack, Spearfish, 19.367; 99th place - Ty Thompson, Wanb