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March 22nd

Westward travelers greeted by new Philip sign

The Pioneer-Review printed a story several months ago regarding the Philip City Council's efforts to find "signage" to welcome people to Philip.

As many of you know, Virgil W. (Dobby) Hansen was a sign painter in Philip for many years. He and our mother, Vivian (Palmer) Hansen, raised 10 of us Hansen kids in Philip through the efforts of his sign painting and her teaching school. Our dad has been gone for almost 17 years, but "Mama" still lives in Philip. We siblings spanned a period from 1957 to 1974 in our years graduating from Philip High School.


March 8th

Lady Scotties end basketball season vs. New Underwood at Regional Tournament

The Regional 7B Girls' Tournament ended the basketball season for the Philip Lady Scotties.

The game against the New Underwood Tigers was held in the Rapid City Civic Center on Thursday, March 1.

Leading at the end of each of the three first quarters, the Lady Scotties seemed on the verge of taking the Regional title, but, beginning with the first possession of the fourth quarter, the game turned on Philip.


Philip Scottie boys stopped by Chiefs in District Tourney

The Philip Scottie boys simply could not outrun the Crazy Horse Chiefs in the first round of District 13B Basketball Tournament play at White River.

Philip was out scored by Crazy Horse 88-105 in a high scoring game Monday night, February 26.

The score was close before the Chiefs increased the tempo on both defense and offense. Though Philip led 22-21 at the beginning of the second quarter, Crazy Horse went on an 18-32 shooting frenzy to take over a 40-53 lead at the half.

Casey Elshere led the Scotties with 24 points.


Open container request to city council

During the Philip City Council's regular meeting on Monday, March 5, the Centennial committee requested a special ordinance during Philip's Centennial Celebration to allow open containers of alcoholic beverages.

The council had already accepted the chamber's request to put up banners and close off a portion of downtown Philip for the St. Patrick's Day kickoff of the Centennial Celebration.

Centennial Committee Chairman Joe Gittings made the request which was complimented by Mayor John Hart. Hart said that the research and suggestions were thorough and practical.


Edwin H. Hey

Edwin Henry Hey, 87, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Avera Prince of Peace Nursing Home in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, March 7, at Risen Savior Catholic Church in Brandon, with burial at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Garreston, SD.

Edwin Hey, the son of Edward and Elenora (Gebhart) Hey was born April 28, 1919, in Dell Rapids, SD. He grew up in the Dell Rapids area and attended St. Mary's School. Edwin worked on a farm near Humboldt, SD, for over a year, before moving to Sioux Falls and working for John Morrell, Inc.


Florence Kochersberger

Florence Kochersberger, age 83, of Philip, died Monday, March 5, 2007, at her residence in Philip.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Evangelical Free Church in Philip, with Pastor Gary Wahl officiating.

Music will be provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Ushers will be John Heidler and Rocky Williams.


Clara W. Solon

Clara W. Solon, 95, formerly of Kadoka, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, SD.

A memorial Mass and inurnment of ashes will take place at a later date.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial and interment will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Clara Wilhelmina Bocena Schulz was born October 5, 1911, in Interior to Heinrich C. and Anna Gulzow Schulz, in a house built by her father and grandfather.


Glorious Food ...

I love to eat. We all have heard about the seafood diet - if I see food, I eat it. I can wolf down three hamburgers in about five minutes, or I can take about two hours to really take it all in. As a teenager, I won a bet that I could eat a hot dog (bun, mustard, relish, everything) in one bite. I've actually counted my fingers after eating finger food.

Someday I will pay for my obsession. I will not only not be able to see my feet, but my belt buckle will also be out of view. I will have to pay double when getting on board an airplane.


Local Economic Development efforts receive support from Golden West

The Philip Chamber Economic Development Committee received a $5,000 economic development donation from Golden West Telecommunications.

The funding was made available as part of Golden West's annual economic development program created to target funds toward projects and programs within its service areas that help enhance or generate local employment opportunities.


Commissioners review county growth figures

Haakon County Commissioners were given good news by Director of Equalization Rita Merrill at their Tuesday, March 6, 2007, meeting.

Merrill informed the board of commissioners that the county had seen $2,474,727.00 in growth during the last year. The City of Philip had $776,254.00 in new growth with Midland increasing $48,728. New growth is new construction within an area.

The down side, Merrill reported, is that the county continues to see sales above the 150 percent value mark. When sales are that much higher than the assessed value she cannot use the sale for tax purposes.