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August 21st

Folands recognized by Order of the Eastern Star

Eastern Star recognition ... Vern and Carrol Foland were honored by the Philip Chapter #100 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Vern was presented a 60-year pin and Carrol was presented a 65-year pin. Pictured are Kaye, their daughter from Rapid City, who pinned the emblems on her parents, Carrol and Vern Foland.

Vern and Carrol Foland were honored during a special meeting on Friday, August 15, by the Philip Chapter #100 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Vern was presented a 60-year pin and Carrol was presented a 65-year pin by Jan Hewitt, Worthy Matron. Their daughter, Dr. Kaye Foland from Rapid City, pinned the emblems on her parents.

Vern joined the Midland organization March 25, 1946. Midland has since joined with the Philip chapter. Carrol joined in Philip on March 20, 1941.

The Philip chapter was organized in 1910 and has met continuously since.


Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor;

In my almost 53 years of life, this will be my fourth "letter to the editor." I'd like to put a title on this one. I'll call it LISTEN UP LOOKY-LOOS!


City of Philip, South Dakota, Capital For A Day

"This is an opportunity for people, who would not normally go to Pierre, to discuss issues," said Philip Finance Officer Monna Van Lint. "How often can you simply walk in, especially in your own home town, to talk one-on-one with the governor of South Dakota?"

Kent Olson, co-chairman with Corky Thorson of the Philip Chamber of Commerce, said, "The governor isn't going to come here for Capital For A Day for more than maybe once in our lifetime, so we should make the best use of it."

That opportunity will exist on Thursday, August 28.


Bradford / Two Bulls re-match for District 27

State Rep. Jim Bradford has changed political parties and is challenging incumbent State Senator Theresa Two Bulls in the November general election for a South Dakota Senate seat in District 27.

Bradford announced this on Monday, August 11, at a Jackson County Republican Party meeting. "I have always believed in limited government, personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. It is the Republican Party that best embodies those philosophies. My political philosophy has always been more conservative.


School district business manager resigns

by Del Bartels

Jackie Longbrake, business manager for the Haakon School District 27-1, tendered her resignation, effective September 19, during the August 18 Board of Education monthly meeting.

The board accepted the resignation with regret, with President Bill Slovek voicing, "We wish you good luck in the future."

An interview committee was appointed. It consists of Longbrake, Superintendent Keven Morehart, High School Principal Jeff Rieckman, Slovek and Anita Peterson.


Midwest Co-op feed truck hits bridge, misses house-moving crew, near Philip

Moments after ... the accident, the driver of the CHS Midwest Co-op truck had escaped and was being tended to. Traffic was stopped for about an hour while first responders and officials took care of the scene. Photo by Del Bartels

Shane VanderMay was driving north on Highway 73 from Philip on Tuesday, August 12. His CHS Midwest Cooperative truck, a 1991 Freightliner tri-axle, was carrying a partial load of 10 tons of unmedicated calf creep, to be delivered to a ranch up north.

At the same time, 3:40 p.m., a house was being moved southward across the bridge just west of Lake Waggoner. Dakota Hills House-moving, Inc. was transporting a prefabricated house from Rapid City to Wall.


August 14th

Sparks Softball team wins Philip Men's Nite Owl Softball Tournament

In a rain-delayed two nights of softball, the Sparks Softball team of Rapid City won two championship games to take the title away from three-time defending champions Steakhouse/MBC of Philip.

Fourteen teams entered the tournament. Eleven stuck out the rain Friday night to play all day Saturday and into early Sunday morning. The championship games ended around 5:30 a.m. Play had begun 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, and continued until around 10:30, when rain postponed the tournament until 11:00 Saturday morning.

Purple Haze from Eagle Butte defeated Discount Fuel from Kadoka.


Durward A. "Dud" Wheeler

Durward A. "Dud" Wheeler, age 82 of Philip, SD, died August 6, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 9, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Kim Kanable, vocalists.

Ushers were Ralph "Chip" Kemnitz and Dugan Stewart.


Normandy Cemetery links Living Memorial

Living Memorial ... Mark Coyle, nephew to Sergeant Philip A. Colvin, and classmate Suzan Berry reminisce over school times and Berry’s recent trip to France, especially Normandy, where Colvin is buried as a Veteran of WW II.

Philip A. Colvin is one of the fallen Veterans whose markers are in the Living Memorial near the Philip American Legion.

Colvin's actual grave site in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France was recently visited by Suzan Berry. While on a tour of France by Douglas High School foreign language students, Berry and her daughter, Bailey, spent an allotted afternoon at the historic site.

The cemetery, established by the United States First Army on June 8, 1944, was the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.


Normandy Cemetery links Living Memorial

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial ... near Omaha Beach, France, holds almost 10,000 American graves, including the one for Philip A. Colvin

Philip A. Colvin is one of the fallen Veterans whose markers are in the Living Memorial near the Philip American Legion.

Colvin's actual grave site in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France was recently visited by Suzan Berry. While on a tour of France by Douglas High School foreign language students, Berry and her daughter, Bailey, spent an allotted afternoon at the historic site.

The cemetery, established by the United States First Army on June 8, 1944, was the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.