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November 13th

New road and 9-1-1 signs to aid county motorists

Haakon County residents will benefit from federal mandates that require counties to replace and upgrade road signs and to install 9-1-1 addressing signs.

Road signs include stop, yield, curve, along with any other signs normally seen along the county roads, all have to be upgraded by the year 2012. The federal mandate also stipulates the reflectibilty of the sign, as well as the sign's distance from the road.

"This means a complete overhaul by Haakon County," stated Kenny Neville, county highway superintendent.

Superintendent selected for Cottonwood Range and Livestock Research Station

David Gay is the new superintendent at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Research Station west of Philip. He has several years of experience in this field and is a welcome addition to South Dakota State University’s research team.

The 100-year-old Cottonwood research station has a new superintendent in charge of its day-to-day operations.

David Gay began his tenure as the South Dakota State University's Cottonwood Range and Livestock Research Station superintendent in mid-October. He replaced outgoing superintendent, Ron Haigh. Haigh retired from SDSU after more than 30 years of service.

Gay moved to Cottonwood from Lima, MT. He has held similiar positions in the past. Gay holds a bachelor of science degree in animal science and a master's degree in range science, both from Oklahoma State University.

Philip Chamber of Commerce revamping to general assembly and committee rule

The Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting on Monday, November 10, was its last as an organization run by a board of directors. It is now officially under a general assembly format of operations.

Though co-chair Kent Olson is willing to continue on in some capacity, he began the meeting as an out-going board chair by wrapping up old business. The plans to re-start the Prairie Expo are tabled for now. The optimum time for a livestock show, such as a pen-of-three, would have been in January.

Power line crews working to restore power to 2,000 customers in western South Dakota after winter storm

More than 140 power line workers from South Dakota and Iowa are working to help restore power at six electric cooperatives in western South Dakota that were hit hard by the winter storm that pushed through western South Dakota November 5 and 6.

Initial reports from the six co-ops hardest hit indicate that nearly 4,900 electric co-op members were without power Friday afternoon, November 7. An estimated 2,000 members served by the six co-ops have been without power since the storm hit. The wet, heavy snow caused numerous line breaks and downed more than 2,300 power poles.

November 6th

Public Library to host Book Fair

The Haakon County Public Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair Monday through Friday, November 17 to 21, in the community room of the Haakon County Courthouse.

The fair will run from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day except Tuesday, when it will be open until 7:00 p.m. It will end at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. All are invited to attend the fair featuring the theme "Book Fair Safari." All parents are invited to bring their children that evening to shop for books for themselves, the school or the public library.

Scottie season ends with 18-22 loss to Sully Buttes in second round play-offs

Stretching for a few more inches ... Philip’s Karch Foley keeps putting the ball forward, even though it took two opponents to finally bring him down.

The football game between the Philip Scotties and the Sully Buttes Chargers was action-packed, exciting for the teams and the audience and was close.

The second round play-off game hosted by Philip on November 3 was the final game of the 2008 season for Philip. The 18-22 loss stopped the Scotties and sends the Chargers on the ladder toward State.

Philip 6 6 0 6 = 18

Sully Buttes 8 0 6 8 = 22

Philip's game-beginning kick put Sully Buttes on their 35 yard line, but a quick first down moved it up to the 45.

Scotties zero out Irene-Wakonda Eagles in the first round of football play-offs

Philip High School hosted its first round of football play-offs on Tuesday, October 28, against the Irene-Wakonda Eagles. The final score was a 24-0 walk-away win for the Scotties.

Philip 8 0 16 0 = 24

Irene-Wak. 0 0 0 0 = 0

At the 3:23 mark in the first quarter, Philip's Jeb Stewart carried the ball the remaining four yards to score the game's first touchdown. Mick Trask rushed in the two point conversion and the score was 8-0. The Scotties held the Eagles until the clock's 1:29 point.

Philip Lady Scotties defeat Wall Eagles 3-1

Abby Fitzgerald

The Lady Scotties hosted the Wall Eagles for their last regular season volleyball match on Thursday, October 30.

The Eagles won the first game 18-25. This was one of very few game losses for the Scotties, who now have a season record of 27-3 and a history this year of not losing a single game to their opponents during a match. In the second game, Philip came back with a vengence. The score was 16-0 before Wall could even get on the scoreboard. That game ended 25-8, with the next two finishing 25-20 and 25-16.

Meeting issues tabled by Philip City Council

The Philip City Council held its November 3 meeting in the Commissioner's Room of the Haakon County Courthouse, since the community room was set up for election day.

Many issues were tabled until the next meeting. The city will be getting and erecting up "no parking" signs in specific spots downtown. The council will look into cost differences in buying new retro-reflectivity street signs or having resurfacing done.

In order to comply with the federally mandated Identity Theft Prevention Program, the council has approved a committee.

Commissioners take look at employee overtime issues at November monthly meeting

Employee overtime was just one of several issues that came to the forefront in the past few months as the Haakon County Board of Commissioners had to take a hard look at budget constraints when formalizing the 2009 budget.

During their November 4 meeting at the Haakon County Courthouse the board looked at the overtime issues. It has been the board's directive for a long time that the courthouse employees not accrue overtime. This has been a hard issue for the departments to juggle as more state regulations and new programs have been required of the offices.