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February 14th

Bonnie L. Royer

Bonnie L. Royer, age 74, Wall, SD, died February 6, 2008, at her home in Wall.

Services were held Saturday, February 9, 2008, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Monty Dell officiating.

Music was provided by Mary Kay Wilson, organist. Ushers were Darwin Haerer and Dan Dartt. Pallbearers were Jeremy Royer, Ray E. Royer, Vern Omdahl, Terry Peters, Craig Weber and Mark Brucklacher.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery of Philip.


Kenard D. Fisher, Jr.

Kenard Daniel Fisher, Jr., age 84, Kadoka, SD, died February 7, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Tuesday, February 12, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Lyndy Ireland and Joyce Wheeler. Ushers were Tony Gould and Mitch Olney.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard was held Tuesday at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Kenard Daniel Fisher, Jr. was born November 3, 1923, in Washabaugh County, SD, the son of Kenard D. Fisher, Sr.


Chamber hears from Superintendent Morehart

Haakon School District Super-intendent Keven Morehart was the guest speaker for the Philip Chamber of Commerce during it's meeting on Monday, February 11th.

Morehart gave an overview of current school activities. Parent-teacher conferences will be this Wednesday and Thursday, February 13th and 14th. "Parents of the elementary students always show up," said Morehart. "With the weather and an away girls' basketball game that evening, I hope we can still get many of the high school parents."

Student enrollment is at 277, kindergartners through seniors, down 17 from last year.


Philip's Mark Foley returns from National Guard military police duty in Afghanistan

Safely back home ... Mark Foley, National Guard staff sergeant in the 235th Military Police Company based out of Custer, returned from his deployment in Afghanistan. Among the many family and friends welcoming him safely home were his fiancee, Vanessa Anderson. Right: as Mark Foley neared his hometown of Philip, he was met by friends and neighbors. Vehicles from the Philip Volunteer Fire Department, Philip Ambulance Service, local law enforcement, many businesses and other friends joined the caravan. A West Central Electric Co-op boom raised the United States flag for the National Guardsman returning from Afghanistan.

"Like a bad headache, I'm coming back," joked Mark Foley before he left, and he gave the same joke after he returned to Philip from his duty in Afghanistan.

Haakon County Deputy Sheriff Foley was one of the National Guard soldiers from Custer's 235th Military Police Company who received mobilization orders Tuesday, June 20, 2006. They were mobilized in October 2006 to train for two to six months at Fort Bliss, TX, prior to deployment to Afghanistan.

National Guard Staff Sergeant Foley said that his unit had to report at Ft.


Medical update on young Jaycie West

Jaycie West

Five-year-old Jaycie West lay in the hospital bed. She overheard a nurse explain that sick children were not permitted to go to the family waiting room, even to quietly celebrate a brother's fourth birthday.

"I'm not sick. I just got kicked in the head by a horse." She was wheeled down to see her brother, Eastan.

On Friday, January 25th, Jaycie was with her mother, Amber, her father, Zach, and her brother at the Central States Fair Event Center. She was, as usual, on her mother's horse, but this time it spooked into a gallop.


Medical update on young Jaycie West

On the long road to recovery ... Five-year-old injured Jaycie West receives a helping hand from younger brother Eastan. She will be in rehabilitation for an undetermined time.

Five-year-old Jaycie West lay in the hospital bed. She overheard a nurse explain that sick children were not permitted to go to the family waiting room, even to quietly celebrate a brother's fourth birthday.

"I'm not sick. I just got kicked in the head by a horse." She was wheeled down to see her brother, Eastan.

On Friday, January 25th, Jaycie was with her mother, Amber, her father, Zach, and her brother at the Central States Fair Event Center. She was, as usual, on her mother's horse, but this time it spooked into a gallop.