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June 19th

School Board approves contracts / policies

The updated elementary and secondary handbooks for the 2008-2009 school year were approved. The main changes were the wordage concerning graduation and a tighter policy concerning cell-phone use by students.

A brief discussion was held on whether "Haakon" or "Philip" should now be the name for the school district. Part of Haakon County is now in the Kadoka Area School District and some students attending this school district come from Jackson County. The Haakon School District is not a county district.


Philip cowgirls and cowboys place well at Sturgis Regional High School Rodeo

Philip High School's Rodeo Club took second as a team, following Sturgis, at the Sturgis High School Regional Rodeo last weekend, June 13, 14 and 15.

Clint Nelson earned the Boys Rookie Award while Marla Kelly brought home the Hard Luck Cowgirl recognition.


June 12th

Heart of the West Couples Golf Tournament results

Philip's Lake Waggoner Golf Course was host to a Heart of the West couples golf tournament Sunday, June 8.

The tournament, sponsored by Philip Motor, Inc., had a total of 26 couples entered in the two flights - a low net and a low gross flight. A team was awarded the higher placing that it earned in either flight.

The low net flight was won by the team of Alvin and Donna Crown with a handicap point total of 51.


Regional High School Rodeo in Wall

Regional High School Rodeo in Wall ... Jade Nelson and Tucker McDaniel. Photo by Terry Holub

The 2008 Wall Regional High School Rodeo was held on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.


Philip Chamber of Commerce members enthusiastic about possible farmers' market

The main presentation during the Monday, June 9, meeting of the Philip Chamber of Commerce was a promotion for a possible future farmers' market.

Christine Andrus has already gotten the Philip City Council to waive any peddlers' licenses concerning the event that is proposed for Saturdays from July 1 through August 31 at the Fire Hall Park. The council's only concern was reminding vendors that sales tax is still required. An informational meeting is set for 2:00 p.m.


Built from the heart ...

Jaycie West, daughter of Zach and Amber West, sits upon a dresser that will be raffled during Philip Festival Days, August 1 and 2, as a fundraiser to help with medical expenses. Earlier this year Jaycie was kicked in the head by a horse and required surgery. "Now she's well on her way to 110 percent recovery," said grandfather Doug West. "The doctors gave her a green light to be a normal kid." The dresser is made of cedar, oak, cherry, teak, African Rosewood and barn wood, and has spur poles for handles.


County declared disaster area by commissioners

Up to 15 inches of rain in some areas during the past month, caused flooding across the county last Friday, June 6, 2008, which in turn was bad enough that the Haakon County Board of Commissioners declared the county a disaster area at a special meeting Monday, June 9. Not present at the meeting were commissioners Don Eymer and Mel Smith.

"The roads are in tough shape," reported Kenny Neville, Haakon County highway superintendent.


Matched Bronc Ride ready for second year

The autograph session will begin at 5:30 p.m. under the arena tent on the west side of the Philip Roping Arena. The session will run until 7:00 p.m., when the riding will begin.

There will be three progressive rounds where only the top scoring riders from one round go on to the next. From the first round of all 25 invited cowboys will come the top 12 for the second round of bucking bronc competition. Only six bronc riders will advance to the last round.

An amount of $5,000 has been added to make a total prize money of $8,500 for the riders, $4,000 more than last year.


June 9th

Charlotte Roseth

Charlotte Roseth, age 92 of Philip, died May 30, 2008, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Charlotte Starkey was born December 16, 1915, at Hiteman, IA, the daughter of Frank and Salley (Whitehead) Starkey. When she was four-months-old she moved to the Starkey homestead located 21 miles north of Powell, SD. She grew up on the homestead, attended rural grade school and graduated from Philip High School in 1933. Charlotte was united in marriage to Palmer "Paul" Roseth on August 22, 1934, on her parents homestead north of Powell.