Around the Region
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:
FORMER CHAMBER BOSS SENTENCED FOR THEFT: Amy Moe, the former executive director of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce, was sentenced to five years in the South Dakota State Women's Penitentiary, with two years suspended, after being sentenced for grand theft for admitting to embezzling nearly $20,000 in chamber money.
Moe pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2013, after resigning in May 2013. Court records show Moe embezzled money over a four-year span from 2010 to 2013 from the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce.
Moe admitted to using a chamber credit card for personal use and destroyed the records from two large fundraising events that the chamber had put on. In all, court records show Moe embezzled $19,943.59. In court, there was testimony of grand theft charges against Moe in Brule County, but those charges were dropped.
In court, circuit judge Kathleen Trandahl noted that Moe hurt all of the businesses and contributors in the city and said, "If you're are a danger to the community, you have to go to prison."
--The Winner Advocate
LOCALS LOOK AT COMMUNITY CENTER ADDITION: A group of interested community members is leading the push to build a community center in Wessington Springs.
The leading plan is to add onto the Jerauld County 4-H building, a plan that was brought up 20 years ago but was never built. The addition has been discussed as being a multi-purpose facility that would be able to host auctions, weddings, athletic events, or family recreation, with an eye on hosting large-scale community events like the Farm and Home Show or the Women's Expo.
Wessington Springs School District Superintendent Lance Witte said the growth in elementary population at the school is a sign that the city is in a growth period and would be a good chance to meet the community's needs.
The issue was raised at a Jerauld County Commissioners meeting in February, and local community leaders have held two meetings recently to facilitate discussion on the project, which remains in its preliminary stages.
--The Wessington Springs True Dakotan
RANDALL APPROVED AS SUPERINTENDENT: The Plankinton Board of Education has approved a two-year contract for Steve Randall to become the school's superintendent.
Randall is currently the secondary principal at Platte-Geddes, a position he has held since 1993.
Randall will have a starting salary of $72,000, including benefits, and will receive a raise comparable to what the teaching staff receives in the 2015-16 school year. Platte-Geddes has hired Patrick Frederick, of Dupree, to be its new principal starting this summer.
--The Platte Enterprise
HANSON COUNTY BOARD TO PUT LIBRARY TO VOTE: The Hanson County Commissioners voted last month to have the issue of funding a community library to a county-wide vote at an upcoming election, after the McCook County decided not to fund the bookmobile that the two counties jointly funded since the 1960s.
The Hanson board passed a resolution stating that the Hanson County Commissioners will fund a county library at an amount to be decided, if the county's voters agree to the measure. The question "Shall Hanson County continue to fund a county library?" will be put before the county's voters at the next election, the resolution says.
The resolution was presented by State's Attorney Jim Davies, who cited a cost of $2.87 per book loaned out of the bookmobile per year. The commissioners passed the motion 4-0.
-- The Alexandria Herald