Around the region: Woonsocket, Colome, Freeman and Chamberlain
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers:
SPIRIT OF FAITH CHURCH TO SEND OFF CURRENT BUILDING: The Spirit of Faith Lutheran-Methodist Church will hold its final service at 9 a.m. Sunday in its current building on Highway 34 in Woonsocket. The former United Methodist Church is scheduled for demolition at the end of April and will be replaced with a larger, one-story building that will be handicap-accessible. The congregation is growing, resulting in the need to replace the outdated building, which is 76 years old. The United Methodist Church welcomed congregations from Bethany Lutheran in Woonsocket and Forestburg Lutheran in 1970. The three congregations united in 2016 to form Spirit of Faith Lutheran-Methodist Church. The new building is scheduled for completion by fall 2018, and the congregation will meet for services and events at Prairie View Healthcare Community until then.
— Sanborn Weekly Journal
SCHOOL TALKS NEW BUILDING: The Colome Consolidated School Board is considering building a new school to the tune of $2.5 million to replace the 100-year-old high school. The board hosted a meeting recently to get public input, which came back as positive and productive. The board proposed using capital outlay funds, stating there would be no tax increase for the district or bond. Two community members were named to the school board building committee. The board may consider bringing the issue to a vote of the district.
— Winner Advocate
LUMBER COMPANY MARKS A CENTURY: Freeman Lumber Company celebrated 101 years in business on April 5. The company was incorporated on March 31, 1917. The business held an open house, meal and giveaways between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Employees served the meal to more than 350 people, many of whom lined up out the door to help the company celebrate.
— Freeman Courier
BARGER FOUNDATION AWARDS LOCAL GRANTS: Several area organizations recently received large grants through the Orrion and Edith Barger Foundation. The foundation's goal is to support charitable and educational organizations in Brule and Lyman counties.
Larger recipients from the long list include: City of Chamberlain, $80,000; Chamberlain Country Club, $80,000; City of Chamberlain — Swimming Pool, $50,000; Missouri Valley Horsemen's Club, $25,000; Missouri Valley Ambulance Service, $20,000; Presho Fire Department, $16,500; Cozard Memorial Library, $16,000; Chamberlain Baseball Association, $15,000; Kimball American Legion, $12,000; and Kimball Fire Department, $10,500.
Twenty-seven other grants were also awarded throughout the area. Since its inception, the Barger Foundation has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants.
— The Chamberlain Oacoma Sun