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SENIOR CENTER CONSTRUCTION BEGINS: A $70,000 remodel of the Chamberlain Senior Citizens Center began this week.

On Monday, Chamberlain Building Supply began the remodel, which is expected to take about a month. The work will involve ripping out the existing interior and installing new walls, a kitchen, flooring and a heating system.

The remodel is being funded by the city of Chamberlain, the city of Oacoma and the Barger Foundation, with additional support from community donations.

Lyman County Herald


GLOVER TAKES OVER AS FINANCE OFFICER: Mike Glover became the city of Burke’s new finance officer Jan. 1.

Glover is the replacement for Jerry Jones, the city’s longtime finance officer, who resigned to become the finance officer for the city of Lennox. Jones was Burke’s finance officer for more than 20 years.

Glover and his wife, Tamra, live in Burke with their three children. Glover is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1994 and master’s degree in 1996.

The Burke Gazette

Aurora County

COUNTY TO PURCHASE TRAFFIC COUNTER: A traffic counter will be used in Aurora County to help county officials prioritize roads in need of funding for maintenance or repair.

The Aurora County Commission authorized the purchase of a $1,182 traffic counter from a company in Fulton, Md. The device has the ability to log the number and type of vehicles that pass by, with time-stamped data.

The data can be uploaded and analyzed using software on the highway department’s computer.

The South Dakota Mail


CITY SEEKING $75,000 GRANT FOR CENTER: The Freeman City Council is seeking a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which would allow the city to explore the possibility of building a performing arts center and earth center/greenhouse.

The proposed performing arts center would include a 350- to 400-seat theater, as well as a 120-seat recital hall. The earth center/greenhouse would provide a space for year-round agriculture and provide sustainable energy to support the performing arts center.

Josh Hofer, a Freeman native assisting with the grant application process, told the council that the project has the support of many local arts and heritage groups.

Freeman Courier