CHEERS to the efforts of many of the area's youth presenting at county 4-H achievement days over the last few weeks. The level of pride and hard work that is put forth by children of all ages is a very cool experience and teaches about working with animals but also traits for professionalism and respect. Whether 4-H participants qualify for the South Dakota State Fair or not, they are learning attributes that will serve them for life.
HISSES to the news that fatalities on South Dakota highways are up over last year, with 77 so far in 2018. There were 61 fatalities around this time last year. The numbers are in the news because the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally concluded this weekend, which is an event that unfortunately results in dangerous incidents for motorcyclists both in the Black Hills and on the way to and from the event. One good note is that the number of reported crashes was down during the Rally in the Hills.
The message remains the same as it always does: pay attention to the road, wear a seat belt and a helmet and drive with safety in mind.
CHEERS to the new rule from the South Dakota High School Activities Association which is being put into place this season for all sports. It calls for athletic officials to meet with school administrators, coaches and potential emergency and medical personnel to make sure they're on the same page in case there's an incident during the game.
A number of South Dakota's fall sports move into gear this week, with soccer, girls tennis, boys golf and football. The vast majority of sporting events will go off without any issue but having a plan for the instance that someone is seriously injured or a having a medical incident is good planning, not just for players, but for spectators as well.
HISSES to the news that Mitchell police are preparing to replace their body cameras after just three years. It's necessary considering the camera batteries don't last long more than a few hours after being fully charged. Much like the dwindling battery life on older cell phones, it's currently a downside of advancing technology.
Body cameras are a necessary item of policing in 2018 but given that the budget request is nearly $20,000 to replace the cameras, it's understandably frustrating to be spending that much money for just a few years of service.