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The Mitchell High School one-act play group will perform "Xanadu" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the high school auditorium. The musical is a spoof of the 1980s movie "Xanadu," which follows Sonny Malone, who is inspired by a Greek muse to open a roller disco. "It was dubbed the worse movie ever by a lot of critics," said Jake Louder, who plays Sonny Malone. "But it has some pretty funny moments." A muse named Kira, played by Marian Ragels, comes down to inspire Malone. The play is open to the public and free of charge.
FREEMAN -- A garage at a single family home in Freeman was damaged early Monday morning by fire. A call came in for the Freeman Fire Department around 3 a.m. from a neighbor reporting flames coming out of the northwest corner of a garage at 312 S. Cedar Street. Freeman Fire Chief Blaine Saarie said firefighters arrived on the scene about five minutes after the call and contained the fire before it spread to the house. "For that time of the morning, you are always expecting the worst, because you never how know long it's been burning," Saarie said.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and two years on probation for methamphetamine possession. Gladys Jackson, 33, was arrested June 30 after police found illegal drugs, including meth, in a search of a residence where she was present. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered Jackson to serve her jail time in three segments with 30 days starting May 15, 30 days starting Jan. 1, 2014, and 30 days starting Jan. 1, 2015.
A 21-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail and two years on probation for methamphetamine possession. Latricia Arcoren, 21, pleaded guilty Dec. 4 to one count of possession of a controlled substance after she was arrested Sept. 26 when police found a light bulb with meth residue on it in a trash can at her residence. Arcoren was living in Mitchell at the time of the incident but now lives in Marty. Arcoren was given credit for 13 days she already served in jail.
Sioux Falls - A search is under way for a parolee who absconded from the Community Transition Program in Sioux Falls. Jarod Shoemaker, 31, was assigned to the Community Transition Program at Unit C, the minimum-security unit of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary. He left the program this morning without authorization. He was originally sentenced to 10-year concurrent sentences for escape out of Yankton County and possession of a weapon by an inmate out of Davison County. Shoemaker is a white male with brown hair and green eyes.
A machine shed and its contents succumbed to a fire on Saturday, according to Jones County officials. Jones County Sheriff John Weber said a machine shed near Draper, owned by Dean Volmer, caught fire about 2 p.m. Saturday. No one was injured. Weber estimated it to be a total loss, along with the contents, which he said included "a couple of tractors" and other farm equipment. Weber said while the cause of the fire is still being determined, preliminary investigation suggests it was started by an electrical heater on one of the tractors.
The Davison County commissioners will discuss plans for a long-needed wage study when the board holds its regular 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. The commissioners will also discuss hiring personnel to replace Zoning Administrator Dan Sudrla who will retire later this year. The agenda includes: 9 a.m. * Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes. 9:30 a.m. * Discuss vision for new and reorganized Planning and Zoning/ Drainage/GIS Mapping office and a discussion of wages. 10 a.m.
A suicide awareness and prevention nonprofit founded in South Dakota is attempting to spread its reach across the nation. Lost and Found Suicide Prevention was founded by D.J. Smith, who had a goal of building on the objectives of established suicide prevention groups. He started a Facebook group that got positive attention. Seeing the potential of the group, he joined with Erik Muckey and submitted it to FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) in South Dakota. It won a first-place prize at the state level and was presented at the national level.
PIERRE -- The Senate gave its OK Thursday to creating an exemption for districts under 100 enrollment so they can avoid forced consolidation. They would need to be in a consortium as part of a cooperative or joint-powers agreement. One route is via distance technology. "They are bringing a lot of change through these innovative means," Sen. Chuck Welke, D-Warner, said. "This group of administrators has done a great job." SB 96 now moves to the House after the Senate's vote. The original bill's prime sponsor was Sen. Mark Johnston, R-Sioux Falls.
PIERRE -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard put his pen to HB 1066 on Thursday, making the state tourism tax rate 1.5 percent indefinitely. The rate would have decreased to 1 percent on July 1 without the permanent extension. The Legislature originally passed the extra half-percent in 2009 and the Legislature reauthorized it for two more years in 2011 rather than permanently as Daugaard wanted then.