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The sun has set on the Moonlight Bar and Lounge. As of Jan. 1, the Moonlight Bar, located near the Corn Palace on Mitchell's Main Street, has closed its doors, according to Brad Jamison, owner of the building that housed the bar for approximately two years. Jamison confirmed the closure Tuesday morning. Jamison said the bar's owner, Shannon Foster, told him in November she was ready to get out of the business for "personal reasons." Foster declined to be interviewed for this story.
The Davison County Commission will look to solve the local jail's budget woes at its upcoming meeting. The five-person board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices to discuss this year's $305,783 budget supplement required to fund the Davison County Jail. The supplement was approved at the board's Dec. 27 meeting after the jail used all of its $1,743,549 budget for 2016.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs POLICE DOG REPORTS FOR DUTY: The Jerauld County Sheriff's Office has a new member of its department. Recently, the sheriff's office added Mack, a 3-year-old purebred Belgian Malinois, originally from Holland. Mack worked with the Dutch police before making his way to the United States. His responsibilities in Jerauld County will include drug detection and criminal apprehension, tracking and evidence recovery.
An evening fire totaled a trailer house on West Second Avenue in Mitchell. Mitchell firefighters and police officers responded to a fire call at about 6:30 p.m. Friday to discover the backside of a trailer home at 900 W. Second Ave. engulfed in flames, according to Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch. After arriving on scene, the fire was doused in about 10 to 15 minutes, Reinesch said, but as of 8 p.m., officials were still working the scene and were fighting hotspots in the roof insulation.
PLANKINTON — The wife of a man awaiting trial for multiple counts of raping a minor has been charged with sexual exploitation more than a year after her husband's arrest. Elizabeth Thomas, 36, of Plankinton, was charged on Dec. 19 with sexual exploitation of a minor, stemming from a summer 2010 incident in which she allegedly engaged in group sex event involving a then-13-year-old girl, according to court documents and Aurora County State's Attorney John Steele.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. • Benjamin Amadon, 23, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, grand theft by receiving stolen property valued between $1,000 and $2,500 and possession of a firearm after a felony drug conviction. A jury trial was scheduled for February.
Alvin Nolz, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 3. His children and grandchildren are requesting a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 2100 N. Wisconsin, Apt. #242, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Ila Mebius, Mitchell, is celebrating her 70th birthday today, Dec. 28. Her family and friends request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 1809 Scenic Court Dr., Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
STICKNEY — Peggy Swent, Stickney, will celebrate her 95th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 3. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 211 N. First St., #9, Stickney, S.D. 57375.
The Rev. and Mrs. Kevin Carroll, Mitchell, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Dec. 29. They will celebrate with an Alaskan cruise in May. Greetings may be sent to 505 S. Davison St., Mitchell, S.D. 57301