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Davison County Commission chairman John Claggett announced Friday that there will be no county commission meeting on Tuesday. Claggett said the combination of a skimpy agenda and the fact that commissioners Denny Kiner and Kim Weitala are scheduled to be out of town on separate business trips this week occasioned the cancellation decision.
Recent spring snowfall has improved drought conditions in South Dakota. For the first time since August, none of the state is classified as being in exceptional drought, the highest ranking on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The monitor is maintained by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb. The new Drought Monitor Map was released Thursday morning.
Gregory School District's two winning candidates from its Tuesday night election were Sharon Pedersen and Karen Timmanus. Pedersen received 392 votes and Timmanus received 297. Losing candidates were incumbent Chris VanDerWerff, who received 182 votes, and Rod Vosika, who received 91 votes. Pedersen and Timmanus will be sworn in during the July board meeting and serve three-year terms. Approximately 33 percent of registered voters hit the polls in Gregory. Residents of Mount Vernon, meanwhile, re-elected Kenneth Martish to their city council Ward 3 position.
Ghosts, mummies and strobe lights. That's what audiences can expect from this year's Mitchell High School spring play, "Be My Ghost," which will show at 7:30 p.m.
The current Golden Buffalo Casino on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation is a small version of what the tribe hopes to build at Oacoma. It has a gaming floor, conference area, dance floor, restaurant and gift shop. It also includes: 175 slot machines; Two game tables; A 38-room motel; and 50 employees. The proposed casino will include a buffet, gift shop, conference center and dance floor.
LAKE ANDES -- A Lake Andes man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for sexual abuse. Ray Flying Hawk, 43, was indicted on the charge Aug. 14, 2012, and pleaded guilty Jan. 15. The charge stems from an incident in April 2012 when Flying Hawk engaged in a sexual act with a person incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and physically incapable of communicating an unwillingness to engage in the act. Flying Hawk was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
After postponing elections due to inclement weather last week, Delmont elected a new alderman. Mike Redd received 18 votes for the Ward 1 alderman position, defeating incumbent Terry Takacs, who received 1 vote. Geddes re-elected incumbent Sharon Ackley to the city's Ward 1 position with 19 votes, over challenger Maureen Dufek's 14 votes. White Lake elected Rodney Maine to the city's Ward 1 position with 52 votes; Sandy Bradwisch received 18 votes. Cory Schrag and Laverne Diede received the most votes in the three-person race for Freeman's two open school district board mem
A convicted sex offender living in Mitchell was arrested April 10 for allegedly failing to notify police when he moved to a new address. Adam Thomas Boggs, 29, is charged with failing to notify police of a change in his address as a sex offender and residing within a community safe zone, both felonies with a maximum punishment of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. According to court documents, Boggs moved out of his registered address two weeks before his arrest, and had been living with his mother and another person at another residence at 411 W.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced Monday to two years of probation and 90 days in jail for assaulting a police officer. Stacy Seltz, 25, was arrested Jan. 8 after a Mitchell police officer stopped her vehicle in the 100 block of 12th Avenue after seeing Seltz swerve and nearly jump a curb in the 1800 block of North Main Street, court documents say. Seltz performed poorly on a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving.
A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation and 90 days in jail for third-offense drunken driving. Shawn King, 40, also known as Shawn Buffington, was arrested for drunken driving Oct. 6 after he was pulled over for speeding near the intersection of Second Avenue and Foster Street in Mitchell. A blood test found his blood alcohol content was 0.22 around the time of his arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. King pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan.