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WAGNER -- On Tuesday, several rural small business owners will encourage high school grads to stay in South Dakota and spotlight rural opportunity for more than 400 students from 20 school districts at the Wagner Community School. Since 2011, a spring-event helps high school juniors and seniors prepare for higher education. The afternoon conference caters to the needs of high school juniors, but also features programs specific to seniors. Annually, the conference includes a motivational speaker, college-student panels and more than 40 schools of higher education.
"Study" is not a new term when it comes to sedimentation at Lewis and Clark Lake. After all, it is nearly 30 percent full of silt and is estimated to be half full by the year 2045, if nothing changes. The Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition encourages actions to sustain the reservoir and invites the public to its annual membership meeting to be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday at the Springfield Community Center.
Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 22nd Annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday in the Christen Family Athletic Center. The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 30 schools in 18 South Dakota counties. Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday's scheduled book signing and program at the Dakota Discovery Museum was postponed due to weather. Lori Holmberg, executive director of the museum, said the program based on Yankton author Marilyn Kratz's book, "Feed Sack Dresses and Wild Plum Jam -- Remembering Farm Life in the 1950s," was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on April 7 at the museum. The program, part of the Middle Border Lecture Series, will still feature Kratz, as well as a program on feed sack fabric and clothing.
A Mitchell man was arrested for fleeing the scene of a crash Tuesday morning in Mitchell. Andrew Engels, 19, was arrested for hit-and-run after damaging another man's vehicle and then fleeing the scene. Engels was driving north on Lawler Street and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Lawler Street. Darrell Carr, 62, of Mitchell, was driving south on Lawler when he stopped at the same intersection. Carr made a right turn onto Seventh while Engels made a left turn at the same time onto Seventh.
Mitchell's Longfellow Elementary School will begin the 2014-15 school year with a new principal. Longfellow's Principal Karen Whitney tendered her resignation Friday, Superintendent Joe Graves confirmed to The Daily Republic. Graves said Whitney will pursue other opportunities in education. The Daily Republic was unable to reach Whitney, who was in her first year as principal, for comment. Graves said it is disappointing she left after only one year, but it happens occasionally. "I've already appointed Lisa Heckenlaible as her replacement," Graves said Tuesday.
The Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy will be among 11 teams competing in the ProStart Invitational on March 27 at the Ramkota River Centre in Pierre. Mitchell CTE Academy team members are Blake Thompson, Chaze Delgado and Anjaneth Contreras. They are competing under the direction of instructor Cindy Gerlach. Last year, Mitchell took second place in the culinary division. The Pierre event is open to the public at no charge. Following orientation sessions for teams and judges, teams go head to head starting at 9:30 a.m.
Classes in the Mitchell School District, at John Paul II Elementary School and at Mitchell Christian will dismiss students at 1:45 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, because of inclement weather. At Mitchell Christian, the Early Learning Center will retain regular hours.
LAKE ANDES -- One person was injured in a rollover accident Sunday north of Lake Andes. Joshua McGhee, 31, of Mitchell, was traveling west on 290th Street in a 2000 Ford Contour when he lost control of the vehicle around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The vehicle entered the south ditch and rolled. McGhee was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. McGhee walked to a nearby residence for help and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
Dear Readers: Here is this week's Sound Off, about drivers not using their turn signals: "My Sound Off is to remind motorists that turn-indicator usage is not an option -- it saves lives and prevents crashes. Freeway travel is stressful at its best, and displaying five clicks of the turn indicator before changing lanes (not just one or two blinks) alerts fellow motorists to what's about to happen. -- Theresa S. in Alabama"