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Jennifer Bridge, Mitchell, won the $10,000 first-place prize at the third annual Big Brothers Big Sisters 50/50 drawing Wednesday night at the Miller Lite Bull Bash. Mitchell's Nancy Schley won the $3,000 second-place prize and Mitchell's Kevin Flemmer won the $2,000 third-place prize. Flemmer and a group of friends split the third-place prize. Big Brothers Big Sisters sold 300 tickets for $100 each for the raffle.
PLANKINTON -- The seventh annual Pheasant Fest will be held Saturday in Plankinton. A farmers market and craft fair will kick off the event from 8 to 11 a.m. on the courthouse lawn. Contact Lindsey Weich at 605-942-7636 for more information. A kiddie parade will take place at 10 a.m., starting at the south end of Main Street. Contact Kathy Guindon at 605-942-7350 for more information. A demolition derby will take place from noon to 5 p.m. 1½ miles east of the post office. There is an $8 entrance fee for ages 11 and up.
A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Vincent Battese, 24, entered the plea in federal court in Pierre. Battese was witnessed by a Lower Brule K-9 police officer operating a motor vehicle on Oct. 26, 2009. Because the officer knew Battese did not have a valid driver's license and did have an active warrant for his arrest, the officer initiated a traffic stop. Battese pulled into the driveway of a residence and attempted to elude the officer by running into the house. The officer pursued Battese into the residence.
Four vehicles were involved in an accident near the intersection of East Norway Avenue and South Burr Street shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday. Sgt. Ryan Erickson, of the Mitchell Department of Public Safety, said Marnie Ivey-Corbett, 45, of Mitchell, was driving a white 1999 Pontiac Firebird when she rear-ended a gray 2005 Lexus driven by Lois Bosworth, 77, of Mitchell.
The U.S. Postal Service has started gathering data regarding the possible closure of post offices in Canova, Carthage, Dimock, Fulton, Letcher and Spencer. The USPS will complete this process in the next 10 days, Karen Fredrickson wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Republic. Fredrickson is the Sioux Falls-based marketing director for the Dakotas District. "After that time, if we decide to continue with the process, we will schedule community meetings and prepare customer questionnaires/surveys," she wrote.
FORT THOMPSON -- Wilfred Keeble was elected as Crow Creek tribal chairman last week. Keeble was named interim chairman after then-chairman Duane Big Eagle was found guilty in federal court two weeks ago on bribery and conspiracy charges. Keeble was unanimously elected to the chairman position by the council last week. Council member Peter Lengkeek said he is looking forward to moving forward with the council and rooting out the corruption in tribal government.
A Pukwana man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison and six years of probation for abusive sexual contact. Sonny J. Antelope, 28, received the sentence in federal court in Pierre. The charge stems from a July 22, 2010, incident in Fort Thompson. The victim was at a party and decided to go to sleep between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. After being asleep for approximately two hours, she was awakened by Antelope forcing sexual contact with her. Antelope later admitted to using force to attempt to have sexual intercourse with the victim.
Area students recently attended the South Dakota Teen Age Republicans Leadership Camp held in the Black Hills. Sarah Knust, Chamberlain, was elected treasurer. She is a sophomore at Chamberlain High School. Those attending from Davison County were Matthew Schilling, Nick Johnson and Sam Johnson. The more than 60 participants heard from U.S. Sen. John Thune, Gov. Dennis Daugaard and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. TARS Leadership Camp is held each July and is open to all interested students. The state TARS adviser is Dusty Johnson, of Mitchell.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- The official comment is still "no comment" in Wessington Springs regarding the future of the district's superintendent. As of Monday morning, Lance Witte still retained his position, according to a school official who asked not to be identified. Meanwhile, School Board President Tate Von Eye said Monday morning that Witte was not listed on the board's meeting agenda for Monday evening. Witte was arrested Aug. 5 for driving under the influence in Hanson County, his second DUI arrest in less than a year.
Lewis Drug will open a store within County Fair in 2012. County Fair Food Store of Mitchell announced Monday that the drugstore will be located in an addition to its building. The expansion will be completed in the spring. Lewis Drug will be located in the east front end of County Fair with drive-through access. Along with providing pharmacy services, Lewis will also offer over-the-counter medications and health and beauty supplies. Established in 1942 in Sioux Falls, the family-owned Lewis Drug has 33 stores throughout South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.