Scotland

FIRST RESPONDERS TRY NEW NOTIFICATION SYSTEM:

A new notification system was presented on May 7 at the Bon Homme County Commissioners Meeting. The proposed eDispatch program would replace the Code Red notification system that the county uses currently. With the old program, dispatch had to complete multiple screens and type data before the notification was sent. The eDispatch system reduces the amount of work and time it takes dispatch to send a mass notification to first responders by recording the page automatically and allowing dispatch to quickly select the receiving parties. A one-year contract with eDispatch costs $3,000 compared to $1,500 for the Code Red system. The commissioners agreed to complete a 30-day free trial of the new program before finalizing a decision.

- The Scotland Journal

Plankinton

CITY ELECTRICAL SUPERINTENDENT SUSPENSION SPARKS INVESTIGATION:

The Plankinton City Council voted to suspend Electrical Superintendent Vern Hill for 10 days without pay at a special meeting on May 8. The council justified the suspension by citing section 8.5 of the City's employee policy manual "Misconduct of an Employee." According to City Attorney Jim Taylor, three key issues were discussed during the closed portion of the special meeting, including personnel matters of discipline and suspension of an employee, potential civil actions for unpaid utility bills, and potential criminal proceedings all pending as the result of the investigation. Concern over recent city water and electric meter projects and possible errors and problems stemming from past years were involved in the discussion of criminal proceedings. The ongoing investigation was referred to the South Dakota Attorney General and Assistant Attorney due to conflicts with the Aurora County State's Attorney's Office.

- The South Dakota Mail

Wessington Springs

4-H JUDGING TEAM TAKES NATIONAL TITLE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

A 4-H Land and Range judging team from Wessington Springs won the national team title at the National Land and Range Judging Contest on May 2 in Oklahoma City. Team members Noah Hainy, Rylie Stevens, Landon Wolter and Isaac Kolousek also won individual titles for first, second, third and fifth place respectively. Intensive plant knowledge was key to the success of the team. Advisor to the Wessington Springs 4-H Land and Range judging team was Craig Shryock. Over the past 38 years under his guidance, Wessington Springs has won seven 4-H Range National Titles, and five individual national champion awards.

- Wessington Springs True Dakotan