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Fresh off of being drafted into the WNBA, Macy Miller is going to get a civic honor from her hometown today. The Mitchell City Council will consider a declaration making today, April 15, as Macy Miller Day in Mitchell. The council will meet starting at 6 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall at 612 N. Main St. The item was not on the agenda issued by the city late last week, but City Council member Kevin McCardle said city leaders are organizing to have Miller, the former Mitchell High School great, honored today.
When Tom Somerville isn't serving beverages behind the bar, he's traveling across southeast South Dakota keeping video lottery machines up and running. For the past 24 years, the Alexandria native has been operating his video lottery repair service out of his basement with the help of his brother Steve. What started off as a side business after graduating from Mitchell Technical Institute with an electronics degree in the early 1990s quickly blossomed into a profitable venture, as he grew the number of machines he serviced from 20 to 200 in his first two years of business.
The city of Mitchell is seeking to beat the heat on Monday. Mitchell's City Hall currently has an air conditioning system that is currently out of service and with the summer months approaching, the Mitchell City Council will look to approve a resolution to have that system replaced soon. The matter will be discussed during the 6 p.m. Monday council meeting in the building. The action seeks to declare the City Hall's air conditioning failure as an emergency.
One truckload of riprap at a time, Mick and Mike O'Connor are relieving the ongoing havoc Nebraska residents are facing with the state's devastating floods. For the past five weeks, a local trucking company has been hauling just over 100,000 pound loads of riprap—which are large rocks—to Nebraska, in efforts to minimize flood damage to sections of roads, homes, businesses and grain bins.
A historic B-25 bomber will be soaring over the South Dakota sky at 250 mph in honor of the "Doolittle Raid," as the WWII aircraft will make a scheduled pit stop in Mitchell on April 17.
William Flynn's passion for playing guitar has led the young jazz musician on a journey that's landed him right where he wants to be. As a former Mitchell High School band student, he electrified the Corn Palace crowds with his guitar during home sporting events. And now he's one of the youngest tenure-track music professors at Wichita State University, where the 30-year-old currently serves as the Director of Jazz studies. "Jazz is what really got me obsessed with playing guitar and music, and it's kind of odd that love of jazz developed growing up in Mitchell," Flynn said.
The Mitchell City Council is determined to finish a handful of major projects throughout the city with its recent approval of the supplemental appropriations ordinance first reading. During the April 1 city council meeting, City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein provided a detailed outline of the ordinance's full list of supplemental appropriations requests, highlighting the overlay maintenance projects that will cost a combined $554,992 to complete this year.
Mother Nature's wrath has taken its toll on the streets of Mitchell, causing a myriad of potholes and headaches for vehicles using the city's roadways. In Kevin Hughes' 22 years of working for the city's street and sanitation department, he's never seen this many potholes scattered across Mitchell's roads. "I have never seen the roads this rough, and we will have our hands full this year," Hughes said prior to patching up a pothole Monday on Foster Street.
The former Palace City Pawn Shop building on Main Street is set to be demolished after the Mitchell City Council's approval of a settlement agreement with the property owners. During Friday's 1 p.m. special meeting at City Hall, the council unanimously approved an agreement with property owners Austin and Laretta McPeek. The agreement holds the McPeeks responsible for paying a demolition contractor through the city to tear down the corroding building at 115 and 117 N. Main St. Absent from the meeting was Marty Barington.
KENNEBEC, S.D. — A one-vehicle crash early Thursday morning left one man dead and another seriously injured on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, 20 miles northeast of Kennebec. At 4:11 a.m. Thursday, a 27-year-old man driving a 2005 Chrysler 300 was traveling eastbound on BIA Highway 10 when the vehicle crossed over the centerline to the right and drove off the roadway and into a ditch.The vehicle flipped over and came to a rest on its wheels, ejecting both occupants who were not wearing seat belts, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.