February 04 2009

Posted by Marissa
District 21 Legislators Rep. Tom Deadrick, Rep. Kent Juhnke, and Sen. Cooper Garnos take questions from constituents Saturday at cracker barrel held in Chamberlain.

February 04 2009

Legislators hold public forum

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman County Herald

District 21 legislators held several cracker barrel sessions throughout the five county area Saturday, January 31.  Sen. Cooper Garnos, Presho; Rep. Kent Juhnke, Vivian; and Rep. Tom Deadrick, Platte met with constituents in Murdo, Chamberlain, and Platte to answer questions regarding the 2009 Legislative Session.

Sen. Garnos opened the cracker barrel at Dakota Milestone’s Conference room in Chamberlain by saying, “This is the most challenging year I’ve spent in the Legislature,” while referring to the cuts  in state programs currently being considered in order to balance the State’s budget. 

Rep. Deadrick, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, added that his committee assignment  involves deciding what will be funded and how much funding programs will receive.

All agreed that if and when Federal stimulus funds become available, it is likely that a Special Session will be called later this spring to make adjustments to the budget.

When asked how best to balance the State budget, by cuts or added revenue, the three legislators agreed that cuts should be looked at first and possible new revenue sources second.

Rep. Deadrick stated that a temporary sales tax will probably have to be looked at.  But, he added, “It’s the last thing I’d look at,” to balance the budget.

Rep Juhnke added, “We all have to do our part, sacrifices will need to be made.  Budget cuts and revenue increases might be part of it.”

Lyman County Commissioner Kim Halverson expressed a concern that State government cuts would only send the responsibility down to the local government level such as county, city and school.   The legislators acknowledged that could happen as it does with Federal funding cuts affecting the State budget, but they expressed concern that it is not their intention.

Attendees also asked about the state smoking ban bill and the mandatory seat belt legislation. The consensus among the three Republican legislators is that  these two intrusive pieces of legislation should be left up to individuals and businesses to decide.
As the 2009 session progresses, the legislators stated they may host another cracker barrel gathering to discuss budget cuts and possible new revenue sources.

February 04 2009


Posted by Marissa
Dorothy Headley, 73

Rapid City – Dorothy Faye Headley, 73, Rapid City, died Tuesday January 27, 2009, at her home in Rapid City.  Funeral services were Friday, January 30, 2009 at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Diehl and Rev. Elmore Blain officiating. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Dorothy was born March 23, 1935 to Bert and Lydia (Hidenschield) Uthe in Presho, South Dakota. She grew up on a farm with 4 brothers.

After high school she attended National School of Business in Rapid City and worked for Anderson Gas.

On November 20, 1955, she married John Headley. For 29 years they lived on a farm near Presho and raised their 3 children Joanne, Helen and Randy.  She will be fondly remembered by her children and grandchildren, as a loving and caring lady.

After  retiring from farming, Dorothy and John moved to Rapid City. Dorothy spent her time making latch hook rugs and fancy work. She dearly loved her flowers and raising a garden each year.

Dorothy was a devoted member of United Methodist Church in Rapid City. She also was a member of Golden Link Chapter #14 of The Order of the Eastern Star and was Grand Warder for the O.E.S. of South Dakota.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 53 years, John Headley, Rapid City; her children, Joanne Headley and special friend (Jerry Wingert), Pukwana; Helen (Wade) Smook, Brandon; and Randy (Bernadine) Headley, Kennebec; grandchildren, Aaron Smook, Germany; Amanda Headley, Rapid City; Jessica Headley, Pierre; Nicholas Headley, Kennebec; and a brother, Harold (Dallas) Uthe, Presho and numerous nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Vern Uthe, Donald Uthe and Delbert Uthe.

A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Hills.

A. Henrietta Harvey, 100

Anna Henrietta McCormick, 100, of Vivian, died Saturday, January 31, 2009 at St. Mary’s TCU.  Funeral services were Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at the Presho Methodist Church followed by the burial in the Vivian Cemetery.

Anna Henrietta McCormick was born March 4, 1908 to Robert and Mary McCormick.  She graduated from Vivian High School at age 16 and from Augustana at age 18, after which she taught at various schools in Lyman County.  She married Millard Harvey in 1929 and they lived and farmed south of Vivian until they moved into town in 1970.  To this union three children were born, Audrey (Red) Hullinger, Eunice (Jack) Hullinger and Larry (Sheilah) Harvey.

Henrietta enjoyed crocheting as a hobby and was an avid card player, playing bridge until age 98.  She attended all sporting events that her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids participated in.  She loved to watch the Atlanta Braves on TV.

In March of 2008, she celebrated her 100th birthday with a multitude of her family present.

She is survived by her daughters, seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, two sons-in-law and one great-grandson, Jackson Hullinger.

Estella A. Hittner, 77

Estella A. Hittner, 77 of Scottsbluff died Saturday January 31, 2009 at her home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday February 6, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Don Buhrman as Celebrant.  Visitation will be held on Thursday February 5th from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to St. Agnes School Foundation or Prairie Haven Hospice.  Her obituary may be viewed at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com where condolences may be made.  Jolliffe Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is assisting the family with arrangements.

Estella was born February 19, 1931 in Presho, South Dakota to Albert E. and Bertha (Mairose) Stevens.  She attended school and graduated from Presho schools.  Estella then attended St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha graduating in 1952. She then went on to obtain her B.S.N. degree from the University of Nebraska and she received her certification as an enterostomal therapist.  Throughout her 55 year career she was a nursing instructor for 25 years, working in Omaha, Rapid City, SD and Scottsbluff.  Estella went to work for Regional West Medical Center in 1976 until retiring in 1997.  She took care of everyone; her focus was her family, and those they brought into the family.  She enjoyed being outdoors gardening, sewing and reading.

Estella was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, which was extremely important to her and was a vital part of her life; she also was a member of various Professional Organizations.

She is survived by her husband Dale of Scottsbluff, daughters Lynn (Jack) Gadzala of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Cynthia (James) Cannia of Mitchell; Kimberly Hittner and Susan Hittner both of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren Laura Gadzala; Jenny Gadzala; Melissa Gadzala and Anthony Cannia; her sister Bernadetta (Dale) Falk of Winfield, Kansas and a brother Robert (Janice) Stevens of Harlingen, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, three sisters and one brother.

January 28 2009

Posted by Marissa
The new Presho Fire Hall, located at the top of Main Street,  has been completed and will officially be turned over to the fire department by the first of the month.
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