April 16 2008

Posted by Marissa
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin M. Koliner, second from left, with award winners, Joe Hutmacher, holding his son Noah, and Ann Arnoldy, along with Victim Witness Specialist Marlys Big Eagle following the presentation at the Lyman County Commissioner’s meeting room at the Courthouse in Kennebec.

April 16 2008

Lyman Co. States Attorney, Chamberlain Chief of Police receive recognition

Posted by Marissa
Lyman County Herald

In honor of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week (NCVRW) April 13-19, 2008, Lyman County States Attorney Ann Arnoldy and Chamberlain Chief of Police Joe Hutmacher were recognized with the NCVRW Award Tuesday morning during a ceremony at the Lyman County Courthouse.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin M. Koliner presented the awards.

In addition to serving as Chief of Police at Chamberlain, Hutmacher’s department provides law enforcement service to the town of Oacoma through a contract between the towns.  Arnoldy, who practices law with Larson, Sundall, Larson, Schaub & Fox of Chamberlain and Kennebec, has served as Lyman County’s States Attorney since Sept. of 2004.

The two were nominated for the award by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sioux Falls for their involvement and assistance to the victims of the 2007 federal case brought against motel owners John and Angelita Farrell of Oacoma. The Farrell’s were found guilty of 18 counts of peonage, visa fraud, document servitude and false statements involving four Filipino immigrant workers the Farrell’s employed at their motel in Oacoma.

While the Farrell case was handled in Federal court, the victims’ first contact was with local law enforcement officers Arnoldy and Hutmacher.  According to Koliner, the two were instrumental in getting the victims the help they needed. “This case wouldn’t have come to light without these two.  It was their ‘thinking outside the box’ that brought this case out into the open.  The victims feel that Ann and Joe saved their lives,” added Koliner.
 As part of the Farrell’s sentencing, which included imprisonment, they were each required to pay a $15,000 fine plus $900 victim’s assessment fee.  The victim assessment fee is $100 per felony conviction. The funds were directed to the Crime Victims Compensation program, which provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes including reimbursement for medical expenses, counseling and lost wages. The funds used to provide assistance to violent crime victims comes from fines and penalties paid on misdemeanor and felony charges. In 2007, there were nearly 300 victims who applied for assistance with the South Dakota Department of Social Services’ Crime Victims’ Compensation Program, and over $540,000 in assistance was awarded to those victims. Typically, the three largest expenses are medical, funeral and counseling expenses.

Twenty-three million Americans are victims of crime each year, and of those, 5.2 million are victims of violent crime.

This year’s theme, Justice for Victims, Justice for All will be observed around the county April 13-19. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Award Recipients will be named and recognized around the country.

April 16 2008

Chamber News

Posted by Marissa
Presho Area Chamber Minutes
April 10, 2008
12:00 pm – Hutch’s Café

Members Present:  Tammy Cole, Chris Zirpel, Danielle Palmer, Cody Palmer, Jason Thiry, Roger Beinlich, Juanitta Willis, Steve Hayes, Bev Johnson, Crystal Brakke, Donna Bowar, Rod Bowar, Kim Halverson, Renelle Uthe, Lucy Halverson, Angela Ehlers, Teresa Shook, Mike Sprenger, and Dave Cole

Teresa called meeting to order in Karen’s absence.  Motion to adopt agenda by Mike, seconded by Kim.  Motion carried.

 Secretary’s Report:  Motion to approve Secretary’s report by Lucy; seconded by Tammy.  Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:  Lucy gave treasurer’s report.  All Farm & Home bills have been paid along with the Amateur Basketball bills.  Motion to approve Treasurer’s Report by Juanitta; seconded by Cody.  Motion carried.

Chamber Building:  Jason reported that the building committee discussed the future of the Chamber building and decided to advertise the building for sale.  It was decided the Chamber would advertise in local paper for two weeks.  If no inquiries, then Chamber will run a statewide ad.   Motion to approve ad by Mike; seconded by Dave.
City Wide Cleanup:  This year the cleanup will be held Saturday, May 3.  Mike will handle getting the advertising done.

Executive Director Position:  Mike proposed not having a “Director” and assign committee’s to events that take place during the year.  It was decided to advertise first to see if anyone is interested in position.   A committee consisting of Tammy, Angela, and Lois will finalize the Executive Director job description so position can be advertised.  Motion to approve by Lucy; seconded by Dave.  Motion carried.
Billboard Payment:  Payment is due the 1st of June.

Thrift Store:  Teresa presented the Community Thrift Store Business Plan to the Chamber.  This is a non-profit organization run by volunteers to reduce poverty in Presho.  An Open House will be held on June 7.

Resolved:  Presho Area Chamber supports the local thrift store.  Motion made by Mike; seconded by Kim.  Motion carried.

Website:  Lucy found the software program needed to maintain the Presho Chamber website.

Business After Hours:  Modern Woodman in Kennebec will be hosting a Business After Hours either at the end of April or first part of May.  Tanya Ness will let Karen know.
Governor’s Economic Development Conference:  Teresa attended this conference and found it very useful.

Other Items: 
Mike presented a recap of the Amateur Basketball tournament.

Dave has been contacted to purchase fireworks for July 4th.  Motion to approve $1300 by Mike; seconded by Dave.  Motion carried.

Lucy found informational brochures that the Chamber had done a few years back listing Presho area businesses.  It was decided that a committee consisting of Angela, Bev and Danielle will revise this brochure for distribution.

Motion to adjourn by Kim; seconded by Lucy.

Next meeting will be held Thursday, May 8, 2008.

April 09 2008

Posted by Marissa
LHS Senior Jana Sprenger sings Gloria Gaynor’s "I Will Survive" while back-up dancers Alexis Perry, on the left,  Kari Schmidt, center and Tamara Ollerich, on the right, perform during the 21st Annual Lyman High School Evening of Fine Dining.
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