August 27 2008

Construction started on Fire Hall

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman County Herald

Western Winds, Inc of Selby pulled into  Presho Monday morning bringing a crew of three, a back hoe and other equipment to begin work at the site of the new Presho Fire Hall.  The crew also brought a camper along as they will be staying in town while working on the building.

Jason Fees, project foreman and two employees started preparing the site for the concrete footings and foundation.  According to Fees, once his crew is finished subcontractor Devine Concrete of Bonesteel will move in to run the concrete. 

In anticipation of the new fire hall, West Central Electric Cooperative installed a new transformer Monday on a pole in the alley behind the building site.

WCE replaced all the poles in the  alley that runs behind the building site.  “Those poles are the original Central Power & Gas Company poles, set more than 60 years ago,” stated Connot. “Our routine maintenance program has kept them in good shape for a long time.” 

Crews will be replacing several blocks of poles in south Presho. 

Western Winds, Inc. was awarded the bid as general contractor for the new fire hall.  Other subcontractors include, H & O Electric of Winner  and Wheelhouse Plumbing of Pierre.  

The 50 feet by 120 feet building will be funded by a Community Development Block Grant, donations and if necessary a loan from USDA Rural Development.

The entire building project is estimated to take about 21 weeks to complete.

August 27 2008

Obituary

Posted by Marissa
Ella Rose (Kozel) Cronin

Ella Rose Cronin, first daughter of Louis and Anna (Kostal) Kozel, born on a farm near Scotland, SD on September 15, 1918, courageously and gracefully journeyed to eternal rest on August 6, 2008 at Memorial Hospital in Salem, OR.  Ella was in the presence of her children until her final moments. 

Ella, from a farm “east of the river” and Jim, from a ranch “west of the river” were married in Mitchell, SD on June 26, 1939.  Jim and Ella moved to Presho, SD in 1943 where they raised their children.  In 1967, they moved to Vermillion, SD where Ella was a student supervisor at the Student Union Food Services.  She was honored as Employee of the Month for her diligence and dedication in her work.  Ella retired in 1988, and she and Jim moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 1992.

Ella was remembered in a chapel service in Salem, OR where family gathered to pray and acknowledge her as a beautiful mother who was treasured as “Mom”.  Her life concluded with the same faith, love and devotion which characterized her lifetime.

Surviving Ella are her four children and their spouses:  Ella Marie (Cronin) Christensen and Stephen Zelinka, Salem, OR, Patrick Cronin, Salem, OR, Betty Ann (Cronin) Greig and William, Salem, OR, and James Cronin and Judith, Sioux Falls, SD.  Also surviving Grandma Cronin are four grandchildren:  Ann Liakos, (Andy), Lawrenceville, GA, Jeffrey Christensen (Michelle), Kirkland, WA, Ami Cronin (Theodore Konechne), Frisco, TX, and Mikel Cronin (Heather Heynen), Rapid City, SD and three great-grandchildren:  Christopher and Jeffrey Liakos, Lawrenceville, GA and Muira Ren Cronin, Rapid City, SD, her sister, Glady Gerlach and brother-in-law, “Red” Urban Hohn, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ella was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James, in 1994, by her parents and by her sisters, Albina Sykora and Bernice Hohn and brother-in-law, Eldor Gerlach.

August 20 2008

Posted by Marissa
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Over 450 people attended Kennebec Telephone Company’s 100 Anniversary celebration Tuesday, August 12 and enjoyed a barbecue meal and cake. Representatives from many of the State’s Independent Telephone Companies were in attendance along with KTC’s customers.

August 20 2008

School bells ring Wednesday morning

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman County Herald
Lyman School District teachers and staff reported to their respective classrooms Monday to prepare for the first official day of classes Wednesday, August 20.  

Students arriving at school  Wednesday will be greeted in some cases by new teachers and support staff, plus updates to the buildings and school grounds.

Due to continuing street work at Kennebec, Superintendent Bruce Carrier asks students and parents  to use the street behind the school for dropping off and picking up students  until the Second Street Project is open to through traffic.   While the sidewalk in front of the school is completed, machinery working on the street will continue to be a hazard.  People are asked to not use the sidewalk in front until the street is completely finished.

The biggest change  at Lyman this year comes in staff as seven new teachers and several new support staff have been hired by  the School District.  

In high school two Lyman alumni join the staff.  Jessica McManus Hyde is the new English teacher and Jed McNaughton, the new alternative classroom teacher.  The high school aide position recently vacated by Lori Schindler remains open at this time. At Lyman Middle School Amanda Baker is the new science teacher, Beth Erikson, special education teacher, Shelli Collins,  librarian, and  Diane Hamer, math aide.  Natasha Thiry joins the Kennebec Elementary Staff as the first grade teacher as Darcy Johnson moves up to fifth grade. Nancy McPeak is the elementary aide.

Lyman has contracted with Three Rivers Coop for two days of speech therapy services  from Jamie Griffith. She will assist  current speech teacher Joette Nesladek with speech at Lyman.  Lyman School district is responsible for providing speech therapy for all Lyman County youth age 0 to school age.

Jay Langdeau has been hired for one Kennebec bus route plus one route remains open.  New business manager Renelle Uthe  embarks on her first school year managing the district’s finances.

The alternative classroom will be located in a room connected to the Library at the Presho site.   The concept behind the new classroom is to help keep students in school by offering a more individual study plan.  Mr. Carrier estimates that teacher Jed McNaughton could work with eight to ten students through out the week, but only two students at a time.

Two laptop computer carts, with 48 laptops,   were added to the high school.  Teachers will bring the rolling carts into their  classrooms to use as needed.  In addition, twenty new computers have been installed in the computer lab.  The older units have been moved down to the library and individual classrooms.

In other   school     improvements, Presho Elementary received new carpet in the classrooms, the cabinets in the Presho lunchroom were replaced and the old ones installed at the football concession stand.   New ultra-light wrestling mats were purchased for the Presho gym and the wrestling room.  The Middle School program also received new mats for use in the Kennebec gym.

A new sound system is being installed in the Kennebec gym.  It will be just like the one at Presho.  Sidewalks and entrances into the Kennebec school were replaced as part of the street project.  Once the work there is finalized, underground sprinklers will be installed in front of the school.
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