February 15 2008

Chili Cook-off winners named at Kennebec Appreciation

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Kennebec T&C Club 2008 Chili Cook-off Winners, l-r; Peggy Boysen, second place; Lavonne Smith, first place and Todd Meier, third place. Not available for the photo Bucky Smith.
By Lucy Halverson
"Texas Snakelips Chili" was the winning entry at the Kennebec T&C Club Chili Cook-off Saturday night Feb. 9 during the annual Kennebec Business Appreciation event held at the gym.It was Bucky and Lavonne Smith’s first attempt at the chili cook off and it paid off well for them as the judges, Lyman deputies Steve Manger and Don Jennings along with T&C Club President Trusty Mertens agreed it was the best chili out of ten entries. Peggy Boysen’s Wagon Train Chili took second place followed by Todd Meiers’ Jack & Philly chili, which came in third.

The same judges moved on to sample the Ice Cream Freeze Off following the chili judging. With just four entries this year the judging went quickly. Lyle Moore’s Old Fashioned Vanilla took first place, Kate Halverson’s Cookies & Cream was second and Grace Stiefvater’s Almond Delight was third.

Members of the T&C Club selected current president Trusty Mertens as the 2007 Citizen of the Year. Trusty has served as president for the past two years and is actively involved in the community.

T&C Club officers, Mertens, Cody Moore, Donelle Christensen and Kellie Halvorson were voted back in to serve for another year.

February 15 2008

Presho fireman ask city for financial commitment toward new building

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By Lucy Halverson

David Cole, of the Presho Fire Dept., attended the regular meeting of the Presho City Council Monday, Feb. 4 on behalf of the Presho Fire Dept. to ask the council for a yearly financial commitment towards the new fire hall. Following a lengthy discussion regarding what other organizations including the county and the Lyman County Ambulance District have committed, councilman Dustin Smith moved to commit in writing the intent to give support of a minimum of $3,000 per year towards the fire departments loan repayments. Councilman Dan Lebeda seconded and the motion passed.

According to Cole, the firemen are applying for a loan from USDA Rural Development and must have proof that the funds will be available to make payments. The fireman received a commitment from the ambulance district for $3,000 a year, the fee for housing an ambulance in the building. The county, which provides some funding for all fire departments in the county, confirmed they would continue to make available to the Presho fire department $6,700 per year.

Cole reported to the council that the amount borrowed from Rural Development would be based on what they need following fund raising efforts. The interest rate will be 3.4 percent. Currently, the firemen have around $38,000 raised from donations and fundraisers. Cole reported that soil sampling is expected to be completed soon, then the building plans finalized and bids let.

The project must be completed by the end of 2008 according to the requirements of the $205,000 Community Block Grant the department received.

Other business before the council included;


The final payment of $20,171 was made to RP&H Inc. of Reliance for the wastewater expansion project. The project is completed and any other residents north of the railroad tracks could be hooked into the system.

Presho Area Chamber president Karen Willis reported to the council the Chamber’s intention to sell their building located on Main Street. The council is considering selling the current fire hall, which also houses the city finance office once the new fire hall is completed. The city will need a different office space. The council’s building committee will view the chamber building and make a recommendation at the next meeting.
*Councilman Bob Rohla presented information regarding Micro-Surfacing, similar to slurry seal, that could be used to fix the deep groves which have developed on Main Street. A paving company out of Omaha will be contacted for an estimate.

February 15 2008


Posted by Kim
Leslie B. Williams, 97
Leslie Byron Williams, 97, died Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Estelline Nursing and Care Center.Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 1:30 pm at the United Church of Christ in Estelline, SD with burial at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Leslie Byron Williams, son of George and Clara (Weaverstad) Williams, was born August 3, 1910, in Lyman County, near Vivian, SD. He grew up and received his education in rural schools in Lyman County and also attended school in Vivian. He also attended business college at Nettelton in Sioux Falls.

Following his marriage to Marie Giddings on June 8, 1940 in Rapid City, SD they farmed in Lyman County until 1948 when they moved to Hamlin County. They farmed near Estelline until 1974 when they retired and moved into Estelline. Les entered the Estelline Nursing and Care Center on January 19, 2005.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ where he served many offices within the church and was also a member of the Estelline Senior Citizens.

Grateful for having shared his life are one son, George Williams and his wife Catherine of Denton, TX; one daughter, Janet Larson of Brainerd, MN; three grandsons, Erik Larson, Benjamin Larson and his wife Amy and John Larson and his wife Amanda; one great granddaughter, Mykenzie Larson; two brothers, Donald Williams, Huron, SD, Kenneth Williams of Anoka, MN; one brother-in-law, Leroy Clare of Wakonda, SD; one sister-in-law, Cecelia Norman of Hemet, CA; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was an uncle to Barb Coble, Presho, SD.

Les was preceded in death by his wife Marie on February 10, 2006, his parents, one brother Lloyd and one sister Twyla Clare.

February 06 2008

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New lettering placed above the Lyman School trophy case, located in the entry way of the Lyman gym, marks the site of the new Lyman Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction presentations will be held at the following home basketball games, Feb. 8, Feb. 11, Feb. 12, and Feb. 18.
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