June 15 2007

Presho receives CDBG Grant for new fire hall

Posted by Kim
By Lucy Halverson
The city of Presho recently received notification from Gov. Mike Rounds that they were awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $207,500 to be used towards the construction of a new fire hall in Presho. "We are pleased to assist Presho in constructing a fire hall which will enable the fire department to provide improved fire protection service for the residents of Presho and the surrounding communities," said Gov. Rounds. The city was required to submit the application to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development on the behalf of the Presho Volunteer Fire Department. The grant funds are expected to cover nearly half of the projected cost of the 70 foot by 120 foot building estimated to cost about $500.000. Firemen and city council are working to find a suitable location for the fire hall. According to fire chief Donnie Manger, they have been offered the opportunity to buy land outside of the city limits along highway 248 east of the Lyman County Pioneer Museum. City council members suggested a location within city limits would be more cost efficient since sewer and water would already be available.

Once a location is secured bids could be let on the project.

Firemen will hold fund raisers, provide in-kind labor, and obtain a loan if needed to complete the construction project. In other business before the Presho City Council Monday, June 4 included authorizing SPN & Associates to let the bids on the wastewater facility project named Phase I which would provide city service to the area north of the railroad tracks.

June 15 2007

Summer Spotlight feature

Posted by Kim
Lyman Museum offers something for everyone

By Lucy HalversonLooking for something to do on a Sunday evening? Need to entertain out of town visitors? The answer is a visit to the Lyman County Pioneer Museum located in Presho. There is something of interest for everyone among the thousands of items on display at the museum.

The items on display, from pioneer tools to documents, give insight into life on the prairie from the late 1800’s to the present day.

The main museum building features items from former area businesses such as Robert’s Drug Store, Presho Bakery, Vivian Bank, plus furniture from a judge’s office and a post office. Home life is depicted in individual room settings, an early day kitchen, parlor and bedroom. A military display and wedding dress case are also located in the main building.

Photos, school annuals, and scrapbooks from the former schools of Vivian, Presho, Kennebec and Reliance are available for viewing in the school corner of the main building.

In addition, the museum has a large collection of newspapers from the Lyman County area that go as far back as 100 years. Museum workers or volunteers will be happy to assist you in searching for desired information. Other resources for genealogy research are available at the museum. Just ask. Outside the main building you’ll find the Sweeney Church, the former Paige School house, a log cabin and general store that’s home to a beautiful collection of women’s items that were available for purchase in the early 1900’s. Two other buildings house larger items like wagons and cars and other displays of tools and machines used by early day homesteaders.

The museum, established nearly 40 years ago by the Lyman County Historical Society, continues to expand and grow under the guidance of the society. A lifetime membership in the society is just $25.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to noon and from 4 pm to 8 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Joyce Houchin, McKayla McPeak, Lavonne Smith and volunteers from the community assist curator Bev Kenobbie at the museum. Watch the Herald for notices of upcoming summer events including weekly morning coffee hour, evening programs, and the End of the Season picnic in September.

June 07 2007

Posted by Kim
Dalton Briley, Bette Reuman, Myrriha Nankivel, Sarah Robbins, Amanda Comp, Jody Reuman, Lacey Reuman (seated) and not pictured Austin Eppard helped put a fresh coat of varnish on the picnic table, gazebo and other items at Presho’s Merchant Park Friday. The Lee Schoenhard Foundation donated the supplies for the project that was being completed in cooperation with Modern of America. In exchange for the work being completed Modern Woodmen of America donated the new park bench.

June 07 2007

Quick News

Posted by Kim
Lyman Alumni to meet
An organizational meeting of local Lyman alumni will be held Wed. June 13 at Hutch’s at 7:30 pm to make plans for an all alumni gathering tentatively set for Saturday, August 4. Please plan to attend. Check the alumni website at www.lymanalumni.org

Museum opens for season
The Lyman County Historical Society museum at Presho is now open for the summer season. The hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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