March 04 2008

No City elections to be held

Posted by Kim
By Lucy Halverson

According to reports from area towns and the city of Presho, no city elections will be held in Reliance, Kennebec or Presho this spring as incumbents were the only ones to file completed petitions.

In Presho three Ward positions currently held by Dan Lebeda, Ward I, Bob Rohla, Ward II, Angela Ehlers, Ward III were up. Lebeda, Rohla and Ehlers were the only ones to file. Current Mayor Carl Brakke also filed a petition.

Todd Longville and Eugene Mertens current Kennebec Town Board members turned in nominating petitions for their 3-year positions.

The position held by Ed Biggers on the Reliance town board was also up for election. No petitions were filed before the Friday, Feb. 29 deadline. According to the Reliance finance officer, the town board will nominate someone to fill the position until the next election.

March 04 2008


Posted by Kim
Robert "Bob" Cameron, 86
Memorial services for Robert "Bob" Cameron, 86 of Presho were held Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Presho. Bob was born on May 24, 1921 to Jonathon and Marion (Boysen) Cameron in Huron, SD.He attended Wessington Springs High School and worked for C.J. Webb at the Independent newspaper. He learned to set type on the linotype. After graduation he signed up with the CCC’s at Wall, SD. He then worked for the paper at Philip. He signed up for the Navy at San Diego, CA. He spent 6 months of navy education and was assigned to Dutch Harbor for 26 months. He wrote campaign material for Lt. Rex Terry and also had the newspaper in Ft. Pierre until the flood of 1952. In 1954 he bought the Presho paper where he started it with a linotype and then went to compugraphic and later to computers. Bob was united in marriage to Helen Schieckoff in 1954.While Bob was on the school board he helped with the consolidation of the Lyman school district. He helped with the acquiring, designing and building of the golf course, the senior citizens building and the museum also with keeping Dr. Crandall in Kennebec. He believed in giving back to the community where he lived. He is survived by his wife Helen; three daughters: Deborah and husband Jim McDugald of Hillsboro, AL, Leigh Ann and husband Edward Farris of Goldsboro, NC and Lisa and husband Craig Curtis of Winner, SD; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers: Gerald of Pierre and Allen of AZ and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one sister.

Jean Coull, 84
Jean Coull, 84, Brookings, a former 56 year resident of Pierre died Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Brookview Manor in Brookings. Services were held March 1 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jenny Hallenbeck officiating. Burial was in Scotty Philip Cemetery in Fort Pierre following the services.When Jean was two years old her mother died and she was raised by her grandparents David and Sarah McWhirter and her father. She grew up on the family farm near Vivian, attended school in Vivian and graduated from Vivian High School in 1940. On August 19, 1940 she married the love of her life, Clayton Coull. In 1942 a letter from her sister and her husband told Clayton of good paying work in CA, where Clayton worked in the Kaiser Shipyards. When he joined the navy in 1944, the family lived for a time in San Diego. Jean, Patty and Dennis returned to South Dakota and for a time Jean worked at the bank in Vivian.In 1946 the family moved to Onida and in 1949 moved to Pierre. With the addition Mary Ann and Jim to the family, a larger house was needed and they purchased the house on North Harrison where they lived for 48 years. When Jim, the youngest, went to kindergarten, Jean went to work for the South Dakota Brucellosis Lab. She enjoyed her work there, but took early retirement when Clayton retired so that they could do some traveling. She held several offices in United Methodist Women, worked with Peace and Justice, and sang with the Sweet Adelines. She and Clayton also belonged to the Middle Missouri Archaeological Society and loved going on digs. She was active also in the local chapter of NARFE and Toastmistress. In Dec. 1991 she was recognized as Bank West’s Senior Celebrity for her many years of contributions to her community.Jean is survived by her children, Pat and Doug Engebretson, Belle Fourche; Dennis and Shirley Coull, Black Hawk; Mary Ann Doucette and George Clem, Leominster, MA, and James and Louise Coull, Brookngs; 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. Also surviving are four sisters-in-law, Shirley Varilek and Caroline Sorensen both of Pierre; Willa Austin, Watertown, and Marie Bevans, Independence, KS, and one brother-in-law, Harold Coull, Fremont, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton in 2006, her parents, three brothers, one sister and one grandson.

Memorials have been established for the Pierre Area Humane Society and the First United Methodist Church in Pierre.

Ann Myers, 87
Ann Myers, 87, of Pierre, formerly of Presho died Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Maryhouse in Pierre. Services will be Saturday, March 22, 2008 at Zion Lutheran Church in Presho. Visitation will be prior to services from 9 am – 11 am at the church. Burial will be at the Presho Cemetery. Isburg Funeral Chapel of Pierre has been placed in care of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at

February 28 2008

Posted by Kim

Emily Muirhead and Corral Clevelandpet a Shetland pony at the FFA Petting Zoo, set up in the parking lot outside the Farm & Home Show on Saturday, Feb. 24. The petting zoo featured several goats in addition to the pony. FFA members Tiffany Moore and Dusty Cole were in charge of the zoo. A large crowd attended the 16th Annual Presho Area Chamber Farm & Home Show

February 28 2008

Former publisher dies

Posted by Kim
Former Lyman County Herald publisher Robert Cameron died Sunday, February 24, 2008. Bob published the Lyman County Herald for nearly 50 years, from 1954 until he sold the newspaper to current publishers Kim and Lucy Halverson in January of 2001. Bob continued to operate his commercial printing plant up until the time of his death.Funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Presho. A complete obituary will be published next week.
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