NewsFebruary 05 2015

Transmission project being reviewed

Posted by Lucy

One of several maps of the proposed route of the Big Bend to Witten Transmission line that is printed in the Environmental Assessment recently released by RUS for public comment.

The document is lengthy and while it is not published in this week’s Herald, there is a public notice that informs the public that it can be viewed at Basin Electric’s webiste, at the public libraries in Winner, Chamberlain or Pierre or by contacting USDA. (See public notices on page 7). Public comments are due by February 27, 2015.

NewsFebruary 05 2015

City and town board nominating petitons available

Posted by Lucy

Anyone living within the city limits of Presho, Kennebec or Reliance are eligible to file a nominating petition for a position on their respective town board or city council.

Presho will elect five council members and a mayor if enough petitions are turned into the finance officer by the February 27, 2015 deadline to require an election on April 8.

Vacancies on the Presho city council are all 2-year terms.

In WARD 1 seats currently held by Roy England and Bill Lengkeek are both up for election; in WARD 2 the seats held by Barrot Lillebo and Anthony Urban, and in WARD 3 the position currently held by Cody Volmer is also up for election.

The city of Presho will also elect a mayor to serve a two-year term.

For information regarding which Ward a resident of Presho lives in, contact the city office at 895-2337.

The town of Kennebec is governed by a town board consisting of five trustees.

Two positions are up for election on the Kennebec town board, including the seat vacated by Travis Almond’s resignation last fall. In addition, the position currently held by Michelle Langenbau is also up this year.

One three-year seat on the Reliance Town Broad, currently held by Brandon Bacon will expire in 2015.

Nominating petitions may be picked up at the local finance office in each town and must be completed and filed no later than 5:00 pm Friday, February 28, 2015.

If more petitions are filed than there are seats open, all city or town elections will be held Tuesday, April 8.

NewsJanuary 28 2015

Ice Fishing for fun and prizes

Posted by Lucy

Twenty-eight 2-person teams participated in the annual Kennebec Town & Country Club Ice Fishing Tournament Saturday and Sunday held at three area lakes. Fishermen started Saturday at 1:00 pm and fished until noon on Sunday at either Lake Byre, Fate Dam or Brakke Dam to see who could catch the biggest fish in four categories. A good number of people were fishing on Lake Byre Saturday afternoon despite high gusty northwest winds and light rain that made it difficult to keep some fishing tents upright.

NewsJanuary 28 2015

Vehicle pursuit ends with drug arrest

Posted by Lucy

Two people were arrested and face multiple charges following a high-speed chase through Lyman County last Tuesday, January 20.

Gilbert Ecoffey age 26 and Taylor McGhee age, 19 both of Wounded Knee, were arrested Tuesday after the pursuit, which began when a Lower Brule Bureau of Indian Affairs officer attempted to stop a vehicle, allegedly driven by Ecoffey, and the vehicle fled.

The Lyman County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the situation about 4:43 pm and joined the pursuit north of Kennebec on Highway 273. The vehicle, a white Ford F350 with dual wheels, reached speeds ranging from 70 to 100 mph, and nearly struck several other vehicles being driven by pursuing officers as it progressed south and west through Lyman County, according to court documents. The suspects’ vehicle was forced to stop shortly after hitting a spike strip on Hwy 183 south of the White River in Tripp County.

Lyman County officers attempted to spike the vehicle but it changed course several times during the pursuit over county gravel and dirt roads south of I-90.

 Officers allegedly found several items of drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and were told by a third person in the suspects’ vehicle that a large bag of drugs was tossed from the car by Ecoffey during the pursuit, court documents say. The bag was later recovered by law enforcement and allegedly contained 81 small bags and two large bags of synthetic marijuana. McGhee allegedly left a hypodermic needle, which tested positive for methamphetamine, in the backseat of one of the patrol vehicles after she was arrested.

Ecoffey is charged with possession of a controlled substance and aggravated eluding, both felonies, as well as reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and a stop sign violation, all misdemeanors. McGhee is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony, as well as possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Ecoffey and McGhee bonded out of jail Friday, Jan. 23. The pair are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Lyman County court Monday, Feb. 2.

The name of the third passenger in the vehicle has not been releaseed nor have they been charged as of this date.

Agencies involved in the chase were Lyman County Sheriff’s Office, BIA Law Enforcement, SD Game Fish and Parks, SD Highway Patrol and the Tripp County Sheriff’s Office.

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