August 15 2006

Thunderstorm brings high winds, hail, but little rain to area

Posted by Nicole

A severe thunderstorm moved through Lyman County Wednesday evening dumping hail and some rain through the central section of the county.
High winds caused damage to rural homes south and west of Presho in addition to upsetting three semi trucks traveling along US Highway 183 and I-90.

The Steve and Marla Hayes home south of Presho, along US 183, sustained hail and wind damage in the storm. Hail was reportedly the size of golf balls and larger. "We lost the first and second panes of our three-pane windows along the south side of our house," stated Hayes. In addition the shingles, gutters and the metal garage building were also damaged.

The wind caused a fully loaded semi truck traveling south on US 183 jack knifed on the highway near the Hayes home to jack-knife. "The trucker told me his truck, loaded weighed 7,200 pounds, he said, it felt like the wind picked him up and just moved him backwards," added Hayes.

Other rural homes in the area also reported wind damage. Rain was localized to the storm area and ranged from about .40 to one inch.

The metal sign above the Owen and Sally Garnos driveway, along Highway 248 east of Presho, was blown down by the strong winds. One pole holding the sign was snapped in half by the wind. Two semi trucks traveling I-90 just south of the Garnos driveway were also blown off the road. One truck actually tipped over into the driving lane of the westbound lane of I-90 and the other truck, a U.S. Mail truck, traveling east went into the median. One driver was transported to the Pierre hospital.

The storm moved quickly through the county to the northeast.

August 15 2006

Donald Floyd Scholarship Fund Established

Posted by Nicole

By Lucy Halverson

In honor of the contributions of the late Donald ‘Donnie’ Floyd to generations of Kennebec youth and athletic programs in the community, a scholarship fund has been established.Rich Halverson, Kennebec, started the Don Floyd Athletic Scholarship through BankWest and the Greater Oahe Association. "Don got a lot of kids interested in sports and I just felt he was deserving of an athletic scholarship in his honor," stated Halverson. "So far $1,125 has been raised, mostly in increments of $25, from family and friends of Don," added Halverson.

The scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior from Lyman who will participate in athletics at a South Dakota college or university. Lyman School staff members including the athletic director, guidance counselor and a facility representative will select the recipient. Applications will be available at the school. The first scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2007. If in the event no one qualifies, the funds will be carried over to the next year.

Anyone wishing to add to the fund may send contributions to the Don Floyd Scholarship, C/O BankWest, PO Box 276 Kennebec, SD 57544.

Don Floyd was born and raised in Kennebec. He graduated from Kennebec High School in 1944 and joined the Navy. Following his return from the service he and his wife Ruth raised their family in Kennebec. Through the years Don played and coached town team baseball and coached all ages of youth baseball from pee wees up to adults. He also coached girls’ basketball at Kennebec High School in the 1960’s. Don was a fan of all sports. In later years he even played and coached softball.

Following his death in 1994 a score board was donated to the Kennebec baseball field in honor of Don and his wife Ruth.

August 15 2006


Posted by Nicole

Merle "Mickey" Townley, 58
Memorial services for Merle "Mickey" Townley, 58, of Reliance, SD are pending.

August 08 2006

Posted by Nicole

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Paul Olson, on the right, accepts the first Alumnus of the Year Award from Presho Alumni President Gordon Garnos. Over 120 past students and graduates along with spouses attended the annual all school reunion Saturday, August 5 at the school gym in Presho.
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