November 08 2005

[b]Area horsemen and woman drive horses 15 miles to auction barn[/b]

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By Nicole Choal

Here in Lyman County many ranchers still uphold the long-standing traditions of our forefathers, one of which is the cattle drive. Although the trek may be considerably shorter that in the old days, many people can say theyve been on a cattle drive.

Now a horse drive, thats another matter. Faye Scotts decision to sell off most of her foundation quarter horses provided that opportunity. An opportunity Skip Floyd was anxious to take on. Skip asked me if I was going to drive the horses to the sale barn. I told him, if he wanted to, he could go ahead. And thats just what he did. Skip organized the drive, a drive in which approximately 50 of Fayes brood mares, yearlings, and two year olds journeyed 15 miles cross country from Fayes ranch south of Kennebec to the Presho Livestock barn just west of Presho. Mounting horses and taking on the challenge of herding 50 head of horses were some of the countys finest horsemen: Skip Floyd and son Grady Floyd, Terry Moore, Larry Moore, Jerry Christensen and son Laddy Christensen, Paul Sweeney, Jim Murphy, and Tammy Griffith, the lone cowgirl on the drive. Chet Hamer rode a 4-wheeler ahead of the others devising the cross-country route the cowboys and horses would take. The drive went really smooth thanks to those great cowboys, praised Scott.

Fayes mother Bonnie Bennett began a foundation quarter horse program with the purchase of her first registered mare in 1963. Although Faye had began raising her own quarter horses, after her mothers death and the subsequent sale of all Bonnies horses to settle her estate in 2002, Faye bought a large portion of the horses she had grown up with to add to her own herd. Now three years later, the poor horse market lead her to make the decision to cut her herd down from around 100 head to just 16 mares and one stud.

When asked if she was happy with the sale results Faye responded, The sale was about average considering todays horse market. Although the horse market is down, the sale brought buyers from Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. I am very grateful for all the local help I received in getting ready for the sale and at sale day, said Faye.

November 08 2005

[b]Lyman School emphasizes Six Pillars of Good Character[/b]

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by Nicole Choal

Since the mid 1990s the Lyman school district has been promoting the Character Counts program in the elementary and middle school. The program, which is endorsed by the SDSU Cooperative and the 4-H program, emphasizes pillars of character which include: respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Betty Jean Mertens, Title I Director, and Julie Muirhead, Kennebec counselor, work together to plan activities to stress the Character Counts pillars. Julie Muirehad, in Kennebec, and Preshos counselor, Mark Dunn, go into the elementary classrooms and talk to the students about the pillars of character.

This year each elementary teacher picked a sport to use in their class room, and are responsible for finding a person active in that sport who will come and give a speech to the elementary students about their sport and a pillar of character. Quinton Garnos came to the Presho elementary to talk about being a referee and sportsmanship. Race car driver Brandon Myer from Pukwana drove his car to the Kennebec elementary, and also spoke on sportsmanship. Mark Ohm was recently at the Kennebec elementary emphasizing the importance of trustworthiness and how it relates to his job as a game warden. Last Friday Krista Authier spoke to the Presho elementary about respect and her experiences as a basket ball player at the high school and college levels.

In the future, Beaver Scott, rodeo clown will tell the students how responsibility effects his profession and how it is important in day to day life. A wrestler will emphasize the importance of being fair and how it affects his sport. It is important for the kids to see real people using those pillars and how they effect their professions and lives, said Betty Jean Mertens.

November 08 2005

[b]Obituaries[/b]

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Betty Mathison Gabbard, 65

Funeral services for Betty Mathison Gabbard, 65, of Norwalk, CA formerly of Kennebec, will be Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 2:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in Kennebec, SD with burial in the Kennebec Cemetery at Kennebec. There will be visitation on Tuesday, November 8th from 5 to 8 PM at the United Methodist Church in Kennebec with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

November 01 2005

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Approaching Presho from the west the new lights are positioned along the edge of Hwy 248. The original street lights are visible on the far left.
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