NewsDecember 31 2014
Vivian Post Office hours to be cut
United States Postal Service officials have announced that several more Lyman County post offices will have a change in hours of operations effective Jan. 10, 2015. The change in hours will impact the residents of Vivian, Oacoma and Lower Brule.
The Vivian Post Office will be open Monday-Friday 8 am to 12 noon, and then 8 to 10 am on Saturday.
The Oacoma post office will be open Monday-Friday 9:30 am.-1:30 pm. and then 9:30-11:15 am. on Saturdays. Lower Brule will be open Monday-Friday from 9 am.-1 pm. and then 9-10 am. on Saturday.
Vivian Post Master Linda Perry will retire from her position by January 10.
The post office will be staffed by the Fort Pierre office.
Despite the fact that hours are getting cut, Regional Postal Service Spokesman Peter Nowacki said the hour cuts shouldn’t effect postal employees’ abilities to perform their work.
“The impacted offices are now staffed by part-time employees and much of the administrative work is now performed by a Postmaster in a larger office,” said Nowacki.
The hours of operation cutbacks have been a piece of a larger puzzle for the USPS to pinch pennies when and where they can. The U.S. Postal Service ended the June 30, 2014 quarter with a net loss of $2 billion, compared to a net loss of $740 million for the same period last year. According to its reports, the Postal Service has recorded a loss in 21 of the last 23 quarters.
The postal crisis began rearing its face in 2011 when USPS considered closing nearly 3,700 post offices nationwide – 80 of which were in South Dakota. During the same time, USPS had already cut its staff by about 130,000 employees. Then, in May 2012, the Post Plan was announced as a plan to realign retail window hours based on customer use in more than 13,000 Post Offices around the country. Post offices in the smallest communities would no longer be reviewed for potential closure, but instead the Postal Service would realize savings by trimming window hours to better match actual customer traffic.
The only Lyman County post office to not see a reduction in hours in the Presho Post Office.
NewsDecember 24 2014
Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of Christ December 25 as depicted in the Nativity scene outside Zion Lutheran Church in Presho. Churches throughout Lyman County will hold special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services to celebrate Christmas. See a complete listing inside on page 2.
NewsDecember 24 2014
Rural Health Care, Inc has hired Katie Urban, PA-C to fill the vacancy at the Stanley/Jones Memorial Clinic in Presho following the retirement of Dianna England December 15.
Katie was previously employed at the Avera Gregory Clinic in Gregory and Winner, SD. She started her new position with RHCI December 1st .
"We are very excited to have Katie join RHCI," said Jim Hardwick CEO of RHCI. "She is very well-educated, experienced, and a good fit in the community."
Katie, born and raised in Kentucky, is married to Presho native Clay Urban. The couple met while Clay was in the Army and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and moved back to South Dakota in 2012.
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Katie joined the Kentucky National Guard in 2004, and then went active duty Army for two years while she received her PA-C certification. She trained at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and Ft. Riley, Kansas. Katie took a job with Avera and the couple moved to Gregory in July of 2012.
She continues to serve in the National Guard as a Captain assigned to the 196th MEB at Sioux Falls.
Last summer, Katie and her husband Clay and their two young boys, six year-old JT and Owen age one moved to Presho.
After commuting to work in Gregory and Winner for nearly six months, Katie is happy for the opportunity to work at the Stanley/Jones Clinic. She started seeing patients at the clinic Tuesday, December 16th.
"It’s wonderful to be working closer to home and family," said Katie.
She looks forward to providing health care to the Presho area. A position formerly held by her mother-in-law Dianna England.
"I admire what RHCI stands for, to assure people access to quality health care," said Katie. "I look forward to meeting people and putting names and faces together."
Katie joins Dr. Phil Meyer, Internist and Dr. Mikel Holland, Family Practitioner, and Rosemary Collins, LPN in providing health care to the Presho area.
As a member of RHCI, the Stanley/Jones Memorial Clinic strives to meet the needs of the rural community it serves as a Federally Qualified Health Center. RHCI also offers a sliding scale fee program for those who financially qualify. Information about the sliding fee scale is available at the clinic.
The Stanley/Jones Memorial Clinic is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and offers extended hours on Tuesdays, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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