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PLATTE — Christa Peterson was the ultimate winner of a three-on-three basketball tournament in Platte on Saturday. Peterson didn't play, but the tournament acted as a fundraiser in her honor, with money to go toward helping pay for a mountain of medical bills accrued after the Platte-Geddes High School business teacher fell down the stairs at her parents' house and broke her neck in December. "It was just a really unfortunate accident for her," tournament organizer Heather VanDerWerff said. "We felt like we could do something to help and it's gone really well."
The face of school security in South Dakota could be changing, sparked by one area administrator's proposal. Recently, amid a flourish of national school shootings, threats and scares, Freeman Elementary Principal Shane Voss proposed the district implement the rarely used school sentinel program, allowing armed security in the district. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the sentinel program (SDCL 13-64) into law in 2013, and is currently only used by the Tri-Valley and Northwestern Area school districts.
TRIPP/ARMOUR — The Tripp-Delmont and Armour school districts will soon share yet another facet of education. Both schools' boards of education met in special session recently, holding a two-hour executive session that resulted in a motion to share a superintendent next school year. The move to accept the shared service agreement with a salary of $52,800 came just days after a special meeting in Tripp where the boards heard various presentations about how to replace Tripp-Delmont's outgoing superintendent Gail Swenson.
AVON — One week removed from a successful science fair, Avon students are still buzzing with excitement.
Human trafficking isn't a small-town issue. It doesn't happen in South Dakota. It happens in New York City or Las Vegas, but not at home. That's the mind-set four Mitchell High School students are hoping to thwart, and based on results they've already seen from a months-long project, they're on the right track.
DALLAS, S.D. — A man accused of murdering a Gregory County woman is again asking for his trial to be moved. Earlier this year, Chance Harruff's trial, that includes first- and second-degree murder charges, was moved from Gregory County to Fort Pierre because more than half of potential jurors indicated they had formed an opinion that Harruff is guilty of murder. In court documents filed Monday, Harruff's attorney asked for the trial to again be moved due to juror bias.
In the face of adversity, a support system can change a young girl's life. Those people credited with being "life changers" and "role models" for Mitchell-area children in need were honored and celebrated Tuesday afternoon at Mitchell Wesleyan Church during the annual Abbot House Education and Appreciation Celebration. Tona Rozum and Lou Ora Houk have a combined 75 years of experience contributing to the Abbott House and its residents, together improving the lives of hundreds who fell on hard times.
PLANKINTON — The mental health of people in rural Aurora County is important to Stephanie Moore. So important that she has expanded her private practice counseling service to Plankinton and White Lake, offsetting a need for such services. Moore extended her services to the area at the request of her father, the pastor at the towns' Methodist churches.
Dripping with ice-cold water, Ben Gannon's smile couldn't get any wider. Gannon, a senior athletic training major at Dakota Wesleyan University, was one of 57 people who took the plunge into freezing water and raised approximately $27,000 in support of special Olympics on Friday evening in Mitchell. The good cause is what made the cold worthwhile for Gannon, who has participated for the past three years.
WINNER — A project to expand the Winner Jail could be getting closer to becoming a reality. According to city officials, at a recent city council meeting the council made an offer to purchase the American Legion building and land for $200,000 to complete an expansion to the jail that sits just to the east.