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SCOTLAND — Scotland's grocery store will remain open, according to an announcement Wednesday morning. R.F. Buche, owner of the Scotland CashSmart store, announced he will retain ownership of the store and it will remain open, ending a months-long saga of questions and uncertainty. In early 2018, Buche shuttered two other region grocery stores in Tyndall and Tripp amid sales shortcomings, but the Scotland location's future remained uncertain, pending negotiations, Buche said.
Bettering the world, one project at a time. The motto of three area high school students who were named grand award winners at the 26th annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair came to fruition Tuesday when the students received top honors for their projects, all aimed at creating a better life for others.
WHITE LAKE — James Thiry has stepped down midterm as White Lake's mayor and has been temporarily replaced by his sister-in-law Janice Thiry. James Thiry took over as mayor in 2015, after defeating incumbent Russell Ehlers in a 63-55 vote. He was re-elected in 2017, defeating challenger Dave Pursell. But amid faltering health, according to city officials, Thiry recently stepped down and Janice Thiry, City Council president, was appointed to act as mayor in the interim.
ALEXANDRIA — A jury recently found an Alexandria man guilty of theft by exploitation after stealing more than $35,000 from his ill mother. Kenneth Hauge could face up to 10 years in prison for the crime, for which he will be sentenced in May. Hauge was found guilty of taking money from his mother's bank accounts while she received care at Firesteel Healthcare Community in Mitchell.
PARKSTON — Classes continued as normal Monday despite an alleged threat of violence against the Parkston School District. With police stationed at the school, classes on Monday began and operated as normal, following a threat of "potential gun violence" over the weekend, according to the Parkston Police Department. The department did not release any additional information about the suspect or the nature of the threat.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — After seeing Wessington Springs through some of the most notable events in the town's history, Mayor Melissa Mebius is ready to let somebody else take the reins. Four years ago, one month into her tenure, a tornado slammed Wessington Springs, leaving a trail of destruction that took much of her time in office to repair.
WHITE LAKE — Aurora County cancer patients are getting a little extra help with medical bills, thanks to the determination of one White Lake senior. In conjunction with a required school project, Tyler Hallman hosted an auction of more than 100 items on March 11, with all proceeds to be given to the Aurora County Cancer Fund. The $9,350 raised will soon be distributed among local cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, to help offset medical expenses.
WAGNER — A Wagner man who nearly ran over three police officers in 2016 faces up to 94 years in custody after a jury found him guilty of four felony assault charges this week. Jerrod Zephier was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a Dec. 20, 2016, incident in which he drove drunk into the scene of a vehicle fire and threatened to injure three officers near Wagner.
No stranger to awards and earning big-time grants, Julie Olson is at it again. The Mitchell High School science teacher announced this week she was selected to participate in a teacher exchange program to travel to Japan this summer and teach about environmental issues. She will first travel to San Francisco, California, April 29 through May 4 to meet the Japanese teachers who will participate, then she will travel to Japan in late June.
TRIPP — The Tripp-Delmont School Board made moves to fill administrative and school board vacancies following abrupt resignations last month. Superintendent Gail Swenson and School Board Member Jeff Kramer both resigned at February's school board meeting. And on Thursday, the board discussed how to proceed in its search for Swenson's replacement, opting to pursue the possibility of sharing a superintendent with Armour in an effort to save money.