NewsAugust 26 2015

Back to school

Posted by Lucy

The 2015-16 school year officially started for Lyman School District Monday, August 24 as students from around the area headed back to the classroom. Jonas Zirpel (Josh & Mellissa) rode his bike to Presho Elementary Monday to start third grade.

NewsAugust 26 2015

New staff members join Lyman District

Posted by Lucy

Welcoming Lyman students back to school Monday were two new principals, Jon Boer at the Presho site, and Rene Lillebo at Kennebec.

Teachers and most support staff returned to work August 19 and 20 for two days of in-service prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year Monday.

Michaela Farnick of Creighton, Neb. joined the teaching staff at Presho Elementary taking over the first grade classroom. Ms. Farnik completed her student teaching at Hinton Elementary and graduated from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa before accepting a job at Lyman.

"Lyman is a great school district, and has great employees to work with," said Farnick. "I’m looking forward to helping my students’ minds grow throughout the year.

Michelle Boer moved to Presho from Redfield where she worked as an occupational therapy assistant, and rehab director with Aegis Therapies. Michelle will fill the paraprofessional position in Kennebec and assist in the fifth grade room with Mrs. Heidi Samco.

"I look forward to watching the students learn and excel," said Mrs. Boer.

Michelle lives in Presho with her husband Jon and two children who will attend Presho Elementary.

Britany Willis lives south of Presho with her husband Kyle and two young girls. She will be the Special Ed teacher at the Kennebec site. Previously, she taught Special Education at Jones County. A graduate of USD, Britany holds degrees in Special Ed, elementary education and early childhood development.

"I’m happy to be a part of a wonderful school district like Lyman," said Britany. "I look forward to getting to know the students and staff."

Michael Uthe, a native of Presho, returns to the community following his education at Black Hills State University, where he earned an elementary education degree and middle school science and social science degree. Michael will teach middle school science and be the assistant high school football coach.

"I wanted to be back in a small community," said Michael. "I look forward to growing as an educator and a learner."

Michael graduated from Lyman in 2009. He participated in football, wrestling and baseball while growing up in Presho. A former Lyman teener baseball coach, Michael also spent the last three years coaching middle school football and high school wrestling in the Spearfish School District.

Last year, Kennebec resident and businessman Tony Callahan taught geometry part-time at Lyman last year, and this year became certified to also teach social sciences along with geometry.

Originally from Jacksonville, IL, Callahan holds degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and is currently working on a Masters of Education. He is enrolled in the South Dakota Department of Education’s Alternative Teacher Certification program.

"Through my work as a substitute, I was very impressed with the care and concern for education I saw at Lyman," said Callahan. "I have always tried in my career to associate myself with excellence and Lyman demonstrated a commitment to excellence that impressed me."

Maxine Urban was employed by Lyman as a custodian and moved up to head cook job at the Presho site. She will also be the junior class concessions manager.

According to Superintendent Vlasman several assistant coaching positions remain open as the school year gets underway, including boys’ and girls’ basketball.

NewsAugust 19 2015

Lyman County 4H Achievement Days

Posted by Lucy

Participating in the beginning Beef Showmanship judging were l-r; Jake Millard, Easton Robbins, Ambrus Brakke, Hunter Collins, Annie Brakke, Morgan Schelske and Wiley Elwood. For all the results from the Lyman County 4H Achievement Days, take a look at pages 8 and 9 in this weeks Lyman County Herald.

NewsAugust 19 2015

County dedicates Roland L. Dolly Recreation Trail

Posted by Lucy

It’s taken six years but the recreation trail next to George Mickelsen Shoreline Drive at Oacoma was officially dedicated last Friday and named the Roland L. Dolly Memorial Recreational Trail in honor of the Lyman County native killed along with Gov. Mickelsen in a 1993 airplane crash.

County commissioners Kim Halverson and Leroy Choal were assisted by Oacoma Town Board president Mike Schreiber in the dedication ceremony held August 14th at the site of the memorial plaque recently installed along the trail.

The 1.6 mile trail, a Federal Transportation Enhancement Project, was built by the county in 2009 with Federal Highway 80/20 funds, and Cedar Shore franchise fee funds. A pictorial sign designed by District III, and completed by Pheasantland Industries through a South Dakota Dept. of Health grant is located at the north end of the trail, near the Cedar Shore Campground entrance.

Sharpe Enterprises of Ft. Pierre was the contractor and Brosz Engineering designed the project that was completed in the spring of 2010.

Missouri River flooding in the summer of 2011 damaged the trail and much of the shoreline along the road.

When the flood waters finally receded the extent of the damage was evident by March of 2012.

Lyman County with assistance from District III worked with the Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks and the Dept. of Transportation to find funding to rebuild the trail, stabilize the shoreline and repair damages to the public marina at Cedar Shore Resort. The project received a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which funded rebuilding the trail and repairing other damages caused by high water.

According to Mike Schreiber, Oacoma town board president, the amount of money spent to stabilize the shoreline and save the access road and trail was huge.

"I’m impressed with how much rip rap was used," said Schreiber. "It looks great and there shouldn’t be any concern that the road could wash out."

Lyman County Commission chairman Leroy Choal said the state of South Dakota lost a great deal that fateful day in April of 1993 when Gov. Michekson, Rolly Dolly, Angus Anson, Ron Becker, David Birkeland, Roger Hinje, David Hanson, and Ron Reed were killed in a plane crash near Dubuque, Iowa while returning to the state following a trip to Ohio to try and save John Morrel & Co. packing plant in Sioux Falls.

"Lyman County has a history of producing political leaders, and there is no doubt Rolly would have been a leader in state politics," said Choal.

Rolly was named commission of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in 1991. Prior to that, he was on the staff of former U.S. Sen. James Abdnor and was a special assistant to Mickelson. He was the son of Leroy and Delores Dolly of Presho and a 1973 graduate of Lyman High School.

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