May 03 2005

[b]Trains could return to area thanks to State agreement[/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Lucy Halverson

The recent announcement by the governor that an agreement has been reached with the BNSF Railway Company may pave the way for trains to return to service in Lyman County.

According to Alex Huff of the Dakota Southern Railway the agreement states that access rights must also be given to smaller South Dakota based railroads like Dakota Southern. As part of the conditions to sell the CORE railroad line to BNSF, agreements must be made within the next six-months with the smaller railroads around the state, Huff stated.

Dakota Southern leases the line from Vivian to Mitchell and has continued to maintain the line for the past six years. Frankly, I wasnt too optimistic that wed ever see trains running on this line again, added Huff.

May 03 2005

[b]Obituaries[/b]

Posted by Nicole
George Keith Hayes
George Keith Hayes, surrounded by his family, went peacefully to the Lord on April 27, 2005.
A funeral Mass was held at Christ the King Catholic Church, Presho, SD, Saturday, April 30, followed by interment at the Draper Cemetery.


Lyle O. Whitney, Jr., 66
Funeral services for Lyle O. Whitney, Jr., 66, of Lower Brule was Monday, May 2, 2005 at 10 AM at the Lower Brule Community Center at Lower Brule with burial in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery at Lower Brule.

April 26 2005

Posted by Nicole
Image: http://www.lcherald.com/e107_files/images/creek.jpg

Medicine Creek was running bank full through Kennebec Friday morning April 22nd, following two days of heavy rains

April 26 2005

[b]Rain recorded throughout much of county[/b]

Posted by Nicole
By Lucy Halverson

Rain is the big news this week around the county. The question being asked by most is how much?

The rain started early Wednesday morning and fell on and off through Thursday night. While areas around the county may have received varying amounts, nearly everyone received some moisture.
Charles Bowar, National Weather Observer at Kennebec officially recorded 3.30 inches of rain in Kennebec.

Frank Leichtnam, weather observer from north of Presho, recorded 2.70 inches. The National Weather Service reports that Vivian had 3 inches, Reliance, 2 inches, Winner, 2 inches, and Chamberlain, 1.68 inches.

Thursday night water was running over gravel roads in many areas around the county. Medicine Creek was running bank-to-bank full Friday morning. Water was sitting in most low spots, a sight not seen around the county in some time.

Bill Lengkeek, Lyman Co. Highway superintendent, reports no significant damage to country roads due to flash flooding. Roads need to be bladed, especially those that had water running over them, Lengkeek reported Monday morning upon inspecting roads in the area.

According to the National Weather Service the past winter was one of the brownest winters on record for parts of central and north-central South Dakota. Kennebec had the ninth driest winter with just 22 inches, compared to an average of 33 inches.

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