NewsJanuary 07 2015

Passerby reports house fire

Posted by Lucy

Smoke coming from the roof of a house located a couple blocks west of Presho’s Main Street caught the attention of Bob Rohla last Tuesday afternoon as he left the post office and headed home.

The house, in the 100 block of North Elm owned by Darrell Sterry, appeared to be on fire as Rohla got closer.

According to Rohla, he called 911 to report the fire, then banged on the front door to be sure no one was inside. Sterry was out of town when the fire broke out.

Presho and Kennebec fire departments responded to the fire. Assistance was provided by West Central Electric who shut the power off to the house and provided their bucket truck to reach the roof of the house.

"We couldn’t get on the roof to cut any holes, it was so slippery," said Dave Cole a member of the Presho Fire Department. Cole used a front-end loader to reach the peak of the house to allow firemen to cut into the attic.

The house suffered extensive smoke and water damage said Sterry, who is working with his insurance company to determine if the house is a complete loss.

"I didn’t get anything out," said Sterry.

Sterry said the fire appeared to be electrical and originated in a wall within the bedroom closet. Sterry estimated the house was nearly 70 years old.

"I think it was built in 1946." said Sterry.

Sterry said his future plans are up in the air.

"I don’t know what I’ll do yet. Have to wait on the insurance for now," said Sterry, who is temporarily staying with his parents Ivan and Mae Sterry of Presho.

NewsDecember 31 2014

Posted by Lucy

Happy New Year from the Lyman County Herald!

NewsDecember 31 2014

Vivian Post Office hours to be cut

Posted by Lucy

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

Celebrating Christmas

Posted by Lucy

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.

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