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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Lennox School District partners with PDC program

Lennox School District is excited to be a part of the PDC program for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  PDC stands for Professional Development Center and is based on an agreement in which the Lennox School District and the School of Education at the University of South Dakota share responsibilities to support yearlong internships and mentorships.  
Lennox Elementary second grade teacher, Stacy Larson, will be mentoring Shelby (Badger) Hackenlaible, who will be teaching second grade at Lennox Elementary and Jacqueline Smidt, who will be teaching third grade at Worthing Elementary.  Lennox High School social studies teacher, Kory Williamson, will be mentoring Patrick Purdy, who will be teaching fifth grade at Lennox Elementary and John Silvernail, who will be teaching social studies at Lennox High School.  

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LifeLight Festival in Worthing this weekend

On August 30-September 1, the LifeLight South Dakota Festival will return to its permanent festival grounds in Worthing. The free Christian music festival promises a weekend full of uplifting music and dynamic speakers for all who attend. The festival takes place annually over Labor Day weekend, kicking off on Friday, Aug. 30th at 3:30 p.m. and wrapping up on Sunday, Sept. 1st at 11:30 p.m. 
The Festival is a family-friendly event with many activities for kids and adults alike with multiple stages, on-site camping, shopping, speakers, festival food, children’s games and activities, inflatables, arts area, coffeehouse, extreme sports, motocross/BMX and skate park, late night dance parties and more!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Waterfall feature adds beauty to golf course

Water cascades over the granite rock, flows down a rock-lined riverbed and into the pond below. Golfers will be able to enjoy this beautiful element at the Lenkota Country Club golf course thanks to the vision and hard work of Randy Fletcher, his wife Glenda, and volunteers who have helped along the way. 
Randy Fletcher was the grounds keeper at the Lenkota from 1978 to 1986 and came back to the job again in 2004, when he retired from teaching in the Lennox School System. 
The waterfall project has been in Randy’s head for several years, especially after the golf club put in a well that brought in 100 plus gallons of water a minute in 2009.

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Highway ditch closures proposed near Lennox/Chancellor

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is proposing a closure to off-road vehicles on a segment of ditches between Lennox and Chancellor on Highway 44. 
 The areas on Highway 44 that may be placed off-limits include both eastbound and westbound ditches from Highway 17 to 461st Avenue in the town of Chancellor (mile marker 400.77 to mile marker 406.32)
 Off-road vehicles have damaged vegetation and caused ditch erosion in those locations. The proposed closures were initiated by a local request and have the concurrence of the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Lennox city council discusses rezoning, drainage, sidewalks and street projects

Lennox City Council met on Monday, Aug, 12.  The councilmen had been told at last month’s meeting that due to the fact that the federal funding for Lewis & Clark Regional Water System (LCRWS) has been at a standstill, they may be facing a capital call to help fund the next phase of the project. Troy Larson, executive director of LCRWS, and Dennis Weeldreyer, the City’s director on the Lewis & Clark board, were present on Monday night to talk to the council. The directors of LCRWS will be meeting on Oct. 24 to vote whether or not to issue a capital call. If they decide to, Lennox’s portion would be $243,027. The council agreed to discuss the matter and talk to Weeldreyer before the vote. (See Lewis & Clark story, upper left.)
A public hearing was held on rezoning a parcel of land from central business to light industrial. The rezoning has been approved by the Planning Commission. Richard Schriever, former Planning Commission, stated that property owner Rob Huber told the Planning Commission that he would be willing to install screening and curb and gutter on Railroad Avenue.

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Board approves architect for building project

On Monday night, Aug. 12 the Lennox School Board meet for their regular monthly meeting. Dan Severson, Chancellor resident, was present to address the board. 
“I was getting my daughter ready for school and looked at the school bus route for Chancellor,” Severson began. He voiced concerned, in light of the recent events in Chancellor, of having the students being picked up in one central location with no supervision.
“No place else do we do that other than Chancellor,” continued Severson. “I”m a little concerned…if you feel it’s safe then you have to live with the consequences.”

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Open houses to be held at Lennox schools

Summer is quickly coming to a close and the open houses for Lennox School District have been set. In the high school,  Fall Fling for  freshman and sophomore students and parents will be on Thursday, August 8, from 6-9 p.m.  The Junior-Senior experience for students and parents will be Friday, Aug. 9, also from 6-9 p.m.
Open House for the middle school will be Aug. 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Parents and students will meet in the gym for a brief period of time, and then travel to the student’s homeroom.  
Lennox Elementary and Worthing Elementary open houses will be held at the respective schools on August 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  
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Keeping a close eye on the soybean crop

Soybean producers around the Lennox area are enjoying deep green fields this month.
However, they should be on the lookout for soybean aphids. Pete Sexton, supervisor for the Southeast Research Farm near Beresford, said they have started seeing some aphids.
“There are a few of them out there. I’d say 30-40 per plant,” Sexton said. “It’s not enough to warrant spraying but it is enough that people should keep an eye on it.”
Lennox producer Dave Poppens has not seen any aphids in any of their fields yet but they have been out scouting.
“It’s something that we’ll keep on the lookout for. Normally the aphids would be the heaviest the second week of August,” Poppens said.
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Family fun at SESD Thresherman’s Show

Agriculture is the state’s number one industry and for those who have worked the land, it is often more than a job—it is a passion. The Southeast South Dakota (SESD) Threshermen share that passion for the land, tractors and farming the old fashioned way. And, they bring it to everyone at their Annual Show held each year at the Goeman Auction Grounds, one mile north of Lennox on Highway 17. This year’s show, the 29th annual event for the SESD Thersherman’s Association, will begin on Friday, Aug. 2 and continue through Sunday. There is no charge to attend the show or any of the events.

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Wittrock, Hendrickson win top honors at State 4-H Horse Show

Two Lincoln County riders received top awards at the  State 4-H Horse Show held in Huron on July 23, 24, and 25.  Charlie Wittrock received Grand Champion honors in Junior Western Pony Showmanship and in Junior Pony Stock Seat Equitation. Joe Hendrickson received Reserve Champion in Senior Tie-Down Calf Roping. 
Nine Lincoln County 4-Hers participated in the 3-day event.  The following results pertain to the riding events. The placings are listed below as P-purple, B-blue, R-red, and W for a white ribbon placing.  

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