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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

News Preview for Nov. 28th issue...

Students build a home for Austin

It’s not often that a high school student gets a chance to be a part of a community project that involves building a handicap accessible home for a seven year old. But Lennox High School students are—as construction has begun on “A Home For Austin.” This story began years ago, when a local boy, Austin Shoppert, became sick in 2009 with a rare form of meningitis. He and his mother, Heather Coffee, were flown to Ohio where Austin underwent surgery to have all four of his limbs amputated in order to save his life.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — Santa Day on Monday

The decorations are up and Lennox Commercial Club is busy preparing for the annual Santa Day in Lennox. The event will be held on Monday, Dec. 2 at the LWC Middle School Cafetorium.
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Signs near Tea create stir

Signs that read “Potential site for Lennox School District School” have been placed across the road to the west of the Tea Area High School. Lennox School District Superintendent Robert Mayer assures that the district is not contemplating a school in that location.
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Also in this issue:

• Santa Day schedule
• American Profile magazine
• Eastern SD Peach

Football fans, check out this year's football contest at www.sd.proexpertsclub.com. Weekly prizes awarded, grand prize is a 42 inch TV! Congratulations to our week 12 winner, John Pien!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

News preview for Nov. 21st issue…

Residents speak out against rezoning of old football field property

Following a public hearing on the rezoning of the “old football field” property, it was the consensus of the Lennox Council to not rezone the property to General Business District, due to the concerns brought by residents living in the neighborhood.
Lennox Properties, LLC had purchased the property from the Lennox School District. The sale was disputed by the City of Lennox, because the City had a right of first refusal on the property which gave them an opportunity to match any bids on the property. However, because the property was sold in combination with the old school administration building, it was the opinion of the City that the sale was not valid. The City also had a use agreement with the school that allowed them to use the property for another ten years. The City has taken legal action to retain the property.

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School board approves building plans, accepts superintendent’s retirement request

School board members approved Architecture Incorporated’s plan for the 7th and 8th grade addition at the high school and to develop bid documents based on this plan at their special meeting held last Thursday.
Two other actions took place at the meeting:
1. The board declared the Chancellor Elementary playground equipment surplus for donation to the City of Chancellor.
2. The board accepted Dr. Robert Mayer’s retirement for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

News preview for Nov. 14 issue…

Chancellor school property sold

The former Chancellor School building was sold at Monday night’s school board meeting, the high bid was accepted from Lynn Eining of Lennox in the amount of $13,500. The two lots adjacent to the school building were also sold, as the board accepted the bid from Chris Bartmann, of Chancellor in the amount of $6,500 total for the two lots.
In other business Superintendent Robert Mayer recognized the achievements of Sara Bakken, who is in her first year of teaching 6th through 8th grade band in the Lennox District, as well as assisting with the high school marching band in the District. Bakken was recently awarded the SDMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator Award. Mayer said it was a great honor as the award is voted on by her peers.

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Tony Groebner honored for service to LADC

At the last Lennox Area Development Corporation (LADC) meeting, President Jeff Elhoff presented a plaque to treasurer Tony Groebner to recognize him for 26 years of outstanding service to the board.  There was coffee and cake provided after the meeting to thank Groebner and two other out-going members—Elhoff and Mike Fjerstad.
Groebner was asked to replace outgoing treasurer Bud Wilson 26 years ago and he has continued to serve as treasurer since then. Groebner said that the board never seemed to have any money until they started receiving 1/2 of the second penny sales tax. They used that money to buy and develop the industrial park land. They also built a spec building.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

News preview for Nov. 7th issue…

Drug incident at LWC middle school

An incident at the middle school last week resulted in one student taken into custody and several others disciplined.  Middle School Principal Chad Allison said they received a report last week that a student had given another student or students pills. 
“We followed school policy and contacted police and the parents,” said Allison.
Lennox Police Chief Orv Jorgensen said his department investigated the incident and took one student into custody. Jorgensen said that because it was a case involving juveniles, his office probably wouldn’t be further involved. The matter is now with the State’s Attorney.

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Lennox Legion plans Veterans Day Supper

In observance of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, American Legion Post 174 of Lennox will be hosting its annual supper for all post members, accompanied by spouse or friend, according to Post Commander Scott Ford. 
The catered meal will be served at the Legion Community Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to inform Mr. Ford by calling 731-6754, or leaving word at the Legion club room, phone number 647-2225.

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