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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

News preview for June 26th issue…

Lennox's Old Fashioned 4th of July

Lennox is ready to celebrate Independence Day!  The fun will begin with Cruise Night on July 3rd. Come on downtown and cruise the streets in your favorite vehicle, vintage or not!  Or just grab a lawn chair and watch the cars go by.
At 5 p.m. head to the Lennox Area Museum for the unveiling of the official historical marker. Johanna Iken will be the keynote speaker  for the event and will share the 35 year history of the Lennox Area Historical Society. There will be light refreshments on the front porch and the museum will be open for viewing. The museum will also be open on July 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The big event of the evening will be the Lennox Commercial Club Street Dance with the energetic rock band, Judd Hoos. Opening for the band will be special guest, the Neo Johnsons. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Main Street in Lennox. Advanced tickets are $7 and can be purchased at Sunshine and Total Stop Convenience Store (Cenex). Tickets at the gate will be $10. Proceeds from the dance will go towards the new Lennox swimming pool.
July 4th will start out early with the popular Firecracker Road Race at 8 a.m. beginning at Lennox High School. A 10K run, a 5K run, a 2 Mile run, and a 1 Mile run will step off at that time.  Pre-registration of $20 for the 10K and 5K can be found at Allsportcentral.com at this time until July 3rd.  Pre-registration of $10 for the 2M and 1M will be available the week prior at the Lennox City Hall.  Registration the day of the road race will take place at the LHS cafetorium beginning at 7 a.m.; registration the day of the race will be $25 for the 10K and 5K; $15 for the 2M and 1M.

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Worthing Days celebration this weekend

Worthing Days celebration will be held this weekend, Friday and Saturday. 
On Friday night, from 6 to 9 p.m. you are invited to cruise the streets of Worthing in your favorite vehicle. Following the cruise, a family movie night will be at the Rec Complex featuring Disney’s “Frozen.”
On Saturday, the day will begin with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Masons at the Civic Center. Serving will be from 7 to 10 a.m. and free will donations will be accepted. 
A 5K run/walk will be held at 8 a.m. Runners will start on Main Street and head east 1.55 miles out of town and then back to Main St. You can register for the race at www.allsportcentral.com
The parade will begin at 10 a.m.  From Beck St., the parade will head east on 1st St. (Hwy. 44)  to Main St. and south to 4th.
The CHIPS program (child identification) will be held at the Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This program is brought to you by the Masons.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

News preview for June 19th issue…

Heavy rains flood communities

After receiving three inches of rain last Saturday, Lennox was deluged with another 7 to 8 inches on Monday. The rain came fast and furiously, flooding intersections and yards. Several homes in town had sewer backing up into their basements.
Councilman Mike Gregg said he has never seen anything like it. “The wastewater treatment plant operated at 1.5 million gallons yesterday and they pumped an additional 2.4 million gallons out of the lift stations that never saw the sewer plant.”
Gregg said the City employees worked through the night to try to keep on top of things.  The firemen were also on hand to help divert traffic and pump out manholes. 
He explained that the storm sewer systems in the City just aren’t built for this kind of a rain event. “If we had the $2.5 million storm sewer system we are putting in next year completed; it would have helped, but to handle an event this size, it would cost $15 million to design,” he said. The engineers generally plan for a five year event when designing storm sewer projects.
Residents that are dealing with emptying their flooded basements are advised to call their garbage service providers to get additional dumpsters if needed. Individual property owners will have to check with their own insurance companies to see if any of the damage is covered, both for those who were flooded with water or sewage. The City insurance policy will not cover that damage.

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Johnston named Curriculum Director of the Year

Kym Johnston,  Lennox School District’s curriculum director and the principal of Worthing Elementary, has been awarded Curriculum Director of the Year. Johnston is in her fourteenth year with the Lennox School District and has served in a variety of roles, including athletic director and principal positions in Lennox, Chancellor and Worthing. She also serves as the district’s professional development coordinator.
Johnston is in her second year as curriculum director, a position she had long looked forward to. “I thought it would be really rewarding to work with all the K-12 teachers in the district to provide resources for them and help them be better teachers. It’s been wonderful,” Johnston said. “Of all the positions I had for the past 14 years, this is the best fit for me. I’m happy to get up and go to work each day.”

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This Weekend's Rummage Sales:

LENNOX, SD — RUMMAGE SALE:  B/G clothes 0-2T, Breast pump, 2 crib mattresses, high chair, potty training seats, toys galore, TV’s, treadmill, misc. household and adult clothing.  Friday 8-5, Sat 7-12.  608 S. Elm Street, Lennox.

Multi-family RUMMAGE SALE: 27554 465th Ave., Lennox — Thurs. 10-4, Fri. 10-8, Sat. 11-3; Futon, soy candles & melts, dance shoes, bassinet, baby items, boys/girls 0-24 months, girls 10-16, toys. 

RUMMAGE SALE: JUNE 12-14, Thursday 4-8, Friday 8-6, Saturday 8-noon. Classroom closing — teaching materials, books, toys and games. Clothing men’s, boys 12-18 and NB to 12 month, girls 12-16 and women’s plus. Moby wraps, girls potty chair, and Baby Bjorn, new 10’ countertop and misc. Orville Wiebers, 607 S. Elm St., Lennox.

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TEA CITY WIDE RUMMAGES THIS WEEKEND - JUNE 13 & 14 - Map online at www.teaweekly.com

1.) 515 S. Mary Dr. Fri. 9-6 & Sat. 9-3. Computer, computer desk, 15” Dell monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers with subwoofer, countertop microwave, end tables, TV cabinet, Honda 3 wheeler, bike, fireplace tools, older Snapper lawn mower, women’s clothing size M-L, misc. household items/decor, some antiques, floor fan & more.
2.) 47015 Rose Cir. Fri. & Sat., 8a-3p. Clothes: boys’ infant to 3T, men’s XXL, women’s M & L; toys, books, kitchen items & household goods; CDs; man cave accessories.
3.) 46918 272nd St. Fri. only. Located quarter mile east of Sunshine. Dining room table, six chairs, recliner couch, microwave, games, desk, stand mixer, pan set, clothes, miscellaneous.
4.) 301 W. St. Nicholas St. Thurs. 10-7, Fri. & Sat. 8-? Multi family sale! Girls’ clothes 7-14. Boys’ size 3T-5T. 5” boys’ bike, Vera Bradley bags, stroller, DVD’s, 15” TV, bedding. 
5.) 319 N. Carla Ave. Fri. & Sat. Multi-family rummage. Baby/kid stuff, boys’ clothes NB-2T, girls’ clothes NB-6M, baby equipment, toys, misc. household items, desk, dresser, double stroller.
6.) 525 E. Jesse Ct. Children’s toys, shoes, clothes, bikes, microwave, snowboots, helmets, coats, decor, lamps.
7.) 500 S. Mary Dr. Clothes size 0 to 4T boys’ and girls’, baby and toddler toys, various cookware, jewelry, kitchen utensils, other miscellaneous.
8.) 115 W. St. Nicholas St. Fri. & Sat. 8-8. Sit-n-stand strollers, lots of toys and girls’ clothes 2T-6, Leapster with games, sleds, bikes, glider with ottoman, weight bench.
9.) 320 Taylor Dr. Sat. 8-4. Girls’ & boys’ clothes baby-4T, toys, high chairs, Play & Packs, Lazy Boy recliner, floor lamp, vacuums, double bedspread & much more!
10.) 205 N. Elsie Ave. Multi-family sale. Couches, pitching machine, golf clubs, quilting material, household items, XL & 2XL men’s shirts, women’s clothes, baseball, football and soccer shoes, 4-wheeler.
11.) 1030 N. James Ave. Multi-family rummage. Recliner, glider rocker, bookshelves, Nintendo DS, movies, toys, clothes, crib bedding, girl’s bike, books, many knick knacks. Too much to list!
12.) 2410 N. Ivy Rd. Toddler girl & boy clothes, home decor, bronze light fixtures, foosball table, 37 inch TV, planters, double stroller, women’s & men’s clothes, scrubs, rugs, television stand and much more!
13.) 420 Jenny Ave. Baby boy items, large variety of teaching items, kitchen items, women’s clothing, decorative household items, Disney movies, Christmas decorations, shoes, CDs, early childhood teaching items!
14.) 27180 468th Ave. Thur. 6/12 4-8pm; Fri. 6/13 8am-7pm. Men and women’s name brand clothes, size M-XL. Set of 4 snow tires on wheels, end table, microwave cart, home interior pictures, patio set, XLong twin sheets like new, fits college bed; plus much more.
15.) 315 E. Kevin. Fri. 6-8pm, Sat. 8am-? Tons of brand name clothes, women’s S-L, men’s L-XL, girl 0-6 months; snow blower, home decor, women’s shoes size 6-7 1/2, and much more!
16.) 2505 Devon Ave., Fri. 7-8, Sat. 8-sold out. Boys’ clothes baby to 3T, brand names, organized, priced to sell; toys; Little Tikes slide and climber; Pack-n-Play; Chicco stroller; plus size women’s clothes; maternity pillow; Ariens 824 snowblower.
17.) 805 N. James, Thurs.-Sat. 8-? Huge moving sale. Name brand boys/girls-teen clothes; Nintendo DS’s with games, cases; Microscope/Telescope sets and pillow pets.
18.) 2405 N. Devon, Thurs.-Sat. 8-? Household goods, king/queen bedding sets, end tables, shelving. 
19.) 330 N. Carla Ave., Thurs. afternoon, Fri. all day & Sat. morning. Multi-family rummage home decor, furniture, men’s & women’s clothing, books & lots more. 
20.) 300 Lisa Circle, June 13 & 14, Furniture, antique wash stand, receiver carrier, 2001 Ford sport trac pickup, tires, mens jeans, clothing, small appliances, miscellaneous, free rabbit and cage. 
21.) 350 E. Kevin Dr., Friday 8-6 and Saturday 8-2, Large Clean Rummage Sale, Old Beer Fridge, Student Desk, Soda Stream, Men’s, Women’s and Junior clothes, much miscellaneous.
22.) 2510 Devon Ave., Fri. 4 p.m.-? & all day Sat. PIER 1 like items: kitchen ware, house d├ęcor, window treatments, bedding. Singer sewing machine, brand name clothing (6-10 women, L-XL men), quality purses, small appliances, furniture.
23.) 2400 N. Devon Ave., Thurs. 4-8, Fri. 2-8, Sat. 9-? Boys’ clothes NB-6, girls’ NB-3T, toys, strollers, small upright freezer, adult clothes, purses, jewelry, something for everyone!
24.) 300 West Maple  St., Thursday 3-8; Friday and Saturday 8-8; Moving Sale: antique, housewares, car dollies, wine and beer making equipment, camping equipment, and more! 
25.) 720 N. Rose Ave.,  Friday 12-5, Saturday 8-12, Name brand (Nike, Gap, Old Navy, Columbia, etc.) great condition boys clothes/shoes NB-4T all at GREAT prices; TONS of toys- tool bench, toddler bike, girls bike, Little Tykes car, and more Women’s clothes, shoes and PURSES; Car seats, life jackets, Elliptical trainer-like new, Men’s large Harley Davidson jacket worn twice,  indoor grill and other household items
26.) 2405 N. Ivy Rd., Fri. 8-5, Sat 8-2. Multi-family rummage. Baby gate, toys, saucer, clothes, boys & girls 0-5T, juniors jeans, girls size 5/6, Pack ‘n Play, antique cameras, home decor/decorating, 2 Ashley armless chairs, photography props.
27.) 515 N. Poplar Ave., Thurs. & Fri. 4-8. Multi family sale. Boy and girl baby items, clothing, newborn-5T, car seats, new breast pump, household, young men’s and women’s clothing.
28.) 1020 N. Cole Ave., Fri. & Sat. 8-5. Men’s & women’s clothing, girls twin bedding, girls toys, 64” TV, home decor, many knick knacks and much more.

News preview for June 12th issue…

Construction begins for 7th & 8th grade addition

Construction is underway at Lennox High School (pictured above) for the seventh and eighth grade addition. The School Board heard a building project update from LWC Middle School Principal Chad Allison at Monday night’s Lennox School District Board of Education meeting. 
He said that the foundation work is near completion, the backfill has started and the underground plumbing work has begun. The general contractors are Hoogendoorn Construction. It was said that storm drainage was to begin June 22. The next meeting for the building project was scheduled for June 18.
In other action Monday night, the resignation of Cody Lutes, 5th grade Lennox elementary was approved,  however Lutes isn’t leaving the classroom just enrolling in the PDC program and will still be teaching.  Contracts were approved after executive session for the following: Geraldine Heck, Custodian; Lowell DeVries, Custodian;  Tara Oltmanns, Worthing Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher; Blake Crosby, Assistant Wrestling Coach; Mike Larson One-Act Play Director; Jeff Larsen, Assistant Football Coach.

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Central Mobile Home Park to close July 1

Chad and Sarah Javers, owners of Central Mobile Home Park located east of Dave’s Service, have announced that the park will be closing July 1, 2014. 
Residents of the park have been given 30 days to move, said Lila Hanisch. The Hanischs have resided at the mobile home park for the past 30 years. Fortunately, they found a place for their home in northwest Sioux Falls, but Hanisch couldn’t believe how quickly they had to make preparations.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

News Preview for June 5, 2014

This week’s top stories include:

Lennox city wide-cleanup Friday, Saturday
Lennox is hosting City Wide Cleanup on Friday, June 6th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 7th from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to do a little spring cleaning and spruce up their properties. Loads of only grass clippings, leaves and branches can be taken to the rubble site at no charge during the City Wide Cleanup. A collection site will also be set up on Park Drive between the campground and skate park
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Furgeson breaks school record, earns 2nd at State
At the 2014 State A Track and Field Meet, Lennox High School athletes enjoyed a strong showing which featured ten appearances on the podium for the Oriole athletes. 
One of those appearances was Trey Furgeson who took runner-up honors in the 400 meter dash at State. Furgeson clocked a time of 49.74, just two tenths of a second off of Landon Larson’s (Groton Area) first place time of 49.72. Furgeson’s time not only earned him second place but also bested the LHS school record by .3 seconds. The record was held by Furgeson who broke the 23 year old record at Howard Wood this season. 
Furgeson was also a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that took third at State with a time of 3:28.34. Other members included Dereck DeVries, Nathan Timmerman, and Nick Kayl.  See this week’s newspaper for complete article.

Applications now available for LACF grants
Lennox Area Community Fund is growing and thriving and this year celebrates its 10 year anniversary. Since its inception in June of 2004, total contributions to the fund were $167,896.99 as of December 31, 2013. With earnings included, the closing balance on 12/31/13 was $191,962.08. Over that same time period, the LACF has donated $34,450 back to the communities of Chancellor, Worthing, and Lennox without touching any of the principal.
With the public’s generosity, the fund’s impact will only be greater in coming years as the fund balance increases. The funds are professionally managed by the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation. Since LACF’s inception in 2004, the average annualized return has been 6.6% as of June 30, 2013.
Each year the LACF asks for grant applications from the various organizations that need financial help so they can more easily provide assistance. Some of these organizations include volunteer fire and ambulance groups, Boy and Girl Scout groups, senior centers, garden clubs, etc.
Grant applications are now available at Valley Exchange Bank in Lennox, Home Federal Bank in Lennox, Security State Bank in Chancellor, The Lennox Independent office, Worthing City Hall, Lennox City Hall; and online at www.lennoxareacommunityfund.org.
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Volunteer EMT marks 15 years with ambulance service
Brenda Sinning is in her fifteenth year as a Lennox Ambulance volunteer paramedic and says she’s had an interest in “all things medical” since at least the age of 10. Her mother found it odd that her favorite TV show was the 1970s-era Emergency! series, but Brenda was mesmerized by the idea of solving emergency medical mysteries. 
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Free entertainment to be featured at park on July 4th
The Lennox Commercial Club is pleased to announce the return of live entertainment in the Lennox Park on July 4th. As the Old Fashioned 4th of July parade concludes and thousands of people head to Lennox’s Westerman Park for food, beverages, and more fun, they will find quality live entertainment to enjoy that day.
Scheduled to appear is Jim Groth, Carolina Story, and The Hegg Brothers (in that order), between the hours of 11:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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