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Protesters Gather in Front of Cherry County Courthouse

Despite the heat, around 100 people gathered outside of the Cherry County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon to protest wind energy development. Protesters held signs about preserving the Sandhills and cheered as onlookers passed by and honked. The gathering was in advance of the Cherry County Planning Commission's conditional use hearing for Wind Energy Conversion System Installation by BSH Kilgore, LLC, which convened at 4 pm at the courthouse. Due to the large number of attendees, the meeting location transferred over to the Valentine High School and resumed at 5pm. Details of the meeting will be aired on KVSH on Wednesday.


Prepare for Extreme Heat

The National Weather Service has issued a excessive heat watch through Friday evening, July 22, and heat advisories are being issued as well, as heat index values could climb to around 105 degrees with temperatures in the 100s. Little relief is expected overnight and temperatures will remain quite warm at around 70 degrees. The longevity of this even will result in a dangerous situation for sensitive groups, including children, the elderly, or those with medical conditions. Leaving a child or pet in an enclosed vehicle can be deadly - even for a short period of time.

Caution is being advised to prepare for the extreme temperatures. Temperatures this high could lead to heat related illnesses. Plan ahead. Remember to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room if possible or in the shade if outdoors, and be sure to check up on relatives and neighbors.


Five People Killed in Crash West of White River

Authorities in western South Dakota say five people are dead following a weekend crash.

Mellette County Sheriff Mike Blom says two vehicles collided around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of South Dakota Highways 44 and 63 on the western end of the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
Blom says a pickup truck with three occupants from Wisconsin was westbound on Highway 44 when it collided with a mid-size sedan with seven occupants heading north on Highway 63. He says the circumstances surrounding the crash are still unclear.
Blom says five of the car's occupants, including a baby, died in the crash. A sixth passenger is in the intensive care unit of an area hospital, while a girl was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital.
Blom says the three women in the pickup were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions are unknown. The sheriff's office says the pickup had the right of way as there is a stop sign on Highway 63.
Authorities are still investigating the crash.

Release from Mellette County:
The Mellette County Sheriff's Office would like to extend their condolences and sympathy to the families, friends, and communities that have been affected by the terrible two vehicle crash that occurred on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Western Mellette County. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and first responders.
***Tuesday, July 19, 2016, there will be a Southern Plains Counselors available to anyone. If you would like speak to a Counselor please contact: Casey Krogman - 605-840-2872 or Peri Strain - 605-516-0326***
Also a release from Todd County:
TCSD Counselors will be available to all members of the Todd County Community to offer help and support in this time of sorrow. The Todd County District Office will open from 6PM to 8PM on Tuesday, July 19th and Wednesday, July 20th.

Valentine High School and Middle School Band Camp

The Valentine Middle School Band Camp will begin on Thursday, July 28th at 9:00 a.m. in the middle school band room.  6th grade band students practice from 9:00 to 10:30, 7th grade band from 10:30-noon, and 8th grade band from 1:00-2:30.

Schedules can be picked up the first day of practice.  If your child cannot attend or for any other questions, please contact Tammy Russell at 402-376-2034.

The Valentine High School Band Camp will begin on Monday, August 1st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Valentine High School band room.  All high school band students and flag corps are required to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Russell at 402-376-2034.


New Golf Course Event July 24th


Last week, a volunteer crew worked on cutting and replacing sod on the greens at the new Fredericks Peak Colf Club. Some of the greens needed some help in spots and the practice putting green had a good stand of grass that was cut and moved to fill in those bad spots. The sod was taken from one of two practice putting greens.

This Sunday, July 24th, the golf course development board will host an open house event at the course with free hotdogs and hamburgers from 11 to 1 and tours of the course from 11 to 2pm. Anyone who would like to see the progress on the course is encouraged to come out for a guided tour. Putting will be allowed on one practice green, so bring your putter.


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