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Aurora Co. official was victim of carjacking in Florida

PLANKINTON — Aurora County State’s Attorney John Steele isn’t likely to forget his most recent trip to Florida.
Steele was the victim of a Jan. 21 carjacking in Clearwater, Fla., while sitting in his 2011 Nissan Sentra rental car at Target on the east side of the Tampa suburb.
“What I thought was, they were going to panhandle bus fare from me,” he said of the suspects. “I didn’t expect they were going to pull a gun and take my car.”

The Daily Republic, 02/08/2011

Local residents urged by FEMA officials to prepare for 'flood fight'

Federal Emergency Management Agency official said Friday that there is a 98 percent chance of minor to moderate flooding this spring on the James River, with at least a 50 percent chance of major flooding. Matt Buddie, National Flood Insurance Program specialist with FEMA in Denver, urged local officials and residents to be prepared.

The Daily Republic, 02/05/2011

Local man arrested in Kentucky after stolen vehicle report

A Mitchell man was arrested Tuesday morning in Kentucky in connection with a vehicle reported stolen Monday from Mitchell.
Charles Pekas, 20, was arrested Tuesday morning at a truck stop in Florence, Ky., just down the street from Florence Police Department, Capt. Linny Cloyd said Wednesday.

The Daily Republic, 02/03/2011

No injuries after natural gas leak discovered at store in Salem

SALEM — No one was injured when a natural gas leak was discovered at Salem’s grocery store late last week.

The Daily Republic, 02/03/2011

Winner hospital gets $423,000 gift

WINNER — Winner Regional Healthcare Center will join several rural hospitals around the state that are offering digital mammography to serve patients such as Karyl Clay.

The Daily Republic, 02/03/2011

Man travels cross-country using Poet fuel in his vehicle

SCOTLAND — An environmental advocate from California is trying to raise awareness about the benefits of cellulosic ethanol by traveling cross-country in a flex-fuel pickup powered by the renewable fuel.
Tom Holm, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., is the founder of EcoTrek, a nonprofit organization that conducts research and education programs to advance the use of renewable fuels and materials.

The Daily Republic, 02/02/2011

Presho City Council president leads city after mayor's death

Presho City Council President Mike Sprenger is taking over Mayor Bob Schnabel’s duties after Schnabel’s death last week. Schnabel, 65, died Jan. 18 at his home, according to his obituary. He began his first term as mayor last May, after serving on the city council. He worked for the state Department of Transportation for 34 years.

The Daily Republic, 01/29/2011

Area referee suffers heart attack at halftime

A well-known area referee, umpire and former amateur baseball player suffered a heart attack Thursday night at halftime of a basketball game he was officiating. Dan Sudbeck, of Dimock, was taking a break from officiating the O’Gorman-Yankton girls’ basketball game in Sioux Falls on Thursday night, O’Gorman Athletic Director Steve Kueter said. During halftime, Sudbeck slumped in his chair and suffered a heart attack in the officials’ room at 8:15 p.m.

The Daily Republic, 01/29/2011

Additional charges filed against man held for burglary, damage counts

A Mitchell man who was arrested last week faces additional burglary and intentional property damage charges.
Randy S. Wolford, 36, 401 E. Hanson Ave., also is charged with two more counts each of felony third-degree burglary and intentional damage to property, Mitchell police said Thursday.

The Daily Republic, 01/28/2011

Joe Bartmann to take over Rural Learning Center in Howard

HOWARD — A familiar face with a zeal for rural life will take over the reins of the Rural Learning Center in Howard Tuesday.
Joe Bartmann, of Montrose, will succeed Randy Parry as president of the rural development organization. Parry will stay on as a consultant, one of three in that position at the center.

The Daily Republic, 01/27/2011

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