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Demolition continues of old furniture store

Friday, December 19, 2014

Interior demolition continues at the former Klocker Furniture Store on east Sioux Avenue.

As KCCR News first reported,  work began earlier this month with the removal of items from the building. Avera St. Mary’s Hospital has owned the building since mid-2011 and has used it as a storage area since then.

Hospital spokesperson Amanda Bacon says crews are doing the interior demolition now, such as removing inside walls.

Actual demolition of the building itself is scheduled for sometime in January.

Hospital CEO Bob Sutton has said that no decisions have been made on what the space will be used for once the building is torn down.

 

 


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Minnesota man cited for accident

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Richfield Minnesota man has been cited for a Thursday morning incident where his vehicle slid into the ditch east of Pierre and hit a highway marker.

Jonathan Harms of the Department of Public Safety says an SUV driven by James Cooper was headed east on Highway 14 near the Blunt Junction. Cooper was driving around other vehicles when he lost control. The vehicle fishtailed and when into the north ditch where it hit a reflective highway delineator.

Harms says the vehicle did not roll as some people thought. He says other motorists saw Cooper get out, check his vehicle and then continue to drive east.

Law enforcement stopped Cooper as he was leaving Miller. Harms says he was cited for Overdriving Road Conditions.

There were no damage estimates for either the vehicle or the marker.

 

 

 

Minnesota man cited for accident

A Richfield Minnesota man has been cited for a Thursday morning incident where his vehicle slid into the ditch east of Pierre and hit a highway marker.

Jonathan Harms of the Department of Public Safety says an SUV driven by James Cooper was headed east on Highway 14 near the Blunt Junction. Cooper was driving around other vehicles when he lost control. The vehicle fishtailed and when into the north ditch where it hit a reflective highway delineator.

Harms says the vehicle did not roll as some people thought. He says other motorists saw Cooper get out, check his vehicle and then continue to drive east.

Law enforcement stopped Cooper as he was leaving Miller. Harms says he was cited for Overdriving Road Conditions.

There were no damage estimates for either the vehicle or the marker.

 

Regents head part of meet with U.S. Education Secretary

How South Dakota is raising the educational standards of students is expected to be discussed today at a meeting in Washington, DC.

Jack Warner, the executive director and CEO of the state Board of Regents, attends a meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The topic is how states are preparing students to meet the new assessments.

Warner says he plans to highlight how the Regents is working with the state Department of Education on a cooperative effort to raise the state’s standards and assessments. He says higher education needs to have a role in that effort.

Warner                                                8595

Among those efforts, Warner says, is offering college-type courses at high schools to help prepare students for post-secondary work. Warner says the partnership between the Regents and the Department of Education has worked well.

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Also joining the meeting will be education leaders from Illinois, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Idaho, Louisiana, and California.

 

Donors meet challenge for Boys and Girls Club, reach $100,000 mark

It is payback time for Matt Smart – and he is willing to do it.

Smart and his wife, April, have contributed $25,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area’s Forever Fund. They were among 32 donors – couples and individuals – who raised a total of $100,000.  The donors were honored at an announcement Wednesday at the club.

Growing up in Pierre, Smart says going to the Boys and Girls Club was a daily activity for him as a student.

When his family moved to Pierre in 1987, Smart first attended the club when it was at the now-demolished city auditorium. He was a regular visitor when the club opened its current facility at 110 Ree Street.

Smart                                                   8580

Smart, who owns a computer consulting firm in Pierre, says he believes this was a chance to give back. Smart says others had provided the funds to keep the club open when he was young. Now, this is a chance for him to do the same.

Smart                                                   8581

That effort to raise $100,000 matches a challenge made by Pierre resident Mansour Karim. He made a $25,000 donation to the club in August to match a $25,000 gift by a group of out-of-state hunters. Then Karim challenged the community to match the $50,000 total. On Wednesday, after the $100,000 was raised, Karim added another $50,000.

Karim says he was happy, but not surprised, his challenge was met. Karim says he plans to make another challenge gift to the club in 2015.

Karim                                                  8582

Smart says the club was a place he first learned about computers while playing video games. He says the club is also important because it was where he first dated his wife, April, while attending a King of Hearts event.

Smart                                                   8583

Officials say the principal of all the endowed assets will be invested, allowing the matching gifts to grow and keep on giving to the club. The club is a program of the Capital Area Counseling Service.  

The following donors supported the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area Endowment in 2014.

Here the list of donors to the club’s fund:

*** Great Futures Forever Society -- Mansour Karim,  Matt and April Smart

*** Jeremiah Milbank Society -- Jim and Susan Mollison,  Curt and Kim Mortensen

*** Blue Door Society -- Doug and Trudy Evenstad,  Rob and Marty Allison, Tad and Carolyn Perry

*** Great Futures Supporters -- Deb Gates, Karen and Dave Gerdes, Aaron Swan, Richard and Mary Carter, Dave and Linda Bonde, Don and Rosemary Rounds, Steve and Susan Ahlers, Helen Wishard, Steve and Pat Brown, Bob and Jan Lester and Mike and Judy Weisgram.

 

Volunteers needed to help with food boxes

 

Volunteers are needed to help fill and then deliver an estimated 375 holiday food boxes this weekend.

 

The Pierre Area Referral Service is once again putting together the boxes that are designed to help make Christmas a little better for those who applied and then were accepted for the program.

 

Executive Director Laura White says each box, which contains a turkey and other items, costs $38. She says donations help make the program work.

 

White                                                  8587

 

Volunteers are needed tonight to pack the food boxes. Then on Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers are needed to deliver the boxes. White says people are invited to stop at the Food Pantry, located at the Boys and Girls Club at 110 South Ree Street, and take a set of boxes. She says the boxes are divided by address.

 

White                                                  8588

 

There is an increase in the number of boxes being delivered this year. White says this is a way to help brighten someone’s Christmas.

 

White                                                  8589

 

For more information on how to help, call White at 224-8731.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family, friends remember Dalton Williams

 

Standing almost at the same spot near the same house he did two years ago, Harry Briggs says his family continues to struggle with their loss of their son.

 

Thursday was the two-year anniversary of the shooting death of Dalton Williams. The 16-year-old was shot and killed by Braiden McCahren, who was a Riggs High School classmate. McCahren was found guilty by a Tripp County Jury in September and sentenced to prison Tuesday.

 

More than 50 family members and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night at 2108 Buffalo Street. That was right across the street from the McCahren home, where the shooting took place.

 

Williams’ father, Harry (Happy) Briggs says he, his wife Sage and their children are still coping with the loss of Dalton. He says it is difficult for people to understand if they have not lost a child.

 

Briggs                                                  8589

 

At the same time, Briggs says the support from the public has been overwhelming.

Briggs                                                  8590

McCahren Tuesday was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving nine years. Briggs says the family is disappointed that the sentence was not harsher. Briggs thought McCahren would receive at least a 20-year sentence.

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During the candlelight vigil, several friends talked about the fun times they had with Dalton. Briggs told the crowd that he misses his son. Briggs says the family has not yet found closure and says it may difficult to do so.

Briggs                                                  8592

Briggs says it was important for the group to gather at the site of the shooting Thursday night.

Briggs                                                  8593

During the almost one-hour event, the group prayed, sang “Silent Night” and told stories. At the end, the group looked towards the home and said, “We love you Dalton.”

 

 

 

Minnesota man cited for accident

A Richfield Minnesota man has been cited for a Thursday morning incident where his vehicle slid into the ditch east of Pierre and hit a highway marker.

Jonathan Harms of the Department of Public Safety says an SUV driven by James Cooper was headed east on Highway 14 near the Blunt Junction. Cooper was driving around other vehicles when he lost control. The vehicle fishtailed and when into the north ditch where it hit a reflective highway delineator.

Harms says the vehicle did not roll as some people thought. He says other motorists saw Cooper get out, check his vehicle and then continue to drive east.

Law enforcement stopped Cooper as he was leaving Miller. Harms says he was cited for Overdriving Road Conditions.

There were no damage estimates for either the vehicle or the marker.

 

Regents head part of meet with U.S. Education Secretary

How South Dakota is raising the educational standards of students is expected to be discussed today at a meeting in Washington, DC.

Jack Warner, the executive director and CEO of the state Board of Regents, attends a meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The topic is how states are preparing students to meet the new assessments.

Warner says he plans to highlight how the Regents is working with the state Department of Education on a cooperative effort to raise the state’s standards and assessments. He says higher education needs to have a role in that effort.

Warner                                                8595

Among those efforts, Warner says, is offering college-type courses at high schools to help prepare students for post-secondary work. Warner says the partnership between the Regents and the Department of Education has worked well.

Warner                                                            8596

Also joining the meeting will be education leaders from Illinois, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Idaho, Louisiana, and California.

 

Donors meet challenge for Boys and Girls Club, reach $100,000 mark

It is payback time for Matt Smart – and he is willing to do it.

Smart and his wife, April, have contributed $25,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area’s Forever Fund. They were among 32 donors – couples and individuals – who raised a total of $100,000.  The donors were honored at an announcement Wednesday at the club.

Growing up in Pierre, Smart says going to the Boys and Girls Club was a daily activity for him as a student.

When his family moved to Pierre in 1987, Smart first attended the club when it was at the now-demolished city auditorium. He was a regular visitor when the club opened its current facility at 110 Ree Street.

Smart                                                   8580

Smart, who owns a computer consulting firm in Pierre, says he believes this was a chance to give back. Smart says others had provided the funds to keep the club open when he was young. Now, this is a chance for him to do the same.

Smart                                                   8581

That effort to raise $100,000 matches a challenge made by Pierre resident Mansour Karim. He made a $25,000 donation to the club in August to match a $25,000 gift by a group of out-of-state hunters. Then Karim challenged the community to match the $50,000 total. On Wednesday, after the $100,000 was raised, Karim added another $50,000.

Karim says he was happy, but not surprised, his challenge was met. Karim says he plans to make another challenge gift to the club in 2015.

Karim                                                  8582

Smart says the club was a place he first learned about computers while playing video games. He says the club is also important because it was where he first dated his wife, April, while attending a King of Hearts event.

Smart                                                   8583

Officials say the principal of all the endowed assets will be invested, allowing the matching gifts to grow and keep on giving to the club. The club is a program of the Capital Area Counseling Service.  

The following donors supported the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area Endowment in 2014.

Here the list of donors to the club’s fund:

*** Great Futures Forever Society -- Mansour Karim,  Matt and April Smart

*** Jeremiah Milbank Society -- Jim and Susan Mollison,  Curt and Kim Mortensen

*** Blue Door Society -- Doug and Trudy Evenstad,  Rob and Marty Allison, Tad and Carolyn Perry

*** Great Futures Supporters -- Deb Gates, Karen and Dave Gerdes, Aaron Swan, Richard and Mary Carter, Dave and Linda Bonde, Don and Rosemary Rounds, Steve and Susan Ahlers, Helen Wishard, Steve and Pat Brown, Bob and Jan Lester and Mike and Judy Weisgram.

 

Volunteers needed to help with food boxes

 

Volunteers are needed to help fill and then deliver an estimated 375 holiday food boxes this weekend.

 

The Pierre Area Referral Service is once again putting together the boxes that are designed to help make Christmas a little better for those who applied and then were accepted for the program.

 

Executive Director Laura White says each box, which contains a turkey and other items, costs $38. She says donations help make the program work.

 

White                                                  8587

 

Volunteers are needed tonight to pack the food boxes. Then on Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers are needed to deliver the boxes. White says people are invited to stop at the Food Pantry, located at the Boys and Girls Club at 110 South Ree Street, and take a set of boxes. She says the boxes are divided by address.

 

White                                                  8588

 

There is an increase in the number of boxes being delivered this year. White says this is a way to help brighten someone’s Christmas.

 

White                                                  8589

 

For more information on how to help, call White at 224-8731.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family, friends remember Dalton Williams

 

Standing almost at the same spot near the same house he did two years ago, Harry Briggs says his family continues to struggle with their loss of their son.

 

Thursday was the two-year anniversary of the shooting death of Dalton Williams. The 16-year-old was shot and killed by Braiden McCahren, who was a Riggs High School classmate. McCahren was found guilty by a Tripp County Jury in September and sentenced to prison Tuesday.

 

More than 50 family members and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night at 2108 Buffalo Street. That was right across the street from the McCahren home, where the shooting took place.

 

Williams’ father, Harry (Happy) Briggs says he, his wife Sage and their children are still coping with the loss of Dalton. He says it is difficult for people to understand if they have not lost a child.

 

Briggs                                                  8589

 

At the same time, Briggs says the support from the public has been overwhelming.

Briggs                                                  8590

McCahren Tuesday was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving nine years. Briggs says the family is disappointed that the sentence was not harsher. Briggs thought McCahren would receive at least a 20-year sentence.

Briggs                                                  8591

During the candlelight vigil, several friends talked about the fun times they had with Dalton. Briggs told the crowd that he misses his son. Briggs says the family has not yet found closure and says it may difficult to do so.

Briggs                                                  8592

Briggs says it was important for the group to gather at the site of the shooting Thursday night.

Briggs                                                  8593

During the almost one-hour event, the group prayed, sang “Silent Night” and told stories. At the end, the group looked towards the home and said, “We love you Dalton.”

 

CategoriesLocal News,

Regents head part of meeting today with U.S. Education Secretary

Friday, December 19, 2014

How South Dakota is raising the educational standards of students is expected to be discussed today at a meeting in Washington, DC.

Jack Warner, the executive director and CEO of the state Board of Regents, attends a meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The topic is how states are preparing students to meet the new assessments.

Warner says he plans to highlight how the Regents is working with the state Department of Education on a cooperative effort to raise the state’s standards and assessments. He says higher education needs to have a role in that effort.

Among those efforts, Warner says, is offering college-type courses at high schools to help prepare students for post-secondary work. Warner says the partnership between the Regents and the Department of Education has worked well.

Also joining the meeting will be education leaders from Illinois, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Idaho, Louisiana, and California.

 

 

 

 

Regents head part of meet with U.S. Education Secretary

How South Dakota is raising the educational standards of students is expected to be discussed today at a meeting in Washington, DC.

Jack Warner, the executive director and CEO of the state Board of Regents, attends a meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The topic is how states are preparing students to meet the new assessments.

Warner says he plans to highlight how the Regents is working with the state Department of Education on a cooperative effort to raise the state’s standards and assessments. He says higher education needs to have a role in that effort.

Warner                                                8595

Among those efforts, Warner says, is offering college-type courses at high schools to help prepare students for post-secondary work. Warner says the partnership between the Regents and the Department of Education has worked well.

Warner                                                            8596

Also joining the meeting will be education leaders from Illinois, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Idaho, Louisiana, and California.

 

Donors meet challenge for Boys and Girls Club, reach $100,000 mark

It is payback time for Matt Smart – and he is willing to do it.

Smart and his wife, April, have contributed $25,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area’s Forever Fund. They were among 32 donors – couples and individuals – who raised a total of $100,000.  The donors were honored at an announcement Wednesday at the club.

Growing up in Pierre, Smart says going to the Boys and Girls Club was a daily activity for him as a student.

When his family moved to Pierre in 1987, Smart first attended the club when it was at the now-demolished city auditorium. He was a regular visitor when the club opened its current facility at 110 Ree Street.

Smart                                                   8580

Smart, who owns a computer consulting firm in Pierre, says he believes this was a chance to give back. Smart says others had provided the funds to keep the club open when he was young. Now, this is a chance for him to do the same.

Smart                                                   8581

That effort to raise $100,000 matches a challenge made by Pierre resident Mansour Karim. He made a $25,000 donation to the club in August to match a $25,000 gift by a group of out-of-state hunters. Then Karim challenged the community to match the $50,000 total. On Wednesday, after the $100,000 was raised, Karim added another $50,000.

Karim says he was happy, but not surprised, his challenge was met. Karim says he plans to make another challenge gift to the club in 2015.

Karim                                                  8582

Smart says the club was a place he first learned about computers while playing video games. He says the club is also important because it was where he first dated his wife, April, while attending a King of Hearts event.

Smart                                                   8583

Officials say the principal of all the endowed assets will be invested, allowing the matching gifts to grow and keep on giving to the club. The club is a program of the Capital Area Counseling Service.  

The following donors supported the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area Endowment in 2014.

Here the list of donors to the club’s fund:

*** Great Futures Forever Society -- Mansour Karim,  Matt and April Smart

*** Jeremiah Milbank Society -- Jim and Susan Mollison,  Curt and Kim Mortensen

*** Blue Door Society -- Doug and Trudy Evenstad,  Rob and Marty Allison, Tad and Carolyn Perry

*** Great Futures Supporters -- Deb Gates, Karen and Dave Gerdes, Aaron Swan, Richard and Mary Carter, Dave and Linda Bonde, Don and Rosemary Rounds, Steve and Susan Ahlers, Helen Wishard, Steve and Pat Brown, Bob and Jan Lester and Mike and Judy Weisgram.

 

Volunteers needed to help with food boxes

 

Volunteers are needed to help fill and then deliver an estimated 375 holiday food boxes this weekend.

 

The Pierre Area Referral Service is once again putting together the boxes that are designed to help make Christmas a little better for those who applied and then were accepted for the program.

 

Executive Director Laura White says each box, which contains a turkey and other items, costs $38. She says donations help make the program work.

 

White                                                  8587

 

Volunteers are needed tonight to pack the food boxes. Then on Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers are needed to deliver the boxes. White says people are invited to stop at the Food Pantry, located at the Boys and Girls Club at 110 South Ree Street, and take a set of boxes. She says the boxes are divided by address.

 

White                                                  8588

 

There is an increase in the number of boxes being delivered this year. White says this is a way to help brighten someone’s Christmas.

 

White                                                  8589

 

For more information on how to help, call White at 224-8731.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family, friends remember Dalton Williams

 

Standing almost at the same spot near the same house he did two years ago, Harry Briggs says his family continues to struggle with their loss of their son.

 

Thursday was the two-year anniversary of the shooting death of Dalton Williams. The 16-year-old was shot and killed by Braiden McCahren, who was a Riggs High School classmate. McCahren was found guilty by a Tripp County Jury in September and sentenced to prison Tuesday.

 

More than 50 family members and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night at 2108 Buffalo Street. That was right across the street from the McCahren home, where the shooting took place.

 

Williams’ father, Harry (Happy) Briggs says he, his wife Sage and their children are still coping with the loss of Dalton. He says it is difficult for people to understand if they have not lost a child.

 

Briggs                                                  8589

 

At the same time, Briggs says the support from the public has been overwhelming.

Briggs                                                  8590

McCahren Tuesday was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving nine years. Briggs says the family is disappointed that the sentence was not harsher. Briggs thought McCahren would receive at least a 20-year sentence.

Briggs                                                  8591

During the candlelight vigil, several friends talked about the fun times they had with Dalton. Briggs told the crowd that he misses his son. Briggs says the family has not yet found closure and says it may difficult to do so.

Briggs                                                  8592

Briggs says it was important for the group to gather at the site of the shooting Thursday night.

Briggs                                                  8593

During the almost one-hour event, the group prayed, sang “Silent Night” and told stories. At the end, the group looked towards the home and said, “We love you Dalton.”

 

 

 

CategoriesLocal News,

Volunteers needed to help with food boxes

Friday, December 19, 2014

 

 Volunteers are needed to help fill and then deliver an estimated 375 holiday food boxes this weekend.

 

The Pierre Area Referral Service is once again putting together the boxes that are designed to help make Christmas a little better for those who applied and then were accepted for the program.

 

Executive Director Laura White says each box, which contains a turkey and other items, costs $38. She says donations help make the program work.

 

Volunteers are needed tonight to pack the food boxes. Then on Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers are needed to deliver the boxes. White says people are invited to stop at the Food Pantry, located at the Boys and Girls Club at 110 South Ree Street, and take a set of boxes. She says the boxes are divided by address.

 

 There is an increase in the number of boxes being delivered this year. White says this is a way to help brighten someone’s Christmas.

 

 For more information on how to help, call White at 224-8731.

 

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Rounds on KCCR this morning

Friday, December 19, 2014

U.S. Senator-elect Mike Rounds will be on KCCR radio this morning.

Rounds, a two-term former Governor, was elected in November to fill the state's open seat. He will be sworn in January 6.

KCCR's interview with Rounds begins at 9 a.m. 


CategoriesLocal News,

Williams' father says family still feels son's loss

Friday, December 19, 2014

Standing almost at the same spot near the same house he did two years ago, Harry Briggs says his family continues to struggle with their loss of their son.

 

Thursday was the two-year anniversary of the shooting death of Dalton Williams. The 16-year-old youth was shot and killed by Braiden McCahren, who was a Riggs High School classmate. McCahren was found guilty by a Tripp County Jury in September and sentenced to prison Tuesday.

 

More than 50 family members and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night at 2108 Buffalo Street. That was right across the street from the McCahren home, where the shooting took place.

 

Williams’ father, Harry (Happy) Briggs says he, his wife Sage and their children are still coping with the loss of Dalton. He says it is difficult for people to understand if they have not lost a child.

 

At the same time, Briggs says the support from the public has been overwhelming.

McCahren Tuesday was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving nine years. Briggs says the family is disappointed that the sentence was not harsher. Briggs thought McCahren should have received at least a 20-year sentence.

During the candlelight vigil, several friends talked about the fun times they had with Dalton. Briggs told the crowd that he misses his son. Briggs says the family has not yet found closure and says it may difficult to do so.

Briggs says it was important for the group to gather at the site of the shooting Thursday night to remember Dalton. During the almost one-hour event, the group prayed, sang “Silent Night” and told stories. At the end, the group looked towards the home and said, “We love you Dalton.”

There were no lights on at the McCahren home during the vigil. 

 

 


 

 

 

Family, friends remember Dalton Williams

 

Standing almost at the same spot near the same house he did two years ago, Harry Briggs says his family continues to struggle with their loss of their son.

 

Thursday was the two-year anniversary of the shooting death of Dalton Williams. The 16-year-old was shot and killed by Braiden McCahren, who was a Riggs High School classmate. McCahren was found guilty by a Tripp County Jury in September and sentenced to prison Tuesday.

 

More than 50 family members and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night at 2108 Buffalo Street. That was right across the street from the McCahren home, where the shooting took place.

 

Williams’ father, Harry (Happy) Briggs says he, his wife Sage and their children are still coping with the loss of Dalton. He says it is difficult for people to understand if they have not lost a child.

 

Briggs                                                  8589

 

At the same time, Briggs says the support from the public has been overwhelming.

Briggs                                                  8590

McCahren Tuesday was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving nine years. Briggs says the family is disappointed that the sentence was not harsher. Briggs thought McCahren would receive at least a 20-year sentence.

Briggs                                                  8591

During the candlelight vigil, several friends talked about the fun times they had with Dalton. Briggs told the crowd that he misses his son. Briggs says the family has not yet found closure and says it may difficult to do so.

Briggs                                                  8592

Briggs says it was important for the group to gather at the site of the shooting Thursday night.

Briggs                                                  8593

During the almost one-hour event, the group prayed, sang “Silent Night” and told stories. At the end, the group looked towards the home and said, “We love you Dalton.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family, friends remember Dalton Williams

 

Standing almost at the same spot near the same house he did two years ago, Harry Briggs says his family continues to struggle with their loss of their son.

 

Thursday was the two-year anniversary of the shooting death of Dalton Williams. The 16-year-old was shot and killed by Braiden McCahren, who was a Riggs High School classmate. McCahren was found guilty by a Tripp County Jury in September and sentenced to prison Tuesday.

 

More than 50 family members and friends held a candlelight vigil Thursday night at 2108 Buffalo Street. That was right across the street from the McCahren home, where the shooting took place.

 

Williams’ father, Harry (Happy) Briggs says he, his wife Sage and their children are still coping with the loss of Dalton. He says it is difficult for people to understand if they have not lost a child.

 

Briggs                                                  8589

 

At the same time, Briggs says the support from the public has been overwhelming.

Briggs                                                  8590

McCahren Tuesday was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving nine years. Briggs says the family is disappointed that the sentence was not harsher. Briggs thought McCahren would receive at least a 20-year sentence.

Briggs                                                  8591

During the candlelight vigil, several friends talked about the fun times they had with Dalton. Briggs told the crowd that he misses his son. Briggs says the family has not yet found closure and says it may difficult to do so.

Briggs                                                  8592

Briggs says it was important for the group to gather at the site of the shooting Thursday night.

Briggs                                                  8593

During the almost one-hour event, the group prayed, sang “Silent Night” and told stories. At the end, the group looked towards the home and said, “We love you Dalton.”

 

 

 

CategoriesLocal News,

Fort Pierre city phone number not working

Friday, December 19, 2014

The main number at the Fort Pierre City Hall – 223-7690 – is currently out of order.

Residents can call city hall by dialing 223-7691.

Repair work is expected to be done later today.

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

New system for semester test begins at Riggs High School

Friday, December 19, 2014

This year, the fall semester at Pierre Riggs High School really ends at the end of the semester.

Students Friday began three days of semester tests.  Tests in the first three period classes were held Friday, tests in periods four-five-six are Monday and seventh period is on Tuesday.

Until this year, the semester overlapped into January. That meant semester tests were scheduled shortly after students and staff returned from Christmas vacation.

Principal Kevin Mutchelknaus says moving the semester tests to the end of the semester had been a long-time request to the school calendar committee. Mutchelknaus says this change provides more equal amounts of instructional time between semesters and allows for a cleaner academic break at the end of the semester.

Mutchelknaus says officials will be watching to see if the move in the semester test dates impacts the test results.

Pierre schools dismiss for Christmas break at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Classes resume Monday, January 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Christmas, Kids and Cops event unites youth, officers

Friday, December 19, 2014

Derald Gross admits that he is not a good shopper. But when it comes to helping children have a better Christmas, the Pierre Police Captain says he tries.

Gross was among the local, state and federal law enforcement Thursday night who helped selected children shop for Christmas Thursday. It was part of the annual Christmas, Kids and Cops event at Wal-Mart.

About 20 Pierre school youth, ranging in age nine years old to early teen, had been selected to be part of the program.

Besides the shopping, the program’s main goal is to help youth make a strong connection to law enforcement. Gross, who has been part of the program since 2002, says the program does just that.

The youths received a $50 gift card and then went shopping for a family member or sibling. Steve Houghtaling of the U.S. Marshals Service in Pierre says many of the children don’t buy for themselves, but their family.

Wal-Mart and Pepsi helped sponsor the gift cards. Beck Motor Company and Pierre Area Referral Service also provided gift food boxes for the young participants.

 

 

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Orchestra, jazz band performing this weekend

Friday, December 19, 2014

Both the Pierre Youth Orchestra and the Riggs High School Jazz Band are performing this weekend.

The Youth Orchestra, directed by Moriah Wagner, will perform its final holiday performance of the season in the state Capitol Rotunda Saturday. Performance time is 2:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Jazz Band performs at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Pierre Music store in the Pierre Mall. Mackenzie McKeithan is the director.

The public is invited to attend both performances.

 

 

 


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