Unexpectedly, the “C” word, Cancer, invades your life. Suddenly nothing is the same. You find yourself immersed in a world of sadness, anger, treatments, and doctor appointments. Everyday routine schedules are turned upside down as you struggle with your new normal. One day your thoughts are filled with scheduling activities, deciding on chicken or beef for dinner, and when you will find time to do the laundry.
When the “C” word arrives, focus and priorities shift to medical options, learning doctor’s names, navigating your way to clinics and hospitals, along with learning a new vocabulary of medical terms. And decisions, decisions, decisions. Choices and options loom before you as you gaze at x-rays, listen to doctor reports, and decipher the jargon which will become a second language.
The cast of “The Little Mermaid” is putting the final touches on the spring play in preparation for performances this weekend. This scene from the Monday night rehearsal shows (L-R) Callie Schaffer as Ursula, Olivia Linderman as Flotsam and McKenzie Beyer as Jetsam. Performances are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, a “meet and greet” tea party will be held in the Middle School Commons, where the characters will be in costume and available for photos with guests. The play is directed by Heather Kraft assisted
The Department of Revenue gave good marks to Dewey County Equalization Director Brandy Meier after conducting an audit recently.
Allison Jensen, Property Tax Specialist with the DOR, wrote in the audit report, “Brandy Meier does a good job managing the office and the workload with the resources available. The office could be more efficient and allow for more equity in valuations county wide given the resources needed to accomplish this. Additional staff, building permits, GIS mapping, a scanner, and Pro Version for their software would be beneficial additions to Dewey County.”
The Dewey County Commission interviewed four candidates for the position of highway superintendent on April 11, and voted to hire Lyle Richter for the post. Richter has been employed in the department since 1990. He will replace Tom Hermes, who intends to retire June 1.
The Timber Lake Volunteer Fire Department has responded to several prairie fires this spring including one last week at Bud and Carol Long’s place south of Timber Lake (ABOVE). Timber Lake Fire Chief Grady Kraft urges caution. “Even though we are starting to green up some, there is a lot of dead grass from last year,” Kraft said.
Methamphetamine is toxic, dangerous, and prolonged use can be significantly harmful to a person’s physical and psychological health, but experts say the powerful stimulant is spreading here on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and across South Dakota.
Local and state officials agree that meth use has become an epidemic. The rise of the synthetic substance, despite the myriad and grievous consequences of getting involved with it, is largely because meth is a highly addictive substance. It takes a grip on the user and quickly sends them into a spiral of dependency and enslavement to the drug.
Jim Rosenau of Meadow had been observing this large herd of hundreds of deer for some time this winter. Rosenau’s image is a runner-up in the Topic’s winter photo contest. Winners were announced last week, and more runner-up photos will appear next week