September 2020

Pictured are the members of the percussion section of the SCW high school band. The band led the Homecoming parade last week after the color guard. The rest of the band rode on a flatbed in front of the drummers. Pictured are front: Brody Miiller and Noah Terkildsen; middle: Hannah Terkildsen and Eli Fry; back: Sebastian Kotilinek and Andrew Lindgren.

Even with a few temporary changes needed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Blackhawks Homecoming 2020 was still full of fun and energy for all grade levels. The actual homecoming football game with Miller/Highmore-Harrold had to be cancelled due to too many COVID cases affecting the opposing team, but the parade still happened, and Blackhawk pride was all around.

…See the parade results and enjoy two extra pages of color photos in this week’s issue, and thank our sponsors for the pages with your business and support. 

At our last regular scheduled school board meeting, the Woonsocket board members approved to decrease the opt-out from $50,000 to $0 for taxes payable in the year 2021.   

In 2018, the School Board approved a seven-year opt-out for up to $250,000. The opt-out allows the Woonsocket School District to collect up to $250,000 in additional taxes to cover any short fall of general fund operating expenses from year to year.  A short fall in funds usually happens because of a loss in state revenue, increased operating expenses, and declining enrollment.  

In the past three years, the district has collected between $0 and $50,000 in opt-outs. The low amount taken recently is due to the school’s steady enrollment and cost efficiency within the budget. This includes sharing of staff, combining administrative duties, and other cost saving measures that have been implemented.  

The school appreciates the community’s support and will continue to work hard to make our school even more successful for the future. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Supt. Rod Weber. 

The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Department is still searching for Roxanne Johnson of rural Artesian. She was involved in a crime with three other people that took place in Artesian in June. The three others were Shannon Hanson of Plankinton, Aaron Stevens of Letcher and Steven Dirkes of Mitchell. The four of them broke into a man’s home in Artesian, assaulted him and held him there against his will, all with the intent of obtaining the man’s drugs. According to Sanborn County Deputy Sheriff Jason Coenen, there were no drugs on the premises that they found.

Johnson is the only person involved in the crimes that has not been captured and indicted. One of the others made a plea agreement and was released on bond. Two others were incarcerated and have since been released with electronic ankle monitors. 

Johnson is wanted for second degree burglary and aiding and abetting second degree kidnapping. If anyone has information about her whereabouts, please contact the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office at 796-4511.

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