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Some very heavy rainfall on an already heavily saturated area of our state caused severe flooding and thus, closure of a portion of I-90. This brought a detour for I-90 traffic to Highway 34 and right through the town of Woonsocket. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but now that school is in session, and the school is directly attached to the highway, there was a need for some traffic control once school was dismissed for the day on Thursday last week. School personnel and Deputy Sheriff Josh Starzman did their best to keep traffic slow while children went home from school.

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Tragedy hits Sanborn County

Three Woonsocket teens killed in three-car collision

As the overabundance of rain and flooded roads became the biggest concern for most of the citizens of Sanborn County last week, their attention was abruptly changed to concern over the loss of three young lives from the Woonsocket community.

After some area schools, including Mitchell, had to close due to severe flooding after over seven inches of rain fell in under three hours in that area, and some activities had to be cancelled or postponed due to flooded roads, the people of Sanborn County thought they may have dealt with the worst problems to experience this fall, and that all changed in an instant.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, around 8 p.m., a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero with four young boys in it was traveling east on Highway 34 headed to Huron. When they got to what is known as the “three-mile corner,” they turned to go north to Huron on Highway 37 and collided with a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling west on Highway 34. The Alero spun around and collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Impala that was at the stop sign on Highway 37.

All three passengers in the Alero, Jordan Klich, 15, Dylan Klich, 14, and Kristian Kesary, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene. The 14-year-old driver of the Alero was transported to the Mitchell hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. All four boys were wearing their seatbelts. They were on their way to a movie in Huron as a birthday surprise for Jordan Klich’s birthday, which is this week.

…Read on and see pictures of the deceased in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Sanborn central’s gym floor has been completely refinished and upgraded with the addition of the Blackhawk logo in the center.

During this past summer, officials at Sanborn Central addressed a need in the gym by refinishing and upgrading the look of the gym floor.  With wood floors, there is on average a 10-12 year life span in which they need to be stripped, re-sanded and finally repainted. The floor in Forestburg had just completed its 15th season.  It became apparent throughout the volleyball and basketball seasons that the floor needed to be addressed. The Sanborn Central Board of Education made the decision in the early part of 2018 to move forward with the project and scheduled it to be done in the summer of 2019. Work began on the floor at the end of May and was completed mid-June.

The end product is one that, along with other recent upgrades like the air conditioning and new bleachers in the gym, helps represent the Blackhawks Spirit and makes us all at Sanborn Central extremely proud and eager for the public to see.

Funds were provided by the Board of Education and the Sanborn Central Booster Club, who made the addition of the logo in the middle of the floor possible.  

Thursday, Sept. 12, the Blackhawks volleyball team will take the court for the first time this season in Forestburg.  This is a great opportunity to come out and support the volleyball team and get a firsthand look at the newly finished floor. We hope to see you there.