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March 23 Headlines
Helmville’s heritage on display at annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sitch Tournament marks 30 years of hometown hoops
Lincoln Elementary teacher placed on administrative leave Op/Ed: The problem with too much information
An open letter to Park Board members
Letter: Designated Wilderness
Obituary: Millie Hicks
Lincoln man pleads guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty
Legislative Roundup Lawmakers debate bills on infrastructure, abortion and misdemeanor records
Lincoln Ranger District preps for spring burning projects
At tax time remember your favorite watchable wildlife
Choices, choices, so many choices: a life of cognitive dissonance
This is Montana: The promise of the equinox comes to the Montana prairie
Fireman's Ball sees huge turnout
Roger Dey The 2017 Lincoln Fireman’s Ball saw what may have been the annual event’s largest-ever turnout Saturday, March 18, as people poured into the Lincoln Community Hall to support the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department and enjoy a family friendly – if somewhat crowded – evening of dining, dancing and auctions. “It was probably our biggest year,” Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse told the BVD. “We're guessing by the amount of plates and food that it was about 300-plus (people). We had our best year ever all around. The people were out, the people were great and they were pretty generous. We couldn't have asked for a better Fireman’s Ball.” A final tally of the money raised for Lincoln firefighters wasn’t available at press time, but live auctions alone brought in $6000. A pack trip donated by Scapegoat Wilderness Outfitters and an original artwork by Mikey Brown proved to be the top two live auction items. The pack trip, won by Brent Anderson, brought in $2100 and Brown’s piece, won by Gary Ennen, went for $1700. A Winchester 12-gauge shotgun, won by Bill Frisbee in a drawing earlier in the evening and donated back for the auction, went to Dick Birkholz with the winning bid of $700. A quilt featuring cowgirl motif made by Jesse Sallin brought in $525 from Rick Sampsen, Casey Burns won a helicopter ride for two donated by Reach Air Ambulance with a $425 bid, Monte Howse took home a framed mule deer print donated by Ducks Unlimited with a bid of $275 and Frisbee won a fire department-themed quilt, also created by Sallin, for $275. Jerry Burns won this year’s 50/50 drawing, which reached $740, but chose to donate his winnings back to the LRFD.
Lincoln Elementary teacher placed on administrative leave
Roger Dey Lincoln Public School placed a Lincoln elementary teacher on paid administrative leave last week, but Superintendent Carla Anderson would not discuss details of the decision due to privacy concerns. Anderson confirmed for the BVD that second and third grade teacher Cindy Hurst has been placed on paid administrative leave for the remainder of the school year. Anderson further confirmed that in April the Lincoln School Board will review the situation that led to her decision to place Hurst on leave. Administrative leave is not considered a dismissal, since School Board approval is required to remove a teacher from a position. The definition and purpose of administrative leave can vary between organizations, but is generally used by schools as a tool to remove an employee from a situation in order to conduct an investigation. Hurst began working for Lincoln Schools last fall, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of long-time teacher Kris Jacobsen. Anderson said teacher’s aide Vickie West will take over Hurst’s teaching duties.
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