January 28, 2020

Courthouse Closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 21st.

Mill Levy Published

The mill levy sheet was published for the 2019 taxes (payable in 2020). Mill levies across Fall River County decreased for the sixth year in a row.  Most areas saw a decrease of 2% to 5%.

Mill levies are expected to decrease after an increase in assessment value.

Follow the link below to see the table of mill levies.  You will need to know your tax district to find the correct line of the table.  (City of Edgemont – 39, City of Hot Springs – 6, Town of Oelrichs – 33)

Mill Levy Sheet 2019 (taxes payable 2020)
Tax District Map 2020

Maynard C Freemole Memorial Bridge Naming

November 26, 2019 – Hot Springs, SD  – The bridge by the courthouse was named after a WWII KIA Army Pilot from Edgemont, Maynard C Freemole, on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 1:30 pm.  For those who missed the naming ceremony (held indoors due to weather) a recording is available on the Fall River County Commissioner Channel here. Below is a biography of 2nd Lt. Maynard C Freemole.

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2nd Lt. Freemole February 16, 1943 Advanced Flight Graduation

Maynard C. Freemole grew up in South Dakota. He quit high school after the 10th grade and on February 10th, 1941, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Army. Maynard was seventeen.

When America joined the war, Freemole applied for pilot training and was sent to Maxwell Field in Alabama.

Not having completed high school put the teenager at a severe disadvantage during pilot training. However, Maynard bore down, beat the odds, and graduated with my father from twin engine advanced in February of 1943.

Freemole and my father did their B-17 transition training at different locations in the States. However…

Seven months later, on September 25th, 1943, 2nd Lt. Parks and his crew arrived at the 96th Bomb Group’s base at Snetterton Heath and were assigned to the 337th Squadron. Three days later, 2nd Lt. Freemole arrived at the same base and was assigned the same squadron.

They flew combat mission together until November 29th, 1943. That day, the 96th Bomb Group flew their second mission to Bremen, Germany in three days.

Over the target, immediately after bombardier Joseph LeBlanc announced “bombs away“, the Parks’ B-17 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters. The rest of this story is told elsewhere in this blog, however, before the sun went down that day, Lt. Parks and his crew were prisoners of war.

A little over two weeks later, on December 16th, the 8th Air Force decided the German naval installation at Bremen needed even more bombing. It is entirely possible this was the Freemole crew’s third trip to this target in less than three weeks.

That morning, over 500 B-17s and B-24s from various bomb groups based all over the part of England commonly known as East Anglia, headed for Germany.

By two o’clock in the afternoon, they had hit their assigned objective. Now, under constant attack by enemy fighters, the beleaguered bombers were battling their way back towards the North Sea and home.

Near the Dutch coast, two B-17s from the 96th Bomb Group’s 337th Squadron were shot from the sky.  Lt. Edwin Smith’s plane exploded in mid-air before anyone could bail out. Lt. Freemole’s plane went down in flames. There were no survivors.

The demise of the two bombers came so suddenly and simultaneously that they crashed very close to one another near the tiny village of Poppenwier. The remains of the ten airmen of the Smith crew and the ten from Freemole crew were buried in common graves in the village cemetery.

Maynard Freemole was three months shy of his 21st birthday.

In November of 1949, Lt. Freemole’s remains and those of several of his crew were returned to the United States. They are buried in a common grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Property Taxes Due – Oct 31st

The second half of property taxes are due by end of day, Thursday, October 31st.  Taxes can be paid in person at the Fall River County Courthouse, 906 N River St, Hot Springs from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday.  Lines can get long towards the end of the month so it is best not to wait till the last day.

If paying by mail please include your tax payment stubs in your envelope. If you would like a tax receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Tax payments MUST be postmarked by October 31st, or interest is automatically applied. Please notify our office of any changes to your mailing address.

For question you can contact the Treasurer’s Office at 605-745-5145

 

 

Caution: Verizon Telephone Scam has surfaced.

The Fall River County Sheriff’s Office has received notification from a few individuals that there is a new telephone scam happening in our area. The scammers are calling local Verizon customer’s numbers. The scammer identifies himself as “William Johnson”. They have left messages to call 888-373-3660. One customer called back and then contacted Verizon to verify validity, while on the call with Verizon, a charge showed up on their account that the customer did not initiate. Later, when called again the 888-373-3660 number was not in service. Be vigilant with your accounts, regardless of the perceived significance. Scammers will prey on you however they can. Please contact the Fall River County Sheriff @ 605-745-4444 to report any suspicious activity.