Local law enforcement hold National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day ceremony

National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day held special significance for the Gordon Police Department. The May 15 holiday pays tribute to local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. “Sadly, Gordon, Nebraska, has been and continues to be deeply touched by this day,” the department wrote on their Facebook page.

A procession of emergency vehicles traveled from the Gordon Police Department to the Gordon Cemetery, where a


RHS Classes of ’67, ’68, ’69 reunion to highlight golden years, community

By Lauren Brant

Orange and black adorned the hallways and uniforms of the Longhorns half a century ago. In the midst of the Vietnam War, the Rushville High School classes of 1967, 1968, and 1969 represented their school with pride.

As the reunion approaches, memories of sporting events, band, and pep club emerge. The late 1960’s were golden years for Rushville High School for all those reasons. 

The Longhorns were unmatched athletically with opponents being shut out as the


Severe weather brings hail, flooding to county

By Lauren Brant

On Thursday, May 10 the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Sheridan County. The storm was accompanied by heavy rain and hail.

As the storm passed through Sheridan County, residents in Rushville reported hail and heavy rain around 4:40 p.m. The storm proceeded through Gordon, causing water to flow over the curbs and onto sidewalks and lawns. There were reports of 1 in. hail and 1.75 in. hail in the area.

Several streets in Gordon


The majestic power of longhorns up close

By Lauren Brant

They stand proud and stout

On the hills of Sheridan County

With one turn of the head

They swing wide horns

They are majestic

They are longhorns

If you travel along Highway 20 between Rushville and Hay Springs, on occasion, there are longhorns roaming the field to the south of the highway. These animals move majestically through the pasture and seem much smaller than when you see them up close. 

The Strongs began raising longhorns when Charmayne Strong was 8 years


$1,100 Break-in: Native Futures’ electronics stolen, broken

By Lauren Brant

When Edison Red Nest III arrived in Gordon on Monday, April 30, he unlocked the Native Futures building to find it in disarray. Someone broke into the business over the weekend and stole two of the electronics, the television and Wii console were smashed along with space heaters, and other items were left scattered across the floor.

According to Gordon Police Chief Clay Heath, the incident was reported to the Gordon Police Department and they are currently investigating it


Gordon Firefighters participate in Decon training for chemical spill

By Lauren Brant

Members of the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department held their annual hazardous materials training exercise Tuesday, April 24 to help them prepare for chemical spills.

There are six volunteer members qualified for hazmat scenarios – Neil Skinner, Toby Cotant, Ken Costello, Chad Rittgarn, Susan Hill, and Kyle Kruger. The exercise is part of the necessary training for the firefighters to maintain their qualification. During the training, firefighters suited up in Class A and B


Rasmussens offer mobile grain cleaning, treating services

By Lauren Brant

When venturing out on a new business

opportunity, Roger and Toby Rasmussen

chose to help the local farm economy by filling

the demand for grain cleaning and treating.

The Rasmussens, who reside in rural Hay

Springs constructed a mobile operation to

help farmers remove unwanted materials

in the grain like weed seed, chaff, dirt, and

rocks. While the machine sifts out unwanted

materials, it processes up to 750 bushels per

hour. However, to be efficient, the


Hay bale fire ignites northeast of Gordon

By Lauren Brant

A hay bale fire occurred on Wednesday, April 11 around 3:30 p.m. about  7 miles northeast of Gordon.

The fire was on a residential property just south of the 680 Rd. and 130 Trl. intersection. It was caused by spontaneous combustion from the moisture in the hay.

The bales were surrounded by several compromised buildings and livestock but the volunteer firefighters were able to hold the fire to the area. Since the bales are so compact, they hold moisture and can smolder


Winter leaves 43-year legacy as Gordon’s Public Works Director

By Lauren Brant

After 43 years of service to the Gordon community, Mike Winter decided it was time to retire so he can spend more time with his family. Mike’s wife Barb Winter said she is looking forward to having freedom to take spur of the moment trips with the destination determined by throwing dart at a map.

Winter grew up in Rushville and worked in construction during the summer and at the packing plant in the winter. He later married Barb Winter and they have stayed in the

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