Whiteclay stores will close Sunday after appeal from Neb. AG

By Lauren Brant

The four Whiteclay beer stores may sell their final beer on Sunday after all. Less than six hours after hearing that they would be allowed to stay open, the store owners learned the Liquor Commission’s decision stands until an appeal from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office is heard.

The beer stores’ attorney Andrew Snyder told the owners not to sell any alcohol after midnight on Sunday, when the liquor licenses expire. Friday’s Arbor Day holiday

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Judge voids Liquor Commission's Whiteclay decision

By Lauren Brant

Early Thursday morning, Lancaster County Judge Andrew Jacobsen allowed the four Whiteclay beer stores to renew their liquor licenses, and not just temporarily. Within the judge’s order, he nullified the Liquor Commission’s decision to close them, calling their verdict “void on its face.”

Within his report, Jacobsen stated the liquor commission’s decision was void for two reasons. The commission’s requirement for the stores to submit

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Whiteclay beer stores denied licenses in unanimous vote

By Lauren Brant

It’s been two weeks since the Whiteclay beer store owners testified before the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. The three commissioners reviewed the testimonies and on Wednesday, April 19 they voted unanimously to deny the renewal of the four licenses. 

The verdict was announced at 10 a.m. MT as the commissioners voted 0-3 against the licenses. The room erupted in applause. They cited testimonies from the April 6 hearing citing inadequate law enforcement in

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Two buildings demolished in Whiteclay

By Lauren Brant

A small community of nine is transforming in the Sandhills just south of the South Dakota border. Two buildings were demolished in Whiteclay on Wednesday, April 12 as members of the community come together to fix Whiteclay.

Decades have passed as the dilapidated buildings tarnished and became a canvas for graffiti.  Now local residents and business owners who are involved with Gov. Pete Ricketts’ task force are coming together to rid the unincorporated village of

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Nebraskans called to aid in community outreach program

Since October a group of men in the community have been meeting on Monday nights for a Bible Study.  When the devastating fires occurred earlier this year in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas they were moved to do something to help those who have lost most, if not all of their belongings and livelihood. Clark County, in Kansas, appears to be the area where the biggest amount of destruction has occurred. Eighty-five percent of Clark County burned, including 34 homes and approximately

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Juvenile arrested in connection with area break-ins, thefts

A 17-year-old male juvenile is in custody at a Nebraska juvenile detention center on suspicion of burglary and theft related to several incidents occurring over the past several weeks in Chadron, Gordon and Rushville. As that suspect is under the age of 18, his name is not being released at this time. The suspect was apprehended in Chadron on Wednesday, April 12 after additional attempted burglaries were reported within the community. The suspect was taken into custody at a location where a

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Whiteclay verdict set for May 2 after 11-hour NLCC hearing

By Lauren Brant

Whiteclay has been a sore topic for many as attention on it has focused heavily on its four beer stores’ sales of large amounts of alcohol just south of the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

On Thursday, April 6, the conversation continued for over eleven hours as the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission heard testimony from elected officials, activists, and the owners of the four beer stores. The discussion was primarily limited to the adequacy of law

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Thefts continue – Vehicle stolen, more break-ins occur Monday

By Jordan Huether

A car was stolen from the 400 block of Ash Street in Gordon the morning of Monday, April 10. The vehicle, a black 2005 Chevy Equinox with local plates, was unlocked and the keys were in it at the time it was taken. The vehicle has not yet been located, and anyone with information on its whereabouts is encouraged to call their local law enforcement agency. Multiple vehicles and unlocked garages were also entered on the 200 block of 7th Street and the 900 block of Maple Street

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Vehicle break-ins extend to Rushville - now total 17

Updated March 30, 2017 – Sometime during the late evening of March 28 or early morning of March 29, at least eight vehicles were broken into in Rushville. Miscellaneous personal items, cash and at least two firearms were taken. Some of the vehicles were forcibly entered, while others were not. Due to the recent rash of break-ins, all Sheridan County residents are encouraged to not only lock your cars, but remove and secure valuables, including firearms. The individuals involved in these

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