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

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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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3-vehicle accident totals 2 vehicles, results in minor injuries

By Lauren Brant

A three-vehicle accident occurred along Highway 20 between Gordon and Clinton on Thursday, April 5 that totaled at least two of the three vehicles. 

The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. near 240th Lane. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, two vehicles were headed eastbound when the front vehicle slowed down to turn onto a side road. The second vehicle collided with the vehicle exiting the highway before entering into the westbound lane and struck an oncoming

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Hay Springs Elders’ Wisdom honors Hunzekers

By Lauren Brant

Elders’ wisdom comes from a lifetime of learning and experience. To shed some wisdom, Lloyd and Mary Ann Hunzeker were recognized as the 2018 Hay Springs Elders’ Wisdom honorees. The Hunzeker’s have been members of the Hay Springs community since 1956.

The community gathered in the high school’s old auditorium on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of insight and laughter. Mark Hunzeker, the son of Lloyd and Mary Ann served as the

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Sheridan County gets severe weather ready

By Lauren Brant

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, the communities of Hay Springs, Rushville, and Gordon tested their civil defense sirens used to alert the public of a tornado. On Wednesday, March 28, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s office radioed that the National Weather Service issued a mock tornado warning at 10 a.m. for the three communities.

Gordon has three alert towers that city personnel manned during the warning to ensure proper functioning. Tower 1 is behind the city

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Hurd tops state podium in humorous speech at his final contest as a Mustang

By Lauren Brant

Rylan Hurd and Zak Wellnitz represented Gordon-Rushville High School in the state speech competition on Thursday, March 22. Hurd was named state champion in Class B Oral Interpretation of Humorous Prose.

Hurd and Wellnitz advanced to the state competition after placing in the top three at districts. Hurd competed in humorous prose and Wellnitz competed in serious prose.  “These two boys have put in countless hours in and out of the practice room all season to

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Two inmates escape from County Jail, still at large

Two inmates escaped from the Sheridan County Jail at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018. Twenty-six-year-old Hijinio Garnette of Gordon, Ne., and 23-year-old Esdon Haukass of Mission, S.D., overpowered a jailer and were able to reach the jail dispatch office and climb through a window and escape the building. 

It is believed the escape was planned as it appears that someone with a car was waiting in the alley behind the sheriff’s office and assisted the inmates in

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New door installed at Gordon airport hangar

By Lauren Brant

After 48 years of use, the airport hangar door facing east on building 2 at the Gordon Municipal Airport was replaced. The Gordon Airport Authority purchased a new hangar door, which was installed last week.

The 48-year-old door came with the building when it was constructed in September 1970. When the door was originally installed, it had three overhead garage style doors. That set up caused problems for pilots who would hangar their planes overnight as they passed through

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Semi hits black ice, spins into ditch between Hay Springs, Rushville

By Lauren Brant

More winter weather visited the Panhandle this weekend and Monday morning causing icy conditions for people on their commute to work. For Florencio Casillas, the seemly good road conditions left him sitting in the north ditch between Rushville and Hay Springs.

Casillas, of Casillas Trucking out of Scottsbluff, was heading eastbound on Historic Highway 20 between Hay Springs and Rushville shortly before 7 a.m. when he hit black ice. He was traveling around 60 mph.

As the semi

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