Severe thunderstorm takes out power poles

By Lauren Brant

As people prepared for bed Sunday evening, a severe thunderstorm moved through the Nebraska panhandle. The storm headed in a northeasterly direction through Crawford before going through Sheridan County.

Hay Springs had wind gusts of 71 mph as the storm moved through and almost two-tenths of an inch of precipitation. Some Sheridan County residents were traveling home and had to stop south of the town after hearing reports of large hail. In another report, a woman said the hail

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Alcohol a factor in Highway 87 accident

By Lauren Brant

On Thursday, May 4, at 1:32 p.m. the Sheridan County Sheriff’s office received a call about an accident on Highway 87. Sheriff Terry Robbins arrived on scene at 2:11 p.m.

A 2001 Chevy Suburban exited the roadway while traveling north about 13 miles north of Rushville. Robbins said it appeared the vehicle entered into the east ravine. The driver appeared to merge back onto the highway, but spun out and rolled the vehicle several times. The suburban slid down between two

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Warm temperatures, wind increase fire danger

By Lauren Brant

As the temperature heats up and the winds continue to blow, dry grasses and dead trees create homes for a fire to ignite.

Two weeks ago, there was a fire in northwest Sheridan County near the old Robbins homestead. Lightning struck a tree and exploded rocks out of the ground. Fire crews worked through the timber but did not locate the fire until two days after the initial lightning strike. They removed dead timber from the area as well as the roots. Firefighter Jerry Kearns

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Whiteclay beer stores close early as activists celebrate village’s potential

By Lauren Brant

As last week left the beer stores’ attorney Andrew Snyder out of options to counter the Attorney General’s appeal, the four beer stores in Whiteclay closed their doors. With the Arbor Day holiday on Friday, the lawyers battled on Thursday with both sides making headway over the other. At one point, Lancaster County Judge Andrew Jacobsen renewed the liquor licenses after calling the Liquor Commission’s decision “void on it’s face.” By the end

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Two Two convicted of child abuse to 3-year-old

On Friday, April 21, 2017, 24-year-old Brittany (White Eyes) Two Two was convicted by a Sheridan County jury of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury (Class II Felony), a second count of child abuse (Class IV Felony), and false reporting (Class I Misdemeanor). 

The charges stemmed from an incident in February of 2016 when a 3-year-old girl was brought into Gordon Memorial Hospital with serious injuries suspected of being caused by intentional child abuse. The little girl was

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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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