BOC participates in Co. Government Day, discusses Co. Assessor

By Lauren Brant

The Sheridan County Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, March 20 with all members present.

The BOC moved to accept the agenda and approved the March 13 minutes. They signed claim checks most of the morning.

The commissioners, along with members of other county offices, met with Gordon-Rushville and Hay Springs High School students to celebrate annual County Government Day, which is sponsored by the Sheridan County American Legion. The students learned about the


Fatal car accident occurs north of Rushville

On March 14, at approximately 4:10 p.m. the Nebraska State Patrol responded to a crash 10 miles north of Rushville that claimed the life of Michael S Hawk, age 21, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Hawk was a passenger in a 2000 Ford Explorer being driven by 25-year-old William Reddy of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.  The Explorer lost control on a curve, exited the roadway, and rolled.  Hawk was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  Reddy was transported to the Pine Ridge


Sitting Holys arrested on felony assault warrants

According to the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Nebraska State Patrol troopers and S.W.A.T. team members in executing arrest warrants on two individuals in Hay Springs, Nebraska. 50-year-old Juel James Sitting Holy and 29-year-old Alyson Sitting Holy were arrested on felony assault warrants for events alleged to have occurred shortly after 1:00 a.m. Monday morning when an


Andersen receives 2017 North Central Region Volunteer of the Year

By Lauren Brant

Clint Andersen has been a 4-H volunteer between 50 to 100 hours a year for over 27 years. During the 4-H Achievement night last fall, Andersen was announced as the 2017 Nebraska Lifetime Volunteer of the Year. “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be selected for this award,” said Andersen. “Thousands of people volunteer their time to make 4-H such an outstanding organization, so to be honored in this way is truly amazing to me.”

4-H Extension


March 18 fundraiser being held for Pipers

By Jordan Huether

It should come as no surprise that the people of our community are once again coming together to support someone in need. A meal and auction fundraiser is planned for March 18 at the Gordon American Legion to help offset medical costs for Mike and Tish Piper of Gordon. Mike recently received a kidney transplant followed by multiple operations, and is in the process of recovering. Mike is now up and walking around and hopes to come home in the next week or two.

A soup and pie


Gordon Elementary celebrates Dr. Seuss on National Read Across America Day

By Lauren Brant

“Then our mother came in

And she said to us two,

‘Did you have any fun?

Tell me. What did you do?’”

In celebration of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s 113th birthday on March 2, Gordon-Elementary School staff and students dressed up and made Dr. Seuss-themed creations.

Pre-Kindergarten got a visit from The Cat in the Hat. They also made green eggs and ham and shared their favorite books with


Box O Quarter Horses Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year

By Lauren Brant

Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon is the inaugural recipient of the 2016 AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year award. Jecca and Cash Ostrander will receive a custom-designed Montana Silversmiths buckle from the American Quarter Horse Association during the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on March 18. 

Recipients of the award are chosen based on the breeder’s continued ranching tradition and the excellence of the ranch horses they raise. The Ostranders


The Power of Community Reflected in Gordon Theater

By Lauren Brant

The Gordon Theater has raised enough funds to match the Peter Kiewit grant, but the work is just beginning.

At the end of March 2016, the theater received a $50,000 Peter Kiewit challenge grant, where matching funds totaling $58,224 needed to be raised by March 31, 2017. The theater was $20,000 shy at the end of 2016, thanks to proceeds and donations collected from fundraisers and organizations.

On January 2 that deficit was met through a $21,000 Greater Good Grant from


Whiteclay campaign wants to purchase liquor stores, transform village

By Lauren Brant

A grassroots campaign called Whiteclay Redevelopment L3C seeks to purchase the four beer stores in the unincorporated village of Whiteclay, Neb.

Lakota Hope Ministry founder Bruce BonFleur is involved in the effort, but said the campaign is a separate entity from the ministry. He announced the group at a legislative event on Saturday, February 11 at the Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb. 

According to the campaign’s  website

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