$15,000 loss after home, business burns in Hay Springs

By Lauren O’Brien

Around 2:30 p.m. on December 9 smoke seeped out of Rebecca Cate’s and Keith Campbell’s RV in Hay Springs, shortly after the couple left to get supplies for Cate’s dad. His water lines blew out and they were getting the house ready for the market before they left to sell merchandise. Brad Sauder called them to let them know their home was on fire.

By the time they arrived, the house had ignited. As they waited for first responders to arrive, they

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Grand Jury finds no criminal violations by state patrol in Ladeaux case

By Lauren O’Brien

A grand jury was empaneled by Sheridan County District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman on November 4 to review evidence in the deadly car chase north of Gordon that happened on October 3 around 10:25 p.m. Antoine Ladeaux was killed during the chase after his vehicle collided with the state patrol.

The court was closed to the public as the grand jury convened on December 8 as County Attorney and prosecutor Jamian Simmons presented evidence. During the jury’s

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Copy Shoppe celebrates ten years of business

By Lauren O’Brien

A decade has passed since Jama Bolek opened up the Copy Shoppe in Rushville. To help her celebrate, the Rushville Chamber planned to surprise her on Tuesday, December 6 at 11:30 a.m.

Once the chamber members arrived, they stood in the lobby waiting for Bolek to come out of her office. Bolek was surprised to see everyone. “I don’t think I’ve ever had this many people in here all at one time,” she said. Char Pudelko congratulated Bolek on her ten

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Dream givers provide income to Lakota families

By Lauren O’Brien

The Christmas season is in the air as snow blankets landscapes in white and people give gifts to family and friends. The Lakota Hope Ministry and GROW Nebraska non-profits are helping Lakota crafters earn income to provide for their families when they make unique Christmas wreaths and crosses for the tenth year.

Three Lakota men work for about three weeks and create wreaths out of Christmas trees. This year they are using re-purposed and recycled artificial Christmas

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SWAT team called in for Rushville home search

By Jordan Huether

On Friday, December 2, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol, along with a State Patrol SWAT team, executed a search warrant at the residence of Juel James Sitting Holy, Sr., 50, in Rushville, Neb. 

According to Captain Jamey Balthazor of the State Patrol, Sitting Holy was arrested on an arrest warrant by NSP Troopers in Whiteclay prior to the search of the residence.

Sheridan County Sheriff Terry Robbins said there was a specific

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Snow blows into northwestern Nebraska

By Lauren O’Brien

A winter weather advisory was in effect through Wednesday morning for the Nebraska panhandle. Snow accumulation continued Tuesday morning as people traveled to work.

The National Weather Service reported northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour. As people traveled further east, the road conditions worsened, and snow accumulation increased. As the temperature hung around 28 degrees, a few people reported spinning out in Rushville. City workers scraped Historic Highway

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Pisacka celebrates her 106 birthday

By Lauren O’Brien

Leona Pisacka celebrated her 106 birthday on Saturday, November 26 at Pioneer Manor in Hay Springs.

Pisacka celebrated her birthday in the presence of over 80 friends and family. She was born in 1910 to William and Elizabeth Peters and was the ninth child out of ten.

With her years of wisdom, Pisacka’s words of advice were to, “behave yourself and don’t smoke.” She experienced many evolutions in society and witnessed two world wars, the Cold

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Reward offered for information on Whiteclay woman’s death

Whiteclay, Neb. (AP) – Activists looking to end beer sales in Whiteclay have been collecting money to offer a reward for information about the death of a woman who was found beaten and unconscious behind a building in the tiny Nebraska town.

Sherry Wounded Foot, 50, died at a hospital 12 days after she was found unconscious behind a Whiteclay building on Aug. 5. The local prosecutor told the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/2goyeKb) that the death was being treated as a homicide

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Reward Doubled for Information on Poached Elk near Crawford

Chadron – The reward for information leading to the prosecution of the person or people responsible for illegally killing a mature bull elk and leaving it to waste in northwestern Nebraska has been doubled.

The Panhandle Conservation Club of Scottsbluff has pledged $1,000 to match the $1,000 being offered by the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers program.

Doyle Lund, president of the eight-member club, said the group donated the money because of its mission to support the region’s

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