Community Action Planning Meeting held to plan Gordon’s future

About 20 citizens attended a community action planning meeting held at the Gordon Elementary School cafeteria on Monday, October 9 from 5:30-7:50 p.m. The crowd included three members of the planning commission and the city manager. Daniel Bennett, community planner with Panhandle Area Development District, and Kelsey Irvine, Community Health Planner with Panhandle Public Health District, facilitated the discussion. Light dinner was provided and the event was advertised via local media


Legion Baseball Committee receives $98,000 in grants for McCarthy, Moore, Kiwanis ball fields

By Lauren Brant

The American Legion Baseball Committee began writing grants last February to help upgrade the Moore, McCarthy and Kiwanis ball fields in Gordon.

Casey Slama coordinated with grant writer Diana Hutchinson to apply for The Baseball Tomorrow Fund through the Major League Baseball grant earlier this year. The committee received the grant, but the construction company that was going to complete the project had a financial situation arise. The grant money was returned to MLB.



CSC Athletic Hall of Fame to honor Sheridan County natives

By Con Marshall

Three Sheridan County natives will be among those inducted into the Chadron State College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 4. The program will be in the college’s Student Center that evening. 

Both Cody Beguin of Rushville and Chris Evans of Gordon will be inducted individually while Lorna Dahlgren Glenn of Hay Springs was a member of the Eagles’ 1994-95 women’s basketball team that is also going into the Hall of Fame. Glenn was inducted


Sheridan County-wide housing study underway

A Sheridan County-Wide Housing Study with Strategies for Affordable Housing is being conducted by the City of Gordon Planning Commission (GPC), with the guidance of a County-Wide Housing Steering Committee and the assistance of Hanna:Keelan Associates.  The Study is funded by a Housing Grant provided by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, with matching funds from several local entities.

The County-Wide Housing Study will include important population, income and economic data, a


Progress continues on Gordon Theater as opening date nears

By Jordan Huether

There’s been a lot of activity at the Gordon Movie Theater recently, with work being done on both the inside and outside of the building to make final preparations for the installation of the new equipment.

The interior walls have been sheetrocked, primed and painted, the drop ceiling grid is in, and the installation of the fire sprinkler system is just days away. The sprinkler system, a $25,000 donation from Bob Dehn of Front Range Fire Protection, must be put in


Hay Springs USO show celebrates Vietnam Vets

By Lauren Brant

Laughter echoed through the audience as acts recreated a Bob Hope USO Show for Vietnam Veterans. The community congregated at the Hay Springs American Legion on Sunday, October 1 for a USO Show that celebrated the service of our Vietnam Veterans who served between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.

Pat Skinner has helped set up commemorative events in Hay Springs for the Vietnam War. She hoped the USO show brought awareness of veterans and how the times were. Hay Springs has also


Wackler released, Heath named interim Chief of Police

According to a Monday press release from the City of Gordon, “Effective September 28, Adam Wackler, who had been serving as Chief of Police, was released from his employment with the City of Gordon. Clay Heath will serve as Interim Chief until a decision regarding a permanent replacement is made.”

Wackler joined the Gordon Police Department in July of 2014, and was named Chief of Police on Nov. 20, 2015. The city did not give a specific reason for the decision.

The city also


Nebraska Supreme Court rules against Whiteclay beer stores

By Lauren Brant

Early Friday morning, the Nebraska Supreme Court announced their decision to vacate the district court’s ruling and ruled in favor of the opponents of the Whiteclay beer stores. The four beer stores’ doors will remain closed.

Within the 17-page court document, the supreme court ruled “the retailers failed to include all ‘parties of record’ in the Commission proceeding when they sought review in the district court. The district court never acquired


Countryside Care residents show artistic side by painting motivational rocks

By Lauren Brant

Staff and residents at Gordon’s Countryside Care got creative with rocks as they partook in the community-building Gordon Rock Stars group.

On Wednesday, September 20, Countryside Care residents congregated in their worship room to partake in a motivational activity. Kaci Hilliker started the Gordon group and talked about the process. “We color our rocks however we want to,” said Hilliker. “It can be a design, scribbles of color, a saying or a joke, and

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