Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Department holds Open House in new building

The Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Department (HSVFD) had an Open House and Hose Cutting Ceremony Sunday, June 3, providing a free lunch from 11-1:00 to show appreciation and to allow an opportunity for all who have so graciously donated to see the end results of their hard earned donations. The HSVFD served approximately 300 people. In a personal interview with the Hay Springs Volunteer Fire department, Fire chief Ryan Turman said “Our goal was to not use local tax dollars to construct the new

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Gordon skate park plans nearing completion

By Ang Gilchrist

Trey LaMont had a dream. He was an avid skateboarder and wanted a skate park built in Gordon. Tragically, Trey lost his life at the age of 17 in a car accident in July of 2009. In response to his death and to continue his dream, his family and friends approached the City of Gordon about building the skate park. Through fundraising and grants, a total of $22,000 has been raised, including a $10,000 Tony Hawk Grant that has to be used by January 2013.

The proposed skate park

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Dental Day another big success

For the 9th consecutive year, students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry headed west to be a part of Dental Day. A total of 246 Children without dental insurance were treated in Sidney, Gordon, and Chadron.

“Dental Day was a great success once again,” Janelle Hansen of Panhandle Public Health District said. “So many kids got the necessary care Dental Day provides, plus the students gained great clinical experience.” Hansen is one of the coordinators behind the

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Commissioners look at cowboy trail and revisit horse issue

By Jordan Huether

The County Commissioners met on Monday, June 11 for their regularly scheduled meeting. Kris Ferguson was present to discuss the Cowboy Trail. She told the commissioners that a year ago, she was being flown to Scottsbluff for emergency medical care after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle. This incident inspired her to pursue why game and parks never finished what they started with the cowboy trail. What she found was that game and parks has made a decision not

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4-H youth camp proved to be fun and educational

By Ang Gilchrist

A two-day 4-H youth development camp was held last week in Rushville. The camp was presented by the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extention office. The camp offered participants hands-on experience in a selection of over thirty different classes including leather crafting, beading, sewing, bb guns, baking, LEGO robots, goats, horses, and basic electricity, just to name a few. The camp was well-attended by area children looking to extend their knowledge in many areas.

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Lakota Hope gathers leaders to cultivate lasting community solutions

Lakota Hope Ministry (formerly known as the ABOUT group) will draw together local leaders and Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) representatives to brainstorm solutions to critical community issues. The May 4 lunch gathering will be at its Lakota Hope Center/Green Tipi Gardens site in Whiteclay.

“The purpose of the gathering is to bring together local, state and tribal officials and civic leaders who have an interest in seeing the deplorable human and street conditions in Whiteclay

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A Gordon-Rushville classroom receives its wish list

A classroom in Gordon received funding from Bank of the West as part of the bank’s recent community contributions. The bank fulfilled teacher Mrs. Johnson’s wish list for her classroom of 12th grade students at Gordon-Rushville High School. The project named Stage A Play, received an interactive wireless tablet for use with the classroom whiteboard.

“With a whiteboard tablet my students can edit writing, find key concepts in reading passages then illustrate for the class in a quick and

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Saving Whiteclay the top priority of missions

By Ang Gilchrist

Around 40 people gathered on Friday for a luncheon meeting to discuss improving the existing conditions at Whiteclay.

The luncheon was put on by Lakota Hope Ministry (LHM, formerly known as the ABOUT group) and attended by the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department, OST Tribal officials, other area law enforcement, public health and social program representatives, Lakota veterans, local pastors and ministry directors and Whiteclay business owners. During the gathering, options

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