Green receives Quilt of Valor on 74th anniversary of D-Day invasion

By Lauren Brant

A humble man who protected the freedoms and liberties of our country was honored on Wednesday, June 6 with a Quilt of Valor.

Neal Green, 94, honorably served in the 325th bombardment squadron Army Air Core of the U.S. Army from Sept. 8, 1943, to Aug. 18, 1946. During his service, Green served as First Lieutenant in the Air Force. The 92nd Bomb Group was involved in strategic bombing campaigns, D-Day, Operation Market Garden, cross the Rhine River, and Battle of the Bulge. He


Bournes open Piece O’ Cake in Gordon

By Lauren Brant

Melanie Bourne has a passion for decorating, particularly cakes and floral arrangements. She recently became the new owner of Piece O’ Cake in Gordon, previously known as Debbie’s Cakes & Floral Shop.

Bourne began working in the cake decorating business alongside her mentor Debbie Kernick in 1993 at the old Ideal Market in Gordon. When Kernick decided to start her own business, Bourne followed and assisted her for a couple years.

After she met her husband Ty


Garnette arrested 2 months after Sheridan Co. jail escape

By Lauren Brant

Just over two months after 26-year-old Hijinio Garnette escaped from the Sheridan County jail, officers with the United States Marshalls and Bureau of Indian Affairs arrested him at his residence in Kyle, S.D.

On March 26, Garnette and fellow inmate Esdon Haukass escaped from the Sheridan County jail together and were believed to be hiding on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

At the time of his escape, Garnette had two open cases. In the first case, he was convicted of


Gordon firefighters feel the heat at 81st annual state fire school in Grand Island

By Lauren Brant

Of the nearly 1,200 firefighter students present at the 81st annual fire school on May 17–20, ten Gordon firefighters participated. The state fire school weekend took place at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb.

While there, they learned about new equipment and tactics through hands-on education to keep themselves and the public safe.

Chad Allison, Susan Hill, Toby Cotant, Chad Rittgarn, Shane Pascale, Rick Burleigh, Neil Skinner, Kyle Kruger, Emil American Horse, and


Galyen Farms offers first wedding barn venue in NW Nebraska

By Lauren Brant

Rustic farm weddings have been popular for the last several years and The Barns at Galyen Farms will be the first wedding barn venue in northwestern Nebraska.

The Barns are located at Galyen Farms 7 mi. south of Hay Springs on the southwest corner of Highway 87 and 500th Rd. While the wedding venue has been constructed over the past year, the farms have been around for almost a century.

Galyen Farms is a fourth generation family farm and will turn 100 years old next year. The


Local law enforcement hold National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day ceremony

National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day held special significance for the Gordon Police Department. The May 15 holiday pays tribute to local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. “Sadly, Gordon, Nebraska, has been and continues to be deeply touched by this day,” the department wrote on their Facebook page.

A procession of emergency vehicles traveled from the Gordon Police Department to the Gordon Cemetery, where a


RHS Classes of ’67, ’68, ’69 reunion to highlight golden years, community

By Lauren Brant

Orange and black adorned the hallways and uniforms of the Longhorns half a century ago. In the midst of the Vietnam War, the Rushville High School classes of 1967, 1968, and 1969 represented their school with pride.

As the reunion approaches, memories of sporting events, band, and pep club emerge. The late 1960’s were golden years for Rushville High School for all those reasons. 

The Longhorns were unmatched athletically with opponents being shut out as the


Severe weather brings hail, flooding to county

By Lauren Brant

On Thursday, May 10 the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Sheridan County. The storm was accompanied by heavy rain and hail.

As the storm passed through Sheridan County, residents in Rushville reported hail and heavy rain around 4:40 p.m. The storm proceeded through Gordon, causing water to flow over the curbs and onto sidewalks and lawns. There were reports of 1 in. hail and 1.75 in. hail in the area.

Several streets in Gordon


The majestic power of longhorns up close

By Lauren Brant

They stand proud and stout

On the hills of Sheridan County

With one turn of the head

They swing wide horns

They are majestic

They are longhorns

If you travel along Highway 20 between Rushville and Hay Springs, on occasion, there are longhorns roaming the field to the south of the highway. These animals move majestically through the pasture and seem much smaller than when you see them up close. 

The Strongs began raising longhorns when Charmayne Strong was 8 years

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