Years of dedication and volunteering, Elwood has gone above and beyond

By Scott Bidroski

During their annual “Meet Ya in Clinton” event, the Cowboy Trail West organization made a very special presentation.

Ross Elwood, who has been a cherished member of the organization for many years, was presented with a plaque in recognition of his continued service to the Cowboy Trail.

As you traverse Highway 20 in Sheridan County, if you glance to the north there is a good chance you will spot Elwood doing some form of maintenance on the Cowboy Trail.



Johndreau Family settles in at Main Street Dental in Chadron

By Scott Bidroski

New duty station, a new ship, a new command or a new charge. No matter how you word it, the Johndreau family has begun a new chapter in Chadron while still holding strong to their Sheridan County ties.

Drs. Stephen and Melissa Johndreau, along with their 4 children, have purchased Main Street Dental in Chadron and have began to positively affect the Panhandle community.

The pair have joined Dr. Travis Lambert at the location, along with the outstanding group of hygienists


USNA Class of 1983 visits Sheridan County on cross country cycling expedition

By Scott Bidroski

Following behind the United States Navy Class (USNA) of 1973, the USNA Class of 1983 made their way through Gordon this past week on their bicycles.

The ‘83 group was a tad larger than the group that came through just 12 days previous but the American Legion Posts of Rushville and Gordon were just as welcoming once again.

The group launched from Chadron at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12 and made the quick trip to Rushville for a lunch provided by the Rushville


Brad Gates chosen for Gordon City Council

By Scott Bidroski

The regular meeting of the Gordon City Council on Thursday, September 14 began following the Public Hearing on the 2023-24 Fiscal Year Budget Statement.

There was some discussion between the Council and City Manager Glen Spaugh about the budget but no public comments.

The Budget Hearing was closed and the Council moved into the regular meeting.

Resolution 2023-11: 2023/2024 Property Tax Request was the first item up for the meeting.

The tax levy was lowered from .472 to


Rushville CC decides against funding SRO Program; moves forward on growth factor for property tax

By Scott Bidroski

The Rushville City Council met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, August 28 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Council members that were present included Mayor Amanda Haller, Curt Gilchrist, Clint Anderson, Mark Loosvelt, and Shelby Milliken. No members were absent.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all in attendance before the July meeting minutes were approved. The Council then approved the Treasurer’s Report for July as well.

There were no public comments on


WillyMocs finds home on Main St. in Rushville

By Kris House, Rushville Chamber of Commerce

You may be asking, what are WillyMocs? 

They are custom hand-sewn shoes, made from only the finest leathers. The one and only shop is on Main Street in Rushville. Erik Milton and his wife Jodi opened the doors this past spring. 

One might ask why Rushville? 

Jodi, is the daughter of Ron and Carolyn (Janssen) Hoffman, both RHS alumni. 

Erik recalls first coming to town to visit Jodi’s grandmother, Kathryn Janssen


25 years and counting, First National Bank of Gordon celebrates Dayna Browder

By Scott Bidroski

Within the walls of the First National Bank of Gordon, there has been one constant for the past 25 years.

That constant is Dayna Browder, who joined the staff in 1998.

This Thursday, August 24 marks 25 years Browder has spent with FNB in Gordon.

“I remember my initial interview with Gary Ruse, Pat Rigglemann, Jim Smith, and Lana Merchen in 1998,” said Browder.

“At that time, I was the youngest employee at 23 years of age. They thought I would be a good


Grooms found not guilty on all six charges

By Scott Bidroski

The Sheridan County Courthouse played host to a highly anticipated jury trial this past week.

The trial would feature the defendant Gilbert Grooms facing six total counts of charges, including one count of Attempted First Degree Murder.

The trial began on Monday, August 14 with Sheridan County District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman presiding.

The trial would last until Thursday, August 17 and when the jury came back from deliberation, Grooms learned his fate.

On all


Gordon Countryside Care keeps residents on the go; looking to make more improvements

By Ellie Goings, Gordon Countryside Care Director

Gordon Countryside Care has been a fixture in our small town since the 1950s. Truth be known, small town nursing homes are struggling to keep their doors open and every facility faces hardships in this day and age. It truly is the support of amazing communities and individuals that continue to allow these small homes to go above and beyond for their residents. 

The staff at GCC has, and continues to provide excellent care for their

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