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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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$1,100 Break-in: Native Futures’ electronics stolen, broken

By Lauren Brant

When Edison Red Nest III arrived in Gordon on Monday, April 30, he unlocked the Native Futures building to find it in disarray. Someone broke into the business over the weekend and stole two of the electronics, the television and Wii console were smashed along with space heaters, and other items were left scattered across the floor.

According to Gordon Police Chief Clay Heath, the incident was reported to the Gordon Police Department and they are currently investigating it

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Gordon Firefighters participate in Decon training for chemical spill

By Lauren Brant

Members of the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department held their annual hazardous materials training exercise Tuesday, April 24 to help them prepare for chemical spills.

There are six volunteer members qualified for hazmat scenarios – Neil Skinner, Toby Cotant, Ken Costello, Chad Rittgarn, Susan Hill, and Kyle Kruger. The exercise is part of the necessary training for the firefighters to maintain their qualification. During the training, firefighters suited up in Class A and B

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