Construction starts on Rushville cell tower

By Clint Andersen

Construction began Wednesday on a new Viaero cell phone tower in Rushville. The 150 foot tall tower is being erected just east of the Pump and Pantry.

According to Matt Rodgers, Viaero’s Foundation Manager, the tower will be built in two stages. The first stage is pouring the foundation, which will be finished this week, before the second stage of constructing the tower begins after the concrete cures.


American Horse, Wellnitz are distance stars 55 years apart

By Con Marshall

Their high school graduation dates are 55 years apart, but the two outstanding distance runners in Sheridan County annals will always have fond memories of their accomplishments. Joe American Horse was without question the outstanding distance runner in Nebraska while running the mile for Gordon High School in the mid-1950s. Now, Cole Wellnitz goes into the books as the best in the new century after earning nine medals at the Nebraska State High School Meet the past three years


Seventeen individuals indicted for distributing methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced today that 17 individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury for drug distribution offenses alleged to have occurred in and around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The charges follow a large controlled substances investigation by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety (OST-DPS) and the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, whose member agencies include Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau


Public nuisance, dead horse disposal addressed by county commissioners

By Ang Gilchrist

Complaints, citations, and court records on file involving animal cruelty, animal neglect, disposal and loose/roaming horses on both public and private land have this community concerned and wanting action.

The property, located at the intersection of 655th Road and 190th Lane, Gordon, Neb., is owned by Vern Sager (Porcupine, S.D.) and has been leased for years by 70 year old Arthur Anthony (Tony) Daringer. Over the past several years, Tony Daringer has maintained an average


Sheridan County 4-H public speaking contest

The Sheridan County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held Sunday, April 1 at the Gordon City Auditorium. There were a wide variety of topics from animals to rockets to shooting sports and poetry. This year, sixteen youth participated, delivering speeches, presentations and Public Service Announcements (PSAs).

Four competed in the Senior Division: Sierra Bixby - speech, purple; Kate Orr - speech, blue; Robin Ferguson - speech, purple; and Melissa Jech - speech, purple. Sierra, Robin and Melissa


Fire danger continues to rise, residents still waiting for rain

By Jordan Huether

Two fires kept area fire crews busy last week, with a hay truck catching fire west of Gordon Thursday, and a large grass fire claiming over 750 acres on Celia Ostrander’s property near Rushville.

On Thursday around noon, a truck hauling a load of hay caught fire just west of the KSDZ radio station, diverting traffic on Highway 20 for nearly three hours. The Gordon Fire Department was quick to the scene, and was able to save the truck, however the trailer was lost to the


Warm spring prompts question: Is it time to water trees, shrubs and turf?

By David Ostdiek, Communications Associate - UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

One of the warmest and driest Marches on record has many western Nebraskans running sprinklers on their lawns, trees and shrubs already.

Not so fast, advises Scotts Bluff County Extension Educator Jim Schild. Some trees and shrubs need water now, some do not, and some landscapes should be checked to see whether or not they do, according to Schild.

“What people should be watering are any evergreen trees


District 1 American Legion holds convention

The District One American Legion, Department of Nebraska, held their 81st Convention in Hay Springs on March 31, 2012, with 115 Legion and Auxiliary members present. A joint business session was held in the morning, with discussions on veteran’s issues and children and youth presentations, an update was given by Allen Pannell the Director of the Nebraska Veterans cemetery in Alliance Nebraska. The Auxiliary held their annual auction before lunch.

The afternoon session was held by the Legion

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