Hay Springs Elders’ Wisdom honors Hunzekers

By Lauren Brant

Elders’ wisdom comes from a lifetime of learning and experience. To shed some wisdom, Lloyd and Mary Ann Hunzeker were recognized as the 2018 Hay Springs Elders’ Wisdom honorees. The Hunzeker’s have been members of the Hay Springs community since 1956.

The community gathered in the high school’s old auditorium on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of insight and laughter. Mark Hunzeker, the son of Lloyd and Mary Ann served as the

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Sheridan County gets severe weather ready

By Lauren Brant

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, the communities of Hay Springs, Rushville, and Gordon tested their civil defense sirens used to alert the public of a tornado. On Wednesday, March 28, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s office radioed that the National Weather Service issued a mock tornado warning at 10 a.m. for the three communities.

Gordon has three alert towers that city personnel manned during the warning to ensure proper functioning. Tower 1 is behind the city

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Hurd tops state podium in humorous speech at his final contest as a Mustang

By Lauren Brant

Rylan Hurd and Zak Wellnitz represented Gordon-Rushville High School in the state speech competition on Thursday, March 22. Hurd was named state champion in Class B Oral Interpretation of Humorous Prose.

Hurd and Wellnitz advanced to the state competition after placing in the top three at districts. Hurd competed in humorous prose and Wellnitz competed in serious prose.  “These two boys have put in countless hours in and out of the practice room all season to

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Two inmates escape from County Jail, still at large

Two inmates escaped from the Sheridan County Jail at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018. Twenty-six-year-old Hijinio Garnette of Gordon, Ne., and 23-year-old Esdon Haukass of Mission, S.D., overpowered a jailer and were able to reach the jail dispatch office and climb through a window and escape the building. 

It is believed the escape was planned as it appears that someone with a car was waiting in the alley behind the sheriff’s office and assisted the inmates in

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New door installed at Gordon airport hangar

By Lauren Brant

After 48 years of use, the airport hangar door facing east on building 2 at the Gordon Municipal Airport was replaced. The Gordon Airport Authority purchased a new hangar door, which was installed last week.

The 48-year-old door came with the building when it was constructed in September 1970. When the door was originally installed, it had three overhead garage style doors. That set up caused problems for pilots who would hangar their planes overnight as they passed through

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Semi hits black ice, spins into ditch between Hay Springs, Rushville

By Lauren Brant

More winter weather visited the Panhandle this weekend and Monday morning causing icy conditions for people on their commute to work. For Florencio Casillas, the seemly good road conditions left him sitting in the north ditch between Rushville and Hay Springs.

Casillas, of Casillas Trucking out of Scottsbluff, was heading eastbound on Historic Highway 20 between Hay Springs and Rushville shortly before 7 a.m. when he hit black ice. He was traveling around 60 mph.

As the semi

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American Legion Riders continue to offer support services

By Jordan Huether

If you’ve been to a local parade or military funeral in the past few years, there’s a good chance you saw a group of patriotic motorcycle riders play a prominent part in it. They are the Western Sandhills American Legion Riders. 

Nebraska American Legion Riders are members of either the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion. Their purpose is to use their common interest and association to promote the aims and

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Flick pleads not guilty in motor-vehicle homicide case

By Lauren Brant

Former Nebraska State Trooper Tim Flick appeared in Sheridan County court on Thursday, March 8 for his arraignment. Flick pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges. 

Special prosecutor Joe Stecher filed a misdemeanor motor-vehicle homicide charge against the former trooper last month. The charge stems from the death of Antoine LaDeaux during a high-speed chase on Highway 27 north of Gordon on Oct. 3, 2016. Flick faces another charge of making a false statement under oath

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Larson honored for 50 years of service

By Jordan Huether

Saturday, February 24 was looking to be a pretty regular day for Jerry Larson. A retired member of the Gordon Volunteer Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department, Larson was asked to participate in a training exercise at the city auditorium as a patient. Upon arrival, Larson noticed something strange. Sitting on a table just inside the door was his high school graduation photo. “I said, ‘hey, I know that guy.’ Then I realized it was me, and got to looking

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