Sheriff celebrates 40th year working SCF&R: Robbins recalls Randy Travis concert

By Lauren Brant

Sheridan County Sheriff Terry Robbins is celebrating his 40th year of working at the Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo. While he has several memories of the fair and rodeo, the most memorable year was 1987.

Sheriff Robbins was serving the county as a deputy at the time under Sheriff M.J. Talbot. That year, the Sheridan County Fair Board signed country music star Randy Travis as the performer. Prior to Travis becoming famous, the board had Travis sign a $13,000 contract to play at

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Rose awarded a bronze medal at the National 4-H Shooting air rifle contest

By Lauren Brant

The National 4-H Shooting air rifle division competition took place June 24-29 in Grand Island. Kenna Rose’s journey to the national competition has been one of dedication that ended with her on the podium.

Rose, age 17 of Gordon, found her passion for shooting at the age of ten, but she did not get serious about competing until five years ago.

Last year, she competed in her first national competition, the small-bore rifle division, at the National 4-H Shooting Sports

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Justice Freudenberg sworn into office in Sheridan County

By Lauren Brant

Justice John Freudenberg of Lincoln completed his oath of office on Friday, July 6 at 3 p.m. in the Sheridan County District Courtroom in Rushville.

Freudenberg said he chose to be sworn into office at the Sheridan County Courthouse since his time here taught him how to be an effective and successful legal professional. “I wanted to show respect for all those people in and around Sheridan County who helped me grow along the way,” wrote Freudenberg.

Holt County

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Greenamyre travels 400 mi. during 7th annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska

By Lauren Brant

Gordon Greenamyre saw the beautiful, green plains of Nebraska on an eight day journey across the state. Greenamyre participated in the 7th annual Tractor Relay Across Nebraska during the first week in June.

In preparation for his third TRAN relay, Greenamyre, age 90, readied his 1940s Case Model VAI tractor. To participate in the relay, the tractor must go at least 12 mph. Greenamyre’s tractor has a top speed of 18 mph. The tractor has been Greenamyre’s

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Precious Gardens opens in Gordon

By Berklie Haag & Lauren Brant

The Gordon Chamber of Commerce and public congregated at Precious Gardens in Gordon on Thursday, June 21 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

As the public arrived, Madison Miner and Avery Merryman greeted guests and invited them to enter a drawing. The day after the ribbon cutting, owner Joy Hollingsworth had Savannah and Avery Merryman draw a winner. Gordon Mayor Nancy Russell won a free wedding with all expenses paid of an À la carte menu as a showcase

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Driver transported to Gordon Memorial after pickup ends up in field

By Lauren Brant

While emergency personnel were responding to a small firework-related grass fire in Gordon, they received a call about a one-vehicle accident about 5.6 mi. northwest of Gordon.

They arrived on scene shortly before 1 p.m. Karmen Townsend, 68, drove a Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 into a field. The pickup went through the northwest ditch at the intersection of 690 Rd. and 220 Ln. before coming to a stop. As the driver traveled through the field, chairs and a cooler in the pickup

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2-vehicle accident leaves Gielssen in critical condition

By Lauren Brant

Two Sheridan County residents were in a near head-on collision on Wednesday, June 20 that left one driver in serious condition.

Hooker County Sheriff Wynn Wiens said Bill Tuma, 70, of Gordon, and Trystin Gielssen, 18, of Lakeside, were in a two-car accident on Highway 2 about 5 mi. east of Mullen. The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m.

Wiens said seat belts were in use in both vehicles and no drugs nor alcohol were factors in the collision. When emergency personnel arrived

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Kearns inducted into NSWCA for success on the mat, shares passion with his children

By Lauren Brant

Zach Kearns represented the Rushville High School Longhorns in football, wrestling, and track. He was recently inducted into the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association in recognition of his successful high school wrestling career.

Kearns attended Rushville High School from 1998 to 2001. During those years, Kearns improved on the mat and became known for his leadership and all-around athletic ability.

As a freshman, Kearns set a personal wrestling record of 25-10

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Area cowboy rides high at College National Finals Rodeo

By Con Marshall

Perhaps the biggest surprise at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper last week was that the runner-up in the bareback riding was from Doane University at Crete, Neb.  The Doane Tigers have been competitive in numerous sports through the years, but they don’t even have a rodeo team.        

Still, Doane’s Garrett Shadbolt rode all four of his broncs at the CNFR and earned a total of 313 points, just 7.5 shy of the gold buckle winner

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