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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Hugen and Houx invest in old truck stop, look to open Benny's before fair

By Lauren Brant

A new restaurant will open soon just outside the city limits of Gordon. Benny’s is a family owned and operated restaurant that will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week.

Co-owners Bryan Hugen and Donnell Houx purchased the building in March and have worked alongside family and employees to fully renovate the space. From gutting the kitchen to ripping down walls, the crew has rotated through 8-hour shifts to bring the building up to code. They are

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Oliver named Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2019

Eva Oliver is Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2019.

The Merriman woman was crowned last Wednesday night during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. “As Miss Rodeo Nebraska, I want to show people what rodeo was founded on,” said Oliver. “I had the major blessing of being able to grow up on a ranch my whole life, so I live the history of rodeo.”

Oliver, 20, won the categories of horsemanship, personality and photogenic following four days of

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Deputy Sheriff arrested on felony charges

By Lauren Brant

Sheridan County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Henry was arrested on Tuesday, June 12 on multiple felony charges. 

Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol arrested Henry following an incident on Tuesday. Suzanne Gage with the state attorney general’s office said Henry faces two charges of child abuse and strangulation, both Class III felonies.

Based on the Nebraska Revised Statute 28-105, the possible penalty for a Class III felony has a minimum charge of no

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Green receives Quilt of Valor on 74th anniversary of D-Day invasion

By Lauren Brant

A humble man who protected the freedoms and liberties of our country was honored on Wednesday, June 6 with a Quilt of Valor.

Neal Green, 94, honorably served in the 325th bombardment squadron Army Air Core of the U.S. Army from Sept. 8, 1943, to Aug. 18, 1946. During his service, Green served as First Lieutenant in the Air Force. The 92nd Bomb Group was involved in strategic bombing campaigns, D-Day, Operation Market Garden, cross the Rhine River, and Battle of the Bulge. He

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