Criss keeps Strong Insurance in the family

By Lauren Brant

Strong Insurance has offered all forms of insurance for 86 years and Ben Criss will serve as the new owner and fourth generation in his family to run the business.

Established in 1932, Strong Insurance offered a variety of insurance coverages with a staff who was dependable and honest. Criss is the grandson of the previous business owner Dean Strong and said dependability and honesty are the two words that are the fundamentals of running a business he learned from

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Alcohol a factor in Gordon vehicle, residence incident

By Lauren Brant

Gordon Police Officer Shelby Berger responded to a motor vehicle accident at 4:48 a.m. on Sunday, January 21 at the corner of W 2nd St. and N. Cornell St. involving two vehicles and a residence.

According to Gordon Police Chief Clay Heath, alcohol was a factor in the accident and drivers of the two vehicles “made errors that were magnified due to the weather conditions.”

Heath said he is grateful to members of the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department and Gordon

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Sub-zero temperatures accompany winter storm

By Lauren Brant

Sheridan County was placed under a winter weather advisory until noon on Thursday, January 11. Rain and strong winds began late Wednesday afternoon and turned into sleet and snow into the evening. 

Ahead of the storm, the Nebraska State Patrol urged travelers to stay up to date on the forecast, allocate more time for travel, and reduce their speed. They also advised motorists to bring a red flag or garment to signal for help should the vehicle become stuck or

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Hay Springs FD assists with semi fire Saturday

By Lauren Brant

Chadron and Hay Springs fire departments responded to a semi fire on Saturday, January 6 at 6:30 a.m., about 8 mi. east of Chadron.

Chadron Fire Chief Jack Rhembrandt said when his personnel arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. He requested a pumper and tanker from Hay Springs’ fire department. “Volunteers are great over there,” said Rhembrandt. “They are always willing to help and you should be proud of your guys over

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Gordon Memorial announces Occupational Therapy Services

Gordon Memorial Health Services would like to announce the addition of Renee Fortin to the Physical Therapy department as a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist. Fortin is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology, a certificate in Gerontology and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. 

As an occupational therapist Fortin works with the whole person in mental, physical and behavioral health. She helps people improve their

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State Patrol reform update indicates progress in officer misconduct, policy deficiencies, legislative reforms

By Lauren Brant

Gov. Pete Ricketts’ office released an end-of-the-year update on the Nebraska State Patrol reform, which indicated the agency’s progress in investigations into officer misconduct, policy and procedure deficiencies, and needed legislative reforms.

Following the NSP reform release, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement, “Under Col. Bolduc’s leadership, the State Patrol has already taken significant steps to improve their operations and

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Gordon’s Coffee Nook changes owners, hours

By Lauren Brant

A passion for crafts and conversations inspired the previous owner Barb Haller to purchase The Coffee Nook in Gordon. Now, new owners will add their personal twists and brew their love of coffee for customers.

Prior to this endeavor, Haller cleaned homes for 12 years and B&I Insurance for 8 years. As she looked for something to go toward retirement that involved community interaction, she opened the business on May 10, 2013, after taking over from the previous owner. With

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Heath named Gordon Chief of Police

By Lauren Brant

With almost 22 years of experience as an officer for the Gordon Police Department, Clay Heath will serve as the department’s chief of police.

Chief Heath has served the Gordon community as a corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant with each position offering more responsibilities. “He has regularly accepted new and additional responsibilities that have demonstrated his ability to handle the various and complex administrative duties that will be required of him,&rdquo

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Snow falls on first day of winter

By Lauren Brant

Sheridan County, along with almost all of Nebraska, was placed under a winter weather advisory on December 21, the first day of winter.

The National Weather Service issued the warning shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday as the storm system brought blowing snow and reduced visibility as low as a half mile. Winds were reported around 10 mph with temperatures dropping into the single digits and negatives. The advisory stayed in effect until 6 p.m. for Sheridan and Cherry counties

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