Alisa Brantz

Holy Name Catholic School celebrates 100 years

September 2, 2014

SHERIDAN — As Sheridan County celebrates the openings of new schools and the beginning of new initiatives, one local school has reached a landmark many years in the making. Holy Name Catholic School is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. The official dedication of the school occurred on Sept. 5, 1914. Over the past century the school Read More

A journey around the world in 30 musical instruments

August 30, 2014

SHERIDAN — Music is universal. Wherever your travels may take you, you are likely to encounter unique instruments, interesting sounds and maybe even a dance you’ve never seen before; but regardless of variation, you will surely hear music. If your schedule or finances won’t allow for a world tour, a musical tour will come to Read More

Kids are ready…was your wallet?

August 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — Now that the kids in Sheridan County are back in their classes with pens — or laptops — in hand, a lot of area parents are undoubtedly adding up receipts and feeling the financial squeeze of back-to-school shopping. According to the Accenture (a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company) annual Back-to-School Shopping Read More

Agriculture expert: Local production could be one of biggest boosts to economy

August 27, 2014

SHERIDAN — When it comes to agriculture, Sheridan County is certainly known for cows; it has been said the area has more cattle than people. But historically Sheridan has been a very diverse agricultural region featuring many fruits and vegetables that have since decreased in production popularity. Now, with the ever-growing push for local food Read More

With ‘whooping cough’ cases on the rise, doctors recommend vaccine

August 26, 2014

SHERIDAN — Most young parents these days are all too familiar with pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, as pediatricians push for vaccination and awareness campaigns launched by March of Dimes flood the airways. “The Sounds of Pertussis” commercial features the intense sounds of a baby struggling to breath, shocking to many but aimed Read More

Music therapy helps connect both sides of brain

August 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — In January 2011 Representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was a victim of a shooting in a reported assassination attempt outside Tucson, Arizona. The attacker killed a federal judge and left Giffords with serious brain damage. In the years since, she fought a difficult battle to survive and regain basic human functions including walking, speaking Read More

SMH offering TACE cancer treatment for first time

SHERIDAN — A new doctor is in town and thanks to his background and expertise, Sheridan Memorial Hospital is now able to offer a minimally invasive procedure previously only available to Sheridan area patients after a trip to Denver. Dr. William Taylor III joined SMH in July and performed his first Transarterial Chemo Embolization here Aug. Read More

College discusses construction progress, future plans

August 21, 2014

SHERIDAN — The many major construction projects at Sheridan College are starting to wrap up, but college President Dr. Paul Young warned Wednesday night at the Northern Wyoming Community College District board of trustees meeting “don’t put your hard hats away just yet.” “The big construction is wrapping up here until April or March or Read More

SCSD1 obtains property after ‘long saga’

August 20, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 1 will soon officially own a small strip of land they have been using but due to a surveying mistake made in the 1960s did not technically own. In what SCSD1 Business Manager Jeremy Smith described as “the end to a very long saga” the board of directors voted Read More

Last weeks of freedom

August 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — Every year around this time it happens and yet it always seems to catch kids off guard. In just over two weeks, school will start again. Read that sentence again and let it sink in: two weeks. To prevent the first day from sneaking up on you like a rattler in a marsh, Read More

Sheridan County ranks 11th of 23 counties in terms of health

SHERIDAN — Of the 23 counties in Wyoming, Sheridan is ranked 11th in terms of health according to a report recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute. “County Health Rankings” analyzes nearly every county in the country and ranks them with the primary goal of raising Read More

200 miles through the Rocky Mountains

August 5, 2014

SHERIDAN — As she runs along the mountain road at 1 a.m. there is no other light than her headlamp and the twinkle of a clear night sky at 7,500 feet. Her jog will only last 3.5 miles but at a seven-degree incline it will feel like much more. The runner is grateful that she Read More

Seeking homemade suds?

August 4, 2014

SHERIDAN — There is a certain amount of satisfaction that comes from creating something unique with your own two hands and the art of homebrewing beer has given an increasing number of crafters a way to share their talents in recent years. A growing national trend, homebrew supply stores can now be found in cities Read More

Foundation formed to manage Coffeen history

August 1, 2014

SHERIDAN — When you hear the names Whitney, Kendrick or Eaton, you likely make immediate connections to a person, a place, a legacy, an historical reference or a combination of all those things. When you hear Coffeen do you think of a street, or the family behind the name? A recently formed foundation called CHIEF Read More

Popular downtown water playground includes ‘green’ benefits

SHERIDAN — Walking through Whitney Commons on a sunny summer day in Sheridan you are likely to hear squeals of joy and surprise coming from the splash park. The popularity of this free local playground with a soaking spin is no secret as families gather every warm afternoon for a cooling dash through the many Read More

Kindergarten screening opportunities still available

SHERIDAN — As the educational climate of the United States continually evolves to keep up with a progressively challenging world marketplace, benchmarks in learning are pushed higher and more is expected out of youth at every grade level. Though much focus has been put on the testing systems or minimum standards older children are subjected Read More

Cornerstone, time capsule prepared for new school

July 30, 2014

SHERIDAN — Kicking back with the Thursday edition of the paper in hand, the front page story “The Corner Stone Laid” tells of a “clear, bright and balmy day” in which a time capsule is sealed behind “a beautiful piece of Wyoming marble taken from the Stocks quarry near Big Horn.” The ceremony, in honor Read More

Sheridan County Fair kicks off Thursday

July 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — From visitors to participants, from livestock to families, there is something for everyone at the Sheridan County Fair, which officially opens Thursday morning at the fairgrounds. Anyone residing in Sheridan County along with three counties from Montana can be a participant in the annual event, whether showing a photograph or a prize swine. Read More

Senior Center encourages active living with bike rental program

July 28, 2014

SHERIDAN — There is something special about riding a bicycle that goes beyond the old adage of never forgetting how and includes never losing the desire to hop on and go for a ride. Bicycling has been said to be one of the easiest forms of exercise, one that people of a variety of fitness Read More

SCSD1: Lack of inflation adjustment from Legislature hurting school districts

July 25, 2014

RANCHESTER — Sheridan County School District 1 has joined forces with six other Wyoming school districts to form a coalition leading the charge to convince the state Legislature to resume an inflation adjustment to the school funding program. Calling themselves the Wyoming School District Coalition for an External Cost Adjustment, the group says K-12 schools statewide Read More

Kiwanis book giveaway lasts through Wednesday

SHERIDAN — Wednesday is your last chance to get a free book as the 24th annual series of Kiwanis sponsored book giveaways at Sheridan County libraries comes to an end. Since 1991 over 9,000 books have gone home with children from all walks of life thanks to a program that started under the federal “Reading Read More

Sheridan grad earns gig as world traveler

SHERIDAN — As the family gathers around the table for dinner in the close-quartered kitchen, the smells of incense and fish permeate the air. Though the three girls sitting together all refer to the elders as “mom and dad” it is obvious this is no traditional family. Here in the small rural town of Erlin, Read More

FCCLA takes top prizes at national contest

July 24, 2014

DAYTON — It is a good time to be in FCCLA at Tongue River High School as the group recently returned home from the national competition with pride behind them and good news ahead. The Family Career and Community Leaders of America are a group of students from the family and consumer sciences studies who, Read More

College to expand offerings in human services program

July 23, 2014

SHERIDAN — As part of an initiative to expand concurrent college enrollment for area high school students, the Northern Wyoming Community College District received a one-year grant from the Wyoming Department of Education to benefit Sheridan College’s online offerings in the human services program. Four courses — counseling ethics, counseling skills, case management and drugs Read More

SCSD1 class sizes expected to increase slightly

July 18, 2014

RANCHESTER — Class sizes at Sheridan County School District 1 will go up for the 2014-2015 school year as the district struggles with state funding allocations. Though the overall budget is slightly up from last year, enrollment also continues to rise. For four years the district has not received the accumulative external cost adjustment from Read More