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Return to the ‘Rose Parade’: Robbins will work on Queen’s float for second year

December 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — After millions of flowers have been assembled in more than 80,000 hours of labor by about 935 volunteer designers, the 126th annual Rose Parade will take to the pavement on New Year’s Day in California. In the midst of the stringently organized chaos will once again be a Sheridanite as Linda Robbins, owner Read More

SCSD1 accepts bid for construction of new TR Elem., finally

December 17, 2014

RANCHESTER — The long, tedious process of getting a contract in place for the construction of the new Tongue River Elementary School is one step closer to completion after the Sheridan County School District 1 board of trustees approved a bid Tuesday. The school was to begin development this summer, and the project was scheduled Read More

SCSD1 cross-country sees first year success

RANCHESTER — Midway through the first academic year of Sheridan County School District 1 offering additional in-house athletics, the new teams are experiencing varying degrees of successes and struggles. At the district’s board meeting Tuesday night, athletic directors, coaches and students spoke regarding cross-country (which is now complete), indoor track (which is now kicking off) Read More

Council honors Webster for 20 years of service

December 16, 2014

SHERIDAN — The regular City Council meeting Monday night at City Hall was the last such meeting for a longtime representative and supporter of the City of Sheridan. Councilor Robert Webster was honored by guests, fellow councilors and mayors current and past for his nearly 20 years of representing Ward 3 on the Council, which Read More

SCSD2 considering sale of Gollings work to fund SHS remodel

December 15, 2014

SHERIDAN — If you have attended a performance in the Sue Henry Auditorium at Sheridan High School, it is likely you have experienced the sound cutting out, lighting issues or had trouble finding an empty seat. If you are one of the 315 students enrolled in band, orchestra or choir at SHS this semester alone, Read More

Proposal would require kids in school at younger age

December 13, 2014

SHERIDAN — During the November conference of the Wyoming School Board Association, a resolution proposed by Sheridan County School District 2 to lower the age at which students are required to enroll in school was adopted and is now working its way toward the state Legislature. The WSBA represents the interests of its member local Read More

Nonprofits seeing a mixed bag of giving this holiday season

December 12, 2014

SHERIDAN — With the season of giving in full swing, the various charitable organizations in Sheridan County seem to be experiencing support in differing degrees. While organizers of the annual Community Holiday Dinner reported more donations and volunteers this year than ever before, programs like the Festival of Trees benefitting the Special Olympics and the Read More

SCSD3 board trustee gives resignation

December 11, 2014

CLEARMONT — Sheridan County School District 3 will see a change in leadership come January 2015 after school board trustee Dave Mills tendered his resignation Wednesday. Mills was currently the board clerk with his term not set to expire until Nov. 30, 2016. He also served as a school board representative to the Clear Creek Read More

Merry Ucross Christmas: Community invited to Ucross Christmas celebration Saturday

December 10, 2014

SHERIDAN — It started last year as a way to thank the community for its support and will return this year with 24,000 twinkling lights in trees accompanied by the glow of fire pits and fireworks. The second annual Community Christmas Celebration at the Park at Ucross is coming Saturday, presented by the Ucross Foundation Read More

SCSD2 OKs land purchase for 6th elementary school

December 9, 2014

SHERIDAN — Nearly two years after the State Facilities Commission awarded funding to Sheridan County School District 2 to purchase land for the building of a sixth elementary school, a purchase agreement has now been approved by the board of trustees. In February 2013, Senate File 105 acknowledged the growing population of Sheridan County and Read More

SCSD2 secondary principals present school improvement plans for 2014-15

SHERIDAN — During the Sheridan County School District 2 board of trustees meeting Monday night, each of the three secondary principals presented school improvement plans for 2014-15 including school strengths, areas of improvements and specific interventions to improve student learning. Sheridan Junior High School Principal — Mitch Craft Craft told a story of central administrators Read More

Vets encourage owners to check pets’ chompers

December 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — Chances are you are well aware of the importance of keeping your teeth clean and visiting a dentist regularly; but, you may not know the principles of good oral hygiene and dental health hold true for dogs and cats. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, Read More

Gifts from the heart: Great gift ideas that won’t break the bank

December 5, 2014

SHERIDAN — Simply because it is the season of giving does not mean it must be the season of spending. The old saying “It’s the thought that counts” is especially true for many people when it comes to gifts, and homemade gifts are sure to be a hit this Christmas. Instead of shopping with your Read More

‘We the People’ team preps for state qualifier

SHERIDAN — Students in the Advanced Placement Government class at Sheridan High School are once again preparing to compete in the annual “We the People” competition, brushing up on their constitutional knowledge and warming their political chops. Thursday night the group staged a dress rehearsal in the Inner Circle at Fulmer Public Library to give Read More

Community holiday dinner, Festival of Trees this weekend

December 4, 2014

SHERIDAN — With Thanksgiving and the Christmas Stroll successfully completed, the 2014 holiday season is in full swing, and this weekend two annual holiday favorites in Sheridan will return. On Sunday, all Sheridan area residents are invited to the 24th annual Community Holiday Dinner for free food, entertainment and visits with Santa. The next day, Read More

26 kids identified as ‘at risk’ as part of Graduation Counts efforts

SHERIDAN — In what is becoming a gathering of the who’s who of Sheridan County, the Graduation Counts Committee met again Wednesday afternoon at the Sheridan County School District 2 headquarters to discuss the work of newly formed subcommittees and progress of the newly hired graduation coach at Sheridan High School. Graduation Coach Curt Mayer Read More

Mead includes adjustment for schools in supplemental budget request

December 3, 2014

SHERIDAN — Gov. Matt Mead released his 2015-2016 Supplemental Budget request yesterday and included in it an appropriation of $15 million for an external cost adjustment for Wyoming’s schools. Over the past several months, the Wyoming School District Coalition for an External Cost Adjustment has been speaking with Mead and other state entities including the Read More

Hospital ‘Trees of Love’ ceremony to honor community loved ones

December 2, 2014

SHERIDAN — Every year since 1988 the trees on the lawn at Sheridan Memorial Hospital have been lit during a special ceremony honoring the lives of loved ones from the community. Last year, the marque fundraiser of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary board raised approximately $3,000 as almost 60 people gathered. On Sunday, the “Book of Read More

Teacher hopes to help students make food, life connections

December 1, 2014

SHERIDAN — Woodland Park Elementary School has been awarded a hydroponic, vertical growing planter from the Wyoming Department of Education through the “From Seed to Plate” program. WPE first-grade teacher Mary Smiley said she was approached by a parent of one of her students, Beth Music, about the grant opportunity and interest in bringing the Read More

Little beauties flourish and grow in local pageants

November 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — The stage lights come on and the audience cheers. The beauty queen hopeful floats onto stage wearing a flowing dress and a bright smile. At the end of this age-old tradition, a winner will be crowned and with the prized sash will come a scholarship for the pageant champion. But in this competition, Read More

Improving education on the reservation: The First People’s Center for Education trains teachers to educate Native American students

November 28, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County is known throughout the state and regionally for its strong educational systems, so it comes as no surprise that the community houses an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the level of education for Native students. The First People’s Center for Education officially formed in 2004 with the mission to improve Read More

Alternative schools: Unique learning environments

November 26, 2014

SHERIDAN — Each of the school districts in Sheridan County, and most throughout the nation, have begun to focus on individualized student learning, realizing that education is not cookie-cutter for all. Beyond the traditional learning labels of personality issues or mental capacity, it is now commonly accepted that any number of things could affect the Read More

School officials discuss pressing matters at forum

November 25, 2014

SHERIDAN — As Sheridan County’s state legislators gathered for the 2014 Legislative Forum Monday, administrators from local educational bodies came forward to discuss the issues most pressing to them. Representatives from each of the three local school districts, the college and NSI Academy spoke on topics ranging from funding to assessments and everything in between. Read More

Diabetes: Are you at risk ? Wyoming diabetes rate nearly doubled in 12 years

November 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — According to the Wyoming Department of Health, in little more than a decade the adult diabetes rate has almost doubled in Wyoming — rising from 4.5 percent in 2001 to 8.6 percent in 2013 — leading to new efforts to help limit the disease. WDH is teaming up with WYhealth, a group that Read More

Sheridan College Generals defeat Planet Athlete Prep in Casper

SHERIDAN — When the Sheridan College Generals get quick transitions off defensive stops, they are a tough team to go against. That is what head coach Matt Hammer said after the team took down yet another all-star team Friday afternoon in Casper. After defeating the Wyoming All-Stars Tuesday at home 110-69, Friday’s game against Planet Read More

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