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While many will don cap and gown, others choose a different path

May 23, 2015

SHERIDAN — Payton Mills would have finished her junior year at Sheridan High School this year, if she stayed in school. But bullying led to her skipping school, which led to truancy issues with the law, which led to dropping out as soon as she was legally old enough to do so. “I don’t know Read More

SHS ‘Graduation Coach’ efforts seem to work

SHERIDAN – On average, countywide over the past three years, 19 percent of the student body didn’t graduate within four years. Some went on to be fifth- even sixth-year seniors and eventually get their full diploma. Others did not. During this school year, Sheridan County School District 2 has led a concentrated effort to increase Read More

College prioritizes enrollment growth funding

May 22, 2015

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Community College Commission will be meeting in Sheridan on June 26 and the presidents of each of the seven state community colleges will discuss and approve their budget requests to forward along to the governor. During this meeting, the three items of focus for Sheridan College will be seeking enrollment growth Read More

Nick Siddle reflects on 22-year career at SHS

May 20, 2015

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School has a history of holding onto its agriculture teachers for long periods of time. Since the 1940s, they have only had three lead teachers with one at the reigns from the 1940s through 1967 and the second from then until 22 years ago when Nick Siddle came along. As Siddle Read More

Project Graduation designed to keep students safe

May 19, 2015

SHERIDAN — Any one of the roughly 220 graduates of the Sheridan County School District 2 class of 2015 could be walking away from graduation with a certified pre-owned Cadillac, that is, if they attend the drug-free and alcohol-free after-party. The 20th annual Project Graduation party will bring back favorite features of the free event Read More

SC honors history as veterans school at graduation Saturday

May 18, 2015

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College returned to its roots during the 66th annual commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon as the faculty, graduates and guests in attendance celebrated not only graduates but also veterans for their accomplishments. Approximately 540 degrees and certificates were earned by Sheridan College students during the 2014-15 school year and many of them, along Read More

Wyoming DAR celebrating 100 years

May 16, 2015

SHERIDAN — You think of the American Revolution as a done deal, it’s over; but really there are people living all around you that have a direct connection to that time period. That is what Daughters of the American Revolution Sheridan chapter registrar Tammy Mansfield says. Take Maribeth Rose, for example. Rose is the descendent Read More

Daughters of the Revolution: Local DAR member finds herself through genealogy

SHERIDAN — Lois Huson Hall grew up in Clearmont, just down the road from an old brick house built by her grandfather. But Hall’s father passed away when she was just 6 months old — her grandmother passed six weeks before she was born — and being raised by a step-father she never really knew Read More

Despite increase in budget SCSD3 makes cuts

May 14, 2015

SHERIDAN — Although the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year in Sheridan County School District 3 is looking to have $200,000 more in funding than last year, the district is still looking to make budget cuts. With an external cost adjustment in place, and a projected enrollment of 85 students for next year, the Read More

SCSD1 OKs raises for staff

May 13, 2015

BIG HORN — More money and more time off are in store for most staff members in Sheridan County School District 1 after the board of trustees approved salary and benefit packages for the 2015-16 school year Tuesday night. Following the approval of the external cost adjustment by the Wyoming Legislature earlier this year, the Read More

SCSD1 board approves new employment policy

BIG HORN — Recently enacted requirements of the Affordable Care Act are affecting the practices of some school districts, including Sheridan County School District 1. The board of trustees for the district approved a new employment policy Tuesday night during a monthly board meeting. Policy GCR, the Hiring of Retired Staff Policy, requires all newly Read More

Can you unplug? Try it with SCLT’s ‘Unplug Week’

May 12, 2015

  SHERIDAN — Soak up the screen time over the next few days, because next week it is time to “Unplug.” The Sheridan Community Land Trust will once again host a full week of free outdoor activities to encourage the community to put down the phones and remotes and head outdoors. Unplug Week will kick Read More

Pushing through the pain

May 11, 2015

SHERIDAN — One night Seth Franco decided to give up, but he was still worried about the friends he would leave behind and taking care of them. So, he decided to pack up his things and just disappear, as to not leave a mess for others to clean up. Utterly exhausted from the pain and Read More

Alternative PE classes teach trust, leadership

May 7, 2015

  SHERIDAN — Standing atop a tiny platform perched on a 16-foot wooden beam held erect by children applying equal pressure to ropes tied to all four sides, students in alternative physical education classes at Sheridan Junior High School and Fort Mackenzie High School took the “leap of faith.” Reaching the top was no easy Read More

Good Samaritans to be honored Saturday

May 6, 2015

SHERIDAN — Sometimes it’s the little actions behind the scenes that make the biggest impact on a community. That is what Capt. Don Warriner said “The Salvation Army — Sheridan Press Good Samaritan Awards” being held Saturday night at the Holiday Inn seek to recognize. Eight individuals or couples from Sheridan County will be honored, Read More

Wendtland, Achord appointed to SCSD2 board

May 5, 2015

SHERIDAN — Anthony Wendtland and Craig Achord have joined the Sheridan County School District 2 board of trustees after being appointed Monday night. Two vacancies were left after trustees Jim Perkins and Erica O’Dell resigned in April. Four letters of interest were received and Wendtland and Achord were chosen over Sheridan College Dean Ami Erickson Read More

SHS earns statewide award for scholarship winners

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School has had the largest number of Hathaway Scholarship winners per capita over the last five years compared to other communities in the state of Wyoming. For this reason and others, the school has been selected as the 2015 ACT College and Career Transition Award Recipient and will be honored on Read More

Grant will strengthen Farm to School programs

May 4, 2015

SHERIDAN — There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the National School Lunch Program, one of which is that schools cannot choose to utilize local foods and producers while receiving federal assistance. A new grant received by the Wyoming Department of Education will be used to try to change that mentality by offering training on Read More

Three turn in letters of interest for SCSD2 board: 2 members resign: Perkins wishes board the best; O’Dell fighting cancer

May 1, 2015

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County School District 2 board of trustees will have two new members soon as trustees Jim Perkins and Erica O’Dell have both resigned. Perkins submitted a letter of resignation on April 20 citing personal reasons and wishing the district his best. O’Dell, who resigned effective April 8, gave a much more Read More

Six-year-old writes, sells books to help cancer center

SHERIDAN — Chances are you have stumbled on a little kid’s lemonade stand or two as you walk or drive along on a warm day in Sheridan. Maybe you have even stopped to support the young businessperson and quench your thirst. On a good day, the kid boss of the drink shop may bring home Read More

Razor sharp readers

April 30, 2015

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County YMCA is melding fun, fitness and reading into one program through a longstanding partnership with Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School. Another year of Razor Readers is underway and the third-grade students at Coffeen are reading their way to new scooters, just in time for summer. Sandy Sare, YMCA of the Read More

DC protests, Baltimore riots affect SHS trip

April 28, 2015

SHERIDAN — It’s an interesting time to be in Baltimore, as riots and protests against the police flair up over the death of Freddie Gray. It’s an interesting time to be in Washington, D.C., as thousands of protestors gathered at the U.S. Supreme Court this weekend while the justices heard arguments on the constitutionality of Read More

SCSD1 holds special meeting to discuss budget

RANCHESTER — Members of the Sheridan County School District 1 administration and the district school board held a special meeting Monday morning to discuss the 2015-16 school year budget, determine which additional needs could be funded and approve the sale of land owned by the district. Following the approval of the external cost adjustment by Read More

McGinnis: give your hearts, hope to children

April 24, 2015

SHERIDAN — For most young people, hope is everywhere. But for the children in need of support from the Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns, sometimes hope is hard to find. This was the message of the keynote address provided by Jay McGinnis Friday morning at the annual Light of Hope Breakfast. Court appointed Read More

Supreme Court Justices, students hold court

April 23, 2015

SHERIDAN — Dressed in their Sunday best and seated quietly and attentively, 400 area high school students observed a session of the Wyoming Supreme Court held Wednesday morning at Sheridan High School. The five justices traveled to Sheridan for a series of events put together by the Sheridan County Bar Association, starting with a public Read More

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