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Column: Is there an advantage to Medicare Advantage plans?

October 17, 2014

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — In past articles, we gave an overview of three different coverage levels – referred to as “Parts” – under Medicare. Medicare Part A provides hospital insurance, Medicare Part B provides medical insurance and Medicare Part D provides prescription medication assistance.  Medicare Parts A and B are referred Read More

Senior Center announces opening of Green Boomerang Thrift Store

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center announces the opening of its Green Boomerang Thrift Store on 945 Werco St. in Sheridan.  This is the first time in its 41-year history that the Senior Center has launched a thrift store under its flag. The Green Boomerang name was inspired by Read More

Need a costume? Try these quick tips to create your Halloween garb

SHERIDAN — Next weekend in Sheridan a variety of free activities around town will play host to costumed kids and Halloween merriment. At 2 p.m. Oct. 25, children of all ages will gather at city hall for the Sheridan Jaycee’s annual costume contest and downtown trick-or-treating. At the same time, a free costume party complete Read More

Lipp-Acord book signing Oct. 25 at Sheridan Stationery

SHERIDAN — Author Darcy Lipp-Acord will be at Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery on Oct. 25 signing copies of her book “Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey.” The book signing will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery is located at 206 N. Main St. For more information call Robby Read More

Historical Society to hold meeting Thursday at Holy Name

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting Thursday at the Holy Name Parish Center, located at 260 E. Loucks St. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with a short business meeting, followed by a program presented by Warren Mischke. The event is free and open to the public. Mischke Read More

Story School to host chili cook-off

STORY— Story School will host the second annual chili cook-off Thursday as part of the school’s fall festival.Contestants are needed and entry forms are available at the Story school, Story store and the Story library. For more registration information call Stevie Phillips at 752-6140. The fall festival will be held from 5-7 p.m. and features Read More

SC unveils plans for new arts center

SHERIDAN — The schematic design for the new Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College was released at the Northern Wyoming Community College District board of trustees meeting Thursday night, and it is going to be grandiose. The 42,000 square foot addition to, and the 12,000 square foot renovation of, the current Whitney Academic Read More

More than man’s best friend

SHERIDAN — It’s hard not to smile watching Sheridan College student Jason King romp through the yard outside the Thorne-Rider Campus Center with his energetic young Dalmatian. The duo seems full of life and has a visible connection that emanates happiness. Seeing them, you would never guess that just a few years ago King’s now Read More

Breaking the cycle of poverty for employees

Sheridan — About 20 Sheridan employers, including city Mayor John Heath, gathered Thursday at the Holy Name Parish Hall to learn how they could help employees in need. Regina Lewis, a consultant for  the aha! Process, Inc. training service, spoke to attendees about how to help end poverty in the community by helping employees who Read More

WGFD seeks information on poachings

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information from the public about the shooting and wanton destruction of three deer in Sheridan County. People are asked to contact WGFD officials if they have information about the following three poaching incidents: • A white-tailed doe that was shot and left near Beckton Road Read More

Dayton to consider allowing cell towers

DAYTON — Members of Dayton Town Council on Wednesday passed on first reading an ordinance that will add telecommunication towers as an allowed use in R2 residential zones, but only on a case-by-case basis when approved by the council. Dayton Mayor Bob Wood said the change was made to prepare for the installation of a Read More

Fairgrounds staff set to begin renovation projects

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Fairgrounds Association discussed the completion of the busy spring/summer/early fall season and the start of the winter season, which is often used for equipment and infrastructure maintenance and major renovation projects at its meeting Thursday. Over the winter, two major renovation projects will take place. One project to replace the Read More

City adds four-way stop at downtown intersection

SHERIDAN — Drivers should be aware that the intersection of Gould Street and Brundage Street is now a four-way stop. City Engineer Lane Thompson said the city received a few requests from residents to examine the intersection and consider making it a four-way stop. The city hired local consulting firm Vista West Engineering to conduct Read More

Dafoe hired as outreach coordinator for BBBS

SHERIDAN — Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Wyoming announced that Jennifer Dafoe was hired as the organization’s new outreach coordinator and AmeriCorps member in Sheridan. Dafoe, a big sister herself, will be involved in community outreach, recruiting volunteers and letting families know about the BBBS services available. Sandy Thiel, director of community engagement for Read More

Big Horn Polka Club to meet Sunday

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Mountain Polka Club will host a dance Sunday at the Elks Lodge, 45 W. Brundage St. From 1-5 p.m. there will be music by “Just Us Two,” a band from Billings, Montana. For more information call Jean Arzy at 672-3623.

SC invites community to view partial eclipse

SHERIDAN — All residents are invited to join the Sheridan College Museum of Discovery for the viewing of a partial solar eclipse Thursday. There will be a solar telescope and solar viewing glasses at the event, which will take place between the Mohn’s Science Center and Edward A. Whitney Academic Center. The eclipse will last Read More

SMH officials: Staff prepared for ebola

October 16, 2014

SHERIDAN — With the announcement of the second confirmed case of a health care worker in Texas being infected with the Ebola virus, hospitals across the country are gearing up. “Sheridan Memorial Hospital is preparing for ebola while hoping to never see a case of it,” SMH CEO Mike McCafferty said in a media release. Read More

Burgess says she is a ‘go-to gal,’ can work on both sides of aisle

SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Val Burgess said she launched a write-in bid as an Independent against Republican House District 30 candidate Mark Jennings because she can work on both sides of the aisle and because she is a “go-to gal, a neighbor and a friend.” “I want to work with both sides,” Burgess said at Wednesday’s Read More

Candidates speak out: Forums allow voters to ask questions

SHERIDAN — In the wake of a scandal alleging misconduct in the office of the superintendent of public instruction, two new candidates are hoping to bring respect back to the office. Republican Jillian Balow and Democrat Mike Ceballos were among candidates who attended a two-night forum hosted by the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. Each Read More

Barrasso congratulates Highland Park on Blue Ribbon designation

SHERIDAN — A collective “wow” was gasped by 373 elementary students as Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, responded “$176,000” to the question from a student of “How much do you make?” “A lot of people in this room now want to become a U.S. senator,” he said with a laugh. Barrasso visited Highland Park Elementary School Read More

Patton: Still work to do in state Legislature

SHERIDAN — Current state representative for House District 29 Rep. John Patton, R-Sheridan, highlighted in his introduction at Wednesday’s candidate forum both the health of the state and the need for change. The forum was hosted by the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. Patton said he would like to serve a fourth term in the Legislature Read More

Recreation board may pursue contract for ambulance service to staff football games

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Recreation District Board held its October meeting yesterday, and it turned into a lengthy one as strong discussions developed over several varying topics. Safety was a major concern for board members as Richard Wright mentioned the lack of ambulances available at Little Guy Football games. Wright, the executive director of the Read More

SC selected as Tree Campus USA finalist

SHERIDAN — Sheridan College has been selected as a finalist in the Tree Campus USA – Celebrate Arbor Day Event Contest. In May, volunteers from Sheridan College, the community and the Wyoming State Forestry Division planted 32 trees on the college campus to celebrate Arbor Day in part of the campus’ first Arbor Day celebration. Read More

Free legal advice clinic set for Oct. 23

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Bar Association along with Sheridan College will hold a free legal advice clinic on Oct. 23. From 6-9 p.m. at Founders Hall, lawyers will be present to answer legal questions for free. To schedule an appointment, call the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid at 307-777-8383.

Local AARP chapter to kick off monthly meetings

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan local AARP Chapter 676 will kick off its monthly meetings at the Sheridan Senior Center Friday at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share and your own place settings. The event is open to the public. Dan Lick of the People Assistance Food Read More

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