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Local Briefs Nov. 5, 2014

November 5, 2014

Early release for SHS students Thursday SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 will hold parent/teacher conferences Thursday and Friday. Students will be released early Thursday and there will be no school on Friday. The following are the early dismissals times: • Kindergarten: 11:25 a.m. • Elementary schools: 12:35 p.m. • Sheridan Junior High School: Read More

Shafer ousts longtime incumbent for Sheridan City Council; Gooch, an 11-year resident, will also join ranks

SHERIDAN — Kelly Gooch will join the ranks of Sheridan City Council members this January after receiving enough votes Tuesday to earn one of the three four-year seats on the ballot. Gooch moved to Sheridan 11 years ago with his wife and two daughters. He works at Rehabilitation Enterprises of North Eastern Wyoming as an Read More

SCSD1 gets new board member: Dayton resident Mary Schilling ousts incumbent Penny Mentock-Barkan

SHERIDAN — One of only two incumbents in Sheridan County elections who were ousted from positions by challengers in Tuesday night’s general election came from the Sheridan County School District 1 board of trustees. Challenger Mary Schilling claimed a spot on the five-person team after edging out trustee Penny Mentock-Barkan, 865-731. Trustee Carol Garber was Read More

SCSD2 board gets one new member

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County School District 2 board of trustees will have one newcomer in January after Susan Wilson won the vacant seat left when trustee Scott Hininger decided not to run for another term. The remaining three trustees up for re-election retained their spots. After 12 years on the board, Hininger changed directions Read More

Unopposed winners in 2014 election

State Auditor R – Cynthia Cloud, incumbent (135,974) State Treasurer R – Mark Gordon, incumbent (136, 596) State Senator, District 21 R – Bruce Burns, incumbent (5,452) State Representative, District 40 R – Mike Madden, incumbent (2,827) State Representative, District 51 R – Rosie Berger, incumbent (3,233) County Assessor R – Paul Fall, incumbent (8,115) Read More

Voters opt to maintain status quo on college district board; three incumbents re-elected

SHERIDAN — The Northern Wyoming Community College District retained three incumbent board members after Tuesday’s election.  The district services Gillette College and Sheridan College in both Sheridan and Johnson counties.  Five candidates ran for seats on the board. Robert Leibrich, Norleen Healy and Jerry Iekel, all of whom were already serving, kept their seats. Mike Read More

Ranchester Town Council to add young blood in January

RANCHESTER — Two candidates who accepted write-in nominations during the primary election ran against each other in the general election to fill one unexpired two-year term on Ranchester Town Council. Jesse Hinkhouse won the election with 122 votes. Candidate Gayle Ogle received 94 votes. There were three write-in votes, but names of write-ins had not Read More

Renewal of Optional One-Cent Sales Tax likely

November 4, 2014

Absentee ballots have yet to be added in, but with 29 out of 29 precincts reporting, Sheridan County voters have OK’d renewal of the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax by a margin of nearly 3,000 votes. Votes in favor of renewing the tax were 5,019. Votes against renewal were 2,345. The tax is an optional penny Read More

2014 General Election final unofficial results with absentee ballots

Absentee votes have been added in and 29 out of 29 precincts are reporting for the 2014 general election. A total of 9,644 ballots were cast. Winners are marked with an asterisk. Final unofficial results for contested local and state Legislature races and renewal of the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax are: STATE LEGISLATURE State Representative, Read More

SCSD2 adds graduation coach to staff

SHERIDAN — The administration of Sheridan County School District 2 made quick work of creating, approving and filling their newest position: a graduation coach at Sheridan High School. During the October meeting of the school board, SHS Principal Brent Leibach and Sheridan Junior High School Principal Mitch Craft presented on behalf of the Graduation Counts Read More

City delays retail liquor license decision again

SHERIDAN — Members of Sheridan City Council were scheduled to approve a resolution Monday that would outline criteria for the sale of new retail liquor licenses, but decided to remove the resolution from the agenda, delaying a decision until the next council meeting Nov. 17. The city is currently in possession of a retail liquor license Read More

Child Development Center Region II receives grant for vehicle

SHERIDAN — The Child Development Center Region II received a $10,000 grant made possible by the Wyoming Community Foundation of Sheridan-Johnson Counties Fund and the Sheridan Area Opportunities Fund. Funds from this grant were used to purchase an all-wheel drive vehicle for Child Development Center staff members to provide home- and community-based education and therapeutic Read More

Billings Symphony to perform free concert at college Friday

SHERIDAN — The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale are coming to Sheridan College for a free concert Friday. The Billings Symphony will present its Top Brass Chamber Concert at 2 p.m. in the Whitney Presentation Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. “Bringing the Billings Symphony to Sheridan College will provide an Read More

Mayor to announce stroll button design winner Thurs.

SHERIDAN — The winner of the 2014 Christmas Stroll button design contest will be announced Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Sheridan Mayor John Heath will present the winner at Sheridan City Hall. The 19th annual Christmas Stroll is set for Nov. 28. This year’s theme is “Sugar Plum Stroll.” Stroll buttons will be available for purchase Read More

Panel to discuss issues facing veterans Friday

SHERIDAN — A panel of experts will discuss issues facing today’s veterans at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. The forum is part of the annual staff conference of the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies being held Nov. 6-7. “As Veterans Day approaches, one way we want to honor the men and Read More

SHS rodeo team to host NFR party Saturday at Holiday Inn

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School’s rodeo team will host a fantasy National Finals Rodeo party as a fundraiser Saturday at the Sheridan Holiday Inn. Admission to the event is free, but individuals will be able to purchase teams or individuals from the top 15 NFR qualifiers randomly drawn into 15 team positions and auctioned as Read More

Wednesday Events Nov. 4, 2014

Events for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 • 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sheridan Memorial Hospital blood drive, 1401 W. Fifth St., conference room B • 7 p.m., Big Horn High School band concert “Dracula,” Big Horn High School auditorium, 333 U.S. Highway 335, Big Horn

Local Briefs Nov. 4, 2014

Open Studios Fall Show and Sale set for this weekend SHERIDAN — The 12th annual Sheridan Open Studios Fall Show and Sale will be held Friday through Sunday at seven locations around the county. This weekend event is a collaboration of 16 artists to provide access to a unique range of art by opening their Read More

Preparing students for the future

November 3, 2014

SHERIDAN — College and career readiness is more than just a goal in Sheridan County School District 2, it’s a class. Sheridan High School and Fort Mackenzie High School each offer a course in the cluster of Career and Technical Education that takes their students beyond discussing their next step in life to doing a Read More

Attorneys ask that Ernst murderer’s case be sent back to district court

SHERIDAN — At least one of the three men convicted of murder in the 2009 home-invasion killing of Sheridan businessman Robert Ernst is set to be re-sentenced in coming months following orders from the Wyoming Supreme Court. Friday, the attorneys for state and defendant filed a motion to remand the case of Dharminder Vir Sen Read More

UW professor discusses threat of censorship

SHERIDAN — Jeffrey Lockwood, professor of natural science and humanities at the University of Wyoming, spoke to a group of more than 120 people about instances of censorship, particularly in the arts, by institutions in which members of the fuel economy are major donors. Lockwood is currently writing a book titled “Behind the Carbon Curtain: Read More

Fairgrounds to host vintage craft market Saturday

SHERIDAN — A vintage craft market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds on Saturday. The market will feature more than 45 arts and crafts booths, repurposed furniture, home and garden decor, cupcakes and vintage and retro finds. The event is sponsored by Red Shed Redos and will Read More

SCSD2 to release students early Thurs. for conferences

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 will hold parent/teacher conferences Thursday and Friday. Students will be released early Thursday and there will be no school on Friday. The following are the early dismissals times: • Kindergarten: 11:25 a.m. • Elementary schools: 12:35 p.m. • Sheridan Junior High School: 1:10 p.m. • Ft. Mackenzie/Wright Place: Read More

Christmas craft bazaar set for Saturday in Story

STORY — The Story sorority and Story Elementary School PTO will host a Christmas craft bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature various crafters with hostess gifts, jewelry, stocking stuffers, goodies and more. Lunch will be available beginning at 11 a.m. The bazaar will be held at the Story Woman’s Read More

Archaeological Society presentation to focus on Little Big Horn battle

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan-Johnson County chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sheridan Holiday Inn, in the Le Gourmet room. Dinner will be ordered from the menu, however it is not necessary to order dinner to attend the free program. Following dinner, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Little Big Read More

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