Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

Column: Concert, play Simpson class

“The Project(s), a stage play developed earlier this year in Sheridan, was named to “The Best of Chicago Stages” list recently by the Chicago Tribune. It’s the creation of PJ Paparelli who was a resident artist at Jentel in January. Tragically, Paparelli wasn’t around to see his success. He was killed in an automobile accident… Continue Reading

Genders split evenly; new interchange in ‘16

From the No-Man-Camps-Here, file…… One remarkable statistic from the newly released Sheridan County profile via the Census is how the county’s population is now 30,032. First time ever in the 30,000-plus territory. More remarkable: 15,004 males and 15,028 females. That’s pretty much even. •••••• The data is from the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce website.… Continue Reading

‘To Touch an Angel’

A favorite Christmas column of mine is by the late Paul Crume. His front-page “Big D” column was a morning staple for readers of the Dallas Morning News for many years. This particular essay, which first appeared in 1967, is timeless in its appeal. •••••• To Touch An Angel A man wrote me not long… Continue Reading

Book notes, quotes, anecdotes

Shop Sheridan this week! •••••• Recommended reading…… Say two good friends are having a conversation. Their talk has a suppleness to it because of shared storytelling from a long friendship. That’s the feeling a reader gets while reading (and dog-earring) pages in Roger Angell’s latest, “This Old Man: All in Pieces.” Angell, 94, has such… Continue Reading

Hillary ahead of P-Funk; Morris books recalled

What did the Zen master say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything. •••••• I see by the paper… • The era of the big indoor shopping mall may be coming to an end, so says a story from The Wall Street Journal. From 1995 to 2005, 54 mall properties were built.… Continue Reading

Cookies, park construction

Thank you notes are always appreciated. Kimberly Hein dropped by The Sheridan Press offices Monday afternoon with a big tray of cookies and sweets. Unexpected. The gesture was about the United Methodist Church’s cookie and candy sale Saturday. More than 6,000 cookies were sold in three hours, she said. The sale was featured in The… Continue Reading

‘Best of’ TV; goats take down plane

Another “best of” (television) item about 2015. At the top of my list was a documentary, “The Best of Enemies,” directed and written by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville. It’s accessible via Netflix or DVD. The film website Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 94 percent rating. It’s about the William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal… Continue Reading

Press celebrates staff, honorees

Congratulations! The Sheridan Press’ 2015 Staff Members of the Year awards were given last night at our annual Christmas party. This year, it was held at the Powder Horn. Music, bingo, a baby photo contest, door prizes, good food and hospitality. The honorees: • Lisa Marosok. She is one of our dedicated and successful display… Continue Reading

Column: The Food Group, Season’s Readings

This is the last week for donating books to this year’s Season’s Readings. It’s The Sheridan Press’ annual book collection for young readers. If you have children’s books that your kids or grandkids have “outgrown,” consider dropping the gently-used books into the drop-off bins. They are being collected, collated to the proper age groups and… Continue Reading

Favorite books of 2015

En route to the “nut” of a story, I’ve an annoying habit of taking the exit ramp to Anecdote. Or, so I’m told. Since it’s the season of “best of,” here’s a list of favorite reads of 2015. More on them later, but first, the blinker’s on toward Anecdote. (There was a piece awhile back… Continue Reading

Sheridan merchants enrich community

There was a story earlier this week in The Wall Street Journal about how the shine has come off the online apple of retailing. There’s a lot of hullaballoo about “Cyber Monday” and so forth, and sales are up, but shoppers are returning to other options. One of them: shoppers are physically going into stores.… Continue Reading

Press ‘Turkey Bowl,’ books, cash flow

Sign on Christmas parade float, in Texas: “Howdy Santa! Please, I Can Explain.” •••••• Sheridan Press tidings…….. We have an annual “Turkey Bowl” competition, in house, on the Friday after Thanksgiving along with a potluck lunch. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, it’s “all hands” getting out our Total Market Coverage/Black Friday edition to Press subscribers… Continue Reading

Column: At 19, Powell serves his country, sees the world

Column: At 19, Powell serves his country, sees the world

Here’s a good story. Robert Powell arrived at Naval Station San Diego on the USS Roosevelt (USN71) on Nov. 23. Joining Powell were 5,000 other sailors and officers who had a lead role in Operation Inherent Resolve. Powell graduated from Sheridan High School in 2014, the son of Amy and Rob Powell. Meeting him that… Continue Reading

Wright art; busy downtown

Today, the Martinsen Gallery at Sheridan College begins hosting Wright Choice Art Show. It’s free and the public is encouraged to attend. The show will run through Dec. 22. There will be a reception from 4-6 p.m. today. That’s inside the Whitney Academic Center. The show will honor lifelong local artists and educators Bill and… Continue Reading

Column: Christmas Stroll at 4; “pe-cahn vs pee-can”

Tonight’s the night! It’s not the Christmas season until the annual Sheridan Christmas Stroll, now in its 20th year. It’s Friday — today — from 4 to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Sheridan. There’s music, contests, promotional giveaways — always a festive night. And best of all, shop local discounts. Many merchants have in-store refreshments.… Continue Reading

Column: Pecans are a holiday memory

“Thanksgiving,” Edward Sanford Martin (1856-1936), an American editor and journalist once wrote, “comes, by statute once a year; to the honest man, it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” •••••• A lot of holiday baking is beginning to crank up featuring pecans. I’ve got my mother’s recipe for pecan pie, the… Continue Reading

Column: Goodfellow Fund; largest paper of year

Tomorrow, the annual Goodfellow Fund campaign kicks off. It’s sponsored by The Sheridan Press and, for more than 50 years, it has helped make Christmas brighter for local families. This year’s goal: $8,000. Over time, some $300,000 has been raised. The proceeds are collected here at the Press office and are tracked and donated to… Continue Reading

Local football teams special

If someone just dropped out of the sky, from outer space, or even Texas, one could make an assumption: here lies a “football hotbed.” Sheridan High School — state champions. Tongue River High School — state championship runner up. And down the road a ways, Kaycee High School — state champions in six-man football. ••••••… Continue Reading

Fly Sheridan! air service returns

Nice work by the Critical Air Service Team (CAST), Sheridan Travel and Tourism, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sheridan and all of those involved in getting commercial air service back to Sheridan via Denver. There was a “launch party” today in the Malcolm Wallop Terminal Building at the Sheridan County Airport. Johnson County, too,… Continue Reading

Sheridan air service begins Nov. 19

Next week, daily air service out of Sheridan to Denver will begin. (And back.) Nov. 19, the record will show. Good stuff, this. •••••• “Just like Vietnam,” says one reader regarding President Obama’s decision to send 50 advisors into Syria. Comparison check: Not that much oil in Vietnam. (Aka “geopolitical interests.”) •••••• Dept. of incidental… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes, anecdotes

Russia cheating? To win medals at the Olympics? Golly, Batman. The next thing they’re going to tell us is that professional wrestling isn’t on the level. •••••• Thank you, veterans! •••••• Observations while visiting an older brother in Oklahoma City: • T-shirt spotted at local discount store: I’m out of estrogen and own a gun.… Continue Reading

Season’s Readings donations to begin

Today’s Notebook — comfort fit. •••••• Season’s Readings is kicking off this week in Sheridan. It’s sponsored by The Sheridan Press and puts children’s books into the homes and backpacks of local underserved youth. We work with The Food Group and Missi Hubert, its executive director. With volunteers, they sort the books, present a bright… Continue Reading

Press anecdotes; Cowboys recalled

Tidings from the Sheridan Press… • Last Friday, the Press enjoyed its annual staff Halloween costume party-competition and potluck soup. Thanks to all of the Press staff who made it a festive day. First-place costume winner was Travis Pearson, courthouse-cops-city reporter-writer who nailed “Ace Ventura — Pet Detective” right down to the hairstyle. Runner up… Continue Reading

Whitney/M&M rink; library auction coming

So…… How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet tissue? Don’t know. No one has ever seen it done. •••••• “If you build it, they will come.” So goes the line in the baseball film “Field of Dreams.” There’s a sense of this as well in downtown Sheridan these days, and… Continue Reading

Encore coming for Simpsons

When I first read the story in the Press, I went out and bought my tickets. John Woodward, director of the Sheridan County Museum, sold them Monday afternoon. This event, “An Evening with the Simpson Brothers,” will be a fundraising gala for the Sheridan County Historical Society. The two brothers usually talk about politics, life,… Continue Reading

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