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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

Writing their futures

     SHERIDAN — This weekend, the class of 2015 will receive their diplomas from each of the five high schools in Sheridan County. So what’s next for these 300 young adults? After they walk across that stage, they will continue on in many different directions.      Some graduates will go on to college. Read More

High school programs, staying local saves grads thousands

SHERIDAN — Tongue River High School seniors Amanda Buller and Austen Scammon will graduate this weekend with the class of 2015, and both plan to attend Sheridan College in the fall. The duo, along with fellow grads attempting post-secondary education, heads to college in an era of uncertainty. Despite a recovering economy, a student loan Read More

Few students continue sports at collegiate level

SHERIDAN — You’ve seen the commercials. “There are over 380,000 student athletes, and most of us go pro in something other than sports.” It’s a National Collegiate Athletic Association slogan that emphasizes the student rather than the athlete. If you’re a sports fan attending any of the high school graduations this weekend, a large portion Read More

Restriction on post-1950 water rights in Tongue River Reservoir lifted

SHERIDAN — On April 10, the state of Montana made a call under the Yellowstone River Compact to fill Tongue River Reservoir. That call applied to Wyoming water rights with a priority date later than Jan. 1, 1950, according to a press release from the State Engineer’s Office. Since Montana made its call, the Wyoming Read More

Recycling materials coming in, start date still on track

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s curbside recycling program continues to take shape, and city representatives say the start date of Aug. 3 remains tentatively on track. The recycling center received the first shipment of blue recycling bins Wednesday, according to Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator Darla Franklin. By the time deliveries finished up Friday, the city received Read More

Internship programs offer path to career readiness

SHERIDAN — Whether they are tired of school or have a burning passion for something that can’t be found in the classroom, traditional college is not always the most attractive prospect for high school seniors. That’s why many graduates are beginning to looking elsewhere to build their careers. This year, 49 seniors at Sheridan High 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

Becoming partners

SHERIDAN — High school students often work a few part-time jobs in their teens, just beginning to scratch the surface of possible careers — or not, depending on what the jobs were — but things went a little differently for Sheridan High School senior Tate Williamson. At 18, he is already a part-owner in the Read More

Postponing school for the family business: A-C grad to run ranch, spend time with his family

“It’s said that a wise person learns from his mistakes. A wiser one learns from others’ mistakes. But the wisest person of all learns from others’ successes.” — John C. Maxwell, elaborating on a Zen proverb ARVADA — If John C. Maxwell, an expert and author on leadership, is right in saying that the wise Read More

Agendas May 23, 2015

Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board 7 p.m. Wednesday Lucille Alley Room Dayton Town Hall • Call to order • Approval of minutes of April 22 meeting • Approval of agenda A. Additions B. Deletions • Old business A. Update: Casper Star ad B. Funding request to JPB members • New business A. Pay bills Read More

Early dismissal times announced for last day of school in SCSD2

May 22, 2015

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 has announced dismissal times for the last day of school on May 29. Early dismissals will be held at different times for different schools. The schedule is as follows: • Kindergarten — 12:05 p.m. • Elementary (Grades 1-5) — 1:15 p.m. • Fort Mackenzie/Wright Place — 1:55 p.m. Read More

Chadron State College names local students to president’s list

SHERIDAN — Five students from Sheridan County were named on the Chadron State college president’s list recently. The list requires a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and included 277 students total. Students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify. Students who were named to the list include: Shawna Michelena Read More

From Pearl Harbor to Iraq, soldiers give all

“Through their deeds, the dead of battle have spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could. But we can only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they gave a last full measure of devotion.” — President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address     SHERIDAN — Death — the Read More

Arvada-Clearmont — small but mighty class of 2015

CLEARMONT — Linzee Adamson is the valedictorian of her class. She is involved with FFA, student council National Honor Society, Tri-M, high school rodeo, 4-H, yearbook staff and plays basketball. Her best friend KayLee Stidham is the salutatorian. Stidham is involved with FFA, student council, Tri-M, FBLA, youth group yearbook and plays volleyball and basketball. Read More

New branding effort for Sheridan unveiled

  SHERIDAN — Highlighting the blend between Western roots and modern conveniences, members of the Sheridan Economic Development Task Force selected the tagline “Naturally” and released the new logo for the community at an unveiling Thursday night in front of droves of community members at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce office. “(Naturally) is meant Read More

Shooter in Ernst murder to be eligible for parole in 35 years

May 21, 2015

UPDATE: (9:30 a.m. May 22) SHERIDAN — The shooter in the 2009 murder of local businessman Robert Ernst will be eligible for parole in 35 years based on a resentencing hearing held Thursday in 4th Judicial District Court. In his January 2014 sentencing, Dharminder Vir Sen was sentenced to life according to law for first-degree Read More

Press to request release of SCSD2 meeting minutes

May 22, 2015

SHERIDAN — Attorneys for The Sheridan Press will file a motion asking the 4th Judicial District Court to order Sheridan County School District 2 to release the executive session meeting minutes as stipulated in the May 14 Wyoming Supreme Court decision. In February 2014, The Press filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging its Read More

College prioritizes enrollment growth funding

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

Sheridan man pleads guilty in counterfeiting case

CASPER (AP) — A man and a woman have pleaded guilty to counterfeiting-related charges in federal court in Casper. The change-of-plea hearings for Wyatt T. McMahon, of Sheridan, and Amanda Buell, of Buffalo, were held Thursday before U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl. KTWO radio in Casper reports that McMahon pleaded guilty to one count Read More

Food bank to hold food drive this weekend

SHERIDAN — The People Assistance Food Bank will hold its annual Memorial Day food drive today-Monday. Based on availability of volunteers, community members will be able to donate food goods at Warehouse Market, Albertson’s, Kmart and Ridley’s. Each location will provide a list of needed items. The People Assistance Food Bank provides food to 300-500 Read More

Museum to host appreciation weekend May 30-31

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Museum will be hosting its annual Community Appreciation Weekend May 30-31 at the Sheridan County Museum. During the two-day event admission to the museum will free for all visitors. There will also be a 10 percent discount on most items in the museum’s Mercantile shop and a discount on museum Read More

Hang gliders fly-in to be held Sat., Sun. in Bighorns

DAYTON — The annual Memorial Day weekend hang-gliders fly-in will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Bighorn Mountains. The event draws hang-gliders and paragliders from around the region. The gliders take off at the Sand Turn turnout off of U.S. Highway 14 just outside of Dayton. Gliders will be out all day if weather Read More

Big Horn Middle School band to perform Thursday

BIG HORN — The Big Horn Middle School band will give a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Big Horn High School auditorium. The concert will feature students in grades 5-8. The concert is free and open to the public. The band is directed by music teacher Ariel Downing. Big Horn High School is Read More

Mother, daughter open late night coffee shop

May 21, 2015

SHERIDAN— Andi’s Coffee House isn’t located on bustling Main Street; it’s located out of an old residential house and there is a good chance you have never heard of the brand of coffee they brew. Sheridan’s newest coffee shop is anything but conventional — and owners Annie and Dionne Hendrickson wouldn’t have it any other Read More

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