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New school funded: Wyo. School Facilities Commission OK’s new TR Elementary school funding

December 19, 2014

SHERIDAN — The State of Wyoming School Facilities Commission approved the funding allocation for the construction of a new Tongue River Elementary School Thursday. After the Sheridan County School District 1 board of trustees voted Tuesday to accept a bid for construction from GH Phipps Construction of Sheridan for $13,883,400, SCSD1 Superintendent Marty Kobza and Read More

Getting ready for kindergarten: Subcommittee focusing on early childhood education, kindergarten readiness

SHERIDAN — While members of the Graduation Counts Committee at Sheridan County School District 2 continue to investigate ways to improve the district’s graduation rates, a subcommittee is turning their sights on a much younger group of students. Headed up by SCSD2 Director of Elementary Education Scott Stults, the Early Childhood Subcommittee believes ensuring a Read More

Water changing hands: SAWS transfers ownership of Commercial Park water system to city

SHERIDAN — A long-standing but largely unfulfilled agreement between the Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board and the city of Sheridan became reality Wednesday. At the regular SAWS board meeting, SAWS transferred ownership of the water system in the Sheridan Commercial Park to the city of Sheridan, which annexed the area in 2012. The Read More

Sheridan Angels receive gift from ‘50 States for Good’ program

SHERIDAN — For two years the Sheridan Angels have been helping the community for the small price of just paying it forward. Last month, the state of Wyoming paid it forward to the Sheridan Angels. Kelley Mason, Angels founder and executive director, opened an email informing her that her organization was the recipient of $10,000 Read More

Saturday Events Dec. 19, 2014

• 7-10 a.m., Shop with a Cop, Kmart, 2571 N. Main St. • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Toys for Tots distribution day, Rising Sun Wellness Center, 151 W. Brundage St. • 9 a.m., Birding at The Brinton, The Brinton Museum, 239 Brinton Road, Big Horn • 9:15 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. rehearsal start, Tuba Read More

Local Briefs Dec. 19, 2014

Suzor, Cebula reading and signing Monday   SHERIDAN — Poet, author and publisher Sarah Suzor and writer, publisher and poet Travis Cebula will be releasing their latest book, “After the Fox,” on Monday at the Sheridan Inn. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. the event will include readings by both authors and a book signing. Books will Read More

Correction Dec. 19, 2014

The book signing with Abbie Johnson Taylor at Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery reported in Thursday’s edition of The Sheridan Press is not occurring. The Press regrets this error.

Former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow coming to Sheridan April 15

December 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — Tim Tebow is coming to town. K-Life staff announced today that the former Denver Broncos quarterback and Heisman trophy winner will be featured in a youth rally, a VIP meet and greet and a keynote presentation April 15 at the Sheridan High School gymnasium. Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday Read More

Dog shoots man: Accidental shooting injures man

SHERIDAN — The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has released its findings on the shooting of a man Monday on Murphy Gulch Road. Sheriff Steve Kozisek said Richard L. Fipps, 46, of Sheridan had driven to Murphy Gulch Road with two employees to move a vehicle that had become stuck. Fipps was standing beside his truck Read More

New OSHA regulations bill working through Legislature

SHERIDAN — Since the death of her grandson Brett Collins in a construction incident in 2012, Mary Jane Collins has been a woman on a mission. Twenty-year-old Brett Collins was killed on the job when he was hit with the bucket of an excavator as he worked in a trench. The company he worked for, Read More

Return to the ‘Rose Parade’: Robbins will work on Queen’s float for second year

SHERIDAN — After millions of flowers have been assembled in more than 80,000 hours of labor by about 935 volunteer designers, the 126th annual Rose Parade will take to the pavement on New Year’s Day in California. In the midst of the stringently organized chaos will once again be a Sheridanite as Linda Robbins, owner Read More

Commissioners vote no, Wild Horse Road to remain private

SHERIDAN — County Commissioners split their vote 2-3 on Tuesday when trying to decide if a private road southeast of Arvada should be established as a county road. The road will remain a private road maintained by residents. The road begins at milepost 2.5 of County Road 38, Wild Horse Road, and continues south along Read More

Dayton Town Council ready to fill vacant seat in Jan.

DAYTON — Dayton Town Council is now set to fill an open council seat in January after passing on third reading an ordinance that lays out the process to fill vacancies. The Council voted unanimously Wednesday to pass the ordinance, Mayor Bob Wood said. Once the new Council is sworn in come January, it will Read More

Recreation District looks to 2015 in last meeting of the year

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Recreation District board got together Wednesday for their final meeting of 2014, and they continued discussions on items that have filled up the agenda over the past several months. Mike McCafferty joined Wednesday’s meeting to share some information described in an agreement between Sheridan Baseball Academy and the Sheridan Recreation District Read More

Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ release

SHERIDAN — Those eagerly awaiting the release of “The Interview,” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, will be disappointed. Sony has cancelled the release of the movie in the face of threats from a hacker group that said it would launch 9/11-like attacks against any theater showing the movie, according to news reports. The company Read More

Christmas bird count Tues.

STORY — The Story-Big Horn Christmas Bird Count will be held Tuesday. Teams of volunteers will travel by foot or vehicle for an eight-hour period from dawn to late afternoon identifying and counting birds. Volunteers are needed and the event is open to all expertise levels. For additional information, contact Jean Daly at 674-9728.

Abbie Taylor Johnson to sign books Monday

SHERIDAN — A book signing for “That’s Life” by Abbie Taylor Johnson is set for Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery. The book is a collection of poems that celebrates the normal and the ordinary. For additional information, contact the bookstore at 674-8080. Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery is Read More

Chamber accepting nominations for annual business awards

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for the organization’s annual business awards. Categories include business person of the year, business of the year, Spirit of Sheridan and Strength of Sheridan. Each nominee must be a Chamber member or employee of a Chamber member. To submit a nomination, send the Read More

Friday’s Events Dec. 18, 2014

• 1:30 p.m., Big Horn Woman’s Club meeting, Big Horn Woman’s Club clubhouse, 314 S. Second St., Big Horn • 6:30 p.m., Easter Seals Christmas program, Bethesda Worship Center, old Woodland Park School building, 5135 Coffeen Ave. • 7 p.m., holiday open house, Story Branch Library, 20 N. Piney Road, Story

Local Briefs Dec. 18, 2014

Big Horn Woman’s Club to meet Friday BIG HORN — The Big Horn Woman’s Club will meet Friday beginning at 1:30 p.m. The December meeting will include a Christmas party and cookie exchange. Those planning to attend are asked to bring one or two dozen cookies to share and a food donation for local food Read More

Correction Dec. 18, 2014

In Tuesday’s edition of The Sheridan Press, the story “Sheridan On Skates counts on community support,” wrongly stated the organization’s web address. The address for more information or to make a contribution is sheridanonskates.org. The Press regrets this error.

Third reading passed for council, mayor pay increase

RANCHESTER — Ranchester Town Council passed on third and final reading Tuesday an ordinance to increase the salary of the mayor and council members. The mayor’s salary will be increased to $2,000 per month or $24,000 per year, the maximum allowed by Wyoming state statute for mayors of incorporated towns. Mayors of first-class cities like Sheridan Read More

Sharing in the warmth of the season

December 17, 2014

Wyoming Dept. of Education releases new report, ‘Growth and Achievement’

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Department of Education has announced a new report available to the public. The new report, called Growth and Achievement, was developed by the Assessment and Data teams at the WDE. It employs data visualization techniques to present information graphically. “These reports are very useful for districts, schools and teacher teams to Read More

Clearmont water study approved: Council works to improve water for the town

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Water Development Commission approved a Level II water study last week for the town of Clearmont that will seek to provide increased and improved water for the town. Mayor Chris Schock told Council members about the approval in his report at Monday’s Clearmont Town Council meeting. The study, funded by the WWDC, Read More

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