Category Archives: Publisher’s Notebook

True West celebrates King Museum

The ghosts of “Christmas Past” are beginning to appear. American Express. VISA. Discover. •••••• True West, a magazine I’m long fond of, arrived Tuesday. Inside, there’s a story — a correction actually — about the Don King Museum of Sheridan and how it had been voted the Reader’s Choice award for Best Collectibles Gallery. In… Continue Reading

Snow blowers, trivia, blessings

The little blessings we enjoy. Embrace them. Treva Lannan noted so in her letter Tuesday in the Press. • Stuck in traffic on Coffeen? Think about those people who have never driven a car and depend on public transportation here in the U.S. and abroad in order to get from Point A to Point B.… Continue Reading

Drunk Russian rises from dead

Today’s Notebook – not approved prior to publishing by El Chapo. •••••• I see by the paper…. We were in Colorado last month visiting family and celebrating Susan’s birthday when the big story in nearby Grand Junction was about a busboy who found $3,000 in cash a few of days before Christmas. Johnny Duckworth has… Continue Reading

Wright art exhibit coming; Simpson brothers sell-out

Artist, craftsman, historian — they all seem to fit a label for Kim Fuka of Ranchester. Add cheerleader and dealer for the work of Sheridan artist William E. Wright. Wright died in 1989. In the past several weeks, Fuka has been hanging Wright’s art — oils, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, acrylics, pen and inks — in… Continue Reading

Letters to editor always well read

Last October, I had a letter to the editor published in the Montrose (Colorado) Daily Press. It was in regard to a hospitalization there and noted gratitude. It was my first letter to the editor that was published since 1984 when a submission made print in Texas Monthly magazine. (It was about a former military… Continue Reading

Notes, quotes anecdotes

Nostalgia, defined: It’s like a grammar lesson — you find the present tense and the past perfect. •••••• I see by the paper…. • Likely because of the holiday season, people are sick of turkey on their plates. The number one state in turkey production? Minnesota. Some 46 million birds are produced there. The other… Continue Reading

Goodfellow Fund passes goal

First things first. It’s good to read how the 2015 Goodfellow Fund surpassed its goal of $8,000. In all, $10,560. Funds are directed to the Sheridan Salvation Army. The Sheridan Press and Bank of the West were the coordinating agencies. The Press started this community drive almost 60 years ago and over time, more than… Continue Reading

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

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