Shots ring out in Rushville; suspect has been arrested

By Scott Bidroski

On Wednesday, June 8, gunshots rung out in Rushville, Neb. at the Sheridan Livestock Auction Company.

Once the dust settled, one man was flown to Scottsbluff to be treated for his injuries and another man was in handcuffs.

According to a Press Release from the Nebraska State Patrol, a verbal altercation broke out between Gilbert Grooms, 44, from Oglala, South Dakota and Charles Winters, 35, of Martin, South Dakota during a horse sale at the Sheridan County Livestock Auction


Peterson and Wallace earn the nod for the NSWCA Hall of Fame

By Scott Bidroski

Two Sheridan County names that are synonymous with wrestling here and beyond have received their call to the hall.

Rushville resident Kraig Peterson along with 1998 Gordon High School graduate Chad Wallace have been selected to the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association (NSWCA) Hall of Fame.

The pair were inducted into the NSWCA Hall of Fame on Friday, June 10 during a banquet that was held in Grand Island, Neb.

Kraig Peterson’s history with the sport of


“Fortress of Sin”set for World Premiere at Gordon Theatre with Red Carpet Experience on June 11

By Scott Bidroski

Hollywood is coming to Gordon, Nebraska and all are welcome to attend.

The Gordon Theatre will be hosting a movie premiere, complete with a red carpet, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres for the release of the thriller, ‘Fortress of Sin.”

The movie features several native born Nebraskans in the cast and crew, with many having ties to Sheridan County.

The movie is set to hit the screen at 7:00 p.m. but the doors will open for the festivities at 6:00 p.m. Several


Nielsen Ranch donates beef for Steers for Students program

By Scott Bidroski

The Steers for Students program, which was created by the Sandhills Cattle Association, is having an immediate impact to Sheridan County students in its first year.

Thanks to the generous donation from Greg and Jolee Nielsen, who own and operate the Nielsen Ranch just east of Gordon, the Gordon-Rushville School District will not only be receiving the processed meat from this donation but will also receive a very unique educational opportunity in the process.

On June 29, the


GPD and Sheriff’s Dept. execute yet another search warrant

By Scott Bidroski

On Sunday, May 22, the Gordon Police Department along with the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at 404 N. Main Street in Gordon, Neb.

The purpose of the warrant was to investigate the possibility of drug activity in the residence.

According to official paperwork filed in Sheridan County Court, multiple drugs were located inside the home.

In the basement, a small baggy of methamphetamine and 92 grams of amphetamine were


First National Bank of Gordon’s Cornelius Ray named to NBA’s Leadership Program

The Nebraska Banker’s Association has recently released the names of 16 candidates hand-selected to join the NBA’s 2024 Leadership Program.  

Cornelius Ray, Vice President of the First National Bank of Gordon, has been chosen to join the prestigious program. 

For the next two years, Ray will study leadership techniques in banking. He will be required to attend all Nebraska Bankers Conventions and take part in group


Hay Springs Superintendent Russell Lechtenberg to retire

By Scott Bidroski

Longtime educator and Superintendent Russell Lechtenberg is officially retiring this summer.

The Hay Springs administrator is ready to dedicate all his time to chasing around his 22 grandchildren and attending all their activities.

Lechtenberg came to Hay Springs in 2017 after previously retiring from West Boyd School as the Principal/Superintendent.

He served the Hay Springs School District for a total of five years.

His career in education began in 1973 at Elgin High


Helicopters set to survey noxious and invasive weed species in Western Nebraska’s waterways

By Scott Bidroski

An invasive and noxious weed surveying project, which will focus on waterways in Northwest Nebraska, is set to begin this week.

The Panhandle Research Integration for Discovery Education, otherwise known as P.R.I.D.E., is heading up the surveying project to get a grasp and  head start on invasive and noxious weeds in the area’s precious waterways.

Helicopters will be utilized in Sheridan, Box Butte, Deuel, Sioux, Dawes, Cheyenne, and Garden counties to locate


GRPS Superintendent Lori Liggett ready to begin a new chapter

By Scott Bidroski

Longtime educator and current Gordon-Rushville Public Schools Superintendent Lori Liggett is set to close a chapter of her life that has been ongoing for the past 38 years.

Liggett will officially step down from her position as Superintendent effective this summer.

Her roots with the Gordon and Gordon-Rushville School Districts date back to her first job at Gordon Elementary in 1984.

Liggett began her career in education as a third grade teacher and has filled multiple

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