Arianda Vives makes the jump from Spain to Sheridan County

By Scott Bidroski

It took her 14 hours on a plane leaving her home country of Spain before arriving to her home for the next year in Clinton, Neb.

But for Arianda Vives it was all worth it.

Vives is a sophomore at Gordon-Rushville High School and is spending the year learning all about America and Sheridan County.

“I wanted to come to the United States and I did not care which location,” said Vives.

“I wanted to spend an American year because it so different from


1973 Naval Class travels across Sheridan County during nationwide trip to remember classmates

By Scott Bidroski

In celebration of their 50th anniversary of graduation from the United States Naval Academy, the class of 1973 is embarking on an amazing journey.

This journey brought them into Sheridan County on Friday, September 1 after completing the 48.5 miles from Chadron to Gordon.

The riders, along with members of their support team, met at American Legion Post #34 upon completion of that day’s leg.

This journey began for this group at Navy Heights on Friday, August 4, 2023


Tera Digmann set to begin role as Hay Springs Principal

By Scott Bidroski

A new face is ready to begin her tenure as Principal for Hay Springs Public Schools.

Tera Digmann is that new face in the Principal’s office, and the Sturgis, S.D. native is ready to get to work.

Digmann attended Sturgis High School before heading off to Black Hills State for her Bachelor’s Degree in English Teaching.

She wasted no time continuing her education once she began her first job teaching 9th grade English, picking up her Masters Degree in Reading


Nielsen Insurance opens its fifth location in Gordon

By Scott Bidroski

The business of insurance is not new to the building at 224 N. Main Street in Gordon but a new name is donned across the sign on the front.

Officially on June 1, 2023, Dane Nielsen from Nielsen Insurance purchased Strong Insurance and has just about completed the transition.

This location in Gordon is the fifth Nielsen Insurance office in Nebraska. And for the owner Dane Nielsen, he is excited to be on Main Street in Gordon.

“I’m really excited about being on


Rushville resident Hadleigh Hoos named Miss Rodeo Sheridan County

By Scott Bidroski

An event that has been missing from the schedule at the Sheridan County Fair & Rodeo made a resurgence this year.

The Rodeo Queen and Princess contests had been vacant in years past but thanks to the direction of Robin Scherbarth and Eva Oliver, the event has been revived.

And when the dust settled on the big show, a young lady from Sheridan County took home the crown.

Rushville resident Hadleigh Hoos put together a solid day and collected enough points to receive the


USDA - RD State Director Kate Bolz visits Sheridan County

By Scott Bidroski

The USDA - Rural Development Nebraska State Director Kate Bolz paid Sheridan County a visit on Tuesday, July 11. 

During her day trip to the Sandhills, Bolz stopped by Open Range Beef, Gordon Memorial Hospital, the City of Gordon, and Farm to Family Cooperative in Hay Springs.

The purpose of the trip was simple; check on the population that is the heartbeat of food, fuel, and fiber in the State of Nebraska.

“We are in Gordon today, both checking in on some of


Bixby graduates from the Professional Ringmen’s Institute

Clay Bixby of Ellsworth, Nebraska has just completed training at the Professional Ringmen’s Institute in Branson, Missouri. This prestigious institute is the only one in the U.S. and their objective is clear; “Teaching Skills to Make Every Auction a Better One.” 

The institute trains those individuals wishing to serve as Professional Ringmen while assisting bidders and Auctioneers at live auctions. During the intensive course, students receive hands on training for


Smitty’s Place breathes new life into historic building in Rushville

By Scott Bidroski

A building that has been a mainstay as a local watering hole in Rushville is getting a fresh start.

Misty and Tim Belsky have purchased what has been known for the last 50+ years as The 20 Bar and have hit the ground running.

A soft opening took place this past Sunday, June 18 and the couple officially opened the doors of their new bar, Smitty’s Place, this past week.

Misty came to Nebraska in 1996 on a trip to visit family in Valentine from Oregon. During that trip


Hannah Graham jumps in feet first as Parkview administrator

By Scott Bidroski

Nestled a block off Highway 20 in Rushville is a place that is doing its best to improve the quality of life for its residents.

And some recent changes within the walls has seen one very passionate employee assume the new role of Administrator.

That employee is Hannah Graham, who took over that new role recently, adjusting the sails of the organization and doing her best to steer it in a positive direction.

Graham first joined the staff at Parkview in 2018 as the

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