Four Veterans receive their Quilt of Valor in Hay Springs

By Scott Bidroski

On Wednesday, April 26, four Veterans were honored at a small ceremony hosted at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs, Neb.

Truman Powell, Harold ‘Deek’ Dierkson, Charles Cornett, and James Kerns were all honored for their service to country with each handmade quilt.

Specialist Second Class Truman Powell served in the United States Army beginning in 1963 and honorably discharged in 1965.

Harold ‘Deek’ Dierkson served in the United States


Nelson signs to play basketball with Concordia University

By Scott Bidroski

The leading scorer in Gordon-Rushville basketball history is taking his talents to the next level.

G-R senior Jace Nelson made it official, signing his Letter of Intent to play basketball at Concordia University in Seward, Neb.

Nelson closed his career as a Mustang with the most career points and rebounds in school history. Nelson’s 1,306 points and 926 rebounds topped the charts.

He joins the Bulldog program that has had some serious success in recent years.

In the


21st Century’s Jonathon Johansen becomes companies first Certified Level 3 Technician

By Scott Bidroski

21st Century Equipment employee Jonathon Johansen has always had the desire to keep learning.

And lucky for him, John Deere provided an excellent outlet to continue to develop his skills as a technician.

At a small company party recently, Johansen was recognized as a Technician - Level 3 certification; the highest level a Deere employee can reach.

Essentially, Johansen has completed the entire criteria to be a fully certified Deere technician.

It was not an easy road


Carter Anderson set to begin collegiate rodeo career at EWC

By Scott Bidroski

Yet another senior from Gordon-Rushville High School has made the official jump into the collegiate athletic ranks.

GRHS student Carter Anderson put pen to paper to join the Rodeo program at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyo.

Anderson, who excelled as a Mustang in Football and Basketball, spent his summers in the arena as well.

His roots to the family ranch spurred his love for the sport which he has transitioned into a lot of success.

Anderson will be joined by


Gordon’s Simonson recognized as 4-H Emerging Adult Award for Sheridan County

By Scott Bidroski

For Gordon resident Jackie Simonson, 4-H was not always at the top of her list.

But when her oldest daughter Lindsey began to show interest in the activities that 4-H held, Simonson found herself becoming move involved.

That blossomed into a position on the 4-H Council and then eventually into the leadership role for the Albany 4-H Club.

“Everything about our local 4-H program excites me,” said Simonson.

“I love helping the youth learn and experience new


McKayla Longest receives 30 days in jail for Stalking charge

By Scott Bidroski

The final chapter of an ongoing saga within the local legal arenas has come to a conclusion.

McKayla Longest was sentenced to 30 days in Sheridan County Jail on Thursday, April 13 stemming from a plea deal she accepted.

Longest pled no contest to the charge of Misdemeanor Stalking.

Longest’s husband, Bryan Longest, recently received 24 to 28 years in prison for a sexual assault that occurred in 2022. While in prison, Bryan and McKayla’s phone calls were


AJae McKimmey set to attend Central Comm. College next fall

By Scott Bidroski

Another outstanding athlete from the Gordon-Rushville Class of 2023 has made her plans official at the next level.

Mustang AJae McKimmey signed her letter of intent to play both volleyball and basketball at Central Community College (CCC) in Columbus, Neb.

McKimmey starred in both sports for the Mustangs, compiling some outstanding career statistics in her time in the blue and orange.

On the hardwood, McKimmey scored 607 points, grabbed 561 rebounds, and had 167


Local ranchers persevere through long winter to bring new life to the Sandhills

By Scott Bidroski

Maybe it’s for the glory or the recognition. If not those, it’s damn sure about the money. That’s got to be the reason these hard-working men and women spend so much time doing jobs that no one wants to do during calving season.

But wait? You are telling me it’s not about any of those things? All those 3 a.m. checks? The backwards calves? The long hauls into the barn when the Sandhills wind is pushing temps to 30 below zero?

Surely the only reason


Gordon Chamber sends a little piece of home to Tennessee

By Scott Bidroski

A really interesting surprise arrived via the mail recently to the Gordon Chamber of Commerce.

A letter from a student at Northside Elementary School located in Savannah, Tenn. arrived at the mailbox of the Chamber.

In the envelope was a letter from the student, Hadley Gordon, who stated she sent the correspondence for a class project to learn more about places in the United States that share her name.

She choose Gordon, Neb., for obvious reasons, and put her letter in the

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