Fear, anger, and sympathy have gripped many of us in the last week since the murder of Robert Ernst caught most of us off-guard here in Sheridan. Nearly 75 people attended a meeting this week to learn more about the Neighborhood Watch program and how we can implement the idea in our community.
The Tongue River Valley Community Center in Dayton could be open by this time next month if work is not further delayed during September. The Center has had the enormous challenge of funding the renovation of the former Tongue River High School building to serve the Dayton community. The Center won't be able to keep both locations open indefinitely without more funding for operations.
It was over ten years ago when the nation was shocked to hear about events at Columbine High School in Colorado. 12 students and one teacher were killed that day when two students opened fire in the school.
Ranchester Mayor Cliff Clevenger along with Engineer Chris Johnson recently did a walk through of the Stonebrook Meadows Two Subdivision in Ranchester. Clevenger says that there remains several unfinished items in the subdivision.
In a report from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a firefighter received surgery on his lower leg Tuesday afternoon after cutting himself with an ax while fighting the Lone Tree Fire. The firefighter had been stripping bark from a cottonwood before felling it. Fire Management Officer Dale Glenmore said that the firefighter's chaps and personal protective equipment saved him from a worse injury.
Local, State, and Federal authorities had been working to stop a methamphetamine delivery ring in Sheridan since 2003. Yesterday, 50-year-old Jerry Melneck was sentenced for his part in the distribution of the drug between 2003 and 2007.
A woman charged with taking over $7,000 from a local parent-teacher organization was arraigned in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday. 35-year-old Angela Meckle entered a guilty plea on one count of larceny by bailee. Meckle was president of the Coffeen Elementary School PTO in October 2007 and August 2008 when the crimes took place.
Residents United for Rural Areas and Lifestyles expressed their concerns with the recently adopted Sheridan County Future Land Use Plan. The group is comprised of Sheridan County residents that live south of the City of Sheridan. Their concerns are that the future transportation maps of Sheridan County show road networks that do not reflect the views of area residents.
Yesterday, The Sheridan County Commissioners voted unanimously to alter their contract with EnTech Engineering, which is working on designing implementation projects for the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. EnTech had been designing a new parking lot and landscape work to fix drainage issues on the west side of the fairgrounds.