2013 Year In Review – July-September

Sheridan Inn -- Pat Blair Photo
Sheridan Inn -- Pat Blair Photo

We continue our look back at 2013 with a review of stories from July through September. This third quarter of the year saw a new beginning for a historic building, held judgment day for the local college and included a report of the death of a man from Story.

The man from Story was killed in early July, after wrecking his pickup truck on Interstate 90, six miles from Sheridan, less than a mile from the Meade Creek Exit. He was identified by authorities as 30-year-old David Wayne Wallace who died from injuries soon after he was taken to the hospital in Sheridan.

Sergeant Stephen Townsend with the Wyoming Highway Patrol explained what happened.

Judgment day for the Sheridan College came in August, on the 20th, when county voters went to the polls and voted down a special bond issue for $15.8 million to expand and renovate the college's technical education center. More than 5,400 people cast their ballot, but when all were tallied, the bond had been voted down by 53 percent.

In the aftermath, the college President Dr. Paul Young said school officials would start looking for other ways to improve the center.

The new beginning came with news of a possible purchase of the historic Sheridan Inn, which had been closed to the public since September of 2012, because of a lack of funds needed to keep the building operational. So, here it was a year later, in September, that Bob Townsend from Oklahoma, and his wife, Dana, announced their intentions to buy the place.

During that first interview, he said he never imagined his family connections to the inn would be a factor and that his childhood memories of playing on the porch would be a memory passed on to his grandchildren.

So, in the end, he said, it was those memories that helped guide his decision to buy the grand hotel, a purchase that would be finalized, if all went as planned, in the following month, of October.

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