Johnson County Year In Review 2012: April-June

Johnson County Year In Review 2012: April-June

Over the last few days we have reviewed the top stories that happened in Johnson County in 2012.

Today we will look at the top stories from October through December.

The Johnson County Community Resource Center's new Community Prevention Professional, Todd Cornell, was introduced to the community at a Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition meeting in October.
Cornell spent much of the last 20 years living in China and many other parts of Asia.
The experiences and culture shaped him and his approach to life giving him a different perspective in helping others identify and deal with life's issues.

Lake DeSmet and leasing of water rights to the Wyoming Game and Fish were main topics during the past year.
Johnson and Sheridan Counties were at odds with each other over the proposed lease, with Sheridan County for the lease and Johnson County against.
Sheridan County eventually voted to back out of the coalition and have Johnson County buy out their interests in the lake, which both counties agreed to.
The proposed lease agreement with Johnson County only will be discussed and is expected to be approved by the Game and Fish at their meeting in January.

Clear Creek Brewing Company had their Grand Opening Celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony October 28th, featuring food, music, raffles and giveaways and of course, beer.
The new brew pub features six different beers.

Some surprises occurred in this year's local election races, and after results were released November 6th, the Buffalo City Council had a new councilman. Dave Long won the seat held by Scott Madsen while Bill Hawley retained his seat.
Jim Hicks won the county commission seat held by Albert “Smokey” Wildeman.
The Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees welcomed Linda McNeill-Clark, Greg Haas and Grace Gosar as new board members.

November 7th, Johnson County School District Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler released information on a situation that closed the Kaycee School.
A district employee was found deceased at the school early that morning, he said, and police, the county coroner and other officials were investigating the death, although no foul play was suspected.
The deceased was eventually identified as 46 year-old Ramah Jackson.

A Buffalo resident was digging a hole to install a mailbox post when he found a human skull.
It was discovered that there was a complete body buried there, a remnant of an abandoned cemetery that was once located near their property.
When the area was slated for development, the remains of those buried were moved and re-interred at Willow Grove Cemetery.
Those responsible for the move apparently missed at least one, probably due to them being in an unmarked grave.

A movie about women's suffrage shown to history students at Buffalo High School in December had some parents and students concerned that it was allowed to be shown.
The movie, called “Iron Jawed Angels” has a scene that suggests a female masturbating while taking a bath.
Dr. Rod Kessler, Superintendent of Johnson County School District One, said the school's 11th grade History class was learning about the 19th Amendment and the film was shown to the classes as a supplementary part of the curriculum.
Kessler said this is the first time there have been any concerns raised.
The concerns of the parents have been addressed, Kessler said, and the school and the district will move forward.

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