It's time once again to take a look back at some of the top news stories from this past week with our Sheridan Media Week in Review.
The deadline for people to enroll for Obamacare health insurance was Monday, but because the online system to enroll for the insurance under the federal Affordable Health Care Act was overloaded with sign-ups, the deadline was extended.
A sentence reduction hearing was held in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan Thursday morning for a Sheridan man convicted on three counts – first degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and aggravated burglary. Ron Richter has the report, that's posted online at http://www.sheridanmedia.com/new...
Sheridan Police Chief Rich Adriaens was a guest this week on our Public Pulse news talk show. During the interview, he gave an update on the investigation into the tire slashings of vehicles parked in the lot of the Rails Brews and Cues bar.
He said tips can be passed on by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline. The number is 307-672-7463.
RED GRADE ROAD SIGN
Red Grade Road in the Big Horns will not have a flashing safety speed light. Following a public outcry, and backlash toward the resident who suggested the sign, the Sheridan County Commissioners rescinded the idea Tuesday, by voting down a previous approval of a grant to pay for its installation. Commission Chairman Terry Cram offered an explanation.
Time truly stood still for the flamboyant trumpeter who played his way into our lives for 30 years via TV’s “Tonight Show.” Doc Severinsen proved to be as gracious a performer as he is great Wednesday night as he took his audience in Sheridan on a musical ride. He kicked off the concert with his signature tune, the theme song from “The Tonight Show,” then went on to play big-band and jazz classics, like “When You’re Smilin’ ” and “Georgia.” All the while, chatting with the audience in between songs, and, at one point, even making a personal plea.
TUITION GOES UP
Tuition at the state’s only university is going up by $5 per credit hour for residents and $22 for out of state students. Additionally, the trustees approved a $91 annual increase in student fees. As a result, the total bill for tuition and fees for a full-time resident undergraduate student next year will increase by $242 for the year, from $4,404 to $4,646. College spokesperson Chad Baldwin said that's still about $1,000 less than tuition at other 4-year colleges and the University of Wyoming offers more personalized learning opportunities because of small classes and hands-on experience.
VACANT COUNCIL SEAT
The city leaders of Sheridan announced that applications for the open council seat will be accepted through the end of the workday, Monday. City Clerk/Acting Treasurer Scott Badley said a decision on the appointee should be made that evening.
Wyoming’s historic cattle baron mansion that overlooks Sheridan from a hillside on the west side of town opened this week for the 32nd tourist season. Cynde Georgen, the director of the state historic site known as Trail End, said there’s a new exhibit for the season. She said the display’s called, “The Ties That Bind,” and celebrates the connections of friendship, servitude, consumption and production that bound the mansion to the community.
Johnson County School District One made an offer this week to one of the three finalists for the district's superintendent position. The Board of Trustees offered Gerry Chase the job, following an executive session during Monday night's board meeting. He's accepted, but has not yet signed a formal contract. He'll replace Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler, who retires at the end of June after serving the district for 16 years.
After celebrating his 79th year in office Friday, Dayton Mayor Bob Wood announced he will not seek re-election this year. He's stepping down after 26 years in public office, 10 on the town council and 16 as mayor. He said he would be willing to help if called upon, but is ready to return to the private sector.
Sheridan area residents learned this week the voting for their favorite downtown Main Street sculptures is open through April 15. The Sheridan Public Arts Committee announced a People's Choice Award to be given to an artist participating in the committee's On-Loan Sculpture Program. The committee is inviting people to visit the new Sheridan Public Arts Facebook page. People who “like” the page can click on the People's Choice Award album and vote for their favorites among the 18 photos. Each photo is of a sculpture in the 2013 On-Loan program.
VLAD THE IMPALER
A new special topics history course called “Vampires: Myth and Legend” will be offered for the fall semester at Sheridan College in Sheridan. The course will also consider the relationship between vampire folklore and religion and societal fears in relation to historical events. Included in the course curriculum will also be studies on infamous people, like Prince Vlad of Transylvania, better known as Vlad the Impaler, and Erzsébet Báthory, who is also known as Lady Dracula. Registration opens Monday.
GOTHIC REVIVAL CHURCH
Sheridan Media's focus on sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places features a church in Sheridan this week. Reporter Pat Blair has the story.
For the full versions of these stories and more, be sure to visit the news archive page at sheridanmedia.com.