Each day this week we'll take a look back at some of the top stories that made the news for the Sheridan area in 2011. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.
We begin our year in review with a look back at the months of January, February and March. In January, the Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kansas posted on their website that they would be in Sheridan to protest the memorial service of Pvt. Jesse Cerwick. This prompted an overwhelming showing of community support, as hundreds of Sheridan residents lined the streets donning American Flags in front of Holy Name Church in Sheridan.
Sheridan Police Lieutenant Andrew Conrad confirmed that Westboro was a no show for the funeral.
In February, the Sheridan County Fair Association Board of Trustees approved a 25-year lease with Verizon Wireless to construct a cell tower on the southwest corner of the Fairgrounds.
In late March, officials with the City of Sheridan met to discuss a plan on what to do about the consistently declining sale and use tax revenues for Sheridan. The department heads for the City were instructed to come up with several ways to cut the City budget for the upcoming fiscal year. One of the proposals that department heads later came up with was to contract out ambulance service instead of providing a subsidy to Sheridan Fire Rescue to provide EMS for the City.