Sheridan Media Week in Review

Sheridan Media Week in Review (Photo by Ron Richter)
Sheridan Media Week in Review (Photo by Ron Richter)

Here's a look at the past week's top stories from Sheridan Media News as we continue our Week in Review series.

Earlier this month we reported that Sheridan High School was one of only two high schools in the state to be named a Silver Award winner by U.S. News and World Report. At Monday night's School District #2 Board meeting, it was announced that Sheridan High School has been ranked by Newsweek as one of the best public high schools in the nation. SHS Principal Dirlene Wheeler explains the criteria that went into the national ranking.

Sheridan High School was the only high school from Wyoming that made the list. This is the second time that SHS has been recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation's best public high schools - as they also received the honor in 2008.

At about 1:43 p.m. on Tuesday, Lt. Chris Dahmke with the Sheridan Police Department says authorities received a report about an unusual disagreement between two drivers on the 1400 block of Wesco Court. Officers were dispatched to the scene, and Lt. Dahmke describes how events unfolded.

Because the driver who used the pepper spray has not been formally charged, the police department does not typically release the names of those involved. As Lt. Dahmke explains, the sprayer fled the scene before authorities caught up with him the next day. The perp will make an appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court on Thursday, May 23 at 2 p.m.

Several social clubs in Sheridan County have joined together in hopes of raising $25,000 to help service members who were injured in battle. Organizer Carla Klopfenstein explains.

The five-foot flags are $35 each, and can be dedicated in the name of a veteran, emergency responder, or others who have taken on the role of hero at some point in their lives. Flags can be purchased via Sheridan's Rotary Club, or online at The actual “Field of Honor” will be on display August 9 during the opening ceremony for the new Whitney building.

The Sheridan County Road and Bridge Department has proposed opening Red Grade Road - County Road 26 - on Friday, May 24 at 8 a.m. Seasonal maintenance on the road will begin this upcoming Monday. The scheduled opening is subject to change depending on weather conditions. And the Wyoming Department of Transportation says they'll be re-opening U.S. 14A - a 22-mile stretch of road west of Burgess Junction – for the summer at noon on Monday.

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