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Man recaptured after 2nd escape in Sheridan County

A 19-year-old man has been caught after his second escape from Sheridan County authorities.

Sheridan County Attorney Jamian Simmons says Michael Brown was caught just after 1 a.m. Tuesday in Gordon. Simons says officers had received a tip about Brown's location. Brown previously escaped from the back of a police car on Jan. 21 and was captured the next day. He escaped from the Sheridan County Jail on February 10th.

A jailer said Brown remained in custody on Wednesday. Brown's attorney in another case didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press. Brown faces escape, criminal mischief and other charges.

Simmons says Brown's jail escape is still under investigation.


North Platte man accused of tricking another to pay him $19.5K

A North Platte man is accused of duping another to pay him $19,500 to sub-lease a pasture field.

Court records show 33-year-old Riley J. Hubert is charged with felony theft. He was arrested after someone reported being a victim of an online scam to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Deputies say the victim had answered a Craigslist advertisement to lease the land.

The victim says Hubert told him he was leasing the land, but wanted to sub-lease it. Deputies learned Hubert didn't have the original lease, and that he wasn't in contact with the land's owner.

The sheriff's office says Hubert bought a pickup with the victim's money and fled to Wyoming. He's been extradited to a Lincoln County jail.



Vets’ Club Soup Contest Finale’

Jolene Egger was the winner of the 2015 Vets’ Club Soup Contest Finale’, Feb. 6, with her Taco Soup.
Last year, Egger’s Taco Soup lost by one vote to Diane Hamling’s Country Ham Chowder in a semi-final round. Hamling went on to win the finale’, leaving Egger wondering “what if?” Now she knows.
First prize was $100 in Valentine Chamber Bucks. Egger’s Taco Soup won over three other soups that had won their individual semi-final rounds: Pat Pier’s #2 Chili, Debbi Hoffman’s Country Potato, and Chris O’Dell’s Baked Potato. Pier won the 2nd place prize of $75 in Valentine Chamber Bucks. Third and fourth places received $25 gift certificates from Flowerland.
The evening included the Soup Contest Raffle, during which numerous prizes donated by area businesses were won by those present. In addition, the Soup Contest Committee gave away two star quilts, won by Dick Sokol and Ruth Linaberry. Three guns were won by Dave Ward, the Winchester 12 gauge shotgun; Steve Nies, the Savage .243 rifle; and Joe Kronhofman, the Savage .223 rifle.


March is Red Cross Month

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide, more than 80 of which are in the local Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment in Valentine, call Jeanie Cozad – 402-376-4715

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Cherry County, Valentine

Mar. 5: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall, 400 W. 5th St.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Speech Results

17 area schools competed in the West Holt Invitational Speech Tournament on Sat. Feb. 7th. 11 students from the VHS speech team performed. In the Novice Division, Isaac Yoder was 5th in Informative and Ashley Hoffman was 3rd in Persuasive. In the Varsity Division, Nate Luchsinger was a double medalist with 7th in Informative and 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking. The OID team of Jacy Miller, Sophie Lopez and Sydney Dunn took 7th. In Poetry, Sydney Dunn was 4th and Sophie Lopez was champion. Sophie Lopez and Jacy Miller were also champions in Duet acting.


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