Grant County celebrates its 150th anniversary this year having been founded on Feb. 4, 1869. In honor of this sesquicentennial birthday, the Grant County Museum is forgoing its annual small Heritage Day event on the museum grounds for a much larger birthday extravaganza for Grant County. This year's Heritage Day will be celebrating 150 years of Grant County and will be held on the courthouse square. Festivities will kick off with a parade and include an antique car show, an antique tractor show, live presenters with things like blacksmithing, basket weaving, spinning, corn shuck doll making, and more. A 5K race and wiffle ball tournament will also be held. There will be a quilt show and games like horse shoes, sack races, a cake walk, bingo and more. Arts and crafts type vendors will be selling homemade and hand made goods and their will be food vendors as well. Local and area entertainment will be on stage throughout the day. Performers will include things such as fiddlers, blue grass, gospel, country, etc. For more information about vendor booths, volunteering to help, and other activities, contact the Grant County Museum at 870-942-4496.
Kattie Hansen of East End was the guest speaker during the Feb. 29 meeting of the Sheridan Rotary Club. She spoke to the gathered Rotarians and other guests about the medical marijuana dispensary, Native Green Wellness, that she and her father, Walter Koon, are opening just north of the county line on U.S. Hwy. 167 North near the new East End Middle School’s construction site. Photo by Millie McClain
“Dad, what do you think about getting into the marijuana business?”
Not exactly the conversation most fathers and daughters think of having, but it’s exactly the type of conversation Kattie Hansen had with her father and now business partner, Walter Koon, when she decided she’d like to apply for and open a medical marijuana dispensary just north of Grant County on U.S. Hwy. 167 North in Saline County.
At the most recent Poyen School Board meeting, held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, it was announced that one school board member had resigned her position, and the group voted to approve the appointment of another.
The Grant County Quorum Court met at the Grant County Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 19 with two main items on the agenda.
Both of the items on the agenda were resolutions extending County Judge Randy Pruitt’s authority to apply for grants and purchase services.
Resolution No. 2019-01, which was passed unanimously, gave authorization to the county judge to purchase goods or services through Sourcewell without soliciting bids. Sourcewell is a service cooperative created by the Minnesota legislature as a local unit of government that assists government entities and nonprofits in purchasing, according to its website.
The Sheridan School Board met at the Administration Building on Monday, Feb. 18 and one of the main topics of discussion was a program called Capturing Kids’ Hearts and implementing it into next year’s school district’s schedule.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of Grant County, and the Grant County Chamber of Commerce 2019 Banquet emphasized that point with its keynote speaker, Lindsey Stanton, director of the Grant County Museum.
The Chamber Banquet was held at the Epperson Center, at Immanuel Baptist Church, on Saturday, Feb. 2, with the official date of the formation of the county coming two days later on Monday, Feb. 4.
The Poyen City Council had its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, and while the meeting started with beginning-of-the-year paperwork, the bulk of the nearly two-hour meeting was spent discussing the possibility of a third ballfield at Poyen City Park.
The issue was brought up by a citizen that came to the meeting, Daniel Edwards, who helps lead the Poyen Youth Sports Association, which was supported by Councilmember Kevin Conner, who is also involved with the association.
The Sheridan Yellowjackets (15-8 overall, 5-6 in conference play) had a rough stretch of games recently, dating back to a 49-42 loss at Hot Springs on Jan.22. Following that loss, the Yellowjackets lost their next four games by an average of nine points per game before getting back in the win column against Hot Springs Lakeside at home on Friday, Feb. 8.
The Sheridan Yellowjackets (14-7 overall, 4-5 in conference play) came up short twice last week, falling 64-62 at home to Lake Hamilton on Tuesday, Jan. 30, before going on the road for a 44-42 loss at Benton on Friday, Feb. 1. With the losses last week, the Yellowjackets saw their losing skid reach four games, with their last win coming at home against J.A. Fair 41-40 on Friday, Jan. 18.
The Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets (18-3 overall, 6-3 in conference play) started off the 2019 calendar year with a trip to Pearcy to take on the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves in what would end up being Sheridan’s first loss of the season. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Lady Jackets hosted the Lady Wolves in hopes of returning the favor, but things did not go to plan for Sheridan and the crowd that packed the gymnasium with Lake Hamilton picking up the 49-36 win.
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Sheridan High School track and field team took part in the 5A/6A State Indoor Championship with the Lady Jackets placing as runners-up at the event. Lauren Godwin was the state champion at the high jump, with a height of five feet, and Carly Strong won championships in the 60-meter dash (third year in a row) with a time of 7.69 seconds, and the 200-meter dash, with a time of 25.51 seconds, recording the fastest time in all classifications in both events. She was also the high-point for the event.