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July 12, 2020


The Spanish Flu in Grant County
Does anyone remember the flu outbreak in Grant County in February 2020? How about the coronavirus outbreak that keeps making news headlines? As it turns out, diseases have been spreading since the beginning of time. Any outbreak of an infectious disease can be frightening, especially those that take the lives of loved ones. There was a virus outbreak that happened almost 100 years ago that left its mark on history.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

AA meetings sidelined due to virus
Editor's note: The person interviewed for this story is a member of the AA group and asked that their name not be used in this story. We have simply referred to him as a member.

A local Alcoholics Anonymous group that has been meeting for close to four decades has had to suspend its face-to-face meetings because of the threat of the coronavirus.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

State Health Dept. to ask local gyms to close
Two of three local gyms have remained open in spite of the governor's directive that all gyms in the state close, but state Health Department officials said Monday that they would be calling the gyms and asking them to close as well.
The owners of Pink Gym and Pinnacle Athletic Club said in earlier interviews that they were aware of the governor's action but had stayed in operation because they were limiting the number of members inside to 10 or fewer.
But Meg Mirivel, director of communications with the Health Department, said the gyms need to cease their operations.
"We will talk to them and encourage them to close," Mirivel said. "Most people have complied."

Friday, April 24, 2020

Local medical providers say stay calm, use good hygiene amid flu crisis
If this story was a T-shirt, it would say: Stay Calm; Wash Your Hands.
That's not new advice, and it's not being followed, at least the "stay calm" part, as evidenced by the stock market, which, last week, had its worst week since the 2008 crash as the coronavirus kept spreading around the world and country.
Nevertheless, it's the recommendation of many, especially those in the medical field. And Sheridan's doctors are no different.

Friday, April 24, 2020

School feeding plan gets high marks as food and lunches get picked up, delivered
Sporting events are in short supply right now, but the Rev. Dustin Sanders sounded like a man who had sunk a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer when asked how the student feeding program had gone this past week.
"Man, it's been great," he said, the enthusiasm evident in his voice. "If my math is correct, we've delivered over 1,300 meals this week." That "week" was actually only four days.
Sanders is the pastor at First Assembly of God Church in Sheridan. He has organized volunteers and put together a delivery system that extends to the far reaches of Grant County, all necessitated by the threat of the coronavirus, the closure of the school systems and sudden disappearance of meals that are normally served at the various schools.

Friday, April 24, 2020


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