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WyoLotto ready to kick off

Modified: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
TORRINGTON - The Wyoming Lottery will kick off sales statewide beginning Sunday, Aug. 24 at noon.
WyoLotto tickets will be available at five Torrington locations, according to the lottery webpage. Included:
--Hi-Way Package Liquor, 1202 S. Main St.
--Maverik, 500 E. Valley Rd.
--Main Street Market, 1542 S. Main
--Panhandle Cooperative Association, 740 W. Valley Rd.
--The Cigarette Store, 208
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Students learn from the pros

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Local high school students participated in several activities and teaching exercises at Torrington Community Hospital's Camp Med this week.
Students learned to use various medical tools, toured the ambulance and practiced life-saving medical procedures on mannequins.
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Wanted: SLIB funding - County looking to upgrade buildings

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, County Commission Chairman Jim Hudelson received approval for a joint resolution to fund three Goshen County projects totaling $187,000 at the Torrington City Council meeting Tuesday evening.
According to Hudelson, the county plans to apply for consensus block grant (CBG) funds from the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB) for improvements at the courthouse and jail, the Goshen County
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Election Results: Mead moves on to general election

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHEYENNE, In what was probably the most anticipated primary election of this campaign season, incumbent Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead held off challengers Dr. Taylor Haynes and current Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill to become the Republican nominee for governor in November's general election.
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Election Results: Steinmetz wins HD 5 primary

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Cheri Steinmetz unseated incumbent Matt Teeters in the Republican primary for House District 5 during Tuesday's elections in Goshen County.
Steinmetz, a Lingle resident, garnered 1,270 votes, or roughly 59.2 percent.
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Election Results: Balow nominated for superintendent of public instruction

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHEYENNE, The race for the Republican nomination for Wyoming's superintendent of public instruction saw intense competition, but eventually Jillian Balow, of Cheyenne, collected 8,000 more votes than her nearest challenger, Sheryl Lain, of Cheyenne.
Bondurant's Bill Winney finished a distant third.
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Election Results: Varney just edges out Pittman

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Mayor Mike Varney inched by opponent Sandy Pittman in Goshen County's primary election, according to results released Tuesday night.
Varney received 662 votes, or 50.23 percent, while Pittman made a strong showing with 643 votes, or 48.79 percent.
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Type III team ready to roll

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Goshen County Commissioners received a tour of the county's new Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) response trailer, courtesy of Torrington Fire Chief Jeremy Wardell and Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Kirchhefer, during their Wednesday meeting.
According to Wardell, the trailer will act as a command post for any large-scale incident, such as a fire, tornado or flood,
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Banner training future medical professionals

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers, Lingle-Fort Laramie student Cody Powell tries his hand at inserting a endotracheal tube with some help from Dodi Walters during Camp Med at Torrington Community Hospital.
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Lummis carries Republican vote

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHEYENNE, Incumbent U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Cheyenne handily defeated opponent Jason Senteney of Yoder both locally and statewide in the Republican primary election held Tuesday.
Lummis received 2,091 votes, or 76.51 percent, in Goshen County, and 70,916 votes, or 76.1 percent, statewide.
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Enzi rises above contenders - Will face democratic candidate Hardy in Nov.

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHEYENNE, Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi of Cheyenne won the Republican primary Tuesday, receiving 77,965 votes, or 82.1 percent, statewide. Enzi was also the strongest contender locally, receiving 2,364 votes, or 84.10 percent, in Goshen County.
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Local voter turnout higher than state average

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County had a higher voter turnout than the state average during the primary election Tuesday.
The number of registered voters in Goshen County participating in the election was 50.45 percent, whereas Wyoming voter turnout averaged 46 percent.
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Goshen County gets out and votes for primary election

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - More than 50 percent of registered Goshen County voters headed to the polls during Tuesday's primary election. Here, John Kinberg and Conni Rutar work on their ballots at the Lingle Town Hall.
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Wyoming, the Railroad State

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Photo/ Travis Pearson - Historian, author and filmmaker Greg Nickerson visited Torrington on Wednesday evening for a free presentation about how the building of the railroads profoundly affected, and in many ways created, the Wyoming we know today. Nickerson, who writes for WyoFile.com and WyoHistory.org, talked about how the construction of the Union Pacific and Chicago Burlington and Quincy tracks shaped
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Goshen County youth perform well at State Fair

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
DOUGLAS, The Torrington/Lingle FFA has returned from the Wyoming State Fair with prizes in hand.
Below is how the students fared:
PD Miller: Grand Champion FFA Round Robin Showman; Grand Champion FFA Beef Showman; Grand; Champion Market Hog; Champion AOB Heifer
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Steinmetz wins House District 5 primary

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Cheri Steinmetz unseated incumbent Matt Teeters in the Republican primary for House District 5 during Tuesday's elections in Goshen County.
Steinmetz, a Lingle resident, garnered 1,270 votes, or roughly 59.2 percent. Teeters, also of Lingle, collected 867 votes, or 40.4 percent.
See more in Friday's Telegram.
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Gordon outs Redo

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Incumbent Mark Gordon defeated challenger Ron Redo in the Republican primary Tuesday for Wyoming state treasurer.
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Murray wins tight secretary of state race

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE, Ed Murray narrowly defeated Ed Buchanan and two other opponents in the Republican primary Tuesday.
Murray, of Cheyenne, tallied 32,947 votes statewide to Torrington resident Buchanan's 31,336. Pete Illoway accumulated 16,594, and Clark Stith took 8,509.
In Goshen County, Buchanan won more than 67 percent of the vote to Murray's roughly 21 percent.
See more in Friday's Telegram.
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Beer and belly laughs

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Another Comedy Night came and went last weekend, with a beer tasting, silent auctions and plenty of belly laughs again characterizing the event.
Proceeds from the 14th annual event benefit the Community Healthcare Foundation.
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Schlager pleads not guilty

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, William Schlager, Jr. pled not guilty due to mental illness to five felony charges at his arraignment Tuesday in connection with a Hawk Springs shooting and high-speed police chase in April.
If found guilty, Schlager could face maximum penalties of life in prison and a $10,000 fine for attempted first-degree murder, 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
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EWC vet tech put on probation

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, In May 2014, the American Veterinary Medical Association placed the Eastern Wyoming College's (EWC) veterinary technology program on probation for its lack of a program director.
In response, the college recently hired two new co-directors of the program, Cristi Semmler and Jamie Michael, both of whom are certified veterinary technicians.
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Surratt, Spears to represent Wyo. in Hawaii

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Two Goshen County teens are showing off their state pride and musical talents by participating in the Wyoming All-State Marching Band (WASMB).
Bailey Surratt of Torrington and Sierra Spears of Lingle have spent the past summer traveling across Wyoming and performing with the WASMB.
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Mattis returns as physician assistant

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington's own Matthew Mattis, a Torrington High School graduate and former Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) attendee, began his new duties as a physician assistant (PA) last month at Banner Health Clinic.
Mattis will specialize in family medicine, but he also has a strong interest in sports medicine.
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Goshen’s best invade Douglas

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
DOUGLAS, Another fair season came and went with the grand finale again occurring at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas this past weekend.
Goshen County's top performers headed northwest to compete in various competitions with the ultimate goal of being a grand champion.
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Wyoming Buddy Walk coming up in Laramie on Oct. 4

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
LARAMIE, The 14th Annual Wyoming Buddy Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Laramie at the University of Wyoming (UW) Memorial Fieldhouse.
The purpose of the Wyoming Buddy Walk is to celebrate the lives of people with Down syndrome and raise awareness about Down syndrome in Wyoming.
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Free and reduced-price lunch policy announced

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County School District No. 1 announced last week its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, and/or School Breakfast Program.
Each school and the Central Administration Office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested people.
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Hattan receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
DOUGLAS, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) volunteer Jerry Hattan doesn't head into the office every morning looking to win awards.
No, the Torrington resident with more than 50 years of conservation experience does it because, simply, he loves his work.
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Senior companions wanted

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE, The Senior Companion Program of Wyoming would like to serve the Torrington area. Sponsored by Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc., we hire volunteers over 55 to help people remain living independently in their homes.
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Varney edges out Pittman

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Mayor Mike Varney inched by opponent Sandy Pittman in Goshen County's primary election, according to results released Tuesday night.
Varney received 662 votes, or 50.23 percent, while Pittman made a strong showing with 643 votes, or 48.79 percent.
The pair will square off again in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
City council members Deanna Hill
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Lummis carries Republican vote

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - Incumbent U.S. House Representative Cynthia Lummis handily defeated opponent Jason Senteney both locally and statewide in the Republican primary election held Tuesday.
Lummis received 2,091 votes, or 76.51 percent, in Goshen County, and 70,916 votes, or 76.1 percent, statewide. Senteney was supported by 632 votes, or 23.12 percent, locally, and 22,256 votes, or 23.9 percent, statewide.
Lummis will
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Enzi carries primary, Hardy wins Democrat side

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi won the Republican primary, receiving 77,965 votes, or 82.1 percent, statewide. Enzi was also the strongest contender locally, receiving 2,364 votes, or 84.10 percent, in Goshen County.
Bryan Miller was a far-off second, with 9,332 votes, or 9.8 percent, statewide.
James Gregory received 3,770 votes or 4 percent, Thomas Bleming finished out Tuesday
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County primary races decided

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Very few local races characterized Tuesday's primary election in Goshen County.
Jim Hudelson and Carl Rupp appear primed to retain their seats on the Goshen County Commissioners. Barring any surprise write-in campaigns, Cindy Kenyon remains as county clerk, Maxine Mitchell will return as county treasurer, and Debra Surratt will again fill the county auditor seat.
Democrat Patrick Korell
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Balow wins race

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - Jillian Balow won the Republican nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction during Tuesday's election and will face off against Democrat Mike Ceballos in November.
Balow held off challenges from fellow Republicans Sheryl Lain and Bill Winney.
See more in Friday's Telegram.
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Mead wins primary

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Mead held off challenges from Taylor Haynes and Cindy Hill to win Tuesday's primary election.
Mead will face Democrat Pete Gosar in November's general election for governor.
See more in Friday's Telegram.
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Eklund wins Republican primary in HD 10, will face Wright in general

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
CHEYENNE - House District 10 incumbent John Eklund carried the Goshen and Laramie county votes in the Republican primary Tuesday.
The Cheyenne resident will face Democrat winner Gaylan D. Wright, of Cheyenne, in the November general election.
Eklund tallied 1,186 votes between the two counties House District 10 covers. Cheyenne resident Anthony Bouchard came in second with 567 votes, and
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County hosts Republican debates

Modified: Monday, Aug 18th, 2014
TORRINGTON - Several state and local candidates showed up for the Goshen County Republican debates held last Wednesday and Thursday at Torrington High School.
Mike Varney and Sandy Pittman, both of Torrington, seemed intent on keeping their longtime friendship intact during the mayoral debate, having previously worked together for 33 years.
"I have total respect for Mr. Varney," Pittman said.
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Playin’ away at the fry

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Photo/ Andrew Towne - Hawk Springs hosted its final hamburger fry of the season Wednesday evening at the Hawk Springs Community Building. The community building was packed with people visiting and listening to live music as they enjoyed hamburgers with all the side trimmings, and homemade ice cream and cake to top off the meal.
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Meth bust - Authorities take out county drug ring

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A local drug ring estimated to be distributing up to one pound of methamphetamine per week in Goshen County was taken down last month by authorities.
The Southeast Enforcement Team of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) out of Cheyenne has been actively investigating a rural Torrington resident suspected of selling drugs since October of last year.
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Educators push Youth Challenge Program

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Goshen County students who have either completed the 10th grade or are between 16 to 18 years of age and wish to withdraw from high school will now be referred to the Wyoming National Guard Youth Challenge Program (NGYCP) in Guernsey.
At a meeting held Tuesday evening, school board members voted unanimously to approve the revision of a district
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All in a year’s work for Steve Brill

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, West Nile Virus (WNV), a mosquito-born viral disease that infects birds, horses and humans, was first detected in the United States in 1999 in New York City and surrounding areas.
By the summer of 2000, WNV was identified in 12 states in the northeast and along the Atlantic Coast.
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EWC news: Construction at full speed

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, An update of Eastern Wyoming College's (EWC) various construction projects currently underway was presented to the EWC Board of Trustees during Tuesday's meeting by Vice President of Administrative Services Ron Laher.
According to Laher's report, the $12 million EWC Douglas campus is well underway with completion anticipated for January 2015 and the first students are set to walk through
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Bernatow donates $6,000 for Bike MS

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Elaine Bernatow donated $6,000 to Joe Dinges and Eric Duncan Wednesday morning as the pair prepares for the Wyoming Bike MS event this weekend.
She has raised money for multiple sclerosis since 2000, but took a break from it in 2010 when it "became too much", as she is suffering from the disease.
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Activities abound at the fair

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - The airplane ride at the Scotts Bluff County Fair carnival was a big hit with children.
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Munger awarded highest honor

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
Photo/ Andrew Towne - Patrick Munger of Torrington, a member of Torrington Lodge 664, Loyal Order of Moose, received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose earlier this summer.
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Glow-in-the-dark 5K planned

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2014
TORRINGTON, If you like to walk, jog, run or dance, mark the evening of Saturday, Sept. 6 on your calendar to attend the Jane McGuire Memorial UV Colorsplash 5K event sponsored by the Goshen County Task Force (GCTF) on Family Violence & Sexual Assault. Proceeds go to help victims of abuse in Goshen County.
Board member and event organizer Brandon
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Old West alive and well

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers, A Fort Laramie National Historic Site ranger gives a frontier woman a ride around the grounds during the living history demonstrations held this past weekend at the park. See more photos and story on page A8.
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Brothwell receives prison time

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, A Torrington resident was sentenced for fraudulent over-billing of Torrington Livestock Markets, LLC in District Court Monday.
Donald E. Brothwell faces jail time, as well as several years of probation for four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses in an amount over $1,000.
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Welcov taps local for Care Center administrator

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, For Michael Speidel, being selected by Welcov Healthcare as the new administrator for the Goshen Care Center is a ticket home.
"I graduated from Southeast," Speidel said.
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Cagle brings country charm to county fair

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Photo/ Bud Patterson - Chris Cagle and his band closed out Saturday's concert at the Scottsbluff County fair by offering up his line up of new hits and old favorites. See more photos and story on page A7.
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Junior golf blasts into Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Torrington's Cottonwood Golf Club (CGC) played host to 60 junior golfers this weekend all vying for the title of Wyoming State Golf Association's (WSGA) Top Junior Golfer.
Golfers were broken into divisions by gender and age: boys/girls ages 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old, 13-15 years old and 16-18 years old, however, first year WSGA executive director Dave Snyder
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TMS Students of the Year

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - The top academic students at Torrington Middle School for the 2013-14 school year included Samuel Firminhac (from left), sixth grade; Emi Glass, seventh grade; and Ryan Johnson, eighth grade. Each student was awarded a plaque to recognize his or her academic achievement.
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Mud bog is filthy fun at fair

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
MITCHELL, A large crowd was treated to a mud bog and ATV racing Friday night at the Scotts Bluff County Fair.
The mud bog featured street stock, sportsman and modified classes, as well as an open exhibition class.
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Big Bucks Bingo benefits local WyoRing handbell ringers

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Photo/ Crystal R. Albers - The WyoRing handbell ringers hosted Big Bucks Bingo Sunday in order to raise money for new handbells.
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Living history delights at old Fort Laramie

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
FORT LARAMIE, Employees at the Fort Laramie National Historic Site delighted visitors with the annual "Moonlight Tour" Saturday night, as well as living history demonstrations throughout the weekend. Tour guides were on hand to take groups of visitors through a series of vignettes depicting life at Fort Laramie in the 19th century.
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Scotts Bluff County Fair finishes strong with Confederate Railroad, Chris Cagle concert

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
MITCHELL, Neb., People turned out in droves Saturday night to hear multi-platinum band Confederate Railroad and chart-topping country artist Chris Cagle perform at the Scotts Bluff County Fair.
Teenager Mia Bergmann opened for the two powerhouses, entertaining the crowd with her impressive voice and guitar playing.
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Christian bands to appear in Torrington

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, The Star Concert Ministry will be hosting Red Roots and Southern Raised in concert Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Torrington High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
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EWC holding informational meeting

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
TORRINGTON, Dr. Tom Armstrong, president at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC), announced he will be holding an informational meeting for individuals interested in learning more about serving as a member of the EWC Board of Trustees. 
This informational meeting is free and open to the public and will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Dolores Kaufman
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Rotary awards scholarships

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014
Courtesy - The Torrington Rotary Club recently awarded several $1,000 scholarships for students to attend colleges of their choice. They were chosen out of the batch of Students of the Month in 2013-14.
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