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Sheriff's Office warns of scam

Someone tried to impersonate a law enforcement officer in order to scam people out of money.

Tuesday afternoon, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office received phone calls from two county residents who said they were contacted by a Brian Johnson of the sheriff’s office. They called the number back and got no answer. They then called the actual sheriff’s office.

Solicitors and scammers often use common names, and some will even go online to look up names of sheriff’s office employees, Sheriff Scott Matheny said. These scammers are usually after money in the form of gift cards and threaten to arrest people to get them to buy the gift cards.

The victim is then asked to give the gift card numbers to the scammer.

No law enforcement agency or court asks for or accepts payment in the form of gift cards, Deputy Rick Johnson wrote in a press release. He warned against giving personal information, including gift card numbers, to the scammers.

People who have been contacted by someone they think is a scammer are asked to call law enforcement immediately. If they have given personal information to the scammer, they should contact their bank or credit card immediately.


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TBHS works to establish a homecoming tradition
Week of activities will begin Monday; parade is downtown Thursday

Thunder Basin High School students and staff are ready for Monday, the start of homecoming week.

Homecoming “is a kind of a thing that kicks off the start of the year, and if you do it well it sets the standard for the rest of the year,” said TBHS Student Council President Saber Smith.

The Bolts shared their first homecoming with Campbell County High School the year the Thunder Basin opened in fall 2017. Last year, the school began carving out its own identity that it hopes will continue to grow.

“We’re building a school culture and are trying to get everyone involved,” said student council adviser Amy Muzzarelli.

Preparations for this year’s event began in the summer because of the early schedule.

“The student council got together and started planning out themes, putting together rubrics and handbooks so everyone would know what they would be doing and all the activities that will be involved,” she said.

Nearly the entire school has been preparing for next week.

Hallway decorations were scheduled to start being put up Friday. Last year, a lightning bolt was hung in the commons. This year, letters spelling out “Bolts” will be decorated.

What’s going on

Homecoming week will consist of several activities:

  • Decking the halls: Students will continue decorating hallways starting at 11 p.m. Sunday and will be finished before the burning of the Bolt.
  • Burning of the Bolt: The week’s kickoff event starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday by the school’s booster club. It is also Hat Day.
  • Old person day: Students can dress up as an elderly person Tuesday.
  • Patriotic day: On Wednesday, students wear red, white and blue.
  • The parade: Parade participants line up on Eighth Street by Mount Pisgah Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The parade begins at 4 and will head down Gillette Avenue. Don’t be surprised to see students looking out of this world on Intergalactic Dress-up Day.

“Some of the clubs will have floats or some form of presentation in the parade,” Muzzarelli said. “Right now, we’re still taking entries from all the clubs.”

Rawhide Elementary School’s Students Without Alcohol and Tobacco (SWAT) team will have an entry in the parade. In the past, Sage Valley Junior High School’s band has played.

Both are TBHS feeder schools. Thunder Basin invites them to participate in the festivities so they can learn about TBHS traditions.

“By the time they get here they have a buy-in, a definite feel of this community, this Thunder Basin community,” Muzzarelli said.

  • Pep assembly: The event starts at 2 p.m. Friday and will consist of activities like relay races, speeches, club recognition and awarding the Spirit Bowl to the class with the most points accumulated during Spirit Week. Students will show off their school spirit by wearing blue and silver.
  • Gridiron action: The Bolts football team takes on Sheridan High School 7 p.m. next Friday. The game is followed by a dance in the commons.

“It’s going to be a great game,” Smith said. “Sheridan has been pretty good this year. There will be a lot of student involvement in this game.”

Campbell County High School will have its homecoming the week of Oct. 7-11.


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Gillette College paces overall enrollment increase across district

More than a week after classes resumed for the fall semester, enrollment at Gillette College continues to trend upward with 1,276 students counted this week, 218 more than the 1,058 at the same time in 2018.

Of those nearly 1,300 students, 931 are pursuing degrees or certificates, which is a 65-student increase from the same period year ago, Gillette College officials said.

The 218-student increase does not include dual and concurrent enrollments, because not all area high school students who are taking college classes have started yet.

Overall, about 1,250 high school students in Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan counties are expected to take at least one class for college credit, Walter Tribley, Northern Wyoming Community College District president, said in a press release.

The district will likely have added about 1,500 high school students by the end of the semester, said Wendy Smith, assistant vice president for strategic communication.

“We will continue to add students throughout the semester,” she said.

Gillette’s increase spearheaded a rise in Northern Wyoming Community College District enrollment numbers, which are up by 191 students overall, from 2,494 to 2,685. The Gillette campus helped offset Sheridan College’s numbers, which took a dip from 1,436 students in the fall of 2018 to 1,409 this year.

The overall increase can be attributed to first-time students seeking a degree and an increase in the retention of students from the spring to fall semesters, according to the district.

“I am extremely proud to see growth in our district,” Tribley said. “This represents the commitment and hard work of our faculty, staff and students.

“It is our mission to connect students with degrees and certificates that have value in the workplace. Whether they go directly to work or transfer to a partner institution to complete a higher degree, we work every day to help students succeed.”

In the 2018-19 school year, there were 6,373 students and 773 degrees and certificates awarded across the district. The top-five degrees awarded were in general studies, nursing, health sciences, business and dental hygiene.

For certificates, the top five were practical nursing, diesel technology, welding technology, machine tool technology and industrial electricity.