As 2018 enters the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take a look at the top storylines in Bowman from this past year. There have been sports achievements, a new sheriff elected, vandalism, the closing of the theater and so much more. Let’s look at story No. 10 and relive 2018 until reaching the No. 1 headline of the year.
By Chris Slone
10. Yard signs vandalized — Jason Dodge ran as a write in candidate for the Bowman County Sheriff’s race after not securing enough votes to finish in the top two in the primary. However, Dodge’s main problem during the race wasn’t the issues — it was the vandalism of his yard signs. Dodge said he bought 50 signs before the primary season, but only a handful stood without facing some sort of destruction.
9. The G.O.A.T. of Bowman County — Dylan Scott broke the scoring record, previously held by Brock Boos, who had scored 1,268 points during his playing days. At the time of the article, Scott had scored 1,359 points.
8. Freshman Impact Day designed to save lives — Bowman County High School hosted an all-day teaching seminar in hopes of preventing tragic accidents from happening — like driving under the influence. There were 167 students in attendance from eight schools, which included: Bowman County High School, Scranton High School, Grant County High School, Mott/Regent High School, Beach High School, New England High School and Baker High School in Montana.
7. 2018 FUSION is in the books — There were nine speakers — including two pre-conference speakers — throughout the two-day event. The goal was to unite business, personal and community. The 2019 conference will be held Oct. 1 and 2.
6. Bowman Theater to close Dec. 31 — “It is with a heavy heart that I have to let all my theater friends know that effective 12/31/2018, Bowman Theater will be closing its doors.” The Bowman Theater has been in the family of Melissa Case, Greg and Cindy Steiner since 1972.
5. Mahon placed on administrative leave — The Bowman County School Board unanimously voted to place Superintendent Dave Mahon on administrative leave with pay. Mahon is facing four drug related charges. He’s charged with two counts of endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult, which is a class-C felony. Mahon is also facing two class-B felonies.
4. Eberle wins sheriff’s race — Frank Eberle won 45 percent of the vote to become the new sheriff of Bowman County. Jordan Fischer, who garnered 33 percent of the vote, resigned from the sheriff’s office a few days after the results.
3. Southwest Healthcare receives bomb threat — A bomb threat was made to Southwest Healthcare Thursday, Dec. 13, which prompted a search of the entire facility. An email demanded $20,000 in bitcoins. After hours of investigation, the facility was cleared. Other bomb threats that occurred throughout the country led investigators to believe it was a hoax.
2. Jury finds defendants in Bowman County homicide case guilty on all charges — Madison Beth West and Chase Duane Swanson were charged and found guilty on conspiracy to commit murder, a class-AA felony. The charges stem from the 2016 death of a Rhame man at a motel in Bowman.
1. Bulldogs make history, reach semifinal game — Bowman County won its first ever quarterfinal game in school history. The Bulldogs trailed 16-0 in the first quarter, but battled back to beat Velva 26-16. “This is our goal. This is what we talked about 10 or 11 months ago at our fall sports banquet,” Bulldogs Head Coach Todd Frie said. “We talked about playing November football. I know I said that before in newspaper articles, but here we are. We’re playing football in November.”