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Ride for awareness

Tracy Herbert, of Fort Worth, Texas, is creating awareness of type 1 diabetes by bicycling from San Francisco to New York along historic Highway 30. Herbert arrived in Sidney Tuesday, taking a break...

 
 By Brandon L. Summers    News    July 28, 2017 

Council: first reading on electric rates, JESWA land trade

An ordinance for a land trade between City of Sidney and Cabela’s had a first reading Tuesday at the City Council’s regular meeting. The trade will allow the city and South Platte Natural Resources District to move forward on the Joint East...

 
 By Brandon L. Summers    News    July 28, 2017 

USDA Rural Development Block Grant funding at risk

USDA rural development grants remain at risk of being slashed from the federal budget, with the agency facing more than $1.1 billion in cuts proposed by the White House. University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Sidney uses such grants to help...

 

Fair 2017 comes to an end

The 2017 Cheyenne County Fair concluded Saturday and it was a success for the area's 4-H youths, Cynthia Gill, extension educator, said. "Despite the hot temperatures, I think the youths who participa...

 

Make-A-Wish gives Butts a send-off

Brayden Butts, age 6, suffers from neurofibromatosis. To brighten this time of difficulty for Brayden and his family, Nebraska Make-A-Wish Foundation is granting Brayden's wish to "go to Mickey...

 

TeamMates fundraiser coming

Sidney’s TeamMates program is holding a fundraiser Aug. 4. The program connects Sidney’s at-risk youth with needed mentors. “There’s about 10,000 matches across Nebraska, Iowa and a little bit of Kansas,” Brad Sherman, TeamMates...

 

Brain Freeze

The cherry red truck with a Spider-Man logo and covered with Blue Bunny decals is Sidney's new ice cream delivery service, Brain Freeze. Owner Rich Hansen has been out in Sidney neighborhoods since...

 

Sidney's Cole vies for Mrs. Nebraska title

Sidney's Ylani Cole is representing Cheyenne County in the 2018 Mrs. Nebraska Pageant in April. A native of Klerksdorp, South Africa, Cole has lived in Sidney since 2012 and serves as a change...

 

Fair takes off in full speed

Cheyenne County Fair and Rodeo had its first 4-H events over the weekend at Cheyenne County Fairgrounds. Activities officially opened fair week this week with the 4-H Fashion Show on Thursday....

 

Mattoon named 2019 Nebraska Bar President

Steve Mattoon, of Sidney law firm Matzke & Mattoon, has been named President of the Nebraska Bar Association for 2019. Mattoon will serve as designee-elect starting in October. “It’s something...

 

Ewert faces 50 years, minimum 5 years

Sean Ewert, 49, of Sidney, faces 50 years and a minimum sentence of five years on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a class 1C felony. Ewert was arrested June 30 as part of a WING taskforce b...

 

Cabela's shareholders voted for sale

Cabela’s shareholders Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the sale to BassPro. According to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, approximately 78 percent of the outstanding shares of common stock voted in favor of the proposal. Roughly...

 

Council congratulates BassPro on Cabela's sale

City Council members Tuesday congratulated BassPro for the purchase of Cabela’s that morning. Council member Roger Gallaway said he looks forward to working with BassPro in the future. “I look forward to the energy and innovation they continue...

 

City auction set for Sunday

A city auction being held at Sidney Police Department Sunday will offer surplussed items from various city departments, including used vehicles. The auction is part of an annual city effort, SPD Chief...

 

SPS staff benefits from ASCD conference

Sidney Public School staff attended the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) National Conference held in Denver, Colorado in June to great success, SPS Superintendent Jay Ehler reported at Monday’s school board meeting. “...

 

SPD attacking park graffiti

Sidney Police Department is taking action against graffiti appearing in Legion Park. A reward in an unspecified amount is being offered for information about those responsible for the tagging at the w...

 

County heads dispute salary cap

Concerns were raised at Monday’s County Commissioners meeting about inequities regarding maximum raises and salary caps. This has created a difference in wages offered across county departments. “There’s a difference in wages being paid for cle...

 

Commissioners approve USDA APHIS contract

County Commissioners Monday approved a contract with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Wildlife Services for prairie dog elimination. The contract not to exceed $11,877.50 for one and a half months of service is matched by USDA for a total of...

 

New Rev joins St. Patrick's Church

Rev. Mike McDermott, a native of Grand Island, is the new priest at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. It was St. Patrick's where McDermott entered into his vocation in January 1979, serving for two and...

 

GMCO to expand

GMCO Corporation, a Rifle, Colorado-based company, is expanding its efforts in Western Nebraska. Started in 1964, the company offers de-icing materials and provides dust control services. GMCO has one...

 

Doves, OHD tend gardens in the park

Sidney's Office of Human Development and the DOVES Program both visited Legion Park Wednesday for a morning of gardening. OHD, which serves adults with developmental disabilities, brought six clients...

 

Sidney after Cabela's

Sidney’s future is unknowable. Cabela’s stockholders will vote July 11 on whether to sell to BassPro. Neither company can speak about what might result from the potential sale, though. Mayor Joe Arterburn visited the Sidney Sun-Telegraph...

 

WNCC employee honored

John Bahr, Western Nebraska Community College Sidney receptionist, was honored Tuesday by Nebraska VR with the Debra Bowers Client Award. “We choose one client every year to receive this award,”...

 

Electricity rate increase proposed

Sidney City Council is considering increasing electricity rates. Residential rates would increase from $13 to $16, small general service single phase from $25 to $28, three phase from $44.50 to $60 and large general service from $135 to $160. This...

 

County readying to sell foreclosed land

Cheyenne County Commissioners are considering the sale of foreclosed land in the county’s possession. There are roughly 10 to 12 such properties held by the county from unsold tax sale certificates, Paul Schaub, county attorney, said. “I’m...

 

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