Week of May 16, 2024

  • Sidney Man Held in North Platte on Second Degree Murder Charges in Death of Infant

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    SIDNEY--According to documents released yesterday by the Cheyenne County Attorney's Office, Brandon Russell, a 25-year-old Sidney resident, was charged with Murder in the Second Degree, a Class 1B Felony, Felony Intentional Child Abuse Resulting in Death, a Class B Felony and Assault by Strangulation Resulting in Death, a Class 2A Felony in connection to the death of a two-year-old child on April 5, 2021. Cheyenne County Sheriff's personnel were dispatched to 1533 14th Avenue In Sidney on April... Full story

  • Sidney City Council Tables Economic Development Director's Proposed Artifical Intelligence Tracking Program

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    SIDNEY--On Tuesday, May 14, City of Sidney Economic Development Director Brandy Stone addressed the Sidney City Council regarding the purchase and implementation of Placer.AI, an Artificial Intelligence product which Stone states uses location analytics software,powered by mobile data. Placer.AI monitors tens of thousands of mobile devices to provide data on any physical location such as retailers, events, or casual outings. As proposed, the benefit will be that this AI program will ensure... Full story

  • Wild Starr Holistic - Sidney's Newest Business Offers Comfort Inside and Out

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    Kelsey Arrington Sidney Sun-Telegraph Sidney's newest business has officially opened its doors, Wild Starr Holistic Living Center located at 2201 Illinois Street is now open and operating for business. The brainchild behind the organic operation is Crystal Cook, herbalist and certified Reiki practitioner. With a passion and precision for studying herbalism for the past 10 years, Cook has now delved into business ownership. Having noticed a need for her practice in the community and surrounding...

  • New Vandalism at Memorial Gardens Breaks Community's Heart

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    SIDNEY--The morning of May 8 brought heart-wrenching news to the Sidney community as it was discovered that the beautiful table and benches that sat alongside the Living Memorial Gardens had been vandalized. At an estimated cost of over $1,000, the table and benches were more than just beautiful painted concrete furniture, but a spot to relax in serenity that was donated in memory of a loved one for the Living Memorial Gardens. The vandals overturned and smashed the table and benches in the...

  • Cheyenne County Fair to Host First Annual Combine Derby

    For a truly unique experience, the 1st annual Combine Derby will offer spectators the thrill of watching combines battle outside of the harvest field, breathing new life into old farm equipment. This thrilling event offers a fresh and exciting twist on traditional farm machinery, making for an unforgettable adrenaline-pumping spectacle for all attendees to enjoy. So, before any of you think about scrapping Granddad's old Gleaner sitting out by the barn, how about giving it one last chance to...

  • Sidney High School Evening of Excellence Awards

    Believers and Achievers – Luke Uhlir, Johnathan Meza, Ty Grunig, Talissa Tanquary Three Sport Letter Winner- Chloe Ahrens, Carli Black, Jordan DeNovellis, Rhys Dorcey, Alek Doty, Isak Doty, Reid Fiscus, Cole Hanley, Lance Holly, Sam Hulbert, Kyle Jaggers, Keian Kaiser, Karsyn Leeing, Dominic Lucero, Patrick McCartney, Ben Monheiser, Landon Riddle, Zech Roggasch, Kierra Schrader, Payton Schrotberger, Luke Uhlir, Lilee Wieser 4 Year 3 Sport Letter Winner – Isak Doty Western Conference Scholar Athletes - Carli Black, David Brauer, Noah...

  • Potter to Host Second Annual Trish Hall Memorial Bronc Riding 

    Naomi Loomis

    The Good Times Rodeo Arena in Potter, Nebraska will be hosting the second annual Trish Hall Memorial Day Ranch Bronc riding, May 25, 2024. This event will start at 6 p.m. Trish Hall of Mitchell, NE passed away in May of 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born a cowgirl, her passion for the western way of life only grew with time. She was an avid barrel racer throughout her life and later on, found a love for the ranch rodeo world, especially ranch bronc ridings with her husband, Brad....

  • C. Elliot Blooms Welcomes Hundreds for First Annual 'Mommy & and Me' Market

    Special to the Sun-Telegraph The clouds parted, allowing the sunshine through for the first time in what seemed a long while, Friday, May 10th, which was perfect timing to celebrate Mother's Day in a new and unique way in Sidney, Nebraska. Eager shoppers enjoyed their frozen confections and flavored lemonades, shopping the selection of various goods, while children crafted colorful drawings outside on the sidewalk. Part of the idea behind the event was to promote community, while also...

  • Nebraska Corn Farmers To Invest Nearly $3.1 Billion To Plant 9.85 Million Acres

    LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska corn farmers will plant 9.85 million acres of corn in 2024 according to the March Prospective Plantings report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). If these planting estimates hold up, Nebraska corn farmers will invest nearly 3.1 billion dollars into the state’s economy over a two-month period as calculated by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln’s crop budgets. This total is a result of inputs, such as seed, fuel and fertilizer, but does not include land costs, labor or equipment. Despite the...

  • Ag land management webinar to offer the latest on cash rents, changing commodity prices for 2024

    Lincoln, Neb., May 6, 2024 — The latest trends in 2024 Nebraska cash rental rates and land values will be covered during the next Land Management Quarterly webinar, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability, at noon on May 20. Offered since 2019, the quarterly webinars address common management issues for Nebraska landowners, agricultural operators and related stakeholders interested in the latest insight on real estate trends, managing farm land and solutions for addressing challenges in the...

  • Engaging Agriculture: 'AgSplosion' an educational experience for Panhandle youth

    Sarah Paisley, 4-H Youth Development Educator

    In April, students in several area communities experienced "AgSplosion," the fourth annual ag literacy event that traveled across western Nebraska. Nebraska Extension staff from the Panhandle come together to put on six day-long events designed to engage youth in interactive sessions highlighting Nebraska's number one industry, agriculture. The AgSplosion event engages youth in hands-on activities to learn about Nebraska commodities ranging from dry edible beans to beef cattle and ag...

  • Sidney Seniors Prank Local Morning Commuters

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    The last day Sidney Senior's careers began with a bit of a retro twist as they made their way down Jackson Street on everything from scooters, bicycles, rollerblades, a rogue shopping cart, and even a vintage 4-person Surrey Bicycle towards the high school parking lot on a bright and cheery Spring morning, Monday, May 13th. Part of an annual tradition, the Senior Class friends decided this would be a fun prank to wish their childhood school days farewell. The Sidney High School Senior class...

  • Rosie Kerk Memorial Fund Presents check to Sidney Public Schools

    Rosie Kerk Memorial Fund presented a check last Thursday in memory of Rosie Kerk to be used by one of her former students, Tessa Moody. Moody is a teacher at Central Elementary. Kerk's teaching career started in 1955 in Sidney public schools until her retirement from ESU#13 in 1998. The Kerk family appreciated the opportunity to make this donation in honor of their mother's love and passion for children. Kerk's daughter Lana McCoy said, "This would make her so...

  • Free dental care May 31 and June 1 for children ages 3-21

    University of Nebraska Medical Center College (UNMC) College of Dentistry students, accompanied by dental residents and faculty members, will be in Sidney and Gordon on May 31 and June 1 for Dental Days. This is an opportunity for receive free dental care for children ages 3 to 21 that have little or no dental insurance. Children will be seen at Gordon Memorial Hospital and Life Smiles in Sidney. “This will be the 20th year Dental Days has been offered in the Panhandle and providing important care for area kiddos. There are several partners...

  • James L. Leider

    James L. Leider, age 83 of Sidney, NE passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Private family services are pending and will be held at a later date. You may view James’ Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of James’ care and funeral... Full story

  • Michael Gipfert

    Michael Gipfert, 31, passed away from kidney disease and heart failure, at home in Mechanicsville, Iowa, on Thursday, May 9, 2024. No services are planned. The family is being cared for by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Mount Vernon, Iowa Michael was born January 24, 1993, in Sidney, Nebraska, son to Jana Gipfert. Michael graduated from Sidney High School in 2011. Michael was known to be a homebody; he enjoyed reading, longboarding, and playing video games, especially Call of Duty Zombies and Runescape. He is survived by his... Full story

  • Namuth Signs with Midland for Shooting Sports

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    SIDNEY--It was a target that senior Jayce Namuth didn't miss, as he signed his letter of intent to attend and compete with the Midland University Shooting Sports team starting in the Fall of 2024. Although Namuth's favorite event is trap shooting, he will also compete in sporting clay, double trap, skeet, double skeet and super sporting events. "I really enjoyed my visit to Midland and loved the campus. I related very well with the coach and I'm looking forward to the Fall and starting my... Full story

  • Sidney Golfers Place Ninth at District Tournament

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    HASTINGS-- Sidney's Red Raider Boys Golf team had a long trip out to Hastings for the B-4 District Tournament at Southern Hills Golf Course on May 13, and although the boys did not have the best results, or have any individual qualifiers for this year's State Tournament, the season did show continuous improvement for the Sidney golfers. McCook took top honors in the team results, finishing with a combined score of 314, followed in second place by Adams Central with a score of 320. Scottsbluff...

  • Lady Warriors Take D9 Title Benish, Gamble Lead Way for Leyton Girls

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    CHAPPELL - A beautiful day with little wind set the stage for the D9 District Meet at Creek Valley High School on May 8, and it was the Leyton Lady Warriors who came out as the big winners out of the Cheyenne County schools that competed. Leyton's Lady Warrior squad had turned in great performances all season, and they peaked on May 8 at the District Meet, scoring 88 points and taking first place over second place Arthur County with 69 points and third place South Platte with 68 points. The...

  • Lady Raiders Take B-6 Track & Field Title

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

    OGALLALA-- What seemed inevitable since the beginning of the Track & Field season came to pass on May 7, when the Sidney Lady Raider Track & Field team traveled to Ogallala to claim their title as B-6 District Champs. Although windy conditions made it challenging at times, it was the Lady Raider team that blew away the competition, scoring 119 points, far ahead of second-place McCook with 85.5 points. The Gothenburg team placed third with 80.5 points. Again it was senior Karsyn Leeling leading...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 20

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission

    "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 The understood premise of this passage from Jesus' sermon on the Mount of Olives is: 'it' must be according to God's Word. Father is eager to grant the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). The one condition is to 'delight oneself in the Lord'. Also, we cannot err in thinking He will bless whatever plan we come up with. This did not work for Adam or countless kings. "My Way" often rules....

  • Some More Constitutional Arguments

    Mike Sunderland, Columnist

    Recently our country has seen activities by various levels of government, from states to our national government that, at the very least, could be assessed as unconstitutional. Unfortunately many of our educational systems around the nation have failed to teach our young for some time about the Constitution of the United States. There are few today who have any knowledge about the original document, much less about the Amendments that have been made to it. And during the recent pandemic several...

  • The only problem Biden has is that people think he's a bad president

    Rich Lowry, American Writer and Columnist

    President Joe Biden has suffered a collapse in his standing generally, but, fundamentally, it's because so few people think he's doing a good job that he's in such a perilous state. Other than that, it's going great. It's hard to exaggerate how abysmal Biden's polling has been lately. No incumbent president should ever want to be near 43% in a head-to-head ballot test. Yet here is Joe Biden at 43% in the latest CNN poll, 43% in the latest Morning Consult poll, 43% in the latest Economist/YouGov...

  • The EPIC Debate

    Steve Erdman, 47th District

    On Friday May 3, 2024 citizens concerned about Nebraska’s overly burdensome tax system packed the Warner Chamber at the Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln to hear an honest debate and exchange of ideas about the EPIC Option Consumption Tax. While we invited numerous representatives from those organizations who openly oppose the EPIC Option Consumption Tax, such as the Open Sky Institute, the State Chamber of Commerce, the League of Municipalities, the Nebraska Farm Bureau, and No New...

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