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  • New ambulance and emergency services to Cheyenne County transition smoothly

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Aug 3, 2023

    By A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY – Morrill County Community Hospital (MCCH) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinator Shannon Odiet reported a smooth transition of emergency services at latest City of Sidney council meeting earlier this month. During the second regularly scheduled City of Sidney Council meeting on July 25, Odiet explained how services were seamless. "We were set to begin operations in Sidney to provide ambulance service on July 1," Odiet explained. "We... Full story

  • 2023 Cheyenne County Fair Exceeded Expectations

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Aug 3, 2023

    By A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph CHEYENNE COUNTY – Smiles, laughter, sunshine, rodeo, and a successful beer garden put the 2023 Cheyenne County Fair on the books as one of the best in recent years. According to Cheyenne County Fair Board President Troy Kurz, the rodeo alone drew in nearly 1,500 people from around the county and from neighboring states. The beer garden was a huge success as were the other events throughout the week. This year's fair had it all – from carnival... Full story

  • Commissioners discuss concerns of various funding projects

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 27, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY - Cheyenne County Commissioners discussed concerns of various projects funding and heard from residents concerned about the new cell-tower being built in the county at its regularly scheduled July meeting. Commissioners Darrell Johnson, Randal Miller and Philip Sanders had much to say about some of the funding and spending of various projects in the county and wanted to remind organizations the limited funding is for the entire county. The commissioners also heard from a... Full story

  • Cheyenne County revokes bond in vehicle homicide case

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 27, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – The Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub announced after hours on Thursday night that the man involved in a fatal truck vs car homicide case failed to appear in court for his preliminary hearing; the county revoked his bond and issued a bench warrant. The 25-year-old California man, Gurjeet Singh, who was arrested earlier this year on Cinco De Mayo, May 5, in connection with a fatal truck vs car accident failed to make it to his preliminary court hearing on Thursday, July 20.... Full story

  • Regional West announces closure of two family clinics, one in Sidney

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 27, 2023

    SIDNEY – In a press release from Regional West, the health care system announced the closure of two family medicine clinics, one of which is in Sidney and the other in Chappell. “In working toward the goal of realigning the health system's core services, Regional West will close the family medicine clinics in Chappell and Sidney, Nebraska, effective Sept. 21, 2023,” the press release sent by Regional West Director Julie Franklin stated. Adding, “Healthcare providers in Sidney and... Full story

  • City of Sidney warns of 'online survey' scam

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 27, 2023

    SIDNEY – The City of Sidney wanted to inform residents that the city is not conducting any survey of its residents at this time, despite what social media posts might indicate. According to a statement from the City of Sidney Manager's office, "We believe this to be a scam." Adding, "We would not ask for personal information in a survey form." "If you receive this message, please do not respond," the city wrote. "We thank the resident who brought this to our attention." The city is looking... Full story

  • New SPS Superintendent advocates for policy review at July meeting

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    SIDNEY – New Sidney Public Schools Superintendent Andy Farber made his debut at the July board meeting where he advocated for routine policy reviews as well as discussing how recent legislative changes will affect current policies. SPS Board President Mike Palmer called the July meeting to order and took roll call in which board members Kevin Challburg, Brad Kennedy, Kathy Nienhueser and Brenda Smith were present. The board voted to excuse Rusty Gulbranson for the meeting for the evening; SPS... Full story

  • Sidney council updates ambulance agreement, discussed new master fee schedule

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    SIDNEY – The City of Sidney held its regularly scheduled meeting on July 11, where the council heard from a number of community members, revised the Morrill County Community Hospital (MCCH) ambulatory services and presented the updated master fee schedule. Sidney Mayor Brad Sherman, Sidney Vice Mayor Paul Strommen, Councilmen Brandon Bondegard, Burke Radcliffe and Brock Buckner were all in attendance at the first July meeting of the month. City council members heard from three members of the... Full story

  • Visitors board approves six grants, discusses special meeting for budget

    A. Marie Hamilton and Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – The Cheyenne County Visitors Committee (CCVC) approved six grants and discussed scheduling a special meeting for its 2023-2024 budget. At the end of the meeting, the visitors board voted to host its 2023-2024 budget meeting the same evening of its next regularly scheduled meeting. The 2023-2024 budget meeting will take place on August 14 starting after the regularly scheduled meeting; the regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Cheyenne County Clerk Beth Fiegenschuh attended the meeting to help explain proper... Full story

  • Potential medicare scams reported in Cheyenne County

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – According to the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and Sheriff Adam Frerichs, there have been potential medicare scams reported and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) confirmed there are always scams, but the department is not seeing a measurable increase. According to Sheriff Frerichs, a local resident informed his office of fraudulent medicare charges on her account. According to the resident, she contacted the Medicare Benefit Integrity... Full story

  • Creek Valley Schools say goodbye to long-serving superintendent

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    LODGEPOLE – Creek Valley Public Schools (CVPS) Superintendent Patrick Ningen saw a tearful goodbye at a school board meeting back in June. The district bid adieu to Ningen, who served the district for more than a decade; he will be fondly missed by the community. The new superintendent has yet to be publicly announced and will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Sun-Telegraph.... Full story

  • Sidney gets the scoop!

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    SIDNEY – The Sun-Telegraph confirmed with Inspired Brands, the parent company for Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins, that a new sweet sensation will soon sweep Sidney. The newspaper also confirmed with Domino's that a new pizza restaurant could be ready to open by spring of next year. Along Old Post Road, a building with the familiar east coast Dunkin Donuts sign and its accompanying sister industry sign for Baskin Robbins is already nearly complete after beginning construction earlier this... Full story

  • Fair Board fine tunes events for Military Appreciation Day

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 13, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – On July 5, members of the Cheyenne County Fair Board met with various representatives and volunteers working to ensure the Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders day on Wed., July 26 is successful. During the roughly two hour meeting, the board heard from several individuals involved with voluntarily hosting a number of events during the designated day at the fair. The board announced it is officially sponsoring three of the events during the Military,... Full story

  • Juvenile experts say jobs reduce youth violence, crimes and substance use

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 13, 2023

    Editor’s Note: This article is the beginning of an on-going series diving into the various crime statistics for the City of Sidney, Cheyenne County and its surrounding communities. The Sun-Telegraph plans to print additional layers of this series at least twice a month on a bi-weekly basis. CHEYENNE COUNTY – According to data provided by local law enforcement, Sidney and Cheyenne County are on track to see more juvenile criminal problems in 2023 than in years prior, including at its most... Full story

  • CPR class available during fair

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 13, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – As part of the veterans and first responder service recognition activities during fair week, a CPR class has been made available during the county fair later this month. According to a press release, the class will be available for everyone 16 years and older during the military, veterans and first responder's day at the county fair. There are limited spots left and the class costs $55 per person. There are no prerequisites to take the class and it is completely open to the... Full story

  • 22-a-day is Now 43-a-day: We Must Do Better

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 13, 2023

    Every 65 minutes, at least one U.S. Military Veteran loses his or her battle to Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) or PTSD; that's roughly 43.3 veterans a day, which is up from 22 a day just two years ago. Recently, someone close to me, a Marine Veteran, was in distress and our community rallied behind this individual to get him help. We utilized a tool I had never known about before: Veterans Crisis Line. The Veteran Crisis Line is open to all U.S. Military Veterans experiencing a... Full story

  • Potter-Dix Schools announce back to school drive

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 13, 2023

    POTTER – Potter-Dix Schools (PDS) announced a back-to-school supply drive in cooperation with Community Action Partnership (CAPWN) of Western Nebraska, which began accepting applications on July 3 and will run through July 31. According to PDS, local families who need help with school supplies for the 2023-2024 school year are asked to call CAPWN-Sidney at 308-254-5856 to schedule an appointment and fill out an application. Applications are now being accepted and will continue to be accepted... Full story

  • Sidney Public Schools announced summer learning eclipsed 1,000 sessions

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 13, 2023

    SIDNEY – Sidney Public Schools (SPS) announced its Expedition Summer Learning, which is still underway, eclipsed 1,000 sessions done by students. “Remember, students at Sidney Public Schools still have access to our online learning platform Freckle and can use it over the summer to keep academically sharp and get a leg up on next year,” SPS announced in a Facebook post. Freckle tracks and keeps students' progress from the school year so they can continue on through the summer months where... Full story

  • Mayor declares May 2 Sun-Telegraph Community Newspaper Week

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 6, 2023

    by A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY – The City of Sidney declared the week of May 2 'Sidney Community Newspaper Week for the Sun-Telegraph', celebrated the retirement of Vice Mayor Roger Gallaway and appointed Brock M. Buckner Sr., as his replacement. During its second regularly scheduled meeting on June 27, the City of Sidney made a proclamation, as written in its entirely in a separate Sun-Telegraph story this edition, declaring the week of May 2 as 'Sidney Community Newspaper... Full story

  • Commissioners approve liquor license for fair, discuss use of ARPA funds

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 6, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – During its second regularly scheduled meeting of the month, the Cheyenne County Commissioners approved the Cheyenne County Fair Board's request to approve a liquor license and discussed using some of its remaining American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds. Cheyenne County Commissioner Chairman Darrell Johnson, Vice Chairman Philip Sanders and Commissioner Randal Miller heard from Cheyenne County Fair Board Member Ryan Filsinger regarding its request for a Special Designated Liquor... Full story

  • Commissioners approve final MOU with city and Morrill hospital for ambulatory services

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jun 29, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – The Cheyenne County Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement between Cheyenne County, the City of Sidney and Morrill County Community Hospital to provide ambulatory services to Cheyenne County with the purchase of two ambulances to start July 1. During an emergency meeting on June 22, Cheyenne County Commissioner Chairman Darrell Johnson, Vice Chairman Philip Sanders and Commissioner Randal Miller approved an agreement with Morrill County Community Hospital (MCCH... Full story

  • Local man arrested for intentional child abuse

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jun 29, 2023

    SIDNEY – Sidney Police Department (SPD) and Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub announced the arrest of 36-year-old Jacob Havorka, a Sidney resident, on charges related to intentional child abuse. SPD arrested Havorka on June 13, just after 9 p.m., after a report of potential child abuse was called into the station. Upon arriving to the residence, the responding officer escorted a women and children to the police department to speak to her about the incident which took place earlier.... Full story

  • Cap. Montefusco returns to Sidney

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jun 29, 2023

    SIDNEY – Twenty years ago Marine Veteran Captain Scott Montefusco and his wife, Elizabeth, motored from New York City, New York to Salt Lake City, Utah in their wedding car, a 1948 Plymouth Super Deluxe. On Tuesday, Cap. Montefusco drove solo from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, through Sidney, on his way to New York City, New York, on a special mission to raise awareness for veterans, first responders and to encourage today's youth to think about the Constitution or... Full story

  • SPS board scheduled summer work session, increases substitute pay

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jun 22, 2023

    SIDNEY – Sidney Public Schools (SPS) agreed to revisit the districts' teacher reimbursement program at a later time and reviewed a number of other policies, which included an increase to substitute base pay at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 12. SPS Board President Michael Palmer, Vice-President Brenda Smith, Board Members Kevin Challburg, Brad Kennedy, Rusty Gulbranson and Kathy Nienhueser reviewed six district policies which need to be reviewed annually before the start of... Full story

  • Gov. Pillen announces Nebraska Community Newspaper Week

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jun 15, 2023

    LINCOLN – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced Nebraska Community Newspaper Week would be recognized every year in June. Not to be confused with National Newspaper Week in September, a State of Nebraska Proclamation signed by Gov. Pillen was announced to be recognized annually for the week of June 26 through June 30, 2023, as Community Newspaper Week. The Sidney Sun-Telegraph is also celebrating it's 150th Anniversary this year. The proclamation extends to NPA observed organizations and... Full story

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