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  • Cabela's honors hometown heroes

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 24, 2017

    Cabela's honored the men and women who serve the community over the weekend by hosting a Hometown Heroes event. The public was invited to meet and greet the heroes who serve the Sidney community and around the area. Cabela's Marketing Specialist, Janet Lienemann said "it is important to honor those who serve, with out them we would not have the freedoms we have today." On Saturday those that braved the cooler temperatures walked around to various stations meeting heroes, learning about their...

  • Sidney High School valedictorian and salutatorian announced

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 19, 2017

    Sidney High School's (SHS) class of 2017 had two students that spent their high school year's striving for the honor of valedictorian. This year SHS Valedictorian went to Annalise Lecher, with Samee Kaus coming a very close second with the honor of Salutatorian. "It was really close, within 1000th of a point," Lecher said. Lecher said she has had a lot of success her senior year, making it to state in the three varsity sports she played on. "It was kind of like the cherry on top of the sundae,"...

  • Lightning safety signs to be posted around the area

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 19, 2017

    With spring and summer temperatures often accompanied by thunderstorms, it's important to understand the risks lightning can pose while enjoying the outdoors. Region 21 Emergency Management Director, Ron Leal said Sidney residents will be among those across the panhandle that will soon be seeing signs that read "When thunder roars, go indoors." Leal partnered with Warning Coordinator, Chad Hahn form the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to bring the signs into Cheyenne,...

  • Commissioners review annual reports

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 17, 2017

    In a regular board meeting of the Cheyenne County Commissioners, members received annual reports from the County Guardian ad Litem Attorney (GAL) and the County Public Defender. Last year, Commissioners made the decision to take bids for the two positions to reduce costs to the county in the event a GAL or Public Defender has to be brought in from other areas. Cheyenne County GAL, Audrey Elliot and Cheyenne County Public Defender, Don Miller were offered two year contracts from the county in April of 2016. It’s a decision that is already b...

  • LHS honors Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 17, 2017

    Valedictorian and Salutatorian are high honors when it comes to graduation time. If you are bestowed these honors it means you have excelled academically, receiving the highest and second highest grade point average of the graduating class. This year Leyton High School awarded Valedictorian to Hope Dykman, who said becoming Valedictorian was something she did not expect but strived for and always wanted to achieve. "It means I've worked hard and accomplished my goal," Dykman said. Dykman lives...

  • Local teen places in national trap shoot

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 17, 2017

    Carley Witt placed fifth in the ladies division at the 49th Cornhusker National Junior/Senior High School Trap Shoot. More than 2,400 youth participated in the trap shooting event that was held in Doniphan May 3-5. In trap shooting participants shoot at targets called "clay pigeons" these targets are typically launched into the air by spring traps. For the Cornhusker competition, Witt said participants shot five clay targets at five stations for a total of 75 targets. Subscribe to the Sidney...

  • Potter man pleads no contest to assault charge

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 12, 2017

    Christian Willey, 20 of Potter, pled no contest to Attempted Second Degree Assault, a class IIIA felony, on Tuesday, May 9, in Cheyenne County District Court. According to the affidavit on Jan. 2, a Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Deputy and the Sidney Police Department responded to a call where a victim, Randy Sandini, had allegedly had his throat cut by Willey. On the scene Willey was located and arrested and the residence was searched for the weapon used in the alleged assault on Sandini. A knife was found on the floor in the doorway of the r...

  • Sidney School Board approves roofing bid

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 12, 2017

    Sidney School Board approved middle school roofing bid in its regular meeting Monday. Two bids were submitted for the middle school roofing project, scheduled for completion by the end of July. The first bid was from the Weathercraft Company and the second from Twin City Roofing and Sheet Metal. Both companies are out of Scottsbluff. After discussion, the Board approved the bid from Twin City Roofing for the amount of $108,960. Sidney Superintendent Jay Ehler said between the years of 2005 to...

  • Students participate in area Safety Day

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 10, 2017

    Cheyenne County second graders learned various safety practices during the 2017 Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, sponsored by the Nebraska Extension Office. Students from Sidney, Creek Valley, Leyton and Potter schools spent all day Friday at the Lodgepole Valley Youth Camp in Sidney, learning the importance of Ag safety. Safety Day is a collaborative effort that brings volunteers and experts from around the area to provide students information and hands-on activities that teach them how to stay safe in situations they might encounter at...

  • Sidney student makes top ten state science project

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 10, 2017

    Arya Eledath was one of ten students to place in the Junior Division at the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS) Annual State Science and Engineering Fair. The science fair was held April 20 at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Eledath presented her research and findings along side 69 students from across the state. Each student qualified for the event by placing in the regional science fairs that were held earlier this year. Students competed in two divisions, grades six through eight make...

  • Adopt-A-Dog hosts annual "Doggie Dash"

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 10, 2017

    To raise funds for the local Adopt-A-Dog shelter, dogs and their owners will be dashing their way through Chappell in a 5K run/walk known as the “Doggie Dash.” Terry Duffield, founder of Adopt-A-Dog Animal Rescue has been rescuing dogs since 1986, first by putting pens up in her own yard. Adopt-A-Dog is a non-profit animal rescue/shelter that is located on the east edge of Chappell on Hwy. 30. The rescue accepts abandoned and surrendered dogs and cats and finds them permanent homes. All proceeds from the run will go to the rescue and helps to...

  • Commissioners approve dry camping at fairgrounds

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 5, 2017

    Cheyenne County Commissioners continue to iron out the details of fairground usage by approving dry camping with the rental of fairground buildings. According to Cheyenne County Clerk Beth Fiegenschuh, Commissioners approved dry camping at the fairgrounds only if it is connected with a county approved event. In order to rent any building located on the fairgrounds, an application must be submitted and the event must come before the Board of Commissioners for approval. Fiegenschuh said “use of the grounds for camping will only be allowed on the...

  • Organics: Alternative ecosystem management

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 5, 2017

    Corn, barley, edible beans, millet, oats, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and other forages are grown and marketed organically in Nebraska. Organic production is a form of agriculture that relies on ecosystem management and attempts to reduce or eliminate external agricultural contributors, especially synthetic ones. Choosing to grow crops organically is not an easy choice. Keeping non-organic materials from the soil is an ongoing battle. One grower tells the Sidney Sun-Telegraph why she chose to go...

  • Area students participate in annual Groundwater Festival

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 3, 2017

    Fourth grade students from around the area learned all about groundwater last Friday, when the South Platte Natural Recourse District (SPNRD) held its annual Groundwater Festival in Sidney.The Groundwater festival is an event the SPNRD holds every year, Administrative Manager, Don Davis, said. This year marks the 27th annual event."The idea is to educate youth on the effects of groundwater," Davis said. "It's also a chance for us to begin outreach early and highlight projects that we have for...

  • Cool Kids Club gears up for summer program

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|May 3, 2017

    Cool Kids Club will kick off its summer season May 31, offering area youth a place to have fun and learn through the hot summer days. According to CKC Director, Colleen Langdon, CKC began in October 2001 when school administrators from Sidney and Chadron wrote a joint grant to begin a before, after and summer school program in their communities. A $1.5 million three-year grant was awarded under the "No Child Left Behind" federal initiative. "Our vision statement is 'children will have a safe...

  • Sidney participates in Panhandle-wide 4-H fundraiser

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 28, 2017

    Area 4-H members will be among those holding fund raisers across the Panhandle to give back to families affected by the wildfires near Ash Hollow. Demonstrating citizenship through community action is one of the primary goals of the National 4-H Program. Panhandle 4-H will recognize the 4-H National Day of Service by participating in a fundraiser to help restore part of the fencing lost in the March 16 fire near Ash Hollow. According to a press release from the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, the wildfire started near Lewellen, burning...

  • Chamber hosts Girl's Day Out 2017

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 26, 2017

    Cheyenne County Chamber will host the 10th annual Girl’s Day Out event in Historic Downtown Sidney this Saturday. Girl’s Day Out gives ladies ages 12 and up an opportunity to enjoy “girl time” and support local merchants and home-based businesses. Chamber Communications Director Sandy Goble said merchants will be open Saturday for the event. “There will be at least 30 merchants participating that day,” Goble said. “downtown and extended downtown towards the French Door Antique Mall.” Goble said home-based businesses will be spread througho...

  • Director Langdon retires from longtime passion

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 21, 2017

    For 15 years, Colleen Langdon has been a staple in the Cool Kids Club (CKC) Program. From its inception, Langdon has helped the program expand and flourish into what it is today. Langdon said the grant to start CKC was written in 2001. At the time Langdon was unaware that the position as Director of the program was going to be available, or that those who started the program had hopes that she would take it. "At the time my husband was told that the grant was being written, and it might be a...

  • West Elementary students gear up for Earth Day

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 21, 2017

    Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970, and each year the day reminds us to be good to the earth through ongoing projects. West Elementary’s Student Council has been hard at work brainstorming ideas to celebrate the day. The Earth Day Committee is made up of four students who are part of West Elementary’s Student Council. Meghana Nakkanti, Elsa Highby, Rylie Wright and Anshu Giliyaru were the four students put in charge of generating ideas that would teach their fellow students the importance of Earth Day. Nakkanti said the idea of the Ear...

  • Hearings held in county meeting

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 19, 2017

    Three hearings were held in Monday’s Board of Commissioners and the Board of Equalization meeting. The first two hearings were held in the Board of Equalization. The Commissioners reviewed objections filed in response to notices that were given to governmental entities having taxable properties. The City of Sidney originally filed tax objections on 11 properties. After further research and discussion, City Attorney J. Leef said the city is withdrawing its objection on four of the 11 properties that are located on the city’s well land. Acc...

  • Students present survey results in School Board meeting

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 14, 2017

    In Monday’s Sidney School Board meeting, sixth grade student council members presented Gallup Poll results to the Board. According to Sidney Public School (SPS) Superintendent, Jay Ehler, the Gallup Poll is a survey that measures engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration, and career literacy. Fifth and sixth grade students participated in the survey that asked questions about their involvement and enthusiasm for school, ideas for the future, talent and energy for building businesses and information, attitude and behaviors that students n...

  • Nelson honored by Fort Sidney D.A.R.

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 12, 2017

    Col. Lawrence C. Nelson (Ret.) was honored Saturday by the Fort Sidney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Nelson is a retired veteran, having served in the United States Army from 1968 to 2007. Nelson was recognized for his service to his country, his numerous and continuous efforts to honor and serve Nebraska's veterans, and for allowing the Fort Sidney D.A.R. to meet at the Veterans History Center, located in downtown Sidney. Nelson owns and operates the museum, opening it...

  • Historic Byway meeting to be held in Potter

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 7, 2017

    America’s first transcontinental highway is the Lincoln Byway. Laid out in 1913, the historic byway stretches from New York to San Francisco. This byway is now officially Highway 30, according to a press release from Muriel Clark, President of the Governing Board for the Nebraska Lincoln Highway Historic Byway. It is the longest of Nebraska’s nine byways at 450 miles, from Omaha and Blair on the east to Bushnell and the Wyoming border on the west, traversing 14 counties and running through 46 communities. For more information about the mee...

  • Bids awarded for upcoming county road repair projects

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 5, 2017

    Bids were awarded in two upcoming county road projects in Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Only one bid was submitted for an asphalt overlay on approximately 3 miles of County Road 46, from CR 125 to CR 131 east of Gurley. The bid of $1,054,387.50 from Simon Contractors was approved by the board. The 2016-17 budget allotted $1,068,000 for the project. Three bids were submitted for another budgeted county road project, the construction of a double 12-by-12 reinforced concrete box culvert on CR 109, approximately 1/4 mile south of CR 3...

  • Sidney High School musical opens Friday

    Amanda Tafolla-Sutton|Apr 5, 2017

    Sidney High School students will spend the week in dress rehearsal gearing up for Friday's opening of this year's musical "A Pirate's Life for Me." In this swashbuckling tale a regular guy, Rodger Goodman, embarks on a quest to become the pirate Blood Beard to win the affections of a pirate queen. SHS Senior Abbie Frass plays Sarah, the Pirate Queen. Frass says her charterer resembles that of the one Keira Knightly plays in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. "She was raised in a nice...

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