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  • Marines celebrate 241 years

    Brittany Kuhns|Nov 18, 2016

    Local Marines celebrated the 241 birthday of the Marines, with an annual Marine Ball in Sidney last weekend. More than 50 Marines and their significant others attended the ball this year. Nick Eddy, Commandant of the Western Nebraska Marine Corps League, said “The most important reason to attend the Birthday Ball every year is tradition. “Once a Marine, always a Marine” and Marines have been celebrating the birthday of the Corps each year for 241 years!” During an interview with Eddy,...

  • Sidney PD receives medication destruction bin through grant

    Brittany Kuhns|Nov 18, 2016

    The Sidney Police Department received a medication disposal bin through a grant from CVS pharmacy which arrived last week. Twice a year, the police department holds a medication destruction event where citizens can bring in their expired or unused prescriptions to the department to be disposed of correctly. Cheif Aikens said "this bin gives citizens an opportunity to bring in their expired or unused prescriptions year round instead of having to wait until we hold the next destruction event."...

  • Two injured in accident outside of Sidney

    Brittany Kuhns|Nov 16, 2016

    On Saturday evening around 7:30 p.m. Cheyenne County Deputies responded to an accident north of Sidney on Highway 385. Sidney resident Samantha Buttle was turning left on highway 30 when she was struck by a United States' Airforce humvee heading north on high way 385 driven by Kele Kaminski from Sultan, Washington. Buttle's 2003 malibu was totalled with the humvee causing the most damage on the left side of the vehicle. Buttle's child who was restrained in the backseat had to be extricated from...

  • November is National Diabetes Month

    Brittany Kuhns|Nov 16, 2016

    November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. There are multiple types of diabetes people can have which include, type one, type two and gestational diabetes. Keith Jones, a former Sidney resident who now lives in Kimball was diagnosed with diabetes type one when he was five years old. His mother originally got him tested because he was excessively thirsty and hungry all the time and used the restroom more than usual. Keith’s mother Vera Jones said “he was eating as much as a grown up and he would just get done eating and be hungry again,...

  • Sidney honors those who have served our country

    Brittany Kuhns|Nov 9, 2016

    With Veteran's Day approaching many businesses around Sidney are offering free items and programs to honor local veterans in Sidney on Veteran's Day. Throughout the day Friday, veterans can receive free hair cuts at WNCC and a free meal at Applebees. Sidney Dairy Queen is offering a free medium blizzard to all veterans. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Western Nebraska Community College will be having a Veteran's Day celebration with lunch to honor those who have served our country. Sidney Regional Medical Center will also be having a Veteran's Day...

  • Daylight Saving Time end Sunday

    Brittany Kuhns|Nov 4, 2016

    The changes brought to you by Daylight Saving Time (DST) strike again. Sunday at 2 a.m. clocks will be set back an hour, at least for every state outside Hawaii and Arizona. Though DST has been part of life in the United States since World War I, its origin and effects remain misunderstood by many. Subscribe to the Sidney Sun-Telegraph to read the rest of the story. (308) 254-2818 817 12th Ave. Sidney, NE 69162 www.suntelegraph.com/subscribe...

  • Chamber hosts Night at the Races

    Brittany Kuhns|Nov 4, 2016

    Cheyenne County Chamber will be hosting “Night at the Races” this Saturday at Buffalo Point in Sidney from 5-8 p.m. Doors will be open at 5 p.m. with social hour at 5:30 p.m. and races starting at 6 p.m. There will be five different pre-recorded races shown on multiple televisions throughout the restaurant. There is an option to sponsor different horses and races. Denise Wilkinson, president of Cheyenne County Chamber, said for $20 a horse can be named and giving an opportunity to win a Cabela’s cooler. “There have been some pretty...

  • Charter addresses questions at City Council Meeting

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 28, 2016

    City Council held its last meeting for October on Tuesday. Eddie Trower, Charter Communications Government Affairs, answered questions regarding Charter’s service within Sidney. Trower said Fox and NBC would be available in high definition soon. Trower added that 70 percent of people used to have cable television and now that has dropped to 35 percent. Because of those statistics, the Sidney office will still be closing despite public concern on customer service. Trower said to improve customer service, all call centers have been brought...

  • Halloween safety tips

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 28, 2016

    With Halloween quickly approaching, parents are recommended to educate their children on the Halloween safety, to remain as safe as possible, while having a good time trick-or-treating. The National Safety Council gives the following safety tips to parents and children for Halloween safety, while trick-or-treating a parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds. If older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Parents and children should agree on a specific...

  • Toys for Tots kicks off drive seeking donations

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 26, 2016

    With a little more than 60 days until Christmas, Cheyenne County Toys for Tots will be distributing its donation boxes and fliers throughout Cheyenne County this week. Matt Gudahl, County Coordinator, said there will be 10-15 locations with donation boxes throughout the county. Gudahl said toy donations are needed to help local families in need celebrate Christmas. Distribution of the toys will be Dec. 10. All toys will be given to families within Cheyenne County. On the day of distribution, families will go to the Methodist Church in Sidney...

  • Grant provides updated equipment

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 21, 2016

    Alcohol breath testers have been awarded to the Sidney Police Department (SPD) through a traffic safety grant award. SPD has received three hand held alcohol breath testing units, valued at $285 each, provided by the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), Highway Safety Office. The safety grant award is part of the state's ongoing effort to prevent underage drinking and alcohol-related traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. According to NDOR Highway Safety Office Administrator Fred Zwonechek,...

  • Actor brings message of hope in face of bullying

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 21, 2016

    Quinton Aaron, who is best known for his portrayal of Michael Oher in the Academy Award winning movie, "The Blind Side," will be talking with students at Leyton Schools today about bullying. Aaron was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Aaron experienced bullying first hand while growing up. In 1990, Aaron created the Quinton Aaron Foundation while thinking of ways to end bullying. The Quinton Aaron Foundation prides itself on supporting anti-bullying efforts to reduce serious and...

  • Chronic nuisance ordinance approved

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 19, 2016

    During the latest City Council meeting, a nuisance ordinance was approved. The approved ordinance was introduced by City Manager Ed Sadler based on an existing ordinance in Webster City, Iowa. The ordinance's enforcement procedure states, upon finding a property that has had three or more cited nuisance activities within a 180 day period that were found to be nuisance violations, a designated officer of the city shall prepare a report outlining the nature of the nuisance activities violations and any other relevant information. The designated...

  • Voters asked to approve Sidney economic fund

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 19, 2016

    November’s election ballot will give Sidney residents a chance to vote on the City of Sidney Economic Development Plan. The ballot question asks “shall the City of Sidney establish an economic development program by appropriating annually from local sources of revenue only, namely the presently existing sales tax and use tax, the amount of $300,000 each year for ten years?” The goals to of the plan are to provide jobs above the average wage paid to employees in the city of Sidney by encouraging and assisting local businesses to retain...

  • Bass Pro CEO visits Cabela's employees

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 14, 2016

    Bass Pro CEO, Johnny Morris made a trip to Sidney on Tuesday to talk with more than 250 employees at Cabela’s. According to the Associated Press, Morris told Cabela’s employees he wouldn’t plant false hopes about their jobs after his company competes its purchase of Cabela’s. AP also reported Morris repeated that some operations will stay in Sidney, but there will be some “slimming down” because of function duplication and “important, significant jobs” will remain in Sidney. Bass Pro spokesman Jack Wiezien said, “we don’t...

  • City saves money on upcoming project

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 14, 2016

    City Council met Tuesday for its bimonthly meeting in Sidney dispatching busines with Councilman Joe Arterburn being excused. Council has saved the city $100,000 with the upcoming construction on a pipeline project with Paul Reed Construction and Diamondback Engineering to replace current water pipeline along link 17 J with 16-inch water pipe. Council members had previously tabled a bid from Diamondback Engineering, opening up the opportunity for new bids. Diamondback engineering came back to council with a new bid $100,000 less than...

  • History and timeline of a legend

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 7, 2016

    To fully understand the foundation of Cabela’s success and loyalty throughout the years, it is important to understand where the family's roots began and their drive for success in maintaining core values and mission. According to the book “Cabela’s- The First Half Century, Celebrating 50 Years,” as the World’s Foremost Outfitter, Cabelas’ ancestors were Nebraska pioneers from the Czech Republic. James Cabela, Jim and Dick’s grandfather came to America in 1884 when he was 14. James Cabela spent 10 years working off his debt on a f...

  • Original bond continues for Almond

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 7, 2016

    Edgar Almond appeared in district court Wednesday with his lawyer Steven Elmhauser in front of Honorable judge Weimer. Almond is being charged with possession of a destructive device, a class IV felony. The charges stem from an incident called in to the police department on Sept. 14, which tipped police off that Almond illegally was making explosive devices in his van. Elmhauser requested for Almond’s bond to be reduced due to his belief that Almond was not a danger to the public, saying the explosive device was detonated in an abandoned...

  • Hotes appears in court

    Brittany Kuhns|Oct 7, 2016

    Dale Hotes appeared in Cheyenne County district court with his lawyer Don Miller in front of Honorable Judge Weimer Wednesday. Hotes has been charged with attempted assault on a police officer, a Class IV felony, and terrorist threats, which is a Class III felony. If found guilty on all charges Hotes will face up to six years in prison. An application was previously submitted to the court for a competency evaluation to be performed on Hotes to determine if he was competent enough to stand trial. After being evaluated in Lincoln by an expert,...

  • City economic development director leaving

    Brittany Kuhns|Sep 30, 2016

    It was announced Tuesday night during the Sidney City Council meeting that Economic Development Director, Tina Hochwender, would be leaving her position with the city to relocate for a new opportunity. Tina Hochwender began her position with the City of Sidney as Economic Development Director in June 2015. Hochwender moved to Sidney after working for the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa as its community development director for 15 years. Hochwender said in an interview with the Sun-Telegraph that looking back at her time in Sidney, she believes...

  • Quad/Graphics holds ribbon cutting

    Brittany Kuhns|Sep 30, 2016

    Wednesday afternoon Quad/Graphics held its official ribbon cutting at the company's new Sidney home on Illinois street. Quad/Graphics is a World Wide provider of print and media solutions. Cabela's Chief Executive Officer Tommy Milner spoke during the ribbon cutting regarding the positive relationship between Quad/Graphics and Cabela's. Milner said Cabela's has been working with Quad/Graphics for many years now and has nothing but positive things to say regarding their business working...

  • Rocktoberfest

    Brittany Kuhns|Sep 30, 2016

    While adults are enjoying festivities at the tents during Oktoberfest this weekend, Rocktoberfest is an option for teens, from seventh-12th grades to have some fun. Rocktoberfest will be tonight and tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 1. The evens will be held both nights from 7-11 p.m. at the Youth Center located on the corner of King and 14th Street in Sidney. Door entry is three dollars each night. Rocktoberfest offers a social atmosphere with music, games, prizes and free food with adult supervision. Teens this year who attend Rocktoberfest can look...

  • Council moves forward on finance plan

    Brittany Kuhns|Sep 29, 2016

    A member of Robert W. Baird and Co., presented the finance plan they drafted for the City of Sidney General Obligation Bonds at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The City of Sidney currently has three bonds that are coming due. The finance plan presented gave options for long-term financing to pay off the bonds due. Two bonds are due this December and one bond is due June of 2017. Step one of the finance plan involves applying for a rating of the City of Sidney’s credit. This process will cost around $15,000, but will save the ci...

  • Almond case bound over to district court

    Brittany Kuhns|Sep 29, 2016

    Edgar Almond appeared in Cheyenne County Court on Sept. 27, on charges of first degree unlawful possession of explosives and possession of a destructive device stemming from his arrest on Sept. 15. Almond's ex-wife reported that Almond was "acting crazy" and had bomb-making materials in his van parked in front of her house. Almond's ex-wife also reported Almond had detonated a bomb on the cliffs near East Drive the previous night. Upon further investigation it was confirmed by area residents...

  • Final presentation for nuisance ordinance to be presented

    Brittany Kuhns|Sep 27, 2016

    Sidney’s Planning Commission will be offering its final presentation on adopting an ordinance for chronic nuisances tonight at the last city council meeting of the month. As presented, the ordinance would create a “three strikes rule.” With the rule, any property that has three or more documented violations within a six-month period would be required to abate the nuisance or be charged with a simple misdemeanor and a fine up to $500. Once a property has been designated a chronic nuisance the property will be on a probation period for 18...

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