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City Facing Big Tax Bill

The Nebraska Department of Revenue (DOR) has approved a sales tax refund claim that will impact the City of Sidney by about $275,000. In the Jan. 12 meeting of the Sidney City Council, City Manager...

 

Volkmer Recognized a first Sidney Educator of the Month

The duties of education go far beyond taking attendance and presenting a lecture. The process involves several layers of employees, from the custodians to the administrators. Three Sidney businesses h...

 

COVID Numbers Declining

COVID conditions in Cheyenne County are improving, according to Sidney Public Schools Superintendent Jay Ehler. The Sidney Public Schools Board of Education met in the Sidney High School Performing...

 

City Council Hears Proposal for Golf Simulator

Golf Operations Director Patrick Kilbride presented the Sidney City Council a proposal of adding a golf simulator to the clubhouse. Kilbride told the city council there are currently no courses in...

 

Adapting Communication Methods

A protest turned riot and almost in the same breath social media platforms showed how private they truly are. Twitter and Facebook banned Trump and most anything that supported him or his ideas. This...

 

Houser Retires from City Duties

After five city managers and 30 years, JoDene Houser decided to disconnect the time clock and face life at a different pace. Friday, January 8, was Houser's last day as Human Resources director and...

 

Preparing for Recovery

A little more than a year ago, the state of Nebraska had challenges of filling employment needs. With the announcement of COVID-19, the need is multiplied. Members of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce...

 

County Extends COVID-related Relief

The Cheyenne County Commissioners in their Jan. 4 meeting approved extending benefits related to COVID-19. County Attorney Paul Schaub said the county was contacted by the Nebraska Intergovernmental...

 

Control Lost

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the American people should have heard reports of the Electoral College votes being verified and shouts of excitement and probably protest. Let’s face it. No matter who won. The...

 

FFA Members Compete in Speech Event

Five members of the Sidney High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, returned from a speech competition with awards, and just importantly experience. Angel Helms, Erika Meakins, Isis...

 

Chamber Seeks Retail Input

Regardless the size of community, the question Chambers and economic development promoters face is how to keep people shopping in the local stores. There are people who plan day trips around a certain...

 

COVID Numbers Improve

The COVID Risk Dial continues to slowly move back to a safer zone. The Risk Dial for Sidney was recently just within the Severe category, the highest of the four levels. In the time since then, the...

 

What's Next

About a year ago, press conferences and news reports were grabbing everyone’s attention. Politicians and health experts were lining up to explain a crisis. A new virus was detected. It was quickly...

 

Wind, Then Snow in Holiday Week

The blustery nearing of Christmas and trace of snow reminded us it is still winter even though the moisture has been missing. Winter officially started Tuesday, Dec. 22 with winds reported up to 12...

 

Sidney Loses Famed Chocolatier

There are people who just stand out in the world. They don't lead armies or research medicines. They take the harsh or bitter ingredients of life and make something sweet. Bertha Mueller, known locall...

 

COVID-related Deaths Up by 7

The COVID-19 Risk Dial is showing a gradual improvement. Only a few weeks ago, the dial showed the Panhandle region in the Severe Risk area. Since then, conditions have moved to about the mid-point of...

 

That's Life

Almost 12 months ago, when I flipped the calendar to 2020, I had visions of getting better at what I do, finding time for some things I don’t do enough and, as I told a friend as a goal or...

 

ESU13 Has New Address

The hallways have the inviting appearance of newness while work rooms are overwhelmed with supplies to be put in their place, and the scent of industrial adhesives are still lingering in the air....

 

School Board Reviews District Report Card

Each year the Sidney Public School District is assessed by the State. The District continues to earn a grade of “Great.” “This is the one we do every year,” said Superintendent Jay Ehler....

 

West Elementary Principal Accepts Ogallala Superintendent's Seat

West Elementary Principal Gene Russell is known for his love of students and excitement that sometimes makes relating to children that much easier. He is also known among staff for his focus on...

 

Two Arrested on Drug Charges

Two Sidney residents were recently arrested on drug-related charges following the execution of a search warrant recently. Sidney Police announced Dec. 16 that a search warrant was served at 1229...

 

On This Christmas

There was a time we would already be hiding presents, guarding the tree from the family pet and double-checking our list of guests and what they will be bringing to the feast of all feasts. We would b...

 

Stepping Down

While many people are gratified with a career in one occupation but several locations, others have interests that develop into careers, including “volunteer careers.” Steve Mattoon is closing his...

 

Gallaway Returns as Sidney Mayor

The Sidney City Council has a change and a continued leadership. In the Dec. 8 Zoom council meeting, the council approved the verification of votes cast in the Nov. 3 election. The Sidney City...

 

Playtime for All

Children run through the toys with their imagination and excitement two strides ahead of their youthful legs. They slide down from the make-believe castle while friends on the other side of the area...

 

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