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Christmas Romance Passes 60 Years

A little more than 60 years ago, Julie and Al became one home. Dec. 20, 1959, is recognized as the next step from their initial conversation at a Rural Life meeting. Rural Life is a program just as...

 

County Opens Backhoe Bids

The Cheyenne County Commissioners opened three bids for purchase of a backhoe. The three bids, from Titan Machinery, ranged in price from $34,500 for a 2008 Case 580 to about $20,000 lease for a 2020...

 

Innis Visits Cheyenne County Communities

In August 2019, Matt Innis announced his candidacy for US Senate against incumbent Ben Sasse. Innis introduced a platform of three points: Nebraskans want a senator who will represent them and their...

 

Brockhaus Resigns as Sidney High Activities Director

The Sidney High School Administration is changing. The Cheyenne County School District No. 1 board of education officially accepted the resignation of Activities Director Mike Brockhaus. In his...

 

Family, Friends Seek Living Memorial for Hartzler

Some people do things because they need to be done, not because of the time in the spotlight. This kind of person has a passion that is seen in how he, or she, works with people and applies the sweat...

 

Split Vote Approves Utility Rate Changes

Sidney city utility customers will soon see modest changes to their utility bills. On Jan. 28, the Sidney City Council approved third reading of proposed changes to the water rates and the...

 

Primary Election Deadlines Approaching

February is just arriving and deadlines are approaching for the Primary Election. The filing deadline for incumbent candidates wishing to be on the Primary Election ballot must submit their filing...

 

PlainsWest CASA Reports Program Growth

In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge developed the concept of citizen volunteers who are directed to meet with, speak for juveniles who are in the court system. The program developed into Court...

 

Chamber Recognizes Businesses, Supporters

In a year where people question if we are still on track, where commentators say "Sidney is dead," it is necessary to recognize those who are dedicated to swim against the tide, do what they can to...

 

Council Moves Ahead With Master Plan Update

The Sidney City Council recently approved a plan to update the city's Downtown Master Plan. The City is currently working with the Downtown Master Plan from 2008. Originally, the plan would include...

 

Sidney Speller Finishes 'Career' With Local Title

In 2019, Siona Kshirsager finished the Cheyenne County Spelling Bee in second place to Aadhay Krishna. Last week, Siona finished her experience in spelling contests with a first place trophy and an...

 

County Approves Archery Program

The Cheyenne County Commissioners Tuesday discussed a proposal for the 4-H program to hold its archery program at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds. In other business, the commissioners approved a...

 

City Council Approves Board Appointments

The Sidney City Council recently approved new people on the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and on the Historic Preservation Board. In the Jan. 14 city council meeting, Dave Hausmann, Steve...

 

College President Visits Sidney Campus

Almost to the day two months ago, the Western Community College Area Board of Governors chose Dr. Carmen Simone as the sixth president of Western Nebraska Community College. On Friday, Jan. 17, she...

 

Craftsman Builds Home from Salvage

Nestled among the trees near Chappell is a home that appears quite ordinary at first sight. It is closer to the constant drone of Interstate 80 traffic than the small town commerce to the north at...

 

Utility Rate Changes Move to Third Reading

The Sidney City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 14, consenting to moving proposed water and electricity rates to the third reading. On Dec. 3, the city council was presented with a proposal to update the...

 

School Board Starts New Year with Short Meeting

The Cheyenne County School District No. 1 Board of Education started the 2020 year honoring students and appointing board positions. The board meeting started with recognition of the Academic...

 

Commissioners Hear Proposal of Possible New Weed Control District

When a system doesn't work, you change it. That is one of the discussion items that occurred in the Cheyenne County Commissioners meeting recently. Among the agenda items in the nearly four-hour...

 

Local Writer Releases First Book

"Five miles away and three hours later, Ralph Masters was a rancher with a problem. Six times in the last three weeks, while checking his herd on land he leased east of Devil's Tower, he'd come...

 

Sidney December Students of the Month

Recognized for the December 2019 Performance Awards are: 7th Grade Kanon Palmer Kanon has been nominated as the 7th grade student of the month for December.  Kanon is a strong academic student who of...

 

DRONES OR UFOs?

Eastern Colorado and into southeast Cheyenne County are abuzz with concern about night sightings of drones, unmanned aircraft, flying above private property. Some reports indicate craft with...

 

Commissioners Approve Power Line Construction

The Cheyenne County Commissioners approved a request by High West Energy to construct a power line. The proposed power line will be constructed from Highway 30 north along County Road 91 for about...

 

Serving Community, Serving Country

UPDATED STORY 01.08.2020 The facility sits quietly near the center of Legion Park, a sentinel of sorts. It is rightly called a sentinel because when help is needed, its resources are called into...

 

SSP Pistol Range 'Exceeds Expectations' Grand Opening Draws Crowd to New Facility

The Sidney Shooting Park welcomed the public to its new pistol range Saturday, Jan. 4, celebrating with demonstrations, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting firearm-style, and lunch. "I think it went exception...

 

Wyoming Couple Arrested on Theft-related Charges

A Cheyenne, Wyo., woman and a Gillette, Wyo., man were arrested Dec. 14 in the 3000 block of Silverberg Drive after police responded to a report of a theft. Sidney Police responded to a report of a...

 

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