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Training for The Call

The sunrises and sunsets are varied shades of red against the tinted clouds, a symptom of the many fires that are or have been burning west of Sidney. Hurricanes have impacted the Gulf of Mexico regio...

 

The Unicameral Process Explained

How does a bill become law in the state of Nebraska? What is the process for a citizen to be heard in the Legislature? A public meeting was held Thursday, Sept. 17, at Sidney High School's Performing...

 

A Fan's Perspective

I ran across a book a few years ago called “Not A Fan.” The storyline is about getting up and being involved, not contently sitting in the bleachers. But to apply the words a little differently, w...

 

'Stronger Together' Draws Shoppers

Downtown Sidney woke early Saturday as the "Stronger Together" program participants opened their doors to shoppers. The event is designed to encourage shoppers to see what Sidney's small businesses...

 

Constitution Week Starts Sept. 17

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do...

 

Airport Authority Approves Budget

The Sidney Airport Authority Board meet Sept. 10, approving its budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The budget shows actual disbursements and transfers increasing from $335,485.51 for the 2018-2019...

 

CARES Funds City Bus

The Sidney City Council recently it can receive a new public transportation bus through the CARES Act. "As part of the CARES Act, we're eligible to apply for a bus," said Sidney City Manager David...

 

Counting Our Blessings

In even the best experience, high school has a way of making a student feel like he’s passing through a blender. Don’t get me wrong. High School can be a fun experience. It is a fun and learning...

 

Matching Fundraising Effort Underway for Sullivan Hills Camp

There is something “normal,” a little bit historic, about attending a summer camp. The concept is foreign to some families, however, because of the expense of attending a camp and of driving to...

 

Making Sense Out of Chaos

Several years ago, sometimes it feels like yesterday, my wife and I found ourselves in a script we didn’t write, we didn’t want and we couldn’t escape. In what seemed like a heartbeat of time,...

 

Council Approves Bond Refinancing Effort

The Sidney City Council approved a proposal that is expected to save the city thousands of dollars on loans. Paul Donna, managing director of public finance for Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., addressed...

 

Managing Our Water

The Sidney City Council approved a SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system for the City's water department. SCADA is a control system architecture that includes computers, networked...

 

Eight More COVID Cases Confirmed

The Panhandle Public Health District and Unified Command reported Aug. 27 eight new positive COVID-19 cases. All close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored for symptoms by public...

 

A Moment of 'Mental Vacation'

I went for a ride recently using a variation of my typical routes. That alone isn’t a big deal. It is like throwing a dart at the board and deciding “today I’m riding the bowtie route (bowtie...

 

A Sign of Things to Come

Work is underway for a new basketball court in Legion Park in memory of Alan Hartzler who was known for his commitment to youth sports and coaching. The plan is for a regulation-size basketball court...

 

Potter Celebrates 89 Years of Community

The village of Potter is celebrating its heritage next week with the 89th Annual Potter Days. The weekend celebration will include crowning of Miss Potter Days on 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at...

 

'Riggs' Training for Duty

The name is a play on words from a movie script, two partners facing the bad guy with different but complimentary skills. However, this isn't a typical partner relationship, unless you understand the...

 

The Best of Classrooms

We watched a movie this weekend that puts a different spin on education. It is a little bit off center as far as a recognized title. However, it is based on a true story. As the story goes, a...

 

Commissioners Approve Tourism Board Grants

The Potter area of Cheyenne County will be bustling next weekend as activities will be happening downtown and at a few miles away. Along with the food and entertainment scheduled for Main Street of...

 

Honored for Service

There certain occupations in life that are defined as service, interactive with the community. Others, it takes a little looking outside of the box, or deeper in the heart. For some people, working...

 

COVID Positive Case Identified at Sidney High School

A Sidney High School student was identified recently as positive with the COVID-19 virus. The announcement was made in a press release issued by the Sidney School District 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18....

 

Council Approves Bump in Airport Funding

The Sidney City Council approved increasing funding for the Sidney Municipal Airport. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the Sidney City Council debated a proposal for reinstating funding for the airport. For the...

 

Judged By Your Surroundings

We recently celebrated a nephew’s wedding. It required travel to a metro area, more than many COVID restrictions encourage. Fortunately, most everything I was led to believe about the weekend was...

 

Bringing the Fair to the Kids

The annual county fair with the rodeos, craft fairs, and children's events was drastically trimmed this year in response to COVID-19. However, not everyone was satisfied with the lack of public...

 

Abbot Assumes New Title, Additional Duties

If you want to get something done, find a busy person. That seems to be what earned Western Nebraska Community College Sidney Campus administrator Paula Abbot a new title. Abbot was appointed as...

 

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