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 By Hannah Van Ree    Opinion    May 8, 2013

Van Ree Report

During my time at the Sidney Sun-Telegraph I have described two skills that I greatly lack – decision-making and memory. But I have left out one skill that I am completely horrible at, and that is saying goodbye. I have found that the best and... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 7, 2013

Commissioners approve road projects

Cheyenne County Commissioners approved of the Cheyenne County Highway Superintendent’s 2013 One and Six Year Road Improvement Plan during their meeting Monday morning. Tom Noel explained the completed construction and maintenance projects from the...

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 7, 2013

New noxious weed may threaten the area

Cheyenne County may soon be in the weeds. The board of commissioners and Weed Superintendent Brian Hiett discussed whether or not a new weed in the amaranth family should be put on the County’s Noxious Weed List at their meeting yesterday....

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 7, 2013

County considers building inspection fees

Brad Rowan, the new Cheyenne County Planning and Zoning Administrator, met with Cheyenne County Commissioners Monday morning to discuss the procedure of issuing county building permits. “Presently there is no fee for inspections or issuing... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 4, 2013

White is walking tall

Toward the end of each month you might catch a man walking around downtown Sidney at a height twice that of a normal person. Ty White’s height however is not due to giant genes or a major growth...

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 4, 2013

Disallowed evidence forces state to drop charges on Rodriguez

The State of Nebraska’s case against Joshua Rodriguez was decided by a jury trial this Tuesday, April 30 in Cheyenne County Court. The jury of six found Rodriguez not guilty of driving with a suspended license. Rodriquez had initially been charged... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 3, 2013

New plants, annual event signal start of spring

Excited for spring, Teresa Grant, owner and operator of Sidney Floral and Gift Shop, and her master gardeners received their first load of plants and flowers yesterday as part of their second Sidney F... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 3, 2013

Run supports Wounded Warrior Project

In Bridgeport, Neb. tomorrow many will gather and run in support of United States military veterans and those still serving. The Bridgeport Police Department has teamed up with staff at the Prairie Winds Community Center to host a program of events...

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 2, 2013

Cabela's founder to step down

Cabela’s Incorporated officials announced in April a change in command as the company’s original pioneer, co-founder and chairman, Richard N. Cabela, is set to retire his role as Chairman and... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 2, 2013

Get fit winners announced

Winners of this year’s Get Fit Stay Fit Challenge sponsored by Sidney Regional Medical Center and the Cheyenne County Community Center were announced at the Health and Wellness Fair on April 20....

 By Hannah Van Ree    Opinion    May 1, 2013

Van Ree Report

For me the best part about this job has been meeting all of the different, amazing people that call Sidney home. I have found that everyone is uniquely different and bring their own special expertise in certain fields to the community table. Like... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    May 1, 2013

Local providers support child care rating bill

According to Nebraska lawmakers, the state spends approximately $95 million on child-care subsidies each year for low-income, working families. Until now, the state has had no way of tracking the quality of care that these children receive through... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 30, 2013

Dalton student wins state DAR essay contest

“The history of Christopher Columbus is widely acknowledged to be filled with gaps and inconsistencies, contradictions and misdirection,” was how Ethan Nelson began his local and state winning...

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 30, 2013

Sex offender pleads guilty to lesser charge

Timothy Tscharner pleaded guilty to the amended charge of a Class 1 Misdemeanor of attempting to violate the sex offender registration act or attempting a Class 3A or Class IV Felony. The agreement... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 27, 2013

Bond deal denied in Gurley meth case

At the preliminary hearing in the State of Nebraska’s case against Gurley resident Justin Warren, representatives from both sides questioned investigator Zachary Goodrich and deputy Adam... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 27, 2013

It's all about the moves

Not only will Dance Steps Studio students be performing their annual big recital next month, but also the studio will be moving to a new location, according to owner Margaret Meier. The recital is tit...

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 26, 2013

Plea bargain reduces charges for April incident

A plea bargain was agreed to in the State of Nebraska’s case against Roman Maes on Monday. Maes had initially been charged with “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury to a peace officer while such officer was engaged in...

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 26, 2013

Building, zoning chief brings a world of experience to Sidney

Falls City, Neb. native Brad Rowan returned to his home state to take the position of Sidney’s Chief Building Official and Zoning Administrator. Rowan brings much experience to the table. He is... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 25, 2013

Council accepts bid on roads project

City of Sidney City Council members chose Paul Reed Construction & Supply for the Illinois and 14th Avenue Street Improvement Project this Tuesday night. Donald Dye with M.C. Schaff & Associates, Inc. told council members that two bids had been...

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 25, 2013

Budget concerns delay decision on pool site

Although City of Sidney council members were scheduled to make a decision on the location site for the new swimming pool at their meeting Tuesday night, it was apparent that there are many additional steps before a site can be confirmed. Mayor...


Van Ree Report

Decisions. Paul Arden once said, “if you always make the right decision, the safe decision, the one most people make, you will be the same as everyone else.” I have always had a severe problem with decision-making, and I believe that... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 24, 2013

Project causes vocal debate at council

Can landscaping help put Sidney on the map? At last night’s meeting of the City Council, the answer seemed to depend upon a dollar amount. Both Korey Stanley of Peeley Irrigation, and B.J.... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 23, 2013

Parole hearing a cause for concern to residents

The parole hearing of a man convicted of sexual assault 13 years ago has at least one concerned mother expressing concern. Cynthia Sutton recently contacted the Sun-Telegraph wishing to get the word out there of her ex-husband’s hearing, set for... Full story

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 23, 2013

Recent storms present challenges, fill coffers

Panhandle residents dealt with road and school closures as best they could during the recent blizzards. But how does the weather affect the city as whole after the snowflakes have gone and the winds...

 By Hannah Van Ree    News    April 20, 2013

Girls Day Out 2013 planned for Saturday, April 27

Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce staff members and local Sidney businesses are preparing for a day of sales, community involvement and fun at their annual Girl’s Day Out. Festivities will be held April 27 and will begin with a Dutch Oven...


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