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  • Panhandle Faces Grueling Winds Over Weekend

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 11, 2024

    Sidney Sun-Telegraph The Panhandle of Nebraska was rocked by a Spring snowstorm from the early hours of Saturday, April 6 into late afternoon on Sunday, April 7. A stark contrast to the bright and sunny 72 degrees experienced only days before, the unpredictable icy weather and howling winds that impeded travel on I-80 and Highway 30 from Big Springs to the Wyoming border forced the Nebraska State Patrol to close them in both directions. Strong gusts reaching over 75 mph in some areas made...

  • Creek Valley Students Among Those Chosen for 2024 Girl's State

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 4, 2024

    Three Creek Valley Junior students will be attending the Nebraska Cornhusker Girl's State on the University of Nebraska campus in Lincoln June 2-8th. Ava Fraass, Karsyn Burgman and Yreyna Bravo were all selected to represent their school at the all girl's conference this summer in our state capitol. The program was developed by the American Legion Auxiliary as a citizenship training program in the positive processes of self-government and good citizenship as practiced in democratic societies. Gi...

  • Potter Student Places Twice at State

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 4, 2024

    Jaxson Chase, a Potter-Dix High School student, earned a second place finish in not one, but two different categories at the D2 State Speech competition in Kearney March 22nd. Chase snagged second in Entertainment Speaking as well as Oral Interpretation of Serious Prose, the Potter-Dix Speech team placed 8th out of a total of 17 teams....

  • Leyton Kindergarten Learns the Importance of Earth, and the Impact of Trash

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 4, 2024

    The Leyton Kindergarten class taught by Mrs. Kessler focused Friday on the importance of garbage's impact on Earth, specifically in regards to "what" happens after we throw it away. The class was surprised with a special guest speaker who specializes in garbage operations, Kolebe Kessler, a trash collector and truck driver for the county. The informative hour was finished with a garbage truck coloring contest....

  • Leyton 5th Graders: Fire Safety

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 4, 2024

    As part of monthly fire prevention studies with local Fireman, Joe Schoolcraft, the Leyton 5th grade class participated in a supervised hands on drill where each student was taught how to properly use a fire extinguisher....

  • "Here We Grow": Potter-Dix FFA Celebrates National Ag Week

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    In honor of National Ag week, Potter-Dix FFA celebrated with "Here We Grow" t-shirts and a photo op courtesy of Shavonne Singleton Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. FFA is a National Intracurricular Student Organization dedicated to helping those interested in the areas of agriculture and leadership, the letters FFA stand for "Future Farmers of America." The group was originally established in 1928 as the "Future Farmers of Virginia" at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA by...

  • Just For Kix Brings Vegas Shine to Sidney

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    Hot off the heels of an uber-successful Together We Dance competition in Grand Island, Just For Kix brought Vegas razzle-dazzle to the Sidney Middle School gymnasium Sunday, March 24 for their Spring recital. With ten 1st place, four 2nd place, two 3rd place and ALL teams with either a platinum or high gold ranking, JFK Sidney rocked the TWD house March 16. Working with JFK for the past 20 years, Donna Brown Fort has accomplished a lasting impact in Sidney. With 16 years under her belt in...

  • Balfour Fireworks: A Proper Send Off

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    The matriarch of Balfour Family Fireworks, Carrie Balfour, was called home to the "big cabin" in the sky Friday, March 8, 2024; a celebration of her impactful 89 years as well as a firework display lovingly bid farewell Friday, March 15 with several in attendance wearing purple, her favorite color. A Balfour tradition, all stood with arms and handkerchiefs waving as her procession began. Originally opened in 1969 Balfour Fireworks has served as a local staple, from Bob's ornery suggestions to...

  • Just For Kix – Dance Showcase March 24th

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Sidney's own Just For Kix is hot off the heels of a winning streak from their "Together We Dance" Competition in Grand Island, and what better way to showcase their gold star routines than with TWO public performances March 24 at the Sidney Middle School Gym. The first performance will begin at 1:00pm and will feature Tiny Kix & Wee-Petite, the second performance will begin at 3:15pm and feature ALL teams. Both shows are both open to the public....

  • Meira Moon Market: A Chance to Shop Local and Beyond

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    The Meira Moon Pop-Up Market will take place March 23 from 9am – 2pm at their upstairs location at 926 10th Avenue in Downtown Sidney. Over 15 different local and out-of-state vendors will gather to offer unique items from clean skincare, jewelry and organically dyed clothing, to home baked goods, adult beverages and sourdough to fresh florals and other Spring essentials; there will truly be something for everyone and it is a great opportunity to get out and support small bus...

  • Save a Horse, Ride Your Tractor to School

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Leyton FFA week ended with an unofficial "drive your tractor to school" day; a little crowded for the parking lot, the Case tractor and old farm truck fit in nicely on the street creating an appropriate aesthetic for the country school....

  • Shamrock and Roll 5k: Gold at the End of the Rainbow

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    It was a bright and sunny brisk morning, March 16, as 60 avid runners (and walkers) took to the Deadwood Trails of Sidney for the annual Cheyenne County Community Center Shamrock and Roll 5k Run. Put on with the help of local volunteers and business sponsors, the yearly event serves as a nice reminder for locals to get out and enjoy the Spring weather while also focusing on health. Before the race began, instructions and course directions were read as well as a "what to expect" once the race...

  • Leyton 6th & 7th Graders Paint the Town Students Delve into Historical Study

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Leyton 6th and 7th Graders were tasked to paint Impressionist Pastel Landscapes. Impressionism was developed in France during the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting spontaneously "on the spot" rather than in a studio setting; a typical impressionist subject might consist of a landscape or a scene from everyday life. Students followed the stylings of such recognizable impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Mary...

  • Mousetrap Derby at SHS takes the Cheese

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    The Sidney High School Physics class taught by Mr. Shaw began their week with a mousetrap derby day; the event took place in the school hallways with Senior Isak Doty clinching the win with a run of 109 feet....

  • West Elementary Opens Door to Promoting Kindness

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Sidney's West Elementary has gone the extra mile to promote kindness, a classroom decorating door contest was held by the Student Council in honor of spreading compassion in our community. First place honors were shared between Mr. Weathers and Miss Meier, a true embodiment of the contest....

  • Paul Siebert: Orchestra of One

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Sidney was graced with the musical stylings of Paul Siebert March 14; a history buff with a passion for story telling through music, Siebert performed for Sloan Estates, West Elementary and patrons of the High Plains Arts Council on Thursday. Originally from Sutton, Nebraska, Siebert prides himself in offering a wide variety of musical instruments, repertoire and the historical content associated with each. He does extensive research to provide his audiences with special context during his set....

  • Cheyenne County Students Qualify for State Speech Meet

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    The 2024 District Speech Meet was held on the WNCC campus in Scottsbluff on March 11, participants earning 3rd place and higher qualified for the State Meet in Kearney March 20-22. The Potter-Dix Speech Team had a very successful meet, all members qualified for the state meet earning the team a District Runner Up title. Humorous Prose: 1st place: Kyle, 2nd place: Monique; OID: 1st place: Jaxson, Kyle, RJ and Kolby; 2nd place: Amanda, Kenzie and Monique; Duet: 1st place: Kyle and Kolby; 3rd place...

  • Oh, The Places You Will Go: Library Celebrates Dr. Seuss' 120th Birthday

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    The annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, put on by the Friends of the Library, was held March 7 at the Sidney Public Library. The event, which has been a Sidney Library tradition for over a decade, features a variety of fun creative tactile games and activities and a photo booth inspired by classic Seussical tales, all provided by volunteers of FOTSPL. A non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the impact and awareness of our own library, FOTSPL holds events catered specifically towards conne...

  • Hometown Liquor Rounds-Up March for Music

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    In the month of March, Hometown Liquor will be offering Round-Up Program dollars to the Sidney Raiders Music Booster Club. Last month's Round Up Program benefitted the Sidney FFA chapter with a donation of $1,532.00. The program allows for Hometown customers to round up to the next dollar, or more, if they wish to benefit the featured program for the month. "It's important to us that the Round-Up Program focuses on children's programs in Cheyenne County that might not have benefactors.", said...

  • Leyton Celebrates Read Across America

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    Volunteers flocked to Leyton Elementary the first week of March to read to the Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grade classes in honor of Read Across America. Guest readers included familiar faces, Kaylin Neumann (a Para for Leyton Schools), Matt McLaughlin (Leyton's Superintendent), Shirley Melton (a former Leyton Elementary Teacher), and Julie Milewski (an enthusiastic volunteer). Read Across America is an annual celebration commemorating the life and impact of Dr. Seuss and his many...

  • How to become an Ag Day Influencer

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    March 17-23 2024, marks National Ag Week, an event dedicated to increasing public awareness of agriculture's vital role in society. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) wants you to spread the word about this important event by becoming an Ag Influencer. Here's how to do it. How it works The program is designed for college students or interns who are looking for experience in communication and community-building. The ACA has created an Ag Influencer toolbox with digital resources, ideas and...

  • Alluring Aroma: Savor & Grace Makes the Cut

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    A new location for Savor & Grace was celebrated with an official "cutting of the cheese" Monday morning at 824 Tenth Avenue in Downtown Sidney. Owner Jill Sauder is the mastermind behind the operation, a place you can gather together and enjoy fresh quality charcuterie eats and other healthy scrumptious goods. What is a charcuterie board or box? A French inspired meal consisting of cold meats, cheeses, preserves or hummus, fruits, veggies, nuts and other delectable treats. S&G offers their own...

  • Sidney Hires New Economic Director

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    The Director of Economic Development position has been filled. Brandy Stone, a Potter native and graduate, has exemplified the true meaning of hard work and dedication. Having joined the Army straight out of college, Stone is no stranger to arduous tasks; Stone served as Active Duty for seven years before transitioning to a Reservist position. Stone's roots run deep in the community, with both her and her husband being from the area, the success of Cheyenne County is imperative. "I want to see...

  • Leyton Fine Arts Club Hosts Paint Party

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    The Leyton Fine Arts Club hosted a black light paint party February 16; with paint, supplies and snacks provided, good fun and great art was made by all. The party acted as a fundraiser for the Arts Club who take yearly field trips to fine arts related activities. Past years include a trip to the Denver Art Museum as well as WNCC musicals in Scottsbluff. Mrs. Hansen is in charge of the Leyton Fine Arts club, "we wanted to create a fun and unique ways of getting the community involved in fine...

  • Nebraska Young Artist Award: Local Students Honored

    Kelsey Arrington, Staff Writer, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    The 2024 Nebraska Young Artist Awards have selected 3 area students as this year's recipients. The annual award is an honor bestowed to High School Juniors who are skilled in the areas of visual art, music, dance, theatre or film, and emerging media. Students are picked based on quality of work and rewarded with a private ceremony April 3rd honoring them on the UNL campus. Deanna Horst and Dru Weimer both of Sidney High School were chosen based on their talents in music, Monique Trejo a student...

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