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My friend Stephen Bazzell posted on his Facebook on Monday, “If you are in this life for the money, or the fame ... All you will have left is a pretty grave.” Bazzell was in a regionally well-known band in Atlanta until he recently relocated to t... Full story


Concentration camp survivor, Sidney resident dies

Benny Hochman was a prominent member of the Sidney community for many years. He made sauerkraut in the garage for the yearly Oktoberfest “because his wife said it stayed in the house for months,... Full story

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 31, 2013

City budget talks planned for June council meetings

Sidney's 2013-14 budget is so dense, the City Council had to first weigh when to discuss the matter before turning to the actual details. At the council's May 27 meeting City Manager Gary Person said that this budget is going to have “a lot of... Full story


Neighbors, Wheat Belt Staff Rescue Trapped Dogs

Two Big Springs’ dogs recent "walk about" nearly ended in disaster. The dogs were reunited with their family after four days thanks to caring neighbors, Sam and Doug Rose and Wheat Belt Oshkosh area foreman, Kevin Coss. Late Thursday afternoon, a...

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 30, 2013

City hears second reading of fee proposal

The Sidney Chief Building Official Brad Rowan appeared before the members of the city council on May 28 for the second reading of the proposal to adopt the 2012 edition building, plumbing and mechanical/international fuel and gas codes 1694, 1695... Full story

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 29, 2013

City council meeting brings discussion over annexation

Annexation with Potter of the old Sioux Army Depot was the topic of conversation at Tuesday evening's City Council meeting—in between bouts of thunder and tornado warnings. Eventually the council approved an interlocal agreement between the...


A stitch in time

Local quilter Diana Larson won a prestigious Rookie Quilter of the Year award for her piece named “Hannah’s Delight” at the Machine Quilter’s Showcase in Wichita, Kans. recently. The quilt, a... Full story


Lisana's Lines

This week’s devastating events in Oklahoma have shaken many people nationwide. Tornadoes, to me, are one of the most frightening things that I can imagine ever going through. I have outrun a couple while I was driving down the road, but I have...


Sidney Medical Center directs supplies, donations to OK tornado victims

Rachel Forster, Director of Pharmacy at Sidney Regional Medical Center, has organized a relief effort for the victims of the Oklahoma tornados. Donations are being accepted from now through Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. The donated items will be... Full story

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 23, 2013

Motion to suppress filed in meth case

In a Cheyenne County District court appearance on May 20, defendant Justin J. Warren and his attorney Kelly S. Breen, made a motion to suppress evidence at a trial of the case against him “of any and all items of evidence taken from the... Full story

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 23, 2013

Pre-screening necessary for Dental Days participants

Local dentists are currently performing pre-screenings for the Panhandle Health District Dental Day, scheduled at area schools May 31 and June 1. All children who plan to attend the Dental Days must be pre-screened. Sandy Goble, of Summit Dental in... Full story


Gold Rush Days schedule set

The Tenth Annual Gold Rush Days weekend begins on Friday, June 7 at Legion Park with a campfire kick-off at 5:00 p.m. People are encouraged to bring marshmallows and hot dogs to roast around the campfire. At 5:30, re-enactments will begin with the...

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 22, 2013

Break-in at Salvation Army yields little, leaves facility damaged

The Salvation Army Thrift Store on 10th Avenue was the target of cash-seeking thieves who broke in sometime after closing on Tuesday evening may 21. Sherry Torres said that when she arrived at the location to open the store on Wednesday morning, she... Full story


Every drop of rain counts

Perhaps the lack of rain over the past year just made it seem like more, but 1.25 inches fell from the skies over Sidney from May 17 through May 20—an amount verified by Vernon Florke of the High Plains Ag Lab. Don Ogle, Information and Education...


Giant geranium appreciates routine

A geranium plant owned by Ioan Childers has been growing in the same pot while basking in sunlight by its favorite window for 12 years. All that she has done to the geranium is water and fertilize... Full story

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 18, 2013

SFL program spurs Potter-Dix debate

The Success for Learning program and teacher collaboration times were topics of discussion by Potter-Dix Board of Education members at their May meeting. President Claire Smith said that the SFL program “ties into the idea about the sort of improve...

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 18, 2013

High blood pressure awareness month

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month. Community Health Nurse Tammy Meier has advice for everyone concerning high blood pressure. “High blood pressure is sometimes called the silent killer, with good reason, too,” she said. “It has few sym...

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 17, 2013

Pool opening delayed

Much to the dismay of city council member Joe Arterburn, Sidney’s public swimming pool will not open until the first week of June. Crews have been busy preparing the facility but, according to...

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 17, 2013

City asks residents to conserve power during sub-station repairs

John Hehnke, Sidney’s Public Services Director, informed the council members that repairs to the south sub power station will be made from May 29 through June 2. The south sub-station will be completely down for those days. During that time all...

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 16, 2013

Fee Increase Proposed

Sidney Chief Building Official Brad Rowen proposed a new fee schedule to the City Council at the May 14 meeting. The plan would mean increases for those affected. Rowen explained that the hike in fees will generate $75,000--a little less than half...

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 15, 2013

Council passes motion on bids for golf course

Ways to improve the 83 acre Hillside Golf Course were discussed at the city council meeting on May 14. Andy Staples of the Staples Group made a presentation about the golf irrigation project to the co... Full story

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 13, 2013

SPS Discusses New School

Construction of a new elementary school building was the featured topic at Sidney’s Public Schools Board of Education’s May meeting on Monday night. Superintendent Jay Ehler said that this has been discussed off and on throughout the year, as...


Lisana's Lines

I am a minimalist in some way. I believe in living simply while living life to its fullest. When I travel, I camp or stay in hostels to save money. While I am sightseeing, I realize I won’t be cooped up in a motel room for the duration of the...

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 11, 2013

Groundwater levels down despite spring snow

Last year’s drought conditions across Nebraska forced irrigators, municipalities, industry and other users to pump heavily from groundwater wells. Just how much water they used is beginning to show up in spring readings from observation wells that... Full story

 By Lisana Eckenrode    News    May 10, 2013

Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska to stop in Chappell

After riders take off from Kimball on the morning of June 1, the first overnight stop for the participants in the Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) will be in Chappell. The Creek Valley Board of Education (BOE) approved the request by BRAN to use...


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