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  • City Council Approves Artificial Intelligence Tracking Program

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    Editor's note: some of the content in the following article contains opinions of the Sidney Sun-Telegraph. SIDNEY--There were more citizen attendees than usual at the Sidney City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 11, as the approval of a subscription to the Placer.ai Artificial Intelligence geolocation data collection program was on the agenda. After the approval of the minutes of the May 28 meeting was approved, the Placer.ai issue was the first item on the agenda. The approval of Placer.ai had...

  • Big Turnout For Mike Trader Basketball Camp in Sidney

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY--June 3 through June 6, the annual Mike Trader Basketball Camp came to Sidney High School and instructed area youngsters in the fundamentals of basketball and prepared these youths for successful basketball careers as they play through middle school and into high school. The Mike Trader Basketball Camp is one of the most well-respected basketball instructional programs in the country. In addition to Mike Trader, who has been affiliated with the camp since...

  • Local Fishing Events Lure Families Outdoors

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY – In honor of Father's Day and the 'Gone Fishing' movement, Sidney's Cabelas restocked The Kidz Korner Daycare Center with fishing poles, tackle, and other items to encourage local youth to get out and go fishing. Last week, Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's kicked off an annual nationwide movement to get kids and youth outdoors this summer by holding a National Donation Day event at each Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's across the nation. Cabela's store manager Lee W...

  • Ron Jacobs Memorial Fishing Derby Big Hit in Chappell

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    CHAPPELL- This past weekend had a lot of fishing going on around the area, from the Father's Day Fishing event at Legion Park in Sidney, the Youth Outdoors Junior Fishing Tournament at Lake McConaughy and in Chappell, the Lion Club Sponsored the Ron Jacobs Memorial Fishing Derby Saturday morning. The event in Chappell was for kids aged 2-to-12, and beautiful weather greeted the young anglers. Organizer Samantha Isenbart and a group of volunteers made sure everyone had snacks, waters and the...

  • Youth Outdoors Nebraska Holds 2024 Junior Fishing Tournament at Lake Mac

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    LAKE MCCONAUGHY--There was some worry prior to the 2024 Youth Outdoor Junior Fishing Tournament on Saturday at Lake McConaughy about the weather as so far over the weekends has not been very good, especially for fishing. However, Saturday turned out to be a glorious day with bright sunshine and cool breezes that combined for near-perfect conditions for a fishing tournament. Youth Outdoor Nebraska had a solid group of sponsors including the Sun-Telegraph. Many supplied trophies, rods, reels, and...

  • First National Eucharist Pilgrimage Includes Sidney

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 20, 2024

    On Thursday, June 13, Sidney was at the center of the First National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, one of four routes traveled by walkers that will eventually converge in Indianapolis, Indiana. One of the organizers of the pilgrimage here in Sidney, Henrietta Pelster, helped coordinate the event, contacting media outlets like the Sun-Telegraph to get the message out that a historic event for the Catholic faith was going to be going through Sidney. Pelster is a Parish Council member at St. Patrick's Ch...

  • Fair Board Finalizing Details for 2024 Fair

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY--On Monday, June 10, the Cheyenne County Fair Board met to finalize details of the upcoming Cheyenne County Fair. The first order of business was approving Travis Sprenger as an alternate Board Member. Gina Elsen was also proposed as a new alternate member, but the Fair Board tabled the nomination, wanting Elsen to come in and participate in a few board meetings before making a decision. Treasurer Kip Miller went over the Treasurer's Report, saying the...

  • Galindo Sentenced in DUI and Possession Case

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    SIDNEY--On Monday, June 10, Michael R. Galindo was sentenced for High DUI (over .15 BAC), Possession of Marijuana of 1/2 ounce or less, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Open Container of Alcohol. The Nebraska State Patrol received a notification to be on the lookout for a car matching Galindo's vehicle's description driving in an erratic manner. A few hours after the BOLO was issued, a Nebraska State Patrol cruiser came up on Galindo's vehicle parked on the side of a county road. The...

  • Sidney Bats Blast B&C Steel for Championship Win

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph Sidney's Post 17 16U team continued to pile up the wins over the past weekend, racking up two wins on Saturday and setting up the tournament championship against B&C Steel on Sunday. Sam Hulbert was the star in the game for Sidney, smashing three hits in three at-bats with four runs scored in the 10-to-6 win. Sidney started hot on offense, notching two doubles and two singles to score three runs. Hulbert hit a single past the third baseman to get aboard, then...

  • Nebraska Downs Wyoming in 6-Man All-Star Game

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    CHADRON--On May 31, Chadron State College hosted the 13th annual Six-Man Football Shootout, and the Nebraska team opened a big lead early and never looked back. A good crowd listed in the hundreds turned out for the matchup, which would break the six victories for each team's tie going into the game. Nebraska's advantage with the number of players, and the overall number of 6-man Teams in the state became apparent early in the contest. Players who had carried their respective teams all season...

  • Fast Track Machinery Offers Solutions to Farm Equipment Needs

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    LODGEPOLE--Just west of Lodgepole is a new business that has been set up recently, but its owner is no newcomer to the Agricultural Equipment industry. Fast Track Machinery, owned by Jace Glanz, offers all types of equipment that is necessary in this area, from agricultural machinery to general construction equipment. Glanz grew up farming and learned how to fix, modify, and refurbish equipment through years of hands-on experience. He has a yard on Route 30, just outside of Lodgepole, with inven...

  • Visitors Committee Approves Grants, Discusses Billboards

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 13, 2024

    SIDNEY--The Cheyenne County Visitors Committee met on Wednesday, June 5, and approved a grant request and grant reimbursements. There were also discussions about Billboard pricing and the 2024-25 marketing Budget. Representatives from organizations that had business before the board, like Lodgepole Settlers Day and the Sullivan Hills Campground, and others that did not, like the Kimball County Visitors Center, sat in on the meeting. The first order of business was a Promotion Grant Request from...

  • Ambulance Service Announces Discontinuation of Sidney Service

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY--At the Cheyenne County Commissioners Meeting on Monday, June 3, it was announced that the Morrill County Community Hospital will not be renewing its contract to provide EMS services in Sidney and Cheyenne County. Morrill County Community Hospital CEO Robin Stuart sent a letter to the county commissioners saying they would not be renewing their agreement to provide ambulance services to Cheyenne County, which they have been providing per agreement since...

  • Sidney Kicks Off Summer With Multiple Events Around Town

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY--May 31 kicked off the summer season around Sidney in grand fashion with multiple events The 22nd annual "Cruisin' Night", sponsored by 98.7 The Big Boy, drew all types of vehicles from classic 1950's cruisers lovingly restored and maintained to look like they just drove up from the soda shop, to modern vehicles. Sports and muscle cars flexed their way up and down Illinois Street for a few hours Friday night. The weather was perfect for the event, as was...

  • Sidney Legion Ball Continues Hot Start

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    Sidney's American Legion Junior 16U team took two from the Security First Regulators on Tuesday, May 28 at Legion Park. Two strong efforts have the team looking good and playing well, and putting up a lot of runs in their games. In the first game, the Security First Regulators out of Gordon were able to grab an early lead off of Sidney starter Jaxon Biesecker when RBI's were driven in by a single by the Regulator's Brayden Jeitling that plated one, and then a double by Khai Janssen that brought...

  • East Pulls Out Win in West Nebraska All-Star Game

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    SCOTTSBLUFF--The weather was perfect in Scottsbluff Saturday as the Annual West Nebraska All-Star Game kicked off at 11 a.m. Sidney's Luke Holly and McGuire Rolls were selected to represent the West team for one final chance to strap on the pads and play the game they played so well throughout their high school careers. The scoring started at 7:21 of the first quarter when the East team struck for a touchdown. Gothenburg's Trey Stevens found North Platte's Jesse Mauch for a 17 yard touchdown pas...

  • West All-Stars Defeat East in 40th Annual West Nebraska Volleyball

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    SCOTTSBLUFF--Saturday was a big day in Scottsbluff as the annual West Nebraska All-Star games in football and volleyball were played. After the football game, the crowd retreated to the air-conditioned confines of Cougar Palace to watch the East and West teams face off in an All-Star volleyball match. Sidney's Karsyn Leeling was selected to represent the West team. The West team looked sharp as after playing to an 8-to-8 tie in the first set, they took off and pulled away to take the first set 2...

  • South Team Thwarts Late Comeback Bid to Win Shrine Bowl, 17-10

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    KEARNEY--The 66th Annual Shrine Bowl at Cope Stadium in Kearney was played on Saturday, June 1, and after a tight matchup between the North and South teams resulted in no points through the first quarter, a touchdown in the second quarter by the South team put them up 7-to-3 at the halftime break. In the third quarter, the North team scored a touchdown while the South team converted on a field goal to knot the score at 10-to-10 going into the fourth quarter. It took a wild trick play by the...

  • U.S. Senate candidate Dan Osborn Stops in Sidney

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    SIDNEY--Independent U.S. Senate candidate Dan Osborn stopped in Sidney Friday afternoon to meet with voters attending the Cruisin’ Night event and to raise awareness of his candidacy against Republican incumbent Deb Fischer. Before the evening’s activities, Mr. Osborn stopped by the Sun-Telegraph office for an interview. A portion of that interview can be seen on the Sun-Telegraph’s Facebook page. Osborn is a Veteran of the Navy and National Guard and worked for many years as an indus...

  • SRMC Cuts Ribbon on New MRI Unit

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jun 6, 2024

    SIDNEY--On Friday, May 31, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Sidney Regional Medical Center, celebrating its new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit that will be in service at the hospital. SRMC CEO Jason Petik led the event and gave a speech to those in attendance at the outside event, and he was joined by Adam Stevens, the Director of Radiology at SRMC. Petik thanked Stevens for his work in rural healthcare for all of the efforts he put forward to help secure the new MRI unit and for...

  • Creek Valley Science Teacher Retires after 35 Years

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 30, 2024

    CHAPPELL--Thursday, May 16, signalled the last day of school for the Creek Valley School system in Chappell, and as students were going through their last day of the academic year before starting their summer breaks, two long-time Creek Valley employees said their farewells as they head into retirement. Dave Howard, the Creek Valley Science teacher, said farewell after 35 years of teaching. A solid turnout in the Commons at Creek Valley High School wished him well, and everyone enjoyed...

  • Pony Express and Veteran's Rides Come Through Sidney

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 30, 2024

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY-- If motorcycles are your passion, being in Sidney on Friday and Saturday of last week was a good bet. On Friday morning, the annual Pony Express ride to raise awareness of children's mental health issues stopped in Sidney, at Kids Korner at the Community Center. At precisely 9:05 a.m., the riders arrived at a waiting group of youngsters lined up outside in the playground area of Kids Korner. The youngsters were thrilled to see the riders on their motorcycle...

  • Red Holds Off Blue Comeback in Panhandle Prep All-Star Boys Game Doty

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 30, 2024

    SCOTTSBLUFF -- Usually, All-Star games are lopsided contests, and just a way for seniors to enjoy a last moment in the sun as they finish off their high school careers. And for most of the Panhandle Prep All Star Boys game in Scottbluff on Saturday, this contest seemed to follow that blueprint . . . until it didn't. The Blue team was unable to do much scoring-wise through most of the game. They trailed by double-digits for most of the game, missing shots and just not able to get into any kind of...

  • Post 17 Juniors and Seniors Down Bridgeport Bombers

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 30, 2024

    BRIDGEPORT--It was the offense that turned the tide for the Post 17 Juniors on Wednesday, May 22, as they traveled to Bridgeport to take on the Bombers in an early-season matchup. After scratching out two runs in the top of the first inning, Sidney starter Jaxon Biesecker was rudely welcomed by Bridgeport's Nick Weibert who started the Bomber offense off by blasting a home run to get Bridgeport on the board. The Sidney team was able to bring home three more runs in the second inning to take a...

  • MNAC Bests MAC All-Stars in Basketball Games Saturday

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 30, 2024

    MULLEN--It was the last hurrah for many of these graduated seniors as they had an opportunity to lace up their sneakers and represent their schools on the hardwood one last time on Saturday. All-Stars from the Mid-Nebraska Activities Conference faced off against the All-Stars of the Minuteman Activities Conference in Mullen for two exciting games of basketball action. In the end, the MNAC All-Stars on both the boys and girls teams were able to best the All-Stars from the MAC Conference. The MAC...

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