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Articles from the January 4, 2024 edition


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  • Odds Favor Western Nebraska Racetrack and Casino Development

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    LINCOLN- A new report prepared by the Innovation Group out of New Orleans has determined that Nebraska needs no additional horse tracks beyond those that already licensed. The report was prepared as a requirement by the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission to study Nebraska horse racing and casino markets and to study the socioeconomic impact of horse racing and casino gambling throughout the state. In 2020, voters approved a ballot initiative linking casino development to racing licenses,... Full story

  • Commissioners Award Motor-grader bid, Approve Fair Board Elections

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    SIDNEY - The Cheyenne County Commissioners met for the first time in 2024 on January 2, and items included on the agenda were a surcharge increase for the E911 system, Commissioners Committee appointments and the opening of sealed bids for a motor-grader for the Highway Department. After re-electing Darrell Johnson and Philip Sanders as President and Vice-Persistent of the Board of Commissioners, and approving the current agenda and the December 18 minutes, the first item on the agenda was... Full story

  • Table of Grace falls short of goal; hits $50k mark with grateful hearts

    Barbara Perez, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    SIDNEY - The Table of Grace, a local non-profit organization that is well known in the community for its tireless endeavors, began around 2010 and has since been raising money through grants, sales and donations in the name of feeding the hungry in its communities. In 2019, they became a Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Center (CMC). As of this past November, they've received and distributed in excess of 229,410 pounds of food; which equals over 191,175 meals served in 2023. They have held... Full story

  • SRMC Suicide Bereavement Support Group to meet on January 18

    Jan 4, 2024

    Have you lost a loved one to suicide? The mission of this group is to provide a safe place of support, understanding, and education during the journey of loss following the suicide death of a loved one. This program is held every 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Cheyenne County Community Center. Contact Kristen Rose with any questions or concerns regarding the program at [email protected]... Full story

  • VA Emergency Transportation Access Act Introduced

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would bar the Department of Veterans Affairs from reducing rates of pay and reimbursement for special mode transportation providers, including ground and air ambulances, unless the VA meets certain requirements that ensure rate changes would not reduce veterans' access to these essential services. The bipartisan VA Emergency Transportation Access Act, sponsored by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman... Full story

  • Biden's Oil Policies

    Steve Erdman, State Senator, 47th District|Jan 4, 2024

    The Biden administration continues to enforce failing policies concerning oil and gas which are now beginning to affect the State of Nebraska. The Biden administration's war against global warming and its war against the use of oil and gas are both misguided and wrong. So, today I would like to explain why this is the case and how it is affecting our state. President Biden likes to brag how oil production in the U.S. is the same today as it was under Trump. Well, that is not exactly true. At... Full story

  • Trump's opponents not playing by the book

    Rich Lowry, American Writer and Columnist|Jan 4, 2024

    You might have heard that Donald Trump is going to be a dictator if he wins the presidency next year. Among other things, he's threatening to target his political opponents. Let's stipulate that Trump is a provocateur who freaks out his opponents even when he's on relatively good behavior. And his conduct after the 2020 election was genuinely alarming and deeply wrong. He shouldn't talk about going after his political enemies, let alone actually do it if he takes power again. But the vapors... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week One

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 4, 2024

    "That we no longer be children, tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine, but speaking the truth in love may grow up into Him Who is the head of the whole Body, Christ (Messiah) Jesus." Ephesians 4:14-16 Christians are reborn, from fear of torment, by Holy Spirit power to love as God loves, by self-mastery, which is Jesus Messiah, saying what Father says and doing what Father does! Jesus is our Pattern for victory, Example to imitate and Sample for tasting and seeing that the Lord is good... Full story

  • Assertion is Not Evidence

    Bill Benson, Columnist|Jan 4, 2024

    On May 11, 2017, the newly-elected U.S. President, Donald Trump, issued an executive order to form a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He appointed Vice-President Mike Pence as chair, and Kansas State's Secretary of State Kris Kobach as vice-chair. For some time, Kobach had "promoted the myth of voter fraud and supported laws that restricted people from voting." Two other members were "notorious advocates for voter suppression." At least one member was a Democrat, Maine's... Full story

  • All articles and opinions expressed on this page are those of the contributors only.

    Jan 4, 2024

    Do you agree with them or perhaps you take umbrage with their point of view? At the Sun-Telegraph, we welcome all points of view, and strongly encourage our readers to express them. Letters should be brief (under 400 words) and contain no libelous statements or vulgarity. All letters must be signed and include complete contact information; this information is for our use only and we will only publish your name and city/state. Anonymous letters will not be considered. Please send your letters to Barbara Perez at [email protected]. You... Full story

  • Marjorie L. "Marge" Verplank

    Jan 4, 2024

    Marjorie L. "Marge" Verplank, age 93 of Sidney, NE, gained her wings and departed this life to meet her family just in time for Christmas - on Saturday, December 23, 2023 in Sidney, NE. Funeral Services will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney, NE with Pastors Kyle Larson and Doug Birky officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 P.M. Central Time at the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, NE. Services will be livestreamed on the... Full story

  • Red Raider Teams Stay Undefeated With Holiday Shootout Wins

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    SIDNEY- It was Winter Break time for the students of Sidney Public Schools, but the red-hot Red Raider Basketball teams had business to attend to on Friday and Saturday. The annual Sidney Holiday Shootout was on the schedule, and both Red Raider basketball teams had to put the relaxation of the holidays on hold for a few days to stay unbeaten. On Friday, the tournament started with girls' teams matching up. Visitors Chase County and Gordon-Rushville started the action, and the Lady Mustangs of... Full story

  • Warriors Split Against Perkins County

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    GRANT- Leyton's Warrior Basketball teams closed out 2023 with a split against Perkins County in Grant on Saturday. The girls were able to hold off a late rally for a win while the boys struggled to score after the first quarter, and took the loss. In the girls' game, the Lady Warriors got off to a fast start, putting up 14 points in the first quarter while holding the Plainswomen to just four points at the end of the first quarter. Perkins County was able to get their offense going in the... Full story

  • Lady Raiders Grapplers Excel at North Platte Invite

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    NORTH PLATTE- On Friday, December 29, the Lady Raider Wrestling team traveled to compete at the North Platte Invitational. The girls were able to take home several medals from the competition. Izabelle Owens took home the gold medal at 140 lbs, winning all of her matches. Analicia Hernandez took third place at 100 lbs, Jadyn Cottam took third place at 115 lbs, Saphira Whitley took third place at 170 lbs and Leeann Mulleavey took third place at 190 lbs.... Full story

  • Academic All-State Awards

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is pleased to announce the student recipients of the Fall 2023-2024 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Awards. Since 2006 this NSAA Awards Program has recognized students who meet the criteria for nomination by their school in the season of their activity. Each year the NSAA and the NCPA recognize students during Fall, Winter, and Spring Seasons who are nominated by their schools for their individual academic... Full story

  • Five Youths Facing Serious Repercussions after Vandalism, Theft and Property Damage Complaints Made

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    SIDNEY – On December 29, 2023, Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub and Cheyenne County Chief Deputy Attorney Amber Horn said complaints were filed against a group of youths in connection to a series of vandalism and property damage incidents that occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday period. The complaint was filed against the youths, all males, who range in age from 11 to 14 years old. A private business was broken into and vandalized, Legion Park was vandalized and damaged, a vehicle... Full story

  • New Rides Arrive for the 5-0

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    You may have seen the two new Ford Pickups purchased by the Sidney Police Department last year driving around town, as they have finally arrived after nearly a year of delays. Supply chain disruptions and other issues had delayed the delivery of the two new vehicles, but they are now here in Sidney and on patrol. Sidney Police Chief Joe Aikens stopped by the Sun-Telegraph office on Tuesday, and we were able to get a few photos of one of the new pickups. Aikens said, "These are really nice,... Full story

  • Sidney Mother arrested for DUI with Children in Car

    Barbara Perez, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 4, 2024

    SIDNEY — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a Sidney woman after a pursuit early Monday morning. At approximately 2:10 a.m. on January 1, 2024, an on-duty trooper was on 6th Avenue when they were almost rear-ended by a GMC Terrain. The trooper then made contact with the driver of the GMC and could detect the strong odor of alcohol. The trooper also saw what appeared to be a child in the backseat of the vehicle. The trooper attempted to conduct a standard DUI investigation,... Full story