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  • Area Youths Accused in Vandalism Spree Appear in Juvenile Court

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 11, 2024

    SIDNEY-- On Friday afternoon, January 5, two boys, ages 14 and 12, appeared before Hon. Judge Randin Roland, via conference call, on allegations stemming from a recent spate of vandalism and burglary in Sidney. On Thursday, January 4, another boy, age 13, appeared before Hon. Judge Aaron Conn of Chadron via video conference. The court appointed attorneys for the boys, since many of the charges they face would be felonies if they were adults. The names of the boys cannot be released as they are... Full story

  • Sidney's Strommen and Alliance's Bollinger File to Run for District 47 Legislative Seat

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 11, 2024

    On Friday, January 5, 2023, Sidney City Councilman and Deputy Mayor Paul Strommen filed paperwork with the Nebraska Secretary of State to be a candidate for Nebraska Legislative District 47. District 47 includes Arthur, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Keith, Morrill, and Sioux counties. The seat is currently held by Senator Steve Erdman of Bayard, who cannot seek re-election due to term limits. Strommen is a graduate of the University of Colorado, and has lived in the region since... Full story

  • Visitors Committee discusses plans for 2024, looks to replace billboard

    Daiana Greene, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 11, 2024

    SIDNEY- On Wednesday, January 3, board members of the Oktoberfest Committee and Cheyenne County Visitors Committee to discuss the results of this year’s “All is Bright Tour” that was held at the Fairgrounds this past December. Around 2500 people attended the indoor Christmas walking-tour and 200 “Letters to Santa” were submitted to the mailbox located at the pavilion. The Sidney Sun-Telegraph printed the letters as a special edition that was distributed inside the newspaper on... Full story

  • First Baby of 2024

    Jan 11, 2024

    Regional West welcomed its first baby of the new year at 7:32 a.m. on Jan. 2. Kaycee Allen Carlson, son of Justin and Linsey Carlson, is the first baby born in 2024 at Regional West's Birth and Infant Care Center, weighing in at seven pounds, eight ounces, and 20 inches long. Regional West Birth and Infant Care Center nurse Jami Kumm, RN, presented the family with an assortment of baby gifts and a commemorative onesie, which is a Regional West tradition for the first baby born each year at the... Full story

  • Enjoy a night of local talent at Open Mic Night

    Daiana Greene, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 11, 2024

    SIDNEY- Keep Sidney Beautiful is excited to announce their upcoming Open Mic Night at Beans & Steams on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, starting at 5:30 pm. Whatever your passion may be - poetry, singing, or maybe even shadow puppets, this is your opportunity to shine and share your talent. If you have any questions, please contact Keep Sidney Beautiful through Facebook or send an e-mail to: [email protected]. Beans and Steams is located at 610 Glover Road in... Full story

  • Local Doves Chapter to offer free self-defense class this Saturday

    Barbara Perez, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 11, 2024

    The Sidney chapter of DOVES will be offering a self-defense class for women at noon on January 13th. The class will be held at the Community Center located at 627 Toledo Street in Sidney. The DOVES program was founded in 1979, and currently serves nine counties in Nebraska's Panhandle: Scotts Bluff, Cheyenne, Morrill, Kimball, Banner, Box Butte, Dawes, Sheridan, & Sioux Counties with the mission of ensuring women have access to empowerment-based and strength-centered services and that they... Full story

  • Legislative Priorities for 2024

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Jan 11, 2024

    The 2024 Legislative session has begun. Because the Unicameral Legislature operates in a two-year cycle, this will be the second session of the 108th Legislature. The session began on January 3 and will end on April 18. Since this is only a 60-day session, there will be less time for State Senators to get the business of the State done this year. Today I will share my priorities and goals for making this year’s legislative session a productive one. I am the chair of the Legislature’s Rules... Full story

  • Confession of a public-health expert

    Rich Lowry, American Writer and Columnist|Jan 11, 2024

    The public-health officials are getting around to admitting the fallibility of public-health officials. The former head of the National Institutes of Health during the pandemic and current science advisor to President Joe Biden, Francis Collins, has noted that he and his colleagues demonstrated an "unfortunate" narrow-mindedness. This is a welcome, if belated, confession. Not too long ago, anyone who said that epidemiologists might be overly focused on disease prevention to the exclusion of... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Two

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jan 11, 2024

    "Come unto Me, all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Learn from Me, and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden light," Matthew 11:28 Fear with torment contaminates and erodes a faith which believes God's word is true. Fear of God, however, is to "honor, respect, and revere' our Creator. This 'fear' brings knowledge, wisdom and understanding: an unfailing faith. The Bible contains God's inspired word, written by many authors who tell the same story.... Full story

  • Humor in Uniform

    Mike Sunderland, Columnist|Jan 11, 2024

    Just to flip the coin a bit... here is a bit of the other side of military service. Most of us have read or heard war stories, and at one time or another watched movies by the dozen that hammered home the bleak and bloody side of warfare. There are few TV shows and movies that show another side of life in the military. Lest you get the idea that time in the military is dull and dreary, or just a series of unpleasant experiences, allow me to recount a few of the more humorous events that took... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jan 11, 2024

    Dear Sun-Telegraph, RE: “Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week One” by Ivy Joy Johnson, Jan. 4, 2024 I have no disagreements with the lovely article referenced above, but it missed an opportunity to provide guidance on how to, "be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine ..." (Eph. 4:14). The guardian source of preventing apostasy is identified in verses Eph. 4:11-13, which is a church led by Jesus Christ through apostles and prophets (see verse 11). Acts chapter 1 and other Biblical references... Full story

  • Ruthie Lou Baker

    Jan 11, 2024

    Ruthie Lou Baker, age 85, passed away in Walsenburg, CO on December 15, 2024. Ruthie was born January 18, 1938 in Boone County, NE to Nova and Elta (Morris) Tarpenning. She attended Sidney Public Schools. She was married to Dwight Armstrong and they had one son, Dwight Barry Armstrong. They later divorced. She married Bernie Baker on December 18, 1966. They had one daughter, Brenda Lou. Bernie preceded her in death on September 20, 2020. Ruthie was a police dispatcher at the Arizona State capital in Phoenix for 25 years. After retirement she... Full story

  • Jack L. Mertz

    Jan 11, 2024

    Jack L. Mertz, age 69, of Sidney, passed away peacefully at home in Sidney, NE on Saturday, January 6, 2024. In the days preceding, he had been surrounded by family and friends, sharing stories, jokes and memories. His trademark sense of humor blessed us all during this time. Special thanks are extended to the nursing staff and PT/OT department of SMRC and to the Morrill County Ambulance Crew who showed exceeding kindness on his final ride home. A Wake Service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on... Full story

  • Joseph "Joe" Harold Sauder

    Jan 11, 2024

    Joe Sauder, age 87, of Chappell, passed away in Sidney, NE on Monday, January 1, 2024. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chappell, NE with Pastor Neil Carlson officiating. Cremation has been held. Inurnment will follow at the Chappell Cemetery. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday, January 5th... Full story

  • David A. Stevens

    Jan 11, 2024

    David A. Stevens, 74, of Scottsbluff, NE passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Heritage Estates in Gering, NE. His funeral service will be held 10:30 am Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Immanuel Weyerts Lutheran Church in Lodgepole, NE with Pastor Bud Gillespie officiating. Interment will follow at Weyerts Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 pm on Monday, January 8, 2024, at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. It is respectfully requested that in lieu of any flowers, memorials may be made to... Full story

  • Emil Weyerts

    Jan 11, 2024

    Emil Weyerts, 95, of Gurley, passed away Monday evening, January 1, 2024 at his home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at the Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church near Lodgepole with Pastor Leon "Bud" Gillespie officiating. Burial will follow in the Weyerts Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the church. Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Homes in Oshkosh and Chappell is serving the Weyerts family. Family and friends can... Full story

  • Red Raiders Continue Undefeated Seasons with Big Wins

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 11, 2024

    KEARNEY/MCCOOK--The Sidney Red Raider Basketball teams continued their undefeated seasons on Saturday with big wins against challenging opponents. The Lady Raiders were able to rally past C1 top-ranked Lincoln Christian to stay undefeated, and move up to #1 in the Omaha World Herald's weekly statewide C1 rankings. The Lady Raider win also was Head Coach Tyler Shaw's 300th career win. The Lady Raiders took the long trip out to Kearney to participate in the annual Girls Basketball Showcase, where... Full story

  • Owens Pins Down 50th Win and Gold at Sidney Girls Invite; Boys Take Down Yuma and Mullen at Ogallala Duals

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 11, 2024

    SIDNEY--Sidney High School was bustling Friday afternoon as 18 teams and over 100 wrestlers converged met here to compete in the Sidney Girls 2024 Invitational. The High School Gym was set up with two mats, and the wrestling action was non-stop, with a big crowd of fans and supporters cheering the girls on. The Sidney girls were successful from the start, and Izabelle Owens went undefeated at 140 lbs to take the gold, and earn her 50th career victory during the tournament. Leeann Mulleavey also... Full story

  • Storm Drop Two Against Cody-Kilgore; Teams Split Against Minatare

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 11, 2024

    CHAPPELL--Creek Valley's Storm Basketball teams hosted Cody-Kilgore Friday and traveled to Minatare Saturday, with the girls' team taking down Minatare and losing to Cody-Kilgore while the boys' team was unable to get a win against Cody-Kilgore or Minatare. On Friday, the girls started off the action against the Cowgirls, and fell behind early. The Cody-Kilgore defense disrupted the Lady Storm offense, causing turnovers, picking off passes and giving the Lady Storm very few good looks at the... Full story