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  • Houser Retires from City Duties

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 13, 2021

    After five city managers and 30 years, JoDene Houser decided to disconnect the time clock and face life at a different pace. Friday, January 8, was Houser's last day as Human Resources director and Administrative Assistant to the City Manager. Friday morning was spent with a surprise reception with friends, family and co-workers past and present taking a moment to wish her a happy retirement. She came to the City after working at Social Services for six years. “When I first applied, my mom a...

  • Marcy Jenkins

    Jan 13, 2021

    Marcy Jenkins, 57, of Sidney passed away at Scottsbluff Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff on Saturday, January 9, 2021. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Saturday January 16, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Sidney with Pastor Corey Jenkins officiating. Services will conclude at the church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home and Cremations in Oshkosh is serving the Jenkins family. Family and friends can leave...

  • Preparing for Recovery

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 13, 2021

    A little more than a year ago, the state of Nebraska had challenges of filling employment needs. With the announcement of COVID-19, the need is multiplied. Members of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce held a virtual conference meeting January 7 entitled “Back to Business.” Mike Boyle, chairman of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, said the goals for 2021 include keeping people safe, keeping businesses open and planning for the post-pandemic economy. Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Cha...

  • County Extends COVID-related Relief

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 13, 2021

    The Cheyenne County Commissioners in their Jan. 4 meeting approved extending benefits related to COVID-19. County Attorney Paul Schaub said the county was contacted by the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA) regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act requires employers to provide 80 hours of sick leave in relation to the coronavirus. The Act was required through Dec. 31, 2020. However, it can be continued at the discretion of the employer. “The b...

  • Kenneth W. Miller

    Jan 13, 2021

    Kenneth W. Miller, 89, passed away January 4, 2021 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff Nebraska. Funeral Services were held 10:30 AM Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Bud Gillespie officiating. Masks are recommended. Burial was in the Weyerts Cemetery. Visitation was held at Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 4 PM till 6 PM with family present. Family and friends can leave condolences at www....

  • Esther Emma Elfriede Wittig Weber

    Jan 13, 2021

    Esther Emma Elfriede Wittig Weber, 97, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2021. She was born May 14, 1923 in Sidney, Nebraska to Fred and Elfriede Wittig. She grew up a country girl on their farm south of Sidney with her two sisters, Irene and Elaine, and a brother Arnie. She graduated from Sidney High School in 1941 and worked at the American National Bank in town. It is here she met her future husband, Elmer Weber, who always brought his payroll check to her window. Esther and Elmer were...

  • Gena Maes

    Jan 13, 2021

    Gena Maes, age 47, loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully in her home Monday, January 4, 2021. A private family service is planned. Cremation has taken place. You may view Gena’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Gena’s care and funeral arrangements. Gena Marie Christine Tyler was born on September 2nd, 1973 in Tulsa OK, to the parents of Mildred Collins and Kev...

  • Mark Edward Thompson

    Jan 13, 2021

    Mark Edward Thompson, age 59, of Colorado Springs, CO passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from COVID-19. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. You may view Mark’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Mark’s care and funeral arrangements. Mark was born on December 13, 1960 in Denver, CO to Kathryn Disney and Gary Thompson. Mar...

  • Table of Grace Surpasses Fundraising Goal

    Jan 13, 2021

    On Oct. 20, 2020, Bell Pole and Lumber issued a challenge to Table of Grace and its supporters. The company offered to match gifts up to $30,000. Donations needed to be received by the end of December to be considered. “We have surpassed our matching grant goal of $30,000 by almost $10,000,” said Sherri Eads, Table of Grace director, in a statement released Jan. 6. The Table of Grace is an outreach program that helps families and individuals in need of food and home supplies. Table of Gra...

  • The Silencing

    Dan Carlson, Columnist Prairie Ponderings|Jan 13, 2021

    The storming of the nation’s capitol was not only illegal and reprehensible, but the extent of damage done to the maintenance of a viable democracy is not yet known. That afternoon did more to reinforce the negative stereotypes already held by half the country about republicans and conservatives than the political left could have dreamed of, and the resulting footage of barbarians storming the gates will be seen in campaign commercials for the next decade. Never mind that those who actually t...

  • Control Lost

    Forrest Hershberger, View From The Handlebars|Jan 13, 2021

    On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the American people should have heard reports of the Electoral College votes being verified and shouts of excitement and probably protest. Let’s face it. No matter who won. The other side would not be happy and probably would explain why the election was stolen. Was it? The better question might be can it be proven such that a court and the American people will accept it. Burden of proof is a challenge. Yes, there are videos of people being denied access to the polling plac...

  • Straight Talk from Steve

    Steve Erdman, District 47 Senator|Jan 13, 2021

    The 107th Legislative Session has now begun. I will continue to serve on the Appropriations Committee, and strive to bring common sense to how we spend your money. This year I will be introducing a total of 12 bills, and today I would like to tell you about a few of them that I consider to be very important for our state. Ever since I came to Lincoln four years ago to serve as a State Senator my number one priority has been to lower property taxes. Since this time very little has been done to...

  • How to Respond When Risk Tolerance is Tested

    Jan 13, 2021

    When you begin investing, you’ll generally assess your comfort with risk, as your investment choices will be guided at least partially by your risk tolerance. But once you actually experience the ups and downs of the market, this tolerance could be tested. Risk tolerance may appear less bothersome in the abstract but seem quite different in reality. For example, you might initially think you wouldn’t be fazed by short-term market downturns, no matter how severe. However, when the financial markets really decline, as happened when the COVID-19 p...

  • Who Has the Authority

    Jan 13, 2021

    The events of this past year have been challenging at the least, With the Covid Pandemic, and the Presidential election, life isn’t always what we expect. The Government would have you believe they have all the authority, but the word of GOD says GOD put rulers in their roles, and he takes rulers and authorities out of the role of Leaders, Jesus told Pontius Pilate that he did not have any Authority of Him (Jesus) except that which was given by Heaven. I personally don’t agree with a lot of what happened in our country, this past year, But the...

  • For You, They Signed

    Brandee Gillham, The Cowboys Wife|Jan 13, 2021

    My cowpokes and I have been reading a book called For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those Who Shaped Our Nation by Marilyn Boyer for our character study. The day after the electoral college votes were cast we read these incredibly thought-provoking words and questions: “Does God really use individual people to effect the course of nations? God wants to use YOU to help bring America back to her godly foundation.” We were specifically studying Samuel Adams and the book continued to as...

  • FFA Members Compete in Speech Event

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jan 13, 2021

    Five members of the Sidney High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, returned from a speech competition with awards, and just importantly experience. Angel Helms, Erika Meakins, Isis Finnie, Riley Rohn, Alyssiah Green and Sidney Allard competed in the speech event. Helms competed in persuasive speaking, Meakins competed in extemporaneous speaking, Finnie in FFA Creed, and Rohn also competed in Creed. This year’s competition took place under the health directives in reaction to the C...

  • Red Raiders Split Against Gering, McCook

    Mike Motz, Sports Reporter|Jan 13, 2021

    Sidney’s Red Raider Basketball team stumbled on the road against Gering Friday night, but recovered and earned a big home win against McCook Saturday afternoon to move their season record to 7-and-5. The Raiders traveled up to Gering Friday to take on the Bulldogs with one win against their rivals in an early season contest. Sidney started hot against the Bulldogs with three pointers hit by junior Sawyer Dickman, sophomore Micah Schneider and junior Wyatt Hickenlively, but Gering fought back t...

  • Ross Making Impact at Chadron State

    Jan 13, 2021

    Sidney High School graduate and basketball standout Meaghan Ross is in first year as a redshirt freshman at Chadron State, and although the Lady Cardinal Basketball team has a had a rough start to their basketball season, the former Lady Raider sharpshooter is already contributing to the team. Ross was in action last Sunday and Monday as the Lady Cardinals faced off against Colorado Mines and Regis. Although both games ended is losses for Chadron State, Ross provided a spark on offense, scoring...

  • Lay Raiders Right Offense

    Mike Motz, Sports Reporter|Jan 13, 2021

    Sidney’s Lady Raider Basketball team halted their two game losing streak with three consecutive victories by convincing margins over the past week. After a series of games that had the Lady Raiders struggling with turnovers and offensive cold spells, and two losses in a row, Sidney’s offense looked much sharper during the week’s contests. Sidney started on Tuesday Jan. 5 with an afternoon matchup against the South Sioux City Lady Cardinals. The visitors have had a rough start to their seaso...

  • Raider Grapplers Continue Success At Ogallala Duals

    Mike Motz|Jan 13, 2021

    Sidney’s Red Raider Wrestling team continued their winning ways in Ogallala over the weekend, going undefeated in dual competition and earning a spot in the Championship against Ogallala. However, after beating Ogallala earlier in the season at the Charlie Lake Duals in Wyoming, the Indians were able to get the better of the Raiders, earning the 51-to-21 victory in the championship match up. Sidney’s Chance Houser and Austin Munier both went 5-and-0 in the competition, while Brandon Lock fin...

  • Area Basketball Round-Up

    Jan 13, 2021

    Potter-Dix Girl 01/04/21 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Potter-Dix 11 3 0 0 14 Morrill 20 22 14 6 62 01/08/21 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Potter-Dix 2 2 2 2 8 Bayard 29 16 9 9 63 01/09/21 Q1Q2 Q3 Q4 Final South Platte 19 22 23 9 73 Potter-Dix 1 4 0 4 9 Potter-Dix Boys 01/04/21 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Potter-Dix 12 15 7 23 57 Morrill 10 14 9 20 53 L. Kasten – 24 points, J. Coyle --14 points 01/08/21 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final Potter-Dix 8 12 9 17 46 Bayard 12 11 14 17 54 T. Muldoon –15 points, L. Kasten –14 points 01/09/21 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final South Platte 14 10 16 14 54 Potte...

  • Public Records

    Jan 13, 2021

    December 30 12:31 am, Narcotics Violation, 9th Ave. & Linden St. 2:45 am, Parking Complaint, 13th Ave. & Forrest St. 4:17 am, Medical Call, Loves Truck Stop, 600 block Chase Blvd. 6:21 am, Traffic Stop, 14th Ave. & Illinois St. 9:29 am, Open Business Check, Walmart, 3000 block Silverberg Dr. December 31 12:57 am, 911 Hang Up/Open Line, 500 block Deaver Dr. 1:54 am, Foot Patrol, 10th Ave. & Hickory St. 2:11 am, Medical Call, 3000 block 11th Ave. 8:34 am, Escort Funeral, Gehrig & Stitt Funeral Home, 1100 block 10th Ave. 9:35 am, Welfare Check,...

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