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  • Sidney Lady Raiders Dunk 40-Year Streak

    Jim Merryfield, for Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    Sidney's Lady Red Raiders competed last week, in the Class C1 Nebraska State Athletic Association Girls Basketball Championship. After qualifying second seed in the Districts, the Lady Raiders headed to the Devaney for the first round of the tournament. The girls went undefeated the entire season before dropping their first game in the championship round of subdistricts to fellow unbeaten Bridgeport by only seven points. With a record of 22-1, the Lady Raiders rode into Devaney with high hopes...

  • Letter from the Editor:

    Barbara Perez, Editor & Publisher, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    Dear Cheyenne County, Our Senior Staff Writer and Sports Editor Mike Motz, was taken gravely ill this past Sunday and is currently in ICU at Cheyenne Regional. At this time, we are temporarily down both one of our two reporters and our sole Sports Writer. It is not an easy thing to do to admit one needs help, but we are a strong community newspaper, and I have zero doubt that this same community can rally behind one of its own during a very difficult time for both. He has worked tirelessly to...

  • Leyton Fine Arts Club Hosts Paint Party

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    The Leyton Fine Arts Club hosted a black light paint party February 16; with paint, supplies and snacks provided, good fun and great art was made by all. The party acted as a fundraiser for the Arts Club who take yearly field trips to fine arts related activities. Past years include a trip to the Denver Art Museum as well as WNCC musicals in Scottsbluff. Mrs. Hansen is in charge of the Leyton Fine Arts club, "we wanted to create a fun and unique ways of getting the community involved in fine...

  • Nebraska Young Artist Award: Local Students Honored

    Kelsey Arrington, Staff Writer, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    The 2024 Nebraska Young Artist Awards have selected 3 area students as this year's recipients. The annual award is an honor bestowed to High School Juniors who are skilled in the areas of visual art, music, dance, theatre or film, and emerging media. Students are picked based on quality of work and rewarded with a private ceremony April 3rd honoring them on the UNL campus. Deanna Horst and Dru Weimer both of Sidney High School were chosen based on their talents in music, Monique Trejo a student...

  • Making Waves in Western Nebraska: PBS Special Highlights Local Murals

    Kelsey Arrington, Staff Writer, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    Western Nebraska is home to a variety of beauty, from the splendor of waving fields of gold, to the stretching of magenta sunrises and sunsets on the wide open plains, there is a special brilliance to the painted treasures scattered throughout our quiet countryside and towns. Working as the brainchild behind many of these silent splendors is Nebraska native and Garden County art teacher, Lauren Olson. Originally inspired by the idea to make the town she was living in more colorful, Olson began...

  • Local Extension Office Fills Vacancy

    Kelsey Arrington, Staff Writer, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    The Cheyenne County Extension Office has a new Manager and 4-H Aide, Victoria Edwards of Chappell Nebraska has officially filled the position. Edwards has deep roots in 4-H, a former grand champion showman, she's worked with livestock since was only 4 years old. The hard work and perseverance taught her valuable life and character skills that she continues to show into adulthood, "4-H shows you what working hard means and how rewarding it can be," Edwards had to say. Edwards grew up on a hog...

  • Potter's McConnell Is New Member of American Angus Association

    Mar 7, 2024

    Caden McConnell, Potter, Nebraska, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association®, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events. The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with...

  • Wheat Belt Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipients

    Mar 7, 2024

    Wheat Belt Public Power District and our partners, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, and Arbor Wealth Management awarded scholarships to five outstanding area students. Our scholarship program is designed to recognize achievements and provide financial assistance to students of our customers. We believe investing in the education of our youth is a shared responsibility and is in the best interest of our communities and businesses. • Peyton Abbot was awarded a $2,000 Wheat Belt Lineman Scholarship. He w...

  • Nebraska Farm Bureau Launches Initiative Aimed at Assisting Farmers and Ranchers in Estate and Succession Planning

    Mar 7, 2024

    LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau is excited to announce the establishment of the Nebraska Ag Legal Professionals Group, a dedicated initiative aimed at assisting farmers and ranchers in estate and succession planning. This innovative group will focus on providing specialized legal counsel to farm and ranch families, ensuring a smooth transition of assets and securing a sustainable future for agricultural legacies. “One of the most discussed topics of conversation with our members has been about farm/ranch estate and succession pla...

  • South Platte Natural Resources District to Hold Public Meetings; Potential Changes to the GWMA Rules and Regulations

    Mar 7, 2024

    Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts have many responsibilities given by state statute, especially in protecting groundwater for use both today and into the future. With this objective in mind, the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) developed the Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations. While most areas of the SPNRD have adequate groundwater, this resource is not unlimited and tracking changes in groundwater quantity and quality is one of the NRD's many...

  • Open Mic Night: Keeping Sidney Beautiful

    Kelsey Arrington, Staff Writer, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    The fourth Open Mic Night hosted by Keep Sidney Beautiful was well attended on February 28 at Beans & Steams Coffee House. "There's a lot of talent here in Sidney and this event just keeps getting bigger and better," Sandra Buckner, Executive Director of KSB had to say. The first performer of the evening was no stranger to the Open Mic stage, Michelle Haun, Educational Director for KSB, read a few of her own original works about rising up and out of hard times and romance. She then ended her...

  • Jean A. Aurich

    Mar 7, 2024

    Jean A. Aurich, age 95 of Sidney, NE was called by her Lord and Savior Jesus into heaven on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at Sidney Regional Medical Center, Sidney, NE. A Funeral Service was held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Potter, NE with Pastor Ted Bourret officiating. Burial was held at 2:00 P.M. at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, NE. Services were recorded and are available on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page. Memorials have been... Full story

  • Security First Bank Feeds Hearts Across the Plains

    Mar 7, 2024

    Security First Bank, with the help of customers, employees, and community members, collected over 5,309 food and personal care items to benefit area food pantries through their recently completed "Feeding Hearts" food drive. From February 1st through the 14th, Security First Bank collected canned goods, non-perishable food items, and personal care items at each of their 25 bank branch locations and 12 insurance offices throughout Nebraska and southwest South Dakota. The food drive was initiated...

  • Shamrock & Roll Run/Walk 5k

    Kelsey Arrington, Staff Writer, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    The time has come to whip out your best running shoes and your cleanest kilt for the annual Shamrock & Roll Run/Walk 5k held March 16. The race is put on by the Cheyenne County Community Center with donations from patrons and sponsors. Cash prizes will be rewarded to the top male, female and youth with a FREE green beer rewarded to the first 50 runners. The race will begin March 16 in front of the Community Center at 627 Toledo St at 9am, for more information call Tara Gray at 308-254-7000 or...

  • Sidney Elks' Fish Fry-days are back in March

    Kelsey Arrington, Staff Writer, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    In honor of Lent, the Sidney Elk's Lodge will be offering a Friday Night Fish Fry every Friday from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in March. The meal will include fish, coleslaw, potatoes, roll, and dessert; there will also be a chicken strip option. Dine-in and carry-out are available. The Elk's Lodge is located at 1040 Jackson Street, to contact them you may call 308-249-4789....

  • Alexah Fort of Sidney takes third place in 48-Hour Challenge

    Mar 7, 2024

    LINCOLN -- Alexah Fort of Sidney, a junior majoring in emerging media arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recently won third place in the Center for Entrepreneurship's 48-Hour Challenge. The event allows student teams of three to six to develop and pitch business ideas for the chance to win cash prizes. Fort helped develop the business BitVoyage, an interest-based travel booking website equipped with artificial intelligence. "The 48-Hour Challenge is a unique opportunity for students to...

  • High Plains #278 Banquet Magni-Pheasant; Local Pheasants Forever Annual Event Once Again Sees Huge Attendance

    Barbara Perez, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 7, 2024

    On Friday, March 1, the High Plains Chapter No. 278 celebrated an impressive 34 years of activity with its annual banquet at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds. This chapter is the only one in Nebraska that offers a hunt to say thank you to our Veterans, and they work closely with American Heroes in Action which provides Vets an opportunity to come out and have a relaxing weekend of camaraderie and hunting. The chapter served approximately 420 meals that were provided by Outlaws Catering. Despite a...

  • Secretary of State's office sending letters to voters who might not have a photo ID for voting

    Mar 7, 2024

    Nebraska’s new voter ID law, which takes effect in the May 14, 2024, statewide primary, requires Nebraska voters to present a photo ID before voting. In an effort to ensure all Nebraskans are prepared, the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office is sending out letters to voters who may not have an acceptable form of photo ID to vote. About 97% of registered voters in Nebraska already have a driver’s license or state ID, according to information from county election offices and the Nebraska DMV. The letters are a proactive measure on behalf of th...

  • NDOT Announces the Good Life, Great Journey Scholarship Program

    Mar 7, 2024

    March 1, 2024 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Today, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced the Good Life, Great Journey Scholarship Program, a new scholarship for individuals pursuing two-year technical degrees in critical fields. The Good Life, Great Journey Scholarship Program allows NDOT to invest in future generations of Nebraskans by providing competitive and practical options for long-term career success that also support the state’s transportation system. This scholarship program will provide recipients with the necessary financia...

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