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  • Commissioners Approve Zoning Changes, Beer Garden

    Mike Olsufka, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    The Cheyenne County Board of Commissioners and Board of Equalization held an open and public meeting on Monday, March 4, 2024. Present were Commissioners Randal Miller, Darrell Johnson and Philip Sanders, as well as County Clerk Beth Fiegenschuh and County Attorney Paul Schaub. After a review of the meeting agenda, and minutes from the previous meeting, both of which were unanimously approved, the current expenses were presented and reviewed. A motion was made by Sanders, seconded by Miller to...

  • Cheyenne County Students Qualify for State Speech Meet

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    The 2024 District Speech Meet was held on the WNCC campus in Scottsbluff on March 11, participants earning 3rd place and higher qualified for the State Meet in Kearney March 20-22. The Potter-Dix Speech Team had a very successful meet, all members qualified for the state meet earning the team a District Runner Up title. Humorous Prose: 1st place: Kyle, 2nd place: Monique; OID: 1st place: Jaxson, Kyle, RJ and Kolby; 2nd place: Amanda, Kenzie and Monique; Duet: 1st place: Kyle and Kolby; 3rd place...

  • Cheyenne County Republican Convention to be held at Security First Bank in Sidney

    Mar 14, 2024

    The Cheyenne County Republican Convention will be held at the Security First Bank meeting room, March 22, 2024, at 6:00 p.m., featuring guest speaker Paul Strommen, Candidate for Senate District 47. At the County Convention, party officers and delegates are elected to represent Cheyenne County at the Republican State Convention, to be held on May 18, 2024, at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, NE, All state rules and forms governing the County Convention process can be found on the Nebraska GOP website at ne.gop. Registered delegates will be the...

  • Panhandle Business and Professional Women Encourages Scholarship Applications

    Mar 14, 2024

    SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – Women who are seeking a college education are invited to apply for scholarships from Panhandle Business and Professional Women (BPW). Panhandle BPW is part of a national foundation that advocates for gender equality in the workplace and supports the development of female business professionals. Chartered in 1981, Panhandle BPW is one of the largest BPW organizations in the state. Through annual fundraisers, the Scottsbluff-based chapter proudly presents $1,000 scholarships to non-traditional female students. To apply, the a...

  • Letter to the Editor:

    Mar 14, 2024

    Yes, Nebraska’s current tax system is broken beyond repair according to Mark Bonkiewicz, one of three EPIC Option spokespersons. Mark has been presenter at several Town Halls in Sidney, and most recently presented on February 26th in Gurley, and February 27th in Oshkosh and Brule. The number of Nebraska property owners who are disgusted with our current property – income – inheritance tax burden in our state continues to increase on a weekly basis. For years, Nebraska legislators have promised to reduce the property tax burden yet have faile...

  • Biennial Sessions

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Mar 14, 2024

    In 2021 the Fufeng Group, a Chinese food manufacturer, bought 300 acres of farmland near Grand Forks, North Dakota in order to build a milling plant. They paid 2.6 million dollars for the land. That land is only twelve miles from the Grand Forks Air Base, which is home to some of America's most sensitive military secrets. Last year both the BBC and NPR reported that the Chinese had already purchased 380,000 acres of farmland in the United States. After the purchase of land was made near the...

  • The rise of Trump nostalgia

    Rich Lowry, American Writer and Columnist|Mar 14, 2024

    Donald Trump obviously left office on a sour note in January 2021, written off by many opinion-makers and political professionals. Then, President Biden happened. The most remarkable phenomenon of the 2024 election cycle so far is the rise of Trump nostalgia. It's difficult for anyone to have a new opinion about former President Trump, who is so well-known, so in-your-face, and so polarizing. Yet, people have a new, more favorable attitude toward his presidency in retrospect, certainly compared...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week Eleven

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Mar 14, 2024

    "Therefore, Brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, that you do not stumble but enter into the abundance of the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:9, 11 Peter would know. He had not 'caught' what Jesus taught more than once. Then, he made the mistake of denying the Lord. He had been on the mountain of transfiguration with Him and had seen a vision of His resurrection. As with so many, Peter's intelligence and experience got in the way of his...

  • John Bingham, the 14th Amendment, Section 1

    Bill Benson, Columnist|Mar 14, 2024

    In early 1866, the Joint Committee of Fifteen on Reconstruction in the 39th Congress wrestled with the idea that they must write a 14th Amendment to address certain issues: Who is a citizen? How does the country's laws apply to former slaves and slave owners? Will former Confederate officials hold elected office now in the Union? Will former slaveholders receive any compensation for the loss of their property? Who will pay the Confederacy's debts? Most important, who will rule supreme: state...

  • Engaging Agriculture: Ideas For Estate and Transition Planning: Monetary Compensation

    Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Agricultural Economist|Mar 14, 2024

    By Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Agricultural Economist For many farm and ranch families, bringing children or grandchildren into the operation is the ultimate goal. Successfully bringing additional family members into the operation may require some creativity, as all parties need to maintain a viable standard of living. This series of articles will highlight ideas and tactics for bringing another family member into the operation. One tactic is to provide new family members with monetary compensation, such as an hourly wage or salary. Th...

  • Army Cutworm Scouting Urged in Western Nebraska Wheat and Alfalfa

    Mar 14, 2024

    By Julie Peterson, Extension Entomologist at the West Central REEC; Jeff Bradshaw, Director of the Doctor of Plant Health Program; Updated by Pin-Chu Lai, Extension Entomologist at the Panhandle PREEC; and Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension Educator With the recent warm weather in Western Nebraska, army cutworms have been spotted in southern Sioux County and central Lincoln County. With spring approaching, this pest may be seen in Nebraska crop fields in the near future. It is an important time to scout for army cutworm, particularly in winter...

  • Sidney FFA CDE 3 Results are in

    Mar 14, 2024

    Agriscience - State Qualifier 1st place Team Jordynn - 3rd Josette - 4th Valerie - 5th Rylan - 7th Meats - State Qualifier 4th place team Mady - 17th Taylor - 22nd Dru - 23rd Peyton - 30th Both of these teams also competed at the Frontier Co. Invite last week in Eustis, NE. Agriscience 2nd place team Jordynn - 8th individual Josette - 10th individual Meats 10th place team Sidney FFA would like to thank Brian Sprenger for putting in the hours coaching the meats team! They truly appreciate all...

  • Carrie C. Balfour

    Mar 14, 2024

    Carrie C. Balfour, age 89, of Sidney, NE went to be with Jesus on the morning of March 8, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 15, 2024 at Faith Methodist Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Corey Jenkins officiating. The casket will be closed and services will conclude at the church. Inurnment will follow at a later date. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Friends may stop at the... Full story

  • Richard A. Bruns

    Mar 14, 2024

    Richard A. Bruns Richard A. Bruns, age 81, of Lodgepole, NE, passed away peacefully in Sidney on Saturday, March 2, 2024, surrounded by the love of his family while enjoying a rodeo event. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Kyle Larson officiating. Cremation has been held and services will conclude at the church. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for... Full story

  • Dorothea "Sunshine" Campos

    Mar 14, 2024

    Dorothea Annette "Sunshine" Campos, age 66 of Sidney, NE passed away in Sidney on Monday, March 4, 2024. You may view Sunshine's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Sunshine's care and funeral arrangements. Dorothea Annette "Sunshine" Campos was born on August 6, 1957 in Sidney, NE to Daniel and Dolores Virgil. She attended Sidney schools until her 10th grade year and graduated from Magnolia High School in Anaheim, CA in 1975. She was... Full story

  • Pamela J. Kepler

    Mar 14, 2024

    Pamela "Pam" J. Kepler, age 76, of Dalton, NE passed away in Bridgeport, NE on Sunday, March 3, 2024. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Broadwater, NE with PMA Bev Adam officiating. Burial will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Broadwater, NE. Services will be recorded and available for later viewing on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel website. Memorials will be for Messiah Lutheran Church. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday from 1-6:00 P.M. to leave... Full story

  • Oh, The Places You Will Go: Library Celebrates Dr. Seuss' 120th Birthday

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    The annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, put on by the Friends of the Library, was held March 7 at the Sidney Public Library. The event, which has been a Sidney Library tradition for over a decade, features a variety of fun creative tactile games and activities and a photo booth inspired by classic Seussical tales, all provided by volunteers of FOTSPL. A non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the impact and awareness of our own library, FOTSPL holds events catered specifically towards conne...

  • Fusion Center Representatives Meet in Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, Stevenson Newspapers|Mar 14, 2024

    See something. Say something. That was the message. The Kimball County Transit Service building was packed with local and state law enforcement, politicians, city and county employees, a group from Sidney, and citizens interested in learning about threat assessments and the need to report suspicious activity. Nebraskans are of the mindset to mind your own business, but speaker Lt. Monty Lovelace, director of the Nebraska Fusion Center, said those days are over. He said people need to be...

  • Hometown Liquor Rounds-Up March for Music

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    In the month of March, Hometown Liquor will be offering Round-Up Program dollars to the Sidney Raiders Music Booster Club. Last month's Round Up Program benefitted the Sidney FFA chapter with a donation of $1,532.00. The program allows for Hometown customers to round up to the next dollar, or more, if they wish to benefit the featured program for the month. "It's important to us that the Round-Up Program focuses on children's programs in Cheyenne County that might not have benefactors.", said...

  • Leyton Celebrates Read Across America

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    Volunteers flocked to Leyton Elementary the first week of March to read to the Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grade classes in honor of Read Across America. Guest readers included familiar faces, Kaylin Neumann (a Para for Leyton Schools), Matt McLaughlin (Leyton's Superintendent), Shirley Melton (a former Leyton Elementary Teacher), and Julie Milewski (an enthusiastic volunteer). Read Across America is an annual celebration commemorating the life and impact of Dr. Seuss and his many...

  • How to become an Ag Day Influencer

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    March 17-23 2024, marks National Ag Week, an event dedicated to increasing public awareness of agriculture's vital role in society. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) wants you to spread the word about this important event by becoming an Ag Influencer. Here's how to do it. How it works The program is designed for college students or interns who are looking for experience in communication and community-building. The ACA has created an Ag Influencer toolbox with digital resources, ideas and...

  • Annual Eater Egg Hunt brought to you by Plummer Insurance

    Mar 14, 2024

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  • Alluring Aroma: Savor & Grace Makes the Cut

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    A new location for Savor & Grace was celebrated with an official "cutting of the cheese" Monday morning at 824 Tenth Avenue in Downtown Sidney. Owner Jill Sauder is the mastermind behind the operation, a place you can gather together and enjoy fresh quality charcuterie eats and other healthy scrumptious goods. What is a charcuterie board or box? A French inspired meal consisting of cold meats, cheeses, preserves or hummus, fruits, veggies, nuts and other delectable treats. S&G offers their own...

  • Sidney Hires New Economic Director

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    The Director of Economic Development position has been filled. Brandy Stone, a Potter native and graduate, has exemplified the true meaning of hard work and dedication. Having joined the Army straight out of college, Stone is no stranger to arduous tasks; Stone served as Active Duty for seven years before transitioning to a Reservist position. Stone's roots run deep in the community, with both her and her husband being from the area, the success of Cheyenne County is imperative. "I want to see...

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