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South Platte NRD March 9 Board of Directors Meeting

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021 the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) Board of Directors (Board) hosted its monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the South Platte NRD Conference Room (551 Parkland Drive, Sidney NE). Rod Horn, General Manager for...

 

Harry Needham

Harry Needham, age 92, of Sidney, NE passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 18, 2021 during a brief hospital stay. His room overlooked a pond and field, and we like to think that the pheasants,...

 

17J Road Work Scheduled to Begin March 23

GERING — Weather permitting, work will begin March 22 on L-17J, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Paulsen, Inc., of Cozad, Neb., has the $12,700,000 contract. Work includes grading with soil stabilization, pavement...

 

If Not Now, When

There's a cliché meant as motivation and good planning that also applies for major projects: “There's no time like the present!” Likewise, contractors and building project managers will say the...

 

Board Approves Staff Changes

The Cheyenne County School District No. 1 Board of Education accepted three resignations and approved five teaching contracts Monday. The board met Monday, March 8, at the Sidney High School...

 

SPRING SNOW!

The weekend snowstorm closed Interstate 80 west to Wyoming. The closure moved continuously east as truck stops and rest stops became overwhelmed with stranded trucks and motorists. As of 12:30 p.m....

 

Airport Board Approves Concrete Work

The Sidney Airport Authority Board approved an agreement to locally fund concrete repair. “We're trying to do this on our own, save some money,” said Airport Authority Board Chairman Ron Meyer....

 

Highlights from the First Week of Legislative Floor Debate

Brook Wrage, Celena Shepherd and Madeleine Grant Nebraska News Service LINCOLN — The first week of floor debates kicked off the second week in March. Senators debated and advanced a handful of bills in the Nebraska Legislature. Read through to get...

 

Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony on Medical Marijuana Bill

Natalie Stanley Nebraska News Service LINCOLN — The Judiciary Committee heard another bill regarding marijuana legislation this week with LB474, the Adopt the Medicinal Cannabis Act. So far, there are 14 bills regarding marijuana that have been...

 

T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L. Part 2

For those of you who did not read my first installment on this topic, T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L. translates as: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Science fiction author Robert Heinlein used this...

 
 By Dan Carlson    Opinion    March 17, 2021

Is the Second Amendment a God-given Right?

Americans' right to keep and bear arms is under assault. New anti-gun bills were introduced last week that would mandate background checks whenever a gun is sold or given to someone, outlaw so-called...

 

So Long to Imagination

Dr. Seuss, at least some of his published work, has been added to the academic hit list. It seems 21st century critics have discovered he was not always a nice guy by today's standards, some of his...

 

Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning

In just a few days, we will experience the vernal equinox – one of the two times in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator. Apart from this astronomical anomaly, though, the equinox is mostly known as the beginning of spring – a fresh...

 

The Sound of Joy

Have you ever noticed how once March rolls around, we begin to look for signs of Spring? Even though we know we probably will have more snow storms ahead, we are ready for warmer weather. The beautiful weather this last weekend made Spring even more...

 

4-H Carnival Set for March 20

The Cheyenne County 4-H Council is excited to host the Annual Spring Carnival this year on March 20th from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds! The primary goal for the carnival is to...

 
 By Steve Erdman    Opinion    March 17, 2021

Straight Talk from Steve

By now many of you have heard about the new sex education standards being proposed to the Nebraska Department of Education. These new standards would teach children as young as five years-old about ge...

 
 By Deb Fischer    Opinion    March 17, 2021

The Remarkable Life of Andy Hoffman

I first met Andy Hoffman at a chili cook off in Butte, Nebraska, in October of 2004. I was running for my first term in the Nebraska Legislature. I was walking from group to group, talking with the...

 

Fort Report: Are Our Drugs Safe?

Drug Administration (FDA) gets on inspection of our drugs, according to the director of health care at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO recently conducted an extensive study on the safety of our drug supply and discovered that FDA...

 

Celebrating Passover

Jews around the world will elaborate Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) 2021 starting on the evening of Saturday, March 27th, and ending at sunset on Sunday, April 4th, in the Civil Calendar. In the Hebrew...

 

Businesses Donate to Sidney High School Athletics

Charlotte & Emerson and San & Louie’s Pizza donated proceeds related to the recent Cheyenne County Basketball Tournament held at the Cheyenne County Community Center. A donation of $250 was made to...

 

Sidney American Legion Baseball Sign-Up Day ­-

Sidney’s American Legion Post 17 is having an additional sign-up day for the 2021 American Legion Baseball season on March 21st from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cheyenne County Community Center. There...

 
 By Mike Motz    Sports    March 17, 2021

Namuth Commits To York

Sidney High School senior Delanie Namuth signed a letter of commitment to attend and compete on the Track & Field team at York college of Nebraska for the Fall of 2021. Namuth cited the size of the...

 
 By Taylor Duncan    Sports    March 17, 2021

'Alternative Baseball' Coming to Cheyenne County

Greetings! My name is Taylor Duncan! I am 25 years old from Dallas, Georgia, and I have autism. I am also the commissioner/director of the Alternative Baseball Organization, a 501c3 authentic baseball experience for teens 15+ and adults with autism...

 

Panther Activity Center Gets Sound System Upgrade

The Panther Activity Center (PAC) in Lodgepole, Nebraska, or formerly the “old Lodgepole High School building” has an updated sound system in the gymnasium thanks to a grant from the Lodgepole...

 
 By Bill Benson    Opinion    March 17, 2021

The Ides of March

In the first scene of William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” a military official named Flavius reveals his disgust with a dashing military and political official named Julius Caesar, by...

 

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