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  • Commissioners Approve Grants, Technology Transfer

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    SIDNEY--On Monday, March 18, the Cheyenne County Commissioners met for their regular meeting and approved a number of agenda items. Commissioner Darrell Johnson was absent for this meeting. After approving the previous minutes and approving the monthly fee reports, the commissioners got to the business of the meeting, with the first agenda item being the approval of a proposed Public Defender's Agreement and a Guardian Ad Litem Agreement for the 2024-28 term. Cheyenne County Attorney Paul...

  • Balfour Fireworks: A Proper Send Off

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    The matriarch of Balfour Family Fireworks, Carrie Balfour, was called home to the "big cabin" in the sky Friday, March 8, 2024; a celebration of her impactful 89 years as well as a firework display lovingly bid farewell Friday, March 15 with several in attendance wearing purple, her favorite color. A Balfour tradition, all stood with arms and handkerchiefs waving as her procession began. Originally opened in 1969 Balfour Fireworks has served as a local staple, from Bob's ornery suggestions to...

  • Just For Kix – Dance Showcase March 24th

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Sidney's own Just For Kix is hot off the heels of a winning streak from their "Together We Dance" Competition in Grand Island, and what better way to showcase their gold star routines than with TWO public performances March 24 at the Sidney Middle School Gym. The first performance will begin at 1:00pm and will feature Tiny Kix & Wee-Petite, the second performance will begin at 3:15pm and feature ALL teams. Both shows are both open to the public....

  • Meira Moon Market: A Chance to Shop Local and Beyond

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    The Meira Moon Pop-Up Market will take place March 23 from 9am – 2pm at their upstairs location at 926 10th Avenue in Downtown Sidney. Over 15 different local and out-of-state vendors will gather to offer unique items from clean skincare, jewelry and organically dyed clothing, to home baked goods, adult beverages and sourdough to fresh florals and other Spring essentials; there will truly be something for everyone and it is a great opportunity to get out and support small bus...

  • Chappell RFD Now Accepting Bids

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Chappell Rural Fire District is now accepting sealed bids for a 1999 Chevy 3500 until mid-May. The vehicle is 4-door, 4wd with 6-door utility bed and extra boxes mounted on top. It is fitted with a 2000 lb full-bed slide out, with an on-board 5000w generator, and halogen scene lights on extendable poles located on all four corners. It comes equipped with a 7.4 liter (454) gas motor with 8800 miles, A/C, and power locks and windows. All six tires are BFG commercial T/A all-seasons 225/75R16 10-ply tires with less than 500 miles. The truck...

  • Destroyed Property Ruling

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Mar 21, 2024

    One of Rush Limbaugh's undeniable truths of life was that "words mean things." Such is the case with words such as "destroyed property' and 'calamity'. According to Nebraska State Statute 77-1307, "Calamity means a disastrous event, including, but not limited to a fire, an earthquake, a flood, a tornado or other natural event which significantly affects the assessed value of real property." This definition should not require a disastrous event to have a natural cause, but not everyone sees it...

  • No, illegal immigrants didn't build America

    Rich Lowry, American Writer and Columnist|Mar 21, 2024

    Joe Biden doesn't have a problem with illegal immigrants. He's made that clear in his shame-faced retreat from his impromptu use of the term "illegal" during his State of the Union address. He regrets using the offending word, doesn't want to disrespect illegal immigrants and believes that they are absolutely essential to the success of the United States. "Look, they built the country," Biden told Jonathan Capehart of MSNBC. He added that they are "the reason our economy is growing." Yes, where...

  • Constitutional Arguments

    Mike Sunderland, Columnist|Mar 21, 2024

    Recently our country has seen activities by various levels of government, from states to our national government that, at the very least, could be assessed as unconstitutional. Unfortunately our educational systems around the nation have failed in many schools to teach our young for some time about the Constitution of the United States. There are few today who have any knowledge about the original document, much less about the Amendments that have been made to it. And during the recent pandemic...

  • South Platte Natural Resources District Board of Directors looking to fill Subdistrict 4 Director vacancy

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Subdistrict 4 director vacancy, Oliver Reservoir Recreation Area overnight camping fees and scholarship funding were topics of discussion for the South Platte Natural Resources District Board of Directors (Board) at their meeting on March 13, 2024. Director Marc Sprenger has relocated and now resides outside of Subdistrict 4 boundaries. The four-year term began January 1, 2023, and expires December 31, 2026. As of March 1, 2024, there is no representation in Subdistrict 4. Under state law,...

  • Nebraska Department of Agriculture Announces Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

    Mar 21, 2024

    LINCOLN-- The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has announced a rollout of the 2024 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). The NDA urges vendors whose market certification has expired or produce vendors who are looking to participate in the program for the first time to pre-register. To begin the certification/recertification process, produce growers need to log in to their vendor profile on the Nebraska Farmers Market Online Database at http://www.ne.gov/go/producevendor. Growers will need their vendor ID and password, and if...

  • Save a Horse, Ride Your Tractor to School

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Leyton FFA week ended with an unofficial "drive your tractor to school" day; a little crowded for the parking lot, the Case tractor and old farm truck fit in nicely on the street creating an appropriate aesthetic for the country school....

  • Freddie (Bud) James Gentz

    Mar 21, 2024

    Freddie (Bud) James Gentz, of Potter, Nebraska, passed away on March 9, 2024. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Freddie was the son of Fred W. and Mary Ann (Nab) Gentz, born on July 23, 1945. He worked with his father on the family farm most of his life. On December 23, 1987 he married his wife Grace. He had diesel mechanic shops, farmed, and ran his own trucks. He enjoyed working in his yard, in his workshop, and in his garage on older vehicles. Freddie is survived by... Full story

  • Case W. Schoening

    Mar 21, 2024

    Case W. Schoening It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved 5-year-old Case William on Friday, March 8, 2024. He left this world far too soon and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:30 pm Friday, March 15, 2024 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sidney, Nebraska. Revs. CP Varghese, Dan Gilbert, and Tim Stoner will concelebrate the Mass. Case's final resting place will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney. The services will be... Full story

  • James Stewart

    Mar 21, 2024

    James Stewart, 70, of Sidney passed away Friday evening, March 8, 2024 at the Sidney Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Per Jim's request, a private family gathering was held in his honor. A celebration of life will take place on Jim's 71st birthday at 3:00 pm. Friday, March 15th at the Hillside Golf Course. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Night of Hope. Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home and Cremations in Oshkosh is serving the Stewart family.... Full story

  • Roland "Rollie" N. Waite

    Mar 21, 2024

    Roland "Rollie" N. Waite, age 90, of Dalton, NE, passed away in Bridgeport, NE on Monday, March 11, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, March 18, 2024 at the United Church of the Plains in Dalton, NE with Pastor Leon "Bud" Gillespie officiating. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Burial will follow at the Dalton Cemetery in Dalton, NE. Memorials can be made to the Gurley Volunteer Fire Depar... Full story

  • Shamrock and Roll 5k: Gold at the End of the Rainbow

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    It was a bright and sunny brisk morning, March 16, as 60 avid runners (and walkers) took to the Deadwood Trails of Sidney for the annual Cheyenne County Community Center Shamrock and Roll 5k Run. Put on with the help of local volunteers and business sponsors, the yearly event serves as a nice reminder for locals to get out and enjoy the Spring weather while also focusing on health. Before the race began, instructions and course directions were read as well as a "what to expect" once the race...

  • Leyton 6th & 7th Graders Paint the Town Students Delve into Historical Study

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Leyton 6th and 7th Graders were tasked to paint Impressionist Pastel Landscapes. Impressionism was developed in France during the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting spontaneously "on the spot" rather than in a studio setting; a typical impressionist subject might consist of a landscape or a scene from everyday life. Students followed the stylings of such recognizable impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Mary...

  • Leyton Students Qualify for State Science Fair

    Mar 21, 2024

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  • Mousetrap Derby at SHS takes the Cheese

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    The Sidney High School Physics class taught by Mr. Shaw began their week with a mousetrap derby day; the event took place in the school hallways with Senior Isak Doty clinching the win with a run of 109 feet....

  • West Elementary Opens Door to Promoting Kindness

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Sidney's West Elementary has gone the extra mile to promote kindness, a classroom decorating door contest was held by the Student Council in honor of spreading compassion in our community. First place honors were shared between Mr. Weathers and Miss Meier, a true embodiment of the contest....

  • Cargill Awards More Than $3 Million Grant to National FFA Organization

    Mar 21, 2024

    INDIANAPOLIS – Cargill awarded a three-year grant of $3.15 million to the National FFA Organization in support of its commitment to shape future agriculture leaders. The grant supports a variety of National FFA Organization programs and events during the three-year period (from 2023 to 2025), including the organization’s sustainability platform; the equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) pathway; and the Living to Serve program. During the National FFA Convention & Expo, the grant supports a booth , the rodeo and travel grants for career dev...

  • Paul Siebert: Orchestra of One

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    Sidney was graced with the musical stylings of Paul Siebert March 14; a history buff with a passion for story telling through music, Siebert performed for Sloan Estates, West Elementary and patrons of the High Plains Arts Council on Thursday. Originally from Sutton, Nebraska, Siebert prides himself in offering a wide variety of musical instruments, repertoire and the historical content associated with each. He does extensive research to provide his audiences with special context during his set....