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  • County Judge Roland swears in three volunteers to CASA

    Anthony Ruiz|Mar 25, 2016

    Three volunteers were sworn in to the Cheyenne County CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, Thursday in the county courtroom by County Judge Randin Roland. CASA is an organization that offers court-appointed advocates who work on behalf of abused and neglected children in the court system with the guardian ad litem....

  • Speed limit on Greenwood Rd., Pole Creek Crossing increased to 35 mph

    Anthony Ruiz|Mar 25, 2016

    The Sidney City Council approved an increase to the speed limits of two roads surrounding the Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC) by 10 miles per hour during Tuesday's regular meeting. Currently, both roads have a speed limit of 25 mph leading to the medical center, located at 1000 Pole Creek Crossing in Sidney. The proposed speed limit increase was brought to the council at their March 8 regular meeting through a letter dated Feb. 16 from Jason Petik, chief executive officer at SRMC. In the...

  • Commissioners demo John Deere motor grader

    Anthony Ruiz|Mar 25, 2016

    Monday's Cheyenne County Commissioners' meeting ended with a trip to the county highway shop for a demonstration of a John Deere motor grader that might be purchased in the future. Motor graders are used in maintenance and construction on dirt and gravel roads, utilizing a long blade to create a flat surface. Pictured is John Deere salesperson Bryan Hulbert explaining features of the motor grader to commissioners Philip Sanders, Darrell Johnson and Steven Olson....

  • Potter-Dix rated 'Excellent' in new AQuESTT accountability system

    Anthony Ruiz|Mar 25, 2016

    Potter-Dix Public Schools celebrated earlier this week after ranking in the top five school district in the state under the Nebraska Department of Education's new accountability system, AQuESTT. Potter-Dix Superintendent Mike Williams said the ranking is quite the accomplishment for the school district and praised the teachers, students and the community for their hard work. AQuESTT, or Accountability for a Quality Educational System, Today and Tomorrow, replaces the Nebraska Performance...

  • Shirley M. Fisher

    Mar 25, 2016

    Shirley M. Fisher, 83 of Sidney, passed away at the SRMC Extended Care Tuesday evening, March 22, 2016. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney with Rev. Tar Drazdowski of the Christ Episcopal Church officiating. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Monday to drop off condolences for the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s name to SRMC Hospice or the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Shirley’s car... Full story

  • WNCC Veterans Upward Bound program to host Veterans Stand Down event

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Mar 25, 2016

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) and the Veterans Upward Bound program at Western Nebraska Community College will host a Veterans Stand Down event on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The focus of Veterans Stand Down is to reach out to Veterans by connecting them to benefits, information, and on-the-spot services. Services that will be provided are food, clothing, community housing referrals, medical treatment, readjustment counseling, dental screenings, free haircuts, employment, and spiritual services to...

  • Regional West Medical Center earns Blue Distinction Center Designation for Quality in Spine Surgery

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Mar 25, 2016

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has selected Regional West Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Regional West Medical Center is one of four hospitals in Nebraska to receive the distinction and the only one in Western Nebraska. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies...

  • Community Calendar 03-25-16

    Mar 25, 2016

    Ongoing A memorial account has been set up at American National Bank (Main Bank and Drive up locations) for Tabitha Davis. Donations can be made to: “Tabitha Davis Memorial Fund” to help defray expenses and to benefit twin daughters “Emmersynne Joy & Ellyeaunnah Grace”. … Table of Grace, a ministry of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, is a mobile food pantry that distributes food at various locations throughout the area on monthly basis. The locations and times for registration are: 1st Tuesday of the month – 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Ca...

  • Creek Valley announces Perfect and Outstanding Attendance award winners

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Mar 25, 2016

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  • 2016 Touchstone Energy awards announced

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Mar 25, 2016

    It is with great pride that Wheat Belt presents the Touchstone Energy Scholastic and Athletic Winners for 2016. These are students chosen by educators and coaches not because they are necessarily the highest point scorer, fastest runner, or received the highest scholastic point average, but because in their success as a student and student athlete, they showed exceptional character. They are students who exemplify the Touchstone Energy Partners principles; values of integrity, accountability, teamwork and commitment to excellence....

  • There's a reason 'Winter Texan' is a thing

    Anthony Ruiz|Mar 25, 2016

    Coming from South Texas, this week's snowstorm is definitely not something that I have experienced many times in my life. Sure, as a military brat, I've seen my share of snowfall when my father was stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany back in my early days of grade school, but in that case the weather was more constant than sudden. I was also not yet in double digits, so the memories aren't as vivid as they once were. As you can imagine, snow in South Texas is as rare as a winter...

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader: Enough is enough

    Kenneth Dirks, Chappell|Mar 25, 2016

    Dear Editor, When a person graduates from high school, he can choose the higher education route and spend lots of money getting a degree. Or, he can spend lots of money on farmland and equipment to become a farmer. The first one might end up paying some real estate taxes if he eventually buys a home. The second one is being taxed to death if he lives in Nebraska, where the lion’s share of funding for schools and local government spending comes from farmers and ranchers. It is time to do away with the archaic idea of taxing property which may o... Full story

  • Eater love

    Jan Knicely, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church|Mar 25, 2016

    He is risen! He is risen, indeed! That is the triumphant shout we will hear in churches around the world on Easter Sunday Morning. Yes, we have a lot to shout about...the resurrection of our Lord! God revealed his strong love for us in his son, Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and life eternal. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 Often we focus so much on the las...

  • Good Old Days 03-25-16

    Mar 25, 2016

    Compiled By Delaney Uhrig These stories from the past first appeared in The Sidney Telegraph. Original writing is preserved, though some stories were shortened for space reasons. 50 Years Ago ‘Storm Creates Problems Driving, Power Lines’ March 23, 1966 Transportation and communications were hard hit during the comparatively brief blizzard that struck here Tuesday, but all in charge agreed that “our problems were mild compared to those east of here.” Nevertheless, the job of clearing roads for travel, repairing line breaks to restore service to...

  • Wrestlers place in state tournament

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Mar 25, 2016

    Thirty from the Sidney wrestling club headed to state last weekend. The club had 30 wrestlers qualify at the Nebraska USA District 1 State Qualifier at the beginning of the month. The state tournament was held March 18-19 in Grand Island. As a team SWC finished 9th with 247 team points. NEUSA State - 2016 Results for Sidney Wrestling Club Division Name Place PreK-K 35-37 Bently Havorka 6th place PreK-K 36-38 Rylan Swope 6th place PreK-K 41-42 Aspyne Houser 7th place PreK-K 58-62 Cayson Boltjes...