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  • Strommen Hitting Stride in 47th District Campaign

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    Traveling around the Cheyenne County and panhandle region, you can see that State Senate District 47 candidate, Paul Strommen's campaign season is in full swing, with campaign signs of all sizes dotting front lawns and roadway intersections. Strommen is running to represent District 47 in the Nebraska State Senate, a seat currently held by Steve Erdman of Bayard, who is no longer eligible for office due to term limits. The 47th District has approximately 40,000 residents. Strommen's opponent in...

  • Superintendent Sends Letter to Families Announcing Program Cuts

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    SIDNEY--Over the past week, Sidney Public Schools Superintendent Andrew Farber sent home a letter to all families with children enrolled in the Sidney Public School system concerning the $600,000 budget shortfall and adjustments that were being made to minimize the impact on the students' educational experiences. Farber wrote, "As you may be aware, our district has been facing a $600,000 budget shortfall, which has required a careful evaluation and adjustment to our budget and programming for...

  • Potter Going to Pieces

    Barbara Perez, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    On Sunday, three teams braved the weather to participate in Potter's fourth Puzzle Mania Tournament, once again held at Hangar 39 at Chuckaboo Station in Potter, NE . The winning team, Piece Control, consisted of Michael Hausmann and Elaine Shang who completed their puzzle in 1 hour, 14 minutes, and one-second. Drew and Teran Enevoldsen, owners of Chuckaboo Station and Hangar 39, held the first Potter Puzzlemania event on December 10, 2023, with 18 puzzle enthusiasts participating. With 100% of...

  • Good Shepherd Food Pantry in Dalton Receives 2k Donation

    Mar 28, 2024

    Sidney Elks Lodge 1894 received a grant from the Elks National Foundation and were pleased to present a check for $2000.00 to the Good Shepherd Food Pantry in Dalton. Those attending the check presentation were Barb Reimers, Sidney Elks Exalted Ruler elect Heather Shaw, Sherry and Dave Weimers, and Bud and Shirley Gillespie. Not pictured members of the board for Community Shepherds are Vonnie Brown, Rol Rushman, and Jim Larson....

  • The First Freedom Act

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Mar 28, 2024

    During the days of the pandemic religious leaders were told to do many things to inhibit the spreading of the coronavirus, including closing the doors of their churches. Most obliged the orders of their state and local governments, while a few did not. One of those ministers who refused was John MacArthur, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. MacArthur believed that his constitutional rights had been violated, so he sued and his case went all the way up to the U.S....

  • Democratic leadership send signal to left-wing base

    Rich Lowry, American Writer and Columnist|Mar 28, 2024

    The uncommitted voters of Michigan say "Jump," and Chuck Schumer asks "How high"? The Senate majority leader gave an extraordinary speech flaying the democratically elected leader of an ally engaged in fighting a defensive war against a hideous terrorist enemy. The speech calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go, along with increasingly critical statements by the White House, shows that the Democrats have decided that appeasing their left-wing base in an election year is now...

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 12

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Mar 28, 2024

    "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, which none of the rulers of the age knew, for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory." I Corinthians 2:7, 8 "The Gospel According to Pontius Pilate", James Robert. Mills (Fleming H. Revell Co., Publishers, October 1978) recounts Jesus' Resurrection from the Roman archives. Pilate, the Governor, was expected to cooperate with Caiaphas, the High Priest, to keep the Jews from causing disturbance in a Roman occupied land....

  • 14th Amendment: Sections 2 and 3

    Bill Benson, Columnist|Mar 28, 2024

    Last time in these pages I looked at Section 1 of the 14th Amendment. Today I continue. The last phrase in Section 1 of the 14th Amendment declares that no state can "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law." All races are equal under the law. Section 2 begins: "Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers." By these words the committee eliminated the 3/5's rule. Section 2 continues: "But when the right to...

  • WBPPD to Sponsor Local Youth For Week of Educational Fun

    Mar 28, 2024

    The Nebraska Rural Electric Association offers a Youth Energy Leadership Camp every year. This is an excellent camp that provides great leadership and team building activities. Wheat Belt Public Power District (WBPPD) encourages and sponsors area youth to attend. Camp will be held July 22-26, 2024. WBPPD invites Freshman, Sophomore or Junior students to attend this all-expense paid and fun-filled camp. All students are welcome to apply; however, preference is given to those who are dependents...

  • "Here We Grow": Potter-Dix FFA Celebrates National Ag Week

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    In honor of National Ag week, Potter-Dix FFA celebrated with "Here We Grow" t-shirts and a photo op courtesy of Shavonne Singleton Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. FFA is a National Intracurricular Student Organization dedicated to helping those interested in the areas of agriculture and leadership, the letters FFA stand for "Future Farmers of America." The group was originally established in 1928 as the "Future Farmers of Virginia" at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA by...

  • Nebraska Cooperative Council Partners with NRDs on Producer Connect

    Mar 28, 2024

    LINCOLN, Nebraska – Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) are pleased to announce a new collaboration with Nebraska Cooperative Council on the development of a groundbreaking web and mobile application suite, Producer Connect. Producer Connect is designed to empower agricultural producers with the tools they need to optimize inputs, enhance agricultural profitability, improve water quality, and increase irrigation efficiency. “As farmer-owned entities, Nebraska’s farmer-owned cooperatives believe information is vital for farmers...

  • Nebraska Extension hosts Yonts Water Conference in April

    Mar 28, 2024

    The Yonts Water Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at the Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center, in Scottsbluff. The morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with Dr. Xin Qiao, Nebraska Extension water and irrigation management specialist. He will discuss ways to improve irrigation efficiencies and give a research update on new irrigation technologies. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation personnel will provide an update on the snowpack and expected runoff in the Upper North Platte...

  • James Gordon Bickel

    Mar 28, 2024

    James Gordon Bickel (Jim), age 84, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on his birthday, March 1, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents Tony and Beth Bickel, and also his beloved wife of 60 years, Rexie Berdean (Olsen) Bickel, a Sidney HS alumni, class of 1958. Jim was the father of daughter, Elizabeth Gilberts (Wayne) of Elizabeth City, NC; son, Mike Bickel (Beth) of Virginia Beach, VA; and daughter, Heather McCloskey (Jim) of Leesburg, VA. He was the grandfather of...

  • Alice Raine Bobo

    Mar 28, 2024

    Alice lived life unapologetically dancing to the beat of her own drum. Depending on when your life crossed paths you may have known her as Shawn, Alice, or both. Her greatest joy was her children: Kellen (deceased), Dorian (6), Lucian (4) and Hadrian (1). She enjoyed taking her kids on nature walks, thus cultivating their love for all things living. Blessed them with treasured moments while sharing her love for bead work, crafts, and soccer. She taught them to ride bikes and ties shoes and...

  • Jane Kocourek

    Mar 28, 2024

    Jane Kocourek, long-time resident of Sidney, Nebraska, died peacefully surrounded by family on the morning of January 30, 2024, at age 83. Jane was born to Delbert and Alma Gardner on November 22, 1940, in Broken Bow, Nebraska. As a young girl she loved horseback riding and playing sports. She grew up working in her parents’ restaurants where she developed a passion for cooking (and more importantly, eating). After graduating high school in Sargent, Nebraska, Jane married her husband of 65 years, Jerry. The two of them settled in Sidney w...

  • Dwight E. Smith

    Mar 28, 2024

    Dwight Smith, age 79, formerly of Chappell, NE passed away in Plattsmouth, NE on Sunday, March 17, 2024 at the Nebraska Masonic Home. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Monday, March 25, 2024 at the Chappell Methodist Church in Chappell, NE with Pastor Riann Nel officiating. Inurnment with Military Honors will follow at the Chappell Memorial Cemetery in Chappell, NE. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our...

  • Carol M. Wears

    Mar 28, 2024

    Carol M. Wears, age 89, formerly of Sidney, passed away on her 89th birthday, March 16, 2024 in Lexington, SC. Carol M. Wears was born March 16, 1935 in Alliance, NE to Raymond Jules and Margaret Marie (Klein) Kicken. Carol attended St. Agnes Academy in Alliance, NE, and Curtis Ag School in Curtis, NE. She married Donald Spencer in 1953 and raised their children on the farm north of Potter, NE. After their marriage ended, Carol married James Wears in 1983. James and Carol moved from Sidney, NE...

  • John White

    Mar 28, 2024

    John White, 74, of Sidney passed away early Friday morning, March 15, 2024 at his home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2024 at Light Memorial Presbyterian Church in Sidney with Reverend Tom Waddell officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. Services will be streamed live and available to watch later on the Holechek-Bondegard Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/hbfunerals). Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the...

  • Leeling Makes History

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    SIDNEY--Although a bit on the chilly side, Friday March 22 turned out to be a perfect day for Sidney's Karsyn Leeling, as she began her senior track and field season on a mission to break the Nebraska Girl's High Jump record. Little did she know that she would accomplish that feat in the first meet of the season, on her home track at Sidney High School. It was a foregone conclusion that Leeling would be take the gold medal home on this day, as her closest competitor, junior Jessica Hoffman from...

  • Just For Kix Brings Vegas Shine to Sidney

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    Hot off the heels of an uber-successful Together We Dance competition in Grand Island, Just For Kix brought Vegas razzle-dazzle to the Sidney Middle School gymnasium Sunday, March 24 for their Spring recital. With ten 1st place, four 2nd place, two 3rd place and ALL teams with either a platinum or high gold ranking, JFK Sidney rocked the TWD house March 16. Working with JFK for the past 20 years, Donna Brown Fort has accomplished a lasting impact in Sidney. With 16 years under her belt in...

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