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  • Truck Fire

    Apr 7, 2021

    First Responders including Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, Nebraska State Patrol and the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a truck fire at the Cabela's parking lot shortly after 1 p.m. today, Wednesday April 7. The fire consumed the cab of the truck. Additional details are not available at this time. The driver of the truck was uninjured....

  • Douglas A. Fastenau

    Apr 7, 2021

    Douglas A. Fastenau, of Sutherland, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 2, 2021, at the age of 68. Doug was born in Sidney to Adolf and Ruth (Miller) Fastenau on August 14, 1952, and grew up in Gurley. After graduating from Gurley High School in 1970, Doug attended Chadron State College where he also competed on the track and field team, doing long jump and triple jump. He earned his B.A. Degree in Education then began his teaching and coaching career at Wilsonville High School. Doug went on to...

  • Putting an End to the Stigma

    Apr 7, 2021

    April has a special significance at Sidney High School. The theme is “86 The Stigma.” Activities are scheduled throughout the month. A meditation session was scheduled Tuesday during the advisory period, Today, April 7, there will be a “QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)” session. This 60 to 90 minute training session teaches youth ages 14 to 18 the three steps that can help prevent a suicide. On April 12, a 60-minute training called “Talk Saves Lives” will be held at 6 p.m. The session will help understand suicide and ways to help a person in cri...

  • Two Students Die in WNCC Aviation Accident

    Apr 7, 2021

    On Thursday, April 1, 2021, two Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) students were fatally injured while working on an airplane engine while inside the Aviation Maintenance Facility in Sidney, Nebraska. The Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating. First responders included the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Police Department, Sidney Fire Department and Regional West Medical Center Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Autopsies were ordered. Those were...

  • Adjusting to Life's Challenges

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher|Apr 7, 2021

    Teenagers have views of life being wide open, quietly and not so quietly thinking themselves indestructible and spend their time proving how right, or wrong, they are. That all sounds good until life suddenly changes for no apparent reason. What started as minor deformity quickly became a journey that is just getting started. Kobe Peterson is a 15-year-old freshman at Sidney High School. He is also a young man facing a rare disease that has symptoms a teen doesn't want to face, symptoms that...

  • Easter Egg Delight

    Apr 7, 2021

    Penelope Grauberger searches through her bucket of goodies following Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt as her mother LeeAnn Ogle looks on. Easter Egg hunts were held at the softball fields and at the west side of Legion Park....

  • Following New Challenges

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sun-Telegraph|Apr 7, 2021

    Sometimes life changes in slow motion. Other times it is like erasing the whiteboard and surrendering the marker. The Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce is losing its director to a new adventure, and Sidney High School is losing a coach and teacher. Eamonn and Hope Feeney are following new adventures and opportunities they didn't expect. They have both been accepted to teach in the Maxwell School District. Eamonn has been accepted to teach and coach at Maxwell High School. Hope will be...

  • COVID Variant Found in Panhandle

    Apr 7, 2021

    The B117 COVID variant has been confirmed in the Panhandle. Confirmation was received late today of a teen male, teen female, and female in her 30s from the Nebraska Public Health Lab testing and notification from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Any close contacts identified will be quarantined to slow the spread. This variant was initially detected in the UK and in the US this past December. This variant seems to spread more easily and quickly than other variants which may lead to more COVID cases with the potential for...

  • Gary G. Youngman

    Apr 7, 2021

    Gary G. Youngman, age 71, of Sidney passed away in his home on Friday, March 26, 2021. A private family service is planned. You may view Gary’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Gary’s care and funeral arrangements. Gary Gene Youngman was born on September 27, 1949 to Earl and Esther “Deisher” Youngman in Princeton, IN. He attended high school in Sterling, CO and went on to attend the...

  • '30 x 30' Examined

    Dan Carlson, Prairie Ponderings|Apr 7, 2021

    On January 27 of this year, President Joe Biden signed an executive order called “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” You can read it online, but direct your attention to Section 216 in which the Secretaries of Interior, Commerce and Agriculture are directed to submit a plan by the end of April to “conserve” 30 percent of America’s land and territorial waters by 2030. This is just part of a global initiative related to U.N. Agendas 2030 and 2050, which are not conspiracy theories...

  • Watching Easter Unfold

    Forrest Hershberger, View from the Handlebars|Apr 7, 2021

    I remember the time when the Easter season meant the television media would overload viewers with visions of artificial green grass, the sound of clucking, colorful eggs and the camera panning to the sight of a rabbit sitting contently, appearing to be chewing on grass. It is such a disjointed scene few could forget it. There’s the sound of a hen, the view of an egg — artistically overdone — and the rabbit laying in field of green plastic. I’m thinking of the awkward collision of concepts. I kno...

  • Conducting a Eulogy for a Good Friend

    Mike Sunderland, Thoughts from a Grey-haired Point of View|Apr 7, 2021

    I never thought I would see the day when America would follow in the steps of Nazi Germany when they burned “banned books” by the thousands. We haven’t quite reached that level of fanaticism – yet. But it sure looks like our current national leadership is trending in that direction. I hope and pray the following never becomes a reality. The scene: We stand in front of a blazing pyramid of books outside of an empty library building. A man stands in front, with tears in his eyes as he recites...

  • Will Investors Change Behavior After the Pandemic

    Apr 7, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic may end up changing our lives in some significant ways. To cite one example, it’s likely we’ll see a lot more people continue to work remotely, now that they’ve seen the effectiveness of tools such as video-conferencing. Education, too, may be forever changed in some ways. Perhaps just as important, though, is how many people may now think more about the future – including how they invest.If you work with a financial professional, you may have connected with this individual over the past several months through a videoco...

  • Living a Life Without God

    Apr 7, 2021

    We live in a world that seems angry and confusing, and without GOD it is exactly that, without GOD there is no hope. GOD has and is the answer to all of that anger and confusion. Philippians 4:4-9, speaks about looking to GOD and trusting GOD, and HE will give you peace. This scripture give you direction for your life, it give you HOW you can have peace in a world full of turmoil and confusion. It may sound to good to be true, but GOD didn’t make it hard to find the answers we are looking for. In Psalms 23, the WORD of GOD speaks about about G...

  • I Would Have Fired Me

    Brandee Gillham, The Cowboys Wife|Apr 7, 2021

    Let’s just cut to the chase. I ran the pick-up off of a bridge. I may or may not have continued to go straight when I needed to turn. This is very far from my normal, but the Lord worked so hard on my humility the other day that I didn’t just eat a small piece of humble pie – I ate the whole pie. It started out as a simple request, “Babe, I think you could help me move some cows from one pasture to the processing pens, by using the feed pick-up to lure them with a bale of hay.” Little did he kn...

  • Master Gardener Tips for the Panhandle

    Anita Gail, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener|Apr 7, 2021

    Here is the weekly crop of Master Gardener tips from Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle, relevant to local lawn and garden issues in the High Plains and consistent with research-based recommendations. Tread carefully to avoid soil compaction: As you venture out into your landscape and planting beds, be mindful of how wet the soil is. Kids, pets and people walking on soil that has excessive moisture can cause compaction. A compacted soil can continue to cause plant stress throughout the growing season. Walking on wet soil breaks down the soil...

  • Game and Parks Urges Public to Check Aquariums for Invasive Zebra Mussells

    Apr 7, 2021

    LINCOLN – After a recent discovery of invasive zebra mussels within Marimo or "moss" balls used in aquarium tanks, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging the public to take precautions to prevent the spread of this highly destructive species. A container of Marimo balls sold as "Betta Buddy" was first found to be contaminated with an adult zebra mussel at a Petco store in Washington state on March 3. Game and Parks subsequently inspected two Petco locations in Lincoln and found zebra mussels present in several Marimo ball c...

  • Raiders Roll At Ed Moore Invite

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Apr 7, 2021

    Sidney’s Red Raider Track & Field team had another outstanding day on Thursday as they traveled to Ogallala to compete in the annual Ed Moore Invitational. The Sidney boy’s team took first place by a large margin over second place Ogallala while the girl’s team took third place behind runner-up Ogallala and winner Chase County. For the boys team, freshman Luke Holly took second place in the 100 and 200 Meter sprints, Daniel Bashtovoi won the 800 Meters and 3200 Meters, and Cameron Brauer won t...

  • Ekart Returns to Red Raiders' Grid Iron

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Apr 7, 2021

    Sidney High School announced on April 2 that Todd Ekart will return as the Red Raiders’ Head Football Coach. Ekart will also teach weight lifting and athletic training classes at the high school while also taking over as the Summer Weights Coordinator. With 20 years of coaching experience and 10 years as a Head Coach in Sidney, Gering and Beatrice, Ekart has the experience and dedication to continue to build Sidney’s strong football program. In 2013, Coach Ekart led the Sidney Red Raider Foo...

  • Good Angler Stewardship Means Picking Up Shoreline Little, Recycling Line

    Apr 7, 2021

    LINCOLN – As anglers, we mean to be good stewards of our environment. Sometimes, though, we leave something behind. It could be a bait container lid that blew off or a small wad of fishing line in a snag. It all adds up, is a direct reflection on anglers, and is an environmental hazard. The problem with shoreline litter is twofold. Litter is just plain ugly and embarrassing. The view of a lake scene is never improved by a misplaced drink container. But the big issue is that litter damages the sh...

  • Straight Talk from Steve

    Steve Erdman, District 47 Senator|Apr 7, 2021

    Last week my priority bill for this year was voted out of committee. The Revenue Committee voted 6-2 to advance LR11CA to General File. LR11CA is my resolution for a constitutional amendment to repeal the State income tax, the State sales tax, the property tax, and the inheritance tax, and to replace all of these taxes with a consumption tax. The consumption tax would tax all services and new goods. Used goods would never be taxed. The consumption tax only taxes an item once, then it is yours to...

  • Fighting for Our Rights

    Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Governor|Apr 7, 2021

    President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took office a little over two months ago. In his inaugural address, President Biden dedicated himself to “bringing America together.” In the weeks since then, he has charted a very different course. Instead of governing by building consensus, he has aggressively pushed a far-left agenda. He refused to compromise with Republicans on stimulus legislation. Instead, he signed a coronavirus spending package that bailed out Blue states at the expense of states like Nebra...

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