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  • City Council Approves Vendor Fee

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2022

    What is the best, most equitable tax and accountability system for food vendors, specifically for those who don't anticipate significant presence or revenue in town? That is a question the Sidney city council has been debating since it was first approached by a man who wanted to start a hot dog cart, but was frustrated by the daily fee requirement. On April 12, the Sidney City Council met over an agenda including a proposed annual fee schedule for food vendors. City Manager David Scott proposed...

  • Sidney High School Hosting Blood Drive April 29

    Apr 20, 2022

    The Sidney High School Science Club and HOSA chapters will be hosting a community blood drive on April 29th in conjunction with the home Western Conference track meet. Our goal is to successfully receive donations from 56 area participants. Spaces are limited and donors must be ages 16 or older to participate with parental consent. Preregistration, masks, and a valid driver's license are required at the time of donation. All proceeds from the drive will be put towards supporting completion of the Sidney Park Project. Please take advantage of...

  • Sidney VA Clinic to Close?

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2022

    In downtown Sidney, about a block from the Cheyenne County Courthouse and near the business district is a clinic designed to serve a specific population, the veterans who have served the United States and often have specific health needs resulting from their service. There is also discussion of closing the clinic, a location defined as an “Other Outpatient Services (OOS) clinic. OOS clinics are for veterans to receive services that do not meet the criteria to be classified as a health care c...

  • Military Vehicle Continues to 'Serve'

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2022

    For much of its history, the Sidney community has had a some degree of military presence. Recently, a part of the past resurfaced in another part of the country to tell its story, and thank those who served. In August 1956, the U.S. Army delivered a 1956 Chevrolet 150 sedan to the Sioux Army Depot northwest of Sidney. The Army green in color 216 CI six-cylinder sedan with a “three-on-the-tree” looked like what it was commissioned for: use as a staff car. It served its duty at the Depot unt...

  • School Board Approves Staff Changes

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Apr 20, 2022

    The Cheyenne County School District No. 1 Board of Education met April 11. The board approved three resignations and four teaching contracts. Chaney Peterson resigned as the Sidney High School Ag teacher and FFA advisor. Peterson has been with the school district about two years. She helped revive the high school’s FFA program, including chaperoning students to the national convention and hosting a dinner and labor auction to benefit the chapter. “It has been a pleasure to work with you, the...

  • Gary McGee

    Apr 20, 2022

    Gary McGee, 79, of Sidney, Nebraska passed away April 16, 2022 in Cheyenne, Wyoming surrounded by family. Gary was born November 19, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas to Allen and Mable McGee. He married Corinne Brachtenbach on August 30, 1986. Gary served honorably in the United States Army. He enjoyed spending time with his family, lake house, woodworking, fishing, and rebuilding his 1929 Chevy with grandson Lane. Gary is survived by his wife, Corinne; daughter, Jo Steffens; granddaughters, Danielle...

  • Eleanore W. Deaver

    Apr 20, 2022

    Our loving mother, Eleanore W. Deaver, age 96 passed away peacefully surrounded by love, on April 11, 2022, in Littleton, Colorado. Eleanore was born and raised in Bayard, Nebraska by her parents Rose & John Schwartz. She graduated from Bayard High School and Lincoln school of Commerce. In 1944 she moved to Sidney to work at Sioux Army Depot. She met her husband Jim and they were married Aug. 20, 1946. Six children were born to this union: James Jr., Rosellen, Carolyn, Gerilyn, Christine, and Ti...

  • Lorin Ray Anthony

    Apr 20, 2022

    Lorin Ray Anthony, Age 77, of Sidney, Ne passed away Wednesday April 13th at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Ne. He was born July 18th 1944 in Rock Springs, Wyoming to the late Paul Preston Anthony and Bessie Margaret (Curtin) Anthony. He graduated High School from Scottsbluff, Ne in 1962, then went on to serve his country in the United States Navy in San Diego, CA and Honolulu, HI as a submarine tender mechanic. After he finished his duty with the Navy he returned home and...

  • Melba Whatley

    Apr 20, 2022

    Melba Whatley, 91, of Bridgeport, formerly of Dalton and Sidney, passed away Monday morning, April 11, 2022 at Skyview at Bridgeport. Funeral services was held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at the United Church of the Plains in Dalton with Pastor Leon “Bud” Gillespie officiating. Burial will follow in the Dalton Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday afternoon from 4-7 p.m. at the church in Dalton. Memorials in Melba’s name can be made to the family for later designation. Family and f...

  • George Narjes

    Apr 20, 2022

    George Narjes, 94, of rural Lodgepole went to be with his Heavenly Father Friday morning, April 8, 2022 at the Sidney Regional Medical Center- Extended Care. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2022 at the Weyerts Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Bud Gillespie officiating. Burial will follow in the Weyerts Cemetery. The funeral service will be streamed live via the Holechek-Bondegard Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/hbfunerals) and available to watch after the...

  • Farewell, For Now

    Dan Carlson, Prairie Ponderings|Apr 20, 2022

    This will be my last column in the Sidney Sun-Telegraph for a while. Next week my wife and I will close the sale of our farm near Gurley, and we’ll be off to a new beginning in Belle Fourche, S.D., where I will become pastor of the Christian Life Center. It’s going to be necessary to focus my attentions on the move, my family, and my new job until at least June of this year. I’ll then reach out to the editor and we’ll discuss whether a return to these pages will be possible. I wrote my first c...

  • Straight Talk from Steve: LB 873

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Apr 20, 2022

    Ever since I became a State Senator six years ago my number one priority has been to give Nebraskans meaningful and significant tax relief, especially property tax relief. The second session of the 107th Legislature is scheduled to end sine die on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Therefore, today I would like to assess the status of tax relief efforts in Nebraska this year. The Nebraska State Legislature missed its best opportunity for meaningful and significant tax relief by failing to advance...

  • Delta Dawn When The Light Comes On Week 15

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Apr 20, 2022

    The Kingdom of Righteousness exercises discipline, an artform of self-control. No automatic shift! Good character is humility, forgiveness and patience bred into, taught to and caught by our youth. Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” A Fence or An Ambulance? “‘Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed, though to walk near its crest was so pleasant; but over its terrible edge there had slipped a duke and full many a...

  • Fear Planned

    Forrest Hershberger, View from the Handlebars|Apr 20, 2022

    The only thing worse than Shangri-la exposed, is to learn it was designed with an enemy. We stumbled upon a movie, by a social critic of sorts who has gained a name for off-center cinema, about a cluster of people, who appear to be living in a different time. It was almost like a rewrite of Milton’s “Lost Horizon,” or maybe a variation of the creation story. Things are perfect. The elders are respected. Children can play safely. Young adults court and marry. Everything seems right in the world...

  • Financial Issues Facing Women Business Owners

    Apr 20, 2022

    As a business owner, you’re always busy, so it’s understandable if you’ve put off thinking about events that won’t occur until far in the future – such as your retirement, the sale or transfer of your business and the settling of your estate. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to start planning now, while also recognizing the special challenges that women business owners face in these areas. Essentially, you’ll have four key issues to consider: • Building assets – While you’re working, you’ll want to build as many financial assets as possible. This...

  • Be the Salt, and Light in Darkness

    Apr 20, 2022

    It seems many of the conversations I have nationally, regionally and locally, always get around to the idea of how bad our culture has gotten. Sin is celebrated, and What God has called good is mocked. Just when you think it won’t get any worse, you are shown how mistaken you are. Just turn on your tv, read your paper, listen to the radio, scroll your newsfeed, the farther we get from creation the deeper human depravity goes. In fact, this has even influenced our churches. If I may be so bold as to say, the culture has shaped our C...

  • Drought in Nebraska Causing Concern as Farmers Prepare for Planting

    Cody Frederick, Nebraska News Service|Apr 20, 2022

    There’s an old wives’ tale in farming: Seven years of drought and seven years of good conditions. Galen Roebke, Seward farmer, said the current drought timeline makes him wonder if it’s true. He said he’s starting to notice how dry his farm is after not having drought be a concern the past few years. “You sometimes think about those things, that we might have a prolonged dry time,” Roebke said. “Our last few years, we’ve been blessed with adequate rainfall. Sometimes, you almost think it’s too...

  • Farmland and Pasture Lease Workshop

    Apr 20, 2022

    Those interested in learning about current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations should make plans to attend an upcoming workshop in Rushville. A Farmland and Pasture Lease workshop will be held April 29, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Sheridan County Extension Office (800 S Loofborrow Street, Rushville). To register call the Sheridan County Extension Office at (308) 327-2312. The program is free and open to the public. This workshop is designed to provide up to date information on management str...

  • ACE Camp Pairs Natural Resources with Summer Fun

    Apr 20, 2022

    Whether it’s a reptile wrapped around a wrist or a cool splash in the Middle Loup River, Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE) has something to offer this summer. Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) are now accepting registrations for ACE Camp June 26-29, 2022, at the State 4-H Youth Camp near Halsey, Nebraska. Nebraska’s 23 NRDs encourage middle school students interested in the outdoors to sign up for this educational, action-packed camp. To qualify, students should have completed sixth, seventh or eighth grade in the 2021-...

  • Raiders Rebound With Dutch Zorn Win

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Apr 20, 2022

    Sidney's Red Raider Track and Field teams traveled to Gothenburg on Thursday to compete in the annual Dutch Zorn Invitational, and the Sidney boys bounced back from being bested for top honors by a half-point by Chadron at the Mitchell Invitational last Saturday. The Sidney boys won six events and bested McCook by one point to take first place, 115 points to 114 points, followed by Lexington in third with 102 points. The Lady Raiders off of their win at Mitchell last week placed third with 75...

  • Bulldogs Compete at Bill Kalb Invitational

    Apr 20, 2022

    Peetz's Bulldog Track and Field teams traveled to Yuma on Tuesday, April 12, to compete at the Bill Kalb Invitational at Yuma High School. The boy's team ended the day with six points and 15th place showing at of 19 teams, while the girls were unable to score any points. For the boys, the 4X800 Meter Relay team placed third with a time of 10:06.85. Other notable finishes included juniors Aiden Hill and Chance Segelke placing ninth and 11th in the 800 Meters and junior Colton Howell placing ninth in the 1600 Meters. For the girls, junior Khira...

  • Raider Linksters Sixth at Hastings

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Apr 20, 2022

    Sidney's Red Raider Boy's Golf team traveled to Lochland Country Club in Hastings on Thursday to compete in the Hastings Tiger Invitational, and earned a sixth place showing out of nine teams. The Raiders played well while going against some of the toughest Class A teams in Nebraska, including Grand Island, Columbus and Kearney. The Grand Island team took top honors with a score of 315, followed by Kearney with 319. Columbus shot a 331, while Sidney shot a 368 to take sixth place overall. Grand...

  • Investing in Young Leaders

    Adrian Smith, Representative|Apr 20, 2022

    One of the most rewarding aspects of serving Nebraska’s Third Congressional District is the opportunities I get to engage with young people interested in government service. This spring, I’ve welcomed students from Bayard, Oakland-Craig, Boone Central, Summerland, and Doniphan-Trumbull schools, as well as Peru State College, to our nation’s capital. Fielding students’ questions is always a pleasure, and I deeply appreciate their thoughtful feedback and ideas about the issues we are working...

  • Sidney Public School Students Participate in INVENTURE Day

    Apr 20, 2022

    Sidney, NE – Entrepreneurship is crucial to the economic vitality of all communities. Research shows that educational programs focused on non-cognitive entrepreneurial skills are best developed at an early age and have spill-over effects to subsequent entrepreneurial knowledge and skill development in later years. The Nebraska Extension Y.E.B.O (Youth Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities) Issue Team recognized the need for such educational programs and created a new program in 2016 c...

  • South Platte Natural Resources District Scholarship Program

    Apr 20, 2022

    South Platte NRD is pleased to announce our scholarship program to students residing within our district: Cheyenne, Deuel or Kimball counties. Our program awards one $500 scholarship to a high school senior graduating in the 2021-2022 school year. Applicant must be attending a Nebraska institution (2-year or 4-year public/private, vocational or technical certification program) in a Natural Resources, Environmental or Agricultural related field. The application can be found at www.spnrd.org/education. The deadline is May 31, 2022. Please...

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