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  • School Board Approves Staff Changes

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sun-Telegraph|Apr 21, 2021

    The Cheyenne County School District No. 1 school board approved several resignations and staff contracts during the April 12 meeting. The board approved five resignations and eight teaching contracts. Technology teacher Steve Raymond will retire at the end of the school year, completing more than 20 years in Sidney. “I have enjoyed my 22 years of teaching in this district and have spent some time in every building except Middle School,” Raymond said in his resignation letter. “I have proba...

  • Snowy enterprise

    Apr 21, 2021

    A recent snow storm provided an oppportunity for some outside activity and probably a little spending money. Panhandle residents barely had the snow melted from their lawns this week when a second storm arrived Monday morning....

  • Mary Carrick Collective

    Apr 21, 2021

    The Mary Carrick Collective was on stage Saturday, April 17. Her show was entitled "Girl Singer: Celebrating the Women Who Wrote the Songs." Her songs were a tribute to female song writers and performers from the early days of jazz and folk singers to Cyndi Lauper and Carole King....

  • Anonymous Safety Reporting Bill Advances

    Brooke Wrage, Nebraska News Service|Apr 21, 2021

    LINCOLN — A school safety reporting system was approved April 6 in the second round after a long debate. Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg said he introduced LB 322 to reduce violent incidents in all K-12 schools in Nebraska by having a trained crisis team on staff 24/7. The reporting line, Safe2HelpNE, would allow students, school staff, parents and community members to anonymously share information about concerning behavior by phone, mobile app, website or email. Some examples of concerning behavior that may be reported include bullying, s...

  • Sidney Tree Give Away Scheduled for Saturday

    Apr 21, 2021

    The Sidney Tree Board will celebrate Arbor Day with its annual tree give-away Saturday, April 24 at the Lodgepole Valley Youth Camp. This year marks the 35th year Sidney has been recognized as a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The celebration and tree give-away have become a major part of the Sidney Tree Board’s community work as it strives to maintain a healthy tree canopy in the City of Sidney. In preparation for the give-away, board members evaluate what they feel are trees that will not only work well in Sidney...

  • Rural Measures Project Addresses Broadband Disparities in Nebraska

    Apr 21, 2021

    The internet is an integral part of everyday life for most Americans. We use it to communicate with friends and family, stream our favorite television shows and shop from the comfort of our living rooms. More importantly, this technology connects health care providers with patients, teachers with students and businesses with a global marketplace. Affordable, high-speed internet is almost a necessity in today’s world, yet many people living in the U.S. still lack access. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that 19 million A...

  • Leyton School Board Addresses Roof Repairs

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sun-Telegraph|Apr 21, 2021

    The Leyton School District board of education met Monday, April 12, at the high school. The board tabled action on its complaint policy until the May meeting. The board also further discussed the posting of meeting notices. The issue was legal posting, and how to do all possible to ensure the community knows when a meeting is held and what is on the agenda. The board agreed to change the wording of the policy requiring posting of meeting notices. The meeting notices will also be posted at the...

  • Helen Benzel Eich

    Apr 21, 2021

    Helen Benzel Eich of Sparks, Nev., was born October 30, 1928 and passed on April 9, 2021 peacefully at home. She was born to Carl D. and Mollie Benzel of Sidney, Nebraska. Helen was one of 14 children. She married Paul Eich in 1945. They had four children and were married for 65 years. Helen was preceded in death by husband Paul Eich, both parents, three sisters, and three brothers. She is survived by daughters Paulette (Randy) Thomas of Reno, Sandy (Robert) Johnson of Reno, Terri (Dan) Linton of California, son Steve (Donna) Eich of Idaho, 8...

  • Reliving History, Reluctantly or by Coercion?

    Forrest Hershberger, View from the Handlebars|Apr 21, 2021

    “These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Thomas Paine from “The American Crisis.” These words were written during a time of crisis. The colonists would either be patriots or rebels. According to History.com, Paine wrote this during a time when Gen. Washington was experiencing defeat after defeat, thousands o...

  • Are We Being Visited?

    Dan Carlson, Prairie Ponderings|Apr 21, 2021

    Until recently, to even mention you had seen a U.F.O. got you public and private ridicule and branded as some tinfoil-hat-wearing lunatic who read too many comic books and watched too many science fiction movies. But now, suddenly, not only are such reports being taken seriously, but agencies of the federal government are preparing to release (at the direction of congress) what they know about Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP-with plural Phenomena interchangeable). Yes, the subject is so...

  • Straight Talk From Steve

    Steve Erdman, District 47 Senator|Apr 21, 2021

    My priority bill for this year has made its way out of committee and onto General File. LR 11CA is my resolution for a constitutional amendment to repeal the State income tax, the property tax, the State sales tax and the inheritance tax and to replace these taxes with a consumption tax. Last week Speaker Hilgers announced that he would begin floor debates on taxation bills beginning the week of April 26. LR 11CA will likely be put on the agenda sometime that week. We have been making great...

  • Be Conscious of Your Investment Environment

    Apr 21, 2021

    On April 22, we observe Earth Day, an occasion that has inspired millions of people over the decades to take steps to clean up our world. Of course, your physical surroundings are important, but you also operate in other “ecosystems” – social, cultural and political. And you’ll need to consider your investment environment, too. How can you improve it? Here are a few suggestions: • Avoid “toxic” investment strategies. The dangers of pollution helped drive the creation of Earth Day. As an investor, you also need to watch out for “toxins” – partic...

  • Too Busy for God

    Apr 21, 2021

    Grandma used to tell me “ the devil rides on an idle horse”, and it’s true, but as I walk in this Christian life, it is clear, he also delights in the “ busy Christian.” In fact, that is one of the most common statements for Christians these days. I am too busy. “ I would like to spend more time with God, but I can’t find the time.” This isn’t new however, Jesus addressed this very issue in Luke 10:38-42. In the text, Jesus goes to Martha’s home and is teaching. Martha is so distracted with serving and taking care of everything else, th...

  • I'll Tell You When to Run

    Brandee Gillham, The Cowboys Wife|Apr 21, 2021

    There are three primary questions I ask myself before I write a column: 1) If I were ever to run for a government office, will these words be held against me? (Answer: probably) 2) Is so-and-so going to feel like I threw them under the bus after writing this article? (Answer: possibly) AND 3) Is my cowboy actually going to read this or can I hope this one slips by without him knowing? (Answer: he always finds them.) I should ask more honorable questions like: 4) Is this going to glorify the...

  • South Platte NRD April 13 Board of Directors Meeting

    Apr 21, 2021

    On Tuesday, April 13, 2021 the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) Board of Directors (Board) held its monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the South Platte NRD Conference Room (551 Parkland Drive, Sidney NE). On March 18, the Board held a public hearing where producers were able to give their verbal testimonies. Written testimonies were also presented to the Board. The Board reviewed these testimonies and officially approved the amendments made to the Districtwide Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations at the April Board...

  • Public Records

    Apr 21, 2021

    April 8 1:24 am, Alarm Business, Sauders Auto & Truck Repair, Glover Rd. 11:32 am, Motorist Assist, US Hwy 30 & Fort Sidney Rd. 1:40 pm, Threats, Sidney Middle School, 19th Ave. 2:45 pm, 911 Hang Up/Open Line, Golf Coarse, Hillside Dr. 3:41 pm, Juvenile Problems, 13th Ave. & Toledo St. 4:42 pm, Traffic Complaint, Linden St. 6:32 pm, Traffic Stop, 10th Ave. & Pine St. 6:46 pm, Traffic Stop, E Illinois St. & 17J Link 7:04 pm, Traffic Stop, Jennifer Ln. & 17J Link 9:19 pm, Abandoned Vehicle, 14th Ave. & Newton St. 9:35 pm, Traffic Stop, 10th Ave....

  • South Platte NRD Education Updates Announced

    Apr 21, 2021

    The South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) has officially launched their redesigned website. The website can be found at the same link as before (spnrd.org). On the website are the latest education updates that are listed below as well as many other resources. SPNRD has two separate scholarships to be awarded. The first Scholarship offered is due to SPNRD office (mailed or dropped off) before May 1st. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior, who is a District resident and who is graduating in the academic year of...

  • Area Teams Compete At Creek Valley Twilight

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Apr 21, 2021

    The annual Creek Valley Twilight Invitational Track & Field Meet was held on Monday April 12, and despite a prevalent cold breeze, the competitors were able to get all seventeen events finished by nightfall. Potter-Dix’s boy’s team placed third overall, followed by the Sidney squad in sixth place and host Creek Valley in seventh. For the girls, Creek Valley came in sixth followed by Potter-Dix in seventh and Sidney in eighth. Ten area boys and girls teams competed in the meet. Highlights inc...

  • Panhandle Teams Hit Links at Mitchell Invitational

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Apr 21, 2021

    Several area teams competed at the Mitchell Invitational Golf Tournament on Tuesday April 13 and faced tough competition from the area’s best golfers. The Mitchell team took top honors with a score of 355, followed by Alliance with 361 and Chadron with 375. The Sidney team placed sixth with a 401 while Creek Valley placed 11th with a 439 and Potter-Dix trailed the field with a 14th place showing and a 541 score. Sidney sophomore Jaeden Dillehay had the best round of the area golfers, shooting a...

  • Leyton Golf

    Apr 21, 2021

    The Leyton Warriors Boys Golf Team returns after a season off due to COVID-19 restrictions. Head Coach Matt Haley is looking to get his young golfers as much practice and playing time to improve their scores as the season progresses and hopefully compete well at the end of the season in the District Meet....

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