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  • Approval, with Protest

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|May 11, 2022

    The Cheyenne County Board of Commissioners faced a decision that resulted in a vote, then a move to rescind the vote and vote a second time. A regular meeting of the board of county commissioners became a debate over state authority versus local control when the commissioners met as the Board of Equalization May 2. At issue was two tax list corrections related to 2019 homestead exemptions. County Assessor Melody Keller said the during the meeting of the Board of Equalization that the two Tax Lis...

  • Sidney Loses Veteran, Businessman, Community Leader

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|May 11, 2022

    On April 30, Sidney businessman and inventor, former city councilman, and former newspaper owner Robert “Bob” Van Vleet died at the age of 87. Van Vleet was born in Redfield, S.D. After graduating high school, Van Vleet enlisted in the USAF at Aberdeen, S.D. and entered the service in 1952. Basic Training was at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He spent three months at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, then a brief stop at Camp Stoneham, San Francisco, Calif., in 1953, prior to...

  • Nebraska Farmers Union Applauds Appointment to Nebraska USDA FSA State Committee

    May 11, 2022

    LINCOLN (May 6, 2022) – Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) applauds the appointments of four additional members to the Nebraska FSA State Committee. They join Roy Stoltenberg of Cairo who was appointed to the State Committee November 1, 2021 and John Berge who was appointed to serve as the USDA Nebraska FSA Executive Director December 29, 2021. The State Committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations. The State Committee hears appeals from ag producers unsatisfied with county decisions. The Committee...

  • Ronald "Ron" Harms

    May 11, 2022

    Ronald “Ron” Harms, 62, passed away April 27th, 2022, following a valiant six year battle of metastatic prostate cancer. On June 7th, 1959, Ron was born in Kimball, Nebraska, to Elwood and Donna (Moench) Harms. He grew up in Dix, Nebraska, graduating Dix High School in 1977. He then worked in cabinetry shops in Colorado, and Maas Farming in Potter, Nebraska. Ron’s greatest joys were spending time with family, working on the farm, camping, barbecues, and listening to country music....

  • Robert D. Van Vleet

    May 11, 2022

    Robert D. Van Vleet, age 87, of Sidney, NE passed away in Bridgeport, NE on Saturday, April 30 2022. Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney. You may view Bob’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Bob’s care and funeral arrangements. Bob was born in Redfield SD to Robert and Emma Van Vleet and was raised...

  • Kailey Nicklas Heading to Girls State

    May 11, 2022

    Kailey Nicklas of the Potter-Dix High School has been selected to attend American Legion Auxiliary Cornhusker Girls State June 5-11, 2022, on the campus of the University of Nebraska. Kailey was selected based on selection criteria through the Potter Auxiliary Unit 291. Kailey will study local, county and state government process in this nonpartisan political learning experience. Kailey is active in volleyball, basketball and Future Farmers of America. She is a class officer a member of the...

  • The Blizzard of '68

    Mike Sunderland, Thoughts from a Grey-Haired Point of View|May 11, 2022

    The winter after the great Fairbanks flood of the previous year was memorable. Mother Nature was not finished with us. She must have known that I would soon be leaving Alaska for good and she wanted to make sure I would remember what it was like. I’ve read stories of blizzards on the Great Plains, but nothing I have read, or experienced since has come close to the one that hit Fairbanks in 1968, my last winter in Alaska (except one I experienced in Kansas in 1954). At the time I was working...

  • Delta Dawn When The Light Comes On

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|May 11, 2022

    Hunters and photographers buy a high-powered telescope or zoom lens so they can draw a good ‘bead’ on their target.  Now that some primary voting and ‘plank pushing’ has taken place, it is time to get to know the candidates, the platform planks they stand on and their proposals to defeat Marxist Agendas.  Do not trust mainstream or social media.  Listen, and look deeper.  Uncover the true patriots for 2022.  “Study to show yourself approved”. II Timothy 2:23; Psalm 127:1...

  • Keeping Enough Rubber On The Road

    Forrest Hershberger, View from the Handlebars|May 11, 2022

    Today starts with another life lesson from cycling. Balance and performance are related, and, odd as it might sound, staying grounded. Over time, I’ve had my share of falls. I relaxed too much on a quiet road, the road surface suddenly changed, or a mechanical issue. Any one of these could have a rider greeting the road surface quickly. And depending on the conditions, said rider would return home with a few battle scars, some that will follow him for the rest of his life. Ultimately, it all...

  • Retiring Early? Know Your Health Care Choices

    May 11, 2022

    Life doesn’t always go as planned. For example, you might think you’ll retire at 65 or later, when you’ll be eligible for Medicare. But if you retire before then, how will you pay for your health care? Without insurance, you risk incurring thousands of dollars of expenses if you are injured or become seriously ill. And if you must pay for these costs out of pocket, you might have to dip into your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement accounts earlier than you had planned – which could result in a less desirable retirement lifestyle than you...

  • Love and Obedience

    May 11, 2022

    Jesus said, “All those who love me will do what I say.”  Learning to obey is part of growing up, and it’s also part of our Christian life.  Jesus said, “My Father will love them and we will come to them and live with them.”  There’s a definite link between love and obedience.  You’ve heard the old saying, “You can lead a horse to drink but you can’t make him water.”  It’s the same with children – you can force them to do this, that or some other little thing around the house, but the only real way to help a child...

  • Fairness in The Cattle Market

    Deb Fischer, U.S. Senator|May 11, 2022

    As Nebraskans know well, we are the beef state. We have every segment of the supply chain from cow-calf producers, to backgrounders, to large and small feed yards and also three of the four big packers in the state. The livestock industry contributes $13.8 billion to Nebraska’s economy annually. It is without a doubt the economic engine of our state.  Recently, there was a legislative hearing on my bipartisan bill The Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act in the Senate Agriculture Commi...

  • Master Gardener Tips – Week of May 9

    Leann Sato, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener|May 11, 2022

    Inspect, Connect, Direct, Select -the four steps of the Water Sense Sprinkler Spruce Up. First, inspect and replace clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. Second, check for leaks where heads and pipes connect and tighten if needed. Third, direct sprays on the landscape. And fourth, select the proper watering schedule or employ a weather-based irrigation controller. Sparingly and Caringly. Fertilizer is the largest pollutant in stormwater runoff and spawns large algae blooms, nutrient overload, and hypoxic (or Dead zones) in ponds, lakes,...

  • Raider Boys Second, Girls Third At B-C-D Meet

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|May 11, 2022

    Sidney's Red Raider Track and Field teams competed at the Bayard B-C-D Meet at Bayard High School on Friday, and the boys earned second place with 138.5 points and the girls took third place with 70 points. For the boys, Chadron took top honors with 167 points and Alliance placed third with 86 points, and for the girls Alliance took top honors with 125.4 points and Chadron was runner-up with 96 points. Outstanding performances for the Sidney boys included sophomore Luke Holly winning the 100...

  • Leyton Boys Win MAC Track and Field Meet

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|May 11, 2022

    Leyton's Warrior Boys Track and Field team took top honors at the MAC High School Conference Meet at Bayard High School on May 3, racking up 165 points at the end of the day. Garden County placed second with 107 points and Bayard placed third with 97 points. The Potter-Dix boys team placed fourth with 93.5 points, and the Creek Valley boys finished in sixth with 9 points. For the girls teams, Bayard took top honors with 163.5 points, Leyton placed second with 107 points and South Platte placed...

  • Warriors Take Title at Cheyenne County Meet

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|May 11, 2022

    Leyton's Warrior Boy's Track and Field Team had a busy week, winning the MAC HS Meet on Tuesday then hosting the Cheyenne county Meet on Friday, and also winning. Leyton's 157 points bested runner-up Paxton's 110 points and third place Potter-Dix's 79 points. For the girls, South Platte took top honors with 131 points and the Leyton girls were runner-ups with 80 points. Kimball placed third with 76 points. Outstanding performances included Leyton junior Cort Rummel winning the 100 Meters at...

  • Langdon To Return To Sidney Wrestling

    May 11, 2022

    Sidney Public Schools announced on May 5 that Jerry Langdon will be taking the job of Head Coach of the Sidney Red Raider Wrestling team in the 2022-23 school year. Langdon has been coaching wrestling since 1969, starting off in Lexington where his team won the Class B State Championship in 1973. In 1977 through 1979, Langdon was the head coach for the Sidney Public Schools Wrestling program. Langdon also was an assistant coach for John Ganser as well as an assistant coach for the middle school...

  • 4-H Sidney Sharpshooters Shotgun Competition Results

    May 11, 2022

    The Sidney Sharpshooters 4-H Shotgun Fair Competition was held on Saturday, May 7th at the Sidney Shooting Park. Seventeen 4-H Members took part in the competition. They are coached by Jeff Ellwanger and Tom Noel. JUNIOR DIVISION RESULTS Grand Champion – Bodhi Brandt Reserve Grand Champion – Sara Allard Purple – Colt Van Anne Purple – Gauge Harcsa Purple – Josette McConnell Blue –Bentley Gilbert Blue –Ben Tuzicka SENIOR DIVISION RESULTS Grand Champion – Hunter Wolff Reserve...

  • Traditions

    William H. Benson, Columnist|May 11, 2022

    In recent days, I have re-read David L. Lindsay’s novel, Body of Truth. In it, he describes a cruel and gruesome civil war that terrorized the people of Guatemala for 36 years, from 1960 until 1996. It was the federal government, then run by a series of generals, who attacked the poorest of its citizens. A United Nations report, dated March 1, 1999, declared that, “An estimated 200,000 Guatemalans were killed during the civil war, including at least 40,000 persons who disappeared.” David...

  • Classifieds/Legals

    May 11, 2022

  • WNCC to Celebrate 264 Graduates on May 14

    May 11, 2022

    SCOTTSBLUFF - Western Nebraska Community College will celebrate 264 students that will graduate with a degree, certificate, or diploma on Saturday, May 14 at Cougar Palace in Scottsbluff. WNCC's 90th annual commencement is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Cougar Palace. The ceremony is open to the public and will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person. The livestream can be found on KNEB.tv or at wncc.edu. A recording of commencement will also be published on WNCC's official YouTube channel at a later date. The Adult...

  • Public Records

    May 11, 2022

    Sidney Police Department May 5 12:05 a.m., Traffic Stop, Andrew Drive and Old Post Road. 1:52 a.m., Follow-Up, Cheyenne County Impound. 7:32 a.m.,Traffic Accident, unknown injury, 5th Avenue and Illinois Street. 9:48 a.m., Animal Call, 600 block Illinois Street. 10:35 a.m., Fraud, 600 block Illinois Street. 12:23 p.m., Medical Call, 1400 block 14th Avenue. 1:56 p.m., Animal Call, 2000 block 10th Avenue. 2:31 p.m., Medical call, 1600 block Jackson Street. 3:30 p.m., Agency Assist, Police Department. 3:42 p.m., Agency Assist, Police Department....

  • Traveling the Third

    Adrian Smith, U.S. Representative|May 11, 2022

    While traveling in the Third District in recent weeks, I have been encouraged by the expertise and creativity our communities possess and sobered by the challenges we face. We have much to be thankful for, but there is also no shortage to the adversity we must overcome. After closely monitoring the recent severe wildfires across southern Nebraska, I joined Governor Ricketts, Nebraska National Guard Adjutant General Daryl Bohac, and other local officials earlier this week to survey the...

  • Straight Talk From Steve

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|May 11, 2022

    The big news last week was the leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court, suggesting the high court’s intention to overturn the landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion nationwide. Although the leaked opinion piece does not represent the high court’s final decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it does suggest that at least five of the justices will side with the State of Mississippi in that case. Overturning Roe v. Wade would...

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