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Articles from the March 21, 2014 edition


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  • Custer sentenced to life for 2012 murder

    Caitlin Sievers|Mar 21, 2014

    Jason Custer will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Custer was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for fatally shooting Adam McCormick in the front yard of a Sidney home nearly a year and a half ago. In the state of Nebraska, life in prison is mandated for first degree murder convictions. Additionally, Custer received a sentence of 20-50 years in prison for use of a firearm to commit a felony and 10-20 years imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a felon. Custer was ordered to serve time for both of these additional...

  • Frame up

    Dawn Graves|Mar 21, 2014

    Art from Potter-Dix students is on display at the Sidney Public Library this week. A painting by junior, Josh Jenkins.... Full story

  • New company donates to local non-profit

    Caitlin Sievers|Mar 21, 2014

    Bell Lumber and Pole decided to precede its grand opening, May 8, with a charitable donation to the community. Bell, which will soon open its utility pole treatment facility on the Adams Industries site west of Sidney, donated $2,500 to CASA or court appointed special advocates earlier this year. The company contacted the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce to learn about donation-worthy organizations in the area. The chamber recommended CASA. CASA is a non-profit organization which serves as...

  • Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man

    M. Timothy Nolting|Mar 21, 2014

    In the early 1930s, Idaho farmer William Beard was clearing a field in Tetonia, Idaho, just west of the Teton Mountain Range. While working the field William unearthed a rock of rhyolite lava in the shape of the profile of a man's head. The stone, 13 inches long, 8 inches wide and about 4 inches thick, is carved with the name "John Colter" on one side and the date "1808" on the other. It is possible that the Colter Stone may well be a piece of rock graffiti carved by John Colter himself....

  • Good Old Days – 03-21-14

    Mar 21, 2014

    Compiled By The Sidney Sun-Telegraph Staff These stories from the past first appeared in The Sidney Telegraph. Original writing is preserved, though some stories were shortened for space reasons. 100 YEARS AGO ‘Sidney Post Office To Become Second Class’ March 14, 1914 The Sidney Post Office is now eligible to become one of the second class rating, the receipts for the first time having aggregated a total of 8,000 a year. The official advancement to the higher class will become effective on the first day of July next. It means an increase of...

  • Letting go

    Pastor David Hall, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Sidney|Mar 21, 2014

    A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and he was made clean. Mark 1: 40-42 Two things present themselves in this passage. First, the leper approaches Jesus which is something unusual for that day. Lepers were expected to stay clear of others and to announce themselves from a distance. Second, the text says that Jesus reached out and touched the leper. Jesus isn’t afraid even though most people would have been afrai...

  • Basketball Team Leaders

    Mar 21, 2014

    Peetz Boys Points Ave. Josh Fiscus 358 19.9 Casey Barrett 183 10.8 Tre Lewis 200 10.5 Cody Wilson 104 5.5 Corbin Heller 100 5.3 Bradey Holtz 63 3.5 Austin Wilson 39 2.4 Assists Ave. Josh Fiscus 57 3.2 Bradey Holtz 37 2.1 Corbin Heller 23 1.2 Steals Ave. Josh Fiscus 51 2.8 Cody Wilson 40 2.1 Bradey Holtz 38 2.1 Tre Lewis 24 1.3 Casey Barrett 19 1.1 Corbin Heller 15 .8 Rebounds Ave. Tre Lewis 146 7.7 Cody Wilson 119 6.3 Corbin Heller 94 4.9 Bradey Holtz 58 3.2 Josh Fiscus 45 2.5 Ben Karnik 15 1.5 Peetz Girls (Based on 16 games) Points Ave. Beth...

  • One inning unravels otherwise solid opening day for Peetz

    Stephen McKay|Mar 21, 2014

    As mostly clear skies and a warm sun greeted the first day of spring it was the perfect setting for the Peetz Bulldogs and Merino Rams to welcome the season with the schedule's first baseball game. Unfortunately for the visiting 'Dogs the fifth inning got away from the young squad. The Rams went on to win a 12-3 non-league contest on Thursday. Before the game unravelled in the fifth, Peetz pitcher Bradey Holtz was sailing along with a 3-2 lead. He threw mostly fastballs, mixing in a diet of...

  • Rough me up

    Jeff Parsons, columnist Baseball by the Book|Mar 21, 2014

    One of the most overlooked rules in the book is the treatment of the baseball itself. Why? you ask. First, a little background. The American baseball is made with a small squishy ball center wrapped in lots of thread. Nine inches of leather is then hand sewn using 216 single stitches to cover the ball, bringing it to its legal size and weight of 9 inches around and 5 ounces in weight. Different sizes are made depending on the country and the level of play. Each baseball has a waxy type coating on the leather to make it look nice and to...

  • Run for it

    Stephen McKay|Mar 21, 2014

    Sidney’s track team began preparing this week for Saturday’s season opener, the indoor event at Chadron. Savanna Rosenbaum works on bringing out the form that has earned a trip to state in the high jump.... Full story

  • Run for it

    Stephen McKay|Mar 21, 2014

    Sidney’s track team began preparing this week for Saturday’s season opener, the indoor event at Chadron. Lucas Rosenbaum strides out after receiving the baton from Logan Lewis.... Full story

  • Golf course to remain open during work

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2014

    At least nine holes at Sidney’s Hillside course will remain open to golfers at all times despite irrigation work and other projects. Starting on Monday, March 24, the front nine will be available for play. The backside of the course will be closed for a period of ten days to two weeks as crews replace sprinkler heads. Once this work is complete, the front nine will be closed for irrigation work. The back nine will, however, be open for play. League schedules begin on May 19. Course managers expect to open all 18 holes for these events. D... Full story

  • Area Sports Schedule

    Mar 21, 2014

    Fri. Mar. 21 SOCCER Platte Valley Co-Ed Soccer Sterling @ Sidney U-19 4:15 p.m. Sat. Mar. 22 TRACK & FIELD Sidney @ Chadron Indoor 9 a.m. Peetz @ Yuma 9 a.m.... Full story

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