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Articles from the July 20, 2023 edition

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  • New SPS Superintendent advocates for policy review at July meeting

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    SIDNEY – New Sidney Public Schools Superintendent Andy Farber made his debut at the July board meeting where he advocated for routine policy reviews as well as discussing how recent legislative changes will affect current policies. SPS Board President Mike Palmer called the July meeting to order and took roll call in which board members Kevin Challburg, Brad Kennedy, Kathy Nienhueser and Brenda Smith were present. The board voted to excuse Rusty Gulbranson for the meeting for the evening; SPS S... Full story

  • Sidney council updates ambulance agreement, discussed new master fee schedule

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney SunTelegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    SIDNEY – The City of Sidney held its regularly scheduled meeting on July 11, where the council heard from a number of community members, revised the Morrill County Community Hospital (MCCH) ambulatory services and presented the updated master fee schedule. Sidney Mayor Brad Sherman, Sidney Vice Mayor Paul Strommen, Councilmen Brandon Bondegard, Burke Radcliffe and Brock Buckner were all in attendance at the first July meeting of the month. City council members heard from three members of the c... Full story

  • Visitors board approves six grants, discusses special meeting for budget

    A. Marie Hamilton and Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – The Cheyenne County Visitors Committee (CCVC) approved six grants and discussed scheduling a special meeting for its 2023-2024 budget. At the end of the meeting, the visitors board voted to host its 2023-2024 budget meeting the same evening of its next regularly scheduled meeting. The 2023-2024 budget meeting will take place on August 14 starting after the regularly scheduled meeting; the regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Cheyenne County Clerk Beth Fiegenschuh attended the meeting to help explain proper a... Full story

  • Potential medicare scams reported in Cheyenne County

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    CHEYENNE COUNTY – According to the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and Sheriff Adam Frerichs, there have been potential medicare scams reported and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) confirmed there are always scams, but the department is not seeing a measurable increase. According to Sheriff Frerichs, a local resident informed his office of fraudulent medicare charges on her account. According to the resident, she contacted the Medicare Benefit Integrity U... Full story

  • Creek Valley Schools say goodbye to long-serving superintendent

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    LODGEPOLE – Creek Valley Public Schools (CVPS) Superintendent Patrick Ningen saw a tearful goodbye at a school board meeting back in June. The district bid adieu to Ningen, who served the district for more than a decade; he will be fondly missed by the community. The new superintendent has yet to be publicly announced and will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Sun-Telegraph.... Full story

  • Straight Talk From Steve: Our Broken Tax System

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Jul 20, 2023

    Nebraska’s tax system is broken and cannot be fixed. Whether it is the Nebraska State income tax, the State sales tax, the property tax, or the inheritance tax, each of these taxes is beyond repair. The State individual income tax is too complex for the average citizen to understand. In order to show this, consider this instruction from the Nebraska Department of Revenue’s own website: “Taxpayers whose federal adjusted gross income is larger than the threshold amount determined under secti... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 29

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jul 20, 2023

    "Happy are the people who are in such a state [of blessing] as this! Happy are the people whose God is the Lord." Psalm 144:15 is King David's joyous and thankful praise to God for bringing him through years of persecution and years of war into a time of kingdom peace. Throughout First and Second Samuel, we see the phrase "it happened that..." In the Hebrew, this phrase boils down to 'at the appointed time and appointed place' Father God had an event occur. Most often, these are times when, in... Full story

  • Abraham Lincoln: Infidel or Faithful?

    William H. Benson, Columnist|Jul 20, 2023

    The two books that Abraham Lincoln read often and loved the most throughout his life were the King James Bible, published in 1611, and William Shakespeare's works, first published as the First Folio in 1623, both the best of English literary works. There were some-including his law partner in Springfield, Illinois, Billy Herndon- who were convinced that Lincoln displayed little religious faith whatsoever, that he was a skeptic, a thinker who scoffed at organized religion. Hence, Lincoln's... Full story


    Jul 20, 2023

    Thank you for your continued efforts to highlight the important benefits available to Veterans. Regarding your latest story about the Veteran suicide rate due to Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) or PTSD. The Cheyenne VA Health Care System would like to provide some clarification regarding an inaccurate statement, and we request a correction of the following statement: Inaccurate statement: • Basis (or evidence) for clarification: National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report 2022-National-Veteran-Suicide-Pre... Full story

  • Isela "Georgé" Addison

    Jul 20, 2023

    Isela "Georgé" Addison, age 79 of Lodgepole, NE passed away in Sidney on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, July 21, 2023 at the New Hope Fellowship Church in Lodgepole, NE with Pastor R.J. Savely officiating. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Cremation has taken place. Services will conclude at the church. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday from 1... Full story

  • Jack L. Schilling

    Jul 20, 2023

    Jack L. Schilling, age 83, of Sidney, NE passed away in Sidney on Saturday, July 8, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at the New Heart Fellowship in Sidney, NE with Pastor Pete Morgan officiating. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Burial will be with Full Military Honors at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, NE. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday from... Full story

  • Local Community Theater WOWs Sidney

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    SIDNEY - The Elks Lodge in Sidney was the hot spot in Cheyenne County Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon as the Way Out West Theater performed "Peter Pan" to three sold out crowds over the weekend. Cindy Bartling, President of the Way Out West Board of Directors said on Sunday that they had sold out all three shows, and on Sunday extra chairs had to be brought in to accommodate the overflow crowd. "The most we've had before at a show was about 80 people, and we got over 150 on... Full story

  • Sidney gets the scoop!

    A. Marie Hamilton, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    SIDNEY – The Sun-Telegraph confirmed with Inspired Brands, the parent company for Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins, that a new sweet sensation will soon sweep Sidney. The newspaper also confirmed with Domino's that a new pizza restaurant could be ready to open by spring of next year. Along Old Post Road, a building with the familiar east coast Dunkin Donuts sign and its accompanying sister industry sign for Baskin Robbins is already nearly complete after beginning construction earlier this y... Full story

  • Advantage Treatment in Sidney Offers Help and Hope for Substance Abuse

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Jul 20, 2023

    SIDNEY- Advantage Treatment Centers in Sidney offers an outpatient substance abuse treatment program that can help people in the community beat addiction, and get them back on the path to a happy and fulfilled life. The company has seven facilities in Colorado, and one in Sidney. The Sidney location offers substance abuse counseling and treatment for court-ordered patients and voluntary patients, while their Colorado facilities are just for court-ordered patients. Started in 1995 in Sterling,... Full story