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  • Funding the 'Chiller'

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Jul 27, 2022

    It is one thing to have a fund of “free” money and a list of projects to spend it on. It is another to have that list and be uncertain what the funds can be used for. Cheyenne County is among the local entities to receive American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds. The challenge is finding a framework of how the funds can be used, by what date, and what kind of accountability. The Cheyenne County Commissioners are considering allocating some of the funds for a heating and air conditioning upgrade...

  • Lodgepole Community Fund Meets Yanney Challenge

    Jul 27, 2022

    LODGEPOLE. – The Lodgepole Community Fund (LCF) has successfully raised $20,000 to match the Yanney Challenge issued in 2021. The Yanney Challenge was offered by the family of former banker E.K. Yanney, a respected businessman and leader in the Lodgepole community. E.K.’s daughters, Mary Jo Klinetobe, Michele Wehbi and Julie Yanney, along with his brother Michael Yanney, offered a $20,000 Challenge Grant to be met one-to-one by LCF. This challenge was meant to honor and memorialize E.K. Lodgepole Community Fund affiliated with Nebraska...

  • Closed Church Opens as 'The Church'

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Jul 27, 2022

    He can tell a person of how rough life has been. She can share personal experiences of how all that glitters is not gold. They will also without second thought tell how life is more than the struggles, and there is a way above the dark of midnight. At 940 13th St., in Sidney stands a church building that had been occupied by the First Christian Church. The church closed and has remained vacant until recently when it was purchased by Mike and Christel Anderson. The Andersons are reopening the...

  • USDA Commits to Finance New SRMC Extended Care

    Jul 27, 2022

    SIDNEY — Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC) received confirmation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development approving financing for 40 years at 2.5% interest to fund a new extended care facility in Sidney. “There are many steps to a project of this size and the USDA Rural Development approval for financial support is a major step toward ensuring SRMC’s goal to build a new state of the art extended care facility for our community,” said Jason Petik, Chief Executive Officer for SRMC. “Building this...

  • 'Elevate' Hosts Discussion on Trafficking

    Jul 27, 2022

    A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Sidney High School's Performing Arts Center on trafficking. The community conversation will include Glen Parks , Nebraska Attorney General’s office Coordinator of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. Glen Parks graduated from UNL law school in 2001, clerked at the Nebraska Supreme Court, and worked as a civil litigator. He spent nine years in India, where he worked on projects addressing human trafficking. He and his family returned to Lincoln in 2015. Parks has been the task force...

  • Laflers End Quarter Century of Laundry Service

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Jul 27, 2022

    There are some services that are just necessary in life. You purchase or raise your own food, you build or purchase furniture, even a home. And clean clothes. There are needs for a washer and dryer, at home or at a business. In Sidney, that business is continuing, and will scheduled updates. Stuart Wilson was talking with a friend in Wisconsin several months ago, maybe a year, when the subject of laundromats came up. The conversation led Wilson to talking with Dave and Deb Lafler, owners of the...

  • Delta Dawn When That Light Comes On

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Jul 27, 2022

    “These [words of God] are seeds sown in good ground: those who hear the Word, accept it, act on it and bear fruit some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundredfold.” Mark 4:20.   Faith-SEED is over and above the tithe for a specific vision or dream.  Ask for seed to sow.  2 Corinthians 9:10.   Sow any percentage of NET increase.  Choose the time, place and purpose.   God is looking for your plan.  Every seed has a harvest date. Genesis 9:22 “While the earth remains, seed-time a...

  • Straight Talk From Steve

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Jul 27, 2022

    Earlier this month I wrote an article on how the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services has been unable to account for $10.5 billion in State expenditures. $10.5 billion is more than the State’s annual budget for two whole years. One of the major players in this accounting fiasco has been the Nebraska Department of Labor. So, today I would like to show you some examples of how the Nebraska Department of Labor accounts for the way it spends your taxpayer dollars. On April 28, 2022...

  • Dream Big

    Forrest Hershberger, View from the Handlebars|Jul 27, 2022

    It is often noted by counselors that one of the most important parts of life is finding importance. There is Robert Fulgrum’s book “What on earth have I done with my life?” There is the thought that in some definitions of depression, the client feels life is meaningless. What if here, like many other chapters in life, we overthink the equation? What if the challenge is finding your niche? I’ve traveled. Compared to some I’m still in the starting block, and in other stories I could...

  • Recividism in Nebraska

    Jul 27, 2022

    Reducing the number of people who return to prison is a key goal of any criminal justice system. In Nebraska, more than 70 percent of those discharged in 2019 have not returned to the custody of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) – a significant benchmark. Recidivism is typically measured in three-year increments. Based on just released data, Nebraska’s recidivism rate has dropped to 29.8 percent. This is the third year in a row that recidivism has trended downward in Nebraska. In comparison to publicly available data...

  • Strengthen Your 'Three-legged Stool' for Retirement

    Jul 27, 2022

    ​When many people hear the words “estate planning,” they assume it’s just for the wealthy. But that’s not the case because everyone can benefit from an estate plan. And when you’re creating one, you’ll want to avoid some common mistakes. Before we look at those mistakes, let’s go over what estate planning is designed to accomplish. Essentially, an estate plan allows you to pass on your assets in the way you desire. But it can also specify other actions, such as naming someone to care for your minor children if you were no...

  • The Parable of the Sower

    Jul 27, 2022

    4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the...

  • Master Gardener Tips for the Panhandle

    Jeanne Murray, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener|Jul 27, 2022

    What kind of garlic do you grow? There are two kinds of garlic - the softneck garlic and the hardneck garlic. Hardneck is the one found here in our northern climate. The hardneck has a hard central stem with the cloves clustered about the base of the stem. This stem curls and forms a seed pod in June which needs to be removed upon its appearance. More about the garlic tomorrow. When do you harvest garlic? Harvest garlic when the bulb of cloves is mature. That is when the three lower plant leaves have turned brown about mid-July. You have about...

  • Soy Growers Welcome Opportunity to Provide Protein to Address Global Hunger, Child Malnutrition

    Jul 27, 2022

    The U.S. Agency for International Development this week announced nearly $1.3 billion in additional critical humanitarian and development assistance to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, including $200 million for the procurement of Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Food. RUTFs, an energy-dense medical food paste made of soy, peanuts, powdered milk, vegetable oil, sugar and multivitamins, is one of the most effective tools to help severely malnourished children. The U.S. is one of the world’s largest and...

  • Seniors Struggle in District Tourney

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Jul 27, 2022

    Sidney's American Legion Post 17 Senior baseball team traveled to Ogallala for the B7 Area Tournament this weekend, and lost two games and were eliminated from the tournament. Sidney opened Friday afternoon against the Gering Platte Valley companies Senior team, and were shut out and no-hit by Gering's Carter Reisig and Jackson Howard on the mound. Reisig started the game and struck out the first two batters he faced, then hit Reid Fiscus to give Sidney a runner on first, but Reisig recovered...

  • 'Stuff the Bus' at Holy Trinity

    Jul 27, 2022

    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for area schools including Sidney, Leyton, Creek Valley, Potter-Dix and Peetz. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2305 San Marino Drive, Sidney. Hot Dogs, chips and water will be available with a free-will donation for purchasing of more supplies for local kids. Suggested donations include: Back Packs, crayons, wooden pencils, glue sticks, Kleenex, colored pencils, deodorant, spiral notebooks, water bottles,...

  • Wiedeburg, McKay Honored As Coaches Of The Year

    Jul 27, 2022

    Sidney High School coaches Donna Wiedeburg and Matt McKay were honored Sunday at the NCA Awards Banquet in Lincoln. Wiedeburg received the Coach of the Year Award for Girls' Cross Country and McKay received the Coach of the Year Award for Boys' Track and Field. Wiedeburg won her award by coaching her team to a Class C State Championship, placing three runners in the top 25 at the State Championship Meet in Kearney in October. It was the Sidney Girls' first team State Title in Cross Country....

  • Senate Internships

    Deb Fischer, U.S. Senator|Jul 27, 2022

    Every fall, spring, and summer, my office provides some outstanding college students with the opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C. or at one of our state offices. These internships give students the chance to learn more about public policy, our system of government, and constituent service. This summer, I welcomed four interns to our D.C. team. These college students are all from Nebraska, and over the last 8 weeks they have done important work on behalf of the state. I am always delighted...

  • Telling the Story of Chief Standing Bear

    Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Governor|Jul 27, 2022

     One of America’s greatest civil rights heroes is from Nebraska.  Yet nationally, almost nobody knows about him.  As Nebraskans, we’re changing that by telling Chief Standing Bear’s story. In the 1800s, Chief Standing Bear’s tribe — the Ponca — peacefully hunted and farmed on land in northeast Nebraska along the Niobrara River.  In 1868, the federal government signed a treaty with the Sioux tribe, mistakenly granting them much of the Ponca’s territory.  This led to conflict...

  • The Making of a Celebrity

    Van Yandell, Columnist|Jul 27, 2022

    Mark 14:44-46 “And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come, Judas went straightway to him, and said, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him.” When you think of the disciples of Jesus, which one do you think of first? The impetuous Peter (Luke 22: 50), or perhaps “the Disciple Jesus loved” (John 13: 23). Very likely, many think of...

  • Nominations for 2022 WNCC Alumni Association Awards Now Open

    Jul 27, 2022

    SCOTTSBLUFF - Nominations for the 2022 Western Nebraska Community College Alumni Association awards are now open. Each year the Alumni Association recognizes six individuals or businesses that have made a positive impact at WNCC. Nominations are for the following awards: Cara Perkins Meritorious Service - A person (need not be an alumnus) or organization that has served WNCC and students in a special or extraordinary way. If this person is not an alumnus, he/she is granted “honorary” alumni member status for life. Family Pride - A family...

  • Public Records

    Jul 27, 2022

    Sidney Police Department July 21 12:05 a.m., Follow-Up, 1400 block Jackson Street. 5:03 a.m., Traffic Stop, 2000 block 10th Avenue. 5:26 a.m., Traffic Stop, Old Post Road and 17J Link. 5:40 a.m., Traffic Stop, 8th Avenue and Illinois Street. 10:02 a.m., Parking Complaint, 600 block Chase Blvd. 11:31 a.m., Traffic Stop, 17J Link and Interstate 80. 11:33 a.m., Suspicious Activity, 1500 block Illinois Street. 12:50 p.m., Disturbance, Keller Drive. 1:39 p.m., Traffic Complaint, Legion Park. 2:33 p.m., Medical Call, 600 block Glover Road. 3:04...

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