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  • Trafficking on the Plains

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Aug 3, 2022

    It's cast as a personal crime in the movies, and it is, and often as a web with more arms than can be imagined, which is also likely. Human trafficking is defined by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a form of modern day slavery. It is viewed in primarily one of two areas: sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The DHHS defines sex trafficking as “recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for a commercial sex act that is induced by force, f...

  • Emma G. 'Gertrude' Weaver

    Aug 3, 2022

    Emma G. “Gertrude” Weaver, age 94, of Sidney, NE passed away in Sidney on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Pete Morgan officiating. Friends may stop at Gehrig Stitt Chapel from 1-6 P.M. on Wednesday to leave condolences for the family. Memorials can be made in Gertrude’s name to New Hope Fellowship Church. You may view Gertrude’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.geh...

  • Christy A. Schumacher

    Aug 3, 2022

    Christy A. Schumacher of Gurley, NE went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Regional West Medical Center in Sidney at the age of 52. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Gurley, NE with Pastor Ted Bourret officiating. Burial will follow in the Sanders Cemetery in Dalton. Services will be recorded and available on our website for viewing and livestreamed on Facebook. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt...

  • Master Gardener Tips for the Panhandle

    Elaine Pile, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener|Aug 3, 2022

    Here is the weekly crop of Master Gardener tips from Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle, relevant to local lawn and garden issues in the High Plains and consistent with research-based recommendations. Drifting Pesticides Drifting may be okay for a tumbleweed, but it’s not okay when spraying pesticides of any kind. When spraying pesticides, the size of the droplets can affect how much drift may occur. Using a hand pump sprayer and pumping it up to full pressure creates smaller droplets. If you refrain from pumping it up to full pressure, the d...

  • Downtown Sounds Season Closes Friday

    Aug 3, 2022

    The third in a series of concerts is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Hickory Street Square. Nebraska native Nate Keim will be closing the Downtown Sounds series with his sounds of the country life. As with the two previous concerts, the concert will include food and drink vendors. Keim's recent music includes “200 Miles,” “Be With You,” “Give Me A Kiss,” and “Back Then.” His music also includes “Rollin Home To You,” “Friday Nights,” and “Lights of Kearney.” Keim is known as a developing...

  • Crafty In His Second Year

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Aug 3, 2022

    He came to the 2022 Cheyenne County Fair with one year of experience in 4-H programs. This year, he brings a variety of livestock, art and literary expression... and cupcakes. Luke Florke sat before 4-H judge Erika Loy Wednesday explaining his projects. He wrote about Abraham Lincoln, and made a doll of President Lincoln using a plastic bottle. He also made acrylic coasters, a tye-dyed shirt and a pillow. Additionally, he is showing chickens: the Top Hat and the Rhode Island Red. According to...

  • Veterans History Project

    Larry Nelson, Veterans History Project|Aug 3, 2022

    Donald L. Kizer (Don) had graduated from Julesburg High School, an 18 yr old kid, heading out into life! At the time, the United States was only five years out of World War II, American society had changed because all the “boys” had returned to the local communities, technology was changing, health care was improving, and… the drumbeats of war were starting to be heard again. The Draft system was in effect, meaning that if you hadn’t enlisted in the Armed Forces, you might be taken by the dra... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When That Light Comes On

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Aug 3, 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 and harvest ... shall...

  • Straight Talk From Steve

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Aug 3, 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 C...

  • Battle at Rzhev

    William H. Benson, Columnist|Aug 3, 2022

    In the early days of World War II, 1939 to 1940, the Nazi German war machine advanced across eastern Europe, until its soldiers stood on the outskirts of Moscow, deep into the Soviet Union, poised and ready to attack the Russian capital city. However, the Battle of Moscow stalled when the Soviet’s Red Army found sufficient strength to initiate a counter offensive, at Joseph Stalin’s insistence, that pushed Germany’s 9th Army west, some distance from Moscow. The counter-offensive worked for a...

  • 529 Plans: Underused But Valuable

    Aug 3, 2022

    In just a few weeks, students will be heading off to college – and parents will be getting out their checkbooks. Without a college-bound student in your home right now, you might not be thinking much about tuition and other higher education expenses, but if you have young children, these costs may eventually be of concern – so how should you prepare for them? It’s never too soon to start saving and investing. Unfortunately, many people think that they have a lot of “catching up” to do. In fact, nearly half of Americans say they don’t fee...

  • God Brings the Best Out of the Worst

    Aug 3, 2022

    Matt 1:6 “And Jess the father of King David, David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.” Matthew reports the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, “The son of David, son of Abraham (v.1).” He goes all the way back to Abraham, who obeyed God’s call to leave his homeland and establish a new nation. Matthew highlights David, who became Israel’s greatest king. This is significant because Jesus was referred to as “The Son of David” during His ministry. But notice what Matthew does when he reports that David is Solomon...

  • Preserving Family Relationships and Navigating the Transfer of Ag Business to the Next Generation

    Aug 3, 2022

    Jolene Brown, international family business consultant and Successful Farming columnist, will be sharing ways to preserve family relationships and navigate the transfer of ag businesses to the next generation at the Hayes Student Center Ballroom at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling on August 23. Reck Agri Realty & Auction is hosting the event, more information and registration information can be found at or by calling Reck Agri Realty & Auction at...

  • Cercospora Leaf Spot

    Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist|Aug 3, 2022

    Cercospora leaf spot (CLS) has long been and remains a constant problem to sugar beet production throughout the eastern and Great Lakes production areas of the United States. In fact, it is thought to have been a major reason for early production in Nebraska to shift west to the Panhandle. Despite the drier conditions in western Nebraska, the disease has still been sporadic, but not a consistent issue. However, when it does occur, it can be very destructive if not noted and treated. CLS is caused by the airborne fungal pathogen Cercospora...

  • Prepping for Fall Sports

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    Sidney’s Red Raider Fall Sports teams are making preparations for the start of the 2022 Fall sports season. Starting August 1, Fall Sports student athletes are required to report to the Sidney High school Media Center for ImPact testing. Students are asked to bring their Chromebooks if possible. On Monday, Aug. 1, freshman and any sophomore newcomers to Sidney are to report at 9 a.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 2, juniors and any senior newcomers to Sidney are asked to report at 9 a.m. On Wednesday, A...

  • Raider Fundraiser Returns

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Aug 3, 2022

    Show your support for Sidney schools athletics by running, walking or chasing a white ball. The first Raider Athletic Fundraiser was a downtown event for children to seniors with games, food, and music. This year organizers are sharpening the focus to active events, a golf tournament and a 3 and 5K Fun Run/Walk. The golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5, at Hillside Golf Course in Sidney. The format is a four-person scramble with a minimum of two drives per player. There will be two...

  • New Sidney Athletic Booster Club Announced

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Aug 3, 2022

    The young student can run like the Western Nebraska wind, but his family can’t afford proper track shoes. A female student shows the skills on a volleyball court seldom seen, yet she sits on the sidelines because she can’t afford the participation fee. Even more, the student athletes are ready, but the program needs help. The Red Raiders Athletic Booster Club is available to help the athletic experience be as positive as possible. The purpose of the Booster Club is to support Raider ath...

  • Values Where They Count

    Forrest Hershberger, View from the Handlebars|Aug 3, 2022

    Over time I’ve heard people criticize different restaurants on their first day out. The food wasn’t right. The delivery was slow. The lights were too soft. We’re all good at fifth-quarter criticism. The media is good at that. For as humbling as it is, being human means mistakes happen. We owe it to the restaurant, retailer, or media office, the chance to correct mistakes. That chance isn’t always available when the supplier of those services are removed from the discussion table. Small towns a...

  • Countering Communist China

    Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Governor|Aug 3, 2022

    This month, I issued a proclamation declaring July 2022 as “Victims of Communism Month” in Nebraska. This is the second year in a row that I’ve issued this proclamation as a way to highlight the atrocities committed by Communist governments. There’s no clearer example than the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), whose regime is a human rights abuser to its own people. In recent years, the CCP has ruthlessly crushed dissent in Hong Kong. It has committed genocide against ethnic Uighurs. And it is o...

  • Legals/Classifieds

    Aug 3, 2022

  • Public Records

    Aug 3, 2022

    Sidney Police Department July 27 7:49 a.m., Traffic Complaint, 1100 block Illinois Street. 8:24 a.m., Funeral Escort, 400 block Toledo Street. 1:19 p.m. Code Violation, 1800 block Linden Street. 2:14 p.m., Follow-Up, 600 block Illinois Street. 2:22 p.m., Parking Complaint, 3000 block Silverberg Drive. 2:33 p.m., Follow-Up, 2200 block Maple Street. 2:49 p.m., Assault, cold report, 1700 block Manor Road. 4:19 p.m., Code Violation, East Elm Street and 17J Link. 5:20 p.m., Motorist Assist, East Illinois Street. 5:27 p.m., Follow-Up, Sheriff’s O...

  • Donna M. McQueen

    Aug 3, 2022

    Donna M. McQueen, age 98, of Sidney, NE passed away in Sidney on Friday, July 29, 2022. A graveside service will be held at a later date. You may view Donna’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Donna’s care and funeral arrangements. Donna Marie was born on March 2, 1924 in Bridgeport, NE, to Roy and Rose Lee (Nunn) Bartholomew. Donna and her parents moved to Washington state in pur...

  • Elizabeth (Beth) Paris

    Aug 3, 2022

    Elizabeth (Beth) Paris, age 84, died peacefully in Vitas Hospice in San Antonio, TX July 23, 2022. Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, August 12, in the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel in Sidney, NE. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery. You may view Beth’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Beth’s care and funeral arrangements. Beth was...