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  • Five Names, Four Seats on City Council Ballot

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Oct 20, 2022
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    Voters will have a full list of hopefuls on the ballot for Sidney City Council. The council is designed with four seats including the mayor, and there will be six names on the ballot. However, Tony Jones, one of the five vying for a four-year seat, has withdrawn his name from the race. Jones said in a telephone call with the Sun-Telegraph he was offered a position outside of Sidney. The decision occurred after the deadline for the ballot. He said he contacted Cheyenne County Clerk Beth...

  • Changing Formats

    Forrest Hershberger, View from the Handlebars|Oct 20, 2022

    Let's admit it. Few of us like change, even the change in our pocket. If we dig for change in our favorite denim it often means we are worried about being short at the cashier, or adding more change to an already burdened pocket. Likewise, experiencing change is a task that causes stress and dread, even when the end goal is a positive. Sometimes I'm not so different. “Hey, let's do...” And I'm mentally getting out my balance sheet comparing positives and negatives. Sometimes the final tally...

  • Council Approves 2-Hour Parking

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Oct 20, 2022

    The Sidney City Council approved limiting parking on the east side of 10th Avenue from Jackson Street to King Street. The move was made in the October 11 meeting of the city council. The move was discussed in a previous meeting. The concern is extended parking could hinder businesses in the area and the apartment residents in the area have other parking options. In the October 11 meeting, City Manager David Scott said the businesses were surveyed with no objections to limited parking. The limit...

  • Randin Roland Presented with Distinguished Judge In Service to the Judiciary Award

    Oct 20, 2022

    Judge Randin Roland, Cheyenne County Court, was presented with the Supreme Court’s highest honor on October 12, 2022, during the annual judges’ conference. Justice William Cassel presented Roland with the ‘Improvement of the Judicial System Award’ on behalf of the Chief Justice. The award, given annually, recognizes members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments beyond their day-to-day duties as a judge. Roland is recognized for promoting judicial...

  • Patricia E. 'Pat' Lafkas

    Oct 20, 2022

    Patricia E. “Pat” Lafkas, 90, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away early Wednesday morning, October 12, 2022 at Granite Rehabilitation and Wellness in Cheyenne. Pat was born February 15,1932 in Sidney, Nebraska, a daughter of the late John J. and Mary D. (Nelson) Treinen. Pat graduated in 1950 from St. Patrick’s High School in Sidney. She raised her family in Gurley, Nebraska and ran a successful farm until 1970 when they relocated to Cheyenne. She owned and operated a successful bakery...

  • Jodene K. 'Jo' Hardy

    Oct 20, 2022

    Jodene K. “Jo” Hardy, age 76, of Sidney, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2022, in Sidney, NE. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Chad Rademacher officiating. Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney following the ceremony. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Friends may stop at...

  • Straight Talk With Steve: Stop CRT

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Oct 20, 2022

    The new ACT scores for the class of 2022 were released last week and the scores do not look good for Nebraska. Nebraska’s composite score fell to 19.4, which is below the national average of 19.8. More importantly, though, is how Nebraska’s ACT composite scores have been falling over the course of the last five years. For instance, in 2017 Nebraska’s composite score was 21.4, then in 2018 it fell to 20.1, in 2019 it was 20.0, and last year it was 20.0 again. Nebraska hasn’t seen test...

  • New Economic Developments in Nebraska

    Deb Fischer, U.S. Senator|Oct 20, 2022

    Nebraskans are hard-working, resilient, and innovative. One of the many reasons I love traveling the state is that I get to see that spirit on full display in communities across Nebraska. Just this past week, I had the opportunity to visit with many entrepreneurial Nebraskans and see how their efforts are creating exciting new economic opportunities. In North Platte, for example, I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Sustainable Beef – a new project to create a regional processing plant...

  • Writer Addresses 'Misinformation'

    Pam Hueftle, Guest Columnist|Oct 20, 2022

    I am writing to refute the misinformation and mischaracterization Marge Spencer made about Dist. 7 candidate, Elizabeth Tegtmeier. Tegtmeier is a former teacher who only left the classroom to homeschool her 5 children through 8th grade at which time the 3 oldest have, and the two youngest will, enter public high school. The reason she “has no board experience” is because her husband is a 25 year employee of their school district. They have always felt it would be a conflict of interest for...

  • In Support of Elizabeth Tegtmeier

    Oct 20, 2022

    Many of us were raised with the saying, “Actions speak louder than words” meaning what a person does carries more weight than any hollow words he or she says. On Feb 4, 2022, the Nebraska State Board of Education had a motion proposed that would permanently reject the health standards.  Robin Stevens voted NO; he did not want to reject all drafts of the health standards. Now he is traveling throughout our district talking to people and interviewing with newspapers stating, “I will fight tooth and nail that they not be brought forth...

  • Should you Consolidate Retirement Accounts?

    Oct 20, 2022

    One of the rewards for working over several decades is the ability to contribute to tax-advantaged retirement accounts, which can help provide needed income for you when you do retire. As the years went by, you may well have accumulated several retirement accounts, such as IRAs and 401(k)s or similar employer-sponsored plans. But you might find it advantageous to consolidate these accounts with a single provider. Consolidating them can provide you with several potential benefits, including these: • Less confusion and clutter – If you have...

  • Reformation

    Oct 20, 2022

    Of all the denominational traditions, Lutheranism is the only one that dedicates a Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the Reformation. Faithfulness to the day and the Reformation legacy, however, is not to celebrate the division of the church but to shine the bright light of the gospel and to remind the church that it is constantly being reformed. Reformation reminds us that God’s people have always needed renewal and reforming. The Babylonian exiles looked forward to their return to Jerusalem. Their return would be accompanied by the new...

  • Planning a Career in Ag? High School Seniors Apply Now for Soy Scholarship

    Oct 20, 2022

    St. Louis, Mo. — If you or someone you know is an outstanding high school senior interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, we have an opportunity for you! Future ag leaders are vital to the sustainability and growth of our industry, and the American Soybean Association wants to provide one of these students a college scholarship as they begin their agriculture education. The Soy Scholarship is a $7,000, one-time award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or...

  • The History of Zucchini

    Starline Platt, The Urban Gardener|Oct 20, 2022

    At any summertime, at a farmers’ market, you’ll be sure to come across the long, green (or sometimes yellow and orange) vegetable that looks strikingly similar to a cucumber. However, unlike a cucumber, it’s usually served cooked, but can also be enjoyed raw. Ancestors of zucchini come from Americas. They were native to today's Mexico and the northern parts of South America, since more than 7,000 years ago. When the European colonization of Americas started, they were brought to Europe whe...

  • SPNRD's Long Range Plan, Conservation Tree Program Approved

    Oct 20, 2022

    On Tuesday, October 11, the South Platte Natural Resources District (SPNRD) Board of Directors (Board) held its monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the South Platte NRD Conference Room at 551 Parkland Drive, Sidney, NE. The Board approved the Long Range Implementation Plan (Plan) which is updated every five years and is an important tool used for budget forecasting and implementing our vision to conserve, protect, enhance, and manage the natural resources in the SPNRD. The Plan also aligns with our mission to “Formulate and instigate...

  • Strong Second Half Propels Raiders Over Indians, 26-22

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    It was Homecoming Week at Sidney High School, and all of the events and activities at the high school were in preparation for the big game Friday night against the visiting Ogallala Indians at Weymouth Field. With a 6 p.m. kick-off, the Sidney faithful were out in force early for a Homecoming tailgate, and then filled the stands to root on their Red Raiders. The Indians came into the contest with a 4-and-3 record looking to make a playoff drive, while the Raiders sat at 3-and-4 and looked to...

  • Ray Davenport is Everything Sports at the Cheyenne County Community Center

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    Ray Davenport is the Sports Director at the Cheyenne County Community Center and is dedicated to providing the Cheyenne County community with a full slate of athletic and physical fitness activities appropriate for ages and interests. A native of Loveland, CO., and married with three children, Davenport's family moved back to the Sidney area in the early 2000's when his wife secured a job with Cabela's. Davenport currently lives in Peetz, and is centrally located to be able to visit with his rel...

  • Lady Raiders Down Chadron, Split At North Platte Triangular

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    Sidney's Lady Raider Volleyball team moved their record to 24-and-6, and put themselves in position to host the subdistricts, and possibly district final game, with the strength of their record. The Lady Raiders had three matches over the week, hosting Chadron on Tuesday October 11 and then traveling to North Platte for a triangular with the Lady Bulldogs and Kearney Catholic. On Tuesday, the Lady Cardinals rolled into Sidney hoping to get a win against a Lady Raider squad that had beaten them...

  • Sidney XC Qualifies For State Meet

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    Sidney's Red Raider Cross Country teams will be competing at the NSAA Cross Country Championships at the Kearney Country Club on October 21. The teams each had a third place finish at the C-5 District Meet in Ogallala to earn their way to the State meet next Friday. “It was challenging weather, but we run well in colder temperatures,” said Sidney Head Coach Donna Wiedeburg. “Our kids ran a smart race and worked well as a team, both boys and girls, and I'm expecting great results at the...

  • Potter-Dix Coyotes Hammer Eagles, 55-8

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Football team continued their undefeated season Friday at Combs Field with a 55-to-8 beating of the visiting 5-and-1 Garden County Eagles. Potter-Dix continued their dominant play, with their fifth victory while keeping opponents scoring in the single-digits. Garden County rested their hopes on their outstanding athlete, senior Johnny Vargas, but the Coyotes were able to contain the scoring threat, limiting Vargas to just 17 carries for 56 yards and one rushing touchdown in...

  • Leyton Football Ends Season

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    Leyton's Warrior Football team had a strong opening to the season, reeling off three big wins in a row until a Homecoming loss caused by a missed extra point against Anselmo-Merna derailed the Warriors' season. Since that loss, the Warriors have struggled with four lopsided losses in a row, and looked to get back on the winning track on Friday, October 14, against visiting Hyannis. Leyton received the ball to start the game, and after losing yards on their first three plays, they pulled off a...

  • Leyton Finishes Runner-Up in MAC Tournament

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    Leyton's Lady Warrior Volleyball team entered the MAC Tournament on Saturday on a roll, winners of seven of their last eight matches, and playing their best volleyball of the season. They would need to execute at their highest level against the number 2 seed Potter-Dix Coyotes and number 1 seed Bayard Tigers to succeed in the tournament, and by all accounts, the Lady Warriors delivered. In their first match, they matched up with Creek Valley and had little difficulty against the Lady Storm, taki...

  • Bulldogs Overpower Patriots, 72-33

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    Peetz's Bulldog Football team traveled to Seibert for a match up with the Hi-Plains Patriots, and used a big first half to overpower the Patriots, taking home a 72-to-33 victory to move to 2-and-5 on the season. Peetz used a big first half where they scored 26 points in the first quarter and 20 points in the second quarter to build a 46-to-26 halftime lead, then put away the Patriots by scoring 26 more points in the third quarter while shutting out Hi-Plains in the period en route to a 72-to-33...

  • Creek Valley Tops Minatare In MAC Tournament

    Mike Motz, Sports Writer|Oct 20, 2022

    Creek Valley's Lady Storm Volleyball team competed at the MAC Tournament in Bridgeport Saturday, and after falling to Leyton in the first round 25-to-18 and 25-to-16, moved to the next round for a match up against Minatare. Creek Valley had defeated Minatare twice this season, and looked to continue their success in the third meeting. The Lady Storm got off to a hot start and took the first set from Minatare 25-to-16. Minatare battled hard in the second set, but the Lady Storm was too much for...

  • Classifieds/Legals

    Oct 20, 2022

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