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  • Zombies

    Donna Wiedeburg For The Sun-Telegraph|Jan 13, 2014

    The Sidney dance team performed a spooky halftime show during halftime of Sidney's basketball games on Friday.... Full story

  • Sidney considers annexation of properties

    Caitlin Sievers|Jan 13, 2014

    The city expects to extend its borders in the near future, according to city manager Gary Person. Discussions about the pros and cons of annexing portions of land adjacent to the city were discussed at city council and planning commission meetings last month. The state’s annexation roles have changed in the past five years, making it a more intensive process than in the past. Annexation simply means incorporating ground currently adjacent to Sidney into the city limits. Some areas outside the city limit are under the city’s two mile zoning inf...

  • Sidney TeamMates looking for volunteers

    Dave Faries|Jan 13, 2014

    When TeamMates mentor Rhonda Douglas shoots hoops with Allie, a Sidney middle school student, the outcome is predictable. "Allie usually wins," Douglas admits. Fortunately for the mentor's self-esteem, the pair only occasionally take to the court. For the most part they meet for lunch, read books or look up information on the Internet. TeamMates, a program started by the legendary coach Tom Osborne, pairs volunteer mentors with young people looking for someone willing to listen. They meet at...

  • Over the top

    Caitlin Sievers|Jan 13, 2014

    The intersection of 12th Ave. and King Street in Sidney was closed for a time Friday afternoon after a rollover blocked 12th Ave. No one was seriously injured in the wreck.... Full story

  • Panhandle pursuit suspects located

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Jan 13, 2014

    The two people involved in a Thursday, Jan. 9, pursuit near Alliance have been located. Around 9:15 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, Ryan Riddle, 30, Greeley, Colo., and Rebecca J. Melzo, 22, Greeley, Colo., were taken into custody at a convenience store in Hay Springs. After being taken into custody, both Riddle and Melzo were taken to the Chadron Hospital to be examined. The pair was involved in a pursuit and subsequent search that began Thursday morning, after a trooper attempted a traffic stop on a black four door vehicle for speeding on Highway 385...

  • Father, son charged for December incident

    Caitlin Sievers|Jan 13, 2014

    Jonathon Jackson, 19 and his father William Jackson, 44 both of Dalton were charged with terroristic threats and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, for an incident that occurred in late December. Arrest warrants were issued in Cheyenne County for the Jacksons on Dec. 28 and both were subsequently arrested and bonded out. Bond was set at $250,000 each. According to a Cheyenne County sheriff's office report, Jeremy Reimers was walking to Jessica Cook's residence in Dalton on Dec. 26 with James Goeman and Camden Grasnick when the group...

  • Death Notice - Kenlee D'Rose Turner

    Jan 13, 2014

    Kenlee D'Rose Turner, 15 of Sidney, passed away Jan. 10, 2014 at the Children's Hospital in Denver, Colo. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced when available. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Kenlee's care and funeral arrangements.... Full story

  • Myrtle Jenson

    Jan 13, 2014

    Myrtle Jenson 1931 to 2014 Myrtle Jenson, age 82 of Sidney, passed away at the Sidney Regional Medical Center Extended Care, Thursday morning, Jan. 9, 2014. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Mon., Jan. 13th in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Sister Marietta Spenner officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Myrtle's name to Sidney Regional Medical Center Hospice. You may view... Full story

  • Edna McConnell

    Jan 13, 2014

    Edna McConnell 1915 to 2014 Edna McConnell, 98 of Sidney, Nebraska died Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thurs., Jan. 16, 2014 in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney with Pastor David Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Dalton Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Wed. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the family... Full story

  • Frances A. Beyer

    Jan 13, 2014

    Frances A. Beyer 1920 to 2014 Frances Beyer passed away Jan. 8, 2014 at Larchwood Inns, Grand Junction, Colo., she was 93. Rosary Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wed., Jan. 15th in the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel with Father Art Faesser officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Tuesday from 1 to 7 p.m. Frances was born on March 9, 1920 in Sidney, from the union of Frank and Mary Clinton. She spent her childhood in Sidney and graduated... Full story

  • Clara Lessig

    Jan 13, 2014

    Clara Lessig 1938 to 2014 Clara Lessig, longtime Gurley resident, passed away peacefully on Jan. 2 inHuntington Beach, Calif., a few days after celebrating her 99th birthday. Clara was born on Dec. 22, 1914 to Steven Jairus and Bessie Flora, the first child to be born in the new town of Gurley. She lived nearly her entire life in the Gurley area. Clara married Earl Lessig on July 10, 1938 and enjoyed over 40 years of happy marriage together. She attended Grace Lutheran Church in Gurley and was... Full story

  • No Till Notes: 'Opportunity'

    Mark Watson - Resources Conservationist|Jan 13, 2014

    As most of you are probably aware, I’m pretty excited about the opportunities yellow field peas provide for producers here in western Nebraska and around our region. We have been growing yellow field peas successfully on our farm for several years now and I’m convinced the field peas will prove to be a profitable crop for producers in this area. The best opportunities for field peas are in our dry land cropping systems and limited irrigation crop rotations. There are many agronomic benefits to including a legume in our cropping rotations. Add...

  • Sidney tops Bison on the road

    Stephen McKay|Jan 13, 2014

    Despite the slower pace from the night before against Gering, the Raiders won their fifth game in six tries following the Christmas break Saturday night, with a 47-32 take down of the McCook Bison in a District B6 matchup. Going back to before the vacation period the Raiders (8-3, 4-1) have won seven of their last eight. For the Bison (6-5) it was their first challenge this season from a district opponent. In addition to showing they can adapt to different game paces Sidney also proved they...

  • Raiders fall just short at McCook

    Stephen McKay|Jan 13, 2014

    Despite holding an 8-point lead at halftime, Sidney was forced to make a fourth quarter comeback attempt that just fell short against the McCook Bison on Saturday night. For the Raiders (6-5, 4-1) the 54-52 loss at McCook (7-6, 2-0) was just their first district loss of the season. The Raiders also completed a three-game stretch in as many days in which they went 1-2. But for a few breaks, they could have gone 3-0 as they lost two games by a combined 3 points. On Friday night the Kimball...

  • Raiders pull away from Gering 75-64

    Stephen McKay|Jan 13, 2014

    Sidney broke open a close game in the second quarter on their way to a 75-64 win over the Gering Bulldogs Friday night at the Cabela's Athletic Facility. The win advanced the Raiders record to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the district. The Bulldogs District B6 mark slipped to 2-1 while dropping their overall to 9-3. For Sidney, the Gering game appeared the be the most challenging of a three-game stretch that included undefeated Kimball of Class C2 and district foe McCook. The Raiders were spurred on...

  • Porter sets school record as Sidney downs Bulldogs

    Stephen McKay|Jan 13, 2014

    Fueled by a 12-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters, the Raiders turned back a strong Gering Bulldogs squad 39-31 Friday night at the Cabela's Athletic Facility. Though the season has not yet reached its halfway point, Sidney's Abbi Porter set a new standard for blocks in a season, registering her 47th. During the 2010-11 campaign Majorie Keeton set the old mark of 46. Earlier this season Porter broke Keeton's single-game record by blocking 8. "It feels pretty good to get the...

  • Strong individual efforts highlight Sidney's day of duals

    Stephen McKay|Jan 13, 2014

    In five dual meets at Ogallala on Saturday the Raiders finished with a record of 2-3. Sidney opened their day with a 54-24 defeat of Hershey and later topped Chase County 57-12. In three other matches the Raiders fell short, against Bayard (37-30), Wray (48-30) and Gothenburg (42-36). "I'm disappointed with the overall results," said Raiders Head Coach John Ganser. "We have to learn how to fight harder and some still have to learn interdependency. We let the Bayard and Gothenburg matches get...

  • Creek Valley's Low 2-2 at Garden County

    Jan 13, 2014

    Creek Valley wrestler Mason Low won a pair of matches and dropped a pair at the Garden County Invitational on Saturday in the 195 lbs. class. Low won his first match with a pin over Denton Payne of Hemingford High School at 2:39. After dropping a 14-2 decision to Tyler Horalek of Sedgwick County he pinned Maxwell’s Kenny Essman in 1:24. In Low’s final match Travis Janks of Southeast topped him by a fall at 2:57. The Storm will host a match on Thursday at 3 p.m....

  • Indians no match for Storm

    Jan 13, 2014

    Creek Valley was not a friendly guest Saturday as they toppled the Minatare Indians 59-11 in a three-quarter game. The Storm advanced their record to 7-2 on the season while the Indians fell to 0-7 after the non-district game. Summer Mueller had a big day with a team leading 27 points, 10 steals and nine rebounds. Jerry Straber added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Jill Behrends was good for 8 points and 3 steals. As a team the Storm pulled off 33 steals. Creek Valley returns to the floor on Thursday with a date at Paxton at 4 p.m. The...

  • Coyotes win wild one at South Platte

    Dave Faries|Jan 13, 2014

    After building up a 5 point halftime lead, Potter-Dix hung on to claim a 36-35 win at South Platte on Saturday. But the outcome was hardly certain in the game’s waning moments. The home side took a 35-34 lead with 1:22 remaining and clung to the narrow advantage for almost a minute. With just over 30 seconds on the clock, Taylor Juelfs forced her way into the paint, issued a quick turn and drained a critical jumper. “That’s the only move I’ve got,” Juelfs said of the pivot that opened the shot. Forced to foul, South Platte sent Juelfs to the li...

  • Potter-Dix holds off Knights

    Dave Faries|Jan 13, 2014

    The Coyotes’ 66-56 road win over South Platte on Saturday was not as cushy as the score might indicate. Potter-Dix jumped out to a 19-12 lead at the end of the first period and extended it to 36-22 at the half, thanks largely to on target shooting by Tyler Magninie, Bryant Knigge and big Trevor Harms. But, as Knigge pointed out, “once we’d get a comfortable lead, we’d get too comfortable.” South Platte came roaring out of the break. They slapped the Coyotes with an 11-3 run to reel the gap back within reach at 41-34. The Knights finished...

  • Storm toppled by Minatare

    Jan 13, 2014

    After a solid first half in which the Creek Valley boys basketball team trailed by only 6 points against undefeated Minatare, the Indians pulled away with a strong second half to topple the Storm 58-34. The win advances the Indians record to 6-0 while Creek Valley dipped to 2-7. “We played a very good first half again being only down by six,” said Storm Head Coach Roger Behrends. “We are not coming out of the half with any intensity. We will get better.” Lane Godfrey, the Storm’s lone senior, led the team in scoring with 15 points. Colin Bro...

  • Bulldogs earn split

    Jan 13, 2014

    The Peetz girls hoop squad split a pair of games over the weekend to bring their season record to 6-3. On home turf on Friday the Bulldogs were topped by district opponent Briggsdale 51-47 in ovetime. Peetz held a 36-29 lead after three quarters. In a road contest against non-district foe Merino on Saturday Peetz prevailed 35-17. Melissa Schumacher was the high scorer for Peetz against Briggsdale with 13 points while Morgan Burns and Beth Bernhardt added 11 and 10 respectively. Bailey Lewis chipped in with 6 and Jodie Schumacher 5 points....

  • Peetz falls just short in weekend games

    Stephen McKay|Jan 13, 2014

    The Peetz Bulldogs dropped a pair of close weekend games by the identical margin of 5 points. In Friday’s contest with district opponent Briggsdale, the ‘Dogs let a 48-48 fourth-quarter tie get away from them as they dropped a 55-50 decision at home. The Bulldogs traveled to Merino less than 24 hours later where they dropped a 72-67 decision to the Rams. “We had a few mental breakdowns that cost us the game,” said Bulldogs Head Coach Bill Fiscus of the Briggsdale game. Briggsdale remains unbeaten in the district at 3-0 while Peetz dropped...

  • Warriors pound Hay Springs

    Stephen McKay|Jan 13, 2014

    The Leyton boys basketball team had little trouble with the Hay Springs Hawks as the Warriors trounced their hosts 63-22 on Saturday. The win keeps the Warriors perfect on the road at 4-0 while they upped their overall mark to 6-2. The Hawks have struggled to an 0-10 record so far this season. Cody McKay led four Leyton players in scoring with 19 points. The other double fugure scorers were Alex W. Frerichs and Brennen Cruise with 11 each and Dylan Brenner with 10. Overall nine Warriors flexed the twine, including James Rushman (5), Zach...

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