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  • Cowboys Run Past Coyotes, 42-8

    Mike Motz, Sports Reporter|Nov 11, 2020

    The Potter-Dix Coyote Football team had their season end Friday night with a 42-to-8 loss against the Cody-Kilgore Cowboys at Combs Field in Potter. The Coyotes could not stop the lightning and thunder combination of speedy running back Peyton Sterkel and the bruising running of big back Tucker Ravenscroft, giving up 375 yards rushing in the loss. There was a lot of energy prior to the game, with the Coyotes coming out of a WWII truck to take the field for warm-ups, cheered on by a big crowd at...

  • Troy Matthew Perez

    Nov 11, 2020

    On Friday, November 6, 2020 at 3 a.m., 26-year-old Troy Matthew Perez, a lifetime Sidney resident, passed away at his father’s home after a three year battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the 4-H Grounds in Sidney, NE. Cremation has been held. A meal and fellowship will follow from 3:30 to 8 P.M. at the Lodgepole Valley Youth Camp in Sidney. You may view Troy’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www...

  • County, State Choose Trump

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Nov 11, 2020

    As of Saturday afternoon, the Associated Press announced former Vice-President Joe Biden had reached the 270 votes needed to clinch the presidency. The count as of 3:18 p.m. MST Saturday was 290 Electoral College votes for Biden to 214 electoral votes for President Donald Trump. Nebraska voters made their voices heard and favored keeping President Donald Trump in office. With 94 percent of votes counted as of mid-day Nov. 4, 58.8 percent of returns, 542,398 votes, were in support of President...

  • Arterburn, Radcliffe Return to City Council

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Nov 11, 2020

    Voters returned Joe Arterburn and Burke Radcliffe to their seats on the Sidney City Council Tuesday. Voters faced three choices for two seats: Arterburn, Radcliffe and Loren Hoekema. Hoekema, the challenger, garnered 1,073 votes, to Radcliffe's 1,880 and Arterburn's 1,680. Hoekema ran on the platform of adding technical and engineering experience and expertise to the council. Arterburn has served on the city council since 2012 and has lived in Sidney since 1993. Radcliffe is a Sidney High...

  • Flag for the Fallen

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Nov 11, 2020

    Some towns are small enough, quiet enough, that when two departments meet outside of a cafe, the occasion gets attention. Shades are opened, the cafe staff drop their towels and even the banker takes notice. That is when the real story is told. The officers aren't in town after a fugitive or retrieving stolen property. They are part of a cross-county chain of recognition for fallen officers, called "Flag for the Fallen.” The flag is in memory of Capt. Tyler Erdman of Pennsylvania who died F...

  • Warren Lyle Johnson

    Nov 11, 2020

    Warren L. Johnson, age 93, of Sidney, NE passed away on his birthday on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 7, 2020 in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Corey Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Potter Cemetery in Potter. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday from 1-6:00 P.M. to sign Warren’s register book and leave condolences for the family. You may view Warren’s Book of Mem...

  • Joan Lorraine (Baker) Loghry

    Nov 11, 2020

    Joan Lorraine (Baker) Loghry, 80, of Sidney, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2020, at Sidney Extended Care, with family by her side. Joan was the oldest of five children of Gene and Fern (Gillespie) Baker, born December 12, 1939, in Dalton, NE. She graduated from Broadwater High School in 1957. Joan married James A. Loghry November 2, 1957 in Hot Springs, SD. They had four children, Douglas, Connie, Steve and Chris. The family lived in several communities throughout the panhandle of NE before...

  • COVID Cases Continue to Advance in Panhandle

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Nov 11, 2020

    The cumulative positivity rate for the western Panhandle has reached 15 percent, according to Panhandle Public Health District. Unified Command announced Thursday, Nov. 5, 338 more cases of COVID in the Panhandle region. Scotts Bluff is seeing the highest number of cases at 184, followed by Morrill County at 33, Cheyenne County at 30, Box Butte at 29, Dawes at 25, Sheridan County at 20 and Kimball County at 12. Garden County reported three cases, Grant two, and Banner, Deuel and Sioux Counties h...

  • What Must Happen Now

    Dan Carlson|Nov 11, 2020

    Half the country is happy. Half is furious. And the days ahead are not likely to change that because if there’s one thing all Americans hate, it’s waiting. The media over the weekend declared Joe Biden as the winner of the election. President Trump, as I write this, disagrees and has filed a number of lawsuits. Don’t blame him. Biden would be doing the exact same thing were their positions reversed. Some states will be doing recounts. If there’s one thing all Americans should agree on, it’s th...

  • Questions Still Remain

    Forrest Hershberger, Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Nov 11, 2020

    Late last week, I sketched out my view on the presidential election. Even as the keyboard was getting warm, I had this feeling that President Trump had one more card up his sleeve. Maybe it would be better said that observers and prognosticators got too busy trying to secure an ending. As recently as Friday morning, results were spread wide enough that the view from the cheap seats gave the decision to either candidate. That changed overnight. By mid-morning, news sources were announcing Joe...

  • Gaza Strip

    Bill Benson, columnist|Nov 11, 2020

    Only Palestinians live inside the Gaza Strip, a skinny stretch of flat coastal plain on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, sandwiched between Egypt and Israel. Gaza is only 25 miles long, and an average of four miles wide. Yet, 1.85 million Palestinians call it home. It is densely populated. It is impoverished. It suffers from 44% unemployment. Electrical power is now down to four hours per day. It is on, then it is off, a daily reminder that the Israeli’s control the flow of Diesel f...

  • Protect Your Finances from 'Cyberthieves'

    Nov 11, 2020

    You’ve no doubt heard reports of personal data being stolen and used for financial fraud – anything from online shopping on your credit cards to actual theft from your financial accounts. This problem won’t go away anytime soon – but you can take steps to defend yourself. Here are a few suggestions: • Use multifactor authentication or other extra security options with online accounts. Many of your online accounts offer extra security by giving you the option to prove your identity in different ways. With mutifactor authentication, you must...

  • Be Obedient

    Nov 11, 2020

    Reading 1, Titus 3:1-7 1 Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; 2 not to go slandering other people but to be peaceable and gentle, and always polite to people of all kinds. 3 There was a time when we too were ignorant, disobedient and misled and enslaved by different passions and dissipations; we lived then in wickedness and malice, hating each other and hateful ourselves. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour for humanity were revealed, 5 it was not because of any...

  • That Kind of Week

    Brandee Gillham, The Cowboys Wife|Nov 11, 2020

    When I was a young girl and my dad didn’t like what we were doing he would say, “I’d rather slam my hand in a car door.” I think that happened this week. As we’ve all been awaiting the 2020 election results I feel like I kept slamming my hand in a car door. It began when the heating element in our hot water heater went out. In our attempts to repair it ourselves, we had to mobilize some of our paint and stain we keep in our store room so we would have room to work. After completing the proje...

  • Panhandle Perspective:

    Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Educator|Nov 11, 2020

    Drought conditions across much of Nebraska this summer, most severe in the west, have significantly reduced forage production from pasture and rangeland as well as hay ground and crop residue. Cow-calf producers will face a challenge in meeting the feed needs of the herd from now until next spring. When making a plan for a forage shortage, producers should remember these five steps: Calculate feed needs. Accurately assess the feed needs of all the cattle that are planned to be part of the operation from now into next spring. This is an...

  • PILOT SYSTEM MONITORS TWEETS FOR DROUGHT EARLY WARNING

    Nov 11, 2020

    LINCOLN — Millions use Twitter to share their rapid-fire opinions, observations and connections to real-time events. And natural disasters are often major conversation starters. With that in mind, National Drought Mitigation Center assistant director Kelly Helm Smith wanted to see what tweets said about the impacts of drought, and whether tweets could contribute to a drought early warning system. Smith embarked on a pilot study, the results of which were recently published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. She developed a...

  • November is National Family Caregivers Month

    Nov 11, 2020

    “Caregiving Around the Clock” is the theme for this year’s National Family Caregivers Association, recognizing family caregivers. The first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation was issued by the White House in 1997, and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers in November. Nearly 60 percent of these caregivers work outside of the home. Some caregivers may feel overwhelmed at times because of their “double duty”. Because of this caregivers are encouraged to take some time...

  • It's Time to Review Your Medicare Coverage

    Seena Verna, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services|Nov 11, 2020

    Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage all people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage. Under President Trump’s leadership, Medicare Advantage Plan premiums have fallen to historic lows, dropping an average of 34 percent over the last three years (and even more in some states). Many plans are offering a new insulin benefit that limits the maximum cost to $35 for a 30-day supply. By shopping around, you may be able to...

  • Wildcats Outlast Bulldogs 46-27

    Mike Motz, Sports Reporter|Nov 11, 2020

    Peetz’s Bulldog Football team lost their third game in a row of the shortened six game season, falling to the visiting North Park Wildcats 46-to-27 Friday night in Peetz. The Wildcats held a lead going into halftime, then pulled away from the Bulldogs for the win. The Bulldogs used a balanced offensive attack but had trouble sustaining drives in the first half of the game. The Wildcats took an 8-to-0 lead in the first quarter, then added another six points in the second to go into the half l...

  • Storm Falls Short Against Wolves, 55-38

    Mike Motz, Sports Reporter|Nov 11, 2020

    Creek Valley’s Storm Football team ended their season with a 55-to-38 loss to the Arthur County Wolves in the quarterfinals of the D6 State Football Playoffs Friday afternoon. After defeating the Wolves earlier in the season in Chappell, Creek Valley traveled to Arthur for their playoff matchup against the Wolves, but 19 unanswered points in the second half put the Wolves on top for good, and ended the Storm’s season with a 7-and-3 record. The Wolves had built a 28-to-14 lead in the second qua...

  • Security First Bank Ranked State's Best Small Bank

    Nov 11, 2020

    SIDNEY — Security First Bank was recently ranked by Newsweek magazine as the Best Small Bank in Nebraska. This inaugural ranking focused on identifying financial institutions across the nation that best serve their customers’ needs in today’s challenging times. “It’s a great honor to be recognized as the ‘Best Small Bank in Nebraska’” says John Daubert, President of Security First Bank. “This recognition reflects our core values as a Nebraska-based bank and our commitment to our customers and the communities we serve.” “As many businesses...

  • A Vision of Nebraska's Veterans

    Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Governor|Nov 11, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs creates a theme for Veterans Day each year. For 2020, the theme is “Vision: Veterans in Focus.” It’s a reminder to remember the years of service and sacrifice our nation’s veterans have given throughout our country’s history. It’s also a call to look toward the future of supporting and showing gratitude to those who serve. As Americans, the peace and prosperity we enjoy wouldn’t be possible without our veterans. Time and again throughout our republic’s hi...

  • Straight Talk From Steve

    Steve Erdman, District 47 Senator|Nov 11, 2020

    Today (Wednesday) is Veterans Day. Our forefathers risked their lives in order to preserve our constitutional republic as well as the freedoms contained in our American Constitution. These principles of liberty are worth defending and they are worth dying for. Remember to thank a veteran today for preserving our American way of life. Unfortunately, our great American way of life is still being threatened today. I am a Constitutionalist. Constitutionalism is the political philosophy that...

  • Sen. Fischer Speaks on Justice Amy Comey Barrett

    Deb Fischer, US Senator|Nov 11, 2020

    On Monday, Oct. 26, the Senate gave its consent to confirm Amy Comey Barrett as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is an excellent choice, and she will be a role model for young women across the country. Her life is proof of what women can accomplish, and her beautiful family shows that we can do it and keep balance in our personal lives. I was honored to speak with Justice Barrett at the start of her confirmation process. The opinions she authored as a judge on the Seventh...

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