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  • Leyton students welcome the holidays

    Ryan Hermens|Dec 4, 2015

    Students at Leyton Elementary School welcomed the holiday season on Thursday evening with their annual Christmas program. Nearly every seat in the school's gymnasium was full as kindergarten through 6th graders performed numerous songs....

  • Nebraska releases school accountability data

    Ryan Hermens|Dec 4, 2015

    The Nebraska Department of Education released the results of its new accountability model on Friday, and every school in Cheyenne County ranked "Good" or above. AQuESTT – or accountability for a quality education system, today and tomorrow – was created following a bill passed by the state Legislature in 2014. The program classifies each district and school in the state among four categories: excellent, great, good or needs improvement. Six tenants are examined when determining cla...

  • 2016 dog tags now available

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Dec 4, 2015

    Dog tags for 2016 in the City of Sidney are now available and being issued to pet owners. The tags are available at the Sidney Police Department, located at 1715 Illinois Street. Owners must bring in a certificate of current rabies vaccination for each dog or a license will not be issued. The fee for an intact female is $11, and a fee for an intact male is $6. There is no charge for tags for altered females, males and puppies younger than six months. Prices for the dog tags will go up in March. According to city ordinance 618.07, starting...

  • Locals pack Shelter House for Tree of Remembrance ceremony

    Courtney Fletcher|Dec 4, 2015

    Sidney Regional Medical Center Hospice's annual Tree of Remembrance ceremony brought out several locals to the Shelter House in Legion Park Thursday night. The ceremony featured a talk from Sidney resident Derek Weimer about his personal experience with the hospice. Singers from Creek Valley High School and a talk from Rev. Thomas Hyde of Sidney's First United Methodist Church were also part of the ceremony. The tree lighting tradition has typically been held in the lobby of the hospital for...

  • Irrigation and nitrogen training available online

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Dec 4, 2015

    For the first time, irrigators will have the option to obtain their irrigation and nitrogen certificate through an online course designed to make it easier to complete the necessary training and achieve certification for the next four years. All irrigators in the district area will have until March 1, 2016, to complete their training and earn their certificate. The course will be available by the end of December. “It is hoped that many irrigators will take the opportunity to complete the training in the comfort of their own home on their own t...

  • Kathleen Rhea Jensen

    Dec 4, 2015

    Kathleen Rhea Jensen, 72, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, at her home. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. at the church on Monday, Dec. 7, with Reverend Jonathan Berosek officiating. Cremation will follow at Dugan-Kramer Crematory in Scottsbluff. Memorials may be given to the church. Her obituary may be viewed and online condolences left at www.bri... Full story

  • Vernon L. 'Red' Rood

    Dec 4, 2015

    Vernon L. 'Red' Rood, 89 of Sidney, passed away at the SRMC Extended Care, Monday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2015. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 7, in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Leonard Suhr officiating. Inurnment with Military Honors will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Vernon's name to the Camp Look Out, Boot Hill Committee... Full story

  • Community Calendar 12-04-15

    Dec 4, 2015

    Upcoming Enduring Stitches will be hosting a quilt display from Monday to Thursday next week from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, quilts will be on display from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Quilts will also be available for purchase. … VENDORS WANTED for 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Show to be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lodgepole Valley Youth Camp, Ft. Sidney Rd and Toledo Street, in Sidney. Please get your reservations in by Dec. 10! For more information, please call Brenda (308) 2... Full story

  • Court Briefs 12-04-15

    Dec 4, 2015

    The following people appeared in Cheyenne County District Court on Dec. 2, 2015, before the Honorable Derek Weimer: Devan Cook, 22, of Sidney, appeared for arraignment on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, which is a Class IV felony. A status hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Dec. 8. Devan Cook, 22, of Sidney, also appeared for arraignment on a charge of distribution of marijuana, which is a Class III felony. A status hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Dec. 8. Jason Cagle, 30, of Sidney, appeared for sentencing on an amended charge of attempted... Full story

  • Letter To The Editor - Reader: Cabela's should think about residents, not shareholders

    Jim Northup|Dec 4, 2015

    Dear Editor, In the “interest of shareholders,” Cabela’s seems ready to destroy a vibrant town and negatively impact the lives of thousands of hard working residents. Always sad to see what can happen when a great company goes public. The Cabela family and board should review the impact on Sidney from the closing of the Sioux Ordnance Depot. Jim Northup Raleigh, North Carolina Former Sidney resident and 1956 SHS graduate... Full story

  • Christmas Eve in No Man's Land

    Pastor Jim Gerhold, Christian Life Center|Dec 4, 2015

    It was Christmas Eve in “No man’s land!” “No Man’s Land” is a phrase used for turf that hasn’t been taken over by an opposing army or troupe. It is usually deemed necessary to be occupied by those in authority in order to keep the enemy away from your own camp or headquarter’s tent. The time was World War I. A most unusual and wonderful thing happened on a battlefield where no one had taken control. Battle weary men in their trenches began to sing: “Silent Night, Holy Night, All is calm, all is bright.” As they concluded their harmonious so...

  • Good Old Days

    Dec 4, 2015

    Compiled By Delaney Uhrig These stories from the past first appeared in The Sidney Telegraph. Original writing is preserved, though some stories were shortened for space reasons. 50 Years Ago 'Leaseholders Point To Big Cash Loss In West If Improvements Taken' Dec. 1, 1965 At least a million dollars in improvements on state owned land in Cheyenne County could be lost to the leaseholders if the Nebraska Supreme Court upholds a Justice Department ruling that the improvements belong to the state....

  • Lady Raiders beat Alliance by 10 in season opener

    Greg Knight|Dec 4, 2015

    ALLIANCE – The Sidney Lady Raiders put a smackdown on Alliance Thursday night, beating back the Lady Bulldogs, 48-38, in the first round of the Western Conference Tournament. Most of the heavy lifting in the game came from forward Maddi Porter. The junior led the team offensively with 15 points off six buckets and a nearly effortless three-of-five showing at the line. Porter was also a strong force on defense, drawing three fouls against the Lady Bulldogs. Another big offensive producer for Sidney was junior Annalise Lecher, who put up nine p...

  • PAYBACK: Sidney blasts Alliance in season opener, defeating bulldogs, 60-46

    Greg Knight|Dec 4, 2015

    ALLIANCE – When the Sidney Red Raiders boys’ basketball team traveled to Alliance on Thursday night, one question had to be on the mind of every Bulldogs fan as their “boys in blue” entered the locker room down by one point. “This can’t be happening … Sidney can’t be beating us in our own house,” they likely thought. Sidney did beat Alliance, however, by a large margin, as the Raiders trumped the Bulldogs, 60-46, on the road in the first round of the Western Conference Tournament. The win sets up a second-round game tonight against Gering at...

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