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  • Veteran's Service Committee Additions, Early Jump on Fair Business at Commissioner's Meeting

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    The December 5 meeting of the County Commissioners started with the approval of a change to conditional use permits for materials such as asphalt and concrete and other minerals. Resolution 22-27 amends Code 5.02 to include commission approval on permits. The vote was unanimous among the commissioners, and will speed the approval process for county road maintenance and repairs. Next, Veteran Service's Director Fred Wiedeburg informed the commissioners of vacancies in the Veterans Service... Full story

  • Annual 4-H Achievement Ceremony Hands Out Top Honors

    Barbara Perez with Lynn McKinney|Dec 8, 2022

    The annual 4-H Achievement Celebration was held Saturday night at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds with just over 50 people in attendance for the potluck dinner and award ceremony, hosted by Laura Narjes, Cheyenne County Extension Educator, and Chel McMillen, President of the 4-H Council, Recognizing the hard work and dedication of both the kids and leaders involved, this yearly tradition is an important and eagerly awaited event. The recipient of this years award for 4-H CHARTER CLUB OF... Full story

  • Remembrance of Cheyenne County's First WWII Casualty

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    I received a phone call on Monday from Jacquin Coxon, a former Sidney resident with a very deep connection to the community. The 93 year-old Ms. Coxon was calling from a senior residence in Loveland, Colo., to talk about her step-brother Myron Eugene Goodwin. Goodwin was the first Cheyenne County casualty of World War II. He was killed in action on December 7, 1941 aboard the U.S.S.West Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. She told me how Myron would have been 102 years old now if... Full story

  • Mary Carrick Christmas Concert will add Sparkle to the Holiday Season

    Dec 8, 2022

    At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21st, Mary Carrick will bring her dynamic vocals, charm and theatrical flair to the Sidney High School Performing Arts Center when she presents Silver Bells and Candy Canes, a nostalgic performance of festive favorites and familiar chestnuts, along with a few toe-tapping holiday gems to make spirits bright. Mary will be joined on stage by a talented acoustic trio comprised of J. Gawf (piano), Mark Haar (upright bass), and JB Ferguson (percussion). Together they... Full story

  • Lodgepole Christmas in the Village on Sunday

    Dec 8, 2022

    On Sunday, December 11 from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., the Lodgepole Community Fund (LCF) will be sponsoring a dance and music celebration during the annual Christmas in the Village event. Christmas in the Village will be held at the Panther Activity Center on 630 Orchard Street in Lodgepole. Schedule of Events 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. -- Creek Valley Dance Program 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. --South Platte / Creek Valley Music 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. --Swing Fling The Lodgepole Community Fund is excited to see the community at the event and to kick off the holid... Full story


    Dec 8, 2022

    For the story we ran last week on Betty Peetz’s 100th birthday, we incorrectly stated that she was born in Sidney and then moved to Gurley later in life. She was actually born and raised in Gurley, and then moved to Sidney as an adult. We apologize for our error.... Full story

  • One dead following single-vehicle semi-truck accident; Multiple agencies respond to tractor-trailer accident which blocked westbound interstate traffic on December 3

    Joshua Wood|Dec 8, 2022

    A 42-year-old Illinois resident is dead following a single-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer on Interstate 80. According to a press release from the Cheyenne County Attorney, multiple agencies—including the Nebraska State Patrol Hazardous Materials Team—were dispatched to the scene of the crash on the evening of December 3. The tractor and trailer were blocking both sides of westbound Interstate 80 traffic with the driver presumed deceased. This was later confirmed by Cheyenne County Deputy Josh Deines. While investigating the acc... Full story


    Dec 8, 2022

    A Design for Living Closed AA Group Meets 5PM Saturdays at 1526 Dodge St., Sidney For more info call 308-249-6526. ... New Beginnings Closed AA Group Meets 7 p.m. Thursdays at 1027 6th Ave., Sidney. For more info call 303-589-4861. ... Local Food Pantry Open To All In Need every 2nd Saturday of the month. Prairie West Church, 904 Sheridan in Potter. Call 308-879-4583 for more information. ... Celebrate Recovery meets on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at 1129 10th Ave. at Calvary Baptist Church. A meal is served at 5:30 p.m. ... Life Groups... Full story

  • Connecting Nebraska's Waiting Children With Forever Families

    Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Governor|Dec 8, 2022

    The family unit plays a crucial role in shaping a child's life. A loving home is a tremendous blessing –it's easy for many of us to take that for granted. But there are nearly 500 children in Nebraska still waiting on a forever family. At the State, we are working diligently to find every one of these children a safe, loving home. I encourage you to consider what you can do to play a part in changing a child's life through adoption or foster care. Many of us entered the world greeted by the warm... Full story

  • Two Weddings

    Bill Benson|Dec 8, 2022

    Twenty-eight-year-old Naomi Biden married twenty-five-year-old Peter Neal on the south lawn, at the White House, on Saturday, November 19, 2022, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Because there was no tent, and because the temperature was a chilly 39 degrees, some 250 guests received shawls, hand-warmers, and blankets once they arrived. They also checked in their cell phones. The President and First Lady Jill Biden hosted the ceremony, and the family paid for the wedding. At a few minutes... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On With Ivy Joy Johnson

    Ivy Joy Johnson|Dec 8, 2022

    Saturday night was Paradise. Sunday morning, hell broke loose. "Let us hold fast our confession of hope without wavering, for He Who promised is faithful. We are not those who draw back, but those who believe to salvation." Hebrews 10:23, 39. The U.S. Pacific Fleet of Navy ships rested, comfortably, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. War had been declared in Germany for a second time. The young Elizabeth Windsor and her new husband, Philip Mountbatten had come to the States to visit. President Roosevelt t... Full story

  • 4th Graders Attend Ag Literacy Program

    Dec 8, 2022

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension facilitated Animals Inside and Out, an ag literacy program for youth in Cheyenne and Deuel Counties. Fourth graders from Sidney, Leyton, Creek Valley, and South Platte all attended the event that was hosted at the old Lodgepole School Building. Animals Inside and Out is an ag literacy program that helps students learn about the systems (muscular, digestive, etc.) of an animal. Throughout the day students rotated to a variety of different stations that... Full story

  • Monthly 4-H Workshops Are Underway

    Dec 8, 2022

    The Cheyenne County Extension Office has officially kicked off their monthly 4-H workshops! In the month of November, 11 youth attended a pumpkin centerpiece workshop where they learned how to match fabric with complementary accents to create a unique centerpiece to take home and they also made an electrical circuit holiday card. Each month the Extension Office plans to hold a workshop where 4-H youth can learn new skills and create a project that can be exhibited at the Cheyenne County Fair in... Full story

  • It's All Right at Parade of Lights

    Dec 8, 2022

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  • Sandra L. "Sandy" Wintermote

    Dec 8, 2022

    Sandra L. "Sandy" Wintermote, 76 of Elm Creek passed away Friday, December 2, 2022 at Kearney Regional Medical Center in Kearney. Memorial services were held December 7, 2022 at Elm Creek Christian Church; Pastor Scott Foster officiated. Inurnment followed at Elm Creek Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be shared online at Services are entrusted to O'Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation... Full story

  • Jane Louise (Schuman) Meick

    Dec 8, 2022

    Jane Louise (Schuman) Meick, age 75, of Sidney, NE passed away in Sidney on Saturday, November 26, 2022. Memorial services were held Friday, December 2, at the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Kyle Larson officiating. Services were live-streamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and were recorded for later viewing on their website. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney. Memorials can be made to the Awana's Club in Sidney, NE.... Full story

  • Bette Jean Hass

    Dec 8, 2022

    Bette Jean Hass, 84, resident of Scottsbluff, NE and formerly of Bridgeport, NE, died Friday, December 2, 2022, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Bette was born August 21, 1938, in Ovid, Colorado, to Eugene and Loree DeManche. She grew up in Ovid. She worked at CA Story Insurance Agency in Sidney, NE. She met Jim Hass, and they were married in 1961. They raised their family on a farm outside of Bridgeport, NE. Bette raised large gardens while on the farm and canned everything she r... Full story

  • Glenda D. Rice

    Dec 8, 2022

    Glenda D. Rice, age 76 of Joliet, IL, formerly of Sidney, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2022. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel in Sidney, NE with Pastor Michael Young officiating. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig- Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Burial will follow at the Czech Cemetery near Sunol. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in care of the family for...

  • Raiders Runner-Up At Western Conference Tournament

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    Sidney's Red Raider Boys Basketball team was unable to break through against the Scottsbluff Bearcats' defense in the fourth quarter on Saturday, and had to settle for runner-up honors as they fell to Scottsbluff 65-to-59 in the championship game of the Western Conference Tournament at WNCC-Scottsbluff Saturday afternoon. Sidney made it to the championship game by way of a big win against Mitchell in the first round of the tournament, in a game played at Gering High School. The Red Raiders... Full story

  • Lady Raiders Best At Western Conference Tournament

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    Sidney's Lady Raider Girls Basketball team defeated Scottsbluff Saturday to win the Western Conference Tournament and jump out to their first 3-and-0 start since 2008. Sidney's sharp shooting and tough defense took them to the championship round, first with a blowout defeat of Arvada on Thursday then by outlasting Chadron Friday night to set up the showdown with Scottsbluff Saturday afternoon for the championship. Thursday's contest was similar to last year's game against Arvada to start the... Full story

  • Lady Warriors Open Strong Against Kimball, Morrill

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    Leyton's Lady Warrior Girls Basketball team opened their season strong with two big wins, on the road against Kimball on Friday and at home Saturday against Morrill. Their season opener on Friday had them matched up against the Kimball lady Longhorns, a team that struggled with a 7-and-15 record last year. Leyton started fast, with sophomore standout Zaili Benish getting the scoring started with a three pointer followed by a field goal by sophomore Sydney Fortune. Benish nailed two more three... Full story

  • Coyotes Rip Lions In Opener

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Basketball team started the 2022-23 season strong with a thorough beating of the visiting Morrill Lions on Friday at Potter-/Dix High School. After a 20 win season last year, the Coyotes looked sharp and ready to be the top of the class in D2 basketball. The matchup against Morrill started out slow, with both teams playing good defense and having difficulty getting inside for easy shots. Potter-Dix was up 6-to-2 at the end of the first period, then started to loosen up their... Full story

  • Lady Coyotes Open With Losses

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Lady Coyote Girls Basketball team opened their 2022-23 season with two losses, the first against a middling Morrill team and the second against top-tier opponent Bayard. Friday afternoon kicked off the 2022-23 season for the Lady Coyotes as they hosted the Lady Lions of Morrill. The matchup started with the Lady Lions using their speed on defense to slow down the Lady Coyotes' offense while the Morrill squad was able to get good looks and score some points of their own. After going...

  • Storm Boys Drop Opener To Hyannis

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    Last year, the Creek Valley Storm Boys Basketball team opened their season at home against Hyannis, and dropped the contest 69-to-13, which was the first of many losses in a difficult 2-and-21 season for the Storm. This year, Creek Valley traveled to Hyannis for the season opener, and although they didn't get a win, the 74-to-33 result was a lot closer than last year's contest. Hyannis was a powerhouse team last year, ending the season with a 22-and-2 record until getting bounced from the... Full story

  • Lady Storm Struggle in Opener

    Mike Motz|Dec 8, 2022

    After a 2021-22 season that had the Lady Storm struggle and notch just two wins, Creek Valley's opening loss to the Hyannis Lady Longhorns did have bright spots, the most being that the Lady Storm kept the game close and were able to move the ball well on offense. With only one senior on the roster, Elizabeth Whiting, the Lady Storm are relying on their younger players to provide spark and athleticism this season, and in their first game they played well. The 39-to-29 final score did not end up...

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