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  • Celebrating the holidays

    Donna Wiedeburg, For The Sun-Telegraph|Dec 11, 2015

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  • Holiday hobby turns into tradition

    Courtney Fletcher|Dec 11, 2015

    It's the time of the year when locals get into the holiday spirit by putting lights on their house and decorations in their yard. For the Tomsick family, the holidays wouldn't be the same without a synchronized Christmas light display. With singing trees, Santa and classic Christmas music, there's something for everyone to enjoy at the Tomsick home. Dennis and Mary Beth Tomsick and their children, Cara and Joseph, have worked together since 2007 to make their house on Deaver Drive in Sidney scre...

  • Community Choir concerts are Dec. 13, Dec. 20

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Dec 11, 2015

    The Community Choir is back with six concerts for its 40th anniversary year. Three performances will be held Dec. 13. They are at 2 p.m. at Miller Memorial Care Center, 4 p.m. at Sedgwick Community Presbyterian Church and 7 p.m. at Chappell United Methodist Church. The three performances on Dec. 20 are at 2 p.m. at Oshkosh Nursing Home, 4 p.m. at Lewellen United Methodist Church and at 7 p.m. at Berea Lutheran Church on Hwy 27. The choir will perform "Night of Miracles" by John W. Peterson,...

  • WNCC-Sidney students donate blankets

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Dec 11, 2015

    Students at the Western Nebraska Community College-Sidney Campus recently donated blankets to long term care facilities in the area, which included living centers and nursing homes. Five years ago, WNCC-Sidney Campus personnel decided they wanted to give back to its service area, according to campus director Paula Abbott. "We decided to create something together and then donate the items to the communities we serve," she said. "WNCC purchases the fleece blanket kits, Shirt Tales of Sidney...

  • Event, fundraisers set for Deuel County deputy

    Ryan Hermens|Dec 11, 2015

    Western Nebraska and beyond is rallying behind a Deuel County deputy who was shot four times in the line of duty last week. Michael Hutchinson, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, was shot in Big Springs on Thursday, Dec. 3, while attempting to serve warrants on a 66-year-old Big Springs man. The suspect was shot and later pronounced dead at a hospital. Hutchinson initially underwent surgery at Ogallala Community Hospital and Medical Center before being flown to North Colorado Medical Center in...

  • Community Calendar 12-11-15

    Dec 11, 2015

    Ongoing A memorial account has been set up at American National Bank (Main Bank and Drive up locations) for Tabitha Davis. Donations can be made to: “Tabitha Davis Memorial Fund” to help defray expenses and to benefit twin daughters “Emmersynne Joy & Ellyeaunnah Grace”. … Table of Grace, a ministry of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, is a mobile food pantry that distributes food at various locations throughout the area on monthly basis. The locations and times for registration are: 1st Tuesday of the month – 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Ca... Full story

  • Farm Bill program payments in for Panhandle

    Jessica Groskopf, Extension Educator UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center|Dec 11, 2015

    Nebraska farms have received an estimated $550 million in farm-program payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency as of Nov. 3 under new programs authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014. Payments have been made to farms in the Nebraska Panhandle with corn, sorghum and oat base enrolled in the County Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) program. No Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments were made in Nebraska. ARC-CO payments are triggered when the average county revenue for a covered commodity is less than the county reve...

  • Some thoughts about the world and the season

    Kyril McGown, Holy American Orthodox Church|Dec 11, 2015

    A short time ago, the world was shocked by the horrendous attacks in Paris, France, and in Mali on the African continent as well as uncovering a plot for a similar attack in Brussels. These atrocities were planned and committed in the name of a religion. That religion is Islam, a religion of the Middle East. But these events, as we all know, have little or no basis in Islam. Over the years I have known a goodly number of people from the Middle East, Muslims as well as Christians, and none of them that I have known would have ever perpetrated...

  • Good Old Days 12-11-15

    Dec 11, 2015

    Compiled By the Sun-Telegraph Staff 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 'Farm-Ranch Outlook In West Promises Area Upturn in '66' Dec. 10, 1965 The economy of western Nebraska is certain to show substantial improvement next year if present farm and ranch outlook predictions hold firm through 1966. Those who watch the economy of the region are forecasting a much...

  • MAESTAS DOWN UNDER

    Greg Knight|Dec 11, 2015

    Kordell Maestas, a senior at Leyton High School, has been invited to represent Nebraska on the Central Conference Track and Field team competing in Australia in the summer of 2016. The conference extended the offer to attend the Australian competition, slated for July 3-11, to 300 student-athletes across Nebraska. Maestas, a standout athlete in track and football for the Warriors, said he is excited for the chance to run with some of the best track athletes in the world while "down under." "I...