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Articles from the December 29, 2022 edition


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  • The Sidney Star Still Shines

    Joshua Wood|Dec 29, 2022

    It's not often that someone inherits a hallmark of city history when they buy a house, but that is exactly what happened to Mary Brumage and her husband when they moved to Sidney three years ago. "We moved from the rat race of Aurora, Colorado to our dream home in this amazing little town of Sidney," said Brumage. "Unbeknownst to us at the time, we also inherited a multigenerational holiday emblem, the Sidney Star." Of course, when Brumage and her husband first looked at the house in 2019, they... Full story

  • Newest Downtown Venture Proves to be Whiskey Business

    Mike Motz|Dec 29, 2022

    Mike Motz, Sun-Telegraph Hometown Liquor opened on Thursday, December 22, and is already attracting customers looking for special wines and spirits that may be hard to find in other stores, and in a fresh and clean space. Hometown Liquor, located at 1500 Illinois Street in Sidney, formerly the building that housed Two J's Liquor Store, has a fresh new look, and an open layout with three new doors opening to the cooler for customers to select products. The interior has been remodeled, with the... Full story

  • Carrick Performance Warmed Hearts, Despite Freezing Temperatures

    Mike Motz|Dec 29, 2022

    Omaha-based vocalist Mary Carrick returned to Sidney Wednesday, December 21 to perform her show, "Silver Bells &;amp Candy Canes" at the Sidney High School Performing Arts Center. On a brutally cold night, approximately 70 people were in attendance to see the award-winning singer in "a nostalgic performance of Holiday Gems". Carrick is a multi-faceted performer, and a veteran of cabaret, musical theater, opera and contemporary music stylings who tours around the Midwest. She's performed with... Full story

  • Potter Library Renovated and Modernized

    Mike Motz|Dec 29, 2022

    On Wednesday, the Potter Library held an open house to show the community the refurbished space, with a new coat of paint and other updates to serve the community. Librarian Jodi Enevoldsen and Library Board Member Alicia Trejo showed off the new features of the library, and detailed the history of the building. One of the oldest remaining structures in Potter, the building located at 333 Chestnut Street has operated as the Post Office for Potter, and Bank, and was once home of the Potter...

  • Local Area Students Named to UNK Dean's List for 2022 Fall Semester

    Dec 29, 2022

    The University of Nebraska at Kearney recently released the names of their hardest-working students who earned a place on the Dean’s List* for the Fall 2022 semester. POTTER, NE Mary Jane Kasten Hannah Jade Reeve SIDNEY,NE Mitchell James Deer Paige Hobson Tia Pritchard Brynna Ross Karly Ryan Sylvester COLORADO Cody Legg, Sterling, CO Alison Woodhams, Ovid, CO Kyerie Lechman, Sedgwick, CO * Students who are on the dean’s list must have completed 12 credit hours or more of classes with an impressive 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0... Full story

  • Correction

    Dec 29, 2022

    In the 12-22-2022 edition of the Sun-Telegraph, the article covering the grand opening of the Wildeflour Baking company in Lodgepole incorrectly identified the owners as Amy and Ben Richards. The correct spelling of their last name is Richard. We apologize for the error.... Full story

  • Straight Talk From Steve: Moving Game and Parks Commission to Sidney

    Steve Erdman, 47th District|Dec 29, 2022

    One of the bills I will introduce in 2023 is a bill to move the headquarters for the Game and Parks Commission to Sidney. I believe moving the headquarters to Sidney would be advantageous for Western Nebraska and it would put the Commission right where they need to be. Current state law says that the headquarters for the Game and Parks Commission has to be in Lincoln, but having the headquarters in Lincoln makes little sense, especially when it comes to wildlife. There is very little wildlife in... Full story

  • Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 51 - New Year's 2023

    Ivy Joy Johnson, The Joy Mission|Dec 29, 2022

    "Give me Your Word. Make it plain and clear to me. Give me Your Word. It's a light that I might see. Give me Your Word for my total victory! In every situation, give me Your word." Song by Nancy Harman, sung by Ray Gene Wilson I began reading the Bible through, every year, at age 11. The Revised Standard Bible had just been released. I began on page 1. Since then, I have owned, and worn out, many Bibles, read many translations, and teach from the New King James Version. I 'cut my teeth' on King... Full story

  • Getting a Short Course

    Mike Sunderland, Thoughts from a Grey-Haired Point of View|Dec 29, 2022

    Aside from using a Kodak Brownie (which I doubt few today even recognize the name!) and borrowing dad's old 35mm Argus a couple of times in high school, I didn't know much about taking pictures, much less developing film and making prints. After joining the family newspaper in Winamac, Indiana Dad assigned me the job of taking pictures at a local basketball game. He hauled out this old 4"x5" sheet film Crown Speed Graphic. You see them in the old, old movies. They weigh about 4 lbs. Add another... Full story

  • It's Always the Season to Serve Others in Nebraska

    Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Governor|Dec 29, 2022

    The holiday season is full of examples of Nebraskans taking the time to help one another. Just think of the bells we hear and the red Salvation Army buckets we see at the entrances of the stores where we run our daily errands. The toy drives and free meals offered by organizations like People's City Mission in Lincoln to Nebraskans who've fallen on hard times. Or the clothing donations and the outreach to the lonely and shut-ins that are put on by the diverse communities of faith across our... Full story

  • CCCC Starts the New Year Transformation Challenge

    Barbara Perez, Publisher, Sun-Telegraph|Dec 29, 2022

    If you are like most people, you've been hibernating all winter and just the thought of losing weight and getting back into a workout routine can feel incredibly daunting. While there's no way around it-when you're not in the habit of working out, you lose progress-don't be deterred from sweating it out. Challenges can be a good thing! The Cheyenne County Community Center is offering the 2023 Transformation Challenge to everyone in the community. For the first time, non-members will be given a f... Full story

  • Sidney Parks Department Spruces Up City with Annual Alley Tree and Shrub Trimming

    Dec 29, 2022

    NOTICE: On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, weather and schedules permitting, the City of Sidney Parks Department will begin trimming trees and bushes in the city alleys. Under City Ordinance 1034.06 Care, Trimming, and Removal of Street or Park Trees, Authority of Utility Companies, Plantings by Residents, Permits: “(a) The city may plant, prune, maintain and remove street or park trees, within the rights-of-way of streets, alleys, avenues, lanes, squares or other public ways or grounds, as may be necessary to ensure public safety.” Alleys are... Full story

  • Central Nebraska's first casino opens in Grand Island

    Mike Motz|Dec 29, 2022

    Central Nebraska's first casino received state approval and opened Tuesday, December 27. The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission granted Grand Island Casino Resort and Fonner Park a casino operator license and approved operating hours on Wednesday, December 21. There was a scheduled ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday at the temporary casino location. Grand Island Casino Resort is the second casino to open in Nebraska, after WarHorse Casino in Lincoln opened on September 24. The Grand Island... Full story

  • Free Winter Clothing Still Available

    Dec 29, 2022

    Plenty of warm winter wear for your entire family is still available at no cost, with zero eligibility requirements necessary; coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Located in the lobby of the Cheyenne County Community Center, you are warmly invited to come get what you need. HOURS: 5am-10pm at 627 Toledo St, Sidney, NE. 308-254-7000... Full story

  • Marge (Gerk) Schmitt

    Dec 29, 2022

    Marge (Gerk) Schmitt, age 90, of Sidney, passed away peacefully in Sidney on Friday, December 16, 2022. Services will be held at a future date and be announced when available. You may view Marge's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Marge's care and funeral arrangements. Marge was the loving wife of Vincent J. Schmitt for 68 blessed years. She was also a devoted mother, grandmother... Full story

  • Eugene (Gene) Glen Thompson

    Dec 29, 2022

    Eugene (Gene) Glen Thompson, of Lander, WY, peacefully passed away on December 18, 2022. Gene was born October 28, 1935 in Gurley, NE. He was raised on a small wheat farm in rural, western Nebraska, near Lodgepole. He and his late brother, Dennis, were instrumental in maintaining the farm as teenagers. After graduating from Lodgepole High School, he joined the Army. Once he completed his commitment, he married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Quinn. The newlyweds then moved to Chadron, NE, whe... Full story

  • Sidney Hosts Holiday Classic

    Mike Motz, Sports Editor|Dec 29, 2022

    Sidney's Red Raider Basketball teams will host the Sidney Holiday Classic tournament starting on Thursday, with some of the area's best teams competing at the year-ending annual event. The action starts Thursday afternoon, with the Chase County Lady Longhorns matching up against the Gordon-Rushville Lady Mustangs at 1:30 p.m., followed by the boys' teams from Chase County and Gordon-Rushville matching up. At 4:30, the Lady Raiders face the Mitchell Lady Tigers, followed by the Sidney boys... Full story

  • Warriors Go Into Break Undefeated

    Mike Motz, Sports Editor|Dec 29, 2022

    The strong start for both Leyton Warrior Varsity Basketball teams continued Tuesday night, with the teams hosting Arthur County. The Lady Warriors began the night with a fast start to their match up with the Lady Wolves, sprinting out to a big lead in the first quarter with 21 points scored in the frame. They added another 14 points in the second period to take a 35-to-25 lead into the halftime break. The Lady Wolves fought back int the third period, but could not stop the offense of the Lady... Full story

  • CITY OF SIDNEY DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY

    David Scott, City Manager|Dec 29, 2022

    Due to the forecast of a major winter storm event, the City of Sidney has declared a snow emergency effective Monday, January 2, at 5:00P.M. The snow emergency shall remain in effect until further notice. During the issuance of a snow emergency, no vehicles shall be parked or remain to be parked on any portion of an emergency snow route. The issuance of a snow emergency is to help facilitate the ability of snow removal equipment to clear these routes as quickly as possible. The emergency snow... Full story