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  • Celebrating Fourth of July

    Jul 8, 2020

    Fun Fourth in the sun — An estimated 65-70 people celebrated Independence Day at The Well in Sidney Saturday. The event included a picnic, raffles of fireworks and movie tickets....

  • Recital this Sunday

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Jun 26, 2014

    In collaboration with pianist Ann Cramer, Aaron Woodman, oboe, will present a recital of varied repertoire. The program, featuring works by Vincent, Paladilhe, Krenek, and Daelli, covers music written from the eighteenth century all the way to the twentieth. Works include both pieces for oboe and piano as well as solo oboe. Woodman, a former Chappell resident, has been an active performer in the Lincoln and Omaha areas. Having played with organizations like the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and Opera Omaha, this recital is the...

  • Saddle up and ride in the Panhandle

    Justin Haag|Jun 12, 2014

    Those looking to ride horses in a scenic area with wide open spaces will be hard-pressed to find better territory than the Panhandle of western Nebraska. Two state parks in Nebraska’s scenic Pine Ridge offer trail rides and riding is allowed on an abundance of other public land in this region of rugged buttes, sweeping grasslands and ponderosa pine forests. Visitors to Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford soon realize they’re in horse country. A sign at the entrance of the park’s headquarters evokes visions of the park’s history as a...

  • The perils of Polly in Potter

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Jun 12, 2014

    The community of Potter and its surprisingly active stage scene has scheduled an early summer melodrama. “How The West Was Dun” will run June 26-28 at the Potter Legion Hall. It tells the story of sweet Polly Wanda Cracker as she tries to save her ranch, located outside of Low Humidity Chasm (the directors grew tired of using “Dry Gulch”) from sly shysters and downright bad men. With only the goodhearted sheriff by her side, Polly must fend off the likes of Snydley Dastardley, Black Bart, Blacker Bart, the slippery banker Rich...

  • Dalton student earns second in Congressional Art Competition

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Apr 17, 2014

    For The Sun-Telegraph Congressman Adrian Smith today announced the winning artists of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery. Smith worked with the Nebraska Art Teachers Association to coordinate the competition.  The first place artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Smith will display the runners-up in his Washington, D.C. and Third District offices.  "Congratulations to the winners of this year's Congressional Art Competition and to all of...

  • Cabaret Theatre readies for Sidney appearance

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Apr 3, 2014

    Not everything has gone smoothly as the Omaha group Cabaret Theatre prepares for their April 12 show in Sidney. "We're doing a new arrangement of 'Moonglow' that's tough," said singer Becky Noble. "It's kicking us." The version they selected for Sidney's audience demands inch-perfect harmonies. But the group doesn't mind shaking up their routine, even though they've performed together as Cabaret Theatre since 1991 and three vocalists-alto Noble, soprano Camille Metoyer-Moten and bass Paul...

  • Night of Music fundraiser

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Mar 27, 2014

    Cheyenne County CASA hosts their annual Night of Music fundraiser on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the High School Auditorium. The event features local talent--all performers live in Cheyenne County. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-18. Under 5 yrs old are free. All ticket proceeds and donations are tax deductible and go to support abused and/or neglected children of Cheyenne County....

  • Beyond the numbers

    Dave Faries|Mar 13, 2014

    It might be dangerous to ask Jim Margetts to tap out the “Chicken Dance” on his piano. The non-trumpet half of the band Two Men and a Trumpet played at a German restaurant while in college. Just about every night someone requested the memorable tune. “That would be on my list,” he said when asked about songs that made him cringe. But the list is short. For the most part, Margetts and his trumpet-playing partner Adam Lambert enjoy just about every piece of music written for their instruments. Their concert selection includes classical,...

  • Friends of the Sidney Public Library hosts birthday bash for Dr. Seuss

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Feb 27, 2014

    “We looked!  Then we saw him step in on the mat! We looked! And we saw him! The Cat in the Hat!.” The opening lines from The Cat in the Hat take many of us back to childhood, remembering the comfort of sitting on a loved one’s lap as they read these memorable words to us, and the feel of a much-loved book clutched in little hands. They also evoke an instant picture of that mischievous cat and his iconic red-and-white striped hat. In celebration of the beloved author Dr. Seuss, the Friends of the Sidney Public Library is hosting a Dr....

  • The Monuments Men (PG-13)

    Dave Faries|Feb 27, 2014

    There was once a charming, make-believe world that appeared on screens big and small. Married couples retired to separate beds. Petty troublemakers like Eddie Haskell represented the worst of juvenile delinquency. Family members donned suits or dresses to relax at home. Oh, sure—gritty film noir murder flicks coexisted with this Rockwellesque world. Even in the toughest of these, however, few characters uttered more shocking than the “d” word. This held true even in war movies: bloodless death, aching sentimentality and the occasional...

  • 3 Days to Kill (PG-13)

    Dave Faries|Feb 20, 2014

    A father with a particular set of skills. A naive daughter. An assignment in France. It would only seem natural if a scowling Liam Neeson strolled into one of the opening scenes, draped in a black winter coat. But this is not another episode of “Taken.” There is no kidnapping. There is, however, quite a bit of retribution--dished out this time by Kevin Costner, back in a lead role for the first time since ... well, it’s really hard to remember. Costner plays a government hit man looking to get out of the game after decades of slaughter....

  • The Lego Movie (PG)

    Dave Faries|Feb 6, 2014

    A nefarious dictator threatens to enforce his domination over the world and only one man can save the helpless inhabitants. Batman? No, although he is part of the good guy crowd. Superman? Not a chance. The heroes from the “Star Wars” films? They are hardly capable of leading the way. How about a motorcycle enthusiast and revolutionary by the name of Wyldstyle? Her role involves protecting The Special—that is the chosen one’s title—from ill rather than heading the charge. In the brilliant “The Lego Movie,” freedom depends upon a l...

  • Lone Survivor (R)

    Dave Faries|Jan 30, 2014

    The outcome of “Lone Survivor” is never in doubt. Four U.S. Navy Seals drop into a Taliban stronghold targeting a particular leader. They find themselves surrounded by hundreds of well-armed fighters and, as the title suggests, only one man lives to tell the tale. The film is based on a first-hand account by Marcus Luttrell of a failed mission in Afghanistan, played by a captivating Mark Wahlberg. Director Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) reportedly kept the author and veteran handy during production. Too often, expert advice will...

  • Cheyenne County Art Guild selects Ann Darling as Artist of the Month

    For The Sun-Telegraph|Jan 30, 2014

    For The Sun-Telegraph The Cheyenne County Art Guild has selected local artist Ann Darling as Artist of the Month.  Darling is a life-long resident of Cheyenne County and a graduate of Sidney High School. Darling teaches General Art, 3D Design, Multimedia, Graphic Design and Web Design classes at Sidney Public Schools. As an adjunct instructor at WNCC-Sidney Center, she has taught Watercolor, Drawing, Design Fundamentals, Graphic Design and Elementary Art Methods.  Darling has been a member...

  • 'American Hustle' (R)

    Dave Faries|Jan 16, 2014

    “American Hustle” is a puzzle—an intricate, polyester dream of a film that will draw you into an indescribable weave of fact and fiction. One of the first things we encounter in this weave is Christian Bale’s comb over. He plays a paunchy street-level sharp who ostensibly runs dry cleaning shops. But he sees greater fortune in cheesy cons, bad loans and counterfeit art. Bale’s character encounters his match at a party. Amy Adams takes on the role of another example of the undercurrent, a cheat with false English charm and a knack for...

  • 'The Book Thief' (PG-13)

    Dave Faries|Jan 2, 2014

    If it were not for the Jewish fugitive tucked in the family’s basement and the spectacle of entire personal libraries erupting into bonfires, cheered on by crowds under scarlet banners, much of the soul-sapping experience of life in Nazi Germany could easily be lost to a more inspiring coming-of-age story. But let’s face it—Markus Zusak’s novel “The Book Thief” covers some difficult territory. In adapting it to film, director Brian Percival, along with writer Michael Petroni, had to temper the desire for broad strokes while keeping...

  • Around Town: Margaritas opens to large crowds

    Dave Faries|Dec 5, 2013

    Margaritas opened quietly—sort of. On an afternoon in mid-November, management unlocked the doors. They opted against social media buzz. They did not even try for a word of mouth build up. Instead, they simply switched on the sign posted with the neighboring Conoco station. Restaurants like a “soft” opening, giving them precious time to work out any kinks before the crowds arrive. The result in Margaritas case? “Oh, my God,” said manager Juan Alcaraz. “The restaurant was packed. It was impossible to keep up.” Well, they never had...

  • Sidney Public Library remembers longtime resident with dedication of new circulation desk

    For The Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Dec 5, 2013

    The Sidney Public Library will hold a dedication of its new circulation desk, purchased in memory of Martha Hammond Walker, during its annual Christmas open house on Dec. 19. The new custom-made desk was purchased with funds from Walker’s estate. It is more user-friendly and provides more storage for the library staff then the previous desk, which  had been in use for nearly 45 years. The dedication of the new circulation desk will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at the library.  Walker, a Cheyenne County native, donated the funds to the Sidney...

  • 'Frozen' (PG) - Once upon a classic

    Dave Faries|Dec 5, 2013

    Once upon a time the folks at Disney produced timeless classics, enchanting but with a dark edge. Perhaps this is because they could mine a trove of centuries-old tales from the time when a patch of woods concealed mystery and very real dangers, when a step-mother favored her own children while appearing wicked to those of the ex-wife, when the idea that a jealous sorceress might silence those more comely seemed plausible. In a children's film Cruella De Ville-the ultimate baddy-planned to...

  • Around Town: Tenor Richard Novak returns to Sidney

    Dave Faries|Nov 14, 2013

    Richard Novak last visited Sidney in the middle of blizzard, one of those blinding, howling Western Nebraska winter days. "I couldn't even see the parking lot," he recalled. Few could-only a handful of people showed up for his recital and disappointed organizers from the High Plains Arts Council suggested they call the whole thing off. But the robust tenor from Texas just shook his head, knowing the show must always go on. "Let's do it," Novak told the group. Someone brought up on the legendary...

  • Ender's Game (PG-13) - Off the page

    Dave Faries|Nov 14, 2013

    The bard himself recognized the massive difficulty of cramming a sprawling tale into narrow confines. Shakespeare's classic "Henry V" opens with a prologue, apologizing for the inability of the author to fit "vastly fields" and large armies onto the stage of his oval theater in London. He added another plea after being forced to crunch years of time "into an hourglass." Writer-director Gavin Hood faced a similar dilemma in bringing the 1985 novel "Ender's Game" to the small screen, in a manner...

  • An "awesome disaster" in the making

    Dave Faries|Aug 29, 2013

    Kirk Enevoldsen's definition of "variety show" strays a bit from the norm. "This is just like 'whatever happens, happens,'" he explained, in reference to this weekend's Potter Days program at the Legion Hall. "It's an unscripted free for all." Despite the chaotic promise, the unusual variety show involves skits actually rehearsed in the weeks before. Yet the crew also encourages anyone with a modicum of talent to step on stage. As far as Enevoldsen knows at the moment, the event will at least...

  • Around town: The time, the place, the free pizza

    Dave Faries|Jul 25, 2013

    Someone always wins. Of course, you have to be in the right place at the right time to collect. The place is Sam & Louie’s. The time? Almost precisely at 7 p.m. every Friday night. The payoff comes in the form of free pizza, pasta, wings or whatever else a table orders during the restaurant’s popular Free Table Fridays. Well, popular for those in the know. I learned of the deal when a couple of beaming co-workers came to work on a Monday morning bragging about free pizza. They had been caught off guard, too, unaware of the promotion. “A l...

  • The question on everyone's mind: What in the world is a kanalihopper?

    Daniel Thompson|Jul 25, 2013

    Kanalihoppers Restaurant and Spirits, a new restaurant which just opened up in the building that used to house Mulligan’s Restaurant right next to the Kimball Golf Course, is already setting off discussions around town with everybody wondering what exactly the name comes from. According to owner Donna Thompson, the name stems from a story from her childhood involving her grandfather. “My family is Irish. When I was a little girl, my grandpa would come into the house and say, ‘Oh gosh, my kanalihopper is killing me.’ I was about six...

  • Cinderella, Texas style

    Dave Faries|Jul 18, 2013

    Teddy, a Texas tenderfoot, has a problem. He lives with an evil step-family, who insist he wash their clothes, iron their shirts and perform other humbling tasks while they try to catch the eye of the beautiful Miz Cindy Lou. It’s a miserable and lonely existence. One day, while tending to the family’s herd of cattle, the kindly (but admittedly unkempt) young man hears a voice. From a field of common anguses…um, angusi…Bovine Americans, his fairy god cow steps forward, promising to...

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