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  • Powerful Marketing Tool or Threat to Privacy?

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 23, 2024

    MIKE MOTZ Sidney Sun-Telegraph SIDNEY-- A controversy popped up in Sidney when last week's City Council meeting featured a presentation by City of Sidney Economic Development Director Brandy Stone about purchasing a subscription for Placer.AI., an intelligence software product that promises to deliver valuable information to the Economic Development Department. This information would enable Sidney Economic Development workers as well as local businesses to better assess where visitors and...

  • New Vandalism at Memorial Gardens Breaks Community's Heart

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 16, 2024

    SIDNEY--The morning of May 8 brought heart-wrenching news to the Sidney community as it was discovered that the beautiful table and benches that sat alongside the Living Memorial Gardens had been vandalized. At an estimated cost of over $1,000, the table and benches were more than just beautiful painted concrete furniture, but a spot to relax in serenity that was donated in memory of a loved one for the Living Memorial Gardens. The vandals overturned and smashed the table and benches in the earl...

  • Wild Starr Holistic - Sidney's Newest Business Offers Comfort Inside and Out

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 16, 2024

    Kelsey Arrington Sidney Sun-Telegraph Sidney's newest business has officially opened its doors, Wild Starr Holistic Living Center located at 2201 Illinois Street is now open and operating for business. The brainchild behind the organic operation is Crystal Cook, herbalist and certified Reiki practitioner. With a passion and precision for studying herbalism for the past 10 years, Cook has now delved into business ownership. Having noticed a need for her practice in the community and surrounding...

  • Sidney City Council Tables Economic Development Director's Proposed Artifical Intelligence Tracking Program

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 16, 2024

    SIDNEY--On Tuesday, May 14, City of Sidney Economic Development Director Brandy Stone addressed the Sidney City Council regarding the purchase and implementation of Placer.AI, an Artificial Intelligence product which Stone states uses location analytics software,powered by mobile data. Placer.AI monitors tens of thousands of mobile devices to provide data on any physical location such as retailers, events, or casual outings. As proposed, the benefit will be that this AI program will ensure... Full story

  • Sidney Man Held in North Platte on Second Degree Murder Charges in Death of Infant

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 16, 2024

    SIDNEY--According to documents released yesterday by the Cheyenne County Attorney's Office, Brandon Russell, a 25-year-old Sidney resident, was charged with Murder in the Second Degree, a Class 1B Felony, Felony Intentional Child Abuse Resulting in Death, a Class B Felony and Assault by Strangulation Resulting in Death, a Class 2A Felony in connection to the death of a two-year-old child on April 5, 2021. Cheyenne County Sheriff's personnel were dispatched to 1533 14th Avenue In Sidney on April... Full story

  • Local Dancers Sweep Nationals Stage: Earn Double Platinum Status

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 9, 2024

    Before the end of April this year, Minnesota had never heard of Sidney located in the Nebraskan Panhandle; but after the Just For Kix Nationals Competition, the same can no longer be said. Leaving a lasting impact on what was Sidney JFK's FIRST ever "Together We Dance" Nationals trip, the small but mighty team, now National Champions, and its instructor, Donna Fort, have brought home some serious hardware to show for their efforts. With the idea of traveling to Nationals originally beginning as...

  • Keno, Tax Exemptions and Car Bowl Grant Top Priorities on Commissioners' Agenda

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 9, 2024

    SIDNEY--The Cheyenne County Commissioners met on Monday, May 6, with a full slate of issues on the agenda. Commissioner Darrell Johnson was absent from the meeting. After approving the current agenda and minutes from the April 15 meeting, the Commissioners were ready for the first order of business. The first item on the agenda was a reconsideration of a denial of burial assistance for Jose Maestas and Denise Raferty. For the Raferty application, the applicants said that at the time of the...

  • North Elementary Farewell Celebration Scheduled for May 10

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 2, 2024

    SIDNEY--For over 90 years, North Ward Elementary School, better known as just "North", has been an integral part of the Sidney community. However, at the end of this school year, the school will be closed due to budget cuts. North Elementary is currently Sidney Public School's oldest existing building, with construction starting in 1929. It was completed in December 1930 and formally dedicated on October 26, 1931. The North Ward School was described in a Sidney Telegraph article from October...

  • Fair Board, Visitors Committee and City Council Meet Over Past Week

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|May 2, 2024

    SIDNEY--The Cheyenne County Fair Board met Monday evening, and went through a full agenda. The entertainment lineup is set, the music acts have been announced, and the Fair Board members are now at the stage of nailing down the final details and implementing the marketing and sponsorship plans. After hearing the Treasurer's report that indicated the fair's finances are in good shape, Treasurer Kip Miller said, "We've done very well getting sponsorships." A lot of phone calls and follow-up...

  • Dude's Steakhouse to be Featured on 'America's Best Restaurants'

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2024

    Kelsey Arrington Sidney Sun-Telegraph What can only be described as an icon in the community, Dude's Steakhouse and Brandin' Iron Bar & Lounge located at 2126 Illinois Street has the same quality taste and ingredients served to generations of locals for the past 72 years. In formal recognition of their outstanding reputation, 'America's Best Restaurants' will be traveling to Sidney to feature them on May 8th with an open invitation to the public. A true family affair, Dude's is now owned and...

  • Commissioners Review Storm Damage and Approve Promotion Grants

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 25, 2024

    SIDNEY--On Monday, April 15, the Cheyenne County Commissioners held their regular meeting, with several items on the agenda. Commissioners Sanders and Miller attended the meeting, while Commissioner Darrell Johnson was absent. After approving the agenda and the minutes from the last meeting, the first items up for discussion were the Applications for County Burial for Jose Maestas and Rose Douville. Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub said that in the case of Mr. Maestas, the county would have...

  • Sidney's Newest Business Is Opening

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 18, 2024

    A quiet sunrise glimmers over the tops of buildings, birds chirp and sing as Spring weather approaches; hints of emerald green begin to emerge from the flower beds surrounding our municipal sidewalk curbs. Downtown has dipped its proverbial toes into the pool of community creativity; from Hickory Square's colorfully painted sunset mural to the clay-dusted floors of Sidney's latest artistic destination, Elston House. Located at 1005 10th Avenue, the little shop is a creative's dreamland waiting...

  • North Side Park Project Discussed at City Council Meeting

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 18, 2024

    SIDNEY--The Sidney City council held its regular meeting on April 9, and recognized Arbor Day and National Library Week and addressed other items on their agenda. After approving the minutes from the last council meeting, Parks Superintendent Tom VonSeggern read the "Tree City USA" and Arbor Day Proclamations. He stated that the City of Sidney will hold their annual Tree Giveaway on April 20 at the Legion Park Shelter House. Usually the event is held at the Lodgepole Valley Youth Camp, but had...

  • Panhandle Faces Grueling Winds Over Weekend

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 11, 2024

    Sidney Sun-Telegraph The Panhandle of Nebraska was rocked by a Spring snowstorm from the early hours of Saturday, April 6 into late afternoon on Sunday, April 7. A stark contrast to the bright and sunny 72 degrees experienced only days before, the unpredictable icy weather and howling winds that impeded travel on I-80 and Highway 30 from Big Springs to the Wyoming border forced the Nebraska State Patrol to close them in both directions. Strong gusts reaching over 75 mph in some areas made...

  • Visitors Committee Approves Grants, Disappointed With Brochures Offered

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 11, 2024

    SIDNEY--The Cheyenne County Visitors Committee had its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 3, and several topics were covered during the three-hour long meeting. After approving the agenda and minutes from the last meeting, the Committee heard from Director of Cheyenne County Tourism Kendra Mitchell, who detailed financial reports concerning the state of tourism growth and activity in Cheyenne County. She noted that revenues in January of 2024 were down 26.9% compared to last year at the same...

  • Governor Pillen Issues Disaster Declaration for Panhandle Counties

    Apr 11, 2024

    LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has issued a disaster declaration in the aftermath of a severe storm that resulted in high winds and blizzard conditions on April 6 and 7. The counties included in the declaration are Banner, Cheyenne, Sioux, Garden, Kimball, Morill and Scotts Bluff. The declaration allows for use of the Governor's Emergency Fund, established under the authority of the Nebraska Emergency Management Act, to address conditions resulting from the storm. Damage to affected c... Full story

  • Cheyenne County Fairboard Nails it with Entertainment Line-up for 2024 Fair

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 4, 2024

    SIDNEY--On Tuesday, April 2, the Cheyenne County Fair Board held a Reveal Party at the Elks Club in Sidney, where they announced the order of events at this year's Fair and the concert lineup for Thursday and Friday. It was made public that country star Chayce Beckham will be performing on Thursday night, July 25, supported by opening act Thomas Mac. Beckham has been described as "One of the most buzzed about newcomers in Country music today". On May 23, 2021, he was crowned the winner of the...

  • Cyber Security and Road Projects Are Main Topics at Monday's Commissioner's Meeting

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Apr 4, 2024

    SIDNEY-The Cheyenne County Commissioners had their regular meeting on Monday, April 1, and Cyber Security and Road Equipment purchases were the main topics of discussion. With Darrell Johnson absent from the meeting, commissioners Philip Sanders and Randall Miller ran the meeting, and after reviewing and approving a Renewal Agreement with the Lancaster County Youth Services Center for juvenile detention services, the commissioners heard from Scott Bauer about Cyber Security issues. Bauer stated...

  • Public Strongly Encouraged to Attend Upcoming Forrest Street Project Information Meeting

    Apr 4, 2024

    SIDNEY -- A public information open house regarding the Forrest Street project is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4. The public meeting will be held in City Council Chambers. Representatives from the City of Sidney, M.C. Schaff & Associates, & Eric Reichert Insulation and Construction will be present to discuss the project scope and construction schedule for the planned water & street improvement project along this roadway. Construction is currently planned to start on April 15, 2024. This meeting will be an open house...

  • Strommen Hitting Stride in 47th District Campaign

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    Traveling around the Cheyenne County and panhandle region, you can see that State Senate District 47 candidate, Paul Strommen's campaign season is in full swing, with campaign signs of all sizes dotting front lawns and roadway intersections. Strommen is running to represent District 47 in the Nebraska State Senate, a seat currently held by Steve Erdman of Bayard, who is no longer eligible for office due to term limits. The 47th District has approximately 40,000 residents. Strommen's opponent in...

  • Superintendent Sends Letter to Families Announcing Program Cuts

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    SIDNEY--Over the past week, Sidney Public Schools Superintendent Andrew Farber sent home a letter to all families with children enrolled in the Sidney Public School system concerning the $600,000 budget shortfall and adjustments that were being made to minimize the impact on the students' educational experiences. Farber wrote, "As you may be aware, our district has been facing a $600,000 budget shortfall, which has required a careful evaluation and adjustment to our budget and programming for...

  • Potter Going to Pieces

    Barbara Perez, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 28, 2024

    On Sunday, three teams braved the weather to participate in Potter's fourth Puzzle Mania Tournament, once again held at Hangar 39 at Chuckaboo Station in Potter, NE . The winning team, Piece Control, consisted of Michael Hausmann and Elaine Shang who completed their puzzle in 1 hour, 14 minutes, and one-second. Drew and Teran Enevoldsen, owners of Chuckaboo Station and Hangar 39, held the first Potter Puzzlemania event on December 10, 2023, with 18 puzzle enthusiasts participating. With 100% of...

  • Commissioners Approve Grants, Technology Transfer

    Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    SIDNEY--On Monday, March 18, the Cheyenne County Commissioners met for their regular meeting and approved a number of agenda items. Commissioner Darrell Johnson was absent for this meeting. After approving the previous minutes and approving the monthly fee reports, the commissioners got to the business of the meeting, with the first agenda item being the approval of a proposed Public Defender's Agreement and a Guardian Ad Litem Agreement for the 2024-28 term. Cheyenne County Attorney Paul...

  • Balfour Fireworks: A Proper Send Off

    Kelsey Arrington, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 21, 2024

    The matriarch of Balfour Family Fireworks, Carrie Balfour, was called home to the "big cabin" in the sky Friday, March 8, 2024; a celebration of her impactful 89 years as well as a firework display lovingly bid farewell Friday, March 15 with several in attendance wearing purple, her favorite color. A Balfour tradition, all stood with arms and handkerchiefs waving as her procession began. Originally opened in 1969 Balfour Fireworks has served as a local staple, from Bob's ornery suggestions to...

  • Commissioners Approve Zoning Changes, Beer Garden

    Mike Olsufka, Sidney Sun-Telegraph|Mar 14, 2024

    The Cheyenne County Board of Commissioners and Board of Equalization held an open and public meeting on Monday, March 4, 2024. Present were Commissioners Randal Miller, Darrell Johnson and Philip Sanders, as well as County Clerk Beth Fiegenschuh and County Attorney Paul Schaub. After a review of the meeting agenda, and minutes from the previous meeting, both of which were unanimously approved, the current expenses were presented and reviewed. A motion was made by Sanders, seconded by Miller to...

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