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Good Old Days 11-14-14


50 Years Ago

Nov. 16, 1964

'Sidney Takes Third Place In '64 Community Contest'

Sidney was the only town to win again in the Division of Nebraska Resources and the University of Nebraska's Community Development Department sponsored contest, the second Community Betterment Contest.

The announcement was made at the banquet Friday evening at the Nebraska Center for Continuing Education. Sidney placed third in Group IV (5,000-30,000). First-place winner in Group IV was Grand Island; Norfolk was second.

Gov. Morrison presented the awards. Gerald Phillipe, chairman of the board of the General Electric Company and a former Nebraskan, was the principal speaker at the banquet.

Sidney's award will be $125 in cash. Present at the banquet were Jack Laimer, chamber of commerce manager, Mrs. Laimer, and Darrell Hunt, who prepared Sidney's brochure for the 1964 contest.

Here listed again are the activities and projects which were included in Sidney's entry: airport, baseball diamonds, bookmobile project, Dorothy Canfield Fisher award, cemetery equipment building, Presbyterian education building program, curb house numbers, directional and informational street signs, downtown store remodeling, 4-H citizenship tour, golf pro shop, Hillside Golf course, Holy Week pageant extension housing tour, Lodgepole Creek bridge, Memorial Hospital remodeling.

West Wing musical production, fire engine, residential area, public rest room, renovation Fort Sidney Monument, rescue truck, rest home expansion, restoration of Fort Sidney museum, Rotary exchange student, Rotary student of the month, rural youth sign, Sidney council of youth projects, Sidney High School, Sky Manor paving project, soap box derby, surfacing City Park road, St. Patrick's Academy, Thirteenth Street crossing signals, toys for hospitalized children, VFW Lite-a-bike, Wheatbelt Public Power District building.

Darrell Hunt, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce expressed the hope of the committee and the Chamber of Commerce, that the community of Sidney will not rest on its past laurels, but continue to improve the city with renewed vigor. "Winning an award twice in a row is wonderful, three times would be even better," said Hunt.

Ogallala was named the outstanding community of 1964 and was awarded a total amount of $1,500.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 14, 1989

'Five Sidney Teenagers Injured In Accident'

Five Sidney teenagers were injured when the car they were riding in rolled over on "Roller Coaster Road" about five miles southwest of Sidney on Friday night.

All five were treated at Sidney's Memorial Hospital and have been released.

The driver of the car, Brian K. Teall, 15, suffered neck injuries, according to a spokesman for the Nebraska State Patrol that investigated the accident.

Douglas Benzel, 15, suffered a broken collar bone and bruises, the spokesman said.

The other three passengers in the 1982 Chevrolet Celebrity that was described as a total loss suffered cuts and bruises, They are Scott Dailer, 17, Katie Randolph, 16, and Cynthia Achen, 15.

According to the accident report Teall apparently lost control of the car on loose gravel, left the road way and rolled over. The accident was reported at 10:20 p.m.

Owners of the car are Dailey's parents, Robert and Nancy Dailey.

The Patrol spokesman said all the injured persons were released Friday night after treatment except Teall, who was released from the hospital Saturday.

10 Years Ago

Nov. 16, 2004

'Leyton Senior Selected For State Student Panel'

A Leyton High School senior will represent the views of western Nebraska students on a panel discussion when members of school boards and administrators meet in Omaha Wednesday and Thursday.

Robin Dishman, daughter of Carolyn Dishman of Gurley, is one of six students representing all sizes of schools, who will be a member of the Straight Talk From Students panel discussion. She is the only student from western Nebraska selected for the panel this year and the first one from Cheyenne County ever selected, or at least in recent memory.

Straight Talk From Students is considered to be one of the high points of the annual convention of school board members, said Jim Calder, superintendent of the Leyton Schools. "Year after year, this is one of the favorite ones," he said of the student panel.

"I'm looking very much forward to it," Dishman said. "It is a great honor."

To be selected to appear on the panel, Dishman had to be nominated by a Leyton faculty member. The nominees then had to provide written answers to a series of questions, ranging from how has the threat of terrorism affected their school, to dealing with bullying. Those questions will be discussed by the panel members.

Dishman said she has been working on her thoughts and practicing "in front of the mirror so I will have it in my head what I am going to say."

The topic she said that attracted her attention is about a teacher that had an influence on her. She said at Leyton, that teacher is Rob Shoopman.

"I am really very pleased that Bridget is one of them selected and we know she will do a great job," Calder said. "Bridget presents herself very well and our whole area."

Dishman said she intends to let the others on the panel, and in the audience, be aware of where she is from. "Everyone asks me 'where are you from?' and I say 'Dalton-Gurley' and they say 'Where's that?' So I guess now people are going to know where Dalton and Gurley is."

Other students selected for the panel represent high schools at Elgin, Franklin, Madison, Aurora and Omaha Westside. "She is a quality student," Calder said of the 4.0 GPA Dishman. "She will do a good job," he said.

5 Years Ago

Nov 13, 2009

'Person Inducted Into Hall Of Fame'

He's been a newspaper man, an economic director and a city manager, but thanks to a nomination by Jaycee Hall of Famer Benny Hochman, it was Gary Person's service as a jaycee that was the focal point of an induction ceremony over the weekend.

"I'm very humbled by the honor," Person said. "The leadership training and community service involvement in my 16 years as a Jaycee before I aged out of the organization was so invaluable and instrumental in the growth of my personal and professional life. The most important aspect of it, however, was the people relationships and the great friendships and statewide contacts that were established."

Hochman, the first Sidney Jaycee to be inducted into the state's Hall of Fame, said it was Person who nominated him and so when it came time to nominate someone, Person came to mind first.

"I got a letter from the JCI bout a year ago wanting me to nominate someone in Sidney," Hochman said Monday. "I nominated Person because I think he does a heck of a job and he's a good man."

Person was an active member of the Sidney Jaycees from 1979 to 1995. He served as president of the local chapter from 1983 to 1984. It was during his presidential service that the Sidney chapter was No. 1 throughout the state. He was named the Outstanding Local President.

He went on to serve on the state board as vice president in 1986-88. In 1989, Person became state president of the Jaycees and ended the year with Nebraska in the No. 1 position for all states. He was named Outstanding State President in America. During his presidency, Nebraska swept grand slam honors in all four national programming areas.

Person later served on the board of directors for two years, as U.S. Jaycee Chaplain and on the Nebraska Jaycee Foundation.

"We disguised a lot of hard work as fun," Person said. "I had the wonderful experience to be both a local Sidney president and a Nebraska state president. I was truly blessed to be associated with such a dynamic local chapter that had a great tradition and a state organization that did a lot of special things in impacting local communities and their members. I will forever be indebted for what I learned in the Jaycees and to the people who touched my life in such a positive manner."


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