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2019 Year in Review: Part 2


January 8, 2020

Year in Review: Part 2

May 3

Cheyenne County Loses Passionate Attorney and Judge

Doing his job wasn't enough. He wanted to invest in his community socially and intellectually. He wanted to be a judge who would offer certain offenders a second chance.

The Honorable Judge Thomas Henry Dorwart died Sunday, April 28 in Sidney at the age of 89. He is known as a judge and attorney, but he is also known for his willingness to help others, to view life outside of the box.

He started the first Drug Court in the state of Nebraska, according to his wife Pat. It is a legacy that is still seen in Cheyenne County. He moved to Cheyenne County from Lincoln at the encouragement of his uncle, Dr. C.B. Dorwart.

She says he wasn't satisfied being an attorney, which led him to become a judge. She says he always wanted more education, to learn more, and that is what led him to a judgeship.

He is also known for his interest and care for children and youth.

"He always believed in giving them a chance," his wife Pat Dorwart said.

May 24

Sun-Telegraph Streamlining Print Operation

Sidney's Sun-Telegraph is streamlining its operation beginning in June. At that time, the local newspaper will be switching to a more traditional, once a week publication.

"We're returning to our roots," said Publisher Don Ogle. "As Sidney's oldest business, and one of the longest running newspapers in the state, the Sun-Telegraph's roots are in a weekly format. Because of that, we're excited to return to the more traditional role and the things we should be able to do to continue serving Sidney and Cheyenne County."

Over its nearly 150 year history, the paper has mostly been a weekly publication, although it has had periods of other formats, from twice weekly to daily, and even a tri-weekly. Ogle said the change brings the Sun-Telegraph back into the most time-tested format in the state and the nation.

"What we want to accomplish is the most stable resource for news in the area," said Ogle. "This will allow us to bring back news coverages that have been lost in the shuffle over the years for various reasons. We're excited to bring the Sun-Telegraph forward in its evolution."

The change comes with a new affordability for readers, who will be able to subscribe for just $50 a year in the county. And for those who prefer an electronic version, online-only subscriptions are also available.

Fastner Company Expands to Sidney

The name Guy Lamson Huyett came to the small town of Minneapolis, Kan., in the late 1800s. He opened a hardware store that would be known as G.L. Huyett.

The company has opened the G.L. Huyett Tech Center at 1041 9th Ave. in Sidney. An open house and ribbon cutting was held Tuesday morning.

G.L. Huyett came to Sidney by way of a contact within the Cabela's community. G.L. Huyett Chief Executive Officer Tim O'Keeffe said he was asked if his company would be represented at a job fair earlier this year. O'Keefe


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