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Residents celebrate Christmas Stroll. Page 5A. ., i;'J DEC. 1, 2010 102nd year, No. 96 Sidney, Montana 75 CENTS Bulletin Board Children's shopping Sidney High SchooIBPA is sponsoring the Children's Christmas Shopping Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the high school cafeteria. For a minimal fee, children may come and shop for their families. Gifts will be wrapped and packaged by BPA members, who will also be available to help the chil- dren choose gifts for their families. For more informa- tion, contact Elaine Stedman at 433-2330 or estedman@sid- Gifts from the Heart Shopping for parents for the Gifts from the Heart pro- gram takes place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Mason- ic Temple. The only requirements are that the child or children (0- 18 years) live with the shop- per and also in Richland County. Individuals may deliver un- wrapped new gifts to one of the three Edward Jones of- rices. Gifts will be sorted at the Masonic Temple, located across from the Richland County Courthouse, from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 10. Craft bazaar St. Matthew's craft bazaar is 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's multi-purpose center. Lunch will be avail- able. Goodie trays Sidney High School BPA members will be preparing their annual Christmas goodie trays. Orders must be received by Dec. 16. Trays that are 16" are $35 and 12" trays are $25. The trays will feature cookies, candies and all sorts of holi- day goodies. To order a tray, please contact Elaine Sted- man at 433-2330 or ested- Newsmaker II IIH I Scholarship winner Dillon Leland, Sid- ney, has earned a scholarship from Bismar- ck State Col- lege. The fresh- man received a Bismarck State College Foundation Scholarship. The foundation awarded scholarships this year to more than 350 students who excel in various disciplines. Scholarships range from $500-$2,000. The 2010 Sidney High School graduate is the son of Tim and Tami Leland. Deaths Opal Herman Bates, 93 Jay Pfau, 55 Page 3A Inside Around Town ...2A Classifieds ... 3-4B Dial an Expert . .5B Deaths ........ 3A Opinion ....... 8A Publk Notices...4B Rich Land Living .6B Sports ....... 1-2B SERVING RICHLAND COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR OVER 100 YEARS BILL VANDER WEELE J SIDNEY HERALD Cutting Edge Studio pre-school students, from left, Ella Norby, Ellle Burns and Ayva Moreno show their moves during the enter- tainment at the Christmas Slroll Friday. Business owners report excellent first holiday weekend of shopping BY BILL VANDER SIDflEY HERAI]] Holiday shopping got off to a great start in Sidney during the weekend as the annual Christmas Stroll helped shoppers get into the holiday mood. "It was fantasUc," Phil Johnson, co- owner of Johnson Hardware and Fur- niture, said. Johnson noted the store was actually just as busy Wednesday as it was on Fri- day. ' nd Saturday was the same. But it's been busy for the last couple of months." Johnson said the store's toy selec- tions, kitchen and house ware and sporting goods were favorites. In addi- tion, the store has its third shipment coming in of snow blowers. Across the street, John Stockhill Jew- 'We had pretty good traffic because of the nice, warm weather.' Larry Herman John Stockhill Jewelers in Sidney, said. "We had a pretty good opening weekend. We had some nice sales for this early in the season." Tim McGregor, supervisor at Pami- da, said sales went very well at the store during the weekend. McGregor added sales were above the marks of the previous two years. Elec- tronics and clothes were big sellers. elers was also very busy. Marci Albin, co-owner of the Lucky "We had pretty good traffic because of Buckle, also enjoyed a good day of the nice, warm weather," Larry Her- sales. man, owner of John Stockhill Jewelers "There was a lot of traffic. Sales-wise, the season is looking good," Albin, who is also president of the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agricul- ture, said. "It was great to see every- body out supporting local businesses. That's huge." Albin said there wasn't one particu- lar item that was a big seller. "It's a little bit of everything. If they weren't buy- ing, they were out getting ideas." Julie Smelser, owner of J'z Fashion Threads, said, "Friday was really good. We had a lot of interaction with people all day. During the weekend, I think the hockey games helped out a lot." People waited at the doors to get the best deals at ElectricLand/Radio Shack Friday morning. "Shack Friday went pretty well," Raleigh Peck, ElectricLand owner, said. "We've always had a bigger year every year since '03 or '04." Big sellers at ElectricLand included TVs, Bin Ray players, laptops and com- puter accessories. I BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD A number of Sidney Middle School students aren't satisfied with the level of school spirit shown by their peers, and they're looking to change that. Seventeen students participate in the school's newly-founded cheerlead- ing program with the hope of improv- ing school pride in students and in par- ents. "The students felt it was lacking," says Luann Cooley, a school board trustee and adviser for the cheering squad with Tanya Schoepp and Jodi Seitz. "So we thought let's start in the middle school and try to build it up from there." On Nov. 23, the cheerleaders were lined and cheering throughout a mid- dle school girls basketball game. It was their third game of the year, and some of them appeared a little embarrassed, a little nervous to stand in front of a crowd. But during each break, the girls cheered loud enough for the crowd to hear them. "It's fun," says seventh-grader Brian- na Reid, "and it's one of those sports that once you start you can't stop." Eighth-grader Jessica Miller said she wanted to improve school spirit, while seventh-graders Taryn Potts, Tayler LOUISA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD cheering daring the Nov. 23 basketball game are, front from left, Tenna Cooley, Chantel Wikoxon, Taryn Potts, Brianna Reid, Savannah Jolley and Shyan Phend; back, Ashley Wilson, Jesslca Miller, Amanda .anderson and eCe Propp. Fischer and Tenna Cooley say they thought it'd be fun tojoin; cheerleading also makes them feel good about their school. The hope is the program will contin- ue to grow. "I hope that it makes the kids realize this is a sport and that it builds the high school program from these kids who progress through the years," Schoepp said. SEE SPIRIT PAGE IOA I I i Cooley and Schoepp say they're "ex- tremely pleased" with the turnout, and that it's the students who want to build a quality program. They want to learn a haft-time show, continue learning cheers, incorporate stunts and dance. The girls also hope their fellow stu- dents will come out and cheer on their BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD After beIng charged in con- nection with mail fraud against Basic Energy Ser- vices, one local businessman is paying the price and looks to tell his side of the story. David Pope, owner of Yel- lowstone Welding, was charged earlier this year with misprision of a felony, a crime in which Pope knew mail fraud was going on but neglected to report it. The case stems from the Basic civil case in which several lo- cal residents misappropriat- ed more than $500,000 in goods and services from the company over a three-year period. Pope and William Jeremy Meyers, NAPA Auto and Truck Parts, Williston, N.D., were charged with the same crime. Douglas Pierce, Larry Strouf, both of Sidney, Ricky Wolla, Minot, N.D., and Stu- art Kringen, Williston, were charged with mail fraud. Kringen was acquitted after he was found not guilty by a federal jury. Additionally, five Sidney business owners agreed to deals to avoid crim- inal charges. Pope signed a plea agree- ment for pretrial diversion recently, which is expected to be submitted to the federal Billings court in mid-Decem- ben His sentence includes one year on probation with a list of 18 special conditions that must be met. Following one year, Pope's record will be cleared. Pope's sentence includes a $10,000 fine and 50 hours of community service with no less than rive hours a month. The agreement requires that half of those hours be dedi- cated toward giving presen- tations regarding anti,fraud to local business organiza- tions such as the chamber of commerce. ' nything that I've learned is straight and simple. This is it: If you can't go home and tell your folks about it, chances are you shouldn' t be doing it," said Pope, whose hope is to spark interest from local groups to speak to. The presentations will provide an In-depth look at what went on and how to pro- tect businesses from doing the same thing. "This is not uncommon by any means," he said, particu- larly in the oil field but in regular downtown business- es too. False invoicing goes on daily. It's the act of one person buying an item from a store, and the business lists the purchased item as some- thing different. Then when the business mails out the false bill, it becomes mail fraud - a crime that carries jail time and a hefty fine. Pope says he hopes to "save" employees from them- selves, as he says he doesn't wish what happened to him on his worst enemy. "I knew what I was doing was wrong, but to be honest, I didn't think it was doing something wrong that I could be prose- cuted for," he said, adding he never expected questions from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Inter- nal Revenue Service. Last year, men from the FBI and IRS stopped at his of- rice, presented their badges, and as Pope put it, "it went downhill from there." There were several trips to Billings to meet with the fed- eral prosecutor Ryan Archer and the FBI. And about three SEE CASE I PAGE I OA !J Dec. 5,12 & 19 Noon-4 p.m. 000 Dec. 20-23 open until 7 p.m.