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Coyotes dominate in 76-6 victory

Kelsey Rozelle clearly had just one thing on his mind Friday night. Barely two minutes into the game, the Coyotes sophomore burst across the goal line from four yards out. In the middle of the first... Full story

 

Restaurant Review: Anong's Thai Cuisine

Anong’s Thai Cuisine opened on March 16, and you can tell. Two or three bites into our appetizers, a waitress arrived with the entrees, forcing an untidy moment as several hands shoved plates... Full story

 

Drinks: Dalmore 12 Year Single Malt

Once upon a time, Dalmore 12 year old scotch ranked as the best single malt for the price conscious. When the distillery changed its aging process, splitting evenly the spirit’s time in bourbon and sherry casks, Dalmore disappeared from shelves.... Full story

 

Restaurant Review: Java Blend

Eight years ago, Java Blend was what its name implied. Owner Rebecca Brown gambled that Kimball coffee drinkers--enough of them, anyway--wanted something more than drip grind from Sysco and opened a...

 

Drinks: Five Trails Sassy Apple Wine

Yeah, I know—“Sassy Apple.” It sounds like one of those contrived car colors from that groovy era around 1970: Lemon Twist, Sub-lime and Vitamin C. My first car was a Dodge Challenger painted Plum Crazy, a supposedly hip shade of purple. But... Full story

 

Restaurant Review: Peyton's Island Time

A very brief and unfortunately illustrative era comes to an end on April 11, when downtown Kimball’s best sit down restaurant locks its doors. Yes--Peyton’s Island Time is waiving goodbye....

 

Drinks: Empyrean's Collapsar Oatmeal Stout

When Empyrean first began pouring their oatmeal stout, reactions amounted to a resounding ‘not bad, but….’ You see, acifionados of the style have become accustomed to muscle-bound fillers, densely flavored and bitter in temperament....

 
 By Dave Faries    Sports    March 28, 2013

The Kimball Pep Band Set The Tone Through A Successful Season

The pounding of half a dozen basketballs on the hardwood echoed across the arena. Conversations held by players and coaches reached the stands, where spectators sat in an eerie quiet. On the rare... Full story

 

Restaurant Review: Dozo

The menu at Dozo reads at times like one at a college bar. For starters, you can sample hot wings drizzled with lava sauce, “dynamite” mussels, “firecracker” shrimp and spicy chicken nuggets.... Full story

 

Drinks: 2010 Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni

The 2010 growing season in Tuscany was marred by heavy rains in the early months. But folks at the Castiglioni estates claim perfect September conditions saved the harvest. One result: their Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni. The blend of Cabernet... Full story

 

Restaurant Review: The Oven

Believe it or not, The Oven boasts of an impressive collection of vintage wines. Nothing odd about a restaurant serving fine labels, you say? Well, this prominent Lincoln destination is known for its...

 

Drinks: Empyrean Chaco Canyon Ale

Chaco Canyon is perhaps the least intriguing of Empyrean’s lineup. It’s the light hitting shortstop or the tame top 40 song turned out by an edgy band. Of course, mainstream beers often reach a broader market, especially when they approach with a...

 
 By Dave Faries    Sports    March 14, 2013

Kimball At State: Longhorns Finish Fourth In C-1 Boys Basketball

Saturday: Wayne 56 Kimball 50 The Longhorns ended their three-day run at state with hardware—in the form of a fourth place trophy—and an impressive, hard fought 56-50 loss to Wayne. Kimball... Full story

 

Restaurant Review: Pal's Pub

Pal’s Pub has no kitchen and employs no cook. It is instead a gathering spot, a tavern so friendly the bartender and other guests share familiar laughs—even if one is a newcomer. Few local spots w...

 

Drinks: 8 Seconds Canadian Whiskey

Obviously the name 8 Seconds pays homage to rodeo tradition. But this Canadian whiskey prefers to D up rather than provide a ride worthy of the dirt arena. While the label promises equal measures of hard work and finesse, the 30 or so oak-aged...

 
 By Dave Faries    Sports    March 7, 2013

Kimball To Face Gibbon In First Round Of State Tournament

For teams traveling to state, the clock resets to zero. Wins and losses are erased and the new season scaled down to one, two or three critical games. To make matters even more difficult, coaches and... Full story

 

Restaurant Review: Golden Spur Steakhouse

You could be forgiven for not expecting much more than flabby steaks and starters emptied out of a frosted plastic bag. Steakhouses wedged between an interstate highway hotel and an all-night Shell... Full story

 

Drinks: Budweiser Black Crown

While American beer drinkers learned the beauty of craft and foreign brews, Budweiser stood fast as a bulwark for the lowest common denominator. As tastes changed toward more intricate and flavorful brands, Budweiser refused to budge from their...

 

Kimball Boys Hold Off Gothenburg, Earn Trip To State

Through the noise of a boisterous crowd, through a furious battle on the court that one player described as akin to a football game, the Kimball Longhorns emerged with a district championship and a... Full story

 

If The Next Pope Really Wants To Modernize...

Last week produced so much fodder I hardly know which direction to look for inspiration. There was the moment when cowardly politicians opted for a spot of vacation rather than confronting sequestration head on—a topic especially worthwhile, since...

 

Restaurant Review: Nathan Detroit's

Trout amandine prepared by a skilled chef almost melts in your mouth. So what if gourmands are dismissive of the old-school restaurant classic? Jean Giono once complained “never with butter, never...

 

Drinks: Samuel Adams Alpine Spring Lager

Samuel Adams never met a season it couldn’t match to a limited run beer. Since the original Boston Lager hit the market in 1985, the popular brewery has produced Holiday Porter, Summer Ale,...

 

Kimball Boys Win In Romp Over Mustangs

Almost everything Jordon Berger tossed toward the net on Tuesday night fell through, leaving behind just a swish of nylon. “I found my offense again,” the senior guard said with a laugh after...

 

Chadron Again Ends Kimball Girls Season

It’s an old story. For the fourth consecutive year, Chadron put an end to the Longhorns’ season, outgunning Kimball 57-29 in the subdistrict final. The last time Ken Smith’s squad escaped was in 2009. Since then the Longhorns have been...

 

Kimball Cheer Team Takes Third And Fourth At State Competition

For much of the year, cheerleaders rely upon seven or eight standard rallying cries and a few halftime routines. Charitable home crowds follow along with enthusiasm, forgiving the little mistakes... Full story

 

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