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Friends and Neighbors: Ed Avila

Boxing has been a part of Ed Avila's life since he first put on a pair of gloves at four years old. In 1958, at his grandmother's house, Ed received his first pair of boxing gloves and ten years later...

 

Council seeks public interview process for appointed officials

Mayor Keith Prunty appointed Katherine Terrill, longtime City of Kimball employee, as the City Clerk following Rosie Russell’s retirement. The process to hire a new City Clerk included accepting...

 

Local company acquires and plans to relocate Colorado-based LSDI to Kimball

Since 1967, when Forward Kimball Industries first wooed George Risk to move his business west, George Risk Industries (GRI) has been a leading employer in Kimball. The company, family-owned now for...

 

Oliver Reservoir committee considers multiple improvements

Improvement concepts for Oliver Reservoir Recreation Area west of Kimball have become a big deal. Last week representatives from the National Park Service and Environmental Stewards joined local...

 

Kimball Friendship Center receives $1,500 grant

Kimball Friendship Senior Center recently received a $1,500 grant from the Immanuel Vision Foundation, part of more than $230,000 in grants given. The Immanuel Vision Foundation in Omaha gave $1,500...

 

NMPP urges City to update net metering policy for consumer-owned alternate energy sources

As alternate sources of energy become more commonplace, the City of Kimball is considering an update to the net metering policy. Net metering allows a consumer to “bank” energy produced by...

 

Junior High volleyball teams endure long tough weeks

Kimball’s seventh grade volleyball club participated in a Sept. 19 game against Mitchell during which they lost in two sets, 20-25, 16-25 with Emma Patterson scoring six for the home team. The...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    October 5, 2017

Voter rolls questioned

Kimball County’s voter rolls were recently called into question, along with three other Nebraska counties, by a letter to Kimball County Clerk Cathy Sibal from the Public Interest Legal Foundation,...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    October 5, 2017

Friends and Neighbors: Bob Nagel

After 33 years as an active fireman on the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department, Bob Nagel, has moved on. He and his wife Corrie moved to Lincoln last week to be closer to their children and...

 

Underpass Update

The fourth supplemental agreement between the City of Kimball and M.C. Schaff and Associates for preliminary engineering on the underpass project was approved at last month’s City Council meeting....

 

Out of the Darkness - suicide prevention

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and for every suicide there are 25 attempts, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Panhandle Health Group,...

 

Farmer's Day Fun Run winners announced

The Annual Farmer's Day Fun Run results are in and the top three runners in each age bracket are as follows: The top four finishes in the five mile run were Nathaniel Mars in the 19 and under...

 

Mystery solved!

After last week’s story regarding the anonymous person(s) placing festive scarecrows in the downtown planters, the Observer received a call from the responsible party. Jo Caskey, Director of the...

 

Dudney named Grand Marshal

It’s that time again – Farmer’s Day 2017 is this weekend and the committee has a full weekend of family-fun events scheduled throughout the community. Though the weather threatens a bit of...

 

Council bids farewell to Russell, passes budget

Kimball City Council reluctantly approved Rosie Russell’s resignation and appointed Katherine Terrill the acting City Clerk at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Council also set...

 

Local school district budget accepted

The Kimball Board of Education set their 2017-18 budget and final tax request at the Sept. 11 regular board meeting. Though the total amount of taxes requested has changed, those fluctuations are due...

 

Dickinson honored at annual meeting

Rick Dickinson was recently named the Nebraska Rural Water District Operator of the Year, according to County Commissioner Tim Nolting, an honor handed out just once a year to only one individual...

 

Construction to begin on I-80 in Kimball Co.

According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, work is scheduled to begin on Interstate 80 in Kimball County on Sept. 18, weather permitting. In a news release sent by the department,...

 

Yard of the Week: 507 Locust

Kim and Chuck Christensen were awarded the Pride of Kimball Yard of the Week this week. The Christensen's lawn is thick, even and beautifully maintained, thanks in large part, according to Kim, to...

 

Big lessons taught from a small incubator

Mrs. Amy McManigal's 6th grade students begin each year learning about life cycles, birth rates, death rates, populations and ecosystems. These large lessons capture the students' attention because...

 

Community-wide garage sales attract hundreds

The inaugural community-wide garage sales were a huge success according to organizers at the Kimball Banner County Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of visitors from neighboring communities and states...

 

Kimball volleyball gets first win in busy week of play

Two triangulars and a tournament last week provided a lot of action and tough competition for the Kimball volleyball program. The Lady Horns split the first triangular with one loss and one win at Bri...

 

Lady Cats struggle to find elusive win

The Banner County Lady Wildcats faced both Hay Springs and Hemingford on Tuesday, Sept. 5, for matching 2-0 losses. These losses could have been easily avoided, according to coach Angie Hilbert, who...

 

Citizens meet to discuss community improvement

The City of Kimball has set sights on becoming a Leadership Certified Community (LCC) and, to that end, two community meetings were hosted this past August in partnership with the State of Nebraska...

 

Time to shine for Post #2243

Kimball’s Veterans of Foreign War post #2243 was recently named an All American Post and so honored at the National Convention, on July 22-27 in New Orleans, for their outstanding activity and...

 

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