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 By Tonia Copeland    News    January 4, 2018

Coach wishes to expand junior high wrestling program next year

Kimball’s junior high wrestling team ended the year with several grapplers placing at meets across the region. According to head Coach Klent Schnell, the year began with 11 wrestlers, but those were quickly reduced to eight due to injuries,...

 

Council rejects Mayor's appointment to City Treasurer and Board of Public Works positions

As the City of Kimball moves into the new calendar year, Kimball Mayor Keith Prunty is charged with appointing citizens to certain boards, committees and positions for the City of Kimball. Prunty appointed newcomer Mike Coleman as Board of Public...

 

Council approves new economic development programs, applauds term limits for committees

Term limits were discussed for committees and boards at the Dec. 19 Kimball City Council meeting, and though council members were in favor of some limits, they later voiced a need for long-term experi...

 

Kimball school board appoints interim superintendent

Kent Halley was hired as Kimball’s interim superintendent at the Dec. 11 Kimball Board of Education meeting, following the resignation of Marshall Lewis. Most recently from Mitchell, having served 10 years as high school principal there and 13...

 

Proposed eligibility requirements face strong opposition at recent school board meeting

How do we raise the bar for academics locally? That is the question the Kimball Board of Education has asked themselves for a number of years. Following a presentation by local teachers at the end of...

 

Two plead guilty to harboring an alien for financial gain

Two managers of the Kimball Super 8 motel pled guilty in federal court in Omaha to harboring an unlawful immigrant for financial gain and conspiracy, according to federal authorities. Vishnubhai...

 

Quarter Store a local mainstay for children of all ages

In the eleventh year Kimball's Quarter Store continues to grow at St. Hilda's Episcopal Church in Kimball and hopes to expand to neighboring Pine Bluffs, Wyo., next year. "When we started it was a...

 

Close losses for the Lady Cats lead up to a big win

Following the first three games for the Banner County season, the Lady Cats traveled to Colorado to bring home their first win. The Lady Wildcats hosted the Minatare Indians on Friday, Dec. 5, following their loss to Garden County, and battled down...

 

Experienced grapplers and tough newcomers expected to be contenders for Kimball's wrestling club

Kimball's wrestling club could feature a few top contenders this season with six returning starters and two tough newcomers under the skilled guidance of returning head coach Wade Brashear. Brashear,...

 

Lady Cats boast experience, coachability and work ethic

The Banner County Lady Wildcats begin their second year under the guidance of head coach Chad Miller with assistant coach Jessica Oprin. Following last year's sixth place MAC conference finish, the...

 

Lone Wildcat wrestler prepares for his first year on mats

Veteran wrestling coach Bill Gifford and assistant Martin Olsen will coach a sole Banner County wrestler this season, newcomer Deven Sullivan. Sullivan, wrestling at 145, practices every weekday...

 

Clerk's office begins busy season - office open for all pubic office filings

Kimball County Clerk, Cathy Sibal, and the entire county clerk's office began one of their busiest seasons last Friday, Dec. 1. It's not Christmas, it's filing season. The clerk began accepting...

 

Upcoming landfill cell expansion to cost $1M+

The landfill cell expansion, scheduled to be completed in the next 18 months, is expected to cost up to $1.6 million, but City Administrator Dan Dean reported to the Board of Public Works during...

 

District beefs up safety measures at local schools

Kimball Public Schools has implemented changes to the safety protocol and separated safety and crisis teams following a self-assessment last March. At that time, one concern stood out. The school’s safety plan was not easily understood and...

 

Potter-Dix places second at D2-6 District

The Potter-Dix Play Production team competed in the D2-6 district contest on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and walked away just shy of top honors and a championship competition. Competing against six schools, the Coyotes boasted the highest number of Outstanding...

 

Civics students given real life lesson in civil responsibility

Kimball High students take a first hand lesson in civics with a request to Kimball City Council. The Kimball High School civics class, along with teacher Jeri Ferguson, sought $3,000 of Keno funds for a keynote speaker, and though they were not...

 

Food Bank for the Heartland targets rural food insecurity - mobile food bank to be in Harrisburg

In an effort to address food insecurity in the Panhandle, the Food Bank for the Heartland will host a mobile food pantry in Harrisburg on Friday, Dec. 1. According to a recent news release, the mobile pantry will be at the Good Shepard of the Plains...

 

Walking to raise awareness and funds

2,918 miles. That is how far two young people are walking to raise awareness for suicide prevention and raise funds for the Make-A-Wish – Oregon Foundation. Amanda Autrey and Kolton Rackham lived...

 

Santa's Helpers begin holiday season activities just in the 'Nick' of time

The second annual Santa’s Helpers Wreath Contest & Silent Auction is underway. Anyone interested in decorating a wreath for this year’s silent auction, is asked stop by the City of Kimball. Just eight wreaths are available, but anyone who wishes...

 

Shop with a Cop seeks donations for 2017 season

Kimball's Shop with a Cop crew is preparing for their seventh annual event. The crew includes volunteers from the Kimball School District, Potter-Dix School District, Kimball County Sheriff's Office,...

 

GED classes possible in Kimball

Some interest has been shown in a local GED course through Western Nebraska Community College and Panhandle Health Group. According to PHG Peer Educator Liz Williams, consumers have asked about a local course, but none are available. GED classes are...

 

Vogel begins her final year of basketball for Lady T's under new coach

Kimball's Shelby Vogel begins her senior year at Dakota State University this year, and she is once again on the varsity basketball roster for the Trojans. The 22-year-old is studying to be a secondar...

 

Kimball Junior High team begins busy season with varied results

Junior High girl’s basketball is underway and the younger local club started the season off with a 14-8 win against Pine Bluffs on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Coach Danielle Reader said, “I was really proud of the way they came out and played their first...

 

Employment changes may be in the near future

Following closed session during the Wednesday, Oct. 25 special meeting, the Kimball Board of Education announced that Kimball Superintendent of Schools, Marshall Lewis, mayno longer be employed at Kimball Public Schools, though circumstances...

 

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