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 By Tonia Copeland    News    December 14, 2017 

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,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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