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 By Aleta Pearson    News    January 26, 2017

History of adult coloring

The history of adult coloring is longer than one might first expect.   Although the first adult coloring book was published in 1961, it was far from the likes of what we are seeing on the store shelves today. That first venture into adult coloring...

 

An obsession of "Nevermore"

Edgar Allen Poe was born on this day, January 19, 1809 in Boston, MA. I don’t remember how old I was, whether I was in high school or college, but I do remember the first time I read, “The Raven.” I can equate the experience to being forced to...

 
 By Aleta Pearson    News    January 12, 2017

Kimball County will search for a new VSO

The Kimball County Board of Commissioners held their first meeting of 2017 at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 5. Re-organization of the board is a routine event the first of the year, however the commissioners unanimously agreed to retain all seats and policies...

 
 By Aleta Pearson    News    January 12, 2017

Valuation process nears completion

The first meeting of the Board of Equalization for 2017 was short and sweet. As is the custom, yearly re-organization of the board is set during the first meeting of the year. The board retained the same offices, with Larry Engstrom as Chairman and...

 

Freeing yourself from bullies

According to the government website, stopbullying.gov, nearly half of children in grades 4-12 reported that they had been bullied at least once a month. Not many people would be terribly surprised by this information. Anti-bullying campaigns are not...

 
 By Aleta Pearson    News    January 5, 2017

Oversized load

Although this huge quonset traveled only five miles, it traversed both dirt and paved roads, skimmed under the Interstate 80 overpass, inched up and over a hill of pasture and trudged through a field...

 
 By Aleta Pearson    News    January 5, 2017

Friends and Neighbors: Andy Bremer

If you were to run into Andy Bremer when he was off duty, you might not realize he has been in law enforcement for nearly fifteen years. The consensus around town is that Bremer is not just an excepti...

 

Kimball may join regional emergency management association

For approximately the past decade, Sheriff Harry Gillway has been Kimball County’s Emergency Management Director. Although Sheriff Gillway has successfully fulfilled his duties as emergency manager, he has recommended to the Kimball County...

 

VSO Austin Garner resigns at latest County Commissioners meeting

Sherri Winstrom, Kimball County Assessor, told the Kimball Board of Equalization during their last regular meeting of the year, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, that Stanard Appraisal Services will complete the physical aspect of measuring and assessing all of...

 

Will changes to ambulance service be worth the cost

Will the upcoming changes to the current ambulance service and the money needed to accomplish this, be worth it for Kimball county residents? That is a question that has been on the minds of many Kimball residents in recent weeks. In the past, the...

 

Friends and Neighbors: Mrs. Claus

Several weeks ago when I was arranging the Observer's Letters to Santa, the elf whom I'd been speaking with had to put me on hold while she found the contract to email me. As I was on hold, a sweet...

 

Banner County renews superintendent contract

The Banner County Board of Education held a quick and efficient meeting, ending both the semester and the year. On Dec. 12, during their regular meeting, the board approved Lana Side’s superintendent’s contract, extending it through the end of...

 

Focus on family this Christmas

This time of year has always been incredibly magical for me. It’s not just Christmas that makes me feel this way, as it is also the month of my birthday, as well as, the month my first child was born. Even if you were to take away all of those...

 

Growing Kimball from the inside out

A full room of attentive people shared lunch and learned more about the Kimball Area Foundation (KAF) and the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) at the Kimball Library on December 14. Several KAF board members and NFC representatives were on hand to...

 

Changes imminent for ambulance

Although residents of Kimball and the surrounding areas may not notice an immediate change in the ambulance service, significant changes are planned and will continue for several months to come. Though the ambulance service has been working well...

 
 By Aleta Pearson    News    December 8, 2016

Kimball Area Foundation raising funds for Kimball

The Kimball Area Foundation (KAF) is a non-profit charitable organization located in Kimball for the benefit of providing financial assistance to qualified people, groups and businesses from the Kimball and Banner County areas. Formed in 2005 with...

 
 By Aleta Pearson    News    December 8, 2016

Friends and Neighbors: Regan Hinton

Following her own path and time schedule, Regan Hinton is a woman on a mission. A lifelong, multigenerational resident of Kimball, Regan is the oldest daughter of Regina Hinton and Bob Hinton, sister...

 

The weather disconnect

By the time you read this, the temperature should be past its first dip into single digits and making its way back up for slightly more pleasant, if not still blustery, seasonal weather. Weather, it’s what most polite people converse about when...

 
 By Aleta Pearson    News    December 1, 2016

Burning concerns at the landfill

First item on the agenda for the Nov. 22 Board of Public Works meeting, was the quick and unanimous approval of the city’s proposed amended landfill agreement between the City of Kimball and Kimball County. The only changes made to the contract...

 
 By Aleta Pearson    News    December 1, 2016

Potential new community services

County Commissioners will look into two new community improvement opportunities in the coming months. Although both concepts are only in the discussion stages, there could be great possibilities for citizens in Kimball County, and even surrounding...

 

Passion like the wind

What is wind? For those of us in Western Nebraska, that’s a superfluous question as even the youngest child has experienced what the National Center for Atmospheric Research describes as, “moving air that is caused by differences in air pressure...

 

Ambulance working well within budget

Carla Goranson, Kimball County Ambulance Director and Kim Schildhauer presented the September and October financial and statistical reports to the Kimball County Board of Commissioners during their regular meeting on Nov. 15. According to the...

 

Friends and Neighbors: Thomas Merriam

Thomas Merriam, known simply as Tom to his friends, grew up in Banner County and attended school in Harrisburg. His family still have a ranch in the area and he fondly remembers his younger years grow...

 

Compassion begets gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! There are so many multitudes of joyful people and things in life to be grateful about and yet, as I write this, I am so very distracted. My intention for the past several weeks leading up to this issue was to write a lovely and...

 

Banner County School Board purchases several needed upgrades

The Banner County School Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. In the past month, the school has made some exciting and needed purchases. Five new HP ProBooks, a new...

 

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