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The story of Kenneth Lee Lockwood started and concluded in Kimball as he was laid to rest in the Kimball Cemetery in December 1944. But a new chapter is unfolding as a museum is researching the World... Full story


Blaze Ravages Kimball Home

A fire consumed a Kimball house owned by Terry Jefferson and rented by Luis (Beeb) Larez about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.The location of the fire was 308 ½ South Washington. Larez said the fire marshal...


Bikers Git-R-Done: Horseshoe Pits Ready For Farmer's Day

A local motorcycle club has opted for volunteer work in the evening instead of riding their motorcycles. The club is in the process of restoring the horseshoe pits at Gotte Park just in time for...


Wheat Harvest Over, But County Producers Keep Chugging Along

While wheat harvest has concluded for 2019, ag producers have not slowed down one bit. They still have wheat to seed, crops to tend to, and bean, beet, millet and corn harvest. Farming primarily in the northwestern and southern part of Kimball...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    September 19, 2019 

Kimball Invite Quite The Event With 223 Runners

If you didn’t get out to the Kimball Invitational Cross Country meet Friday afternoon, you certainly missed out on quite a sight! With 223 runners coming to compete, plus all of the coaches, bus drivers, friends and family members, there were a lot... Full story

 By Tom Southard    Sports    September 19, 2019 

Longhorns Shut Out Southwest In 42-0 Win

The Kimball High football team made a long Friday night trip to Bartley pay off with a 42-0 win over the Southwest opponent in 8-man football action. With the win, the Longhorns evened their record at 1-1 going into tomorrow night’s home encounter...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    September 19, 2019 

Chantel Malson A Standout At Kimball Cross Country Meet

Kimball High hosted their annual Cross Country Invite this past Friday and attracted the largest field of runners ever, according to Kimball Activities Director Ken Smith. The final tally was 223...

 By Tom Southard    Sports    September 19, 2019 

Payton Wise Sixth At Mitchell Invite

Kimball sophomore Payton Wise picked up yet another medal, to add to her collection of hardware,at the Mitchell Invitational Golf Tournament held this past Thursday. Payton, like almost all of the...



Although the outside of the Plains Historical Museum (the old high school) might look the same as it did in the 1960s or '70s, the inside is beginning to take shape. According to Jowain Sherman, Plain... Full story


Bicyclist Bob Motors On

What goes around comes around. Bob Mueller is back on his bike – but not the motorized one he made when he was 13 years old. At 84, Mueller rides nine miles every other day in order to keep himself...


Operating Budget Up Slightly For Kimball School District

The Kimball School Board held its annual budget hearing Tuesday to set the final tax request, and it was approved with little discussion. The 2019-20 property tax request is $6,078,260.73. Of that amount, $150,000.00 is for a Special Building Fund....


Busy Weekend For Longhorn Sports

A busy weekend for the Kimball High Sports teams and their fans. It starts out on Friday with the Kimball Invitational Cross Country Meet being held at the Four Winds Golf Course with a 12 noon start time for the junior high runners followed by the h... Full story


Bull Rider Mossberg Aims To 'Go Big'

Most kids at 15 years of age don't really know what they want to do, but River Mossberg absolutely knows. "I want to go big," he said. River, the son of Kim Freeman of Cheyenne and Brandon Mossberg...


Longhorn Cross Country Hosts Kimball Invite Friday

The Kimball Cross Country Team will be running on familiar hills and dales this Friday as they host their own Kimball Invite at the Four Winds Golf Course area with a start time of 12 noon. pectators are welcome to come out and cheer on the runners....


Kimball Golfers Get 3 More Wins

An outstanding week for the Kimball High girl's golf team as they picked up 3 team wins led by sophomore Payton Wise with 3 individual top finishes! The Lady Longhorns started off with a pair of...



Looking back on her life, Maxine James put it simply, "I have enjoyed life, no complaints. I have my health; you've got a lot if you have your health." Maxine will hit the 1-0-3 mark on Sept. 11. She... Full story


Old Kimball Motel Gets New Life

Known as the Western Motel, built in 1962 along Highway 30 in the midst of Kimball's oil and missile boom, this 57-year old-motel has seen and heard probably everything that Kimball could offer. A few...


Dix Woman Found Guilty Of Perjury

Four men and eight women found Jean Childs of Dix guilty of the crime of perjury on Friday, Aug. 30, in Kimball District Court. The jury took just over an hour to determine her guilt. Jean Childs was represented by public defender Lindsay Snyder,... Full story


Military Vehicle Convoy Overnights At Gotte Park

Kimball rolled out the red carpet for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association convoy on their 38 day, 3,200 mile trek across the country. The convoy, between 40-50 vehicles, overnighted at...


Opening Week's Sports Highlight Goes To Payton Wise

Highlight of the opening week of Kimball High School Fall Sports is of course the new Kimball school record round of golf shot by sophomore Payton Wise. The talented young lady won the Bayard Tournament with her awesome round of 46-35=81 for her... Full story


Longhorns Fall To Eagles, 62-20, In Opener

The Kimball High Longhorn Football Team suffered a 62-20 loss to the visiting Garden County Eagles in the season opener for both teams in 8-man football action this past weekend. It took parts of two...


Wise Sets School Record With Round Of 81 At Bayard

The Kimball High Girls Golf Team got the season underway at the Sidney Tournament this past week on a Tuesday and came right back to play at Bayard on Thursday. Sophomore Payton Wise brought home...


Kimball Cross Country Opens At Scottsbluff

The Kimball Longhorn Cross Country Team opened the season at the Scottsbluff Panhandle Classic Invite this past Thursday evening and the highlight for coach Tiffany Johnson’s runners was a top 25 medal performance by sophomore Chantel Malson, who...



The day began like a normal harvest day for the Wasielewski family. The farm family has always worked together to harvest their own wheat. Brandie Wasielewski was driving the combine while daughter... Full story


Expressway A Long And Winding Road

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., attended the annual meeting this month for the Heartland Expressway at Windbreak Bar and Grill in Kimball. Smith addressed the entire group of about 30 people about...


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