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  • Relay For Life holds possible last event in Kimball

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Aug 28, 2014

    A storm passed through the city of Kimball as rain soaked the ground of Gotte Park and supporters of the local Relay For Life gathered underneath a pavilion on Friday, August 22, for their annual event to raise both awareness and money for the cause of helping fund research in order to fight the deadly illness. Fran Wallin, who organized the event, stood before the crowd tucked away under the shelter from the rain, opening the event by expressing her gratitude for everyone who has shown their...

  • Bushnell Lions Club offers vision and hearing tests to local students

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Aug 28, 2014

    Members of the Bushnell Lions Club hosted test screening for hearing and vision at Kimball Jr./Sr. High School Monday, August 25. The screenings led by Steve Bennett, driver/operator/manager of the Mobile Screening Unit, and sponsored by the Lions Club International Foundation is used as a way to help schools identify problems that elementary students and high school students may be facing in the classroom and throughout their learning that are hard for teachers to identify, according to...

  • Dr. Broomfield hoping to bring personal touch to Kimball hospital

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Aug 21, 2014

    Kimball Health Services has hired a new Chief of Staff to replace Dr. Plate after he starts his retirement on August 27. Dr. James Broomfield, who has practiced medicine for 24 years, will be starting work Sept. 8 at Kimball Health Services. Broomfield, 50, served as Chief of Staff of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center from 2009 to 2012 and currently serves as Associate Chief of Staff at the VA hospital in Cheyenne. Though Broomfield has spent several years in Cheyenne, he is no stranger to...

  • 4-H members steal show at fair

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Aug 14, 2014

    Each year excitement fills the arena at the Kimball County fairgrounds as residents line up to see man face off against beast during the Kimball/Banner County Fair and Rodeo. As the announcer's voice echoes through the stands of the arena and the American flag is flown around the grounds, adults and children alike stand in reverence of the symbol of this great nation, relishing in the freedoms that it represents before readying themselves to sit on the edge of their seats as they watch dust fly...

  • Dr. Plate leaving Kimball hospital

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Aug 14, 2014

    After nearly 40 years in practice, Dr. James Plate, long-time physician for the city of Kimball, will be retiring from practicing medicine at the end of August. Dr. Plate, who has served as chief of staff for Kimball Health Services on and off for approximately 20 years, first came to Kimball in 1975 with his then partner Jim Nelson. According to Plate, he had very little knowledge of Kimball at the time with the decision primarily being influenced by the potential success of opening his...

  • KRC hoping to capitalize on Youth Leading Through Service

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Aug 7, 2014

    The Kimball Recruitment Coalition is looking to tap into the skill sets of local youths in their efforts to add a web presence to Kimball. The Kimball Recruitment Coalition (KRC) held a meeting Thursday, July 31, at which time they reviewed the films that had been made by University of Nebraska-Lincoln interns Emilia Woeppel and Jessica Bartak highlighting different businesses and recreational activities throughout the Kimball area. The eight videos created by Woeppel and Bartak, which each had a run time of approximately 30 seconds,...

  • Kimball steps up to Stuff the Bus

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Aug 7, 2014

    Many times throughout each year the Kimball community is called on to give to a worthy cause. Whether it be Shop with a Cop or Pay it Forward, residents reach down into their hearts and give selflessly to help those of the community who are less fortunate. And the community certainly did not fail to, once again, show support for their fellow residents by donating supplies to the Stuff the Bus campaign at Wolf Auto. The program, which was given a boost from Wolf Auto this year by setting up a bus...

  • Poverty becoming a major issue for Nebraska families

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 31, 2014

    When the subject of poverty comes up in conversation throughout the state of Nebraska, there is seemingly a misconception that surrounds how residents of the state perceive it. More often than not, there is a common belief that poverty is strictly contained within the rural areas such as the Nebraska Panhandle. However, the 2014 Kids Count report, which ranks states based on 16 indicators including educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children using data on local, state and national levels, shows that poverty is pervasive...

  • Breen removed from Ash defense

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 24, 2014

    Kelly Breen, who has represented Vencil Ash leading up to his retrial on first degree murder charges, was removed from Ash’s defense by Judge Derek C. Weimer at his own request the morning of July 22. At the opening of the hearing to introduce Breen’s motion to be removed from the case, Breen stated that the reason behind his motion comes from the fact that due to witnessing certain events that have transpired in which he witnessed certain claims made by Ash that could be used in court against the defense, he could be called as a witness...

  • Dogs removed from Dix sent to rescue in Colorado

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 24, 2014

    The dogs taken from the residence at 214 Spruce Street in Dix have been sent to a rescue in Colorado. According to D'nette Eastman, Veterinarian Technician for the Prairie Animal Hospital in Kimball, the dogs had been kept at the clinic after being removed by Sheriff Harry Gillway on Tuesday, July 8, coming at a total of 14 days and going against the clinic's policy of only keeping dogs impounded for a total of three days. "They should have only been here three days, and the sheriff made us keep...

  • Stuff the School Bus comes to Kimball

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 24, 2014

    With the summertime quickly drawing to a close, parents and children are starting to descend upon local businesses to once again gather supplies for the new school year. However, though many families have the means to successfully budget to acquire the needed supplies, others are less fortunate and could use a helping hand in order to stock their children's backpacks full of the notebooks, pens, and other necessary materials in order to be successful in their efforts in the classroom. This is...

  • "The Great American Duck Parade" coming to Potter

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 17, 2014

    The Potter-Dix Children's Theater will be putting on a production of "The Great American Duck Parade" Friday, July 18 at the American Legion Hall in Potter. The play centers around the character of Quincy, a grumpy old duck, who decides to make the Fourth of July tolerable for everyone at the duck pond and hosts an All-American Duck Parade. According to Kristin Kasten, who serves as a director for the play with Beth Bogert, the play is completely locally produced and written. "It's actually a...

  • Lawsuit against Nolting dismissed by Judge Weimer

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 10, 2014

    The lawsuit against Village of Bushnell Board of Trustees Chairman Timothy Nolting, brought forth by Emerson “Fal” Calvert, has been dismissed by Judge Derek C. Weimer. Calvert, who owns the property referred to as the “old lumberyard” in the Village of Bushnell, had initially filed a complaint stating that Nolting had been too aggressive in his efforts to make Calvert clean up the old lumberyard property, forcing Calvert to get rid of some of his personal items out of the fear that Nolting would take everything. “Plaintiff did get ri...

  • Facebook post leads to investigation of Dix property

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 10, 2014

    An incident of suspected animal neglect and abuse in the Village of Dix was investigated by the Kimball County Sheriff's Office this past week. Posts on the Facebook page for the High Plains PAW Inc. that first surfaced on June 23, pointed to neglect faced by two dogs, Merrick described as a "pit mix" and Shiloh described as a "hound mix", both located at 214 Spruce Street in Dix. According to Sybil Prosser, President of High Plains People for Animal Welfare (PAW), when investigating the...

  • Painter works to preserve Nebraska's legacy through art

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 3, 2014

    The old saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures can bring one back to a single moment in time. Pictures can let people see time periods long passed and loved ones long taken away by the hands of time. They can act as a revolving door to bring us back around to times when smiles crowded our faces and times when the spaces under our eyes were merely occupied by tears, bringing us back to the places that we long and ache to go again. However, a picture lacks a level of...

  • TeamMates hold golf tournament over weekend

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 3, 2014

    The sun was hanging high in the sky as strong winds blew through the grass of the Four Winds Golf Course Saturday, June 27 for the Kimball TeamMates Golf Tournament. The tournament held a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. as 11 teams kicked off the first round of play and participated in the start of the 10th year of the TeamMates. Though the day was perfect for walking the greens and basking in the open air, the tournmanet did not just offer local residents who participated to take time to enjoy the...

  • Junior Golf wraps up another year of play

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jul 3, 2014

    The Junior Golf program, which runs through the month of June each year at the Four Winds Golf Course, has wrapped up another successful session for the 2014 season. The program, which has been in existence since at least the 1970s, is split between age groups with preschool through 3rd grade kids being coached by Wilma Gilliland and the 4th grade through high school kids being coached by Kimball's Chad Wise. The aim of the program is to get kids involved with the sport early on, laying a solid...

  • City Council discusses options for rail spur funds

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jun 26, 2014

    The subject of how to word the option voters will get on the November ballot concerning what will be done with the funds that have been collected for the abandoned rail spur project was discussed at the City Council meeting the night of Tuesday, June 17. Though the conversation started off smoothly, it quickly turned into a contentious debate when the members were split on whether or not to give residents the option to discontinue the tax dollars that are still taken out for the project. The discussion began with the consideration of making...

  • Ricketts endorsed by Nebraska Farm Bureau in Kimball

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jun 26, 2014

    The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation Political Action Committee officially declared their endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts at the Diner in Kimball on Monday June 23. Ricketts, who edged ahead of Attorney General Jon Bruning during the primary election in May to win the Republican nomination, greeted members of the Kimball/Banner County Farm Bureau and the public as they filed in to the back room of the Diner around noon as Steve Nelson, President of the Nebraska Far...

  • Sheriff's Office amps up techniques for ground searches

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jun 19, 2014

    There are few things more terrifying than a small child or a loved one going missing. The moment of realization that a child is not in the house and the ensuing panic are enough to send even the calmest person into a tailspin of anxiety and terror as all the worst case scenarios play out in the head of a parent or a loved one coupled with the desire to just get that person back home. In these moments, residents depend on the skill sets of local law enforcement, emergency services and volunteers...

  • Watson brings faith-based campaign to senate race

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jun 12, 2014

    Independent candidate Todd Watson hopes to bring a grounded, transparent approach to the U.S. Senate if elected in November. Watson, a small businessman from Lincoln, is running a "faith-based" campaign stating that he believes that the country as a whole needs to get back to its spiritual heritage. "For me, I think we've gone too far the other way when we have freedom of expression, freedom of exercise, and to me, these are being quelled every day. Openly being, you know, who we are in our...

  • Jim Jenkins: A man without a party

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|Jun 5, 2014

    Jim Jenkins, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, wants the American people to embrace the "sensible center" of politics so the country can move forward on the important issues. Jenkins, a self proclaimed small businessman residing in Custer County, decided to run for the senate, because he believes that both the republic and democratic party are simply not serving their constituents in an effective manner. "I've just decided that neither party is really governing, the system is broken....

  • Cattlemen's Ball prepares for first event in the Nebraska Panhandle

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|May 29, 2014

    For the first time ever the Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska will be holding its annual event in the Panhandle. The ball, which was started in 1997 by a group of beef industry leaders, is held every year throughout different parts of the state serving as a way to raise funds for cancer research at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. According to the organization's website, the donations for the 2013 event hosted in Paxton reached $2.12 million...

  • Electrical Fire on Oak fills downtown area with smoke

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|May 22, 2014

    Smoke came pouring through the downtown area Monday night as firefighters arrived to combat a blaze on Oak Street. The fire department was alerted to the fire at approximately 9:00 p.m. and rushed to the scene to quell the flames. Smoke bellowed from the roof of the vacant building and flames were visible in the front door as the lights of the firetrucks descended on the scene, according to eyewitness reports. Soon after the call went out, Officer Sterling Hitch of the Kimball Police Department...

  • Nolting sued for $50,000 in damages

    Daniel Thompson, Editor|May 22, 2014

    A lawsuit filed against Kimball County Commissioner Tim Nolting requesting $50,000 in damages will be heard in Kimball County District Court June 3. Emerson “Fal” Calvert, who owns lots 8, 9 and 10 of Block 9, Orkney Addition to the village of Bushnell, commonly known as the old lumberyard, filed the suit alleging that Nolting, who also serves as Chairman of the Village of Bushnell Board of Trustees, had “abused his authority with continuous harassment and threats that have escalated beyond reasonable and beyond the scope of Mr....

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