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Missile Project Gets Going

The Kimball area will begin to see a little activity associated with the missile project. Starting in the Pawnee Grasslands and then moving north, sub-contractors will begin the surveying process for the environmental impact statement, project...

 

THE ART OF BRANDING

After a long hard winter of below-freezing temperatures, cold lonely nights and heavy snow, everyone looks forward to springtime. Springtime in western Nebraska is a time of spraying fields, planting...

 

The Greater Outdoors

Members of the AmeriCorps team are continuing their volunteer work in Kimball. After weeks of working at the Plains Historical Museum, they are now at the Community Trail, according to Jean Gilbert....

 

Ranch Rodeo This Saturday

Local events are beginning to occur again after COVID-19 cancellations of last year. Kimball's 12th annual Ranch Rodeo will be held this Saturday, June 12, with 20 bronc riders and seven ranch rodeo...

 

Guarding The Tomb

On a beautiful May morning at the Kimball Cemetery, people gathered to observe Memorial Day. The ceremony began with Amy Birkhofer singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Speaker Thomas Tudor held the...

 

Another Look At School Upgrades

The study continues into whether to upgrade Kimball Public Schools facilities. On May 24, the Kimball School Board met with Jacob Sertich from Wilkins Architecture, Design and Planning to discuss an architect’s role in designing/planning a...

 

Sharples Named Top Volunteer

For Kim Sharples, receiving the 2021 Nebraska Library Association Outstanding Volunteer Award came as a surprise. "I was very surprised and honored to receive this award," said the volunteer at...

 

All Campsites Filled At Oliver For Holiday

Once again, Oliver Reservoir had an abundance of campers for the Memorial Day weekend. On May 27, the South Platte Natural Resource District reported that "All campsites are full at Oliver Reservoir...

 

Advice For Dealing With Tricky Scammers

“It is always important to ask questions. Don’t immediately assume that the person on the other line is valid, especially if they are threatening you or if they are telling you to send money now or you are going to go to jail.” The Observer...

 

A More Normal Memorial Day

Memorial Day services in Kimball will be Monday, May 31, at the Kimball Cemetery. The 10 a.m. service will include the presentation of the flag, the national anthem and taps. Last year, the service...

 

End Game For Power Plant?

The Kimball City Council and the Kimball Board of Public Works met in a joint session on Monday evening in the City Council Chambers. The only item to be discussed at the meeting was the future of the power plant. Although the power plant produced...

 

City Council Says No To East Kimball Project

The Kimball City Council meeting did not go as the Porters had hoped. Sonny, Kathy and Gerry Porter were somewhat disappointed by the outcome that council rejected their development project. Sonny...

 

The Penrod Reader Story

It won't happen this Memorial Day, but by Memorial Day 2022, the extended family of World War II Staff Sgt. Penrod L. Reader of Kimball should be able to honor and bury him here in the United States....

 

Class Of 2021 Starts Anew

Addressing a packed gym for the Kimball High School Graduation Exercises, Principal Danielle Reader said the school was thrilled that conditions were "as normal as possible," especially considering...

 

Recall Effort: It's Over

The Kimball County Clerk’s Office confirmed Tuesday that the City of Kimball mayoral recall effort is over. The allowed time for signed petitions supporting a recall lapsed May 14. The effort sought to remove Mayor Keith Prunty from office. The...

 

Rain Affecting Road Work

Randy Bymer, Kimball County highway superintendent, updated the Kimball County Commissioners on the county roads at their May 18 meeting. He said wet conditions were putting a damper on work to be done. The department has been grading and graveling...

 

A Banner Day For Six Graduates

Six students graduated from Banner County High School on Saturday, May 15. The 2021 graduation marked the 101st commencement exercises for Banner County High School. Superintendent Dr. Evelyn Browne...

 

REC AREA CLEANUP DAY

Cleanup at the Kimball Park and Rec Area was Saturday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nineteen community volunteers plus the grounds crew worked on the softball fields, golf course and trap range....

 

MORE THAN TRACTORS AND COWS

In a special presentation this month to the Kimball School Board, high school English students Grace Anderson and Aaron Gillming explained their assignment named "It's More than Just Tractors and...

 

Kimball, Graduates Connect

Connect Kimball, along with the Rotary Club, hosted the Class of 2021 Senior Showcase on Friday, May 7. COVID-19 created the unique parade activity in 2020, which was followed by cruise night....

 

DIPLOMAS IN HAND

Potter-Dix Schools seniors were the first of the area seniors to graduate. The 15 P-D seniors graduated on May 8 at 2 p.m. Their Class Motto was a quote from Tim McGraw: "Chase Your Dreams, but...

 

School District Looking Ahead

With the school year winding down, the Kimball Public Schools staff and school board addressed issues at Monday’s board meeting that will affect next year and beyond. Activities Director Ken Smith recapped the number of participants in activities t...

 

From Pre-K To Grade 12, It's Graduation Time

Good morning, Banner County! School is winding down here in the Burg. It is going better than at this time last year for sure. Thursday, May 13 – tonight! – is the activities and academic banquet for high school students, followed by senior...

 

Arbor Day 2021 Takes Root

Mary Lynch fourth-graders helped the City of Kimball celebrate Arbor Day by planting four evergreen trees in Gotte Park. The short ceremony began with the head of the street department, Jim Shoup,...

 

29% of Kimball County Fully Vaccinated

On May 3 the Unified Command confirmed that Kimball County once again has zero COVID-19 cases and vaccinations are continuing. Panhandle Public Health District has vaccination data per county, and Kimball County data shows that 837 individuals are...

 

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