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Former Clinic CEO Faces Felony Charge

Stoney Vance, former CEO/manager of Arrow Medical, is scheduled to be arraigned in Kimball County Court on April 26. He is charged with a Class 4 felony theft-receiving stolen property. The value of t...


Clinic Plans To Stay Open

Kimball’s Hometown Medical Group, formerly Arrow Medical, says it plans “to continue to care for people in the area” following the death of Dr. James Broomfield and arrest of former CEO Stoney Vance. Caregivers there now include nurse...


Will It Stay Or Will It Go?

The High Point Welcome Center is scheduled to reopen on April 1, but a bid was opened as part of Kimball County's process to sell the property. The County Commissioners rejected the one and only bid.... Full story


Potter Unveils Tin-Roof District

A Nebraska Arts Council creative district is in the works for the community of Potter. The announcement came at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday evening. Over 50 people attended the meeting, with two... Full story


County Roads A Hot Topic

The public hearing for Kimball County's one-and-six year plan for roads opened to a packed room. The main concern on the road improvement plan was Road 59, otherwise known as the Dix road. The... Full story


Council OKs $36,000 In Business Grants

The Kimball City Council approved over $36,000 in grant money March 21 to local businesses through the Business Improvement Grant program. Lil Bit of Country, Joe Mejia Insurance, and Ondori Ramen & Sushi were businesses receiving grants. An LB 840...



Edward Tamsett, an Australian native and a member of the Australian PGA, has signed a contract with the Four Winds Park and Recreation Executive Board to be the next golf pro at Four Winds Golf Course. Tamsett is in the process of obtaining the... Full story


Serrano Faces May 2 Sentencing

Found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of terrorists threats, and the commission of a felony with a firearm, William Shane Serrano will be back in Kimball County Court on May 2 for sentencing. A pre-sentence investigation is being condu... Full story


Clean Harbors Pitches Plans For Subdivision

Mayor John Morrison explained to the Observer the plans that Clean Harbors Inc. has to create a subdivision on 60 acres of land just across Highway 71 from Kimball Ace Hardware and to the west. The...


Area Officials Visit Capitol, Support Bill

The Unicameral’s Revenue Committee heard testimony March 16 from Kimball city and county officials in support of Legislature Bill 100. LB 100 was introduced by Sen. Steve Erdman, District 47, who used to represent the Kimball area. The bill would...



Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank are more than a thousand miles from Kimball County’s FirsTier Bank, Points West Community Bank and Kimball State Bank, and their practices and depositors remain as distant as their location. But the question...


Witnesses Testify In Manslaughter Trial

The trial for William Shane Serrano continues this week in the Kimball County Courthouse. Serrano is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend, Tessa Ghering, in Kimball last year. Other charges against Serrano include... Full story


50 More Feral Cats To Be Trapped

Tiffany LaBeau, the organizer of the feral cats program in Kimball, has provided an update on the March trapping and fixing of cats. The Northern Colorado Friends of Ferals have Saturday evening, March 25, set aside to trap 50 area feral cats, and... Full story


Resolutions Approved For Special Election Ballot

On Tuesday at the regular Kimball City Council meeting, the council held two public hearings and approved the special election to place Resolutions 2023-01 and 2023-07 on the special election ballot to be held on June 13. Resolution 2023-01 approved...


Ask The Observer

The City of Kimball has decided to move forward with a special election for the City of Kimball Economic Development Sale and Use Tax and an additional one-half percent sales tax increase. A reader posed the question: “How much is the special elect... Full story


Beef Donations For Kimball School Lunches Getting A Look

The Kimball School Board met in regular session on Monday evening, March 13. During the recognition of visitors, resident Michelle Barret addressed the board about starting a local beef donation for...


Hearing March 21 For County Road Plans

The public hearing for the Kimball County's One- and Six-Year Plan, Highway or Street Improvement Project, is scheduled for March 21 to "hear support, opposition, criticism, suggestions, or... Full story



A Collective Gathering in Potter is celebrating 19 years in business and the folks there are excited to begin their 20th year. The unique business venture opened April 1, 2004. The sprawling 2,500... Full story


Kimball Makes Its Case For Missile Aid

The Unicameral's Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee heard proponents and neutral comments Feb. 23 on LB712, which would allocate a $26 million grant to aid Kimball and the...


Half-Cent Sales Tax Going To A Vote

A special election will be held in June for voters to decide on a ½ cent infrastructure sale tax. Kimball City Council members approved in a 3-0 vote to put the ½ cent sales tax on the... Full story


Kimball High Delegation Joins The LB712 Cause

Kimball High School senior Madison Ebeling has had a senior week to remember. Her cheerleading team placed first in the Class D Non-Tumbling Division at the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Competition... Full story


Homestead Applications Available, Could Save You Money

The Nebraska Homestead Exemption Applications are available from February 1, 2020 to June 30. 2023 in the Kimball County Assessor’s office. According to the office, about 200 people in the Kimball area already take advantage of the tax relief... Full story


Tom O'Brien Goes Broadway

On March 4, "Broadway in the Bluffs" will showcase area talent – and Tom O'Brien from Kimball will sing a song from Disney's "Encanto" on stage. Broadway in the Bluffs is a musical fundraiser of... Full story


Drones To Inspect Kimball Area

High West Energy confirmed that it will be using a drone for inspection purposes in Kimball County in the next few weeks. A pilot on the ground uses drones to inspect lines, insulators, poles, wire breaks and insulator wraps. They visually inspect th...


Mayor Explains His Time Away

Kimball Mayor John Morrison explained his absence from Kimball in a recent email. On Nov. 9, John Morrison was elected the new mayor of Kimball. He took office on Dec. 6 at the Kimball City Council meeting. Council meetings were either canceled due...


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