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3 Deaths, 38 Active Cases

Panhandle Public Health District has reported three COVID-19 deaths in Kimball County. PPHD informed the public that a male in his 90s, male in his 60s and woman in her 90s all succumbed to deaths rel...

 

Top Job Still Open At City Hall

The naming of a new Kimball City administrator is still in limbo as Mayor Keith Prunty informed the Observer on Monday that he has been “in contact with candidate and hopes to have it finalized by this week.” In other news from the November...

 

TRUE THANKSGIVING SPIRIT

At least two organizations are providing a Thanksgiving meal to shut-ins and others in need of a great meal. The Red Knights Motorcycle Club NE Chapter 4 is providing Thanksgiving Day meals to...

 

1,000 MASKS & COUNTING

Judy Anderson of Kimball freely and proudly admits she is a "fabric-a-holic" although, being a "fabric-a-holic" has come in quite handy the past few months. As a well-known area seamstress, Judy put...

 

City Administrator Choice On Fast Track

Two candidates for the Kimball City administrator job spent Monday morning touring the town and visiting the city services, then at 5 p.m., a special joint meeting of the City Council and Board of...

 

COVID Cases Surge In Area

As of Monday of this week, the Panhandle jumped into the middle of the severe COVID-19 spread range, and the Panhandle is also making national headlines as the cases and spread of COVID-19 have skyrocketed in this area. Kimball County has certainly...

 

NOT SAFE

Two properties, 123 Front St. and 605 S. Myrtle St., were determined to be "unsafe properties" at the Oct. 20 Kimball City Council meeting and will require some attention by the owners. At left is...

 

FARMERS TO FAMILIES

Members of Trinity Methodist Church in Kimball help unload USDA Farmers to Families food boxes from the delivery truck this past week. The program offers boxes of fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy...

 

BEYOND TEXTBOOKS

Mary Lynch Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Ben Ferguson and some of his students explain at a recent Kimball School Board meeting why they like the new program “Beyond Text...

 

Shoe Drive Returns As Park Fundraiser

Nate and Heather Entingh of Kimball are looking for used shoes, any kind of shoes or boots, this includes work boots, high heels, gym or tennis shoes, any type and any brand, except shoes with...

 

Fire Consumes 300 Acres

A large grass fire erupted between Kimball and Dix last week. Along with the Dix Fire Department, the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department helped stamp it out. The fire started just north of I-80 and...

 

KHS Revises COVID Rules

Rising COVID-19 cases in the area have Kimball Health Services introducing a set of new guidelines. The clinic requests that if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, call and receive instructions and an appointment before coming to the...

 

Downtown Fitness Center Opens

Kimball Fitness Center hosted Business After Hours in conjunction with its grand opening Nov.6 in the renovated Longhorn Building. The event included food, drinks, live music and door prizes with...

 

'Shop With A Cop' Event Gets New Identity

As “Shop with a Cop” approaches its 10-year anniversary change is coming according to organizer Erin Heidemann. Erin said the “big changes” include a name change. The event will now be called “Holiday Heroes.”  The name Holiday Heroes...

 

Many High School Students Quarantined

Maintaining a six-foot distance, the practice gym was the setting for the Kimball School Board regular monthly meeting on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Board members were stationed six feet apart while most...

 

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD

A long standing Halloween tradition continued this year as Mary Lynch elementary students from pre-K through the sixth grade walked across the street to show off their costumes to the residents at...

 

The Results Are In

Unofficial results of the 2020 election have been tabulated and recorded by the Kimball County Canvassing Board. Locally, Kimball City Council and Kimball School Board have drawn the most attention...

 

31 Active Cases In County

Recovering from COVID-19, Kimball County Commissioner-elect Carl Stander of Kimball said, “I was flat on my back for 12 days, sleeping 20 hours a day, getting up only to drink lots of fluids, use the bathroom and check my temperature and oxygen...

 

Did COVID Cause New Halloween Tradition?

COVID-19 took a backseat to Halloween as the first ever "Kimball Trick or Trunk" was a huge success, according to organizers Sarah Stull, Amira Moore and Dawn Hickman. With 27 individuals or groups...

 

First Harvest Arrives For Banner County Hemp Farmer

In 2018, the Nebraska Unicameral passed LB657 (Nebraska Hemp Farming Act) and in 2019 Governor Rickett's signed LB 657 into law thus legalizing plant hemp as an alternative crop. The Nebraska Hemp Far...

 

Halloween Goes To The Dogs (And Cats) At Animal Hospital

Prairie Animal Hospital in Kimball saw more than 100 cats and dogs during the two days of the Halloween Vaccine Clinic. Prairie Animal Hospital has been running the Halloween Vaccine Clinic for the...

 

Council Addresses Business Initiatives

The Longhorn Building topped the list of agenda items under current business at the Oct. 20 Kimball City Council meeting. The council approved Mayor Keith Prunty’s signature on the Quit Claim Deed and other ownership documents to SK Hays Companies...

 

Panhandle Remains At High Risk

Kimball County’s most recent active COVID-19 case number is 7, but the Panhandle remains in the middle of the high spread category on the risk dial. Last week, the case count was 42. This week, as of Tuesday afternoon, Kimball County has...

 

Horses Seemed Confused, But They Survived Horseshoe Hill Fire

The recent fire on Horseshoe Hill created a little excitement for a couple of horses in an adjacent pasture. Owner Krystal Moody wanted to assure everyone that “the horses were moved to safety...

 

Kimball Halloween Includes 'Trick or Trunk,' No Parade

Children will still be able to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31, even with COVID-19 circulating in the Panhandle. Kimballites Dawn Hinton, Amira Moore and Sarah Stull have organized a “trick or trunk” located in the high school parking...

 

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