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Confirmed Cases In Kimball

Editor's Note: Two more positive COVID-19 cases in Kimball County were announced April 1 after this article was published, a woman in her 40s and a man in his 50s. The Observer will continue to...

 

Virus Concerns Heightened In Kimball

The information in regard to the coronavirus changes hourly and is extremely fluid as it has inched into our town and county. Be cautious about believing rumors; it is always best to rely on facts. And it’s so important to remain calm and continue...

 

$280,000 Lottery Ticket Sold At Vince's

The Nebraska Lottery tweeted that a lucky person in Kimball hit the Nebraska Pick 5 jackpot on Saturday night. The winning $280,000 ticket was purchased at Vince’s Corner. The ticket matched the winning numbers 04, 07, 11, 13 and 29. Nebraska...

 

Another Time, Another Virus

The front page of the February 20, 1953 issue of the Sidney Telegraph read: "Potter Child Polio Victim". The article began: "Cheyenne county's first polio fatality of 1953 was a 14-year-old boy from P...

 

Hunkering Down

The Nebraska Unicameral reconvened on March 23 after suspending its normal session due to the concerns of the coronavirus. The legislators approved an amendment totaling $83.6 million to aid in the...

 

Today's World Can Learn A Lot From Ag Community

The coronavirus might stop the attention and media blips about the celebration of National Ag Week, but it shouldn't stop us from appreciating and thanking farmers, ranchers and producers. This is...

 

A Few Changes For Oliver Lake

On a beautiful morning, Ken Van Diver, park maintenance worker at Oliver Lake west of Kimball, showed off the lake and its beauty. Although there were only two campers on that March morning, hundreds...

 

A Place To Call Home

This is the last installment of the Observer series on this year's Kimball High foreign exchange students. "Are you willing to keep me?" Was the question asked by one foreign exchange student....

 

Panhandle Pandemic

The United States has joined the unfortunate group of countries throughout the world battling the coronavirus pandemic. The effects are being felt here in the Panhandle. According to Panhandle Public...

 

Danielle Reader Hired As Principal

The special Kimball school board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, had some important and unusual circumstances arise. Danielle Reader, the district's director of curriculum and instruction this...

 

Kimball City Council Approves New Home For Fitness Equipment

On Thursday, March 12, the Kimball City Council accepted the proposal from SK Hayes LLC to lease the fitness equipment housed at the former Kimball Event Center. SK Hays and Heather Entingh submitted proposals. According to the winning proposal, the...

 

City Of Kimball's Coronavirus Statement

City Administrator Dan Dean provided this statement to the Western Nebraska Observer and the residents of Kimball: “We, at the City of Kimball, are concerned about the health and wellbeing of the residents and our employees. We urge everyone to fol...

 

Event Center Renamed

The Sagebrush, formerly known as the Kimball Event Center, is in the process of becoming a reality for some local individuals. Rich and Kelli Patterson and Kevin and Dawn Moser received approval to...

 

TRANSIT BUILDING, DOWNTOWN GET A FRESH LOOK

Workers from Anderson-Shaw made quick work of finishing the south side of the new Kimball County Transit building this past week. In less than two hours, they completed half of the wall, then took a...

 

Dan Dean Stepping Down At City Hall

Kimball City Administrator Dan Dean has submitted his resignation, effective May 7, to Mayor Keith Prunty and Kimball City Council. He is retiring. Dean has been the administrator for a little more...

 

Hung Jury In Child Abuse Trial

After seven days, more than 100 exhibits, 10 prosecution witnesses and four defense witnesses, the Kimball County jury of two women and 10 men could not agree on the fate of Alexander Romero. Romero...

 

Early Dismissal Wednesdays Coming To Schools; Farrar Update

The 2020-21 school calendar was approved by the Kimball school board at its regular meeting on Monday, March 9. According to the calendar, each Wednesday throughout the year will have a 2 p.m. dismissal time. That time will be used for professional...

 

Lots Of Local Candidates

The elected offices in Kimball and Kimball County had a multitude of candidates filing prior to the deadline on Monday, March 2. The primary election will be May 12 and the general election Nov. 3. A full slate of individuals filed for the three...

 

Child Abuse Trial Continues

Day 2 of the child abuse trial continued this week in Kimball County District Court. Alexander Romero, 24, is charged with felony child abuse that was committed intentionally and resulted in death. Romero’s 7-month-old daughter died in April 2019....

 

Taking The Lead

Lindsay Forepaugh grew up on a small farm in western Oregon, settled in Midland, Texas, with her husband, yet now they reside in Banner County. How does an Oregonian end up on the Monkey Ranch in...

 

Back In Business In Dix

Dix residents celebrated the Re-Grand Opening of the Dix Post Office this past week with cookies and coffee. Post Office employees on hand included retailer Judy Petersen, Postmaster Karen Miller and...

 

Three Kimball Principal Candidates Interviewed

Interviews were conducted Tuesday for the new Kimball Junior/Senior High School principal. The position will be vacated in June by Mo Hanks. The field of five applicants was narrowed to three individuals for the interview process. Their names were no...

 

Kimball County's New Emergency Alert System Up

The new alert system Panhandle Alert is up and running as of March 1, according to Linda Williams of the Kimball County Sheriff’s Office. The website boasts “Panhandle Alert is the official emergency notification system used to communicate with...

 

Extreme Makeover

The "old Longhorn" building on the northeast end of Chestnut Street in Kimball is getting a total, top to bottom makeover – in its basement and first and second floors. Shane Hayes, who recently...

 

New Special Projects Director Ready To Go

The city of Kimball has selected Elyse Schlake to be the city's special projects director/economic developer. She will start her position Monday, March 2. "I am really excited about this...

 

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