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Power Plant Switching On

The Kimball Power Plant will be brought on line to help out during a planned shutdown of a power station outside of town, but according to Mayor Keith Prunty, "We just don't know what is going to...

 

Taylor Schmid Joins Kimball Police Department

Kimball's most recent addition to the police department has always wanted to serve the community in a police officer's capacity, and she has finally taken the leap.  For the next couple of months,...

 

Courts, Roads, Electricity On Commissioners' Agenda

Clerk of the District Court Deb Diemoz presented information on LB 102 to the commissioners. LB 102 would force the court system’s consolidation in more rural areas. Diemoz opposes LB 102, which would affect District 12. The Board of Commissioners...

 

No New Virus Cases In County

Kimball County had no new COVID-19 cases for the past week, and the Panhandle Risk Dial is in the yellow or moderate zone. The last time the area saw yellow was in October 2020. Only Banner, Box Butte...

 

Four Winds Shooting For March 15 Opening

Weather permitting, Four Winds Golf Course will open March 15, according to course Superintendent Jeremy Williams. Williams said “the greens are in good shape” due to constant watering during the winter. He worries about the tee boxes and...

 

Kimball Cheer Team 2nd At State

Kimball cheerleaders captured second place at the Nebraska State Cheer competition in Class D Non-Building/Non-Tumbling, receiving the highest overall scores in their division. Representing Kimball...

 

POWER PLANT POWERS UP

Last week proved to be an enormous strain on the electrical grid as temperatures dipped and electricity demand increased. The Kimball Municipal Power Plant, which has not operated continuously since...

 

Council Acts On Business Grants

The regular February Kimball City Council meeting included discussion on Business Facade Grants and Business Infrastructure Grants. Former Flower Haven owner Kay McBride asked for an explanation for d...

 

Anna Coleman Spells 'Plague' To Win Kimball Bee

The Kimball Spelling Bee began last Thursday with a practice round for 23 students and concluded an hour later with only two students left spelling. In the final round, Andrew Hawthorne, a...

 

More Vaccine On The Way; 4 New Cases This Week

Officials at Panhandle Public Health District said on Monday at their briefing that the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 80.2% effective after 14 days. Their data shows that 14.3% of adults in the Panhandle have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Th...

 

MARV DOES IT AGAIN

Receiving the prestigious Fireman of the Year award for the second time in his career with the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department is Marv Nelson. Marv always responds and is essential in helping to...

 

EYE IN THE SKY

Ron Leal, Director of Region 21 Emergency Management, recently purchased a drone with a thermal camera. Leal said the drone would help law enforcement in search and rescue operations. It will also be...

 

NEW RULES FOR OLIVER

South Platte Natural Resource District is gearing up for the recreation season at Oliver Lake. The SPNRD usually has a public meeting to explain and clarify rule changes and upcoming enhancements,...

 

Snowy Road Conditions Upset Some Residents

Highway Superintendent Randy Bymer reported at the Kimball County Commissioners meeting Tuesday that some people were upset that the county road graders weren’t out on Sunday or Monday after the snow. Bymer said it was a “bad call on his...

 

Report At Icy Lake Not A Tragedy

At 5:15 p.m. Sunday, the Kimball Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch received a call reporting that an individual had fallen through the ice at Oliver Lake. According to Sheriff Harry Gilway, the reporting individual may not have seen the entirety of...

 

Vets Bricks Arrive For Gotte Park

The long awaited veterans bricks have arrived and the VFW #2243 is moving forward with their Gotte Park project. Although Brian Howard said the brick project took longer than they expected and they...

 

Four New COVID Cases In Kimball County

Cases in Kimball County decreased significantly in the past week with four new cases of COVID-19 being reported to Panhandle Public Health District. Most of the cases in the area, 68%, are contacted through community spread, according to the data...

 

Wildcats Learning, Still Win A Couple

After five years of no boys basketball, Banner County has put seven young guys on the court this season to re-start their program. The team consists of five freshman, one sophomore and one junior....

 

Shopko Building Sold

“It sold. The transaction has been accomplished, but the buyer is not ready to disclose on what he is going to do there.” Words straight from the mouth of Red Diamond Realty broker Jeanine Perry, who handled the sale. She told the Observer the...

 

Kimball COVID Cases Still On Rise

COVID-19 cases for the past week in Kimball County have increased from 9 the previous week to 23 with a majority of the cases considered to be community spread. Kimball County has one more COVID-19...

 

$115,342 In Recycling Grants For Kimball

Keep Kimball Beautiful received a share – a nice share – of the $6.69 million in grants that support 144 projects across the state of Nebraska, according to Nebraska Department of environment and energy Director Jim Macy. In total, KKB received...

 

NEW FOUND FAMILY

He always had it in his possession, but he never felt the need to use it. For 62 years, Todd Baliman had the key to his adoption, his original sealed birth certificate. It lay in that sealed envelope...

 

RANCH SORTING

Brendan Halligan, 10, goes after the number 5 calf as he participates in last Saturday's ranch sorting event north of Kimball. This was Brendan's second ranch sorting event. Cinch RSNC Ranch Sorting...

 

MAKING FISCAL SENSE AT STATE CAPITOL

Three seniors from Kimball High School testified last week during a Legislative Hearing in the State Capitol in Lincoln. They are Corey Gardner, Izaak Rohde, and Melai Casimiro. All three students...

 

DUMPSTER FIRE

Kimball Volunteer firemen received a call to the alley along the 400 block of Monroe Street for a Dumpster fire at about 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, but the quick thinking chief and assistant kept the...

 

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