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City Gives Annexation A Look

About 25 people attended the first Kimball City Council meeting of the year. Many businesses owners had been waiting for the new round of business improvement grants to be released at the beginning of the year. The following businesses – GRI,...

 

Suspect's Bond Set At $100K

William Shane Serrano, 36, remains in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center. On Jan. 5, his bond was set at $100,000. Serrano has been charged with a Class IIA Felony. The punishment for such a charge ranges from zero to 20 years in jail. Serrano'...

 

Schools Hope Goal Adds Up For Students

On Monday, Jan. 10, during the Kimball School Board meeting, the board members heard the results of the Progress on School Improvement Goal – which is that 90% of all 3rd to 12th grade students will be proficient (70% or better) in the math skills...

 

County Reorganizes For 2022

The Kimball County Commissioners spent the first meeting of the year in reorganizational mode. Reorganization started with the election of officers, which remained the same as last year with Larry Engstrom chairman and Carl Stander vice chairman....

 

Question: What Happens To The Old Hospital?

When the Observer received this question from a citizen, we reached out to the hospital and received this response from Jim Cederburg, chairperson of the Kimball Health Services Board of Trustees. “Kimball County Hospital DBA Kimball Health Service...

 

Kimball Woman Shot To Death

The Nebraska State Patrol released a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming that a 21-year-old Kimball woman, Tessa Ghering, was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound to the head at about...

 

Virus Keeps Grip On Kimball

As area COVID-19 cases rise again, Kimball Health Services has made some changes. A mask is required to enter Kimball Health Services, and once again, only the main entrance is open. All other...

 

STAYING FIT CAN BE A KIMBALL THING

If health, exercise or fitness appeared on your New Year's resolution list, then check out the many places in Kimball that will help you keep that resolution. Even when the wind is blowing 65 mph and...

 

Kimball Feral Cat Program Gets Results

Tiffany LaBeau, founder of Kimball's catch and release feral cat program, says she is pleased with the progress of the program. To date, she has had eight cats fixed and vaccinated. Tiffany told the...

 

Happy New Year!

A little luck never hurt anyone. Here is how to usher in 2022 with good luck traditions from around the world. Some practices require a little planning but others are quite simple. One of the simplest traditions to let the old year out and help the...

 

Longhorn Pride

"So it is kind of like the Olympics, like getting a gold medal in the Olympics. Fort Worth that is the big show!" This according to Dave Haack. While Ernie Hottell chimed in, "It sure made it worth...

 

Dix Cemetery Joins With Arlington Wreath-Laying Ceremony

In coordination with the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, the Dix Cemetery was one of 2,500 locations participating in the National Wreath Across America Day. Christmas wreaths...

 

Annexation Bid Put Before City

The Kimball City Council met in regular session on Dec. 7. Mayor Keith Prunty's appointments for city clerk and city treasurer from within the city's employment were approved unanimously by the...

 

School District In 'Stronger Position'

The Kimball School Board met for their final meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 13. The board received a “clean opinion” on their annual audit conducted by Trevor Schuessler from Rauner & Associates, P.C. The presentation by Schuessler showed no...

 

GROOMING IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kimball as Gretchen Green, owner of Gretchen's Grooming, hosted a Groom-A-Thon fundraiser for a family. Gretchen said, "I wanted to make sure those kids have...

 

Holiday Heroes Live Up To Name

Jimadaya Wheelock, 9, was one of the young shoppers Saturday in the Holiday Heroes program, which evolved out of the old Shop With a Cop effort. He said, "I am going to get some stuff for my sister...

 

Board Of Regents Candidate Williams Visits Kimball

A luncheon was held Nov. 16 in Kimball for candidate Matt Williams, who is running for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents District 7. Williams serves in the Nebraska Legislature and will...

 

County Addresses Personnel Matter

The Kimball County Commissioners ended their Dec. 7 meeting by entering into an executive session to discuss "imminent/potential litigation regarding personal matters." The executive session lasted...

 

One Hundred Years Of Faith

On Sunday, Dec. 5, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball will celebrate 100 years as a parish. Most Rev. Joseph Hanefelt, Bishop of Grand Island Diocese, will be in Kimball to help celebrate this...

 

Q&A With Annette Brower

This is the second of two installments of the Observer's question and answer interview with new Kimball administrator Annette Brower. Which department needs the most attention right now and which depa...

 

Q&A WITH ANNETTE BROWER

The Observer's Daria Anderson-Faden asked questions. New Kimball City Administrator Annette Brower answered them. This report is the first of two parts this week and next. What is the one thing that...

 

Council Helps Out Dollar General

The Kimball City Council met with a full agenda on Tuesday, Nov. 16, with a variety of discussion items. Topping the list of items was the approval of needed new sidewalks, gutters, pavement, ADA ramps, and pads at Dollar General. The council had...

 

Turkey Talk With The Kids

Everyone, including the school kids, seems to be getting into the holiday spirit. Thanks to the Mary Lynch Elementary School kindergarten students for explaining the meaning of Thanksgiving. Alex...

 

KERI FOSTER FEELS WELCOME HERE

Here's another installment of the Observer's series on community newcomers. This time it's Keri Foster. According to new resident Keri Foster, Kimball is the "most warm, welcoming place." From day one...

 

Update Given On Courthouse Upgrades

The Kimball County Commissioners met on Tuesday, Nov. 16, for their regular bimonthly meeting. At the meeting, County Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Jim Calvin provided an update on work currently being conducted on the courthouse building....

 

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