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Bonds Approved For Hospital

Kimball Health Services officials and Andy Forney, vice president and public finance banker for D.A. Davidson & Co., met Tuesday with the Kimball County Commissioners at their regular bimonthly board meeting where they approved the issuance of...

 

How Are Wildfires Named? Here's How

Have you ever wondered how the area fires receive their names? It is not alphabetical like hurricanes. According to Ron Leal, director of Region 21 Emergency Management, the naming of the fire is up to the incident commander. Leal said all larger...

 

Antelope Stampede Becomes A Reality

An excited 14-year-old Ella Kearney-Turner from Colorado rode in her first 25-mile bike race, the Antelope Stampede. Her brother finished first in the 25-mile race, and she finished just behind him...

 

Kimball Development Plans

The Kimball Planning Commission met prior to the City Council meeting last week for public hearings on rezoning and re-plating four different properties in Kimball. The first public hearing dealt...

 

Kimball School Taxes Stay Flat

Kimball School Board held two meetings before their regular meeting on Monday evening. The 2021-22 budget was the topic for both meetings, with a budget presentation by Superintendent Trevor Anderson highlighting the past five budget years of...

 

Taxes Up Slightly In Proposed County Budget

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Kimball County Commissioners met for public comments for or against the proposed 2021-22 county budget. With no comments at that point, the commissioners opened the hearing for setting the budget. The final tax request for...

 

300 BANNER COUNTY HEMP PLANTS DESTROYED

As an official from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the state deputy sheriff watch, a section of Banner County hemp farmer Steven Schulte's crop was destroyed Monday morning. Schulte has...

 

Kimball Invite In The Books

The Kimball Four Winds Golf Course was the site of the Kimball XC Invite, with almost 200 runners in the junior high and high school divisions competing. Runners from Wheatland, Cheyenne, Torrington,...

 

Nine Wind Turbines Proposed

The first Kimball County Commissioners board meeting of September on Tuesday addressed public hearings, roads, budgets and inventories for the county. County Zoning Administrator Sheila Newell briefly explained that the Kimball County Planning Commis...

 

Donna Linn, Susie Abramson Win Race Horse In 5 Holes

The Four Winds Women's Golf Association's undisputed race horse winners were Donna Linn and Susie Abramson. With steady nerves and great putting, it took only five holes for them to eliminate all...

 

PSP Antelope Stampede Bike Race Sept. 18 In Kimball

The first annual P2P Antelope Stampede will occur on Sept. 18. The Antelope Stampede is an open event bike race on mostly gravel roads. Jon Heidemann, the event director, had initially planned to...

 

Kimball Business Scorecard

For the next month, crews from Hennings Construction will be working on the water loop project that will improve the freshwater supply system for the city. The work will be between 3rd and 5th...

 

Kimball Takes A Hit In Census

The 2020 census figures have been released, and the population of the city of Kimball from 2010 to 2020 decreased from 2,496 to 2,290, a loss of 8.3% of the total population. Kimball County, meanwhile...

 

Payton, Katie Top 2 In Kimball Invite

Payton Wise and Katie Heeg are making a name for the Longhorns as they placed first and second on their home course. The Kimball Invite was the third meet of the season, and both Wise and Heeg have br...

 

Smithsonian Taking The Crossroads To Kimball

Tim Nolting, president of the Plains Historical Museum, extended a personal invitation to the Kimball City Council members requesting their attendance at the opening of the Smithsonian exhibit on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. His invitation and explanation of...

 

Horse Racing Nothing New Here

In many cases, history does repeat itself. Could horse racing make a repeat appearance in Kimball County as proposed at the recent joint meting of the City Council and county commissioners? Few...

 

Local Virus Numbers Not Clear

The COVID-19 risk dial was removed from the Panhandle Public Health District website, and data on COVID cases has been generalized in the Panhandle. According to Jessica Davis from PPHD, when Gov. Pete Rickett’s executive order ended, then-specific...

 

After Nearly A Decade, Bushnell Has Its Day

Bushnell Day 2021 reappeared after almost a decade of nonexistence. The day began with a parade complete with Bushnell fire trucks celebrating 100 years of service to the community, Kimball and Dix...

 

Wildlife Specialist Job Could Be Cut

With cost-share federal funds eliminated from the USDA Wildlife Specialists budget, Kimball County and other area counties are looking at a price increase or the loss of the wildlife specialist. Five counties help fund the costs for specialist Matt...

 

Bets Placed On Racino

An overflow crowd attended the joint meeting of the Kimball City Council and the Kimball County Commissioners. The officials and public heard a presentation in which developer Canterbury Park...

 

NEW YEAR, NEW FACES

When the new school year opens next Monday, Aug. 23, in Kimball, it will open with these new teachers. From left are Jolie Dorrell, 4th grade; Jack Birky, social sciences; Mark Jefferis, art;...

 

The Association Concludes Regular Season Golf Play

Regular league play for the 2021 Kimball Women’s Golf Association has concluded with weeks 9,10, and 11 in the books. Shellon Anderson shot low gross with a 45, and Kathy Robinson and Alene Schilz tied for low net, with each registering a 34 for...

 

Horse Track, Casino For Kimball?

A joint meeting of Mayor Keith Prunty, the Kimball City Council and Kimball County Commissioners was scheduled to hear a presentation from developer Canterbury Park Holdings for a proposed Resort Hotel and Casino Development. The development would in...

 

Grade Sizes At Mary Lynch Discussed

The Kimball School Board received the Mary Lynch administrator’s report listing current enrollment. The largest classes for the 2021-22 school term will be the kindergarten class and the sixth-grade class, both reporting 40 students. The total...

 

Wildfire Scorches Banner County

Winds, rough terrain and hot dry weather contributed to the massive wildfire which started in Banner County and spread into Morrill County. The fire started Thursday evening from a lightning strike...

 

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