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Tom Southard In Journalism Hall
Now it's official. Tom Southard, the longtime Western Nebraska Observer sportswriter and columnist, is a member of the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame. Southard was inducted posthumously Saturday nig... Full story
Pain At The Pump Lessening, But It's Still There
The heart of summer travel season for drivers ended Labor Day weekend with gas prices quite lower than as recently as July 4 but still way higher than a year ago. In Kimball, the Observer found that prices at the pump for regular unleaded averaged... Full story
New Look For Observer
Readers will notice a change in this week’s Observer. It’s bigger. Physically bigger. We’ve changed printers, moving to the press operation in Douglas, Wyo., in an effort to improve service – which includes getting the paper to you on time... Full story
LET THERE BE LIGHTS
Kimball electric departent workers were quite visible moving around downtown in late August, replacing brackets for the strings of lights that illuminate the tops of businesses in the commercial... Full story
First Game Back A Learning Experience For Horns
Kimball High School's resurrected Longhorns football team travels to Leyton this week after opening its new era last week with a challenging matchup against Hyannis. Game time for the non-conference...
The Banner County News Is Here; Make Yourself At Home
Welcome to “The Banner County News!” This page, at least the upper portion of it, is meant to look like a newspaper’s front page. There’s a story behind this that I’d like to share with you. During my time as editor at the Harvey County...
For Sale: Wheat Growers Hotel
Kimball's landmark Wheat Growers Hotel, a treasure chest of local history and lore, is on the market. Wheat Growers devotee Ed Avila, a former owner who reacquired the property 1½ years ago,... Full story
TAKING AIM AT NATIONALS
Kimball Longhorns trap team members and a travel partner from Potter-Dix are competing this week at Nationals in Mason, Mich. The Longhorns are Justin Klosterman, Nolan Cook, James McGinnis, Kambree... Full story
ROADWORK AT THE UNDERPASS
Street repairs that began last week required the roadway to be narrowed to one lane at First and Chestnut streets on the south side of Kimball's underpass. Residents were urged to use caution when... Full story
THE MAY 2 SNOWSTORM
Semis forced off of the closed Interstate 80 on Monday morning clogged Kimball roadways, included this stretch of 3rd Street in front of the Kimball County Courthouse. The powerful spring storm... Full story
Kimball's Observer Wins 8 Awards
KEARNEY – The Observer won eight statewide awards Saturday at the Nebraska Press Association's 2022 Better Newspaper Contest Awards Presentation at Younes Conference North/Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kearney. The honors included third place for overall... Full story
POWER OUTAGE DAY 1
Vehicles navigate the corner of Third and Chestnut streets in Kimball during the power outage Monday, April 11. Stop signs replaced traffic lights at Kimball's busiest intersection, which Western...
2 Horns All-WTC, 8 MORE honored
Two Kimball High School winter athletes were announced this week as members of the Western Trails Conference 2022 All-Conference teams – and another eight Longhorns earned honorable mention recognition. All-Conference honors went to senior Chantel... Full story
County Cracks Small Biz Top 10
A new study from a financial planning organization lists Kimball County among the Top 10 counties in Nebraska with the strongest small business presence. To be precise, Kimball County checks in at No. 8. The study measures IRS data on the number of...
Windmill Workers' Donation Energizes Food Pantry
Employees of RES, who work on windmills in the Kimball area, have donated truckloads of food to Kimball Food Pantry – a record donation to the charitable organization that helps those in need. Not...
KCTS Wins National Transit Award
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration presented Kimball County Transit Service with the 2021 Connecting Rural Communities Award during the recent national transit conference. KCTS administrator Christy Warner told...
Here Comes 'Christmas in Kimball'
The local Christmas season arrives officially Saturday, Nov. 27, with a lineup of festivities four full weeks before the holiday. Some changes are in store, such as “Christmas in Kimball” events...
It's Time For 2021-22 Winter Sports
The winter sports seasons are just about here for area high school basketball teams and wrestlers. Here are the opening week schedules for the Kimball Longhorns, Banner County Wildcats and Potter-Dix... Full story
Kimball Junior High Wrestlers Showing Promise
Kimball Junior High wrestlers put in some competitive performances back-to-back in tournaments at Hemingford on Nov. 12 and Morrill on Nov. 27. A number of young Longhorns earned first place. Here...
TIME TO FALL BACK
When Mountain Standard Time returns 2 a.m Sunday, it’s time to turn back clocks one hour that aren’t on digital devices that do it automatically. As for the vintage Larsen’s Jewelry clock above, it most certainly requires human hands to turn...
Wise, Heeg Return To State
Payton Wise and Katie Heeg are taking Longhorn Nation back to State. Wise qualified by winning her third straight District C-5 individual championship Monday with a round of 80 at Four Winds Golf... Full story