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 By Jim Orr    News    December 23, 2021

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...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    December 9, 2021

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...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    December 2, 2021

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...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    November 25, 2021

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...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    November 25, 2021

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...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    November 25, 2021

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...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    November 4, 2021

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...

 

Payton Wise 3rd, Katie Heeg 22nd At State

That's a wrap for Kimball Lady Longhorns golfers Payton Wise and Katie Heeg. The senior duo closed out their high school golf careers in fine fashion – together on the course during the NSAA State...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    October 7, 2021

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...

 

No 2021 Kimball Football

Kimball High School’s football season appears to have ended before it started. The Longhorns were forced to forfeit their scheduled opener at Hitchcock County last Friday due to a lack of players. And now this. “We only have nine players out for...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 19, 2021

Fall Sports Arrive Next Week For Longhorns

The Kimball Longhorns 2021 fall sports seasons gets underway next Tuesday, Aug. 24, when medal winning Payton Wise and the Kimball girls golf team tee off at Sidney in their first competition since...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 5, 2021

TIME FOR SOME FALL BALL

Longhorns football coach Ben Aarestad and his players, shown here during practice last year, will strive to show more progress after the 2020 rebuilding campaign that unfolded during the pandemic....

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 5, 2021

Here Comes Another Classic

One of the bigger golf tournaments of the season goes down this Saturday at Four Winds Golf Course. The Kimball Hospital Foundation Golf Classic is back with its 30th annual edition. A record field...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    July 7, 2021

Clean Harbors Thinking Big

Clean Harbors is looking into a major expansion at its facility south of Kimball that would involve construction of a second incinerator and could create about 100 jobs. The company released this statement to the Observer on Tuesday from Clean...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    July 7, 2021

Dead Eyes 18th At Rushmore National

When the going gets hot, Kimball's Dead Eye Shooters get going. Dead Eye Shooters 4-H Club members weathered a heatwave at the Rushmore National Invitational last weekend to turn in some of their...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    June 24, 2021

Observer Awarded 1st Place In Excellence

The Western Nebraska Observer, an award-winning powerhouse decades ago, has rejoined the state’s elite weekly newspapers. The Observer won seven awards – including first place statewide for General Excellence in its class – in the Nebraska...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    June 24, 2021

POTTER CARBOWL

The annual Potter CarBowl returns this weekend with a loaded “Friday Night Rev Up” lineup and nonstop, morning-to-evening events on the big Saturday schedule. CarBowl spokesman Drew Enevoldsen...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    April 29, 2021

ALMOST READY

Opening day has been pushed back tentatively to Saturday, May 1, at Mr. J's Garden Center, Kimball businessman John Morrison's new venture next to his High Point RV Park along Highway 71. Morrison...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    April 22, 2021

WTC Names Scholar Athletes

The Western Trails Conference on Monday announced its new class of scholar-athletes and scholarship recipients. Kimball High School was well-represented with a half-dozen students making the grade. The KHS scholar-athletes are seniors Sydney...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    April 8, 2021

Jax Thurin Puts Up Multiple-Title Week

What a week up-and-coming local wrestler Jax Thurin of the Tri-State Grapplers enjoyed. At the Eads, Colo., Junior Olympic Tournament on Saturday, March 27, he wrestled in the 10U division _ winning...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    April 8, 2021

SPRING SPORTS BACK ON TRACK

After a break in the action this past week, the Kimball Longhorns, Potter-Dix Coyotes and Banner County Wildcats are getting back at it. The Longhorns returned to track and field competition Tuesday...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    April 1, 2021

TGIF In Banner County

As Banner County School's four-day school week moves through the final quarter of its second year, enrollment numbers appear to be adding up in its favor. Superintendent Evelyn Browne told the...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    March 11, 2021

Spring Sports Is In The Air

Here comes the Kimball spring sports season – a year after COVID-19 wiped out the track and golf seasons and two years since the last competitions. "After taking last year off, all schools will...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    March 11, 2021

P-D Speech Team Heads Back To State

The Potter-Dix High School speech team is heading back to State. The Coyotes, five-time State champions since 2002, qualified for the D1 state competition at Kearney High School on March 19 after winn...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    January 14, 2021

McGinnis & Cluff 3rd, Schindler 4th At Garden

Kimball Longhorns wrestlers will be tested in four meets the rest of January following a Garden County Invite in which James McGinnis placed third at 126, Connor Cluff third at 132 and Trey Schindler fourth at 145. Next up for the Horns is SPVA...

 

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