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 By Jim Orr    News    September 7, 2023


Lincoln Highway painters Jessica Rocha, left, and Jaime Bright were back at it on Labor Day, laboring to highlight the historic old roadway that runs throught these parts with a fresh coat of red,...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 31, 2023

New Year Opens With New Faces At Banner County School

Banner County School opened the new academic year with a number of new staff members and the distinction of being the first Panhandle school to establish the JAG NE program for students to explore career options. Superintendent Evelyn Browne told...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 17, 2023

More Water Woes For City

The aging process for Kimball's old water system is showing again. This time it happened when a small leak in a 1-inch waterline under 2nd Street, which goes to the fire hall, became a big problem....

 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 17, 2023

Game On For Longhorns, Wildcats, Coyotes

Go time is here for Longhorns, Coyotes and Wildcats. High school and junior high fall sports seasons open this coming week for this area's cross country, football, girls golf and volleyball teams....

 By Jim Orr    News    August 3, 2023

Event To Help Small Businesses Succeed During Sentinel Project

Kimball City Administrator Annette Brower has distributed information about the next STAR Roundtable session to help small businesses make the most of working with the federal govvernment and large contractors during the Sentinel missile project.... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    July 20, 2023

Daum Finishes Well In NBA Shot

Mike Daum finished the NBA Summer League playing well enough to stay in the conversation for making a regular season NBA roster with the Sacramento Kings, his summer team, or another franchise that... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    July 13, 2023

Daum's Summer Gig: NBA

The Dauminator is back in the states playing ball. The Sacramento Kings signed the Kimball basketball legend to their roster for the 2023 NBA Summer League. The 6-9 Daum, also a double-digit scorer... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    June 15, 2023

Annexation On City's Front Burner Next Week

The Kimball City Council has two special meetings scheduled for next week to address and possibly approve the annexation of land along Highway 71 south of the city where Clean Harbors proposes a 60-acre, 120-lot housing development to help... Full story



Kimball's Memorial Day observance will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Kimball Cemetery. The VFW also will serve burgers and fixings at their hall at 227 South Chestnut. Donations will be accepted for... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    May 11, 2023

Horns, Coyotes Make All-State

A dozen students from Kimball and Potter-Dix high schools made the grade this spring on a statewide list for excelling in academics and activities. The Nebraska School Activities Association released the names of students who received the Spring...

 By Jim Orr    News    March 23, 2023

Broomfield Has Medical Emergency In Mexico

Dr. James Broomfield, a familiar name in Kimball healthcare circles, is recovering after suffering a medical emergency while on vacation in Mexico, according to a statement from his clinic.... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    March 9, 2023

Late 2023 Completion Still Expected

Kimball Health Services still expects its new $43.5 million hospital to be completed in late 2023, but this winter's severe weather has slowed construction work that's now past the halfway point, KHS...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 26, 2023

Bob Pinkerton Dies

Bob Pinkerton, a giant in the world of community newspapering and a pillar of his own community in Kimball, has died. The former Western Nebraska Observer editor and publisher died at the age of 90... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    January 19, 2023

Another Midweek Storm For Kimball

Here we go again. Another midweek dose of severe winter weather was forecast for Kimball County and surrounding areas this week. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and forecast on Tuesday that 6 to 9 inches of snow could hit... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    January 19, 2023

Getting There

Construction carries on as Kimball's new $43.5 million hospital continues to take shape, but this area's harsh winter weather may have slowed the development a bit. "The project has experienced about... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    December 29, 2022

Longhorns, Coyotes, Wildcats Ready To Return In 2023

The 2023 portions of the high school and junior high winter sports and activity seasons open next week. That means the Kimball, Potter-Dix and Banner County basketball players, wrestlers and cheerleaders are getting back at it. And let’s not...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 22, 2022

NWS: Wind Chills Life-Threatening

And now Round 2. Following last week’s ferocious blizzard has come this week’s deep freeze. Temperatures were forecast on Tuesday to plummet from the mid-30s to minus 21 on Wednesday and on Thursday range from minus 7 to minus 15. Coupled with...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 15, 2022

Winter Whiteout

The blizzard that clobbered Kimball and the Panhandle on Tuesday lived up to the hype. The relentless winter storm bashed the area with gusts up to 65 mph, wickedly swirling snow that caused whiteout... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 27, 2022

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

 By Jim Orr    Sports    October 6, 2022

Third Place Longhorns Have A Chance Friday

Another step forward in the Kimball Longhorns football program's comeback is within reach this Friday night at Hemingford. A road win. "We've obviously had our struggles, but I think we've been... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    September 8, 2022

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

 By Jim Orr    News    September 8, 2022

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

 By Jim Orr    News    September 1, 2022


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

 By Jim Orr    Sports    September 1, 2022

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...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    August 25, 2022

Millers Do Well At Mike Trader's Basketball Camp

Here's some news that could bode well for Longhorns basketball in coming years. Young Kimball basketball players Braxton Miller and MacKenzie Miller recently participated in Mike Trader's Mid-America... Full story


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