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 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

 By Jim Orr    News    August 18, 2022

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...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 4, 2022

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

 By Jim Orr    Sports    July 7, 2022


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

 By Jim Orr    News    May 12, 2022


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

 By Jim Orr    News    May 5, 2022


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

 By Jim Orr    News    May 5, 2022

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

 By Jim Orr    News    April 14, 2022


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...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    March 17, 2022

Football Longhorns To Return Vs. Hyannis

The local high school sports calendar soon turns to spring sports – girls and boys track, boys golf and trap shooting – but it's never too early to talk some football. And there's some football... Full story

 By Jim Orr    Sports    March 10, 2022

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

 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... Full story

 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


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... Full story

 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... Full story


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