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 By Jim Orr    News    September 26, 2019

Anderson-Faden Injured In Crash

Daria Anderson-Faden, a Kimball County commissioner and Western Nebraska Observer staff writer, was among four people injured in a two-vehicle Monday morning accident in Banner County. She was listed... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    September 12, 2019

County Makes Cuts, But Taxes Inch Up

Spending is down a bit and the tax rate up nearly 2 cents for every $100 of property valuation under the $32.45 million Kimball County budget that the board of commissioners approved Sept. 4. For the owner of a $100,000 home, annual county property...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 29, 2019

Kimball Area Recylcling Gets Boost From State

Kimball has received a $10,212 slice of Nebraska's funding pie for recycling and waste reduction. The grant money will go to the "Keep Kimball Beautiful" campaign. Some funds will be for increasing...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 22, 2019

Manor Appeals Probation Notice

Kimball County Manor is appealing a disciplinary action notice by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services following the May 30 death of manor resident Marllene Goodon due to an accident...

 By Jim Orr    News    August 15, 2019

Girl Scouts Troop 18412 A Reality In Kimball

A newly formed Girl Scouts troop has bloomed in Kimball, and they're off to a good start. Say hello to Troop 18412. "Throughout the year, these girls have chosen to learn about topics including...

 By Jim Orr    News    June 13, 2019

Anderson-Faden Back At It As Commissioner

Daria Anderson-Faden has returned to the Kimball County Board of Commissioners. She was sworn into office May 21. She filled the vacancy that opened with the resignation of former Commissioner...

 By Jim Orr    News    May 23, 2019

Weather Or Not, Service Set For Monday

Nothing like some late May snowfall to delay preparations for the annual Kimball County Memorial Day Service at Kimball Cemetery. But organizers hope to have everything in order for the star-spangled ceremony next Monday, May 27. Kimball Mayor Keith...

 By Jim Orr    News    March 21, 2019

Shopko To Close All Remaining Stores

Reasons for the demise of Kimball’s Shopko Hometown store extend far beyond the local store’s business performance alone. “It’s a company issue,” Kimball City Administrator Dan Dean told the Observer on Tuesday. It most certainly is....

 By Jim Orr    News    March 14, 2019

Blizzard Strikes Fiercely, Delays Observer Delivery

The Blizzard of 2019 walloped the Kimball area with wicked sustained winds, freezing rain and heavy snow as forecast – forcing the closure of schools, businesses, government offices and highways... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    February 28, 2019

Casino Night Raises $10,500

Kimball Hospital Foundation hit the jackpot with its Casino Night fundraiser. That's in terms of community support and money raised. More than 200 charitable gamblers filled Kimball Event Center on... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    February 28, 2019

Shopko Just About Done

The end is just about here for the Kimball Shopko Hometown store on Highway 71. Shopko is expected to close its doors for good 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The company announced late last year that the store was among 39 in 17 states closing for...

 By Jim Orr    News    February 7, 2019

Panhandle Tourism Coalition Gets $4,000

Getting the good word out about the Nebraska Panhandle has received a boost. The Nebraska Tourism Commission has awarded a $4,000 grant to the Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition, which serves the Kimball area, to participate in a “social media...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 31, 2019

Widespread Respiratory Illness Serious

Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, that it was temporarily limiting visitor access due to widespread respiratory illness throughout the region. No visitors under age 18 were to be allowed in the hospital until...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 31, 2019

Kimball Library Turns High-Tech Page

Kimball Public Library is one of 30 libraries statewide chosen for a program to let library visitors use high-tech equipment to make various items – such as signs, personally designed T-shirts and pin-back buttons and much more – at bargain...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 24, 2019


Should it stay or should it go? The future of Kimball’s historic but rundown Longhorn Restaurant building apparently will be in the City Council’s hands as soon as it officially gains possession... Full story


Kimball Rallies For Amy Sapp

A big rally benefit for motorcycle crash victim Amy Sapp, the Kimball economic developer and special projects coordinator, is set for 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kimball Event Center. And...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 24, 2019

Super Blood Wolf Moon

Usually, Drew Beisecker takes Kimball Longhorns basketball photos for the Western Nebraska Observer. But on June 20, he captured these images from his Kimball home of the only total lunar eclipse of... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    January 17, 2019

School Board Back To Business

The Kimball school board at its organizational meeting Monday night welcomed three newly elected school board members, saluted more than two dozen students for a job well done, and discussed plans to...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 17, 2019

Kimball, Shopko Building Owner Keeping 'In Touch'

A line of communication is established between the city of Kimball and the owner of the building that houses the Shopko Hometown store expected to close by the end of February. Both parties share a goal: finding a new business tenant or tenants to...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 17, 2019

Suspicious Fire Chars Car In Dix

A fire of suspicious nature on Friday night, Jan. 4, destroyed an automobile next to a carport on the north side of U.S. Highway 30 in Dix, the Dix Volunteer Fire Department reported. Dix...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 17, 2019

Oh, Baby! Rosalee Ann Osborn Opens 2019

And the first Kimball baby born in 2019 is ... Rosalee Ann Osborn – all 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and 19.5 inches of her. Little Rosalee was born 7:56 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Regional West Medical...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 10, 2019

Kimball Pumped Up On Gas Prices

Average gas prices in Kimball dropped about 9 cents last week – from $2.24 to $2.15 per gallon of regular unleaded, according to a Western Nebraska Observer survey. The drop brings Kimball to within an uncharacteristically close 2 cents of...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 10, 2019


The annual Kimball Banner Chamber of Commerce banquet will serve up a main course of economic promise this time around. The banquet, next Monday, Jan. 14, at Kimball Event Center, features a presentation, “Preparing Your Business for the Missile...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 10, 2019

End Appears Near For Kimball Shopko

If it weren’t already the case, the future for Kimball’s Shopko Hometown store appears certain to be short. Consider: • The store has begun selling off its fixtures. • A banner across the front of the building says “CLOSING” in big, bold...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 3, 2019


Local shoppers continue filling their vehicles with items bought at Kimball's Shopko Hometown store, but they soon could be filling up with something else – more gasoline at the fuel pump -- if the... Full story


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