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 By Jim Orr    News    August 20, 2020

Community Health Fair Goes On As Scheduled

Even in a year of coronavirus challenges, the Kimball Community Health Fair went on as planned last Friday and Saturday. “Everything went very smoothly,” said Kerry Ferguson, the hospital’s director of community relations. “We had 101 partici...

 By Jim Orr    News    July 2, 2020

Nebraska Press Association Honors Tom Southard

The Nebraska Press Association has honored Tom Southard, who started writing sports for the Western Nebraska Observer in 1964, with a career achievement award. The NPA welcomed Southard on June 25...

 By Jim Orr    News    July 2, 2020

Pandemic Or Not, Red Knights Bike Up To Deadwood

The Kimball area Red Knights were supposed to head to Deadwood, S.D., for the Red Knights International Western Rally, but due to the COVID-19 situation it was canceled. According to Mark Whetham,...

 By Jim Orr    Sports    July 2, 2020

Lifetime Achiever

Here is the nomination column I wrote for Tom Southard to be considered for induction into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame's Class of 2020, which will be named later this year. During the... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    May 14, 2020

Work Resumes On Transit Building

The coronavirus interruption behind it, construction work is back on and heading to mid-June completion at the new Kimball County Transit Service headquarters. Project architect Ryan Stearns said the pandemic break put the $1.16 million renovation...

 By Jim Orr    News    May 7, 2020

Back At It

Construction workers are back on the job this week at the new Kimball County Transit Service building in the heart of downtown Kimball after being sidelined due to pandemic restrictions. Project...

 By Jim Orr    News    April 23, 2020

A Change In The Weather

What a difference a week makes. A mid-April snow system passed through the Kimball area late last week, blanketing the community in snow for perhaps one last time until next fall. Didn’t take long...

 By Jim Orr    News    March 19, 2020

Observer Taking COVID-19 Precautions

The Western Nebraska Observer is following recommended precautions of health authorities to promote social distancing at this time to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    February 13, 2020

Keep Kimball Beautiful Effort Looking Pretty

Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Director Jim Macy last week announced $6 million in grants to support 161 environmentally themed projects across the state. The Kimball area received a significant $102,334 chunk of those grants for Keep...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 30, 2020

Golden Waves LLC Expands

A Kimball agricultural business has expanded with the purchase of a mobile grain cleaner truck from a Colorado operation. The local company, Golden Waves LLC of 600 S. Burg St., purchased the truck from Greenbank Inc., a wheat and seed mobile...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 30, 2020

Transit Building A Work In Progress

Restoration work carries on at the new Kimball County Transit Service building – a $1.16 million project at Chestnut and 3rd streets hoped to give downtown a needed pick-me-up once it opens this spring. Transit service administrator Christy Warner...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 16, 2020

Engstrom Back At The Helm

The Kimball County Board of Commissioners at their Jan. 7 annual reorganizational meeting moved unanimously to keep the 2020 structure of county government status quo with 2019. Ryan Stearns of the architectural firm Joseph R. Hewgley and Associates...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 21, 2019

Work To Begin On Transit Building

Now it's not a question of if, but when, Kimball County Transit Service moves into its new home at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut streets in downtown Kimball. The county commissioners voted, 3-0, on... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    November 14, 2019

Kimball Salutes Veterans

The Veterans Day ceremony at Harry McNees Auditorium in Kimball is a wholehearted display of respect for America and the soldiers who serve it. For many, it is unconditional. Kimball Mayor Keith... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    November 14, 2019

Time Is Now To Help Operation Christmas Child

The Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child effort, which provides shoeboxes filled with toys and other fun items for needy children around the world, is underway at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kimball. If you’d like to help out, the...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 7, 2019

Downtown Building Project Takes A Step

Plans are moving forward to revitalize one of downtown Kimball's busiest intersections and give a new home to growing Kimball County Transit Service. The county commissioners on Tuesday accepted the...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

The Bus Stops Here

A significant moment in plans to give the growing Kimball County Transit Service a bigger, better home and downtown Kimball a shot in the arm arrives Tuesday, Nov. 5. Sealed construction bids for the... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

More Than 200 Attend Health Fair

More than 200 people took a shot last weekend to avoid the flu or just stay healthy this winter. They attended the Kimball Community Health Fair and Flu Clinic at the Kimball Health Services north...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 31, 2019

Back To Standard Time

When Mountain Standard Time returns 2 a.m Sunday, it’s time to turn back any clocks one hour that aren’t on digital devices that do it automatically. As for the vintage Larsen’s Jewelry clock... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 17, 2019

Storm Whips Through

The Farmers' Almanac might be onto something with its forecast for a frigid and snowy winter in these parts. It already started. The first winter-like storm of the season, which blasted the Panhandle... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 10, 2019

The Seeds Have Been Sown

The theme for the 2019 Kimball Farmer's Day celebration was "Sowing Seeds of Success." That phrase may apply to the event itself. Some new events this year, such as the bike race and cornhole tourname... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 10, 2019

Winter Blast Expected To Grip Area Till Friday

Kimball County’s early blast of winter-like weather this week was expected to bring 3 to 4 inches of snow, icy roads and hazardous travel conditions through Friday morning, the National Weather Service in Cheyenne warned. All of which followed a te...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019

The Farmer's Day Marshal Plan

For 2019 Farmer's Day grand marshals Susan and Dave Haack, their big day turned out to be 45 years in the making. They were married 45 years to the day – on a long-ago Farmer's Day – before... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019


Daria Anderson-Faden, the Kimball County Commissioner and Observer staff writer, continues recovering from serious injuries suffered during her Sept. 23 head-on collision in Banner County with a...

 By Jim Orr    News    October 3, 2019

It's KHS vs. KPS In The Kimball Food Challenge

The winner of the inaugural Kimball Fill the Food Pantry Cart Challenge is Kimball Health Services. The final score was KHS 490, Kimball Public Public Schools 201. That's how many food items each...


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