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  • Flags to go up soon marking City consumer's water pits

    Staff Report|Oct 18, 2018

    Citizens may have seen flags placed in Kimball alleys near electric meters and water pits this past week as the City of Kimball plans to trim vegetation around the meters soon. Trimming around the fixtures will enable crews to see them more easily and the flags will enable workers to find pits when the snow begins to pile up. Questions and concerns can be directed to the City of Kimball at 308-235-3639....

  • Lady Horns fall to Pine Bluffs in 3 sets

    Staff Report|Oct 4, 2018

    The Kimball Lady Horns fell to Pine Bluffs last Thursday, Sept. 27 in their away game just across state lines. In three sets the Hornets were able to close out the match, taking the first set win 20-25. The second set 18-25, and the third 13-25. to give Kimball their 11 loss on the season. No stats were available for this game. Kimball faced Bayard and Potter-Dix in a triangular tournament in Bayard on Tuesday no information was available at time of press. Lady Horns will look to match up with...

  • Hear the Historic Hotel story on Farmer's Day

    Staff Report|Sep 27, 2018

    A small light will shine in the memory of the Wheat Growers Hotel this coming Farmers Day weekend, with a bit of history from former owner Ed Avila. This opportunity will give residents of Kimball a chance to hear the many different stories of the historic hotel for themselves. Avila was asked by the Plains Historical Society to give a presentation at the Downtown Museum directly following the Farmers Day parade on Saturday, Sept. 29. “I am looking forward to sharing the hotel experience with others, it’s always a good time,” said Avila...

  • Meet the Force

    Staff Report|Sep 27, 2018

    The City of Kimball will provide interested citizens with an opportunity to meet the local police force on Oct. 4 from 5 – 6 p.m at the Eagles in downtown Kimball. Police officers that are expected at the even include Kimball Police Chief Andy Bremer, Sergeant Dwain Murdoch, officers Mike Winget, Henderson Bryson, Abi Peters and Community Service Officer Tammy Rutt....

  • Kiwanis is always looking for new members

    Staff Report|Aug 23, 2018

    In the next year Kiwanis of Kimball and Banner Counties is looking to grow their members and solidify the events and programs to offer Kimball and Banner Counties. Kiwanis of Kimball and Banner Counties began less than a year ago, there were 15 members needed to officially register the club with Kiwanis International. According to Jay Fennell, President Elect for Kiwanis of Kimball and Banner Counties, Kiwanis of Kimball and Banner Counties is a young professionals club. “We welcome anyone over the age of 18 and we are always looking for new m...

  • 2018 Potter Days Grand Marshals

    Staff Report|Aug 23, 2018

    Bob and Shirley Gaston have been selected the 2018 Potter Days Grand Marshals. Potter Days festivities are August 31 and September 1 and 2. Bob was born in Sidney, and attended Potter Public Schools, graduating in 1974. He attended Western Nebraska Technical College and received an Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Auto Mechanics Technology. He worked in partnership with his dad at Bud's Texaco and he and Shirley later became owners. He then worked at Nebraskaland Tire and for the last 11...

  • City begins 2018 abatement season

    Staff Reports|Mar 29, 2018

    Spring brings showers, flowers and abatement. The City of Kimball is beginning the property abatement process for 2018. Kimball Mayor Keith Prunty asks citizens to do their part to make Kimball inviting - clean up properties. City crews started their work on Tuesday, March 27, with one local property, shown at right....

  • Kimball's Dead Eye Shooters show well at Mitchell

    Staff Report|Feb 2, 2017

    The Kimball Dead Eye Shooters 4-H Club competed at the Scottsbluff County Panhandle Best Competition in Mitchell on Sunday, Jan. 29, and walked away winners. In the 9-10 year old bb gun division, Jessica Terrill was second overall with a 367 and she took first in kneeling. Julia Winstrom placed first in the 11–12 year old bb gun division with a 368. She placed first in standing, sitting and kneeling positions. Also in the 11-12 year old division, Chris Foster placed second with a 356 and was f...

  • Boviall places first in Battle of the Thorns' elementary folkstyle division

    Staff Report|Nov 17, 2016

    Youth wrestling is again in full swing and Kimball has two young ladies hitting the mats this year. The team recently competed at the War of the Roses, Battle of the Thorns event in Colorado. Sierra (Starr) Boviall led the recent Elementary folkstyle contest for youth in grades 3-5. Boviall placed first and scored 16 points for the Tri-State Grapplers. In round one she won by fall over Bralynn Arroyo from RATTLERS Athletics in just 22 seconds. Boviall followed that quick pin up with a second round pin in 57 seconds over Alejandra Rodriguez,...

  • Kimball junior high girls sweep the Bulldogs

    Staff Report|Nov 17, 2016

    The Kimball girls Junior High basketball teams took on the Bridgeport Bulldogs for their second game of the season on Monday, Nov. 14 in Bridgeport. It was a sweeping victory for both the 7 and 8 grade girls. In 7th grade play, they came out on the floor with good intensity. High scorer for the team was Payton Wise with 8, showing good offensive tenacity according to coach Danielle Reader. Maddie Merryfield followed with four points, and Katie Heeg added three to the Shorthorn board. “Katie Heeg continues to play a key role in this teams s...

  • Kimball youth food drive

    Staff Report|Nov 10, 2016

    On Saturday, Nov. 5, 22 students and 11 adults from the Kimball Community distributed over 1,000 bags, donated by Main Street Market, and flyers to houses and apartments in Kimball. Another group of students, alongside adult volunteers, will collect the donations on Saturday, Nov. 12. These donations will be used to help restock the local food pantry before the holidays. If anyone would like to donate, please leave the items outside your door by 9 am on Saturday morning for collection. Items...

  • Kimball-Banner Counties 4-H recognizes member achievements

    Staff Report|Nov 10, 2016

    Kimball-Banner Counties 4-H Recognizes Member Achievements 4-H’ers and their families celebrated their accomplishments of the last year during the annual Kimball-Banner Counties Awards Celebration on Saturday, November 4, during a skating party at the Brannon Bounce House in Gering. 4-H members and leaders were recognized for their achievements. Outstanding 4-H’er for 2016 was Chloe Berger, daughter of Aaron and Elise Berger of Kimball. Friend of 4-H was Danessa Terrill for her dedication and service to the 4-H program. The 4-H Diamond Clo...

  • Deer hunters encouraged to participate in Hunters Helping the Hungry

    Staff Report|Nov 10, 2016

    Hunters are invited to donate deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program this fall so ground venison may be provided to Nebraskans in need. Hunters pay no processing costs for this donation-driven program. There will be 21 processors around the state accepting donated deer during the Nov. 12-20 firearm deer season. Eighteen are currently available for archery hunters. The HHH program is funded solely by tax-deductible contributions. Hunters should first talk with processors but may...

  • Wildcats struggled with Minatare's size

    Staff Report|Sep 22, 2016

    The Banner County wildcats took one on the chin as they lost a conference game against Minatare, at home Friday, 45-83. "Our biggest challenge was Minatare's size, I knew going in we would struggle with their size and that is what happened," coach Charles Jones said. "I felt that they wore us down as the game went on and that is something that we struggle with in practice is simulating other teams size," he added. Recognizing these things, coach Jones said they need to keep working on the...

  • Lady Coyotes get pair of wins

    Staff Report|Sep 15, 2016

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes volleyball squad put a couple more notches in the win column this weekend as they took part in the Gordon-Rushville tournament. The Coyotes defeated Mitchell 2-1. Scores for the games were 25-21, 21-25, 23-25. The Ladies also defeated the Hemingford Bobcats 2-1. Scores for those games were 26-24, 14-25, 26-24. The Lady Coyotes currently have a 5-1 record according to www.maxpreps.com...

  • Lady Wildcats drop two

    Staff Report|Sep 15, 2016

    The Banner County Lady Wildcats took part in the Bayard Triangular, last week, and came up a bit short. Banner County squared off against the Bayard Tigers and lost 2-0. Scores for those games were 3-25, 19-25. The ladies also played against Sioux County at the triangular. They once again lost two straight. The scores were 15-25, 15-25. According to maxpreps.com, the Lady Wildcats are still seeking their first win of the season....

  • Coyotes suffered discouraging defeat

    Staff Report|Sep 1, 2016

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes took the road, Friday, to take on the Arthur County Wolves at Arthur County High School. A tough game for the Coyotes as they opened their season with a 0-69 conference loss. The Coyotes struggled to get their ground game going with Tyrus Gawith leading all rushers with 12 carries for 75 yards. Connor Williams followed with 9 yards on 20 carries. According to the stats, the Coyotes did ring up four interceptions against the Wolves. Gawith led with two picks, Dylan Nielsen and JT. Herboldsheimer each had 1. The Coyotes...

  • Shooting gallery opens this Farmer's Day

    Staff Report|Aug 25, 2016

    Step right up, folks, and try your hand! A fun, new activity will be unveiled at the 90th Farmer’s Day in Kimball, brought forth by the Kimball Lion’s Club – an old-fashioned shooting gallery. “We thought it would be cool to have something that was from days gone by when families went to the carnival or the fair and there were these types of games for the kids to play,” event co-organizer Kathy Porter said. “Dad would help win the prizes, or young couples would try to win a prize for their beau; something to create some nostalgia. Kimball had...

  • Baby photo's requested for Farmer's Day contest

    Staff Report|Aug 25, 2016

    My you have a beautiful baby! The Farmer’s Day Baby Photo Contest has been an annual favorite for decades, but since 2014 the contest has taken on a new format. According to Kim Sharples, coordinator for the contest, in 2013 parents would bring baby photos to a central location. At that time she suggested submitting photos via email because some parents could not provide printed photos. “I think in years past they used to have a time when they actually brought children in, but I don’t think it worked well for them to do it that way,” Sharple...

  • 85th Annual Potter Days September 1, 2 & 3

    Staff Report|Aug 25, 2016

    Potter Days kicks off its 85th year on September 1, 2016 with the crowning of Miss Potter Days at the Legion Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday’s events start at noon with burgers, pies, coffee and more at the Youth Center Stand followed by kids games starting at 2:30 downtown. The Village Shop will feature ag and household exhibits from 2 until 5 p.m. A two mile Glow run/walk Friday night starts on the corner of Front and Chestnut with registration beginning at 8:30 and the run starts at 9 p.m. Cost is $15 per adult and $10 for 6th grade and u...

  • Master Nebraska storyteller to perform at Kimball Public Library

    Staff Report|Aug 18, 2016

    “The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley” comes to the Kimball Public Library tonight, Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m., when Charlotte Endorf will bring the story of Annie Oakley, one of America’s Wild West legends, to life. Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Moses, began providing for her mother, step-father and siblings at the age of 15, using her dad’s old Kentucky rifle to hunt small game, according to her biography. She has been described by most as an excellent markswoman and has been called the “greatest woman rifle shot.” Regardless of what she is call...

  • Dead Eyes shoot well at Nationals

    Staff Report|Jul 14, 2016

    Seven members of the local Dead Eye Shooters 4-H Shooting Sports Club participated in the Daisy National BB Gun Championship match held in Rogers, Ark over the July 4th weekend. Team members were Taylor Terrill, Jaren Winstrom, Julia Winstrom, Bailie Brower and Jared Barnes. Alternates, who also participated, were Jessica Terrill and Chris Foster. The team earned the right to participate with a third place finish at the Nebraska State 4-H BB Gun and Air Rifle Championships held in April. The...

  • Missoula Children's Theatre offers youth theatrical opportunity

    Staff Report|Jun 30, 2016

    From a break down in Montana to the bright stage lights in Kimball, the Missoula Children’s Theater has come a long way. In the summer of 1970 unemployed actor, Jim Caron was traveling from Chicago to Oregon for a friend’s wedding when his vehicle broke down. While waiting for the repairs at the nearest service station, in Missoula Mont., Caron auditioned for a part in Man of La Mancha, and was given the role of “Sancho”. Caron along with Don Collins, the actor portraying Don Quixote, organized a troupe to perform for children in the area in...

  • A salute to dads

    Staff Report|Jun 16, 2016

    The Western Nebraska Observer asked readers to submit a letter nominating a father as the greatest dad in honor of Father’s Day. The winning letter comes from a past graduate of Kimball High School, who remembers her father’s struggle to balance work life with quality family time. She continues to admire her dad’s focus on family, now with grandchildren and she enjoys seeing the mutual love and excitement between the two generations. Without further ado, we announce the 2016 Greatest Dad winner – Rich Flores. Read his daughter, Amy’s,...

  • Longhorn Country

    Staff Report|May 19, 2016

    “On the 55th anniversary of our graduation from Kimball County High School, the Class of 1961 would like to present this marquee designating the north entrance to the high school campus. We thank the staff and administration from 1961 for the quality education afforded our class and good luck to all of the future students of the Kimball Public School system,” Jerry Knutsen, President Class of 1961. Work on the project began in earnest nearly a year ago, with approval from 22 of 34 surviving Cla...

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