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 By Sydney Yalshevec    News    March 5, 2015

School board approves Mary Lynch HVAC plan

The Kimball school board approved an HVAC plan for Mary Lynch Elementary School at a special-called meeting last Wednesday. The board was presented with four different HVAC options for Mary Lynch Elementary School by Specialized Engineering...

 

Huff proposes K9 unit for Kimball police

Kimball Police Chief Darren Huff hopes the police department will soon have a K9 unit. Huff proposed the establishment of the K9 unit at last Tuesday’s city council meeting. Huff, along with Captain Andy Bremer and Officer Preston Walls, told the c...

 

Friends and Neighbors: Tickling the ivories came natural to Patricia Randolph at an early age

Kimball is a place of hidden talents. People with talents big and small inhabit Kimball, and some even share their talents with others. Patricia Randolph is a talent nestled in Kimball and she tries...

 

Planning commission recommends Verizon cell tower to city council

The Kimball planning commission approved a permit for a cell phone tower at its meeting on Feb. 18. The commission members approved a conditional use permit for a Verizon Wireless cell phone tower. If approved by the city council, the tower will be...

 

Friends and Neighbors: Perry-Jay has lived the full life in Kimball

Kimball has a long history, and it would not have that history if it was not for the residents that choose to call it home. One of Kimball's longtime residents is Louise M. Perry-Jay, a mother,...

 

Commissioners discuss phone systems

The Kimball County commissioners heard a proposal about a phone system at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting. The assessor, district clerk, and sheriff’s offices requested sidecar telephones. These phones are programmable so that they allow a...

 

Wedding Guide 2015: A look at wedding trends

Weddings are a time of joy, however, they can also be a time of stress. Not only must a bride take into account her own tastes, she must learn to describe what she wants or collect pictures in order...

 

City approves permit for cell phone tower

The Kimball City Council approved a conditional use permit for a cell tower belonging to Viaero Wireless at its Feb. 3 meeting. A public hearing was held before the council approved the request for a cell phone tower from Viaero Wireless. Viaero...

 

Johnson, Sherman happy to help as EMTs

A young child breaks his arm, a family wrecks their car, an elderly woman slips and falls, all of these situations have one thing in common, they will be responded to by an emergency service. With an EMT training class currently being offered, those...

 

Jury finds Vencil Ash guilty of first degree murder

At 7:15 p.m. Monday, a jury found Vencil Leo Ash III guilty of first degree murder in the 2003 death of Ryan Guitron. Monday's verdict ended the weeklong trial. Ash will return to court early next...

 

Murder trial begins

The State of Nebraska versus Vencil Ash trial with jury held its first full day of court on Tuesday. Vencil Ash is charged with the 2003 murder of Ryan Guitron. He was previously found guilty of the murder in July 2012. However, the Nebraska Supreme...

 

Kimball planning commission looks at housing study

The City of Kimball Planning Commission received an update on the comprehensive housing study at its Jan. 19 meeting. Hanna:Keelan is the firm that is handling Kimball’s comprehensive plan, which includes a housing study. This extensive housing...

 

New ambulance needed, commissioners told

Kimball County Commissioners were told a new ambulance was needed at their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 20. Ambulance Director Carla Goranson brought along Mike Schadegg of Schadegg Motors to help explain that the county ambulances are in...

 

Kimball City Council gets MEAN update

The Kimball City Council received an update on the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska from City Administrator Daniel Ortiz at a short meeting held Jan. 20. “I will be attending a meeting for Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, MEAN, this week so...

 

Anderson-Faden excited in new role as commissioner

History was made last November in Kimball County when Daria Anderson-Faden became the first-ever female to be elected county commissioner here. She was recently sworn into office. Anderson-Faden is a...

 

School board hears various updates

The Kimball Public School board of education heard various updates on students’ accomplishments at its Jan. 12 meeting. Each board of education meeting reserves a time slot on the agenda to review what is called, “Pride in Excellence.” This...

 

Binod hopes to help members as new chamber director

After two years, the Kimball Banner County Chamber of Commerce has hired a new chamber director. Larissa Binod is the newly hired chamber director, and will be in the chamber office from 10 a.m. to 2...

 

Vencil Ash re-trial set for week of Jan. 26

Vencil Ash was brought to the Kimball County District Courthouse once again, this time on Jan. 6 to prepare for his upcoming re-trial. Ash was present for a 404 hearing, which allows for the submission of evidence that reflects on the defendant's cha...

 

Council accepts bid on event center roof repairs

The Kimball City Council approved a bid on the event center roof renovations at its meeting on Jan. 6. The meeting began with the discussion of the tabled item from the previous meeting. That item...

 

Commissioners accept chalk drawing from Sam Glenn visit

The first commissioners meeting of the year was held last Thursday after the county's newly elected officials were sworn in. Larry Engstrom, who was re-elected, and newly elected commissioner Daria An...

 

Winter storms hit area

Kimball experienced some rather intense snow that began close to Christmas. Chris Hammer, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, said that Kimball received roughly five inches of snowfall and experienced temperatures that dropped...

 

New year provides opportunities to make changes

It is no secret that new year resolutions tend to go unfulfilled. This often happens because people do not know where to begin with their resolutions and therefore do not have the motivation to follow through. There are several places in Kimball...

 

2014 was historic, eventful

The area experienced quite the year in 2014. The Kimball Oil Derrick was resurrected in October, Daria Anderson- Faden was the first female elected as a Kimball County Commissioner in November, and a...

 

Public works board looks at landfill, landlord agreement

The Kimball board of public works discussed the city's landfill, electricity and a landlord agreement at the Dec. 23 meeting. The room was packed with over 30 people present due to certain agenda...

 

City approves Big Mamou liquor permit, seeks more training for Shopko

The Kimball City Council approved one liquor license and delayed one while seeking more training at its Dec. 16 meeting. Dedra R. Murray requested a liquor license for the Big Mamou Steakhouse, which was approved. After that, an application for a...

 

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