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 By Tonia Copeland    News    September 13, 2018 

KPS receives three new route buses

Kimball Public Schools recently received three new route buses to replace aging vehicles. The buses are expected to save the district about 50 percent in fuel costs as well as increase the safety and...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    September 13, 2018 

Committee focuses on increased activation

Kimball needs more sidewalks, walking trails and biking trails as well as better maintained sidewalks according to the results of a recent assessment by the Kimball Active Living Advisory Committee. The assessment also indicated that many would like...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    September 13, 2018 

Nolting enjoyed D.C. experience

Tim Nolting, Kimball County Commissioner, was elected secretary of the Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO) in 2017-18 and was selected to attend the National Association of County Officials Convention in Nashville, Tenn. in July. “It wa...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    September 13, 2018 

Rail Spur money still waits at the ready

Where is the money? Kimball residents and those in neighboring communities are again questioning where the rail spur project money is and how it will be used. Kimball City Administrator Dan Dean, along with Mayor Keith Prunty and City Treasurer...

 

Wildcats focus on personal success

With just one meet prior to Kimball's last week, Banner County cross country runners found both challenge and success at Four Wind's Golf Course. The newest runner, Kathryn Blankenship, has been...

 

Lady Longhorns take second at Gordon-Rushville tourney

The Lady Longhorns started their 2018 season in a triangular with Hemingford and Gordon-Rushville on Aug. 23. The Kimball volleyballers took the first set against Hemingford 25-16 before losing the...

 

Council declared properties blighted and substandard

Kimball City Council examined a number of properties at their Aug. 21 meeting and declared the addition of three areas to the substandard and blighted property list. Properties recently considered...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 30, 2018

Kimball proudly honors veterans with permanent memorial

Flags fly high at Kimball's Gotte Park with the completion of phase one of the Veteran's Memorial, a project two years in the making. On Monday, Aug. 27, citizens gathered with community leaders,...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 30, 2018

Adult lunch costs raised to statewide level

Last year the Kimball Schools nutrition program served more than 20,000 breakfasts and more than 50,000 lunches between both schools. “Of course, it goes down every year because our enrollment goes down,” Program Director Danessa Terrill said....

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 30, 2018

Underpass project hits another snag

The city of Kimball received notice that estimates have nearly doubled for the long-awaited underpass project. Though the underpass has been discussed since as early as 2009, the most recent project was initiated in 2014. At that time the city’s...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 30, 2018

Joint City/County budget board negotiate snow removal and dispatch increases

Immediately following the Park and Recreation Executive Board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, Kimball County Commissioners met with Kimball City Council to discuss several joint ventures the two municipalities share. For a number of years the City of Ki...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 30, 2018

Kimball's emergency personnel experienced a virtual training experience

Kimball saw an influx of emergency issues this past Tuesday, Aug. 28, with real life scenarios carried out by high fidelity simulators. Kimball emergency responders joined those from Pine Bluffs,...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 30, 2018

Park and Rec. budget increase held to just 2 percent

Kimball County Commissioners, along with County Clerk Cathy Sibal, met with the Kimball City Council members on Tuesday, Aug. 14 as the Park and Recreation Executive Board, one of several joint ventures between the two boards. The joint board...

 

Horns begin first year of 8 man play

In Kimball's first year playing 8 man football, and listed as D-1 in the district, Ben Aarestad returns for his second year as Longhorn's head football coach with more than 15 years of coaching...

 

Kimball Cross Country add several talented young runners

The Kimball Cross Country teams return with promising talent under veteran coaches Tiffany Johnson and Laurie Janicek. Last year the ladies lacked the numbers needed to compete as a team, with just...

 

Banner County Cross Country adds three new runners

The Wildcats Cross Country team lost Courtney Knisley to graduation, but Cheyanne Knisley will join Deven Sullivan in leading the newcomers to the sole athletic team out of Banner County Schools....

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 23, 2018

Veteran's Memorial dedication planned, flags to be unveiled

Kimball’s Veteran’s Memorial dedication will take place on Monday, August 27 at 5 p.m. in Gotte Park. The dedication will include an opening prayer and speakers, including Kimball Mayor Keith Prunty, United State Air Force Lieutenant Colonel...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 16, 2018

Activate Kimball takes one more step towards Kimball's walking/biking path

Activate Kimball hosted Felsburg Holt Ullevig Engineering at the regular Aug. 13 committee meeting from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall in Kimball. The firm, of Lincoln, created a draft report for Activate Kimball as the grassroots group that...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 16, 2018

City of Kimball is shooting for net zero property tax increase

Budget season has begun as the end of the fiscal year approaches and Kimball City Council held the first budget workshop on Thursday, Aug. 2 to review each department’s proposed budget. Council and department heads were pleased, though cautious, wi...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 16, 2018

Volunteers answer the call to open the museum

The High Plains Museum is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week through Farmer's Day, Sept. 29, thanks in large part to a small group of willing volunteers. According to High Plains...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 9, 2018

ACE funds used to build permanent tribute to veterans

Flag poles now stand tall awaiting their flags in Kimball's Gotte Park. This project has been two years in the making, and is funded by approximately $8,000 in ACE returns. The poles, which stand 25 a...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 2, 2018

Tipi Raisers ride again

As sketchy weather closed in a group of more than 20 riders on horseback, The Tipi Raisers, were welcomed to the fairgrounds in Kimball as they sought last-minute refuge last Thursday. "We weren't...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 2, 2018

Council hears harvest concern

With harvest nearing completion in the area, harvesters are likely heading out of town, but their stay in Kimball this year differed greatly from years past, City Administrator, Dan Dean, reported to...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    August 2, 2018

School Board considers VALTS program changes and requirements

The Kimball Board of Education reviewed, and updated the student, parent and staff handbook at their regular meeting on Monday, July 16. As part of this process, High School principal Eugene Hanks added a section for the VALTS (Valley Alternative...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    July 26, 2018

Has Kimball gone to the cats?

Stray cats have wreaked havoc in communities across the nation and Kimball is no exception. A public outcry for a solution is being addressed by the City of Kimball, though there are no regulations or ordinances pertaining to cats. According to...

 

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