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 By Tonia Copeland    News    October 4, 2018

New activities and old favorites renewed at 2018 Farmer's Day

Farmer's Day 2018 had many new activities to enjoy along with several familiar festivities, but one thing was missed by many – the car show. According to committee member Assunta Nelson, the longtim...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    October 4, 2018

2018 Farmer's Day Dignitaries

Each year the Farmer's Day committee seeks nominations for stand-out citizens in three categories: Outstanding Farmer/Rancher, Outstanding Homemaker and the Grand Marshal. This year they culled the...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    October 4, 2018

Demo Derby a Farmer's Day highlight for many

The Farmer's Day Demolition Derby was another exciting show for spectators on Saturday evening, with one car getting turned on its side and another ablaze, it was maybe a little too exciting for...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    October 4, 2018

Fun Run kicks off Farmer's Day Fun

Results are in for the 2018 Farmer's Day Fun Run. Those running the five mile were few, and led by Bryant Knigge with a time of 33:16. Many readers will remember Bryant from his days at Kimball Public...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    October 4, 2018

Bob Quick's Journey led him straight into Kimball, and straight into a fun student initiation

Bob Quick isn't afraid to live, in 14 years he was been dead twice, once for 3.5 minutes and once for 22 minutes. Bob has had 27 heart procedures, 19 stents and now has an ICD in his chest that...

 

Kimball runners keep improving their times

Kimball's Cross County team ran the course in Gothenburg on Thursday, Sept. 27 with nearly all the Longhorns showing improvement, once again, on their times. Perhaps the standout at Gothenburg was...

 

Introducing your 2018 Farmer's Day dignitaries

Each year the Farmer's Day committee seeks nominations for stand-out citizens in three categories: Outstanding Farmer/Rancher, Outstanding Homemaker and the Grand Marshal. This year they culled the...

 

Fun for everyone at the 2018 Farmer's Day

Kimball will be bursting with activity this weekend as the Farmer’s Day committee has planned lots of family friendly and fun activities for celebrants of all ages. Though the official day is Saturday, Sept. 29, the fun begins on Friday with the...

 

Prepare for disaster

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This is the theme of 2018 National Preparedness Month, which is observed each September. September is a perfect time to learn lifesaving skills, such as first aid and CPR, according to the official NPM...

 

Kimball runners hit new bests

Kimball’s Cross Country runners competed at Alliance on Saturday, Sept. 15 with one medal winner, Zachery Wagner, finishing sixth in varsity in just 18:33. Wagner was followed by teammates Thomas Lenzen in 19:40, Draven Vickery in 22:27, Brady Kilg...

 

Underpass project progresses to bidding

Mayor's have come and gone, council members and city administrators too, but the underpass renovation project remains. The underpass renovation project has been discussed in Kimball for more than 15...

 

District focuses on auditorium renovation

The Kimball Board of Education considered additional renovation to the Harry E. McNees Auditorium, built in the 60s, at the recent board meeting. Part of the renovations have already begun, and been...

 

Banner County runners meet and exceed record times

At their third meet of the season, in Bridgeport, the Banner County cross country runners continue to find their stride and are matching, or beating, their personal records. The lone Banner County Junior High runner, Nathan McGowan, ran a personal...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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