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Articles from the January 4, 2024 edition

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  • Seven Arrested In Drug Bust

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 4, 2024

    After two long days and nights of working wrecks on the interstate during the Christmas blizzard, Kimball County Sheriff Dave Hottell said he anticipated having a nice, quiet day at home on Wednesday. The relaxing day off did not happen. A county court arrest warrant for nonpayment of a fine would trigger a search warrant and eventually the arrest of a total of seven individuals for felony meth possession. Wednesday began by serving an arrest warrant for fines unpaid from the County Court of...

  • 'You Have To Look Forward'

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 4, 2024

    Josh Holz is moving in a positive direction as the New Year begins. "You have to look forward," he said. "There is no sense in looking backward." These wise words from 33-year-old Josh Holz ring true as he begins 2024 using his first prosthetic hand. Daily, ordinary things have been difficult, but with his new prosthetic, he can hold and grip things. Josh said it is "easier to hold the plate and cut my steak" and "easier to butter toast." His first prosthetic "is a very simple one that uses a...


    Jan 4, 2024

    Contractors are putting the finishing touches on Kimball's new hospital, with a planned completion date of Jan. 12 and a projected opening of Feb. 5.  Those dates are pending inspections by several entities and are certainly not "set in stone" according to Troy Kurz, Director of Facilities at KHS and project manager for the $43 million new construction project.  Kurz said final inspections by the state fire marshal and state electrical inspector are complete and final reports are expected...

  • Operation Christmas Child Grows Significantly Here

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Jan 4, 2024

    Pastor Roger Gillming and Kathy Welfl, volunteer leaders with Operation Christmas Child in the Nebraska Panhandle, expressed gratitude to all who helped “this amazing ministry” grow significantly in the region this past Christmas season. Gillming and Welfl said 572 more shoeboxes were filled this year than last year thanks to assistance in the goodwill effort from volunteers, the Observer and other media. “With your help, 3,372 shoeboxes from the Panhandle were filled (with donations) and delivered to our central drop-off site in...


    Jan 4, 2024

    If you're not out and about at 5:30 a.m. this time of year, this is what downtown Kimball looks like. A winter postcard. The city once again did a fine job stringing those lights across the business building roofs....

  • New Year Begins And So Do School Days In Banner County

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 4, 2024

    Holy cow! Just like that we have a New Year! New do-overs to get it right. Not a whole lot going on, but here is what I’ve got. Today, January 4th, 2024 there is a New Year Animal Camp out at the Riverside Discovery center from 9:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. with a pizza lunch provided on site. Register at the gift shop please. Yesterday the staff at Banner County School returned, with or without smiles on their faces. Those vacations are always too short. The students returned today, and probably are ready to be back, and with tomorrow (the 5th) to b...


    Jan 4, 2024

    The Observer is not done yet publishing images of Kimball FFA members who excelled during the recent District 12 Leadership Conference at Chadron State. It takes time, you know, when there are so many state qualifiers and ribbon winners. Here we have Carly Murdoch, with her red ribbon, and Julia Winstrom, with her blue. They both showed their stuff in employment skills. Kimball FFA will be sending a large delegation of qualifying members to the state contest at Lincoln in Apr...

  • Harley Buford Carter

    Jan 4, 2024

    Harley Buford Carter, 84, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, passed away on December 28, 2023. Cremation has taken place and graveside services will be held at the Nebraska Veteran's Cemetery in Alliance, NE at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to the Harrisburg, Nebraska (Banner County) Volunteer Fire Department in memory of Buford Carter. Online condolences may be made by viewing Buford's memorial page at www.bridgmanfuneralhome.com. Bridgman... Full story

  • Michael D. Curless

    Jan 4, 2024

    Michael D. Curless, 86, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Sunday, December 24, 2023. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Michael's Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. The services for Michael have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Michael D Curless was born 2-23-1937 in Quincy, Illinois and died 12-24-2023 in Kimball, Nebraska.  Born to Donald Curless and... Full story

  • Elda H. Heidemann

    Jan 4, 2024

    Elda H. (Giesert) Heidemann, 95, of Fairbury, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at Gardenside LTC-JCHC in Fairbury, NE. She was born on July 24, 1928, in Denver, CO to Adolph and Elda (John) Geisert. Elda attended public school through 6th Grade, then Lutheran School and graduated from South High School. She also attended the Denver Art Institute. Elda worked at AT&T in Denver before moving to Kimball, NE with her beloved 'Grandpa Drake', who had homesteaded in Kimball....

  • Lawrence Harold Christensen

    Jan 4, 2024

    Formal services for Lawrence Harold Christensen of Kimball will be held Friday, January 5, 2024, at Calvlary Chapel Church, 129 Walnut St,, Windsor, CO 80550 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow at the church. Harris Funeral Directors of Aurora, CO have been entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Judes in his memory at https://fundraising.stjude.org/goto/Lchristensonmemorial An informal Celebration of Life will be held at the 4-H Building in Kimball, NE, on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. We...


    Jan 4, 2024

    While out for a New Year's Day ride on her motorcycle, Claudyne Jones' daughter Shelly Myers stopped on a bridge by Broadwater to take a photo of her bike. Enjoying the view, Myers heard puppies yipping and barking below the bridge. She found three small cold and scared puppies. Eventually she was able to rescue them, and her daughter came to pick them up. They were taken to a rescue and found new homes quickly. By Tuesday afternoon, all of the puppies were adopted....

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