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Articles from the January 11, 2024 edition

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  • 4-Day Kimball School Week A Reality

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    When the Kimball School Board voted to approve the negotiated two-year agreement with the Kimball Education Association for the 2004-25 and 2025-26 school years, it cinched the four-day week school year. The deal included a 162-day contract with a $1,000 base increase for both school years and a retention bonus. The agreement was approved in a 5-0 vote, with board member and former athletic director Ken Smith abstaining with conflict. After the approval of the 162-day contract, the board...

  • Kimball County Court Busier With Traffic, Criminal Cases

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    Kimball County Court has increased its traffic and criminal caseloads significantly from 2022 to 2023. Traffic cases from 2022 to 2023 rose from 645 in 2022 to 941 in 2023, a 32% increase. Agencies responsible for the traffic cases are the Nebraska State Patrol, the Kimball Police Department and the Kimball County Sheriff’s Office. County Attorney Dave Wilson explained reasons for the increase in cases. Wilson said that the Nebraska State Patrol does a concentrated patrol on certain areas, and in the Kimball area the patrol focuses on I-80....

  • County Changing Buildings Director

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    Kimball County Buildings and Ground Superintendent Steve Warner was stripped of his appointment at the first meeting of the year by the Kimball County commissioners. The appointment never came to a vote because when Commissioner Carl Stander made the motion to reappoint Warner, the motion died for lack of a second. This all occurred shortly before the vote when three commissioners, attorney Matthew Turman, County Clerk Cathy Sibal and Warner had an executive closed meeting. Even with the vote to not reappoint Warner as superintendent of...


    Jan 11, 2024

    Kimball Post Office carrier Johnny Martinez, who tranferred here from Sterling, Colo., has some bitter cold work days coming up. This winter has been relatively mild, but its coldest snap so far is forecast to hit in force on Thrusday, Jan. 11, with a string of days with low temperatures plunging into minus degrees. See the Main Street Market forecast below. The City of Kimball advises water customers to keep a small stream of water running from faucets to keep pipes from freezing and breaking...

  • A Look At Area Offices Up For Election In 2024

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    The Kimball County campaign season is underway at this early date for the May 14 primary. Challenger David R. Hottell (not the sheriff) and incumbent Carl Stander are off and running. They already have filed as Republicans in the election for a seat on the county Board of Commissioners. No other candidate filings were received at the county courthouse as of Monday, but a good many area positions are up for election in 2024. The Kimball County Clerk’s Office provided this list of those positions, the incumbents and term lengths: • Kimball...

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside; Sports & Activities Keep Banner Students Busy

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    Good morning! Baby it’s cold outside, acting like it is January! Here is hoping that all is well with you and that you have your hat and gloves on if you must be outside! This week starts out with our kids having a regular day of school tomorrow, Friday, January 12th. However, there are still sports as the girls and boys varsity teams are off to play basketball at South Platte. The Lady Cats play at 5 p.m. and the Wildcats play at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile, over in the valley, there will be a PFR Insight meeting at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Scott...


    Jan 11, 2024

    Mallory Hottell rounds out the Observer's presentation of photos of Kimball FFA members who excelled during the District 12 Leadership Conference at Chadron. She is district champ in junior public speaking. Kimball will send a large delegation of qualifying members to the state contest....

  • Katherine Dolcater Lockwood

    Jan 11, 2024

    Katharine Dolcater Lockwood, 80, of Estes Park, Colorado, died at Kimball Health Services on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Lorri Kentner officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Katharine's tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church, Boy... Full story

  • Jeffrey J. Morgart

    Jan 11, 2024

    Jeffrey J. Morgart, 56 of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on January 2, 2024. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Kimball Cemetery on Friday, January 12, 2024. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Jeff's tribute wall to leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given to the family. The services for Jeff have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Jeffrey Morgart was born in Sidney, Nebraska on July 17, 1967, the son...

  • Steven Richard Thompson

    Jan 11, 2024

    Steven Richard Thompson, 71, of Pine Bluffs, WY passed away peacefully on January 4th, 2024, in a Denver, Colorado hospital. Steve was born to Richard Thompson and Melvia Stouffer on April 28th, 1952 in Vinton, Iowa. Steve grew up in Western Nebraska and Southeast Wyoming.  His sophomore year in high school, he moved to Pine Bluffs and was raised by his grandparents, Dallas and Bernice Wood. They were very supportive of his love for football, basketball and track, which he excelled in. He had... Full story

  • Longhorns Continue Their Progress

    Chad Miller, Kimball Boys Basketball Coach|Jan 11, 2024

    The Longhorns boys basketball team went 2-1 in its first three games after Christmas break, improving to 6-3 on the season. Next up going into this week was a trip to backyard rival Potter-Dix on Tuesday, Jan. 9, a JV game with visiting Pine Bluffs on Jan. 11, then games against visiting Bridgeport on Jan. 12 and visiting Gordon-Rushville on Jan. 13. Here's a recap of Kimball's wins over South Platte on Jan. 2 and Banner County on Jan. 5 and the loss to Chase County on Jan. 6 Kimball 84, South P...

  • Lady Longhorns Enjoy Record-Breaking Game Vs. Banner

    The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    The first game after the Christmas break for the Lady Longhorns was a trip to South Platte on Tuesday, January 1. Kimball started out strong and stuck with the hosts, staying within 10 points for the first three quarters, but could not overcome them in the fourth. Coach Jaclyn Burks said "the girls hustled, but the team has been battling the flu and sickness and we ran out of gas in the last quarter and put ourselves in foul trouble as well, so that did not help our efforts." Burks was pleased w...

  • Boys Win, Girls Lose In P-D Hoops

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    The Coyote basketball teams opened 2024 with a challenging task, games against rivals Bayard and South Platte. The boys team was able to grab wins in both contests, while the Lady Coyotes struggled with losses in their first contests of the new year. The Lady Coyotes opened on Friday night against a very strong Bayard team, and it was quickly apparent that the Lady Coyotes did not have the firepower to keep up with the Lady Tigers. The Bayard girls opened a big lead early and cruised all night, ending the game with a 59-9 victory....