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Articles from the April 2, 2015 edition

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 By John Verser    News    April 2, 2015

Potter-Dix ties for second at state speech competition

After they called her name, the emotion was overwhelming for Rebekah Hutchinson last Friday. "I almost cried. I was shaking so bad. I couldn't stop shaking and I felt like I was going to cry," she...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 2, 2015

KKB seeks volunteers for cleanup

Calling all volunteers. Keep Kimball Beautiful is sponsoring a litter pickup day April 11 to coincide with the Great American Cleanup campaign. Local efforts will kick off from the Kimball-Banner County Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. and is expected...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 2, 2015

Friends and Neighbors: Preserving history, promoting agriculture are important to Atkins'

"Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set." – Proverbs 22:28. Brookside Farm, located just north of the Kimball city limits, has been in the Atkins family since 1917. The...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    April 2, 2015

New foundation designed to help Kimball County projects

Howard and Peggy Atkins are Kimball County natives and proud of it. They farmed north of Dix for 50 years where they carried on with the legacy of their parents and grandparents before them. Howard’s roots grow deep in the Kimball County soil...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 2, 2015

Gingerich wins pair of art awards, earns trip to Washington, D.C.

Potter-Dix junior Sara Gingerich was recently chosen for not one, but two prestigious art awards. Gingerich was one of 60 high school juniors, chosen from 142 entrants across Nebraska, to receive a...

 

Janicek retires

Fran Janicek, right, and her husband, Wayne, stand by the refreshment table at her retirement party on Friday, March 27. Janicek is retiring from the Kimball County Assessors office after 25...

 

Dr. Douglas W. McConnell

Dr. Douglas W. McConnell, 57, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The family will accept friends at the funeral home on Friday, April 3, from 4-6 p.m. Funeral...

 

Dolores M. Wann

Dolores M. Wann, 87, of Kimball, died at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff on Saturday, March 21, 2015. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Kimball...

 

Sherryl L. Willoughby

Sherryl L. Willoughby, 74, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., died at her home in Pine Bluffs on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, at the Pine Bluffs...

 

Luverne Gade

Luverne Gade, 91, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., passed away March 13, 2015, at the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne surrounded by his family. Luverne was born April 6, 1923, in Miller, S.D., a son of the late Emil and Louise (Becker) Gade. Luverne was raised...

 

Kimball Hospital Foundation scholarship deadline is April 15

Kimball area residents pursuing professions in healthcare are encouraged to apply for assistance from the Kimball Hospital Foundation’s Healthcare Career Scholarship Program. The Healthcare Career Scholarship is designed for students pursing...

 

Main Street Market presents 'Receipts for Cash' checks

Main Street Market presented a $1,000 check to the Friends of the Library and Mary Lynch Elementary School. They each received the funds through the "Receipts for Cash" program, which gives $1,000...

 

Many activities to highlight public transit week in Kimball

There will be many activities next week to highlight public transit week in Kimball County, according to Kimball County Shuttle Coordinator Erika Loy. The week starts off on Monday, April 6, with a scavenger hunt. Anyone is able to look for 15 free t...

 

SPNRD approves changes to rules, regulations

The South Platte Natural Resources District board of directors approved a number of changes to its rules and regulations at its March board meeting, including changes to fee schedules. The proposed amendments to the Districtwide Groundwater...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    April 2, 2015

2 perfect games bowled in Lions Club fundraiser tourney

The Kimball Lions Club held their annual 9-pin no tap bowling tournament on March 20- 22 and again March 27- 29 with a combined total of 108 entries, according to event organizer Kathy Porter. An...

 
 By Larry Nelson    News    April 2, 2015

Veterans History Project: Corporal William H. Behrends, U.S. Army

In his book “Brave Men” famous war correspondent Ernie Pyle wrote that “The front line soldier lived for months like an animal and was a veteran in the cruel, fierce world of death. Everything was abnormal and unstable in his life. He was...

 

Banner County, Kimball teams have strong showing at junior high quiz bowl tournament

Two local schools teams had strong showings at the junior high quiz bowl tournament hosted March 23 by Banner County. Kimball won the eighth grade bracket in the tournament with 295 points. Banner...

 

Kimball performs well at scholastic contest

Kimball students placed well last Friday at the Chadron State College Scholastic contest. Over 1,100 students from 45 high schools competed in 44 different exams that cover every aspect of the high sc...

 

Kimball Junior High Students of the Quarter

For each quarter of the school year, three students from both the seventh and eighth grades are honored as "Students of the Quarter" at Kimball Junior/Senior High. These students are nominated by...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    April 2, 2015

Kimball boys finish second, girls take fourth at own track meet

Mitchell took home top team honors in both the girls and boys divisions of the 2015 Kimball High Track Invitational on Saturday. In the boys division the Tigers piled up 137.33 points with Kimball a...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    April 2, 2015

Potter-Dix has strong start to track season

The Potter-Dix track teams opened up the season strong as the girls finished second and the boys took fourth place at the Kimball Invite held Saturday. "I was pleased with the performances of both...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    April 2, 2015

Dahlgrin, Knisley lead Banner in season opening meet

The Banner County track team kicked off the 2015 Saturday with some strong performances at the Kimball Invite. "Saturday's meet went well," Banner coach Kari Gifford said. "It was good to see our...

 

Kimball sixth grade team takes second in Laramie, finishes season 21-10

A Kimball sixth grade girls basketball wrapped up a successful season over the weekend, finishing second in the Laramie Youth Basketball Tournament to end the 2015 campaign with a 21-10 record. The...

 

'The Wooden Keg,' 'The Rejects' win local pool titles

Several local pool players were recently recognized for winning the Fall Session of the American Poolplayers Association (APA) 8-Ball and 9-Ball Pool Leagues. Winning the Wednesday 8-Ball title was...

 

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