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Articles from the January 15, 2015 edition


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  • Vencil Ash re-trial set for week of Jan. 26

    Sydney Yalshevec|Jan 15, 2015

    Vencil Ash was brought to the Kimball County District Courthouse once again, this time on Jan. 6 to prepare for his upcoming re-trial. Ash was present for a 404 hearing, which allows for the submission of evidence that reflects on the defendant's character. There are annotations of this particular statute that encompass character evidence, prior bad act evidence, probative value determination and effect of remoteness. At the hearing, state of Nebraska attorneys Corey O'Brien and Sandy Allen came forth with the intent to offer 404 evidence perta...

  • A SPECIAL RETIREMENT VISITOR

    Jan 15, 2015

    Outgoing Kimball County Commissioner Larry Brower, right, had a special visitor at his retirement open house Friday afternoon in the county courthouse. Brower's mother, Miriam, who is 108 years old, came to town for the open house. Residents had the opportunity to visit with Brower at the open house held Friday. The former commissioner chose not to run for re-election after 20 years in office....

  • Council accepts bid on event center roof repairs

    Sydney Yalshevec|Jan 15, 2015

    The Kimball City Council approved a bid on the event center roof renovations at its meeting on Jan. 6. The meeting began with the discussion of the tabled item from the previous meeting. That item was the consideration of the renewal of the liquor license submitted by James E. Larson Jr., manager of Shopko Hometown #700. The main concern brought to the forefront by several council members was whether or not Shopko was making an effort to provide their employees with training regarding the...

  • Veterans History Project: Richard S. Ryder, U.S. Navy machinist's mate third class

    Larry Nelson, Veterans History Project|Jan 15, 2015

    In Early 1942, Richard Ryder and a few of his buddies went to the local recruiting office in Parkersburg, W. Va.. They were ready to sign up. It didn’t much matter which branch of service they were going into. Like so many young men at the time, they wanted in the fight. The recruiter told the young men to wait a few months until they finished high school and were old enough, then they could join up. Richard was already in college at Purdue University in Indiana. He was studying mechanical engineering and took classes in a unit called the...

  • Commissioners accept chalk drawing from Sam Glenn visit

    Sydney Yalshevec|Jan 15, 2015

    The first commissioners meeting of the year was held last Thursday after the county's newly elected officials were sworn in. Larry Engstrom, who was re-elected, and newly elected commissioner Daria Anderson-Faden, joined Tim Nolting for the first commissioners meeting of 2015. The moment was a rather historical one since Anderson-Faden is the first female county commissioner in the history of Kimball County. The commissioners went over the business of the new year, assigning each commissioner to...

  • Helen M. Henson

    Jan 15, 2015

    Helen M. Henson, 88, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Kimball Presbyterian Church with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends were able to call at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 1-6 p.m. Memorials have been established to Kimball Presbyterian Church. Friends may leave expressions of sympathy and view the obituary at www.cantrellfh.com...

  • Leona E. Baluska

    Jan 15, 2015

    Leona E. Baluska, 88, of Bushnell, died at the Kimball County Manor on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., with Pastor John Melms officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 1-6 p.m. to sign the register book and leave condolences for the family. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view the obituary and leave messages...

  • Melody Ann Farrar

    Jan 15, 2015

    Melody Ann Farrar left her pain and suffering behind Tuesday morning, Jan. 6, 2015. She fought a long and valiant battle. Melody Ann Farrar was born on June 20, 1956, in Kimball, the third of four daughters to Earl and Charlotte (Petsch) Gilbert. She lived in Kimball until her family moved to McCook in 1965. She graduated from the McCook High School in 1974. Melody was a butterfly swimmer on the local swim team and an amazing pitcher in girls softball. After high school she attended and...

  • Farm Bill informational meeting to be held Jan. 22

    Jan 15, 2015

    The Kimball County Farm Service Agency will host a Farm Bill informational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 a.m. at Kimball Eagles Club, located at 216 S. Chestnut in Kimball. The meeting is free and open to the public.  Meeting attendees will learn about Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Bill programs including the one-time option to Reallocate Base Acres and/or Update Payment Yields, the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Programs, the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Program, Payment Eligibility and Conservation Compliance Provisions. Producers are...

  • Local students named to dean's, president's list at Chadron State

    Jan 15, 2015

    Several local students were honored on the president’s list and dean’s list at Chadron State College. The president’s list, which requires a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average, consists of 277 names. Students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify. Local students named to the president’s list are: Kassandra McKinnon of Bushnell, Diane Baluska of Kimball, Kayla Johnson of Potter, Alyssa Sanders of Potter and Brandi Tallmage of Potter. In the 2014 fall semester, 383 students met requirements for...

  • Honoring mentors in the TeamMates program

    Jan 15, 2015

    TeamMates mentors were honored last Friday at halftime of the Kimball girls basketball game against Mitchell. TeamMates, a mentoring program now in its 10th year in Kimball, was started by legendary University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne and his wife, Nancy, in 1991 "in an effort to provide support and encouragement to school aged youth." There are 44 mentors in the program this year in Kimball. They were honored Friday since January is National Mentoring Month. If anyone would like...

  • Farmer's Day donation

    Jan 15, 2015

    Assunta Calise, right, Farmer's Day chairperson, receives check for $400 from Source Gas representative Frank Calise. The Farmer's Day Committee expresses deep appreciation for all those who have been involved in making it a success in the past, present and future, Assunta Calise said....

  • Happy retirement, Betty!

    Jan 15, 2015

    Betty Elliott, right, stands next to her husband, Rich, last Wednesday as she was honored during her retirement open house. Elliott retired from the Kimball/Banner County Chamber of Commerce, where she had worked since 2006. Prior to that, she served as a chamber volunteer....

  • Lady Coyotes open post-break with 2 wins

    John Verser|Jan 15, 2015

    The Potter-Dix defense smothered another opponent on Saturday. The Lady Coyotes (7-1) held yet another opponent below 30 points as they rolled to a 47-26 win against visiting South Platte. Potter-Dix has held five of its opponents to 30 or fewer points on the season and seven of its eight opponents have not scored 40 points. The Lady Coyotes are 7-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 40 points. "Our press and half court defense created many turnovers which made it hard for them to get into...

  • Coyotes roll past South Platte

    John Verser|Jan 15, 2015

    It was all Potter-Dix from the opening tip. The Coyotes (3-5) used a hot start from Cameron Purcell to jump out to the early lead and Trace Sharman had the hot hand after that as they stomped South Platte, 70-46, on Saturday. Sharman led the way with 21 points, while Purcell scored 20. The Potter-Dix defense dominated the Blue Knights (1-7), especially early on, as the home team stormed out to the early lead. "We just wanted to put more pressure in the backcourt," Potter-Dix coach Chad Miller...

  • Lady Longhorns win at Chase County

    Tom Southard|Jan 15, 2015

    The Kimball High girls ran their season record to 5 wins and 4 losses after a hard fought three-game weekend where they lost on the home court to Sidney and Mitchell but came back on Saturday night to win on the road at Chase County. The Kimball ladies were right in the hunt to win all three of their weekend encounters but came up short against Class B Sidney 46-38 and lost to a very strong Mitchell club 43-39, before getting the win at Imperial 42-35. The contest with Sidney was close the...

  • Keller brothers have strong showing on the mats for Kimball

    Tom Southard|Jan 15, 2015

    The Kimball High Wrestling Team did not have one of their better performances at the Western Trails Conference Tournament held this past Thursday at Hemingford with only senior Rowdy Keller bringing home a place for the Horns, but they came back stronger on Saturday at the Garden County Tournament. Kimball finished in the bottom spot of the team standings at the WTC Tourney with 43 team points. Bayard won the team championship with 206 points edging out Mitchell with 203. Bridgeport had 171, Gor...

  • Kimball boys suffer trio of tough weekend losses

    Tom Southard|Jan 15, 2015

    Three tough opponents coming off the Holiday break brought about three weekend losses for the Kimball High boy's basketball team. It started on Thursday night with class B Sidney coming to Kimball and the tall and talented Red Raiders had no trouble picking up their 8th win with a 60-20 victory over the Longhorns. Another tall and talented Mitchell club came to town Friday night and won out 56-42 over Kimball, and the third straight loss came Saturday night on the road to Imperial to face yet...

  • Kimball JV teams each get a win

    Tom Southard|Jan 15, 2015

    Kimball’s junior varsity basketball teams got in three games each this past week with the girls winning one and the boys doing the same. The girls lost to Sidney 56-23 on Thursday night with Myriah Tyan scoring 10, Hannah Biesecker 6, Shauntae Daily 5, and Justine Heeg 2. Sidney had 12 players score for them as they ran players in and out. Kimball won over Mitchell Friday night 54-42 with Jannel Fiehtner high with 14, Alex Reader 13 with 3 treys, Myriah Tyan 12, Kaylyn Nelson 4, Shauntae Daily 4, Justine Heeg 4, Kennedy Lewis 2, and Hannah...

  • Grubbs takes second at Garden County Invite

    Jan 15, 2015

    Garrett Grubbs took second place in the 152 weight class at the Garden County Invitational last Saturday to lead Banner County in two events last week. Grubbs opened with a 9-7 win by decision against Joao Mullen of Mullen, then topped Eli De Los Santos by fall in 3:41 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Grubbs topped Tarin Jespersen of Hemingford. In the finals, Grubbs suffered a defeat to Lawrence Schneider of Bridgeport by fall in 1:58. Brandon Blickensderfer also wrestled in the 106...

  • Wildcats hold off Hay Springs for 53-50 win

    Jan 15, 2015

    The Banner County boys basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend, winning at home on Friday against Hay Springs and dropping a game at Hemingford on Saturday. Banner County 53, Hay Springs 50 The Wildcats (2-7) jumped out to an early lead and held off a late Hay Springs rally to win, 53-50, on Friday. Banner led 21-7 after the first quarter of play and held a 30-23 lead at halftime. Each team scored 11 third quarter points, before Hay Springs outscored Banner 16-12 in the fourth...

  • Lady Wildcats fall to Hay Springs, Hemingford

    Jan 15, 2015

    The Banner County girls basketball team dropped games to Hay Springs and Hemingford over the weekend. Hay Springs 49, Banner County 27 Hay Springs jumped to the early lead and went on to defeat Banner County, 49-27, on Friday. The Lady Wildcats (1-9) fell behind 24-9 at the half and trailed 39-15 heading into the fourth quarter. Taylor Evans led the team with eight points and four blocks, while Ashlynne Hanan added six points. MaKenna Dahlgrin, Savannah Jordan and Evans each grabbed four...