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Articles from the January 16, 2020 edition


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  • The Larsen's Burglary

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    Kimball's oldest family owned retail business was the site of a burglary on Jan. 8. Larsen's Jewelry Store dates back to 1926, when O.C. Larsen opened up the store in Kimball. Two years later, O.C.'s son, Delmar Larsen, joined his father in the family business. Now, Delmar's daughter, Karen Robinson, and family own the business. The business survived a fire in 1963, but this was the first time since it opened its doors in 1926 that it was broken into on Wednesday night, Jan. 8, according to... Full story

  • Engstrom Back At The Helm

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    The Kimball County Board of Commissioners at their Jan. 7 annual reorganizational meeting moved unanimously to keep the 2020 structure of county government status quo with 2019. Ryan Stearns of the architectural firm Joseph R. Hewgley and Associates also updated the commissioners on restoration work at the new county transit building. The downtown facility remains on schedule for May completion with a new roof and temporary indoor heating for interior work this winter. Starting at the top in the reorganization, Larry Engstrom returns as board...

  • A Friend From Germany

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    Antonia John has made the social adjustment from Germany to small town USA rather easily. She has lots of friends and throughly enjoys being the basketball manager at Kimball High School. Her foreign exchange father, Albert Hargreaves, said, "You have made so many friends in just the five months that you have been here." Antonia lives with Amanda, Albert and Charlotte Hargreaves. Charlotte, a freshman, went from being an only child to having an older sister. "It has been a big change for me,...

  • School Board Updated On Improvement Plan

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    The School Improvement Plan and the ELITE After School Program were the primary focus of the Monday, January 13, Kimball School Board meeting. Danielle Reader, Curriculum and Instruction Director, presented on the improvements for the Kimball Schools, which include interventions and professional development. Edgenuity and ACT Test Prep top the list of interventions. Engenuity, which was recently purchased by the school board and is a computer based program, boasts of Individual Learning Plans,...

  • A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    Good morning on a beautiful day in the neighborhood! No wind, no snow, no complaints! A few events in the valley this week. Beginning tomorrow, Friday January 17, there will be another Farm Bill Education meeting out at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. This is Free and open to the public and for more information please call your local FSA. The Winter Market will be open at 1400 E. 20th Street in Scottsbluff on Saturday the 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locally produced honey is only one of the many items ready for you....

  • Donna Foos, James Wertz Wed In Kimball

    Jan 16, 2020

    James Edward Wertz and Donna M. (McEntee) Foos were married 3 p.m. Nov. 23, 2019, at the Baptist Fellowship Church, 507 S. Oak St., Kimball. Mr. and Mrs. Terry/Patricia (Pat) Fletcher were Jim and Donna's attendants. Timothy Mars was the pianist. The bride's escort was David Edward Funk. Pastor Dennis Payton officiated the double-ring ceremony. Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the guests were all invited to enjoy a delicious buttercream with raspberry filling cake. The groom's son... Full story

  • Mitch Kolar

    Jan 16, 2020

    Mitchell L. Kolar, 64, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Kenneth Mars officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given to the family. The...

  • Leanord H. Harms

    Jan 16, 2020

    Leonard H. Harms, 81, of Hereford, Colorado, died at his home on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Kimball Presbyterian Church with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Bluffs Cemetery. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Leonard's Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Visitation was held at the church in Kimball on Monday from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. Memorials may be...

  • Alexis Lulf Bowls Perfect 300 Game

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    Alexis Lulf made history in the Kimball bowling scene by becoming the first lady bowler to bowl a perfect 300 game! Alexis rolled her 300 game on Jan. 9 while bowling in a league at the KimBowl, according to Greg McDaniel, owner/operator of the KimBowl. "As far as we can determine, the previous high game by a woman was a 290 bowled by Bev Wilson, who still bowls in league play," said McDaniel. Alexis has always been quite accurate at whatever sport she is involved in and still shares the single... Full story

  • Big Man Bateman Comes Up Big

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    Kimball High wrestler Stephen Bateman had a career best day in winning the 285-pound championship at Saturday's Garden County Invitational Tournament! Coach Wade Brashear said, "The day belonged to Steve. As an unseeded wrestler in the tournament, Steve upset the number one and number two seeded heavyweights to go on to his first individual tournament championship of his high school career." Coach Brashear went on to say that "Steve has been wrestling very well and it was a testament to his hard...

  • Culek A Champion At Colorado Regional

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    Another championship medal for Kimball wrestler Britton Culek as the young wrestler captured first place in his division at the Northern Colorado Regional Tournament held in Thorton, Colorado, this past weekend. Britton, who just turned 9 years old, is the son of Bob and Katie Culek and wrestled in the 8-and-under bracket consisting of 24 of the region's best at this age and weight division. Britton is a third-grader in the Kimball school system and is fortunate to have his dad as his coach in...

  • What A Week In Local Sports

    Tom Southard, Jock Talk|Jan 16, 2020

    Wow, did we have some outstanding individual sports happenings this past week. Britton Culek won a Northern Colorado Wrestling championship besting a strong 24 wrestler bracket to bring home the championship from Thorton, Colorado! Stephen Bateman won the 285 pound weight division at the Garden County Wrestling Tournament to give Kimball High a champion! Alexis Lulf bowled a perfect 300 game at the Kim Bowl to become Kimball’s first ever Woman 300 bowler! Be sure and read all of these interesting stories. Don’t Forget Katie Heeg One more sto...

  • Kimball Boys Basketball Goes Through A Win-Loss Week

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    It was a break-even week for the Kimball High boys with a win over South Platte and a loss to Chase County and the Horns are also even on the season at 4 wins and 4 losses. It was an easy night for Kimball on the road to Big Springs on Tuesday as they came out on top 60-21, but they couldn’t keep pace with the visiting Chase County club on Saturday as the Imperial boys won 59-38 in a battle of the Longhorns. KIMBALL 60, SOUTH PLATTE 21 No problem for the Kimball boys at South Platte as they jumped out to a 21-2 first quarter lead and led 3...

  • Kimball Girls Lose To South Platte, Chase County

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Jan 16, 2020

    A tough week for the Kimball High girls as they suffered losses to South Platte and Chase County dropping their season record to 3 wins and 5 losses. In a Tuesday night road game to Big Springs the Lady Longhorns lost to South Platte 52-48 and then fell Saturday at home to a powerful Chase County club 68-39. SOUTH PLATTE 52, KIMBALL 48 The loss to South Platte was a tough one to swallow as the Kimball girls had a 2 point lead going into the final quarter but got outscored 18-12 in the final period. “We had a good effort against a good South Pla...