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Articles from the January 18, 2024 edition


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  • Air Force Secretary Has Missile Concerns

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    Gen. Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force, spoke candidly in an online interview about the Sentinel missile project destined for Kimball, the tri-state area, Montana and North Dakota. Kendall’s words could be a cause for concern in the Kimball area. He spent about four minutes of the hour long interview voicing his own concerns about the Sentinel project. The interview was hosted by a Washington, D.C., think tank, the Center for New American Security, on November 13, 2023, and is available on YouTube. Dr. Staci Pettyjohn, senior fellow...

  • Drug Suspects Arrested Again

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    Three Kimball residents remained in jail as of Tuesday after the Kimball County Sheriff’s Office conducted a bond search at 713 Oak St. Bond conditions set by the judge required the individuals to submit to a search of person, property, any vehicles owned, any vehicles located in, and residence upon request of law enforcement. In addition, the defendants shall submit to testing of blood, breath or urine for presence of alcohol or drugs upon the request of law enforcement. On Friday morning, Jan. 12, the sheriff’s office conducted a bond sea...

  • BRRRRR ...

    Jan 18, 2024

    The deep freeze that put Kimball on ice last weekend and early this week with temperatures way below zero is giving way to milder, yet still wintery, temperatures. Highs and lows this weekend are forecast to be 18 and 8 degrees on Friday, 31 and 20 on Saturday, and 42 and 24 on Sunday. Above is the minus-14 temperature reading at Points West Community Bank late last Saturday afternoon....

  • Bell Ringers Have Best Year In Years

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    Roger Gillming, director of the local Salvation Army, said he was “very pleased” with how well the area did with the Christmas bell ringing campaign. This year was much better than the past few years. Gillming said they collected about $2,800 in the weekends prior to Christmas. Six different area churches provided the bell ringers. Gillming thought the pleasant weather before Christmas helped with donations. In addition to the local individuals who put money in the Salvation Army pot, the Bushnell Lions Club and the Kimball Ministerial...

  • THE BLIZZARD OF 1949

    Karen Bivens, The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    The blizzard started Sunday, January 2, 1949. The morning was a cold chilly morning. By Sunday night the blizzard was raging in full force. On Monday morning the temperature had dropped to five below zero and had stayed there all day, On Monday, January 3, the wind was raging up to 60 miles an hour, blowing snow into tremendous drifts. The snow was so heavy that you could only see up to ten yards in town and a few feet in the country. About 11 p. m. on Tuesday, the storm was beginning to...

  • Patients Have Final Surgeries At Old Kimball Hospital

    Jan 18, 2024

    Patients from Cheyenne and Kimball were the last surgery patients at Kimball's old hospital on Friday, marking the end of an era at the 73-year-old facility and a new beginning at Kimball's new hospital next month. Bob Mason of Cheyenne and Larry Snyder of Kimball underwent procedures on the last day surgeries were performed in the hospital's old operating room. Mason, a Cheyenne firefighter and patient of KHS plastic and hand surgeon Dr. Bill Wyatt, underwent an amputation revision procedure...

  • Family In Nevada, Missouri & Oklahoma Getting Weather Like Ours

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    Good morning, and wow has it ever been cold! From here in Nebraska where we are accustomed to extreme weather, I have been in touch with family in Nevada, Missouri and Oklahoma – and they have all been experiencing weather much like ours. With that said, it still doesn’t make me feel much better about it all! Thankfully, I am one of the lucky ones who does not HAVE to go out, and I do not have animals that are out there and needing care. For those of you that do have to be out, please take care. I think that we are looking to have somewhat...

  • DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

    BSCWILDCATS.ORG|Jan 18, 2024

    December students of the month at Banner County School are third-grader Kort Beottcher and ninth-grader Leeigh McGowan. Kort's favorite activities at school are recess and math. Math is his favorite subject because he is learning about division. The things that make Kort the happiest are seeing Grandma Vickie and playing with Reed. Leeigh participates in basketball, volleyball and Cats Committed. She is a member of the NHS. Her favorite subjects at school are math and PE. Leeigh describes...

  • Changes Coming For Buildings & Grounds Job

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    Discussion and action items consumed a majority of the meeting time at the Tuesday, January 16, Kimball County Commissioner meeting. At the last meeting, the commissioner decided not to reappoint Steve Warner, buildings and grounds superintendent, but no action was taken on his termination. The non-appointment turned out to be a gray area and so the termination of Warner was on the agenda. Commissioner Carl Stander stated that Warner has worked for the county for 7-8 years and has built and repaired a number of projects, including most...

  • Kaleb D. Harms

    Jan 18, 2024

    Kaleb D. Harms, 29, of Pine Bluffs, died at his home in Pine Bluffs on Monday, January 8, 2024. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2024 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Inurnment will be held in the Pine Bluffs Cemetery following the service. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Kaleb's tribute wall to share condolences and stories with the family. Memorials may be given in his memory... Full story

  • Flora 'Flo' Elaine Robbins

    Jan 18, 2024

    Flora "Flo" Elaine Robbins 94, of Kimball, Nebraska, died at Kimball Health Services Hospital on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday January 17, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Randy Bohac officiating.  Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Flo's tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church or the Kimball... Full story

  • Longhorns Battling, Tasting Victory

    Chad Miller, Kimball Boys Basketball Coach|Jan 18, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns basketball team is showing some promise with an 8-4 record and two sweet victories of late over rivals Potter-Dix and Bridgeport. But on Jan. 16, the Horns dropped a hard-fought SPVA game in Hershey, 49-48. They return Jan. 20 with a tournament game at North Platte Community College. Then comes some home cooking Jan. 25 against Sutherland. Kimball 68, Potter-Dix 31 It was a complete team effort in the win on Tuesday vs. our neighbors to the east, and a very strong opponent....

  • Lady Horns In SPVA Tourney

    The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    The 5th seed Longhorn girls basketball team heads into the SPVA tournament this week to take on Chase County. The Chase County game was cancelled on Monday due to weather and extreme cold but has been rescheduled for Tuesday at Perkins County. The game started as 5 p.m. The winner of Chase County/Kimball will play the number one seed, Bridgeport on Thursday. Kimball 40, Potter-Dix 24 Kimball played Potter-Dix and Bridgeport last week and finished the week with a win and a loss. Although...