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Articles from the February 8, 2024 edition


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  • Diesel Theft Ring Hits Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    Kimball has been added to the list of areas that have suffered thefts of thousands of gallons of fuel at fuel stations. Other communities hit by the theft rings include Chappell, Benkelman, Haigler, Sidney and Dalton. Video shows that on Jan. 26, a white straight box truck with two subjects pulled up to a fuel station at Frenchman Valley Coop in Kimball and absconded with over 1,000 gallons of fuel. With the theft occurring in the city of Kimball, the Kimball Police Department is investigating.... Full story

  • Welcome Center Sale Date Near

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    At the Feb. 6 Kimball County Commissioners meeting, an update on the sale of the High Point Welcome Center was provided. After completing its due diligence, Big D Oil Company of Rapid City, S.D., will complete the purchase of the High Point Welcome Center and surrounding acres on Feb. 12. The county will lease the welcome center back for $500 a month until Big D is ready to start construction. The center and additional eight acres were sold to Big D for $500,000. The company plans on developing the area as a truck stop. Other business in front... Full story

  • THE BLESSING BUS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    "It is a joy, a blessing," Lela Carpenter said. "It is large enough for our family to go places and be together. It's great." Lela and her family purchased the "blessing bus" when it was declared surplus property for the county. The commissioners requested that the County Clerk's Office handle the bid process, and it went out for bid two different times. The first time there was no bid. The second time, the Carpenters bid $500 and they were the only bid, so they received the "blessing bus."... Full story

  • Wyatt Reichenberg Gains 100th Victory

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Many area celebrations are offered to help with this mid-week holiday on the weekend prior. A few include: • This evening, February 8th, February Sip & Shop at 401 Beltline Hwy. W Suite 5, Scottsbluff. • Several on the 9th: Valentine’s Day Date Night in Mitchell, which will include a movie, flowers & gifts, and dinner. This will be available on Friday the 9th at 5 p.m. and on Saturday the 10th at 8 p.m. Contact information is available at Pinnacle Bank or Redz Bar & Grill. • Elodie’s Oddities at 102 E...

  • Candidates File In Banner

    The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    On the May 14 primary ballot Banner County voters will be electing one commissioner and three school board members. Newly appointed Banner County commissioner Republican Don Lease has filed as an incumbent. Lease was appointed commissioner in December to complete the term of long-time commissioner Robert Gifford, who resigned. Lease’s current term expires January 5, 2025. Banner County School Board has three open non-partisan seats with incumbent Laura Baker filing to retain her seat, and John-Robert Faden and Jacob Knaub also filed for the...

  • Lodge Cabot Carroll

    Feb 8, 2024

    Lodge Cabot Carroll, passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday February 4th 2024, he was 70 years old. He was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and spent his childhood in Minatare and Kimball, Nebraska. He proudly served our great nation in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. While in service, he participated in Operation New Life in Guam, the relocation of Vietnamese refugees. He devoted 47 years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers as a medical technologist. He was a husband, father,... Full story

  • Jadie Giorgis

    Feb 8, 2024

    Jadie Giorgis, a loving husband and father, a dedicated educator, avid fisherman, trivia enthusiast, sports lover and lifelong Wyoming Cowboys fan died on January 22, 2024 at the age of 82. There will be a small memorial service held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to leave condolences and share stories with the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball or the donor's choice. The services for Jadie have been entrusted to th... Full story

  • Dennis Dean Munoz

    Feb 8, 2024

    Dennis Dean Munoz received his heavenly wings in the early morning hours of February 1, 2024, at Kimball County Manor. After many years of ill health and chronic pain, Dennis was lifted into the arms of our loving Savior and is now rejoicing in glorious eternal life in Heaven. Following his wishes, cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to share stories and leave condolences for the family. Memorials may be given in his... Full story

  • Lenna Smith

    Feb 8, 2024

    Lenna Smith, 93, a beloved homemaker, and devoted mother, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024. Following her wishes, cremation has been held and services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to share stories and condolences with the family. Memorials may be given to the Kimball County Manor or the Grace United Methodist Church in Bushnell. The services for Lenna have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Lenna Rose Smith was born in Burwell, Nebraska... Full story

  • Elizabeth Lee 'Betty' Hays

    Feb 8, 2024

    Elizabeth Lee "Betty" Hays, 96, of Mitchell, Nebraska, passed away February 4, 2024, at the Mitchell Care Center. She was born October 6, 1927, in Lincoln, Kansas, the daughter of James and Anna Elizabeth (Thompson) Larsen. Betty has resided in Nebraska for the past seven years, formerly of Pratt and Geneseo, Kansas. She graduated from Lincoln High School. She was married to Claydean Alvin Hays. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2007. Betty is also preceded in death by her parents; two... Full story

  • Death Notice: Janice M. Anderson

    Feb 8, 2024

    Janice M. Anderson, 82, of Melbeta, died on February 1, 2024.  Memorial services are pending at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball.  Her complete obituary will be published in the Feb. 15 edition of the Western Nebraska Observer.... Full story

  • It's Showtime For Horns At The Arena

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    After their hard-fought third place showing in the WTC tournament and a Feb. 6 game at Pine Bluffs, the Kimball Longhorns enter a late-season stretch of home games at The Arena. Venturing to K-Town are Hemingford on Friday, Feb. 9, Minatare on Feb. 10 and Mitchell on Feb. 16. The Longhorns will have redemption on their minds in the Mitchell showdown. The Kimball boys went 2-1 in the WTC – easily handling Bayard in their opener, losing a nailbiter to the formidable Mitchell squad in the...

  • Lady Coyotes Win Big Over Garden County

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    On Friday night, February 2, the Lady Coyotes of Potter-Dix had a big win over the visiting Garden County Lady Eagles, while the Potter-Dix boys were unable to get the win against their Garden County counterparts. The girls game started as a tight defensive match, with each team's defense disrupting the flow of the other's offense. The teams battled but Garden County took a three-point 9-6 lead a the end of the first quarter. The second period had the Lady Coyotes break out, putting up 17 points...

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