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Articles from the February 17, 2022 edition

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  • Charges Upheld Against Murder Suspect

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 17, 2022

    A preliminary hearing for William Shane Serrano was held in Kimball County Court on Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. with County Judge Randin Roland presiding. Serrano appeared for the hearing with his state-appointed attorney Kelly Breen and Stacy Bach, the Kimball County public defender. Appearing in an orange jumpsuit printed with Kimball County Sheriff Department, Serrano was returned from Scotts Bluff County Detention Center to Kimball County for the preliminary hearing. The prosecution was represented by Special Deputy Kimball Attorney Douglas...

  • In The Win Column

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 17, 2022

    "My name is Eddie, I'm in eighth grade, and I am under a lot of pressure." Eddie Duran spoke those words shortly before he correctly spelled the winning word, "columns," in the 2022 Kimball Public Schools spelling bee. "I spelled it, got it correct and I won," he said. Fourth grader Ben Anderson captured second place. Eddie said when he signed up for the spelling bee, "I had no intention of winning." But win he did – and he received a chocolate bar and a trophy. "It was my ever first trophy," h... Full story

  • Kimball Activities Director Resigns

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 17, 2022

    The Kimball School Board received and accepted three resignations effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Resignations were received from athletic director Ken Smith and teachers Francis Carolyn Montgomery and Jeffrey Hoatson. Ken Smith's letter reflected on his 29 years with the district and ended his letter with, "I feel that at this time Kimball Public Schools is heading in a very positive direction and I want to wish you (Mr. Anderson) and the rest of the school system success in...

  • Vaccine Mandate Begins In Nebraska, Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 17, 2022

    The Supreme Court lifted an injunction that blocked the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and allowed it to go into effect in 24 states in facilities that accept funding from Medicare and Medicaid – and Nebraska is one of the states. According to Jalene Carpenter from Nebraska Health Care Association, the vaccine mandate for facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid has been reinstated in Nebraska. These facilities include Kimball Health Services and Kimball County Manor. Beginning Monday, Feb. 14, individuals who have not received their vaccine a...

  • Wrestler Wyatt Reichenberg At State

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 17, 2022

    Good morning, I am hoping this finds you all well and getting through another week. hard to believe that February is almost over. For the most part of the month, today through the 26th the students involved in the Theatre Department at Chadron State College will present the play "Crime of the Heart." Appropriate for this month, right? They will perform at 7 p.m. the 17th through 19th, the 25th and 26th. A 2 p.m. performance will be on the 20th. Free tickets may be reserved at... Full story

  • Daniel T. Gawith

    Feb 17, 2022

    Daniel T. Gawith, 78, of Bushnell, died at his home on February 8, 2022. A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 14, at Cantrell Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Friends were invited to visit the funeral home beginning at 8:30 a.m. before the service. Burial was held in the Bushnell Cemetery immediately following. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at cantrellfh.com. Memorials may be given to the family. The services for Daniel have... Full story

  • Jane Ruth (Linn) Temple

    Feb 17, 2022

    Jane Linn Temple, born October 8, 1929, to Frank Willing and Bernice Bushee Linn in Kimball Nebraska, passed peacefully from this life into eternal life, surrounded by family in her home on Feb. 4, 2022, at the age of 92. She was a strong Christian woman who faithfully served God, her family, community and beloved church, Cherry Creek Presbyterian in Greenwood Village, Colorado. A memorial service was held at the church on Feb. 12. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie, infant... Full story

  • Joan J. Pearson

    Feb 17, 2022

    Joan J. Pearson – a teacher to hundreds, a mentor to many, and a Christian role model to all – passed away at her Fort Morgan home on November 24, 2021, after suffering a brain injury. Born on April 21, 1943 in Kimball, Nebraska to Dean and Helen DeLong, she graduated from Potter High School, and then from Chadron State College with a degree in Teaching and Counseling. For the next 20 years she put her degree to use in the Nebraska public school system teaching Science and Math, as well as gui... Full story

  • Bobbie Jean Adams

    Feb 17, 2022

    Bobbie Jean Adams, 89, of Hutchinson, Kansas, died January 22, 2022, at her home. She was born November 17, 1932, in Winfield, to Leroy and Frances (Sigwing) Purdin. Bobbie was an optometrist's assistant at the vision clinic in Kimball, Nebraska for many years. She loved ceramics and was very talented at making them. Bobbie also loved her two cats, L.C. and Dewey. She attended Calvary Chapel Church. On September 18, 1948, she married Donald L. Adams. He passed away in 1988. Bobbie is survived... Full story

  • James LeRoy Sterle

    Feb 17, 2022

    James LeRoy Sterle, age 86, of Muleshoe, Texas died Sunday, February 6, 2022 in Muleshoe. He was born February 17, 1935 in Bushnell, Nebraska to Joe and Rose (Klobuchar) Sterle. He married Shirley Christensen in Bushnell on August 17, 1969. A service will be announced in Pine Bluff, Wyoming at a later date. James was a roughneck and a driller in the oil fields, as well as a farmer. James loved fishing, hunting and camping. He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and four... Full story

  • Four On The Floor

    Cory McManigal, Longhorn Wrestling Coach|Feb 17, 2022

    District Wrestling was held for the Kimball Longhorn Wrestling team on Friday (Feb 11) and Saturday (Feb 12). When the weekend concluded, four wrestlers punching their way to the State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha Feb 17-19. Matthew Johnson was a district runner-up at 106. Cody Brinkman was a 4th place finisher at 120. James McGinnis was a 3rd place finisher at 132. Trey Schindler was a district runner-up at 152. Justin Klosterman's season ended on Friday night as he was eliminated from the... Full story

  • Lady Longhorns Keep On Battling

    Jaclyn Burks, Lady Longhorn Basketball Coach|Feb 17, 2022

    Last Tuesday, we traveled to Pine and as expected, it was a physical battle. We lost 55-34 but continued to show good defense throughout the game. The girls definitely showed their conditioning level as we had to go into full court man defense to try to dig out of a bad 3rd quarter showing. They fought hard but it was not enough to bring home the win. Game Stats Maddi Merryfield 8pts 4 reb Amy Birkhofer 7 pts 7 reb Chantel Malson 6 pts 6 reb Payton Wise 6 pts 3 reb 3 stl Katie Heeg 4 pts 2 reb Emma Patterson 2 pts 2 reb Julia Winstrom 1 pt Kimb...

  • Coyotes Fall To Hyannis, 48-46

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 17, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Boys Basketball team has had very few bumps in the road during this season, but hit one on Friday night when they hosted the 19-and-1 Hyannis Longhorns in Potter. In one of the strangest starts to a game for two high-scoring teams, the defenses shut down any scoring by the teams, with just one lone point via free throw on the board for Potter-Dix until Hyannis scored a filed goal with 3:35 left in the first period to move the score to 2-to-1. A relative flurry of scoring happened in final three minutes of the half, and the...

  • Lady Coyotes Drop Pair

    Feb 17, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Lady Coyote basketball team has struggled through most of the season, but has shown continuous improvement and has battled hard against their opponents. On Friday, the Lady Longhorns of Hyannis came for a visit, and the game was a battle the whole way. After trailing most of the way, the Lady Coyotes were able to get within three at 30-to-27 in the final minutes of the third quarter. However, the Lady Coyote offense stalled and ended the period down by four at 33-to-29. The Lady...