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  • KIMBALL CLASS OF 2022

    May 19, 2022

    Say hello to Kimball High's Class of 2022, some pictured here on Saturday during graduation festivities. Go get 'em, Longhorn alumni! See story, Page A8.... Full story

  • Property Values Way Up Here, In State

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 19, 2022

    Nebraska Property Tax Administrator Ruth Sorenson explained to the Observer that there is a hefty increase in assessed values of residential properties across the state. The state total for Residential & Recreational and AgResident percentage change was at 8.48%, according to a Nebraska Department of Revenue chart. Some counties are registering significant increases. For example, Wheeler County has a 57.10% increase. Speaking to the Observer from Lincoln, Sorenson suggested that was probably due to a reappraisal. Hooker, Brown, and Boyd countie...

  • Ground Broken For New Kimball Hospital

    For the Observer|May 19, 2022

    With the turn of 10 ceremonial golden shovels, Kimball Health Services officials broke ground May 11 on a new $43.6 million hospital, kicking off a long-awaited 18-month construction project to replace its 70-year-old facility. Completion of the new 61,200 square foot hospital on the playground of the former West Elementary School, located two blocks from the current facility in Kimball, is expected in the fall of 2023. A pair of 40-year USDA loans totaling $34.2 million, $6.4 million in... Full story

  • County, Transit Look To Future

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 19, 2022

    In an update on the Kimball County Transit Service, director Christy Warner said driver Karen Hottell won first place in the 2022 Roadeo Driving contest. Karen won the van division at Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. The event draws drivers from all over the country to compete for scores that test their skills on every level. Still, the primary focus is on safe operations and passenger sensitivity. In other transit news for the commissioners at their regular meeting, officials from the state...

  • School's Out For Summer, Starting Today

    Barb Cross, The Observer|May 19, 2022

    Good morning ! Here we are well into the end of May. School is Out for the summer, whoo-hoo. Our school year will end today. The class of 2022 graduated last Saturday and I think there were 10 classmates. As always though there are a few loose ends to tie up, one of those is state track which will take place on the 19th & 20th. Plus that, some music students will head to Denver for the annual trip to Elitches on Saturday, May 21st. Finally, about four students are scheduled to attend the HPP...

  • Banner Graduates 10 Seniors

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 19, 2022

    Banner County School graduated 10 seniors on Saturday. Along with receiving their diplomas, many members of the class received scholarships worth thousands of dollars and full tuition to area colleges. Valedictorian Makyla Mason gave the seniors and the crowd great advice – never give up. She also told her fellow classmates to be true to themselves. She received her medal from Principal Charles Jones during the commencement in the school’s gym. Lily Teeple was announced as salutatorian and als...

  • Larry J. Roark

    May 19, 2022

    Larry J. Roark, 86, long-time resident of Kimball, passed away Monday, May 9, 2022. Cremation has been held, and memorial services for Larry will be held at a later date. Family and friends may share fond memories and expressions of sympathy at www.cantrellfh.com. Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Larry Jack Roark was born in Ames, Oklahoma, on January 2, 1936, to James and Bess Inez (Bell) Roark, and his foster parents were Vern and Isabell Syzemore. He attended school in... Full story

  • Kimball Graduation A Time For Cheers & Tears

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 19, 2022

    The Kimball High School band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as the 25 seniors marched into the gym for their final time as KHS students. The senior class was led by valedictorian Katie Heeg and salutatorian Riley Hinton. Kimball High School’s graduation ceremony was Saturday, May 14. The crowd was welcomed by class president Gideon Casimiro. Next, senior Amy Birkhofer sang the National Anthem. Superintendent Trevor Anderson recognized the top 10 % of the class academically – including Heeg and Hinton. Hinton spoke about the community and its...

  • Kyler Lusche Takes District, State Next

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 19, 2022

    On Thursday, freshman Kyler Lusche was just getting warmed up for Monday's District golf meet. At the Kimball Invite on Thursday, Lusche shot a 77 for second place on the Four Winds course, but he outdid himself on Monday shooting a 75 and nabbing first place. Zaybreon Hansen from Perkins County placed second with a 78. Hemingford's Dax Powell was third with an 82. In an interview by Kaitlin Heeg for the Observer, Lusche said he wanted to shoot in the mid-70s and he accomplished that goal.... Full story

  • Kimball Junior High Trio Excels At State Track

    Chad Miller, For the Observer|May 19, 2022

    This year's JH State Track and Field Championships in Gothenburg was only for 7th and 8th grade students by invite only. The top 24 boys and girls all-class in each individual event, plus the top 16 relay teams, were invited to compete based on "ALL" 2022 results posted to the Nebraska middle-school athletic.net website. This year Kimball had the three athletes invited to compete: Peter Russell, Trevor Fuss, & Braxton Miller. Peter Russell competed in the pole vault and received 5th place out...

  • Coyotes Boys 2nd, Girls 6th At District

    Mike Motz, The Observer|May 19, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Track and Field teams competed at the District D-9 Meet, and the boys team tied for second place with Garden County, behind first place Leyton. The girls team finished in sixth place, behind top finishers Crawford, Leyton and South Platte. The Potter-Dix boys had many outstanding performances, with junior Luke Kasten winning the 100 and 200 Meter Dashes and taking fourth in the Long Jump. Senior Thomas Muldoon won the 800 Meters, placed second in the 400 Meters, and senior...

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