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Articles from the March 10, 2022 edition

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  • 2022 Election: Local Field Is Set

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 10, 2022

    The only local race that will be decided in the primary election on May 10 is the office of Kimball County Sheriff. Two Republican candidates are involved in the sheriff race – incumbent Harry Gillway and challenger David Hottell. In order to vote for either candidate, individuals must be registered as Republicans. May 2 is the deadline for switching political parties in person. Additional names have been added to the ballot for the three open seats on the Kimball School Board. The candidates include incumbents Travis Cook and Tom O'Brien and c... Full story

  • Kimball County Roads Plan OK'd

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 10, 2022

    The One-and-Six Year Road Improvement Program was the subject of the public hearing on March 1 during the bimonthly Kimball County Commissioners meeting. No public comments were heard. The road improvement plan was approved and adopted for the 2022-23. Six improvements are included on the one-year plan. Chip seal is on the one-year agenda, as well as a couple of culverts and a few roads will be widened and elevated. Most of the work will be done in the Bushnell area. Randy Bymer, county road superintendent, explained that hydraulic studies...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 10, 2022

    Jeff Lepp purchased the old Shopko building 15 months ago, and on Monday he and his staff were finally able to open the Kimball Ace Hardware. Lepp explained some of the challenges they encountered in opening the store included a "constant fight to get products," and he said they are "still fighting with supply chain issues." The store has everything from clothing, housewares and dishes to shoes, grilling supplies, guns, camping equipment and tools. Although they have a wide array of products,...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 10, 2022

    Kimball hosted district FFA contests, including livestock judging at left, on March 2 that drew more than 300 students from across the region. See the Farm & Ranch page on A4 for more on the big day.... Full story

  • Sue Ann Shepherd

    Mar 10, 2022

    Sue Ann Shepherd, 77, of Dix died at her home on Monday, February 28, 2022. According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. at Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Inurnment will follow the service at the Dix Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy made be shared at www.cantrellfh.com. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Scottsbluff Humane Society. Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of th... Full story

  • Diane Lynn Wallace

    Mar 10, 2022

    Diane Lynn (Gordon) Wallace, of Las Vegas, NV passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022 after a valiant and gracious battle with cancer. Over everything else, Diane enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Many describe Diane as patient and generous. Her generosity was contagious, and one way she showed love was by giving people thoughtful gifts. She cared deeply for family traditions and passed along favorite recipes for many to enjoy. Diane was a teacher for over 40...


    Mar 10, 2022

    Kimball FFA celebrated National FFA Week with a petting zoo for Mary Lynch students. FFA members Grace Anderson and Julia Winstrom show the kids how to care for black rabbits.... Full story

  • Tack Cleanup Day For Colts & Fillies 4-H

    Giorgetta Varra, Colts and Fillies 4-H Club Secretary|Mar 10, 2022

    The Colts and Fillies 4-H horse club gathered Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kimball 4-H building. They first held a regular meeting led by Emily Whitney, the club president, with 13 members present. After the meeting was adjourned, the members learned how to clean and take care of tack by having a tack clean up day. Every member brought their own saddle and cleaning supplies. The club members all worked hard to clean and polish their tack. The next meeting will be held Sunday, March 27. New members...

  • Banner Officials Face Charges

    The Observer|Mar 10, 2022

    Two Banner County officials and a Banner County employee have been charged with Class 2 and Class 4 misdemeanors stemming from an incident on Dec. 28, according to court records. The charges include public indecency and drinking on public property or a road. The individuals involved are County Treasurer Monty Stoddard, 58, County Assessor Bernice Huffman, 46, who were elected to their positions, and employee Caily Reece, 32. Their first court appearance was March 2 for arraignment, where each pleaded not guilty to the charges. A pre-trial for...

  • 2 Horns All-WTC, 8 MORE honored

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Mar 10, 2022

    Two Kimball High School winter athletes were announced this week as members of the Western Trails Conference 2022 All-Conference teams – and another eight Longhorns earned honorable mention recognition. All-Conference honors went to senior Chantel Malson of the Lady Longhorns basketball team and junior Trey Schindler, who competed at 152 pounds on the wrestling squad. Wrestlers receiving honorable mention were junior Matthew Johnson at 106, freshman Cody Brinkman at 120, and juniors James McGinnis at 132 and Justin Klosterman at 138. On the g... Full story


    Chad Miller, Longhorns Basketball Coach|Mar 10, 2022

    This year's 2021-22 Boys Basketball season was one of growth and commitment. With athletic participation at an all time low and losing a few students to not having a football season this year, it was always in the back of people's minds as to whether our season would meet the same fate as well. Fortunately for us, we did have 8 students that showed up to our first practice willing to learn and give it their all for an opportunity to represent our school and community with pride. Within only a...

  • Coyotes Finish 2nd At District

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Mar 10, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Basketball team ended its season on Tuesday, March 1, with a loss to the Mullen Broncos in the D2-8 District Final at Hershey High School. Potter-Dix ends its outstanding season with a 20-4 record. The Mullen Broncos came into the District Final with a 17-8 record and No. 9 seed, led by sharp-shooting 6' 4" Forward Clayton Moore averaging nearly 20 points per game. Both the Broncos and the No. 8 seed Coyotes started the game trying to push the ball up the court and grab an...

  • Village of Dix Public Notice, March 16 Meeting

    Mar 10, 2022

    Notice of Meeting Village of Dix Nebraska NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a meeting of the Chairman and Trustees of the Village of Dix, Nebraska will be held at 7:00 o'clock p.m. on Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 at the Village Office. Meeting will be open to the public. An Agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the office of the Village Clerk, during normal business hours. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged... Full story