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Articles from the March 14, 2024 edition


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  • A Closer Look At Proposed Land Trade

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 14, 2024

    Last week’s Observer article “A Look At Kimball Land Swap Plan” stirred some discussion among residents on the practicality of the land swap. Under the Kimball Rec land swap plan, four ballfields on 44 acres at the Rec Center would be exchanged for 4.5 acres that include the former Windbreak Restaurant and two golf sheds. The Windbreak Restaurant would be remodeled into a Four Winds Golf Course pro shop with a possible bar. The entity in charge of the land swap or conversion is the Park and Rec Executive Board. Residents have expressed inter...

  • Stopping Terror Discussed In Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 14, 2024

    See something. Say something. That was the message. The Kimball County Transit Service building was packed with local and state law enforcement, politicians, city and county employees, a group from Sidney, and citizens interested in learning about threat assessments and the need to report suspicious activity. Nebraskans are of the mindset to mind your own business, but speaker Lt. Monty Lovelace, director of the Nebraska Fusion Center, said those days are over. He said people need to be vigilant...

  • Kimball Recycling Gets Its Money

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 14, 2024

    Keep Kimball Beautiful scored big again in the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy financial awards. In response to being awarded the money, Director Spud Rowley said, "The totes are coming to the alleyways." He said the totes are in high demand, and he is constantly being asked for alley totes for residents to place recyclables to be collected The Kimball facility, operational for 42 years and functioning out of the city building for the past 30 years, received three different grants...

  • MORE DEVELOPMENT RELATED TO CLEAN HARBORS

    Mar 14, 2024

    Preparations are being made for the construction of apartments across the street from Kimball County Manor, top center, for employees of expanding Clean Harbors Environmental Services. The lots were leveled and infrastructure has been installed. The premanufactured units should be arriving soon, and expectations are that the 16 units will be ready for occupancy sometime in May. There are eight one-bedroom rentals, four two-bedroom units, and 4-three bedroom units planned.... Full story

  • SHOE DRIVE PUTS BEST FOOT FORWARD

    Mar 14, 2024

    Nate Entingh of Kimball adds a bag of shoes to the many shoes that local folks donated to help the needy. The annual shoe drive organized by Heather and Nate Entingh netted 103 bags of shoes. Volunteers of all ages hauled bags up stairs and loaded them on a truck. Bags had 25 pairs of shoes and weighed 50 to 60 pounds. In addition to helping those who need shoes, the 103 bags will bring back $1,000 to the Positive Spaces effort and be earmarked for Kimball parks. The Entinghs continue to take...

  • Banner County FFA Auction Raises $20,000

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 14, 2024

    Banner County FFA adviser Bill Gifford reported that 200 people were in attendance at the recent 2nd ever FFA auction. The FFA Boosters served the meal and feedback has been very positive on the event. Gifford said, "I think we collected nearly $20,000 in donations this year, and we were overwhelmed with that number. "We really are grateful to our community and the surrounding communities that supported us. It is very humbling to think that so many can be so generous in so many ways to support...

  • George The Cat Attacks St. Paddy Gnome

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Mar 14, 2024

    Good morning! Typical spring weather here in western Nebraska. Nice and pleasant, windy, with rain and snow! This week and weekend many people will be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day; here is to you and your fun and safety if you are one of them. I have a little green St. Paddy gnome that my cat George has gotten a hold of several times this past month. His little four leaf clover and buckle have been glued on more than once. Darn cat. The schoolhouse has very little going on compared to how their weeks usually go. Tomorrow, March 15th, there w...

  • District FFA Champs Show Their Stuff To Board

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Mar 14, 2024

    A presentation from the Kimball FFA Parliamentary Procedure team topped the agenda Monday at the Kimball School Board meeting. Using Robert's Rules of Order, they conducted a mock meeting in preparation for the state FFA contest. The presentation was done by team members Nolan Cook, Landon Norberg, Grace Anderson, Aubrey Culek and Hayden Sours. Meanwhile, Superintendent Trevor Anderson reported two more donations of locally raised beef in February, making the total beef donations five for the...

  • More Drug Busts Go Down In Kimball, Several Arrested

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Mar 14, 2024

    A search warrant resulting in multiple Kimball arrests was executed on March 9 at separate residences by the Kimball County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s department was assisted by the Kimball police and the Nebraska State Patrol. A traffic stop in the 600 block of Burg Street produced stolen items as well as a white powdery substance on the person of Jordan Crews. Crews, 27 was arrested and charged for possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of stolen property with a bon... Full story

  • Julie Golembiewski

    Mar 14, 2024

    Julie Golembiewski, 58 of Kimball, died at her home in Kimball on Friday, March 8. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition. Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.... Full story

  • ALL-CONFERENCE LONGHORNS

    Mar 14, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns placed a number of athletes on the Western Trails Conference and South Platte Valley Association 2023-24 all-conference high school teams for boys and girls basketball and boys wrestling. Here's how it breaks down. Western Trails Conference Boys Basketball Three Longhorns received All-Conference Honors: Brandon Paxton, Kyler Lusche and Braxton Miller. Two Longhorns received honorable mention: Trevor Fuss and Wyatt Cords. WTC MVP went to Bridgeport's Kolby Lussetto. Girls Ba...

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