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Articles from the March 29, 2018 edition

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  • Groom-a-thon raises funds for local family

    Mar 29, 2018

  • KPL maintains services, remains at current location

    Dakota Kuhns|Mar 29, 2018

    Citizens may have heard a rumor going around town that the Kimball Public Library could be moved into the Kimball Event Center, but such is not the case. According to Rosa-Ellen Williams, President of the Kimball Public Library Board of Trustees, during the Dec. 10, 2017 board meeting, several interested parties heard a presentation by Christy Warner and Jim Cederberg on the matter. Following the presentation the board appointed two members, Randal Gunn and Kenneth Mars, to meet again with Cederberg and Warner, to attempt to learn more and disc...

  • Kimball music students performed well at SPVA

    Desyree Nelson|Mar 29, 2018

    Kimball vocal and instrumental students received 23 superior ratings and three excellent ratings at the Mar. 20 SPVA Conference competition in Sutherland. Local students performed 24 solos and duets at this event along with Jazz Band and Show Choir. All three judges gave ones, high ratings, to show choir and jazz band. Throughout the day, students gathered in small classrooms watching and encouraging one another's instrumental and vocal talents. Even those who were only in show choir or having...

  • Citizens and local organization focus on park and rec improvements

    Dakota Kuhns|Mar 29, 2018

    The Lions Club of Kimball is taking major steps to make improvements to the ball fields this summer, with president, Sonny, and secretary, Kathy Porter leading the way. The Parks and Recreation Board could not make needed improvements within their budget, so Kathy and Sonny, along with the Lions Club, took it upon themselves to attempt raising the funds. "We want people to want to come into Kimball to play ball, we are hoping this can aid in the want to put on some more tournaments in the summer...

  • Dolores (Dee) Anne Horton

    Mar 29, 2018

    Dolores (Dee) Anne Atkins Horton, age 77, of Greeley, Colorado, passed away March 21, 2018. She was born April 18, 1940 in Kimball, Nebraska to Vernon DeWitt and Virginia Maida Stearley Atkins. She married Jerry Donald (Don) Horton on August 2, 1985. Dee loved music and was a former member of the Fort Collins Women's Chorale and Sweet Adelines Barbershop Chorus. She was also dedicated to her Christian faith attending Ft. Collins First Christian Church in the past, and Greeley Cornerstone...

  • Muriel Hensley

    Mar 29, 2018

    Muriel Hensley, age 93, died Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Beloit, Kansas. She was born in Denver, Colorado and moved at a young age to Superior, Nebraska, where she graduated from high school. Later she graduated from Chadron State College in Nebraska and the University of Wyoming with an advanced degree. She was a homemaker and teacher. Muriel married Max Hensley on October 25, 1942. They celebrated 60 years of marriage. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max; son, Mike; and daughter, Nancy Cousland. She is survived by her son-in-law,...

  • Kimball Transit readies for Transit Week

    Dakota Kuhns|Mar 29, 2018

    Last Tuesday, March 20, the Board of Commissioners met with Dan Osborne, from Top Coat, Inc. to discuss and consider a proposal to chip seal a few different roads in Kimball County. The sections of roads include; four miles south and two and a half miles north on County Road 59, two miles north on county road 17, one mile south on county road 45, and all from Highway 30 and 8/10 of a mile on County Road 28, west of Highway 71. After discussion, the board decided that these roads will be chip sealed this summer starting September 1. A...

  • Pine Bluffs team champs at Kimball Track Invite

    Tom Southard|Mar 29, 2018

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets captured the team championship in both the boys and girls divisions at Saturday's Kimball Track and Field Invitational, with Kimball runnerup in both divisions. In the boy's division, Pine Bluffs amassed 206 points with Kimball a distant 2nd with 134, followed by Hemingford with 71, Minatare 58, Potter-Dix 25 and Banner County 18. In the girl's division, the Lady Hornets won with 174 points, Kimball had 88, Hemingford 87, Potter-Dix 76, Banner County 47 and Minatare 24....

  • Potter-Dix tracksters have good day at Kimball Invite

    Tom Southard|Mar 29, 2018

    The Potter-Dix Track Team enjoyed a good outing at the Kimball Invitational Track and Field Meet with the girls finishing 4th in the team standings with 76 points and the boys ending up 5th with 25 points. Senior, Trinity Langley, excelled in winning the high jump at 4'8", taking 2nd in the triple jump at 32'3.5", 3rd in the 200 meter dash in 31.10 and teaming with Jessica Gingerich, Payge Hoffman and December Wright to run the winning time in the 4x400 relay, clocking 4:57.40 to take the gold....

  • Banner County short on numbers but big on performance

    Tom Southard|Mar 29, 2018

    Banner County High has only six athletes out for track this spring, but those six athletes perform at a high level! At the Kimball Invite Saturday, the Lady Wildcats scored 47 points. McKenna Dahlgrin won both of the weight events, taking the shot put with a heave of 36'7.75", over 2 feet better than 2nd place, and destroyed the rest of the field in the discus with her winning throw of 110'1.5" with 2nd place at 95'6.5". The Knisley sisters also had stand-out performances in the distance events...

  • Jock Talk

    Mar 29, 2018

    Kimball hosted their Invitational Track Meet this past Saturday and it was a success. The weather was a bit cool and a bit windy at times, but overall, not bad for Western Nebraska at this time of year. A salute to Kimball Activities Director, Ken Smith, for organizing everything, and he and his staff, for keeping things running smoothly. The Kimball track and facilities were in great condition. My special thanks to Sandy Faden and Mo Hanks for providing me with all of the results so we can share them with you readers. One has to marvel at the...

  • Spring Sports Special

    Mar 29, 2018

  • Numbers are up for Kimball High Track

    Tom Southard|Mar 29, 2018

    Kimball High head track Coach, Gene Mohr, reports the numbers are up this spring with 29 boys and 20 girls checked out at the time of this writing. Coach Mohr and his staff also have some quality athletes returning, as well as, good numbers. Let's start with Brady Kilgore, a junior, who finished 5th at the state track meet last year as a sophomore, running 15.2, not far off the new school record of 14.59 he ran at last year's WTC Conference meet. Kilgore is a very versatile track man who...

  • Kimball High boys golf team should be on top again

    Tom Southard|Mar 29, 2018

    After last year's exceptional season, what might we expect from this year's Kimball High Boy's Golf Team? You might remember that last year they swept through the season with 8 consecutive wins before having to settle for runnerup honors at the State Tournament. They won both the Western Trails Conference and SPVA Tournaments, and the District Tournament, and their only loss was to Lincoln Lutheran, by 9 strokes, in the two-day State Tournament. They brought home the State Runnerup Trophy and ha...

  • Coyotes return lots of track and field talent

    Dakota Kuhns|Mar 29, 2018

    Spring-time is here, at least according to high school sports. Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes Track and Field team is gearing up for another great season. Head Coach, Dale Frerichs, is entering his second year as head coach, with three returning state qualifiers, including, senior ,Payge Hoffman, in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and the long jump, senior Trinity Langley in the triple jump and junior Jessica Gingerich in the 400 meter run. Other returning letter winners include junior, Michaela Rotert,...

  • Small but mighty Wildcats are ready to compete

    Tonia Copeland|Mar 29, 2018

    The Banner County tracksters have started their 2018 Spring season under the guidance of head Coach, Kari Gifford, returning for her eighth year with the assistance of Bill Gifford and Priscilla Bastian. The Wildcats return senior MaKenna Dahlgrin, a state qualifier last year in shot put and discus. Dahlgrin broke the Banner County school record in both of her events last year and is sure to be a tough competitor in her final season for the Lady Cats. Also returning is letter winner, senior,...

  • Local women to appear on upcoming airing of Let's Make A Deal

    Mar 29, 2018

  • City begins 2018 abatement season

    Staff Reports|Mar 29, 2018

    Spring brings showers, flowers and abatement. The City of Kimball is beginning the property abatement process for 2018. Kimball Mayor Keith Prunty asks citizens to do their part to make Kimball inviting - clean up properties. City crews started their work on Tuesday, March 27, with one local property, shown at right....