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Articles from the February 15, 2024 edition


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  • Suspect Being Held After Standoff

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Feb 15, 2024

    A high-drama scene unfolded on Thursday, Feb. 8, when the Kimball Police Department answered a disturbance call at 311 Cedar St. and followed up with an attempted arrest. The situation led to a standoff between law enforcement and a suspect in his home from morning until late evening. The next day, the suspect called the Kimball County Sheriff's Office and talked with Sheriff Dave Hottell. They worked out a method for the suspect to be taken into custody. Later, Hottell showed up at the...

  • Kimball Airport Runway A Winner

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    The rehabilitation of primary runway 10/28 at the Kimball Municipal Airport/Robert E. Arraj Field received the 2023 Project of the Year at the Nebraska Department of Transportation Aeronautic Division yearly awards night on Jan. 23. Chair of the airport board Ryan McElroy also received an Award of Merit. The new runway project provides a safe landing and takeoff surface for all users of the airport. Runway 10/28 is 6,200 feet long and 75 feet wide. The rehabilitation included 6 inch concrete whi...

  • Kimball's Unsolved Mystery

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    First Of Two Parts Almost 70 years ago before social media, cells phones, and cable TV, when oil was king, local children suffered from polio, and a washing machine at Montgomery Ward would cost you $159.95, Kimball's Bobby Wilson, 4 foot 6 inch in stature, disappeared from a local service station in broad daylight and was never heard from again. No body was ever discovered that matched his size, and no crime scene was ever found. Bobby Wilson just disappeared into thin air, never heard from...

  • Wildcat Wyatt Reichenberg Wrestling At State

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    Good morning! Lovin' Nebraska with flashes of near 60 degrees one day and 6 inches of snow the next!! This last blast of winter brought some pretty good moisture though, so that was appreciated. Interesting to see what the rest of the month will bring us. Here today, midway through February, the 15th, there is a Homeschool program out at the Wildcat Hills recreation area beginning at 10 a.m., and here at school there is an early OUT. Students will head home early for parent-teacher conferences....

  • School Board Gets Plasma Table Cutter For Kimball FFA

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    Kimball Jr/Sr High School received the Circle of Excellence award from Cognia on Monday evening at the Kimball School Board meeting. Cognia is the largest accreditation organization in the world and does on-site reviews for educational institutions. Cognia did the accreditation for Kimball Public Schools last year. The presentation included comments from the regional accreditation evaluator, Dr. Dan Leikvold, "Kimball Jr/Sr High School has a robust continuous school improvement process and an...

  • Janice M. Anderson

    Feb 15, 2024

    Janice M. Anderson, 82, of Melbeta, died at the Kimball County Manor on February 1, 2024. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the Cornerstone Community Church in Kimball with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Janice's tribute wall and share condolences and stories with the family. Janice had a long 15 year battle with Alzheimer's & Dementia. In lieu of flowers the family has... Full story

  • Jackie Sue Lean

    Feb 15, 2024

    Heaven gained its long-awaited guest on January 24, 2024, as Jackie Sue Lean, lovingly known by her family as “Susie,” aged 91, peacefully entered into eternal rest at Wyoming Central Hospice in Casper, Wyoming. Born on October 16, 1932, in Gridley, Kansas to Peter Middleton and Elsie Caroline (Gilliam) Scales, Susie’s journey was marked by love, laughter, and a profound impact on all who knew her. Raised alongside her sister, Twila Beth, and brother J Pete, Susie’s early years in Kansas... Full story

  • Robyn M. (Hottell) Becker

    Feb 15, 2024

    Robyn M. (Hottell) Becker, 60, of Bushnell, died at her home in Bushnell on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Cremation has been held and Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the Sagebrush in Kimball with services conducted by the family. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Robyn's tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Bushnell Fire Department. The family has entrusted the... Full story

  • Longhorns Look To Build On 13-7 Record

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 15, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns boys basketball team is nearing a late season rematch with Mitchell and the 2023-24 post season after improving to 13-7 with wins this past week at Pine Bluffs and over visiting Heminford. Kimball’s scheduled game Feb. 10 against Minatare was cancelled due to weather and will not be rescheduled. Mitchell rolls into The Arena this Friday, Feb. 16, when the Horns will look to avenge a one-point loss in the WTC tournament. Here’s a recap of the victories over Pine Bluffs and Hemingford. Kimball 61, Pine Bluffs 58 Feb. 6 In...

  • Kimball's New VB Coach: Enevoldson

    The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    The Longhorns are “thrilled” to introduce their latest head coach, Jenna Enevoldson, to lead the girls volleyball program, Kimball Public Schools Activities Director Darrell Howitt announced Tuesday. “Congratulations, Jenna,” Howitt said. “We extend our best wishes to you and the Longhorn volleyball team as you embark on this exciting new journey!” She succeeds longtime Kimball volleyball coach Jeri Ferguson. Enevoldson was assistant coach the last three seasons. Enevoldson brings experience and passion to the job, according to her “Welcome to...

  • Lady Horns In Subdistrict After Bounce Back Win

    Jaclyn Burks, Kimball Girls Basketball Coach|Feb 15, 2024

    The Longhorn girls played in the WTC last week and did well. Losing our first round game to Bayard 56-19 although we played much better than the last time we matched up with them in the first game of the season. The team has grown as players from the first of the season. We then faced a feisty Hemingford team at WNCC. We did not play our best game, but we came out with a win. With that win, Mitchell was next on Saturday morning. Our tired legs showed themselves as they overpowered us to a loss of 32-18. Our girls fought very hard throughout the...

  • Coyotes Wrap Up Regular Season

    The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    The Potter-Dix Coyote basketball teams traveled to Arthur on Feb. 9, for games against the Arthur County Wolves. It proved to be the final regular game of the season for the girls team, as Hyannis cancelled their trip to Potter on Saturday due to the weather. The girls were scheduled to match up against Banner County in the first round of the Sub District Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 13, while the boys team has one last game on its regular season slate at Hay Springs on Feb. 16. The boys team enters its Sub District Tournament next week, with...

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