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Articles from the May 9, 2024 edition

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  • Time For Diplomas ... And Plans

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 9, 2024

    The last week of school for the 29 graduating Longhorns in 2024 was full of many final events. Graduation is on Saturday at 11 a.m. And it will be the culmination of years of hard work, and as Longhorn senior Hayden Sours said, it will be “sad and stressful” although they are all excited to the next chapter of their lives. Grades had to be completed on Friday to have time to calculate the GPA for valedictorian, salutatorian and scholarships. Academic awards were presented on Monday at Lon... Full story

  • Vacancy On Park & Rec Board

    Jim Orr, The Observer|May 9, 2024

    A new person apparently will be in the mix among those with a voice in overseeing the Kimball City/County Recreation Area while it’s at a crossroads. The county commissioners are seeking interested parties to serve on the Kimball City/County Park & Recreation Operating Board as a county appointee to complete Ashley Thurin’s four-year term ending Dec. 31, 2026. Thurin resigned. The commissioners on May 3 decided not to vote on appointing Klent Schnell to the position in favor of advertising it. This development comes during talk of a pro...

  • County Looks At Re-Striping Old Highway 71

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 9, 2024

    Due to scheduling needs of the Kimball County Commissioners, their May meeting was held Friday, May 3, instead of Tuesday, May 7. The second May meeting also was moved to accommodate scheduling requests from Tuesday, May 21, to Wednesday, May 22. Before the agenda items, the board was informed of an 8.7% increase in the county's health and dental insurance. Two county departments, roads and transit, updated the board on business. Randy Bymer, county highway superintendent, reported that...

  • Pillen Requests Storm Disaster Declaration For Area

    For The Observer|May 9, 2024

    LINCOLN – Gov. Jim Pillen on Monday requested a federal major disaster declaration for Nebraska counties impacted by winter storm conditions on April 6 and 7. The request includes the following eight counties: Banner, Cheyenne, Dawes, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff and Sioux. What began with thunderstorms and heavy rains developed into a system that produced freezing rain, snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions. The most significant damage was to power systems, including downed power lines. The five utility systems affected by t...

  • Time To Celebrate Graduates ... And Mom's Day

    Barb Cross, Observer Columnist|May 9, 2024

    Good morning and here is hoping you have had plenty of rocks in your pockets to keep you from blowing away! Holy moly have the tumble weeds been having a great time. The folks out there trying to repair fence lines really have their work cut out for them. Here we are already moving into the middle of May with Mother’s Day and graduations the big deal. Today, May 9th, the high school Activities and Awards Banquet will take place at 5:30 p.m. and over the hill it is Spa Night between 4-7 p.m. at the Good Life, and beginning at 6 p.m. it is Christ... Full story

  • Casino Night Raises Money For Surgical Equipment

    The Observer|May 9, 2024

    A team effort helped the sixth annual Casino Night benefit Kimball Health Services on Saturday at The Sagebrush. "We had lots of fun on the gaming floor and during the silent and live auction to raise money for new surgical equipment at Kimball Health Services," said Kerry Ferguson, director of community relations and foundation at KHS. Ferguson gave a "special shout-out" to the KHS staff, foundation board members and other volunteers who made it happen. They include KHS staff Nicole Snyder,...

  • Lusche, Longhorns Enjoy Some Home Cooking

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 9, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorn golf team took first in both the WTC and the Kimball Invite last Friday with Kyler Lusche leading the pack. Lusche talked about the highlights: "My chipping, my wedges were the best. I couldn't really hit any good drivers but made up for it with chipping. I didn't really have any bad chips, left me short putts." He said the greens were a little slower, but he was able to land the ball closer to the hole. Lusche shot 35/38 for a 78 and first place to lead his team. Landon Nor... Full story

  • Kimball-Pine Bluffs Border War

    The Observer|May 9, 2024

    The Kimball and Pine Bluffs trap teams got together for a friendly "border war" on April 28, with 22 shooters from Kimball and 14 from Pine shooting two rounds in Kimball. They were mixed teams with shooters from both communities forming each team. The top three Kimball shooters were Teague Mazza with 46 points and Grace Anderson and Nolan Cook with 45 points each. Later it was a time for families, friends, hamburgers and hotdogs for the shooters....

  • Clark L. Huff

    May 9, 2024

    Clark L. Huff, 85, a life long Kimball resident, died at his home on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Cremation has been held and graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the Kimball Cemetery with Randy Bohac officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Clark's Tribute Wall and share stories and condolences with the family. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be given in his memory to the Kimball Eagles #3889. The services for Clark have been... Full story

  • Carolyn K. (Gehrke) Fletcher

    May 9, 2024

    Carolyn K. (Gehrke) Fletcher, 73, of Kimball, passed away of complications from liver disease at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on April 26, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Randy Bohac officiating and burial to follow in the Kimball Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 9th from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. All are invited to share well wishes, memories and stories on Carolyn’s Tribute Wall at www.cantrellfh.com. C... Full story

  • Norma Jean (Brenay) Bushor

    May 9, 2024

    Norma Jean (Brenay) Bushor, 87, peacefully passed away on March 21, 2024, in Mesa, Arizona, with her daughter by her side. She was born June 19, 1936, to Millie (Dodge) and Norman Brenay in Saginaw, Michigan Norma graduated from Montrose High School in Montrose, Michigan, in 1954. She had a passion for crocheting, her beloved dogs and traveling early in her retirement. She was also a member of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Apache Junction, Arizona. Norma is survived by her loving... Full story