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Articles from the February 21, 2019 edition


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  • Legislators Still Seeking Answers On Property, Alcohol Taxes

    Dakota Kuhns|Feb 21, 2019

    The Nebraska Legislature had a late night until 10 last Thursday, when the hearing concluded for the three bills relating to the highly debated property tax issue: LB314, LB497 and LB677. Public comments for and against the three bills were heard by the Legislature’s Revenue Committee. Numerous Nebraska farmers, local brewers and professionals related to the alcohol industry, as well as rural school administrators, were in attendance and spoke their piece about a possible property tax decrease and related possible alcohol and tobacco...

  • CHEERS TO THE CHAMPS

    Feb 21, 2019

  • Head Start's Future Concerns Families

    Dakota Kuhns|Feb 21, 2019

    Kimball Head Start parents received a letter last week from Donna Jenne, director of Head Start programs, explaining the possibility of the Head Start facility in Kimball closing. Jenne stated in the letter that the ESU13 Head Start program is awaiting final approval for its 2019-20 continuation grant from the government. In an email, Jenne later said that “the Head Start Program is not closing. We will be transitioning some services.” In any case, changes appear possible. According to the letter, the Head Start program has found over the...

  • Top Speller Defends Title

    Feb 21, 2019

    The 2019 Kimball School District Spelling Bee was yet another success with top spellers from the fourth through eighth grades competing for the winning honors. After a nerve-racking first round, spellers settled into the contest at Harry McNees Auditorium in Kimball High School. In the end, eighth-grader and defending champion Xavier Thomas-Lewis came out on top and seventh-grader Shannen Marks was runner-up. Competing fourth-graders included Isaac Rohde, Carly Norberg, Greg Bingham, Parker...

  • NEBRASKA COFFEE STARTS PERCOLATING

    Feb 21, 2019

    Kimball community leaders attend the Feb. 13 ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming newly opened Nebraska Coffee at 607 E. 3rd St. to the business scene. In addition to U.S. grown, Nebraska roasted java, the establishment offers a fine food menu, daily lunch specials and a drive-through window. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. From left are Amy Sapp, Dan Dean, Tammy Miller, Echo Kizzair, Alex Engstrom, Nebraska Coffee owner Terri Dryer and employee Jana Franzen. The Kimball...

  • Johnny A. Biberos

    Feb 21, 2019

    Johnny A. Biberos, 95, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Monday, February 11, 2019. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball with Father Mike McDermott officiating. Burial was in the Kimball Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 7:00 p.m. and a Christian Wake to followed. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Johnny's Tribute Wall and leave messages and stories for the...

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Feb 21, 2019

    I enjoyed being a part of the Kimball boys win over Morrill this past Monday night in a game held at the Scottsbluff gym. Both schools had a good following and tournament atmosphere always adds a bit extra. The Kimball Cheer Team, under the direction of coach Tiffany Dea, put on a great half time performance, and I assume it was one that they used this past weekend where they won two championships in the Nebraska State Cheer competition, held in Grand Island. The Kimball team was the best in Non-Tumbling and Game Day. Congrats, and thanks for...

  • Six Cheer Titles in Eight Years

    Feb 21, 2019

    The Kimball Cheer team competed at the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance competition on Saturday, February 16th. The team ousted C2 teams from across the state in both the Non-Tumbling and Game Day categories. They are champions for the third year in a row in the Non-Tumbling category and second year in a row in the Game Day category. The Kimball Cheer team has brought home six total cheer championships in the eight years that they have been competing. Team members include Captain and Senior...

  • Cluff Adds One More State Win To Resume

    Tom Southard|Feb 21, 2019

    Jordan Cluff and Toby McManigal, Kimball High's two state qualifiers for the 2019 Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament, failed to make the medal stand at Omaha, but can add the experience to their list of athletic accomplishments at Kimball High. Cluff, a senior, who was making a repeat trip to the big show, garnered one more win but suffered two losses as well, ending his season at 26-11. In his first match Jordan won 11-10 over Reeves of Battle Creek in his 113 pound weight division, then lost...

  • Kimball Boys Advance With 60-49 Win Over Morrill

    Tom Southard|Feb 21, 2019

    The Kimball High boys put together one of their better games Monday night in sub-district tournament play to win 60-49 over Morrill, keeping their season alive and advancing them into semi final play against number one seed Bridgeport. It was a hard fought battle with 37 fouls called and 52 free throws shot. Kimball coach Luke Dea went to his bench often and got good play out of all of his Longhorns with eight players total getting into the scoring columns. The two teams battled even in the opening period that ended at 12-12 with five Horns...

  • Kimball Boys Fall At Mitchell, 67-55

    Tom Southard|Feb 21, 2019

    The Kimball High boys closed out their regular season with a trip to Mitchell this past Friday evening and suffered a 67-55 loss to the young, but talented, Mitchell club. The Tigers outscored the Horns, and lead every quarter break. Mitchell jumped out to a 14-4 first quarter lead before Brayden Tyan hit a trey and Brendan Walker scored on a rebound shot to close to 14-9 at quarter's end. At half time the Tigers led 30-22, and were on top 49-40 going into the final period. The Horns were led...

  • Lady Longhorns Lose To Bayard In First Round

    Tom Southard|Feb 21, 2019

    The Kimball High girls saw their basketball season come to an end with a first round loss in sub-district tournament play, losing 58-53 to Bayard, a team they had defeated twice earlier. It was a back and fourth contest with the lead exchanged multiple times, and close from start to finish. Bayard had a narrow one point lead after one quarter of play with the score board showing 12-11. Kimball sophomore Megan Spicer had the hot hand early and scored seven first quarter points. Kate Reader picked up two quick fouls and sat out most of the...

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