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Articles from the May 12, 2022 edition


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  • Hottell Elected Sheriff

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 12, 2022

    After months of campaigning for the hotly contested Kimball County Sheriff's race, voters unseated Sheriff Harry Gillway in favor of challenger David Hottell, according to unofficial results. The GOP primary determined the winner because no other candidates sought the office. The unofficial results as of 9:20 Tuesday night were Hottell with 431 votes and Gillway with 413, County Clerk Cathy Sibal told the Observer. Results by precinct weren't immediately available. At 7:08, the counting board...

  • Shoup Leaving Board To Teach

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 12, 2022

    Matt Shoup resigned his position on Kimball School Board, only to be hired as Kimball's 7-8 grade social studies teacher. Shoup resigned his school board position effect July 11, which will end a six-year career on the board. His resignation letter stated, “I have been so pleased to work with each and every one of the current and former board members. In those years, we have struggled and fought to make our school the best it can be, and I have complete faith in the future ahead for our school system.” said Shoup, who currently works for the...

  • Coyote Seniors Open Area Graduation Season

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 12, 2022

    Seven seniors received their high school diplomas in the ceremony. Numerous scholarships were handed, but the big winners were Thomas Muldoon receiving Regent Scholarships to UN-K and UN-L and a Chancellor's Scholarship to UN-O. Hannah Reeve also received a UN-K Regents Scholarship. Speakers included Ana Manning with the salutatorian address followed by valedictorian Thomas Muldoon. Muldoon shared his story and lessons learned and expressed his appreciation for the many people that influenced...

  • Feral Cat Program 'Going Great'

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 12, 2022

    A reader asked this question. How is the project on feral cats coming? According to Kimball feral cat program founder,Tiffany LaBeau, "The program is still going great. I'm hoping to take three momma cats and her kitten to be spayed, and her kittens will be re-homed through adoption at the shelter." LaBeau said that she had noticed a lot of family cats missing. She asks that people do not trap cats in town, and then sometime these cats are released into the country. She encourages people to put...

  • Ronald Lee Harms

    May 12, 2022

    Ronald "Ron" Harms, 62, passed away April 27, 2022, following a valiant six-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer. On June 7, 1959, Ron was born in Kimball, Nebraska, to Elwood and Donna (Moench) Harms. He grew up in Dix, Nebraska, graduating Dix High School in 1977. He then worked in cabinetry shops in Colorado, and Maas Farming in Potter, Nebraska. Ron's greatest joys were spending time with family, working on the farm, camping, barbecues and listening to country music. Surviving are...

  • Barbara Lee Stoddard

    May 12, 2022

    Barbara Lee Stoddard was lifted to heaven on the wings of angels on May 6, 2022, after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. Her memorial service will be Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Harrisburg Community Church and burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in the Hull community. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 pm at Dugan Kramer Funeral Chapel. Memorials can be given to Cattlemen's Ball Cancer Fund. Condolences can be mailed to 1605 R St., Gering, Nebraska 69341. Fond...

  • ROADWORK AT THE UNDERPASS

    Jim Orr, The Observer|May 12, 2022

    Street repairs that began last week required the roadway to be narrowed to one lane at First and Chestnut streets on the south side of Kimball's underpass. Residents were urged to use caution when approaching. The new week opened Monday morning, above, with evidence of the project still evident. The street department expected to have the work done as soon as possible....

  • Golfers Back Home For 2 Tourneys

    The Observer|May 12, 2022

    Freshman Kyler Lusche placed third at the Bayard Invite and Western Trails Conference golf meet on Tuesday, May 10. Lusche shot 42-41 for 83. In team standings, Kimball tied with Bayard for eighth place at 424. Rounding out the team for Kimball were Connor Deboodt shooting a 109, followed by Bransyn Kiefer with a 115 and Landon Norberg completed the 18 holes with a 117. Mitchell won the Bayard Invite with a 356 and the top golfer was Cael Peters, who shot a 76. Kimball will have played on Wednesday at their home course and districts is...

  • Coyotes Busy, District Next

    Mike Motz, The Observer|May 12, 2022

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote track and field teams had a busy week, starting off with the MAC meet on Tuesday and then the Cheyenne County Meet on Friday. The Coyotes traveled to Bayard for Tuesday’s competition, featuring their MAC conference rivals. The boys team placed fourth with 93.5 points, behind first place Leyton with 165 points, second place Garden County with 107 points and third place Bayard with 97 points. The girls placed fourth with 65 points, behind first place Bayard with 163.5 points, second place Leyton with 107 and third place Sou...

  • Longhorns, Wildcats Win A Few Firsts

    The Observer|May 12, 2022

    The Kimball boys and girls track teams go into the district meet Thursday, May 12, at Mitchell after a competitive showing at last week's Cheyenne County meet in Leyton. Pole vaulters Trey Schindler and James McGinnis both cleared 11 feet to tag team for first and second, while Kaitlin Heeg took first in the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles. Also enjoying a first place finish was Banner County's Riley Jones in the high jump. Here are the Kimball and Banner County top placers at the Cheyenne...

  • Trap Team Enters 4th Week

    May 12, 2022

    The Kimball Longhorns trap team is back at it for a second season and has proven in its young existence to have some fine shooters. Here’s the team’s results in the early going this year. WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 Ainslie Albertson 22 33 29 Grace Anderson 31 39 35 Faith Bohac 8 20 26 David Bond 27 30 33 Anna Coleman 35 27 29 Sophie Coleman 17 7 22 Nolan Cook 38 36 36 John Dunegan 13 13 18 Travis Fryda 32 35 32 Aaron Gillming 34 31 36 Kip Gillming 29 27 30 Charlotte Hargreaves 30 33 37 Clarika Hottell 19 13 17 Kambree Hottell 33 33 36 Mallory Hot...

  • KIMBALL HIGH GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

    May 12, 2022

    Gideon Casimiro Doug and Jo Christopherson Husker Power Scholar Lions Club Scholarship Kaitlin Heeg UNL Regents Scholarship KEA Haines Family Rich Toombs Doug and Jo Christopherson Tom Southard Memorial WTC Rosary Altar Society Booster Club Knights of Columbus Skeet Jones James Eatmon Masonic Lodge Cole Heim Bill Carroll Eagles Riley Hinton Fire Auxiliary Knights of Columbus Chantel Malson Susan Buffett Harry and Marjorie Pedrett Nebraska Achievement Scholar Brayden Schildhauer Josh Norberg Kimball Fire Department Peter Kiewit Foundation...

  • POTTER-DIX GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

    May 12, 2022

    Jared Anton Nebraska Wesleyan Black and Gold Scholarship (16,000) Nebraska Wesleyan Campus Visit Scholarship (1,000) WNCC Sidney Campus Potter Community Grand Marshal Scholarship in Honor of Phil & Evie Miller (1,000) WNCC Sidney Campus Joe Hargreaves (500) Merrill and Ruby Belgum Memorial Trust Scholarship Niko Koon WNCC Board of Governors Scholarship (6000) WNCC Outstanding Leadership Scholarship(400) WNCC Sidney Campus Don & Imogene Enevoldsen Scholarship (1,000) WNCC Sidney Campus Greg and...

  • BANNER COUNTY GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

    May 12, 2022

    Banner County School 2022 graduates were awarded and accepted a total of $222,380 in scholarships. Here is a look at their plans. Helen Hein will continue her studies with LifeLinks on the WNCC campus. Maddison Hill will continue studies at Summit Christian College where she is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. She has received… President’s Scholarship for 25% off her tuition $1,537.50 per year, renewable for a second year, totaling $3,075 Mycala Rae Jones is planning to attend WNCC for two years, continuing her stu...

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