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Articles from the May 23, 2024 edition


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  • City, Hometown Hardware Settle

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    At the Kimball City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 15, the City of Kimball announced a settlement with Hometown Hardware, Inc., regarding an incident involving a waterline break that occurred July 12, 2021. As a result of the incident, Hometown Hardware claimed property damage. The city’s insurance company settled in the amount of $210,000 through mediation. State law requires notice to the general public of any municipal settlement. No council action was required. In a variety of action items for the council, the new playground equipment or...

  • Man Gets Prison Time For Threats

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    Jeffrey Barborak has been sentenced to be incarcerated in a facility to be determined by the Nebraska Department of Correction for a term of 18 months after an incident in April. Barborak was arrested for a bond violation, then was arrested for terroristic threats when he refused to comply for a urine analysis. During the booking process, Barborak told the deputy and staff that “I’m going to come in here and shoot you guys up.” He told the deputy that he was going to come back and after he gets out that he would blow the deputy’s head off. Ba...

  • No Decision On Future Of Windbreak

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    Two Kimball City Council agenda items on May 15 were discussed but no action was taken on either a salary increase for the city clerk or an interlocal agreement for a proposal in which the city would purchase the Windbreak Restaurant from Kimball County. The discussion of the Windbreak purchase prompted council member-elect Austin Garner to read this prepared statement: “The progression of the ballpark/land swap and Windbreak transaction to most seems to be convoluted and veiled in secrecy. The lineage of this idea is cloudy and details are vag...

  • MEMORIAL DAY 2024

    May 23, 2024

    This Kimball County Courthouse waiting area is hallowed ground to salute those who died while serving their country. Below: The Gold Star Lapel Button, left, is issued to family of U.S. service members who have died in armed conflicts since World War I. The Next of Kin Lapel Button, right, is issued when service members die while on active duty but outside of a qualifying conflict....

  • KIMBALL COUNTY'S GOLD STARS

    Karen Bivens, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    The Gold Star Lapel Button and Next of Kin Lapel Button are awarded to families of military personal who died while in military service. In Kimball, a number of families have received these pins. The pins are issued to recognize U.S. service members who have died in armed conflicts (Gold Star pin) or while on active duty (Next of Kin pin) since World War I. Leading up to Memorial Day 2024, or at anytime in the year, there's a revered place in Kimball to salute some of this area's war dead. On a...

  • Now A Church, Kimball's Log Cabin Was A Star-Spangled Spot For Vets

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    Today known as the E-Free Church, the Log Cabin building was constructed in 1946 for veterans but has served many valuable purposes for the city of Kimball. Located at 101 S Walnut St., the building known as the Log Cabin was built for such veterans as the American War Dads and those in the American Legion. It was a recreational place for servicemen. In 1946, the 105-foot-long and 65-foot-wide building was estimated to cost $20,000, with $12,000 raised "by popular subscription." The facility had...

  • K KIDS ON TOUR

    May 23, 2024

    Community is the focus of the Mary Lynch Elementary School kindergarten's field trip. On Monday, they toured seven different places around town. Here they make a stop at Dr. Ryan Behrend's High Point Spine and Joint Center on 2nd Street....

  • BACK TO SPAIN & FRANCE

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    Valentine Murdy and Hugo Rodriguez, both 16, have spent the last school year attending the rural high school and living in Banner County. Valentine is from the south of France, while Hugo is from Spain. Valentine, hailing from the south of France, was taken aback by the vastness and spaciousness of Banner County, a stark contrast to his home. His most significant adjustment was to the culture and the language. Initially, he struggled to string a sentence together, but now he's proud to say he's...

  • Banner County Stoplight Slows Things Down

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    Good morning! After a couple of cool days earlier this week, we are off to warmer temperatures once again. The tumbleweeds still continue to be a pain in the derriere and we sure do need some rain. School is out for the summer, so here in town things are pretty quiet. The stoplight during the roadwork out on the spur is slowing things down also. The first stop light in Banner County, and most likely the last! In town, there are kids everywhere. Summer swimming lessons, reading programs, baseball and soccer! Today, May 23rd, the Calvary...

  • Larry John Brower

    May 23, 2024

    Larry John Brower, 82, of Rogers, Arkansas, a former longtime resident of Kimball, Nebraska, sadly passed away on January 22,2024. On Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. there will be a burial of the ashes for family and friends at Kimball Cemetery. Immediately following from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. family and friends will gather at The Sagebrush Restaurant in Kimball to share food and memories. Larry was born on January 27, 1941, in Arnold, Nebraska, to Gerrit and Miriam Brower. He lived to serve his...

  • Gwenyth A. Schwartz

    May 23, 2024

    Gwenyth A. Schwartz, 83, of Kimball, died at her home in Kimball on Friday, May 17, 2024. Following her wishes, cremation has been held and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to share condolences and stories with the family. Memorials in her memory may be given to the donor's choice. The services for Gwen have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Gwen Hendricks Schwartz, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother,...

  • EMS Crew Credited With Saving Man

    May 23, 2024

    A life-threatening incident several weeks ago had a happy ending for a Kimball man who was reunited today with the EMTs and others who saved his life. Kimball Health Services emergency responders, medical providers, nurses and others received lifesaving awards for their actions April 2 when Paul Quicke, 68, suffered a heart attack and was found lying unresponsive in the intersection of Washington and 7th St. in Kimball. Responding to a Kimball County Sheriff's Office dispatch, off duty paramedic...

  • Addy Olson 3rd At State In High Jump

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    The first three Class C high jumpers at the state meet in Omaha all jumped 5 feet, 3 inches, but it came down to misses to determine the placings. Kimball Longhorn high jumper Addison Olsen jumped 5feet, 3 inches at State and came home with third place in state. The jump tied her personal record from her first place at District. The sophomore high jumper will participate in an extra meet June 1 and has plans to attend a high jump camp. Addison said about her first trip to Omaha, "I thought how...

  • Kimball Golfers In The Hunt For Top 10 At State

    Jim Orr, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    Kimball’s golf team played through cool, damp conditions at North Platte on Tuesday to rank ninth after Round 1 of the NSAA Class D Boys Golf Championship. The conditions delayed the tournament’s morning start, but the Longhorns put up a team round of 364 at Lake Maloney Golf Club to sit five strokes inside the top 10 ahead of Bloomfield. Overton led team standings at 336. Individually, District champion Kyler Lusche shot 80 to lead the Longhorns. He was tied for 13th – but just a single shot from joining those tied for 10th place. He shot...

  • EARLY LOOK AT FOOTBALL LONGHORNS

    May 23, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns completed their spring camp Friday, May 17, as they prepare to move into their 2024-25 season. Coach Darrell Howitt echoed his staff by saying, "It was a great three days at the Longhorn Spring Camp. We had a solid group of returning talent and the addition of awesome new talent. Great hustle, drive and determination from our Kimball Longhorns and a great start to the upcoming season!" One of the team's themes is "execute, execute, execute!"...

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