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Articles from the June 16, 2016 edition


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  • Summer garden fun

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 16, 2016

    Claudette and DuWayne Sundet moved to Kimball three years ago under the advice of doctors to slow down a bit. In the three years since buying their home at 308 Jefferson they have busied themselves with various pursuits, one of which, particularly for Claudette, is gardening. Claudette has transformed her front yard into a showcase with several fairy gardens depicting the couples passion for traveling in their RV, in addition to a fairy garden made to mirror their home and one honoring the...

  • St. John's celebrates 100 years

    Dawn Fossand|Jun 16, 2016

    A local church is soon to celebrate their established 100th anniversary, according to its pastor, Kenneth Mars whose wife was very instrumental in gathering information on the church history to share with our readers. St. John's Lutheran church, currently located on Locust Street in Kimball, first began in June of 1916 and was located on Main Street in a church building north of the railroad tracks. This first church building was erected in 1888, and used by the Methodists. "The records are a...

  • Citizens will soon see increased utility rates

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 16, 2016

    Residents in both the city and county of Kimball will soon face higher utility costs and may soon see increased utility deposits as well following votes at the May 31 Board of Public Works meeting. Kimball’s utility deposit amount has remained steady at $100 for residential utilities and $250 for commercial since 1999. The board took time to compare the current deposits with that of other communities and discussed the average utility bills for both residential consumers and businesses. They further considered the next agenda item, increased uti...

  • Friends and Neighbors: Mars family

    Dawn Fossand|Jun 16, 2016

    "As a father, I enjoy watching each of my children grow in their own unique ways, developing into the men and women God created them to be. What a privilege and joy to share that great adventure with my wife. Nothing is more joyous!" shared Pastor and father of seven, Kenneth Mars. Mars, the pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball, met his wife Vickie, in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, and they married nineteen years ago on May 30, 1997. The couple had four children of their own,...

  • Kimball Public Swimming Pool Lifeguard training deemed a success

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 16, 2016

    The Kimball Public Swimming Pool is fully staffed for the year, and Director Carla Goranson is happy with her guards, though many are new. "I have never had this many new guards," she said. "That could make you nervous, but these kids are so attentive and they act like they are seasoned guards." The crew recently had a rescue training. The guards were broken up into groups to work on their rescue techniques. "The new guards were nervous," Goranson said. "Before the ambulance crew got there they...

  • Victoria J. Barrett

    Jun 16, 2016

    Heaven gained another angel on June 5, 2016, when Victoria Jeanette Barrett, 39, of Scottsbluff, passed away at the Barrett family cabin in Livermore, Colo. Vicki was born August 20, 1976 in Kimball to Albert Biberos and Geri Biberos (Flores). Vicki started dating Donald Barrett in 1994 and they were together for several years and then drifted apart until they found each other again in 2009. They lived together in Kimball most of their lives until they moved to Scottsbluff in April 2015 to be...

  • Gordon Buckle, Jr.

    Jun 16, 2016

    Gordon Buckle Jr., 83, of Columbus, Nebraska, died Sunday, June 12, 2016 at his home in Columbus. No services are planned at this time. Gordon James Buckle Jr., loving husband, father, and grandfather, was born on November 16, 1932, to Gordon and Barbara (Shaver) Buckle Sr. in Arkansas City, Kansas. He was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and upon graduation from Northeast High School, he attended the University of Oklahoma. Gordon entered the United States Army on October 11, 1951, and was st...

  • Minnie Lebruska

    Jun 16, 2016

    Minnie L. Lebruska, 106, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Carla Gunn officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Visit www.cantrell fh.com to view Minnie's Tribute Wall and leave condolences for the family. Memorials have been established to the Kimball Cou...

  • Lyle E. Probert

    Jun 16, 2016

    Lyle E. Probert, 70, of Cheyenne, died at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center on Friday, June 10, 2016. Cremation has taken place and services may be held at a later date. Friends may leave condolences and messages for the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Lyle’s Tribute Wall. Memorials may be given in Lyle’s name to the Cheyenne Wyoming VA Hospital at 2360 East Pershing Blvd, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001. The services for Lyle have been entrusted to the Cantrell Fun...

  • Veterans History Project

    Larry Nelson|Jun 16, 2016

    The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Thomas Stiller (Tom) was inspired by President John F. Kennedy. The late President commanded a Patrol Torpedo boat (PT boat) in the Pacific during WWII. The pictures and stories of that piece of history stuck with this young man from Indiana. When the...

  • Fireworks fundraiser under way for Kimball

    Dawn Fossand|Jun 16, 2016

    It is nearly time to celebrate our nation’s independence. For more than a couple of decades the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department has put on a spectacular fireworks display with donations collected from local businesses, as well as from private donors, and due largely to many hours of work done by the Kimball Banner County Chamber office rallying for those donations. This year there is a needed rush for donations for the annual fireworks display event. According to KBCCC Director, Jo Caskey, the ‘ball was dropped’ on securing the funds ahead...

  • Recent KHS graduate named scholarship winner

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 16, 2016

    Monica Wasielewski was recently named one of 20 winners of the “Western Knowledge. Exceptional Communities.” essay contest sponsored by Fontanelle Hybrids. According to a recent press release the contest Fontanelle Hybrids awarded the winners across Nebraska with $1,000 to advance their education. Giving our local youth the tools they need to succeed helps the future of Nebraskan agriculture throughout our community, the release stated. The contest, which was open to Nebraska high school seniors that were active in 4-H, FFA or other cer...

  • KHS art students design new logo for Plains Historical Society

    Jun 16, 2016

  • Local library offering genealogy class

    Tonia Copeland|Jun 16, 2016

    Where did we come from? Does this age-old question spark the desire to learn more about ones heritage? The Kimball Public Library presents a new project for kids - “Explore your Heritage” camp with Ali Hunsaker and Jan Sears. The camp will be a two-day workshop on June 27 and June 28 from 10 a.m. through noon for children aged eight to 12 at the Kimball Public Library Children in attendance will learn about the importance of family history by putting together their own fan charts, learning how to use microfilm, searching genealogy sites and...

  • Be vigilant during mosquito season

    Dawn Fossand|Jun 16, 2016

    June officially brings the start of summer and the beginning of mosquito season, according to Melissa Cervantes, Environmental Health Coordinator and Assistant Worksite Wellness Coordinator at the Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD). With the beginning of mosquito season, PPHD has once again begun West Nile Virus (WNV) surveillance activities to monitor the presence of the virus in the Panhandle through mosquito trapping and bird collection. Most people who contract the virus are infected through the bite of a mosquito that became infected...

  • Honor Flight receives grand Kimball welcome

    Jun 16, 2016

  • Biesecker continues an active summer with the West Nebraska All Star volleyball match

    Jun 16, 2016

  • Legion Baseball is underway

    Jun 16, 2016

  • Kimball's Land defensive standout for West Nebraska All Star Football.

    Jun 16, 2016

  • KHS golfers travel with their own fan club

    Jun 16, 2016

  • A salute to dads

    Staff Report|Jun 16, 2016

    The Western Nebraska Observer asked readers to submit a letter nominating a father as the greatest dad in honor of Father’s Day. The winning letter comes from a past graduate of Kimball High School, who remembers her father’s struggle to balance work life with quality family time. She continues to admire her dad’s focus on family, now with grandchildren and she enjoys seeing the mutual love and excitement between the two generations. Without further ado, we announce the 2016 Greatest Dad winner – Rich Flores. Read his daughter, Amy’s,...

  • Banner County Historical Day

    Jun 16, 2016

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