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Articles from the June 27, 2024 edition

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  • New City Strategic Plan Put In Place

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    After two public hearings, the Kimball City Council voted to approve and adopt the new zoning ordinance and the new comprehensive plan at the June 18 meeting. John Shepherd from Marvin Planning said they had been working with the City of Kimball and the planning commission for over a year, updating the comprehensive plan and zoning regulations. Marvin Planning held a town hall meeting, conducted surveys and got people’s opinions to develop the plans. According to Shepherd, the comprehensive plan is the strategic plan for the city, and it is the...

  • LARSEN'S JEWELRY, 1926-2024

    Jun 27, 2024

    The grand finale is nearing for a Kimball institution, Larsen's Jewelry, after 98 years of business that defied the fate of closing at an earlier age that so many neighboring businesses experienced over the years. A going out of business sale with deep discounts is planned from today, June 27, through Sunday, June 30, for the iconic store that has been true to its name as a jewel of downtown Kimball's Chestnut Street since 1926. It has been a family operation from when O.C. Larsen opened up...


    Karen Bivins, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    What did you do for the Fourth of July? Family picnic, swimming, baseball, horse racing, horseshoe throwing? In Kimball, there are many things folks have done – and still do – to enjoy this nice day. It was not unusual for the homesteaders to pack up their wagons with food, games and other things that were to be enjoyed. The day usually started with a parade, with people enjoying seeing different things. They had a chance to visit with the people in the area, catching up on all the happenings of...

  • Roadwork Begins Near Clean Harbors Apartments, Other Areas

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    Two bids were accepted by the Kimball City Council on June 18 for a chip seal project and concrete repair projects. Areas affected include the site of the new Clean Harbors apartments. The chip seal project includes parts of High School, Marion and Cedar streets, while the concrete repair projects include the 7th and Vista intersection, 6th Street pavement repair near Chestnut, and Evergreen pavement repairs near 8th Street. Timing was perfect for the 7th and Vista intersection project because the sewer and water lines for the Clean Harbor...


    Jun 27, 2024

    Mary Lynch Elementary School recently upgraded its playground equipment to replace old equipment that had deteriorated, especially the slides and swings. The purchase of the equipment from Creative Sites LLC was approved by the Kimball School Board in October and includes a zip line, climbing structure, a spinning comet, and a large play structure with slides and climbing apparatus. Included in the installation cost of the new equipment was removal of the old equipment. Superintendent Trevor...

  • My Oh My, Has It Ever Been Hot!

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    Good morning, I hope this finds you keeping cool! My, oh my, but has it ever been hot! A lot of hail and high winds in the valley, and our thoughts are with those folks with severe damage. The rain was greatly appreciated though, and we still need more. This last week of June we are finishing up VBS here at home and looking toward the 4th of July. For today, however, June 27th the Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff will have their Grab-n-Go Lunch available for you from noon to 2 p.m.; the Midwest Theater will play ‘The Little Mermaid’ at 1:...

  • Karen's Kitchen Sold To Family From Colorado

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    Karen Hewitt achieved her dream when she opened Karen’s Kitchen in September 2019, but her husband’s health motivated her to sell her restaurant and take care of him. “I was not ready to give it up, but, you know, I have to,” she said. Now the business is sold. The new owners, all family members from Colorado, will begin making some changes as soon as this week, she said. Reflecting on her time at the restaurant, Karen said, “I loved my time here, I loved all my people, I loved all my customers. The main reason I opened the restauran...

  • Margaret C. (Yeager) Noah

    Jun 27, 2024

    Margaret C. (Yeager) Noah, 94, of Sterling, CO passed away June 17, 2024 in Kimball, Nebraska. At Margaret’s request cremation has taken place and family services will be held at a later date. Margaret was born March 10, 1930 on a farm outside of Wewoka, Oklahoma to Loren C. and Allie Elizabeth (Jeffreys) Yeager. Margaret was one of six children. Margaret played half court basketball in High School and graduated salutatorian from New Lima High School in May of 1947. She married Eddie Martin N... Full story

  • Mountain Lion Hunting At Wildcat Hills? Yes

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    On Friday, June 21, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission met in Ogallala and agreed to approve the staff recommendations for a 2025 mountain lion hunting season. The commission endorsed a first time hunting season in the Wildcat Hills. The commissioner created the Wildcat Hills Unit joining the existing Pine Ridge Unit and Niobrara Unit. The Wildcat Hills Unit will include parts of Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Cheyenne, Garden, Kimball and Banner counties. An additional change was the Niobrara Unit...


    Jun 27, 2024

    Future Lady Longhorn Camp was held June 24-25 for girls in grades 3-8. Headed by Kimball's basketball and volleyball head coaches, the girls worked on their basic skills. Here Knightly Anderson practices dribbling between cones....


    Jun 27, 2024

    Monday was a perfect day to start swimming lessons at the Kimball Swiming Pool. Lifeguard Jodell Schulte was teaching a big group of Level 2 swimmers. July 8-12 are the next days for swimming lessons....

  • Addy Olsen Injured, Out 6-8 Months

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 27, 2024

    Tough news for the girls basketball and volleyball teams for next year as Addison Olsen tore her ACL while playing basketball in Texas a few weeks ago. The Longhorn standout had surgery on Tuesday in Fort Collins, Colo., and her estimated time of recovery is six to eight months. Good news, according to Addison, is that this won’t be her senior years, and the injured foot isn’t the one that she high jumps off of. She will miss the volleyball and basketball seasons for sure, but she will be rooting for the team from the bench....

  • Kimball Garage Sale

    Jun 27, 2024

    A garage sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at 807 S. Washington St. in Kimball. The wide variety of items includes a Blackstone Grill. corn hold boards, a snowplow for a Craftsman mower and more.... Full story

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