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Articles from the July 4, 2019 edition

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  • Backer Emerges For Kimball Fireworks

    For the Western Nebraska Observer|Jul 4, 2019

    An event that sets thousands of eyes on the night sky throughout this commuity, as well as the nation, is of course just a short day away. A great firework show arrives at dusk on the Fourth of July at the Kimball Junior/High School football field. The way the fireworks are funded has changed over the past five years in the city of Kimball - and there is now a permanent funder: FirsTier Bank. Over the past few years, coming up with the funding for the fireworks has become more difficult. Karen Robinson, of Larsen’s Jewelry, graciously r...


    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 4, 2019

    Mary Lynch students obtained a stronger background in science last week as over 30 children in grades K-6th participated in the first ever summer camp of its kind here. Kimball Public School partnered with the Kimball-Banner County Extension Office to host the academic and hands-on camp. The Extension Office supplied the curriculum for the camp. Kimball teachers Denelle Klosterman, Kelli Patterson, Cassady Malm, Katie Culek provided the instruction while Robin Whitehead and Julia McGinnis...

  • Potter Car-Bowl Bowls 'em over

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 4, 2019

    A weekend for a small town in Nebraska turned into quite a success. That's right, folks, the Potter Car Bowl was sizzlin' hot this with over 150 cars, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors in the car show, eight cooking teams entered in the BBQ contest, 37 contestants in the Pinewood Derby, two very special guests from Gering and much more. "This weekend was a huge success, we wanted to boost the attendance of the melodrama performance for the first few years. There were many people in town this...

  • Tire Clean-Up Time Coming Soon

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 4, 2019

    Tire Clean Up Days is tentatively set for August 5-17, according to Kim Barnwell at the Kimball City office, Kimball has received a Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality grant to accept tires from individuals and businesses, but no tire companies. The grant helps take the tires and either has them recycled or disposed of in an appropriate manner. The last time Kimball received this grant was 2016, so it’s time for folks to gather up those old tires and load them for the Tire Clean Up Day. In addition, the city will be running an ad in l...

  • Cool, Moist Weather Delays Crops For County Growers

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 4, 2019

    As spring turns to summer, area farmers are working from early morning to sundown in the fields. They are rushing around trying to get as much done as possible and hoping to minimize breakdowns. Wheat, millet, corn, sorghum, beans, suar beets and alfalfa are the major corps for the panhandle. Swathing, baling, spraying corn, planting millet or sorghum, and summer fallow are the focus now. Each area of Kimball County has its unique characteristics, but it appears this year all areas of the...

  • Sunday night storm: What a Mess In the Underpass

    Jul 4, 2019

  • Morgan Smith

    Jul 4, 2019

    Morgan R. Smith, 84, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball with Pastor Kenneth Mars officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Morgan's Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials...

  • Hidden Secrets Of Oliver Reservoir

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 4, 2019

    A normal trip to Oliver Reservoir for Potter local Jeremy Gasseling is made up of catfish and walleye, but this past fishing trip on Wednesday, June 26, ended a little differently. Gasseling and his friend were out on the lake for about three hours and had been reeling in walleye on the boat when the wind started to die down and the air became warmer when things started to get interesting. "My friend was taking a walleye off the hook when I had another bite and I set the hook. I told him I...

  • Deadeye Shooters Compete At Nationals

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 4, 2019

    With a police escort, seven Kimball Deadeye Shooters made the long trip to Rogers, Arkansas, on Tuesday July 2, for the 2019 Daisy nationals BB Gun and Air Riffle shoot. This was a reward for finishing in third at the Nebraska State BB Gun and Air Riffle shoot in March. The team is set to compete today, July 3, through July 6. The team is made up of five shooters with two alternates who include Julia Winstrom, Jessica Terrill, Chris Foster, Cody Brinkmanship, Nolan Cook, Anna Coleman...

  • The Team Of Two Towns Takes Season Title

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 4, 2019

    A 13U Kimball girls softball team, which first entered the season questioning if they would even play this year with only nine girls, ended up pairing with a short numbered squad in Sidney. A full team was made and the girls finished first in the league standings with a 7-2 record despite the weather-related called and canceled games and a third place finish in the end-of-the-year tournament. "We started the season of a little rocky with not even knowing if we would have a full team and then...

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  • Large Turnout For TeamMates Scramble

    Tom Southard|Jul 4, 2019

    Another very successful golf happening occurred this past weekend at the Four Winds Golf Course with 18 four-person scramble teams turning out for the annual TeamMates Tournament. Once again, the weather was very nice and the golfers enjoyed the day. The lady in charge, chairperson Stephanie Kitchens, said, "I appreciate very much the support of all the golfers who took part in this year's event. We tied the best turnout ever with the 18 teams and 72 golfers." Stephanie got help from family...

  • Local Golf Scene & Nate Lashley Are Glowing

    Tom Southard|Jul 4, 2019

    After another very successful golf event at the Four Winds this past Saturday for the annual TeamMates scramble, time now to focus on yet another fun golfing event set for this Saturday, July 6. It is the Glow Ball, four-person scramble with nine holes playing in the daylight and nine more holes played in the dark. Golfers will enjoy dinner in between rounds, which is included in your $75 per person entry fee. There will be lots of nice prizes, and you can bet it will be fun and challenging, so get your team together and get entered. You can...