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  • Woman Dies In Accident On County Road 52

    The Observer|Jul 13, 2023

    At approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday, Nebraska State Patrol troopers received a report of a single-vehicle crash approximately four miles west of Highway 71 on County Road 52 in Kimball County, troopers told the Observer on Tuesday. Upon arrival, troopers located a Ford Explorer on its roof. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Erin Dixon, 51, of Deer Trail, Colorado, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The woman is believed to have moved recently to Kimball County, a Dix resident told the Observer. The 16-year-old passenger was transported... Full story


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 13, 2023

    A few days after the July 4 holiday in 2021, Hometown Hardware in Kimball opened its doors and celebrated June as a "super" financial month. They had made it through COVID and were looking forward to the summer months. "We were never going to get rich," Marilyn Patterson said. "You just hope you can pay your wages and pay your bills. We always paid our bills." The building at 212 S. Chestnut has been a centerpiece of the downtown area for generations, but the future of Hometown Hardware and the...

  • Wheeler Out, Toth In At KPS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 13, 2023

    On Monday evening, the Kimball School Board accepted the resignation of FFA Advisor/Ag Instructor Sally Wheeler. Wheeler had been with the Kimball Schools for nine years and accepted a position with the Pine Bluffs High School. Emily Sowards will replace her. Britni Toth took the oath of office as the newest Kimball School Board member. Board member Ken Smith was elected to the office of treasurer. Superintendent Trevor Anderson updated the board about ongoing projects, including repairs and...

  • Dix Road Becoming A Fixed Road

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 13, 2023

    In a few weeks, County Road 59 South, otherwise known as the Dix road, will receive two coats of chip seal. At the present time, the tubes or culverts have been installed, and there are about 3½ miles left to patch before the chip seal project begins. The badly needed repairs will help improve the life of the blacktop and hopefully repair potholes. Randy Bymer, road superintendent, said the packer price is set to increase for the chip seal project. In other news discussed at Tuesday’s Kimball County Commissioners meeting, Bymer said the Ro... Full story


    Jul 13, 2023

    Kimball firefighters and their little buddies enjoy a ride atop a fire truck during Fourth of July festivities at Gotte Park. Nebraska State Patrol troopers also were on hand, along with local families. At Kimball Swimming Pool, this year's party surpassed last year's in awards for kids and adults.... Full story


    Jul 13, 2023

    Eileen M. Dudney's yard, home and retaining wall at 501 S. Washington received Yard of the Week. For some time, Eileen wanted to do something to her retaining wall. She considered a religious painting but settled on a Huskers theme. Carlos De La Cruz from Scottsbluff did the artwork for Eileen. In her younger days, Eileen had more than 135 varieties of flowers throughout her flower beds, but at 93 years old Eileen has given up on the flower beds.... Full story


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 13, 2023

    Kimball Mary Lynch third grader Able Kuhns, 9, has been playing pool for more than half his life, and his experience is showing. The left-hander began playing when he could just sit on the table and hold the shaft of the cue, but more recently Able has entered the competitive ranks. With tons of tournaments already under his cue, Able is off to play in the VNEA Junior National Championships in Sioux City, Neb., and will compete against 45 pool players in the youth division. The tournament is Jul... Full story

  • Verla Mae Bohac

    Jul 13, 2023

    Verla Mae Bohac, 94, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Thursday, June 22, 2023. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2023 at the Cantrell Funeral Home with Randy Bohac officiating. Inurnment will take place following the service at the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Kimball VFW... Full story

  • Joan M. Burt

    Jul 13, 2023

    Joan M. Burt, 83, was born on July 22, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, and died on June 29, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska. During her childhood years, her family moved often and lived in numerous places including Kimball and Sidney, Nebraska; Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming; Peetz, Colorado; and Hornell, New York. Early in her life Joan placed her trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for her salvation and walked out that path throughout her life. Joan graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1957 where... Full story

  • Orval E. Harms

    Jul 13, 2023

    Orvil E. Harms, 91, of Grover, Colorado, died at Kimball Health Services on Saturday, July 8, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, with Pastor Lincoln Winter officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Bluffs Cemetery with Military Graveside Honors. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. to leave cards and sign the register book. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com... Full story

  • Richard L. (Dick) McGee

    Jul 13, 2023

    Richard L. (Dick) McGee, 83, of Mesa, AZ, died June 27, 2023 at his home in Mesa, Arizona. Born January 7, 1940, in Scottsbluff, NE, Richard was the son of Robert E. "Mac" McGee and Dorothy (Pullen) McGee of Bayard, NE. He grew up in Bayard and graduated from Bayard High School in 1957. He married Barbara L. Isaacs October 25, 1962, in Dix, NE. Richard was a teacher and a school administrator in the Panhandle region for more than 30 years. He taught at Dix and was a school principal at Dix,... Full story


    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jul 13, 2023

    For the last four years, the Panhandle area sports scene has been dominated by the best athlete in the region, Luke Kasten of Potter. The Potter-Dix 2023 graduate burst on to the scene four years ago as a freshman, leading the Potter-Dix Coyote 6-Man football team to a resurgence that in following years saw undefeated seasons and chances to play for State Championships. I remember when I first saw Kasten play football four years ago saying to one of the parents watching, "This kid is amazing."...

  • Erik Eddinton Tops Vince's Leaderboard

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jul 13, 2023

    The 14th annual Vince's golf tournament at the Four Winds course ran into some weather on Saturday, and six holes had to be played on Sunday along with the regular 18 holes. Topping the leaderboard for the player A division was won by Erik Eddinton, with second place going to Pete Anderson. Joel and Jay Staehr captured the one and two spots in the B player division. Jack Buddecke won the C division and second went to Brent Bauer. Pat O'Brien and Adam Leavenworth took one and two in the D...

  • Daum's Summer Gig: NBA

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Jul 13, 2023

    The Dauminator is back in the states playing ball. The Sacramento Kings signed the Kimball basketball legend to their roster for the 2023 NBA Summer League. The 6-9 Daum, also a double-digit scorer with Derthona Basket in the Italian LBA league, plays center with the Kings and scored 6 points in the team’s 80-70 loss Monday to the Los Angeles Clippers in Las Vegas. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and contributed four rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Daum, now 27 and 235 pounds, continues to p... Full story