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Articles from the July 18, 2019 edition

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    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 18, 2019

    In the period from the 1950s and 1990s when this little town was booming from the discovery of oil and the building of missile sites, Kimball had service stations located up and down Highway 30 – and all these service stations had underground tanks full of petroleum. Over time those tanks, lines or pumps have leaked, and now the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy is doing an investigation and testing for petroleum leakage. Those sites that have leaked are considered Petroleum R...

  • Staff Size, Costs Down In Schools

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 18, 2019

    The Kimball Public Schools board of education met for its regular board meeting on Monday, July 13. While the regular business meeting was conducted in quick fashion, of special notice was future financial savings to the district. Much of the reason is that 14 certified staff members either retired or left the system, and they were replaced by only seven positions. Thus there will be considerable savings to the district in wages and benefits, well into the thousands of dollars, officials said. Many of the positions were consolidated into the...

  • Kimball Banner Chamber Carries On Without Home

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 18, 2019

    The Kimball Banner County Chamber of Commerce is temporarily a chamber with no office space. According to Kimball-Banner County Chamber board member Annette Brower, Century 21 Realty has purchased the building where the chamber was located The chamber is, in Annette’s words, in the state of a “temporary hiatus.” Although there is no building to call home right now, the work of the chamber continues, according to Annette. The chambers Facebook page is still up and operating with events and happenings listed. Kimball Economic Director Amy Sapp...

  • New Firm Joins Kimball Realty Scene

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 18, 2019

    Patty Haiar is not new to Kimball, but she has opened a new real estate office here – Kimball Realty at 110 W. 2nd St. in downtown Kimball. Haiar previously worked for L.E.S. Realty in Kimball and decided it was time start her own agency. She purchased her Kimball Realty building from Tom and Karen Hewitt. Kimball Realty joins Century 21, L.E.S. Realty and other real estate companies in the Kimball market. After gaining 27 years of realty experience in South Dakota, Haiar said she and her h...

  • Mark Down July 27 For Downtown Concert Rockabillaque

    Amy Sapp for the Western Nebraska Observer|Jul 18, 2019

    Maybe you have driven to Sidney or Scottsbluff to partake in their community concerts downtown. Maybe you moved here from another community and enjoyed going downtown or to the park on a Friday or Saturday night to relax with the locals while listening to some music in the early evening. Maybe you were like me who made sure you were attending any FREE music event so that you could dance the night away (those were my younger years). Either way, it’s a great way to bring the community out! Summer Concert Series has been on my “project boa...

  • Grower Preparations In Full Swing For Approaching Harvest

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 18, 2019

    As harvest inches closer and closer, preparations for harvest are in full swing. Located just east of Highway 71 in central Banner County, Justin Stauffer said that they are currently preparing machinery for harvest. “We had a little hail, but nothing too significant,” he said. Justin was cautiously optimistic when he said, “I think the wheat looks pretty good.” He added that they were able to get all their planting done, “some of it later than we like.” The Stauffers raise wheat, corn, millet, barely and triticale. Justin said that they harves...


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  • Kimball Man Arrested in Drug Bust

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 18, 2019

    A local drug bust July 10 led to a search warrant and an arrest of Daniel Valdez of Kimball. According to an arrest affidavit, at approximately 12:31 p.m., a call was transferred to a Kimball police officer from a unknown caller. The officer stated in the affidavit that the caller informed him of a drug deal and drug use taking place in the 700 block of Webster street and that the person(s) participating were on probation through the State of Nebraska. According to the affidavit, the officer asked the names of those involved. The names given...

  • Rides, Fares Up For Kimball County Transit

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 18, 2019

    Rides are up in Kimball County, as well as Deuel County, for the Kimball County Transit. Christy Warner, County Transit Administrator, addressed the Kimball County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 16, at their regular meeting regarding the increases this year. According to Warner, their has been $10,996 collected in cash fares this year in Kimball County, which is up $4,000 from the previous year. A total of $13,370 has been collected in medical rides in Kimball, which is an increase of $7,800 from last year. T The Transit has serviced over...

  • New VSO Officer Hired

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 18, 2019

    The members of the Veterans Service Office Committee and the Kimball County Board of Commissioners have announced the hire a local veteran, Robbie McDonald, to take the open position of Veterans Service Officer for Kimball County after nearly a year of a vacancy. Some say that throughout that time, Darcee Wheeland, Veterans Service Office assistant, has gone above and beyond her means to fill the spot with the help and needed tools from John Brehm, Banner County Veterans Service officer. However, Brehm has decided to slow down on the workload...

  • Kimball Gets 2 Movies under stars

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 18, 2019

    Mark your family calendar for two Movies in the Park this summer, July 20 and Aug. 17. The movies will begin at dark, so don’t be late. The Goodhand Theatre will play “Wonder Park” on the 20th of July, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family to Gotte Park. “Wonder Park” is sponsored by the Kimball Health Services nursing staff. A new release in March of 2019, “Wonder Park” is about a magical amusement park run by a group of animals by the names of Boomer, Steve, Peanut, Cooper and Greta. The second Movie in the Park on Aug....

  • July 21 Organ Recital Features Nathaniel Mars

    For the Western Nebraska Observer|Jul 18, 2019

    Area residents will have a special opportunity to hear major organ repertoire performed by Nathaniel Mars in an organ recital at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 601 S. Locust St. in Kimball, on Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. Fellow student Ethan Bemis will accompany several selections on trumpet. Nathaniel is a graduating senior student of Patricia Fletcher, having studied organ for three years and piano for 12 years. He plays the organ for church frequently, leading St. John’s congregational service once a month and other area congregations as nee...

  • Summer Tournaments In Full Swing

    Tom Southard|Jul 18, 2019

    The Vince’s Corner ABCD Double Draw Scrambler was held this past weekend and hard to believe this was the 10th annual for this very popular event. A lot of the names you may not recognize as this tournament brings them in from all over. And yet you will recognize a lot of our local golfers as well and the names of former residents who drive and fly in from out of state to meet up with old friends and enjoy a few days back. ----------------------------------- One big golf happening in the books and more on the calendar so get ready. The cross c...

  • Klinginsmith Wins Three Weeks In A Row

    Daria Andersen-Faden|Jul 18, 2019

    With results for three weeks of the 2019 Women's Golf Association play in the books, Pattie Klinginsmith captured low gross score all three weeks, although she had to share week three with Phyllis Greenwood. Playing the front nine, the low gross score for week one was 49, low net 33 was taken by Shirley Crossman and Nora Robinson had low putts with 15. Shellon Anderson pitched closest to the pin for handicappers 0-25, Nora Robinson was closest for those with a handicap 26-30, and Betty...

  • Many Golfers, Many Miles At Vince's Corner Tourney

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 18, 2019

    The weather was good, the golf course was great, and the 10th annual Vince's Corner ABCD Double Draw Scramble was termed a huge success this past weekend. A total of 128 golfers made up the 32 four-person teams who participated and the majority of the golfers are repeat entries who come back year after year. It is like a homecoming for many who travel great distances to participate. A Friday night dinner and first drawing was held Friday evening at the Wind Break Restaurant to determine the...

  • Glow Ball Tourney Take Another Shot

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 18, 2019

    A annual event put on by the Jame L. Eatmon Masonic Lodge #294 of Kimball that is one of a kind around the area, the second annual Glow Ball Golf Tournament is set to take place this Saturday, July 20, the tournament was originally set to take place on July 6 but due to weather had to be rescheduled. A four person team will take the course beginning at 5 p.m. with the first nine holes played cross country (Tee of hole 1 to hole 2 green, Tee off hole 3 to hole four green) in the light and a second nine holes played in the dark with of course...