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Articles from the July 19, 2018 edition


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  • Chamber brings back Business After Hours

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 19, 2018

    After nearly two years, Business After Hours is back in Kimball and revamped. The Kimball-Banner County Chamber of Commerce held the first Business After Hours since November of 2016 on Thursday, July 12. This time Kimball's Business After Hours is focused on the community as a whole, not just the businesses that are Chamber members. Best Plumbing and Carr Sprits were the two local businesses headlined in this event. "Kimball is a small community and the Chamber wants to adjust how larger commun...

  • Local kiosk still not functioning

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 19, 2018

    A statement has been released from the State of Nebraska regarding the JUSTICE system, which is currently not fully functioning. The statement said that public access kiosks in the courthouses across Nebraska are temporarily down due to a needed software upgrade. The Nebraska court case management system, “JUSTICE”, is online and public court records are still available through the clerk’s office. Subscriptions for remote online access to JUSTICE case records are also still available through Nebraska.gov. Courthouse kiosks are being broug...

  • Frisbee Golf area to be completed this weekend

    Tonia Copeland|Jul 19, 2018

    Mayor Keith Prunty, with the help of Adrian Fuss, drilled holes in Gotte Park this past weekend for the new frisbee golf course. Posts were added on Monday with the help of Kimball street department workers and Prunty. "All the materials were bought locally, Prunty said. Money came from a Keno request for up to $4,000, but we should come in under budget." "I hope it is finished no later than this Friday," Prunty said. "Our next project will be our service flags." Those flags will be placed in...

  • Young Potter-Dix actors strut their stuff

    Desyree Nelson|Jul 19, 2018

    Children in the Potter and Dix areas took their time to shine, performing "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch," on July 13 in Potter. In addition to the show, there was a silent auction and all proceeds went to the Potter-Dix Early Learning Facility. "We had about six preschoolers and a bunch of older kids who hadn't done it before," director Kristen Kasten said. "I thought they did a really great job!" Actors and actresses, ages 4 to 13, showcased their talents with help from older students. Josh...

  • Kimball's graduating class of 1953 celebrates their 65th reunion in Kimball

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 19, 2018

    Summer can bring vistors from all across the county together, for many different things, one of which is class reunions. The Kimball County High School class of 1953 held their 65th Class Reunion earlier this month, over the first weekend in July. According to Karen Larsen Robinson, there were 42 students in the 1953 graduating class, 16 of whom have passed away over the years. "We had such a wonderful time together. We started off the weekend thinking this would probably be the last reunion we...

  • Plains Historical Society seeks volunteers

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 19, 2018

    The High Plains Historical Society seeks volunteers for the next few weeks, and some to continue after, as they plan to open the downtown museum for two to three afternoons a week beginning this August. Additionally, volunteers are needed for cleaning projects in the Fashion Room at the old Kimball County High School on Hwy 30. Volunteer projects include painting, washing windows, cleaning carpets, as well as future projects, and two people a day are needed to keep the doors open for museum guests to enjoy Kimball’s history through F...

  • Council considers buying a vac truck

    Tonia Copeland|Jul 19, 2018

    Kimball City Council heard a request from the Kimball Water Department for a vac truck, which would be shared by all Kimball utility departments, as needed. The truck currently being considered includes a piece that will turn water mains off safely, as well. Kimball Mayor Keith Prunty said that each department could benefit greatly from the equipment, and, as budget season approaches, he hopes council can make the purchase happen. “It is a great piece of equipment that we should have, it would save man hours and is a safer solution for c...

  • Farmer's Day fundraiser this weekend

    Dakota Kuhns|Jul 19, 2018

    Dig out your poodle skirts and letterman jackets, ladies and gentlemen, the 2018 Farmers’ Day fundraiser is a Rockabilly Luau, this Saturday, July 21. This event is 5:30-11 p.m. at the Ag Society Hog Barn, with parking at Gotte Park, meal is at 6 with the hoppin’ band, the Juke Joint Cruisers starting at 7, with a chance to win $500. Proceeds from this night of fun will go to your local annual Farmers’ Day weekend and Kimball Community Trail. You can purchase your tickets from Assunta Calise-Nelson, Amy Sapp, Diana Engstrom, Echo Kizza...

  • George Lee, Jr.

    Jul 19, 2018

    George Lee Jr., lifetime Perkins County rancher and farmer, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, at Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant at the age of 84 years and 11 months. George was born to George and Margaret (Duggan) Lee on August 4, 1933, the third of six children. He was raised on a farm and ranch southwest of Elsie. George attended rural school before graduating from Elsie High School in 1951. Following graduation, George was drafted into the U.S. A...

  • Lester "Les" L. Reemts

    Jul 19, 2018

    Lester "Les" L. Reemts, 88, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Monday, July 16, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Evangelical Free Church in Kimball with Pastor Hod Boltjes officiating. Burial will follow in the Kimball Cemetery with Military Graveside Honors. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. Condolences and words of comfort may be given to the family at www.cantrellfh.com. In lieu of flowers,...

  • Lee R. Levesque

    Jul 19, 2018

    Lee R. Levesque, 70, recently passed away unexpectedly at his home in Kimball. He had been an employee at Clean Harbors for about 20 years before retirement. Lee enjoyed traveling, cooking, collecting cookbooks, softball, bowling, golf, throwing darts, camping, fishing and hanging out with friends and family. He is survived by son Jay Levesque and daughter Laurie Pickens, ex-wife Jan Levesque, her daughter Michelle Brackeen, granddaughter Kelsey Brackeen and great grandson Sylis Dilliplaine. Cremation has taken place. No service is planned in...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jul 19, 2018

    Just prior to our recent move to Gering, my husband was trying to move a truck on a car dolly and as he was attempting to take the trailer to air up the tire, the entire tire fell off. A local gentleman, Clay McDowall, assisted my husband and the very next weekend he took time out of his day to take our truck and trailer to our new home in Gering. His hard work and willingness to help complete strangers restored our faith in mankind. As we were moving, while in Scottsbluff, I had just left WalMart and another stranger gained my attention to...

  • State to provide scratch tickets for local fundraiser

    Tonia Copeland|Jul 19, 2018

    The Friends of the Goodhand Theatre are currently selling raffle tickets to fund remodeling at the theater. Tickets will be sold through the end of the month, according to board member Keith Prunty. The drawing is scheduled for August, 18. Additionally, the State of Nebraska is donating 100 scratch tickets to aid the non-profit group. The movie shown at the time of the drawing, “It Could Happen to You,” starring Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda....

  • Anthony and Wise compete in Nebraska junior golf tournament

    Tom Southard|Jul 19, 2018

    A pair of Kimball's finest High School-age golfers took part in this year's Nebraska Junior Golf Tournament held in Columbus this past week. Dillon Wise and Zane Anthony both shot higher scores than they are accustomed to with Anthony scoring rounds of 89-91 and Wise 84-80. Both failed to make the cut to allow them one more day of play. Anthony said "I was not at all happy with my play, but I guess it was a good experience." For Zane, it was probably his last competition of the summer, as far...

  • Kimball volleyball hosted Gold Medal Squared volleyball camp

    Desyree Nelson|Jul 19, 2018

    Kimball High School hosted the Gold Medal State volleyball camp July 9 through July 12 with 19 student athletes attending from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., including one eighth grade student from Arizona, Caroline. The camp is geared for players from eighth grade all the way to senior level athletes. "I chose Gold Medal Square because I love the way they teach it (the game)," Coach Jeri Ferguson said. "They make it simple, not complex, so it fits wherever you are at with the game." On that first day the...

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Jul 19, 2018

    The Glow Ball 4-person scramble golf tournament was held this past weekend at the Four Winds Golf Course with 16 teams entered. The event was sponsored by the local Masons chapter, and was termed a success with everyone having fun. The format had golfers playing 9 holes in the daylight and 9 holes in the dark. The winning team of Darrin and Stacy Lonsdale and Mark and Tiffany Anderson, shot 32-34=66. Taking 2nd place was the team of Bob, Katie, Charlie and Amanda Culek with their round of 34-34=68. Third place went to the team of Robbie Dunkin,...

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