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Articles from the July 28, 2016 edition


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  • Practice makes perfect

    Jul 28, 2016

  • Build it and they will come

    Aleta Pearson|Jul 28, 2016

    Build housing and industry will come. This was the message presented at a multi-county regional housing study presented by Keith Carl with Hanna:Keelan Associates of Lincoln, Nebraska on Tuesday, July 19 at the Kimball Event Center. The study, sponsored by the Western Nebraska Economic Development (WNED), included strategies for affordable housing. Hanna:Keelan and Associates recently completed and updated the comprehensive plan and new housing study for the City of Kimball. Although less than a dozen people attended the five o’clock meeting,...

  • Former Kimball man to be charged with burglaries

    Tonia Copeland|Jul 28, 2016

    Tyler Tussing, 23, formerly of Kimball was arrested in Aurora, Colo., in possession of a stolen Dodge pickup from Wolf Automotive in Kimball according to Kimball Police Chief Darren Huff. Tussing was also in possession of an undetermined amount of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest and is currently being held in Colorado as a fugitive after he walked away from a court-ordered halfway house. According to Huff, Tussing will be charged with the burglaries of Wolf Automotive and Schadegg Motors, but will serve time for a probation violation...

  • Declining sales tax leads council to make tough choices

    Tonia Copeland|Jul 28, 2016

    “Love it or list it,” Kimball City Council member James Schnell said, regarding the Kimball Event Center at the July 19 Kimball City Council meeting, amid serious budget concerns. “We are so strapped on our finances, we know now that the funding we would need to use almost all of our trust to try to redo the Event Center,” Schnell said. “Now, that funding is probably going to have to be redirected to help offset our share of the underpass project. I’ve been preaching for the last year either we love it or we list it.” The...

  • Friends and Neighbors: Nate and Heather Entingh

    Aleta Pearson|Jul 28, 2016

    Nate Entingh was born in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, his last name of Dutch origins. When he was six years old his mother, Paula Weiss, and three siblings moved to Julesburg, Colo., following his parent's divorce to live closer to his mother's family. The family lived there a few years while his mother worked four jobs to support her young family as well as her sister and niece. Later, the family, moved to Sterling, Colo., for several years while Ms. Weiss went to college and became a nurse. Once...

  • A supreme visit to Kimball County

    Dawn Fossand|Jul 28, 2016

    The Honorable Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, Michael G. Heavican met with Kimball County officials at the Kimball County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 19 for refreshments and conversation during a short stop on the way to the Scotts Bluff County courthouse for a similar meet and greet. Heavican, a University of Nebraska – Lincoln graduate, began serving on the Nebraska Supreme Court in 2006. Before this, the Chief Justice served for five years as the U.S. Attorney for the district...

  • Board of Equalization upholds County Assessors recommendations

    Aleta Pearson|Jul 28, 2016

    Kimball County saw no changes to land valuation following protests, according to state statute. A packed room opened the 8:30 am meeting of the Kimball County Board of Equalization (BOE) on Monday, July 25 concerning the 2016 property valuation protests. The meeting was considered to be the finalization of the protests and that is exactly what it was to the confusion and frustration of the public. No valuations were changed by the BOE as they accepted every land value recommendation by County Assessor Sherry Winstrom. After a call to order and...

  • Time running out for City zoning requests

    Tonia Copeland|Jul 28, 2016

    The July 19 Kimball City Council meeting began with the second public hearing regarding planned zoning changes within corporate limits and the surrounding one mile planning jurisdiction. The proposed changes had some residents outside of city limits questioning the future of their unzoned, rural residential or agricultural properties. City Administrator Daniel Ortiz offered an overview on the proposed changes to the zoning map and added that the city had received much feedback following the last meeting, including letters submitted to the board...

  • Veterans History Project

    Larry Nelson|Jul 28, 2016

    The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Like many kids coming out of high school in the early 1970's Patrick Michael Callaway (Mike) wasn't ready for the college experience. One of his high school teachers had served in the US Navy as an Electricians Mate. The teacher often talked of his...

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Jul 28, 2016

    The Western Nebraska golf season is on-going, but even as I say that, some aspects of the season is coming to a close already. The Panhandle Junior Tour concluded this past week with play at Scottsbluff and Gering. We gave you the first day of play last week at Scottsbluff Country Club, and that wound up on Tuesday for those top 8 who made the cut for second day play. At Scottsbluff, Jordan Greenwood ended up second after leading day one with his 74 and coming back with 80 on day two to shoot 154, two strokes back of Nathan Dvorak of Potter, wh...

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