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Articles from the August 4, 2022 edition


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  • Here Comes County Fair Week

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 4, 2022

    With six years of 4-H experience under her belt, Dakota Vrbas, 14, has set her goals and looks forward to a successful Kimball-Banner County Fair. Beginning Aug. 8, 119 exhibitors from 66 area families will be ready to compete at the fair. Dakota shared that she is “hoping to win several grand championships.” According to Dakota, 4-H has taught her a multitude of things, including “leadership, confidence, and how to work with others.” Her 4-H talents range from sewing to photography and sheep, p... Full story

  • THE CARTER CANYON FIRE

    For the Observer|Aug 4, 2022

    A large wildfire south of Gering destroyed three homes as August began on Monday and damaged several others as it continued to spread through the dry vegetation in Nebraska’s Wildcat Hills. As of Monday afternoon, aerial surveillance showed the Carter Canyon Fire to be at 15,591 acres, an increase from 13,051 acres yesterday due to significant wind-driven runs. The fire remains at 30 percent contained, not because of lost containment line, but increases in acreage. “Fire managers are exp...

  • For Sale: Wheat Growers Hotel

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Aug 4, 2022

    Kimball's landmark Wheat Growers Hotel, a treasure chest of local history and lore, is on the market. Wheat Growers devotee Ed Avila, a former owner who reacquired the property 1½ years ago, told the Observer that he seeks a buyer dedicated to revitalizing the the once grand inn across from the railroad tracks at the corner of East 1st and South Oak. "Now is the right time," he said. Avila said he and his sister, Mitzie Johnson, have served as stewards of the iconic property since it was... Full story

  • Bushnell Fire Department Gets $5,000 Grant

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 4, 2022

    Bushnell Volunteer Fire Chief Klent Schnell explained the process that the fire department personnel used to secure a $5,000 grant for the fire department from Plains All-American. Schnell said that for 90% to 95% of the grants he has looked at, they needed to become a 501-C3, but "We never were.. Schnell said he got busy and prepared and completed all the paperwork and they got approval as a 501-C3, "so we are non-profit". The grant money from Plains Pipeline is designated to "update wild land... Full story

  • Time Capsule Found At New Hospital Site

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 4, 2022

    In 2000, the first grade classes at Kimball's West Elementary School filled and buried a time capsule which was to be opened in the year 2025. No one knew that before the time capsule would be opened in 2025, elementary classes would be moved out of West Elementary and the building would be sold to Kimball Health Services. Eventually, Kimball Health Services would plan to build a new hospital on the area, so that time capsule has been moved. The time capsule was unearthed before the recent...

  • Kimball-Banner County Fair Schedule

    Aug 4, 2022

    Wednesday August 3 5:30 pm Archery competition (Location: Kimball golf course/Trap house) Monday, August 8 8:00 am – 10:30 am – Clothing Judging (Location: Plains Historical Society Museum) 8:00 am – 10:30 am – Life Challenges (Location: Plains Historical Society Museum) 11:00 am – Conclusion Fashion Revue (Location: Plains Historical Society Museum) 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Public Fashion Show (Location: Plains Historical Society Museum 6:00 pm – Pre-Fair cleanup Tuesday, August 9 11:00 am – 4:00 pm... Full story

  • Grateful For Volunteers Fighting Wildfires

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Aug 4, 2022

    Good morning, back here in a heat wave. Still not as hot as it was, and people in Texas or Missouri have the heat plus the humidity, so there is that. With a few rain showers that are hit and miss, it was really no surprise that the lightning carrying on Saturday evening started quite a fire just north of us once again. Several small fires, really. At this time (July 31), it is still going and I do not know the full extent of the damages. However, I sympathize with those who have suffered loss of any kind and want to express our gratitude to... Full story

  • Tourism Director Rocha Moves On

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 4, 2022

    Kimball County Tourism Director Jessica Rocha submitted her resignation to the Kimball County Commissioners at the August 2 regular county board meeting. Rocha will continue until August 12 as the County Tourism Director. She has been in the position for three and a half years. According to Rocha, she has accepted a job as the executive secretary for the superintendent for Pine Bluffs Schools. The commissioners approved the Master Human Resources Outsourcing Agreement between Zelle, LLC and Kimball County to provide HR Services. County...

  • Women's Golf Association In Home Stretch

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 4, 2022

    The Kimball Women’s Golf Association league play has three more weeks to complete its regular season. On July 13, Week 7 was match play on the front nine, with Shellon Anderson taking home the winning honors with a 47. Phyllis Greenwood earned the top net score with a 34, and both Nora Robinson and Sally Plover won the least putts with 15. Flag prizes in their respective handicap were won by Phyllis Greenwood, Sally Plover, and Laura Noah. Payton Wise shot a 43 in Week 8 to take home bragging rights. Stroke play on the back nine helped Daria A...

  • LONGHORNS GETTING IN SHAPE

    Aug 4, 2022

    Kimball freshman volleyball players work on weights and conditioning this week. The girls are Grace Moore, Kambree Hottell, Addy Olsen and Hannah Kilgore. Kimball High volleyball will begin its season on Aug. 24, facing off against Hemingford/Gordon.... Full story

  • LONGHORNS GETTING IN PLAYING SHAPE

    Aug 4, 2022

    New Kimball head football coach Darrell Howitt watches members of the 2022 Longhorns football and volleyball teams work on conditioning Tuesday morning at Gotte Park. Kimball football will open its season 6 p.m. Aug. 25 against visiting Hyannis.... Full story

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