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Articles from the August 17, 2023 edition


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  • More Water Woes For City

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Aug 17, 2023

    The aging process for Kimball's old water system is showing again. This time it happened when a small leak in a 1-inch waterline under 2nd Street, which goes to the fire hall, became a big problem. City crews tried to turn off a water valve Friday at 2nd and Chestnut streets so they could make repairs, but the valve broke and started spewing water, Mayor John Morrision told the Observer. He said since all the water was going into a sewer and not damaging businesses, the decision was made to not...

  • Childs Case Moves To District Court

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 17, 2023

    The preliminary hearing Monday on the perjury charges against Lylia J. Childs started a minute early in Kimball County Court, with Judge Kris Mickey appearing by video. Due to a conflict of interest, Judge Mickey from Scotts Bluff County and the Cheyenne County clerk conducted the preliminary hearing. David Wilson, Kimball County attorney, represented the state, and Childs sat at the opposing table with no counsel. Childs was arraigned on August 9, and the court had received no affidavit for appointment of counsel. The state’s first witness w...

  • Brother & SISTER CHAMPIONS

    Aug 17, 2023

    The brother/sister duo of Aubrey and Britton Culek captured the overall Grand Champion market beef and Reserve Champion market beef at the Kimball-Banner County Fair on Friday, but their fair days aren't over yet as they will continue into September at the Nebraska State Fair. Throughout the summer, the Culek kids have traveled to and participated in eight progress shows from Kearney to Denver and anywhere between. Aubrey will take Tritt, weighing 1,341 pounds, and 131-pound Whiskey to Grand...

  • County Eyes Insurance Savings

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 17, 2023

    The Kimball County Commissioners on Aug. 15 met with a representative of the Nebraska Association of County Officials to discuss and consider a cost savings option concerning health insurance coverage. More than 50 counties in the state offer this incentive to not have people double covered, and it could save the county around $100,000 in insurance premiums. Individuals must be on a group insurance plan, but if they are covered by another plan they could opt out of the county plan and receive a stipend. In other business, Deputy Treasurer...

  • PIE EATING STAMPEDE

    Aug 17, 2023

    The youth pie eating contest at the Antelope Stampede Bicycle Race party Saturday in Gotte Park was won by Damien Van Dewater (white shirt). Also competing were Braden Fuss (front left), Jax Anderson (back left) and Kalli Shoup. The winner of the pie eating contest received a homemade pie made and donated by Steve Pinkerton. See story, Page B1....

  • School Starts; Flowerfield Begins Soon; Community Sale At Museum

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Aug 17, 2023

    Good morning! Boy, oh boy, has the summer flown by! Although it is the middle of August, I am going to push it for as long as I can. A few cooler days at the beginning of this week felt good but also gave us a little taste of what is to come. School has started this past week for most of us and that always changes the tempo for a lot of things. Somewhat of a less play and down to serious business attitude, maybe. Flowerfield School will begin before long, yeah! The folks in Alliance are gearing up for a Rubber Duck Draw with a 2024 Chevrolet Tr...

  • ROUND ROBIN SHOWMANSHIP

    Aug 17, 2023

    In one of the final events of the Kimball-Banner County Fair, the Round Robin showmanship competition saw the best of the best showmen face off against each other. Wyatt Cook, left, received Reserve Grand Champion while his brother, Trey, was awarded Grand Champion....

  • Game On For Longhorns, Wildcats, Coyotes

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Aug 17, 2023

    Go time is here for Longhorns, Coyotes and Wildcats. High school and junior high fall sports seasons open this coming week for this area's cross country, football, girls golf and volleyball teams. Here are the schedules for Kimball, Potter-Dix and Banner County through the first full week of September. Kimball Aug. 18, 2023 Tailgate Sports Kickoff. Volleyball scrimmage at 5:30 p.m., cross country showcase at 5:45, golf showcase at 6:30 and football scrimmage at 7. Aug. 21, 6 p.m., football,...

  • Maxwell Wins 100-Mile Antelope Stampede Race

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 17, 2023

    The Antelope Stampede Bicycle Race continues to grow with 49 participants from Colorado and Nebraska this year. This is the third year for the local event organized by Jon and Anna-Lisa Heidemann. The race included a 100-mile, a 50-mile and a 25-mile division race throughout the roads of the Kimball County countryside. The after race party at Gotte Park included a music, pie eating contest, a drawing for a mountain bike and other bike accessories, bounce houses, games, face painting and a...

  • 2023 Kimball Banner County Fair

    Aug 17, 2023

    All smiles, Kambree Hottell, 15, rounds the first barrel on Silver at the gymkhana on Thursday evening....

  • 2023 Kimball Banner County Fair

    Aug 17, 2023

    Nova Nelson gets a good grip on the sheep and is positioned for her mutton busting debut....

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