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Articles from the August 24, 2023 edition

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  • Hospital CEO Ken Hunter Retiring

    Aug 24, 2023

    Kimball Health Services CEO Ken Hunter, RN-BSN, plans to retire in January, KHS announced Monday. Hunter, who turned 74 on Aug. 19, has served as CEO at the Kimball hospital and rural health clinic since January of 2011. He served two years as director of nursing at KHS after joining the staff as a night nurse in 2006. Hunter received the prestigious Nebraska Hospital Association's "Caring Kind" award in 2013. The award honors outstanding health care employees who have demonstrated compassion...

  • Four-Way Stop OK'd For 2nd & Chestnut

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 24, 2023

    The Kimball City Council last Tuesday unanimously approved a four-way stop at 2nd and Chestnut streets downtown following a discussion on traffic, speed and the dangers of the intersection at 2nd and Chestnut streets. Warning signs will be installed to begin preparing cars and trucks for the change, which will add stop signs on Chestnut. The four-way stop will be one block from Kimball’s only stoplight at the corner of Chestnut and 3rd streets. In other business, a public hearing on Ordinance 824 – interfering with a peace officer – was...

  • The 2023-24 School Year Has Arrived

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 24, 2023

    The first day of school for Kimball students and staff was unique and fun. School spirit was everywhere. At the Kimball Jr./Sr. High School, Superintendent Trevor Anderson had agreed to have his head shaved if grades 7-12 achieved their testing goals for the spring of 2023, and they did! Julia Winstrom, Aspyn Kiefer and Grace Anderson did the shaving. Anderson said he had not received a haircut all summer and won't have to get another haircut for a few months. The first day was filled with...


    Aug 24, 2023

    On the closing day of the season for the Kimball swimming pool on Sunday, the tradition continued to open up the pool to the dogs. Lifeguard Jasmine Gawith and Riggs jumped in, swam and chased his ball....


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Aug 24, 2023

    Even though it is hard work and long hours in the hot sun, Tracy Gifford, with the help of his daughter, Megan, loves his days in the fields, planting, tending to, harvesting and selling his produce. Gifford said he went broke farming in 2005 but "hung on for a couple more years," and then, due to medical reasons, he was unable to continue teaching math, so they began with a little garden by the house – but now they have expanded to acres of vegetables. He built a machine to plant the produce...

  • Living In The 'Gone Baby Gone' Category

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Aug 24, 2023

    Good morning, sure has heated up around these parts. We seem to be having June and July in August, which fits pretty well into the “Gone Baby Gone” category. Hard to believe September is just around the corner. Summer street markets are still going and some peaches are starting to show up. The 18th Street Market and the one in Morrill are open on Saturday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. for Scottsbluff and until 2 p.m. in Morrill. The Gering Public Library will host the Chess Club tonight, August 24th, from 6:30-8 p.m.and they are having the... Full story

  • FirsTier Runs In The Family For Nan Garrett

    Aug 24, 2023

    FirsTier Bank announced Monday that Nan (Nancy Prince) Garrett has been added to the board of directors of the bank. Along with her responsibilities as bank director, Garrett has been promoted to branch manager for the bank. She will continue her responsibilities of oversight of all day-to-day operations at the Kimball branch of FirsTier. "Nancy has long been our go-to person in Kimball. She has been with the bank for many years and is a natural addition to the board of directors" Executive...


    Aug 24, 2023

    Kimball High athletes prepared for the fall season with last Friday's preseason 2023 Sports Tailgate. In the photos at right, the volleyball team scrimmaged that evening and the cross country was showcased in a practice outing. The girls golfers were the first Longhorns to get into varsity action at this week's Sidney Invite on Tuesday. In the left photo, Mallory Hottell takes a swing. Her teammates in Sidney were Hayden Sours, Aubrey Culek, and Carly Norberg. Results will appear in next week's...


    Aug 24, 2023

    Kimball Aug. 21, 6 p.m., football, Kimball JV hosts Perkins County JV Aug. 22, 9 a.m., girls golf at Sidney Aug. 24, 9 a.m., girls golf at Bayard Aug. 24, 1 p.m., high school and junior high cross country at Scottsbluff Invite Aug. 24, 4 p.m., volleyball at Hemingford Triangular Aug. 25, 7 p.m., football at Hyannis Aug. 29, 9 a.m., girls golf hosts Kimball Invite Aug. 29, 4 p.m., volleyball at Leyton Aug. 31, 9 a.m.. girls golf at Creek Valley Invite Sept. 1, 11 a.m., high school (11 a.m.) and junior high (1 p.m.) cross country at Gering meet...

  • Another Great Day Of Celebration In Bushnell

    Jessica Rocha, Guest Columnist|Aug 24, 2023

    What an incredible day we had on Bushnell Day! Even though the temperature was higher than I would have liked, it was a great day. We had a wonderful turnout and it seemed that everyone enjoyed the day! The first annual cow tongue football was a success thanks to all the people willing to participate, Jovan Mays for stepping in to officiate and to Twin City Packing out of Gering for the donation of the cow tongues. Thank you also to Gene Russum for the new event idea! It was quite entertaining...