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Articles from the August 25, 2016 edition


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  • Windblown Arts celebrates second successful year

    Aug 25, 2016

  • Ortiz accepts position in Iowa

    Tonia Copeland|Aug 25, 2016

    According to the The Daily Freeman-Journal of Webster City, Iowa, Kimball City Administrator Daniel Ortiz has accepted the position of city manager in that city. Since as early as February 2015 Kimball City Administrator Daniel Ortiz has been on short lists of eligible candidates for administrative positions across the nation. On February 25, 2015 an article appeared in the Worthington, Minn., Daily Globe listing Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, of Kimball, Nebr., as one of the top five candidates for the city administrator position in Worthington. Late...

  • Debate heats up over Fitness Center's future

    Tonia Copeland|Aug 25, 2016

    Discussion continues regarding the fate of the Event Center and the Fitness Center as the Kimball City Council struggles to balance a budget with a 40 percent decrease in sales tax. Efforts to balance the budget include council’s consideration for the sale or relinquishment of city-owned properties at the most recent council meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 16. Council member James Schnell had brought the matter to council’s attention first in July, as the city entered into budget workshops and with a looming budget shortfall. “We need to really tighten...

  • County approves refund exceeding $40,000 after TERC negotiations

    Aleta Pearson|Aug 25, 2016

    Following negotiations, more than $40,000 in tax revenue will be refunded to Inspection Oilfield Services (IOS), formerly known as Castronics. This was reported at the regular Kimball County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The report was given following typical board items such as approving the agenda and reviewing reports and correspondence were complete the board moved on to the monthly updates. County Treasurer, Diana Quicke addressed the board concerning possible repayment of a partial tax refund for the 2015 personal pr...

  • Where are they now: David Lockwood

    Aleta Pearson|Aug 25, 2016

    Finance was an aspiration of David Lockwood's since 7th grade, now the Kimball High School graduate is living his dream. After graduation, Lockwood attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he excelled in his higher education, eventually earning himself honors and highest distinction upon graduation from the university in 2002 in Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. Although spending much of his time studying, he had some fun jobs and was able to enjoy both...

  • Banner County back-to-school supplies include provided laptops

    Tonia Copeland|Aug 25, 2016

    Inevitably children across the nation are pulled, sometimes kicking and screaming, back into the routine of school long before they feel summer is over. Back-to-school means so many things, depending on who you are, but for juniors at Banner County High School, it means the chance to earn a laptop. According to Superintendent Lana Sides, this is the fifth year that all high school students are issued a computer at the beginning of each school year. “These students use these computers at school and at home and then check them in at the end of e...

  • KHS urges community to 'Get your glow on!'

    Aleta Pearson|Aug 25, 2016

    The Seniors of Kimball High School (KHS) are putting together a Glow Run to raise money for the theater, and Friends of the Goodhand. Part of KHS teacher Jeri Ferguson’s curriculum is having the kids be more involved with the community. “They came up with the Glow Run to fundraise money for the movie theater to stay open,” said Ferguson. She was thrilled that they came up with a way so that the whole community could enjoy a night as well. A Glow Run is a 5K Run/Walk event that is a one of a kind experience held after dark that is less about...

  • Council reduces allowable grass height by half

    Tonia Copeland|Aug 25, 2016

    Zoning changes are nearly complete as the Kimball City Council held the second of three public hearings on the matter at the most recent meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 16. Reasonable requests submitted from residents were honored, according to City Administrator Daniel Ortiz. During the public meeting Larissa Binod asked how residents are being notified of potential changes, as her property was changed from rural residential to R-1, a single family residential distinction because the parcel is smaller than the rural residential zoning requirements....

  • Annie Oakley comes to Kimball

    Aug 25, 2016

  • Marjorie (Margie) Evans

    Aug 25, 2016

    Marjorie (Margie) Evans, 82, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Monday, August 22, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the First English Lutheran Church with Pastor Caryl Miller officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. to sign the register book and leave condolences for the family. You can visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Margie's Tribute Wall and...

  • Donald J. "Doc" Gerner

    Aug 25, 2016

    Donald J. "Doc" Gerner passed away August 21, 2016 at Spring Winds Assisted Living of Laramie, Wyoming in the company of his family. He is survived by his wife, Mary Della Gerner, his daughter, Cindy Hoobler, his son, Bob Gerner, his step-daughter, Debbie Bastian, his step-son, Timothy McColley, his grandchildren, Jillian Nightingale, Jancy Nightingale, Dax Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, Mary Robinson, Mary Britton Clark, Lacey Phillips, and Payton McColley, and six great grandchildren, Landon...

  • Elwin S. Roberds

    Aug 25, 2016

    Elwin S. Roberds, 75, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Monday, August 22, 2016. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Reverend Christine Plantz officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. to sign Elwin's register book and leave condolences for the family. Visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Elwin's Tribute Wall and...

  • Dana L. Oehlertz

    Aug 25, 2016

    Dana Oehlertz, 60, of Lincoln, died in Norfolk, NE on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Services will be held at Indian Hills Community Church in Lincoln, NE. Dana Lucile Oehlertz was born at Fort Hood, Texas on March 12, 1956. She is the daughter of Larry and Patricia Sterling of Kimball. She moved to Kimball with her family at the age of four and attended the Kimball schools. She graduated from Methodist School of Nursing in Omaha and moved to Lincoln to start her career at Lincoln General Hospital....

  • Rants, raves and reality

    Aleta Pearson|Aug 25, 2016

    I need the sun, it’s like I’m a sunflower or something, I need the sun for its dose of Vitamin D and to keep from getting seasonal affective disorder. So I do, truly, love summer but I am seriously RAVING about the recent trend towards cooler nights. I do not have AC and I just don’t sleep well when it’s too warm at night, so I am truly grateful to mamma earth and the turning of the seasons that we are heading into autumn. I look forward to evenings cuddled on the couch with my cats and great dane, sipping a cup of hot cocoa and a snackin...

  • Veterans History Project

    Larry Nelson|Aug 25, 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. After WWII, the Army-Air Forces became the US Air Force. Keeping in mind the bureaucratic process involved, change wasn't really noticeable right away. Among other things, there was quite a surplus of uniforms. The Eisenhower jackets were still in the...

  • Local VFW Post 2243 suffers low numbers, participation

    Tonia Copeland|Aug 25, 2016

    Kimball’s VFW Post #2243 has been a Veteran’s of Foreign War member, chartered by congress, since October 1931. This long-lived and loved organization is in dire need of active members. Though the post has many members, the majority of those are inactive, according to Post Commander Joe Hernandez. “We don’t really even have meetings anymore,” he said. “You have to have a quorum of five guys to have a meeting.” Several posts in the area have closed, including one in Scottsbluff, which joined in the Gering post, and the Bridgeport post also clo...

  • Kimball State Bank awarded Golden Broom

    Aug 25, 2016

  • Kimball-Banner County 4H auction photos

    Aug 25, 2016

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Aug 25, 2016

    A touch of Fall is in the air, but this might be the very best time of the year to play golf in Western Nebraska as well. Lots of golf happenings to still report on, and in fact, the Kimball High girl’s golf team, all two of them, tee off this week. They were scheduled to play at Sidney this past Tuesday, are at Bayard today (Thursday), and will host the Western Trails Conference tournament this coming Tuesday at the Four Winds with a 9 a.m. start. Coach Katie Culek is working with a pair of juniors this season including Lila More and Leisha C...

  • Pride of Kimball Yard of the Week: Marie Janicek

    Aleta Pearson|Aug 25, 2016

    Lifelong Kimball woman, Marie Janicek, received this week's Yard of the Week. A bountiful multitude of perennial wildflowers has graced Marie's impeccably manicured yard throughout the summer. Black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, fiesta daisies, bachelor buttons, columbine, purple flowering catnip, several varieties of coreopsis and other perennials dance happy circles around trees and flank the house. Flowering dogwoods grace the corners at the front of her home while 'Karl Forrester'...

  • Shooting gallery opens this Farmer's Day

    Staff Report|Aug 25, 2016

    Step right up, folks, and try your hand! A fun, new activity will be unveiled at the 90th Farmer’s Day in Kimball, brought forth by the Kimball Lion’s Club – an old-fashioned shooting gallery. “We thought it would be cool to have something that was from days gone by when families went to the carnival or the fair and there were these types of games for the kids to play,” event co-organizer Kathy Porter said. “Dad would help win the prizes, or young couples would try to win a prize for their beau; something to create some nostalgia. Kimball had...

  • Baby photo's requested for Farmer's Day contest

    Staff Report|Aug 25, 2016

    My you have a beautiful baby! The Farmer’s Day Baby Photo Contest has been an annual favorite for decades, but since 2014 the contest has taken on a new format. According to Kim Sharples, coordinator for the contest, in 2013 parents would bring baby photos to a central location. At that time she suggested submitting photos via email because some parents could not provide printed photos. “I think in years past they used to have a time when they actually brought children in, but I don’t think it worked well for them to do it that way,” Sharple...

  • 85th Annual Potter Days September 1, 2 & 3

    Staff Report|Aug 25, 2016

    Potter Days kicks off its 85th year on September 1, 2016 with the crowning of Miss Potter Days at the Legion Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday’s events start at noon with burgers, pies, coffee and more at the Youth Center Stand followed by kids games starting at 2:30 downtown. The Village Shop will feature ag and household exhibits from 2 until 5 p.m. A two mile Glow run/walk Friday night starts on the corner of Front and Chestnut with registration beginning at 8:30 and the run starts at 9 p.m. Cost is $15 per adult and $10 for 6th grade and u...

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