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Articles from the September 1, 2016 edition

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  • Doggy Dive-in was a great success

    Sep 1, 2016

  • More rate increases coming

    Aleta Pearson|Sep 1, 2016

    The Board of Public Works approved Resolution 2016-6 outlining changes in waste water rates provided by the City of Kimball during their regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 24. The resolution outlined a two tier rate increase for both inside and outside city limits with the first increase starting Sept. 1. Starting today, if you live inside the city limits, the minimum charge is $15.25 per month with an additional $1.25 per 1,000 gallons. However, residents outside the city limits who utilize the City’s sewer/waste water service will be c...

  • Light at the end of the IOS tunnel

    Aleta Pearson|Sep 1, 2016

    Rumors of Castronics / Inspection Oilfield Services (IOS) closing its doors are untrue, says Andy Swisher, Area Manager. Despite the fact that oil prices are still low, IOS is not out of the game and has no intention of closing. Although IOS is owned by LB Foster, a company based out of Pittsburg, and is now a publicly traded company as of March 2015, it is still it's own subsidiary. The company remains fully in business and has working facilities in the Rocky Mountain, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio...

  • Event Center's fate yet to be decided

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    The fate of the Kimball Event Center and the Kimball Fitness Center was discussed during the last budget workshop on Aug. 25 along with the proposed budgets for each of the City of Kimball departments. According to expense worksheets provided by the City of Kimball, the Kimball Event Center totaled $28,012.02 in revenue from Oct. 1, 2015 through Jan. 15, 2016. Expenses for the department totaled $40,793.61 for a total deficit of $12,781.59 – in just over three months. The Fitness Center, however, brought in $7,087.53 and incurred just $...

  • Friends and Neighbors: Kevin Moeser

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    Sometimes you just need a nudge. Kevin Moeser, who just celebrated one year as an EMT, would not be where he is today if he had not received that nudge from Clean Harbors co-workers Brad Reader and Kevin Sherman, who is also an EMT. In addition to celebrating his first anniversary, Moeser has completed the first two levels in his leadership academy training and will attend levels three and four in November. "In each level there are certain protocols you can do," he explained. "This will add...

  • City budget planning nears its completion Unexpected expenses must be anticipated

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    In the final budget workshop prior to setting the 2016-17 budget, the Kimball City Council balanced five departments' budgets without planned shortfalls, leaving those departments with little wiggle room. Often a budget will appear to be made specifically to go into the negative, but, council members have explained in the past that if money is needed for something the expenditure must already be in the expense budget. The trash department worksheet shows a total revenue of $188,800 with no tax...

  • Mary M. Keeler

    Sep 1, 2016

    Mary Margaret (Magers) Keeler, 96, of Kimball, was called home to meet her Savior on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2016. A graveside service at the Kimball Cemetery will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 2nd. The memorial service to celebrate Mary's life will follow at the Cantrell Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Mel Daves officiating. The family requests those attending wear bright colors, fun jewelry and a smile. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until...

  • Dorothy Mae Engstrom

    Sep 1, 2016

    Dorothy Mae Engstrom, widow of Carl Raymond, and number one fan of John Wayne passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. She was born Feb. 7, 1925 in Archer, Wyoming, the second daughter of Gust and Luella Mae (Miller) Sakelaris. Her family moved to Kimball, Nebraska, where Dorothy worked at the local drug store stocking shelves and making Tin Roof Sundaes, and at the movie theater (when tickets cost 10 cents). She graduated from Kimball County High School in 1943 and the Colorado State...

  • No pain, no... well, pain

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    A new doctor specializing in pain management is coming to Kimball. Dr. Timo Quickert, MD, is an interventional radiologist and pain management specialist from Johnstown, Colo. Dr. Quickert will be seeing patients in the new Kimball Health Pain Clinic located at Kimball Health Services, which opened on Aug. 24. “Dr. Broomfield (medical director at Kimball Health Services) and I first started considering a non-narcotic pain clinic over a year ago,” Kimball Health Services CEO Ken Hunter said. “We knew the government was going to put out new t...

  • Raves, rants and reality

    Aleta Pearson|Sep 1, 2016

    I want to RANT about friends, not just my friends, but ALL friends. Do you appreciate the close friendships that develop in a small town? I’ve lived in Kimball around 30 years but I’ve spent a good bit of time living outside of our fair town as well. Making friends in a city can be tough. It can take years to make real friends and then you may not always get a closeness that you can develop in a small town. Small towns do, thankfully, force us to be nice. Nice to more than just our neighbors. Nice to our postmen, waitresses, bartender, gro...

  • Randomly Tonia

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    After searching high and low for months for “pink camo” seat covers, my mom had all but given up. She searched at all of the Big Box stores; she hunted at the name-brand outdoor store, she even had me search online at every outlet imaginable. In the (almost) end, it became clear that unless she wanted to spend $300+ for custom made seat covers, she was just not going to find what she wanted. Mom has never been one to give up easily (she is as stubborn as the day is long), and I could tell many stories of her determination (read stubborn). In...

  • Veterans History Project

    Larry Nelson|Sep 1, 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. There was a resident in Sidney named Winifred Johnston Nichols. She was only 94 years of age and lived with some assistance at Sloan Estates. She moved to Colorado to be closer to family members. She was very engaging and has quite a history of service to others. In 1937 Winifred Johnston graduated...

  • Kimball High School offers alternative education for students

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    Since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, students at Kimball Jr. Sr. High School have had an alternative solution for graduation. VALTS, the Valley Alternative Learning Transitioning School, located at the Harms Center in Scottsbluff, is that alternative. “A traditional school setting is not always the best learning environment for all students and VALTS caters to those students. It helps students that might be at risk to drop out and/or not obtain graduation requirements and keeps them on track towards obtaining a high school d...

  • Pride of Kimball Yard of the Week: Helmut and Leta Liesch

    Sep 1, 2016

    Helmut and Leta Liesch's manicured front lawn is surrounded by beds of playful Shasta daisies, showy petunias and geraniums mixed with perennial bushes and golden sundrops. More petunias, daisies and geraniums adorn their back deck and yard and a soothing water feature is surrounded by fun garden sculptures, lovely coneflowers, impatiens, and lavender. An old fashioned metal head and foot board make up a "flower bed, and the fenceline comes alive with honey bees enjoying the wildflower bee...

  • IOS expecting a significant tax refund

    Aleta Pearson|Sep 1, 2016

    Inspection Oilfield Services/PCI/Castronics (IOS) found a resolution, correction and refund to their 2015 personal property tax at the Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC) in Grand Island earlier this summer. The total amount of refund due to the company is $41,012.32. According to Kimball County Treasurer, Diana Quicke, there are fifteen separate subdivisions in Kimball County that are legally bound to refund IOS within 30 days of written notice and by Sept. 15, 2016. Rebates from county departments are as follows: $7,844.09 from the...

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    Sep 1, 2016

  • Horns battle with Centura defense in season opener

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    The Kimball Longhorns traveled to North Platte on Thursday, Aug. 25 for their season opener against the Centura Centurions of Cairo, in a non-conference game and brought home a hard fought 14-6 loss. Head coach Nick Kuxhausen said that among the few offensive positives was a long pass from Jaden Withrow to Kyle Spicer in the third quarter for the first touchdown of the game. The second note-worthy play was in the final quarter when the Horns made their last offensive drive of the game, which ended up being the most productive in terms of...

  • Longhorn lady golfers improve on previous experience, host Western Trails Conference

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    Kimball High School's lady golfers began their season on Tuesday, Aug. 23 in Sidney and followed up with a second competition on Thursday in Bayard. Lila Moore, shot a 66-67=133 at Bayard and teammate Leisha Casimiro shot 85-83=168. Alpine Hickstein of Chadron led the lady golfers at Bayard with a score of 41-38=79 for the day followed by Kenzey Kanno of Mitchell who shot at 46-42=88. First-year head coach Katie Culek said, "Lila improved tremendously from Tuesday! She has her mental game back...

  • Youthful Wildcats struggled to read opponents, continued competing

    Tonia Copeland|Sep 1, 2016

    The Banner County football traveled to Cody for their season opener, an away against the Cowboys. Though the Wildcats put up a good fight, they came home with a devastating 80-19 loss. “The challenges that we faced is being able to simulate what the other team is going to do against us,” Jones said. “It is difficult to simulate the size and speed of other teams with our limited numbers.” As the Wildcats rebuild their program, they are faced with a small number of athletes, many of whom are inexperienced on the field. Jones is optimis...

  • Coyotes suffered discouraging defeat

    Staff Report|Sep 1, 2016

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes took the road, Friday, to take on the Arthur County Wolves at Arthur County High School. A tough game for the Coyotes as they opened their season with a 0-69 conference loss. The Coyotes struggled to get their ground game going with Tyrus Gawith leading all rushers with 12 carries for 75 yards. Connor Williams followed with 9 yards on 20 carries. According to the stats, the Coyotes did ring up four interceptions against the Wolves. Gawith led with two picks, Dylan Nielsen and JT. Herboldsheimer each had 1. The Coyotes...

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Sep 1, 2016

    High School Fall Sports are underway and you fans will have a full slate of activities to attend. Girl’s Golf has already had three tournaments which the Kimball High two-golfer team took part in. In fact, Kimball hosted the Western Trails Conference Tournament at the Four Winds Course this past Tuesday. Kimball opened at Sidney where Lila Moore shot 142, and then improved her score to 133 at the Bayard Tournament. Leisha Casimiro shot 168 at Bayard. Looking ahead on the golf schedule, the Kimball team is at Chappell on September 1 and at M...

  • Kimball County Manor shows appreciation for area law enforcement with ice cream social

    Sep 1, 2016

  • TeamMates celebrates 25 years

    Dawn Fossand|Sep 1, 2016

    With the 25th Anniversary of the program nearing, the local TeamMates chapter hosted a bowling party to kick off the new year last Saturday, Aug. 27. The group hopes to add 25 new mentors to the local chapter by the end of this school year to commemorate the anniversary, according to Stephanie Kitchens, who serves as the program coordinator, and the program is well on its way to realizing that goal. Currently there are 26 active matches in the Kimball mentoring program and as the program...

  • Runners were all A-Glow at inaugural KHS Glow Run 5K

    Aleta Pearson|Sep 1, 2016

    An unexpected turn out was welcomely received at the Kimball High volleyball Glow Run last Saturday evening. Nearly one hundred people ran and walked in the 5K event that started at the high school, looped around Elm street, back towards Gotte Park and then ended at the high school coming from the east on 8th Street. Jeri Ferguson and her team worked hard marking the route with glow sticks and flourescent paint, organizing the seniors on ATV's to help light the way, working with the police to...