Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Articles from the September 5, 2013 edition


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  • Local agriculture producers are feeling the effects from the drought, climate change

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Sep 5, 2013

    Looking at the grasslands along the interstate, passersby and residents alike can witness the effects of the current drought plaguing the state of Nebraska. You can see it in the brittle, wilted leaves of grass that have become completely divorced from their ideal color of green and the rest of the plains sheered in a hue of light brown, parched in the unforgiving heat of the sun to a point that would leave one questioning whether or not they could ever be resurrected. However, now with the... Full story

  • Man quits his job, walks across U.S. - all for his beloved country

    Jacob Misener, Editor|Sep 5, 2013

    Some men and women honor their nation by serving in the military. Others live their lives in fashion of the ‘American Dream,’ working day-to-day and raising a family, in hopes the next generation will have a better go of things. Rolla Joyce has always been one of those men. Earlier this summer, he took his love for his country, and hit the road - trekking some 2,000 plus miles along the Lincoln Highway, from Salt Lake City to Washington, D.C. He expected to reach the nation’s capitol last...

  • United States Postal Service carrier incidents reported throughout City of Kimball

    Jacob Misener, Editor|Sep 5, 2013

    Late last week, reports of a United States Postal Service mail carrier using his issued pepper spray surfaced in Kimball on social media outlets, prompting outrage amongst local residents. Although several unconfirmed reports of incidents surfaced, only one of the reports could be confirmed by an eyewitness. According to Kimball resident Amanda Bartow, on Thursday, August 29, her six-year old son and their lab puppy were sitting outside on the family’s front step when the mail carrier arrived. “I just happened to be looking out the front...

  • Kimball Longhorns fall to St. Pats, 37-0, in season opener

    Tom Southard, Reporter|Sep 5, 2013

    The Kimball High Longhorn football team had a tough season opener, traveling to North Platte St. Pats Friday night where they were shut out by the #6 state-ranked Knight, 37-0. New head coach Nick Kuxhausen knew going in that his club would be facing perhaps their toughest opponent of the year as the host team went 10-1 a year ago and had lots of experience back. On the other hand, Kimball has only two seniors on their roster and Dakota Jefferson was sidelined for this game with an ankle... Full story

  • Coyotes dominate in 76-6 victory

    Dave Faries, Guest Columnist|Sep 5, 2013

    Kelsey Rozelle clearly had just one thing on his mind Friday night. Barely two minutes into the game, the Coyotes sophomore burst across the goal line from four yards out. In the middle of the first period, he knifed through Creek Valley’s line, stumbled for a moment and then raced 45 yards for another score. In fact, the first five times Rozelle touched the ball he wound up in the end zone, not including conversions. “Last year I didn’t start,” he said. “This year I knew it was... Full story

  • Hager leads Kimball golfers to conference title

    Tom Southard, Reporter|Sep 5, 2013

    Brooke Hager fired a round of 91 to lead her Kimball High Lady Longhorn Golf Team to a double team championship at Bayard this past Thursday. The talented senior, who already can boast of three state tournament appearances, also took top individual honors in both the Western Trails Conference championship and the Bayard Invite. Every shot, by every team member proved to be of vast importance as Kimball edged out Bridgeport for the conference, and Invite team title by a single stroke. Kimball...

  • Jeanette "Jan" McGuire

    Sep 5, 2013

    Jeanette “Jan” McGuire, 73, of Scottsbluff, entered into rest on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff with her family by her side. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Living Stones Christian Church in Gering. A reception will follow for friends and family at the Steel Grill dining room. Jan was cremated at her request. Please wear casual dress and flip flops in honor of Jan. Friends and family that wish may contribute to Jan’s memorial fund. Tributes of sympathy may... Full story