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

Articles from the September 14, 2023 edition

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  • Down & Out

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 14, 2023

    Kimball's Titan II missile in Gotte Park is being removed. According to Annette Brower, city administrator, "The missile has deteriorated to the point that it is no longer considered being safe in a public environment." On Monday, military and city officials met to look at the missile in Gotte Park, and Brower explained, "The decision has been made to remove the missile from the public park. All parts of the missile will be returned to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, where they will...

  • City Gears Up For Farmers Day

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 14, 2023

    Kimball City Council approved a $ 1,000 Keno request on Tuesday evening, Sept. 5, to help fund the Farmers Day celebration. Josh Enevoldsen, Farmers Day treasurer, said it usually requires about $10,000 to put on Farmers Day. The request stated that Farmers Day brings people into town, and the community is showcased by the activities. “We have a food fair, parade, hamburger feed, and other events throughout the day that other local organizations put on,” the request said. The council meeting continued with a lengthy discussion on past cha...

  • Kimball Welcomes Honor Flight Veterans

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 14, 2023

    Thirty Panhandle veterans – one from World War II, four from the Korean War, and the rest from the Vietnam War – stopped in Kimball on their way to fly into Baltimore and then tour the monuments in Washington, D.C. This was the Lone Eagle Honor Flight. John Oliver, 90, was one of the Honor Flight veterans. John was accompanied by his daughter, Rene Keller. Not mincing words, John said about being picked for the trip to Washington, D.C., "Surprised the hell out of me." After serving in Korea in t...

  • Kimball School Property Tax Rate Goes Down 13%

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 14, 2023

    Kimball Public Schools Superintendent Trevor Anderson presented the 2023-24 budget information on Monday at the budget hearing. According to the presentation, the valuations in Kimball County are up 9.3% from last year but the Kimball Public Schools property tax rate will decrease by 13%. The property tax rate last year was 0.951276, in 2022 the tax rate was 1.04, and for 2023-24 the proposed tax rate is .0900000. This is due in part to the increase in Kimball Public Schools state aid. State aid for Kimball will be $615,620 up from 2022 figure...

  • Homecoming Week For Wildcat Nation

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Sep 14, 2023

    Good morning! lots of rain and somewhat cooler. Kind of a mix of spring and fall. Nice football weather for the most part. This week – today Thursday, September 14th – there will be another pre-school program at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center hosted by the Nebraska Game & Parks and Wildcat Hills SRA. “Feathered Friend” will begin at 10 a.m. and is Free, however, a park permit is required. Beginning the next day through the 17th, there will be a display of quilts at the Torrington fairgrounds Rendezvous Center. This is part of the “Quilts Along...


    Sep 14, 2023

    Local beef was on the menu last Wednesday for Kimball Jr/Sr. High School. Ninety hamburgers were grilled for students by Alvin Koski, and Superintendent Trevor Anderson also handled grilling duties. Next week the entire student body K-12 will enjoy grilled burgers on Wednesday. Donations for beef have been received from JMKJ Reich, T & B Cook Farms, and KW Cattle....

  • Peter Vadal Anderson

    Sep 14, 2023

    Peter Vadal Anderson passed away from complications of West Nile Virus on September 2, 2023. Pete was born April 15th 1949 to Robert (Bob) Anderson and Rose Marie Anderson in Casper, Wyoming. He was the oldest of 4 children, living in Gering for a short while and then Kimball, NE, where he attended school and graduated in 1967. He attended college in Kearney, NE, then started working for Ryder Truck Rental in Omaha. While living there, he got set up on a blind date and met Karen. They dated for... Full story

  • Beverly Land (Hotaling) Briggs

    Sep 14, 2023

    Beverly Lane (Hotaling) Briggs passed away suddenly on September 3rd, 2023. She was 85 years old. She was born in Ault, Colorado, in the spring of 1938. She graduated from Ault High School, where she was involved with school and community activities. Before she met her husband-to-be, she attended Colorado A&M (CSU). In January of 1959, Beverly married James Clyde Briggs of Holyoke, Colorado. Throughout their years together, they lived in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Arizona. From 1969-1977, the Briggs family lived in Harrisburg, where... Full story

  • Larry J. Roark

    Sep 14, 2023

    Larry J. Roark, 86, long-time resident of Kimball, passed away Monday, May 9, 2022. Cremation has been held, and memorial services for Larry were held Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Family and friends may share fond memories and expressions of sympathy at www.cantrellfh.com. Memorials may be given in memory to the family. Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Larry Jack Roark was born in Ames, Oklahoma, on January 2, 1936, to... Full story

  • Shirley K. Roark

    Sep 14, 2023

    Shirley K. Roark, 85, of Kimball, died at Kimball County Manor on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. Funeral services were held for Shirley and her husband Larry, who died May 9, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Tyler White officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view her tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given to the family. The services for Shirley and Larry have been entrusted to... Full story

  • Millers Lead Horns In Kimball XC Invite

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 14, 2023

    The Kimball Invitational Cross County meet had teams from across the region, including the Panhandle and Wyoming. The meet was held on a beautiful day, Friday, Sept. 8, at the Four Winds Golf Course. Shannen Acheson was the lone Kimball participant in the girls 5 K. She placed 21st with a time of 27:16.24 and scored 16 points. On the boys side, the team placed 5th with 39 points. Braxton Miller placed 9th, running the 5K course in 20:17.49 minutes. In hot pursuit was his brother Braylon Miller,...

  • Perkins County Next Up For Football Longhorns

    The Observer|Sep 14, 2023

    The Kimball Longhorns return to the field Friday night at 2-1 Perkins County after a pair of one-sided football games – one in which they won and one in which they lost. The 1-2 Longhorns fell 69-0 last week to the visiting North Platte St. Pat's Irish, always a tough challenge and now 4-0 on the season. That matchup followed Kimball's 40-10 victory in its home opener over Leyton. Kimball is 1-1 at home on the season, 0-1 on the road. The squad's first district game arrives Friday, Sept. 22, a...