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

Articles from the September 26, 2013 edition


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  • Longhorns volleyball continues to build

    Jacob Misener, Editor|Sep 26, 2013

    After nearly a month of long bus trips across the state, the Kimball Longhorns volleyball team returned home on Tuesday night for its first home match since September 5. What the team accomplished on the road this month goes much deeper than what can be found in a quick glance from numbers. This club began to really gel as a cohesive unit - something that is critical for success in the sport. With a 6-5 record entering play this week, the Lady Longhorns’ season seems to have been one of the b... Full story

  • Prison overcrowding reaches critical point

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Sep 26, 2013

    With overcrowding in Nebraska state prisons reaching a critical point, state officials are seeking ways to reform the system. According to a report by the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska state prisons are currently resting near 151 percent capacity. As of June 30, the nine major state prison facilities throughout the state housed 4,796 inmates. However, they are only designed to hold 3,175. Other states such as Kansas, Texas, Colorado, and South Carolina, which have faced the same problem of...

  • Single-vehicle rollover accident leads to woman being airlifted from scene

    Jacob Misener, Editor|Sep 26, 2013

    A single-vehicle accident on County Road 59 approximately three miles north of Dix shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night led to a local woman being airlifted; first to Scottsbluff Regional West Medical Center, and later to medical facilities in Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Mary A. Labeau, 52, of Dix, was driving north on County Road 59 after making a trip into Kimball to bring a wheelchair to a local resident who had suffered an accident recently. While en route to her residence on County Road... Full story

  • Kimball Board of Education recognized for its recent accomplishments

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Sep 26, 2013

    The Kimball Board of Education received the Outstanding Board Award during the Area Membership Meeting at the Gering Civic Center on August 28. The award was presented to the board by the Nebraska Association of School Boards, and Board of Directors and staff. The board received the honor on behalf of their "volunteer time and commitment to education", according to a press release from the Nebraska Association of School Boards. Superintendent Marshall Lewis recalls the moment that he realized...

  • Longtime educator and local resident Carmen Perkins recalls a lifetime in and out of the classroom

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Sep 26, 2013

    After 33 years serving as a teacher in Canada, Australia, Mexico, and five of the U.S. states including Alaska, local resident Carmen Perkins feels she finally knows what leads to making sure that students are successful in the classroom. "I wanted to find out just what it was, the common denominator for learning in children. It's very simple: love and discipline. They thrived on it," Perkins said. Perkins, who was born in Kimball in 1935, spent the early years of her life as a migrant worker... Full story

  • Horns gore Tigers; win 40-8 at Dundy County

    Tom Southard, Reporter|Sep 26, 2013

    A long trip, but a big win, for the Kimball High football team Friday night as they won 40-8 over the hosting Dundy County/Stratton football team that head quarters in Benkleman. After a disappointing 22-21 loss the week prior to Cambridge with the winning two-point conversion coming with time expired, this was a huge win for coach Nick Kuxhausen and his team, showing they had the character to regroup and come back from the defeat. It was also the first varsity win for the new young coach and ju...