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Articles from the September 28, 2023 edition

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    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    The KCHS Class of 1973 will gather Farmers Day weekend for its 50-year high school reunion. The 1973 graduating class had 92 members, with 45 set to attend the reunion, according to Sue Maxted. Fourteen graduates are deceased, and those buried in the Kimball Cemetery will be adorned with Class of 1973 grave markers. Seven classmates were not able to be located. Locals heading up the celebration have been working on the events since last fall. Committee members include Sue Maxted. Dennis Deboodt, Mike and Mary Moehr, Dave Lukassen, Leo...

  • Kimball Welcomes Gov. Pillen

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Gov. Jim Pillen addressed a group of Kimball County residents on Monday afternoon during a town hall meeting at KCTS headquarters. Pillen said he wants to be the governor of everyone in Nebraska, all Nebraskans. He stressed that Nebraskans all have to live within their means, and a high priority for the state is to be more financially responsible. Pillen explained that four things are what he has focused on throughout his life and continues to focus on as governor: kids, taxes, agriculture and... Full story

  • County Approves Debated Budget

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    The Kimball County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to adopt the 2023-24 Kimball County Budget. In addition, the final 2023-24 Property Tax Request for $3,786,671 was approved and adopted. No members of the public other than county employees were in attendance Tuesday, but a large crowd packed the KCTS meeting room for the Joint Public Hearing on Sept. 19. The Joint Public Hearing was required because the county proposed to increase its annual property tax revenue by more than 2%. Property owners had received a...

  • New Hospital On Track For Dec. 22 Completion

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Folks visiting for Farmers Day weekend will see a dramatically changed landscape on the old West Elementary School grounds. Construction of Kimball's new $43.6 million hospital there is on track for completion by Dec. 22, Kimball Health Services community relations director Kerry Ferguson told the Observer. Jeff Van Es, project manager with Haselden Construction, said last week that the project is 85 percent complete. The facility is 61,200 square feet in size. Finish work has begun, Ferguson...

  • Banner 3rd In Panhandle Range Judging

    The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Banner County students were among the highest ranking when students and instructors from 18 high schools met in Kimball County for the Area 1 (Panhandle) Range Judging on Sept. 19. Approximately 150 participants judged various grasses, plants, and shrubs in a pasture on the southside of Oliver Reservoir Recreation Area. In the Senior Division, Banner County placed third as a team. Chadron was first and Scottsbluff second. Banner ranked higher than many other teams, including those from Gordon-Rushville, Sidney, Creek Valley, Ogallala, Leyton,...

  • Olsen Brothers On Target At State Archery

    The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Central Banner 4-H Club members (and brothers) Isaac Olsen (16), Luke Olsen (12), and Gabe Olsen (9) competed at the 2023 State 4-H Outdoor Archery Competition in Grand Island on Sept. 16 and 17. They did well, enjoying Top 3 performances in their competitions. The Olsen brothers each participated in the 3D shoot on Saturday and the 600 Stationary Targets competition on Sunday. Isaac competed in the Young Adult Olympic Recurve division, Luke competed in the Cub Basic Bow division, and Gabe...

  • Andie West, Nathan Clements Crowned At Homecoming

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Good morning! At least one more beautiful week without a freeze, although it sure is getting cooler. Homecoming last weekend at Banner County High voted in Andie West as Queen and Nathan Clements as King, congratulations! And there is more sports this week starting tomorrow, September 28, with cross country at Bayard and an early out for the rest of the student body because . . . it is time for parent-teacher conferences! Those will take place between 2-5 p.m. and then again between 6-8 p.m. Child care is provided for those who need it during...

  • Jo Ann 'Jody' Hardin

    Sep 28, 2023

    Jo Ann "Jody" Hardin, age 70, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at the Kimball Manor. Cremation has been held and Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m.. on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at the Kimball Cemetery with Pastor Lorri Kentner officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Jody's Tribute Wall and leave stories and condolences for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Families Choice. The services for Jody have been... Full story


    Sep 28, 2023

    Kimball sophomore Addie Olson goes for the kill against Banner County in the Longhorn JV's win Sept. 18 against Banner County. On Sept. 25, the varsity broke into the win column with a 3-1 road win at Creek Valley in which Olson led the Horns with 17 kills. Senior Grace Anderson added 10 to the cause. Thisweek, Kimball was scheduled to host Pine Bluffs on Sept. 26 and Morrill Sept 28 in a home tournament match....

  • Longhorns XC Hosts WTC Meet On Oct. 2

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    On Monday, October 2, the Longhorn cross country team will host the WTC meet at the Four Winds Golf Course. The day should be perfect for catching a glimpse of the runners, with the high expected to be 79 degrees and sunny. The meet starts at 11 a.m. Personal records were set by Braxton Miller, Trey Cook, Eddie Duran, and Kip Gillming at the Ogallala Invite. Coach Johnson said the kids “continue to work hard and improve from meet to meet.” The cross country team competed with a variety of larger schools at the Ogallala Invite on Thursday, Sep...


    The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Senior Brandon Paxton goes up for a pass, which he caught for a touchdown, against Nick Arroyo during Kimball's sweet 57-24 homecoming victory over visiting Morrill on Sept. 22. The Longhorns improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in D1-District 11 and next head to Bridgeport for a district clash of unbeatens at 6 p.m. Friday. In Bridgeport, 2-0 in the district and 4-2 overall, the Horns will meet a team on a four-game win streak and much stronger than Morrill on both sides of the ball. Leading...

  • Coyotes Win At Banner

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote football team stayed unbeaten with another dominant win, this time over the Banner County Wildcats on Friday, September 22. The Coyotes traveled to Harrisburg for the contest, and now get a week off before resuming their schedule by hosting the winless Creek Valley Storm on October 6. The Coyotes started fast, scoring two TDs in the first quarter, but were unable to convert extra point tries, so they held a 12-0 lead going into the second quarter. Banner got on the board with a touchdown, and after Potter-Dix scored a...

  • Tough Week of Matches For Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Potter-Dix’s Lady Coyote volleyball team has been struggling against the better teams they face while beating the lesser teams, and gaining experience the whole time with their young squad. The past week was challenging for the Lady Coyotes, with a triangular on Tuesday, September 19, tournament play on Saturday, September 23, and an away match against Banner County sandwiched in between. The Lady Coyotes traveled to Wallace last Tuesday, and matched up with the host Lady Wildcats and Wauneta-Palisade. Their first match against Wallace did n...

  • Ready For Takeoff

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    The Remote Control Airshow on Sunday of Farmers Day weekend is set to happen, according to organizer Rick Kirby. The Kimball Kamakzee Club Flyers R/C Airshow is at the Kimball Airport at 10 a.m. The airshow was "up in the air" for some time because the FAA had instituted a new rule that required drones and RC aircraft to have a remote ID number. Each craft needed to have its own digital license plate. The deadline for obtaining the remote ID was 12:01 a.m. Sept. 16. With only four manufacturers...

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