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Articles from the October 12, 2023 edition

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  • Gasseling: Kimball Health Services CEO

    Oct 12, 2023

    The incoming chief executive officer of Kimball Health Services said she not only recognizes the challenges of being in charge of Kimball's new $43 million hospital, she's ready to meet them head-on. "I am elated for the opportunity the Board of Directors has given me at KHS," said Cassie Gasseling, who takes over as CEO Jan. 17. "We have a great team here who puts patient care first and I look forward to continuing to work with them in a leadership role." A Kansas State University graduate,...

  • Big Scam Targets Kimball Man

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    A Miami, Florida, man is charged with three offenses in Kimball County Court, including theft by deception of more than $5,000, conspiracy to commit a Class 2 felony, and abuse of a vulnerable adult in Kimball. Abraham Espinoza has been released on 10% of $100,000 bond. His preliminary hearing will be held Oct. 13. According to court records, he may appear by telephone or Zoom. Espinoza is represented by Scottsbluff attorney Audrey Long. The apparent victim had withdrawn $20,000 from a local bank, then another $10,000, according to court...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    At the "topping" ceremony for Clean Harbors' Kimball expansion, company CEO Eric Gerstenberg said Tuesday that the construction phase of the new Kimball incinerator will be completed by 2024 and the incinerator operational by early 2025. "With the addition of this new incinerator and the jobs it brings, our commitment to Kimball and Western Nebraska will only deepen," he said. "Today is not just about acknowledging a milestone; it is about instituting a brighter and more prosperous future in...

  • Man Dies In Truck Accident

    The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    Nebraska State Patrol was called at approximately 4:10 p.m. Octt. 5 regarding a two-vehicle fatality crash at the intersection of Highway 71 and Road 42, just north of Kimball. A northbound semi tractor-trailer hauling sugar beets was attempting to turn eastbound onto Road 42. A preliminary investigation shows that as the semi slowed to make the turn, a northbound straight FedEx truck rear-ended the trailer. The driver of the straight truck, identified as Austin Mitchell, 21, of Gering, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the se...


    Oct 12, 2023

    Banner County Deputy Sheriff Logan Luft was sworn in at a ceremony on Wednesday at the Banner County Courthouse. Luft moved to Banner County to accept the position of deputy, while his wife will work for the Banner County road department. Luft comes from a family of law enforcement, and his previous experience includes Grand Island Police Department and Merritt County Sheriff's Department....

  • Oh, No, The W-Man Said The 'S' Word

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    Good morning Banner County! Well first thing on Monday morning I heard the weatherman talk about what a great fall we have been having, even the weekends and then he up and said a bad four letter word.. Snow. No way am I ready for that, not for another 3 months. It was really beautiful this past weekend, perfect weather to visit the Adams Family Pumpkin Patch (or several other local pumpkin patches! ). Our elementary kids will be headed that way today, October 12th., the coldest day predicted for this week. As I write this I am hoping that the...

  • Arthur E. Vigil

    Oct 12, 2023

    Arthur E. Vigil, 85, of Kimball, died at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father C.P. Varghese officiating. The Rosary Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from noon until 4:00 p.m. Friends may also visit... Full story

  • Rowena Shipman

    Oct 12, 2023

    Rowena Shipman, 96, of Gering and formerly of Banner County and Bushnell, died peacefully in the the Scottsbluff Regional West Hospital, September 28. Her daughter, Sherry, and her son, Joe, were at her side. A memorial service will be held at the Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home, Scottsbluff, November 4, at 1:00 p.m. A cremation has been held. Charitable donations can be made to the Banner County Museum....

  • School Programs For Foster Grandparents And Graduate Jobs Proposed For Kimball

    Oct 12, 2023

    On Monday evening, the Kimball School Board heard presentations on two programs under consideration – the JAG Nebraska and the Foster Grandparent programs. The board will discuss and consider the possible implementation of the programs in the next few months. JAG is Jobs for American Graduates. It is data-driven and evidence based. JAG students master academic and employability skills, practice leadership, interpersonal and community service engagement. JAG supplies the teacher and curriculum. There is no expense to the district for two y...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    Carlee Murdoch, a Kimball High School senior, is the 2023 Farmers Day queen. Carlee, who is Jamie and Dwain Murdoch's daughter, is active in band, choir, show choir, track, student council and FFA, where she serves as the student advisor. After graduating from high school in May, Carlee plans to attend Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff and transfer to a four-year university. Carlee hopes to pursue a degree in special education with hopes of returning to the Panhandle. The...


    Oct 12, 2023

    The Kimball chapter of the Red Knights prepared and served breakfast on Farmers Days. The Knights are: Jordan Wages, Mark Whetham, Austin Janicek, Kevin Sherman, Rick Olson, Dave Autrey, Doug Moench, Josh Thompson, Darrell Snyder, Rob Lee, Bob Sisk, Carson Sisk and Jordan Autrey....

  • Kimball XC Runs In District After Solid SPVA Meet

    The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    Kimball XC moves on to the district meet this week after what coach Tiffany Johnson called “a great day at the SPVA meet.” District was moved up a day from Thursday to Wednesday this week. It will be in Grant, Perkins County. “We are hoping to beat the weather that may be coming in,” Johnson told the Observer on Tuesday. “We are really looking forward to tomorrow. Each athlete has goals set in place and knows what they want to achieve. They have worked hard all season.” Here are some highli...

  • Rebuild Year For Football Program Ends Friday In Bayard

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    The Kimball Longhorns travel to Bayard on Friday, Oct. 13, for a matchup of football teams tied for third place with 1-2 records in D1 District 11. Both teams are 2-5 overall entering this 2023 season finale. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Kimball has dropped two straight and scored 140 points and allowed 358 on the season. Bayard has lost three straight and scored 232 points and allowed 291 on the season. The Tigers came up short last week, 36-34, in a non-league game against Cambridge, while the Horns l...

  • Potter-Dix Wins 72-0, Remains Unbeaten

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    POTTER – Potter-Dix’s Coyote Football team stayed unbeaten with another big win over Creek Valley, 72-0. The winless Storm had no chance against the high-powered Coyote offense, and the game was effectively over when the Coyotes put up 40 unanswered points in the first quarter. Potter-Dix tacked on another 24 points to take a 64-0 lead into the halftime break. The Coyotes substituted freely in the second half and added 8 more points as they cruised to the win. Sophomore Dylan Tabor ran the Coyote offense from the quarterback position, and com...


    Oct 12, 2023

    Kira Enevoldsen of Kimball was perched on top of the Kimball State Bank float during the Farmers Day Parade, ready to shoot her water gun. When her dad, Josh, who was driving the tractor, beeped the horn, she squirted water at parade watchers close enough to get a bit wet....

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