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Articles from the October 20, 2022 edition

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    Oct 20, 2022

    Kimball High School's 2022 Homecoming Royalty present themselves to their loyal subjects at last week's homecoming football game. From left are second attendants Trey Schindler and Emma Patterson, King James McGinnis and Queen Charlotte Hargreaves, and first attendants Justin Klosterman and Jayden Paxton. The crown bearers are Kaci Markum, left, and Kason Enevoldsen.... Full story

  • No Diesel, No Deal

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    Sealed bids were opened at the Oct. 18 Kimball County Commissioners meeting to purchase two 14-passenger vans for the Kimball County Transit Service. None of the submissions met all the specifications due in part to the requirement of excluding diesel engines. All bids were rejected. The bidding process will start over again with new specifications. The intent of acquiring two vans is to make the Denver International Airport trips that will bring in enough income to subsidize regular rides and keep fares low. Multiple bids for vans were...

  • Kimball Presbyterian Changing Denomination

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    On Nov. 25, the Presbyterian Church in Kimball will officially be dismissed, and on Dec. 4, church members will celebrate their new name and church. Although still a Presbyterian church, it will be changing its denomination from PCUSA, Presbyterian Church of USA, to ECOP, Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. It will be known as Cornerstone Community Church. According to Pastor Alan Foutz, "The congregation has really, over the years, tried to stay very conservative theologically. As...

  • KVFD Marks Fire Prevention week

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    Fire Prevention Week 2022 marked the 100th anniversary of the week, which began in 1922. Each year from Oct. 9 to 15, Fire Prevention Week is observed to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which started on Oct. 8, 1871. Kimball Volunteer Fire Department visited and shared safety messages and materials with pre-schoolers and elementary students. The children were educated on the fire trucks, ways to prevent fire and "stop, drop, and roll." KVFD concluded its day with a Fire Hall Open House on...

  • First Responders Recognized At Banner County School

    Joslynn Randall and Miss Bohac, For the Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    Selflessness, that is a key characteristic trait of a first responder. To honor our local first responders, senior Ariel Acosta of Banner County School organized a fundraiser to support these courageous men and women that support our community. Acosta, who is in Kari Gifford's Work-Based Learning Class, set up this service-learning project and wanted to think of a way to thank our first responders for their dedication. In order to collect funds to purchase care packages, Acosta organized a coin... Full story

  • We're Running Out Of October

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    Good morning! Sure seems like we are running out of October! Harvest and planting are well under way and I am sure the beet harvesters are thankful for the cooler weather. There will be a Boo Bash Costume Ball at the Weborg 21 Centre, located at 2625 10th street in Gering on Friday, October 21st. The band is Loaded Dice and it is listed as an all day event. The 34th annual Sooktacular Family Nights event will be open on the 21st and the 22nd from 5:30-8 p.m. and on the 23rd from 4- 6 p.m. Night lights and scary stuff! Saturday morning, the... Full story

  • Robert 'Bob' Moul

    Oct 20, 2022

    Robert "Bob" Moul, 73, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the Cantrell Funeral Home. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Bob's Tribute Wall and leave stories and condolences for the family. Memorials may be given to Disabled Veterans Fund or the ASPCA. The services for Bob have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Bob was born in Sidney... Full story

  • Mary Louise (Erdman) Kimzey

    Oct 20, 2022

    Mary Louise (Erdman) Kimzey, 91, of Cheyenne, Wyoming formerly of Kimball, Nebraska went home to be with our Lord on September 24, 2022 at Cheyenne Life Care after a brief illness and hospitalization. Memorial Service were held at Kimball Presbyterian Church in Kimball, Nebraska on Saturday, October 8, 2022, with the Rev. Alan Foutz officiating. Cantrell Funeral of Kimball was in charge of arrangements. She was born July 12,1931, to Henry and Molly (Rexius) Erdman at Scottsbluff County Nebraska.... Full story

  • Camelia L. Cargile

    Oct 20, 2022

    Camelia L. Cargile of Kimball, NE passed away peacefully at home Saturday October 8th. Born May 12th 1958 in Oshkosh, NE Camelia was 64 years old. Greeted in heaven by her parents (Dixie I. (Kemerling) Cargile and John F. Cargile), her baby sister, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. She is survived by her 4 children (Lee Burns, Jamie Parkin, Lorane Rowe, Lawrence Burns), 3 granddaughters (Avery Parkin, Adalynn Parkin, Riley Rowe), and son-in-law (Matthew Rowe). Camelia was a wonderful mother. She... Full story

  • Keith James Snyder

    Oct 20, 2022

    Keith James Snyder was born in Scottsbluff NE on March 3, 1937, to James and Eunice Snyder and died on October 11, 2022. He attended school in Harrisburg until entering and serving four years in the Navy. Following service to his country, Keith made Washington state his home, where he enjoyed a career as a mechanic and gas station owner. He enjoyed tinkering right up until the time of his death. Keith and his wife, Katy, enjoyed several years as snowbirds residing in Apache Junction, AZ where... Full story


    Oct 20, 2022

    The Kimball Longhorns line up on homecoming night last week for the pre-game introductions. Freshman Ryker Behrend (1) was the final player to be introduced. At 5-foot-5 and 110 pounds, Behrend plays quarterback, linebacker and defensive back. Bayard won the contest, and Kimball 's season is over. The Longhorns finished 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the division in their comeback season.... Full story

  • Potter-Dix Stays Undefeated, Wins 55-8

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Football team continued their undefeated season Friday at Combs Field with a 55-8 beating of the visiting 5-1 Garden County Eagles. Potter-Dix continued their dominant play, with their fifth victory while keeping opponents scoring in the single-digits. Garden County rested their hopes on their outstanding athlete, senior Johnny Vargas, but the Coyotes were able to contain the scoring threat, limiting Vargas to just 17 carries for 56 yards and one rushing touchdown in the...

  • Lady Coyotes 4th At MAC

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    No. 2 seed Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes won their first set 26-24, but then dropped the next two in the MAC tournament semifinals last Saturday. That moved Potter-Dix into the loser bracket and a third place match against Garden County. Potter-Dix had beaten Garden County in a close match last week, and had a battle with the Lady Eagles before finally taking the first set in extra points, 27-25. Garden County fired back in the second set, battling hard and pulling out a 25-23 win. The third set was...

  • Kimball VB Nearing Subdistricts

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    The Kimball Lady Longhorns are heading toward subdistricts with a 3-20 overall record and a district record of 0-4 as of Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday, the ladies played Perkins County. On Thursday (today), Kimball will play Minatare/Hemingford at 4 p.m. Then subdistrict competition will begin on Monday, Oct. 24. Team leaders for the season were Charlotte Hargreaves with 17 blocks, 34 ace serves for Jayden Paxton and 3.7 digs per set for Hannah Kilgore. The Horns fell in SPVA conference play to Sutherland 2-0 and to St. Pat’s 2...

  • The Casket Maker

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    In retirement, former Kimball County Commissioner Tim Nolting decided he wanted to build caskets, which is not the typical retirement activity, but if you know Tim, building caskets fits him. For many years Nolting spearheaded the Plains Historical Museum and authored books about the Western way of life. His experience building caskets has an emotional background, as he made both of his parent’s caskets. He built a casket for his mom about eight years ago, then he and his brother built an old-st...


    Oct 20, 2022

    This is the first of two installments of the Observer’s Q&A with local candidates in contested races. This week we present the candidates for Kimball city offices, Banner County offices and the state Unicameral. Next week, candidates for Kimball County and Banner County commissioners and Kimball School Board get their shot. For each race featured in this report, candidates are listed in alphabetical order. John Morrison Kimball Mayor Candidate Christy Warner Kimball Mayor Candidate Donald Muench Kimball City Council Write-In Candidate Creg P... Full story