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

Articles from the October 22, 2020 edition

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  • Petroleum Cleanup Begins

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    Panhandle Geotechnical and Environmental began working at the stoplight area in Kimball on Monday morning. According to Mayor Keith Prunty, PGE has contracted with the state to drill about 30 wells in the immediate area to remove petroleum that was discovered in the soil and groundwater when underground petroleum tanks were removed about 30 years ago. Prunty said it will take about six weeks to drill all the wells and then four years, at least, to remove the petroleum from the soil and groundwat... Full story

  • 14 Active COVID Cases Here

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    The Panhandle Public Health District’s risk dial has move further into the orange area this week due to the fact that Nebraska and Panhandle COVID-19 cases have increased. According to information from PPHD, Kimball County has 14 active cases as of Tuesday afternoon. Kimball County has experienced a total of 42 cases, and 28 have recovered. Based on the past three weeks of information, the risk level is a combination of data including positivity rates compared to population and the total number of tests given in each area. The risk level a...

  • Observer Interviews COVID Official

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    As COVID-19 increases in Nebraska, the assistant director of Panhandle Public Health District, Jessica Davies, helped answer some informational questions about the pandemic. Davies told the Observer that the Panhandle is in a spike and backed that up with numbers. She reported that from March to May the Panhandle had 100 cases total. From Monday Oct. 12 through Thursday the 15th, the Panhandle registered 131 cases in that four-day period – which is a huge increase in cases throughout the Panhandle. Davis responded to comments in reference to t...

  • Flores Selected To Fill Mossberg's Seat

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    A selection committee appointed Rich Flores on Wednesday to fill the vacancy on the Kimball County Board of Commissioners created by Commissioner Brandon Mossberg’s resignation when he moved out of the county. The term will end in January 2023. Following is the original report on the commission vacancy in the print edition of the Observer, which went to press before Flores was appointed: Interviews for the vacancy on the Kimball County Board of Commissioners were planned for Wednesday, Oct. 21. The interviews were open to the public, b...

  • Rallying For Rayah

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    The Eagles Auxiliary is planning a fundraiser for the Tiffani and Broc Dye family. The spaghetti supper fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Eagles. Tiffani and Broc have two daughters, Braelynn, 4, and Rayah, 1. Rayah was born with a chromosomal deficiency a year ago on Nov. 3. Multiple trips to Denver, medical equipment, surgeries and respiratory infections are just a few of the hurdles the family has encountered this past year. More of Rayah's story will appear in the Observer... Full story


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    Jerry Darnell the VP of Agriculture for Western Sugar of Scottsbluff said as of Monday morning 60% of the beet harvest has been completed in the area. He was very pleased with the sugar content from the Kimball piling site as it is 19.86 percent. Darnell said that is "tremendous sugar" and they have "great tonnage" from the Kimball piling, which is a swing pile as it will either be processed in Fort Morgan, Colo., or Scottsbluff. The Kimball site will eventually handle 110,00 tons of sugar...

  • What!? 10 Fridays Till Christmas!

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    Good morning! Here we are in the last week of October! My how the time is flying, rather we are having fun or not. Someone said “only 10 more Fridays until Christmas “and I thought, hold on wait a minute, did I miss Halloween and Thanksgiving? Time is moving fast enough, let’s not move it any faster! There is very little going on here in the Burg this week. However, there will be state cross country competition on the 23rd, Friday, and on that same date HS JV volleyball at home verses Sioux County at 5 p.m. and football at 7 p.m. Friday will...

  • Martha A. Britton

    Oct 22, 2020

    Martha A. Britton, 92, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Memorial services will be held at a later date at the Kimball County Manor. Friends can visit www.cantrellfh.com to view the obituary, share condolences and stories with the family and check for updated service information. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Kimball County Manor. The services for Martha have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Martha Alta Britton was born in... Full story

  • Henry F. Boltjes

    Oct 22, 2020

    Henry F Boltjes Jr. died Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. His memorial services was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Sonrise Church at the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington, Wyoming. Memorials may be sent to Platte Valley Bank for Festival of Hope and Regional West Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com. Henry was born in Goshen County to Henry and Ida (Shindledecker) Boltjes on January... Full story

  • Governor Initiates Campaign To Stay COVID Safe

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    Nebraska’s Governor Pete Ricketts has updated the directed health measures that will be effective from Oct. 21 to Nov. 30 in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Nebraska. In addition, the governor has also initiated a new campaign to stay safe from COVID-19: “Avoid the Three C’s.” The “Avoid the Three C’s” campaign is intended to slow the spread of the virus. The campaign includes avoiding crowded places, avoiding close contact and finally avoiding confined spaces. The governor’s new directed health measure will focus on elective pro...

  • Oliver Lake

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    The wooded lake grounds don't get splashed with this much color every fall. Maybe just one of every 10 falls, some say. What caused it? What caused the leaves this year to wrap Oliver Lake in a golden ring? The drought? The cold snap a few weeks ago? The heat that preceded and followed that cold snap? Whatever caused it, something good came of the weather this year. At Oliver Lake.... Full story

  • Outstanding Year For Kimball Golf

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    A year to remember for the 2020 Kimball High Girls Golf Team as they qualified as a team for the State Tournament and Payton Wise earned her third consecutive state medal, and also lowered her own school record when she shot a new career personal best round of 76! This year's team was made up of 2 seniors, 2 juniors and 2 sophomores and the pair of seniors who will graduate will be missed for certain. Maddie Cook was a four year contributor who saw her Kimball High career end on a sad note when... Full story


    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    Creek Valley's Storm football team and Potter-Dix's Coyote football team have struggled in recent years, with wins hard to come by for both programs. But Creek Valley turned the corner last year, going undefeated in the regular season before falling in the championship game to Harvard. This year, it has been Potter-Dix's turn to reverse its fortunes, with a big roster filled with talent that has run the table so far in the regular season with a 7-0 record, and looks to finish its drive for an un...

  • Horns Drop Finale To Bobcats

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    Kimball’s Longhorn football team ended its season with a 60-26 road loss to the Hemingford Bobcats to end their season with an 0-and-7 mark. The Bobcats scored early and often, putting up 24 points in the first quarter followed by another 22 in the second quarter to give the Hemingford squad an insurmountable 46-to-8 lead at the half. Both teams heavily substituted in the second half, and Kimball was able to score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to narrow the margin at the end of the game. The Bobcats kept the ball on the ground for m...

  • Fall Sports Winding Down

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    The fall Sports season is fast drawing to a close as the girls state golf was completed last week, along with the football season for Kimball. District cross country was held at Bridgeport last Thursday and Chantel Malson and Matt Johnson both qualified for the state meet being held tomorrow (Friday) at Kearney. The only thing remaining for Kimball is volleyball subdistricts. Subdistrict play for the Lady Longhorns is set for Monday (October 26) at Big Springs where South Platte is the number 1 seed and will play number 4 seed, and number 2...

  • Malson, Johnson Qualify For State

    Tom Southard, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    The Kimball High Cross Country Team will be represented at the Nebraska State Cross Country Meet in Kearney tomorrow (Friday) in both the Class D girls and boys race as Chantel Malson and Matthew Johnson emerged as individual qualifiers from the District race in Bridgeport. For junior Malson, this will be her 3rd time to run in the state meet and for Johnson, a sophomore, this will be his first state meet. The Kimball boys finished 5th out of 11 teams at District led by Johnson's 14th...

  • Longhorn VB Tops Sutherland

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 22, 2020

    Kimball's Lady Longhorn Volleyball team had three matches over the last week, with two of them being losses to a tough Chase County team before a win on Saturday against Sutherland. On Tuesday Oct. 13, Kimball hosted Chase County, and the Lady Longhorns started hot and outlasted Kimball in the first set, taking the victory 25-to-21. But the visiting Lady Longhorns were able to regroup and find their rhythm, attacking all areas of the court and ripping off three straight set wins 25-to-15,...

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