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Articles from the October 27, 2016 edition


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  • Longhorn Stampede

    Aleta Pearson with Hollie Clark|Oct 27, 2016

    A new mural supporting the Kimball Longhorns has been painted on the east side of the A&L building across the street from Firstier Bank. The idea started last fall when A&L contacted the school that they wanted to make the east wall of their building available for a school mural project. The owners, Allen and Lindsey Chavez, felt that making the bare space into a mural would be, "a cool way to support the school and give students a chance to be creative," and contacted superintendent, Marshall...

  • Community rallies behind Kimball Event/Fitness Center and Diversion program formalized

    Tonia Copeland|Oct 27, 2016

    Kimball Event Center discussion resumed at the recent Kimball City Council meeting, on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Board member Christy Warner is leading a committee of 12 members dedicated to saving the facility after budget cuts were made that could shut it down at the end of the year, due to a 40 percent loss of sales tax. “We had a couple of meetings with citizens that had some concerns and we got a lot of feedback,” Warner said. “We recently made some positive changes in operations at the Event Center. It is still a lot of work to do to see...

  • Kimball County goes tobacco free

    Aleta Pearson|Oct 27, 2016

    According to the new Kimball county handbook and as of January 1, 2017 when the handbook takes effect, “All Kimball County owned facilities shall be designated as tobacco free and tobacco use shall be prohibited except in designated tobacco areas.” The Kimball County Commissioners (Board) had discussed in previous meetings when to put the ban into effect and it was decided that the first of the year was the best option. As Commissioner Daria Faden said, “we want to give people time.” Commissioner Larry Engstrom voiced his desire to...

  • Friends and Neighbors: Michele Daum

    Tonia Copeland|Oct 27, 2016

    Michele Daum approaches her job at the Kimball County Manor with understanding, high energy and a positive attitude. Daum, who is the social services director for the facility, is in charge of all admissions and Medicaid applications but she doesn't stop there. "I work with residents and families. I try to be a bright spot in their lives coming into a very difficult situation. I am a cheerleader. I know what it is like, I had to put my own dad in a nursing home in Oregon, and I know how awful...

  • Civics class forum a learning experience for all

    Hollie Clark|Oct 27, 2016

    Due to the upcoming election, the senior civics class at Kimball High School helped to better inform the public by hosting a political forum on Thursday, Oct. 20. The idea was to give the students, as well as members of the community a chance to meet and speak with the candidates for local races. The forum was attended by the candidates to represent district #47 in the Nebraska Legislature, Karl Elmshaeuser and Steve Erdman; city council candidates James Shields, John Morrison, and Kim Baliman; County Commissioner Tim Nolting; school board...

  • Norma Sterle Feckner

    Oct 27, 2016

    Norma (Sterle) (Lewis) Feckner of Jefferson City, Mo., died Friday, September 2 at the Villa Marie Care Facility, she had been dealing with an ongoing illness since June. Norma was born in Pine Bluffs, Wyo., to Joe and Rose (Klobuchar) Sterle on November 7, 1932, the seventh of eight children. She attended a rural country school through the 8th grade. She attended Champion Academy and Kimball County High School before moving to California. She graduated from Excelsior Union High School in Norwalk, Cali. She attended Long Beach City College,...

  • Betty J. Newell

    Oct 27, 2016

    Betty J. Newell, 88, of Kimball died October 10, 2016 at the Kimball County Manor. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Caryl Miller officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. to sign the register book and leave condolences. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Betty's Tribute Wall and leave messages of sympathy...

  • Rev. Dwight W. Kemling

    Oct 27, 2016

    Reverend Dwight Wilbur Kemling passed away on October 14, 2016 in his home. Dwight was born on January 12, 1925 in Grant, NE to Laura (Goltry) and Wilbur Kemling, the 4th of 7 sons. He was married to Ruth Reeves on February 18, 1951. Dwight was a pastor in the United Methodist Church, Nebraska Annual Conference until his retirement in 1988. He is survived by his wife Ruth, 4 children Mark of Omaha, NE, Heidi Heidemann of Lincoln, NE, Jon of Newbern, NC and Neal of Colin, NE, brother Glendon of...

  • Teresa Kay Whitaker

    Oct 27, 2016

    Teresa Kay Whitaker, 68, of Kimball died Saturday October 22nd at her home. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday October 29, 2016 at 10:30am at New Hope Assembly of God Church with Pastor Barry Johnson officiating. In honor of her love for Disney please feel free to join the family in wearing Disney attire. At her request, cremation has taken place. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to leave messages of sympathy for the family. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the family at 409 N Chestnut St. Kimball Ne 69145....

  • Letter to the editor

    Oct 27, 2016

    My husband and I stopped at the Welcome Center near Kimball last Friday, 10/14 for some information about the Sandhills region and other points of interest in the area. We were returning to Omaha from Cheyenne after visiting Panorama Point the previous day on a road trip with friends from Minnesota. We thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Virginia at the Welcome Center and getting several pieces of information, plus maps to help guide us to several interesting places. We just wanted to let you know how helpful Virginia was and how much we...

  • Raves, rants and reality

    Aleta Pearson|Oct 27, 2016

    I want to RAVE about my favorite holiday, Halloween. Also known as Samhain and All Hallows’ Eve, this awesome holiday is soon approaching, to the delight of children everywhere. Kids of all ages, myself included, will be happily dressed in costumes, wearing masks or make-up and running around schools, neighborhoods and businesses acting a bit more batty (pun intended) than normal. And why is this? Of course, children will respond with a resounding chorus of, “CANDY” but surely that can’t entirely be the reason. I’m not going to go...

  • Randomly Tonia

    Tonia Copeland|Oct 27, 2016

    As a youngster I was able to participate in 4-H for a short time. Though I don’t remember why I didn’t continue along the 4-H path, I do clearly remember the positive impact the program had on me. I joined a sewing club and my sister joined a cooking club. She made these delicious little treats and I put together a pretty darn good pin cushion (that I still have today). Each of us spent time with our mom working on projects, trying until we got something just right. Those moments are some of my favorite memories. I think back to seeing my...

  • Veterans History Project

    Larry Nelson|Oct 27, 2016

    The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. In the late sixties, young men facing the draft had decisions to make. Many figured that about every third person drafted into military service was going to become a US Marine. That worked for some. Others wanted to guide their own futures. Richard L....

  • Hernandez honored for going above and beyond - recruitment was a huge success

    Tonia Copeland|Oct 27, 2016

    After dodging fellow VFW member Walt Witt for years, a family request put Kimball's Joe Hernandez on the path to receive another commendation. "I have been a member since 1954 or '55 – 67 years or so," Hernandez said. "For years I dodged Walt Witt, but when a cousin of mine passed away the kids wanted me to be involved in the honor guard." Seeing an opportunity, Witt was able to convince Hernandez to help and once he got involved, Hernandez saw that there was a real need for active members. "T...

  • Barker state cross country metal winner

    Tom Southard|Oct 27, 2016

    Kimball High senior, Brandon Barker closed out a fantastic cross county season with a 5th place finish in the Nebraska State Class D Cross Country Meet held at the Kearney Country Club Golf Course this past Friday. The hard working and talented young runner went into the state meet with the 5th fastest time from all six districts and emerged from the state meet with the 5th fastest time! Barker ran 17 minutes 21 seconds at the District meet held at Bayard, and ran 17 minutes 20.76 seconds at the...

  • Longhorns fall to state ranked Valentine 40-0

    Tom Southard|Oct 27, 2016

    The 2016 football season came to an end Friday evening for the Kimball High Longhorns as they fell to the state ranked Valentine 40-0, but the score doesn't tell the entire story as the young Horns gave a good effort. Kimball played the visiting Badgers pretty even in the first quarter with neither team getting on the score board, and even at half time the Horns trailed just 14-0. "I felt we did a very good job that first half and the kids bought into our game plan, but they (Valentine) made...

  • Lady Longhorns take two of three at WTC

    Aleta Pearson|Oct 27, 2016

    The Lady Longhorns fought hard against Gordon Rushville Mustangs in game one of the Western Trails Conference tournament on Oct. 22 but ultimately lost in three close sets. Kimball 25 18 33 Gor/Rush 23 25 33 Hannah Biesecker led with 13 kills followed by Raelynn Hinton with nine and one kill each for Kaitlyn Wurdeman, Shauntae Daily and Justine Heeg. Jannel Fiehtner lead in served points, scoring eight, followed by Biesecker with six, Kate Reader with four, Heeg and Hinton each with one. Aces we...

  • Lady Coyotes continue winning streak

    Tonia Copeland|Oct 27, 2016

    The Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes won handily against the Leyton Warriors on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in two sets before handing the same fate to their hosts, the Banner County Lady Wildcats. Dawson Sharman and Trinity Langley led the attack with seven kills each, followed by Alexus Rozelle with four and Audrey Juelfs with two. Sharman's one ace serve was matched by Payge Hoffman with no other aces from the Potter-Dix ladies. Defensively Rozelle was credited with three solo blocks and two block assists,...

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Oct 27, 2016

    This week is all about a SHOUT OUT FOR BRANDON BARKER! What a great job by the Kimball High senior as he closed out his high school cross country career with a 5th place medal winning performance at the Nebraska State Cross Country Meet in Kearney. Congrats to the Kimball boys’s team for qualifying and running well at the State Meet. And congrats to coaches Tiffany Johnson and Laurie Janicek for the role they played in getting these boys to State and for all of their many accomplishments during the season. This group seems to have so much...

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