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Articles from the November 8, 2018 edition

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  • Rock the Democracy

    Tonia Copeland|Nov 8, 2018

    With a number of contested races, Kimball County and City of Kimball voters turned out last Tuesday to decide who will be on the local boards. The number of registered voters in Kimball County totaled 2,824 and 1,402 cast their ballots. Though the number is about half of the total of registered voters, County Clerk Cathy Sibal said that the number is increased from previous midterm elections. There was also an increase in absentee ballots cast this year, with many voting early. Contested races...

  • Early firearm hunting carries huge penalties for Kimball man

    Dakota Kuhns|Nov 8, 2018

    Two Kimball County residents face multiple charges, an open investigation continues. According to police reports, on Saturday, Oct. 27, at approximately 11 a.m., Deputy Jason Hottell of the Kimball County Sheriffs Office was on call when he noticed a Ford pickup driving west on County Road 6 south of Dix with what looked to be a buck in the bed of the pickup. Seeing the antlers, Hottell turned around and began to follow the vehicle suspicious that the buck was taken on private property. "I...

  • Honor Flight

    Nov 8, 2018

    Kimball residents lined Chestnut Street from the downtown area up to ShopKo to welcome traveling veterans into Kimball last week. The veterans were on their way to DIA to catch their Honor Flight to the nation's capital. Once there they could tour the memorials for the wars in which they fought as well as others. This Honor Flight, escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders, consisted of Korean War Veterans and Vietnam War veterans....

  • Friends and Neighbors: Jennifer Blanke

    Dakota Kuhns|Nov 8, 2018

    Home is where the heart is... this motto rings true to many, no matter their differences. For Jennifer Blanke home is where ever the life and love for agriculture may take her. Born and raised just down the road in Sidney, Jennifer grew up in a farming and ranching lifestyle, from the love of the open ranges to 4-H during high school and beyond. She graduated from Leyton High School in 2010 then began to further her education at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. She graduated...

  • Kimball youth food drive stocks the pantry

    Nov 8, 2018

    In an effort to stock to Kimball Community Food Pantry, a dozen students from Kimball Public Schools with six adults from the community distributed plastic sacks and flyers to each residence in Kimball on Saturday, Nov. 3. Next Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at 9 a.m., they will return to collect the sack filled with food items and deliver it to the local Food Pantry. People have a week to select items to place in the sack and to set the sack on the front porch by 9 a.m. Please contribute...

  • Monika B. Gordon

    Nov 8, 2018

    Monika B. Gordon, 72, of Kimball died at her home in Kimball on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Father Robert Karnish officiating. Cremation was held and inurnment will be held at a later date. Friends may stop at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. to sign the register book and leave condolences for the family. The services for Monika have been entrusted to the...

  • Reva J. Spiller

    Nov 8, 2018

    Reva Jean Spiller, 90, of Kingsland, Texas died October 26, 2018. She was born to Albert an Doris (Spece) Olsen on April 27, 1928 in Vim, Colorado. Reva was the youngest of ten children. The family lived in Vim until the death of her father when the family moved to Kimball, Nebraska. Reva moved to Los Angeles after her mother died when she was a teenager. Reva married her one true love, Richard "Dick" Spiller in 1947 in Denver, Colorado after he served in the United States Marine Corp. Dick and...

  • Cleta Joyce Tracy

    Nov 8, 2018

    Cleta Joyce Tracy of Kimball, NE passed away Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Kimball County Manor in Kimball, NE. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 9th in the New Hope Assembly Of God church in Kimball, NE with Pastor Steve Pettit officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Kimball Cemetery. Cremation has been held. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday from 1-7:00 P.M. to sign Cleta's register book and leave condolences for the family. Memorial...

  • Kimball-Banner Counties 4-H recognizes member achievements

    Nov 8, 2018

    4-H'ers and their families celebrated their accomplishments of the past year during the annual Kimball-Banner Counties 4-H Achievement Celebration on Sunday, October 28, at KimBowl in Kimball. 4-H members and leaders were recognized for their achievements. Outstanding 4-H'ers for 2018 recognized were Shelby Thurin, Kyle Thurin and Xavier Thomas-Lewis. Sandy Lukassen was recognized as this year's Friend of 4-H for her many years of service to the county fair and the 4-H program. Her dedication...

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    Nov 8, 2018

  • County to purchase vacant building to house transit vehicles

    Dakota Kuhns|Nov 8, 2018

    Kimball County plans to purchase and renovate one long vacant Kimball building for a much needed Transit vehicle storage space. At the regular Nov. 5, County Commissioner meeting, Christy Warner, County Transit Administrator addressed the Commissioners asking to set a public hearing for the next regular scheduled meeting. A public hearing was set for the next meeting Nov. 20 at 9:15 a.m. to receive comments for or against renovating an existing building located north east corner of the Hwy 71 and Hwy 30 intersection at the stoplight in Kimball,...

  • Kimball Lady Longhorn season comes to an end

    Amy Rozelle|Nov 8, 2018

    The Lady Longhorns wrapped their season up last Tuesday, Oct. 29, with a loss in sub-districts to the Lady Tigers of Bayard with a final record of 11 wins and 18 losses. The season seemed to be a struggle with 13 girls on varsity, including five seniors with three of them being starters for the team. During the season the girls definitely had their ups and their downs. Unfortunately ending the season on a down slide. The week before they faced the Sidney Lady Raiders on Oct. 23. Sidney is...

  • Jock Talk

    Tom Southard|Nov 8, 2018

    Junior High winter sports are underway to keep you Kimball sports fans occupied until the High School seasons get underway. The junior high girl’s basketball team will entertain Gering this afternoon (Thursday) with game time at 3 p.m., and the junior high wrestlers will be at Hemingford today. The girl’s basketball team is at Bridgeport this coming Monday, Nov. 12. ------------------------- Nov. 12 next Monday, is also the official start date for Nebraska High Schools winter sports practice and for Kimball, that involves boys and girls bas...

  • Kimball hosts young wrestlers, boasts multiple first place finishes

    Tonia Copeland|Nov 8, 2018

    Junior High wrestlers from Banner County, Bayard, Burns/Pine Bluffs, Garden County, Gering, Lingle, Minatare, Mitchell and Morrill all descended onto the Kimball mats on Saturday, Nov. 3 for the 2018 Kimball Junior High Invitational. Mitchell matmen took top billing with 34 pins totaling 45:57 with Gering close behind, logging 31 pins in 35:39 minutes. Lingle wrestlers, 23 pins in 26:19, edged out Garden County with 21 pins in 23:41 followed by Bayard with 17 pins in 16:14 and Burns/Pine Bluffs with 13 pins in 16:49. Kimball logged 11 pins in...

  • Lady Coyotes fall to Garden County in sub-district play

    Dakota Kuhns|Nov 8, 2018

    The Lady Coyotes’ season came to an end Monday, Oct. 29, in Sidney against the eventual Sub-District Champions, the Garden County Eagles, but came up short and lost in three sets 23-25, 20-25, 21-25 to finish the 2018 season with a 9-19 record. “Though we played tough in most sets at the end of the year, little mistakes plagued the team and prevented us from getting victories,” said Head Coach Cory Michelman. Michelman is looking for the younger players to step up next season and fill the rolls the five seniors have left behind. “This team im...

  • Tribute to a friend

    Nov 8, 2018

    This is a story about a man that came to our community in Aug. 2017. He checked into the finer motel for a day then a week and then it was seven months. He and his dog Bo a Red Heeler, he said his name was Boreguard but he just called him Bo. I loved the dog from the get go. The old man was stubborn and loved to tell stories. Little by little I found out some things about him. He had two sons somewhere in Missouri that he was estranged from, so I never found out much about them. He had an old ‘95 Dodge pickup that he and Bo loved. They would c...

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