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    Nov 9, 2023

    Construction workers pour concrete Monday, Nov. 6, to build the helipad at Highway 30 and Webster Street for the new Kimball Health Services hospital. The most recent announcement is that construction work is headed for December completion, and the healthcare facility will open in January....

  • Sheriff Expresses Safety Concerns

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Kimball County Sheriff Dave Hottell updated the county commissioners Tuesday on business in his office. Hottell said that he and a couple of deputies traveled to the Super Max prison in Colorado to pick up Vencil Leo Ash III. Ash completed his federal prison term, and the Kimball County Sheriff’s Office transferred him to the Nebraska State Prison to serve his life sentence for the murder of Ryan Guiton in Kimball County. Ash was found guilty in two separate trials in Kimball County for the murder of Ryan Guitron in 2003. Ash was found g...

  • Shooting Suspect Kant Charged

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    On Monday, Leota Kant, 86, of Kimball remained in the Lincoln County Jail with a $200,000 bond after last week's Tuesday evening shooting incident. By midday Tuesday, a week after the shooting, Kant was in the process of bonding out. Her bond was 10% of $200,000. Kant is charged with attempted murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony, and discharge of a weapon in city limits. Kant was scheduled to appear in Kimball County Court on Nov. 8 for a preliminary hearing. The incident occurred on...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Main Street Market hosted a wild and intense Supermarket Sweep on Friday, the brainchild of Kimball Jr/Sr High School Principal Danielle Reader to benefit the Kimball Food Pantry. Thirty-two students from Kimball Jr./High School raced, ran, searched and scoured the shelves for the 61 items on the shopping list. Reader explained that "Throughout the years, our school community, comprising both staff and students, has dedicated itself to various endeavors aimed at gathering essential food items...

  • Banner Students Perform One Act Play Nov. 10 For Dinner Theater

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Good morning! Welcome to a beautiful fall season so far, raking leaves and cooler days. Today, Thursday, November 10th our wrestling team is headed to Hemmingford for matches that will begin at 10 a.m. – and the homeschool program will be beginning at the Wildcat Hills at 10 a.m. also. Over those hills the Lied Library in Scottsbluff will be holding Preschool Story Time at 10 a. m and then later at 6:15 p.m. They have this program every Thursday and all preschoolers are invited. That evening the Midwest Theater will have a live program with ...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Ironically, all of the current Senior Center Hand Quilters picked up the hobby later in life. Gretta Shoenemann, in her mid-90s, picked up quilting about 20 years ago. She said they did a lot of hand work as a child, but quilting was not one of them. She started quilting after her husband passed away in 2001. Claude Jones, a regular senior center quilter, began quilting after she retired in 2005. Each individual stitch is hand-done through every layer, making the back of the quilt design almost...

  • Laura Baker Recognized Nationally

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Laura Baker, the Farm Service Agency executive director for Kimball County, received the FSA Administrator's Award for Service to Agriculture and one of the Supervisors of the Year during a recent ceremony and reception at the USDA office building in Washington, D.C. The Administrator's Award acknowledges hard work and diligence in delivering FSA and USDA programs. The Supervisors of the Year Award recognizes individuals who hold supervisory positions and have demonstrated and contributed to...

  • Pool Players Represent Kimball At National

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Western Nebraska was well represented at the TAP National Pool Tournament in Biloxi, Mississippi, happening this past week. Seventeen players from Kimball, Sidney, Ogallala and Gothenburg represented the Trails West League in Mississippi. Kimball sent one of the youngest players, 9-year-old Able Kuhns. Able, along with his dad, Anthony, to handle 8-ball and 9-ball duties. Fellow Kimballites Seth Krazick and Adam Warner played 8-ball and 9-ball, respectively, in Biloxi. These players all...

  • Season Ends For Potter-Dix In Quarterfinals

    Nov 9, 2023

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes football season is over. The perennial post-season team in recent times ended the season at 9-1 with a crushing playoff loss to visiting Parkview Christian on Friday, Nov. 3. The scored was 51-0, a most uncommon outcome for the Coyotes – unless they're on the other side of this kind of point total. It marked the second straight year that P-D has lost in the quarterfinals. The defeat also ended a 10-game streak home win streak. But there was a bright spot. His name is D...

  • Benefits For Local Vets Trace Back To G.I. Bill

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Many of today’s benefits for veterans – including the 293 served in Kimball County – can be traced back to the passage of the G.I. Bill of 1944. With the realization that World War II was coming to a close, politicians and government officials were fearful of the return of over 16 million American men and women who had been serving during World War II. The returning veterans would be unemployed and this could result in another depression and bring on worldwide economic instability reminiscent of the 1930s. So the 1944 G. I. Bill offered aid f...

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