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Articles from the January 27, 2022 edition

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  • Waiting For A Kidney Donor

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 27, 2022

    Keith Jones of Kimball is "keeping his fingers crossed" in the hopes of receiving a kidney. The kidney can come from either a living donor or a cadaver (after death donation). Even though he is waiting for a transplant, Keith is not about to let the need for a kidney donation interfere with his daily life. After a lengthy diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes combined with high blood pressure, by August 2021, it was determined by doctors at UC Health in Denver, Anschutz Campus, that Keith needed a... Full story

  • Field Forming To Replace Erdman

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 27, 2022

    In late September 2021, the Nebraska Legislature approved the redistricting of the Nebraska legislative districts, and Gov. Pete Rickets approved the map. The redistricting is a result of the 2020 census. Kimball and Banner counties, along with Scotts Bluff County, will become District 48, effective for the legislative elections of 2022. Kimball County had been part of District 47 and was represented by Sen. Steve Erdman. Erdman will no longer represent Kimball County. The field is forming to...

  • Kimball County COVID Cases Climb To 30

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 27, 2022

    COVID-19 has made a comeback to the area in recent weeks. According to the Panhandle Unified Command's last briefing on Jan. 19, Kimball County had 28 cases over the past seven days. By Monday, Jan. 24, the number increased to 30 with 725 total confirmed cases of Covid. Jessica Davies from PPHD said, "The latest sequencing in the Panhandle shows 75% of new cases are the omicron variant. In Nebraska, 94% of new cases are omicron." The omicron virus is spreading more easily than the original...

  • Kimball Getting New Electrical Meters

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 27, 2022

    The Kimball City Council convened at 6 p.m. Jan 18 for its regular meeting. The council voted to change the meeting date to once a month. Meetings will be on the third Tuesday for the next couple of months until there is more on their agenda. Kimball Library Director Amber Sweetland gave her annual report to the board highlighting youth and teen programs, active attendance at the library and computer usage. In addition, the library has 26 periodical and two newspaper subscriptions. Matt Shoup from the electric department gave a presentation on...


    Jan 27, 2022

    Workers this past week began erecting the steel beams for the Family Dollar/Dollar Tree building on the west side of town. The store is expected to open this year.... Full story

  • Marlyce Ann (Culek) Heim

    Jan 27, 2022

    Mrs. Marlyce Ann (Culek) Heim, 61, left us while in her sleep on November 30, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Waco, Texas. Marcy was born and raised in Dix, Nebraska. She married and had two beautiful daughters, Tricia and Amber. Marcy was a devoted and loving wife of 43 years and a beloved mother. Marcy has been living in Palmer, Alaska, for the past 36 years and enjoying the beauty of Alaska. Life hands us all trials and tribulations and Marcy handled them all with grace and love. Marcy is preceded in death by her mother Delores Culek, olde... Full story


    The Observer|Jan 27, 2022

    The Kimball boys basketball team enters the home stretch of their 2021-22 season with something they hadn’t possessed until last week. A win. The young, scrappy Longhorns opened the SPVA conference last week with a 0-11 record and exited it with a 1-13 record thanks to a 45-31 victory over another team looking for a better future, Sutherland. Next up for the Longhorns are Banner County on Jan. 27, Sutherland on Jan. 28 and a trip to North Platte St. Pats on Jan. 29 before heading to the WTC tournament Feb. 3-6. The seventh seed Horns open... Full story

  • Four Horn Wrestlers Battle To Take 3rd As A Team

    Cory McManigal, Longhorns Wrestling Coach|Jan 27, 2022

    On Friday, the Longhorn wrestlers competed at the Hemingford Invitational and placed third out of 12 teams with 47 team points. The tournament was won by Chase County with 112 team points. The Longhorns were without the services of Matthew Johnson at 106 this weekend because of illness. With only four wrestlers competing this weekend, to finish third as a team shows how well the team wrestled. The day was led by James McGinnis at 132 championship finish. James pinned an opponent from Hay Springs to win first place. Trey Schindler continued his...

  • Coyotes Repeat To Take MAC Title

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jan 27, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Boy's Basketball team entered the MAC Tournament as the number one seed and played like it, easily dispatching Banner County in the first round of the tournament then having little trouble with Garden County in the semi-finals, then winning a thriller against Bayard in the finals. The action started Monday January 17 when the Coyotes matched up with number 8 seed Banner County, and the winless Wildcats had no answer for the explosive Potter-Dix offense, going down 27-4 at...

  • Lady Longhorns Avenge Loss To PC

    Jaclyn Burks, Lady Longhorns Basketball Coach|Jan 27, 2022

    Chase County 55, Kimball 21 SPVA First Round Our girls had an eventful week.  We played Chase County the beginning of the week and the score did not reflect the level of play we showed. Our girls learned a new defense five minutes prior to the start of the game and executed it very well. They played hard until the end, and were very proud of their efforts. Kimball statistics: Amy Birkhofer 6 pts, 7 reb. Maddi Merryfield 6 pts, 3 reb. Katie Heeg 5 pts, 2 reb, 3 stl. Chantel Malson 2 pts, 7 reb....

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