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Articles from the December 6, 2012 edition

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Group Rallies To Re-Erect Oil Derrick

The oil derrick that once sat on the edge of town as a monument to the oil boom that occurred here decades ago has been laying on its side for the past couple years. More recently, the tower was sold, leaving a lot of local residents wondering why.... Full story


Potter-Dix One Act Crew To Perform At State

Potter-Dix high school will be participating at state competitions with their one act play “Macbeth: A Tale of Darkness”. According to Director Beth Bogert, the production is a bit of a departure... Full story


Ford Enters Plea Of No Contest

David Ford changed his plea from not guilty to no contest on charges of 3rd degree assault which is a Class I misdemeanor at his pre-trial the morning of November 28. He was subsequently found guilty of the charges by the Honorable Judge Randin... Full story


Ortiz Named New City Administrator

Mayor James Schnell announced the choice for the new City Administrator of Kimball at the City Council meeting the night of Tuesday, December 4. “We conducted our meeting on November 26th, with the interviews of the four finalist candidates and... Full story

 By Our View    Opinion    December 6, 2012

Losing A Real Asset

Over the next several days, Harold Farrar will attend his last city meetings in an official capacity. After serving Kimball as Clerk-Treasurer and as City Administrator, his commitment to family forced him to relinquish—very reluctantly—his... Full story


A Shot In The Dark

There’s nothing like a little violent tragedy to get Americans talking. Well, not talking exactly--just following a well-worn script that contains plenty of drama and lots of character, but no real conclusion. The story generally opens with a few... Full story


Across The Fence

December 6, 1865: The Thirteenth Amendment to The Constitution of The United States is adopted. Passed by the House in April of 1864 and the Senate in January of 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated before seeing the first amendment to the... Full story


Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense

With weather predications mostly in the 60 degree range this week it sure does not feel like December--which is fine by me, other than I really want some moisture. Sort of like wanting my cake and eating it too! I also still have a few things that... Full story


Bushnell Bits

The Texas Trail Museum is holding their annual grocery raffle. Buy a ticket (or two…or ten…) for the chance to win $200 in groceries at the Texas Trail Market in Pine Bluffs. All proceeds go to support the museum. Tickets are $1 apiece and are... Full story


Two Selected For Visitor's Committee

The Kimball County Board of Commissioners moved to approve the addition of two members to the Kimball Visitor’s Committee at their meeting the morning of December. Carol Brown was approved by the Board of Commissioners to represent the Economic... Full story


Interact Club Elects Officers

Kimball High School’s Interact Club selected its officers for the school year. Kimball High School started an Interact Club in January of this year and this will be the first full year of its... Full story



Why do we love steak so much? The flavor is rather basic, when you think about it—just a husky, meaty and familiar heft. Yet douse it with sauce and you obliterate its very essence. Order one from... Full story



Empyrean’s Burning Skye claims to mimic Scottish copper ales. But it pours far too pale for such a comparison. And the ales I’ve tried from the UK’s northern reaches tend to be more robust. Of course, that’s the beauty of any American... Full story

 By Dave Faries    Sports    December 6, 2012

Kimball Boys Down DCS, Morrill In Tournament Play

Morrill held the lead in the winner’s bracket game Saturday for 33 seconds. The remaining 31:27 belonged to the Longhorns. Kimball routed the Lions 57-29 on their way to a 2-0 sweep of their home... Full story

 By Dave Faries    Sports    December 6, 2012

Klinkhammer, Longhorns Girls Top DCS, Southeast

Kimball spent much of Saturday living in denial. On their way to a 41-33 winner’s bracket victory, they denied the Southeast Cyclones open shots. The visitors hit on only 27.6 percent of their... Full story

 By Dave Faries    Sports    December 6, 2012

All Five Kimball Wrestlers Place At Southeast

The wrestling season began inauspiciously for Kimball. Only five of the team’s seven athletes were eligible for last week’s home triangular against Morrill and Mitchell and the Longhorns dropped... Full story


Potter-Dix Boys Outlast Banner County

The Banner County Wildcats faced off against the Potter-Dix Coyotes Saturday, December 1, on their home court, losing 51-35. “We got a bunch of gamers and they hit the boards. We struggled getting into our offenses. There’s a lot of potential... Full story


Potter-Dix Girls Overwhelm Banner County

The Wildcats started strong in their game against the Potter-Dix Coyotes on December 1 at their home court with Ashlynne Hannan driving down the along the baseline and scoring amid the Coyotes’ defense and again finding herself wide open for a... Full story


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