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Articles from the May 7, 2015 edition

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 By John Verser    News    May 7, 2015

Ash trial costs are more than $78,000

Kimball County taxpayers have paid a hefty price in the second Vencil Ash murder trial. The weeklong trial in late January and early February has cost the county more than $78,000 as of claims paid in late April. Ash was found guilty in the 2003...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 7, 2015

No reason known for Tuesday power outage

Kimball experienced a city-wide power outage with unknown cause Tuesday morning for approximately 45 minutes. The Kimball Electric Department had power back on shortly after 9 a.m. City Administrator Daniel Ortiz said that when a city-wide outage is...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Community Clean-up Day

Banner County students took to the streets and other areas throughout the community last Wednesday (April 29) as part of the community clean-up day. The students picked up trash throughout the...

 
 By John Verser    News    May 7, 2015

Committee talks Oliver Reservoir improvements

Scott Brandt first saw the Oliver Reservoir 32 years ago, and he believes the changes being made to how the lake is run will hopefully restore its former glory. “I came to Kimball 32 years ago…32 years ago was the most vibrant I’ve seen this...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 7, 2015

Caskey takes over at Kimball-Banner County Chamber of Commerce

Jo Caskey was recently hired as the new executive director of the Kimball-Banner County Chamber of Commerce. "Jo will be expanding her role of promoting our community through tourism, and she is...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 7, 2015

Friends and Neighbors: Making artwork, engraving is a large part of Amber Wilke's 'Story'

The 'Story' of Amber Wilke, nee Story, began in Kimball, where as a child she grew up with horses, bottle lambs and bucket calves and "anything else she could beg to take care of" at the end of her st...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 7, 2015

Be prepared, keep vigilant for potential severe weather

Each Thursday at 10 a.m. starting in the spring, one can hear a tornado siren blaring over the speakers as it is tested in Kimball. The siren that indicates imminent danger differs from the fire siren in that the tone remains the same throughout the...

 
 By John Verser    News    May 7, 2015

Commissioners approve change at intersection

The Kimball County commissioners approved an intersection change at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting. After a public hearing in which no members of the public spoke, commissioners voted unanimously to remove the curve at the intersection of...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Mural work

Kimball volunteers worked well into the night last Thursday to outline the mural on the south-facing wall of the Kimball Bakery. Volunteers, include from left, Meg Strauch, James Schnell, Larissa...

 

Simmons W. Cook Jr.

Simmons W. Cook Jr., 88, of Sidney, passed away at the Sidney Regional Medical Center, Monday afternoon, May 4, 2015. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, May 7, in the Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. H. Douglas...

 
 By Tonia Copeland    News    May 7, 2015

Third kindergarten teacher hired

The Kimball Board of Education approved a new contract for Kelli Patterson at a special meeting held last Thursday in the district’s office at the high school. Patterson, formerly a teacher at Kimball Public Schools, was hired to fill the third...

 
 By Tim Nolting    News    May 7, 2015

Atkins' establish donor-advised fund through Nebraska Community Foundation

Howard and Peggy Atkins are determined to be a part of a catalyst for change in the Kimball Community. “We want to stir up some interest,” Howard Atkins said, “get people thinking: What can I do? What can we do together? How can Kimball be...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Health fair set for Friday in Kimball

Taking steps to keep people healthy is the idea behind the Kimball Community Health Fair set for Friday, May 8, at Kimball Health Services. A cooperative effort between Kimball Health Services and Wyoming Health Fairs, the health fair offers...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Kimball Hospital Foundation awards 5 healthcare career scholarships

Five southern Panhandle students, two with plans to become physical therapists, two planning to become nurses and another planning a career in laboratory science are the recipients of scholarships from the Kimball Hospital Foundation. Ryan Muneio,...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Scholarship available for Banner County graduates pursuing degree in health care field

Regional West Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Marjorie Jane Streeks Brown Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is available to Banner County High School graduates who plan to pursue a degree in a health care related field at an...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Breakfast for mothers

Brent and Doris Curyea enjoy breakfast with a friend at the Eagles Lodge in Kimball on Saturday. The breakfast, which included hot cakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy as well as beverages, was...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Learning about government

Fifth grade teacher Laurie Janicek addressed more than 40 fifth grade students at the Kimball County Courthouse on Monday. Students attended live court cases, toured the Kimball County Jail and...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Electrical work near Kimball will take place Thursday

On Thursday (May 7), contractors and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) will be working on one of the City of Kimball’s electrical substations and the power line that feeds Kimball’s electricity. Work at the south substation is...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Top BOOK IT! readers in the country

Three groups of Mary Lynch Elementary School students placed in the top 100 nationally for the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! reading program. The combined sixth grade classes of Jamie Murdoch and Bernie Walker...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Cajero tabbed April student of the month

Congratulations to Kimball High School's April Student of the Month, Enrique Cajero. Enrique came to Kimball his freshman year and has participated in many activities throughout his high school...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 7, 2015

Greenwood wins dual conference golf titles

What a weekend for the Kimball High Boys Golf Team and especially for sophomore Jordan Greenwood. Greenwood won back-to-back conference medalist titles on back-to-back days of competition and also...

 

Coyote 4x800 relay team breaks school record

The Potter-Dix boys 4x800 meter relay team had a record-breaking performance at last Tuesday's Best of the West meet in Scottsbluff. The Coyote team of Jake Johnson, Samuel Bogert, Cameron Purcell...

 

Land ties UNK long jump record at MIAA meet

Kimball senior Brady Land tied a school record in the long jump to lead the University of Nebraska-Kearney track and field team at the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association outdoor...

 
 By Tom Southard    Sports    May 7, 2015

Jaden Withrow earns Best of the West triple jump honors

Kimball High sophomore Jaden Withrow proved he was the Best in the West at the Best in the West Classic Track and Field Meet held at Scottsbluff Bearcat Stadium this past week, winning the triple...

 

Dahlgrin wins 110 hurdles at MAC, takes second at Best of the West

Tyson Dahlgrin had quite the week in the hurdles. The Banner County senior won the Minuteman Activities Conference title in the 110 meter hurdles and took second in the Best of the West meet in the...

 

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