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Articles from the December 7, 2023 edition


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  • END Of A COSTLY ERA

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    Kimball County ended its long exhausting relationship with convicted murderer Vencil Leo Ash III on Friday, October 27, when he was delivered to the Nebraska State Penitentiary. The Kimball County Sheriff's Office was responsible for the transportation of Ash from the Federal Super Max prison in Florence, Colorado, to the penitentiary in Lincoln. Before Ash could fulfill his first degree murder sentence from Kimball County, he had to complete a sentence for federal gun charges from an incident...

  • No New Home Yet For Visitor Center

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    Under action items at Tuesday’s Kimball County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners ratified a resolution to transfer funds from the Inheritance Fund to the general fund. Due to a negative balance and cash flow issues in the general fund, $300,000 was transferred as of November 28. In July, $200,000 was transferred to the general fund from the Inheritance Fund. At budget time, the commissioners had determined to budget $900,000 to be taken from the Inheritance Fund for the General Fund. In other action items, the commissioners passed a...

  • Traffic Stop Turns Into 6-Suspect Meth Bust

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    A traffic stop on Friday, December 1, resulted in the arrest of one person – and then five additional people on Saturday. The half dozen individuals will appear in court for status hearings and arraignments beginning December 13, with the others to follow up on January 10 and 24. The charges for the entire group include possession of methamphetamine. The six arrestees include Crystal Hunter, 29, Gary Peters, 62, Stevn Graupensperger, 30, Mark Vigil, 62, Jeffery Barborak, 55, and Christopher...

  • With All This Going On, Chistmas Is In The Air

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    Good morning! I have to say that so far December has been great. The sunrise Monday morning was stunning. Hope you were able to see it. After the snow on Sunday and my near miss with a stop sign, slush and ice, I definitely appreciate dry roads, and I am sure you do too! We are sorry to hear of the passing of Lyle Huffman, long time Banner County resident, and our sympathies are extended to his family. Here we go with another busy week. Tonight! – December 7th – the 6th graders will show you their marketing skills at the Sixth Grade...

  • BUCKLING UP

    Dec 7, 2023

    Three individuals from Banner County received awards and belt buckles Sunday at the Historic Scottsbluff Saddle Club annual banquet. In the Pee Wee division, Mesa (left) won barrels during the Ride and Rope event, while Tacey (center) gathered up winnings in the Junior division choosing Goat Tying as her championship event. Karsyn (right) won the 18 and Under Breakaway Roping for the season....

  • BUCKLING UP

    Dec 7, 2023

    Three individuals from Banner County received awards and belt buckles Sunday at the Historic Scottsbluff Saddle Club annual banquet. In the Pee Wee division, Mesa Faden (left) won barrels during the Ride and Rope event, while Tacey Cross (center) gathered up winnings in the Junior division choosing Goat Tying as her championship event. Karsyn Chesley (right) won the 18 and Under Breakaway Roping for the season....

  • BUCKLING UP

    Dec 7, 2023

    Three individuals from Banner County received awards and belt buckles Sunday at the Historic Scottsbluff Saddle Club annual banquet. In the Pee Wee division, Mesa (left) won barrels during the Ride and Rope event, while Tacey (center) gathered up winnings in the Junior division choosing Goat Tying as her championship event. Karsyn (right) won the 18 and Under Breakaway Roping for the season....

  • Lyle B. Huffman

    Dec 7, 2023

    Lyle B. Huffman, 61, of Banner County, Nebraska, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Anschutz Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Lyle was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in early 2021. He recently fought a courageous battle against the West Nile virus. A funeral service was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at Monument Bible Church located at 4124 Ave. I, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2023, at Revere... Full story

  • LeaAnne Christiansen

    Dec 7, 2023

    LeaAnne Christiansen, 85, died December 3, 2023 in Green River, Wyoming where she moved earlier this year to be closer to family. LeaAnne was born September 19, 1938 in Butte, Montana to William and Ruth Curtis. She was raised in Sheridan and Buffalo, Wyoming graduating from Buffalo High School in 1956.  She attended the University of Wyoming where she met Alex "Jim" Christiansen. They were married on June 29, 1957 in Buffalo and made their home on the family farm in Kimball County, Nebraska.... Full story

  • Busy Week For Horns After Nice Start

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    Kimball Longhorns boys basketball is looking good. The Horns continue the busy pre-Christmas stretch of their schedule this week after opening the season 2-0 with convincing wins over Bayard and Leyton. Next up for Kimball were Garden County in this week's Dec. 5 home opener, then games at Perkins County on Dec. 8, at home against Morrill on Dec. 9, and then Dec. 15 at Hershey. JV games open the action at 4:30 p.m. at Perkins County, 3 p.m. against Morrill, and 2 p.m. at Hershey. Here are...

  • Lady Longhorns Come Home After Season Tipoff

    The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    The Kimball girls basketball team opened its 2023-24 season with games in Bayard and Leyton, both losses, and then moved on to the home opener Tuesday, Dec. 5, against Garden County. Next come games Friday at Perkins County, and Saturday against Morrill at home with JV starting at 3 p.m.  Here's a look at the first two games. Bayard 53, Kimball 6 "This was not a good game for us," coach Jaclyn Burks told the Observer. "We reverted back to our old habits in this game and it cost us. We made...

  • Coyote Boys 1-1, Girls 0-2

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote basketball teams started their seasons with losses and look to turn things around quickly before they fall too far in the standings. With an opening matchup on the road against a tough Morrill team, the Lady Coyotes were overmatched and quickly fell behind. The Lady Lions’ defense was too strong for the Lady Coyotes to mount a consistent attack, while the Morrill girls had no trouble setting their offense and scoring. The game was pretty much decided before the end of the first half, and the Lady Lions breezed to a...

  • JUNIOR HIGH LADIES

    Dec 7, 2023

    Jaylah Graves pops a jumper in the Kimball Junior High girls basketball game Dec. 1 against Bayard. The young Lady Longhorns won 37-8...