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Articles from the December 14, 2023 edition


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  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    The Kimball Food Pantry has scored again for the second month in a row, and just in time for the holidays. Kimball EMS volunteers sponsored and organized the "Fill the Ambulances" food drive on Saturday. They estimated their food collection to be about 2,000 pounds of products, and an additional $1,370 in cash that will help stock the pantry. Chellie Autrey, director of the Kimball Food Pantry, said that she was overwhelmed by the amount of food and money they brought in. "They probably had six...

  • 4-Day School Week In Focus

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Results from the survey on whether Kimball Public Schools should move to a four-day school week were shared with the Kimball School Board at its meeting on Monday evening. The results from students, staff and parents were favorable, although lots of questions remain before any decision will be made. Superintendent Trevor Anderson stressed that the school district wants to do what would be best for the students of Kimball County. During the public comment period, Laura Perry spoke on the issue. Perry favored the four-day week, but was concerned...

  • Don Lease Appointed In Banner

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Don Lease has been appointed to be the newest Banner County commissioner. He will serve the remaining term of long-time commissioner Robert Gifford that expires January 5, 2025. The appointed followed an open session on Thursday, Dec. 7, in which a committee of Banner County officials interviewed three candidates for the open county commissioner seat. Those interviewed were Eddie Shaul, Lacy Krakow and Don Lease. The interviewing committee is composed of County Clerk Katie West, County Treasurer...

  • Hometown Heroes: KVFD Auxiliary & EMS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Kimball Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and Kimball Health Services EMS have accepted the challenge of taking over the Hometown Heroes program. Former organizer Erin Heidemann helped the auxiliary with its first event on Saturday. For 19 local children, Saturday began with breakfast at the fire hall, a fire truck ride, a visit from Santa with gift cards to give out, and other gifts and prizes. Each child's family received a $50 gift card to Main Street Market for the holiday meals. Four...

  • FirsTier Bank Holiday Open House 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. Dec. 18

    Dec 14, 2023

    FirsTier Bank in Kimball invites everyone to its holiday open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18. The event will offer door prizes, complimentary coffee, cookies and punch. The bank is located at 115 S. Walnut St....

  • 39-Child Daycare Center Opens In Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Upside Down Childcare opened its doors on Monday, December 11, one year after purchasing the former church building at 1200 East Sixth Street. Mother and daughter co-owners Angie Luppen and Dalton Barber say the license will give them the ability to care for 39 children, including 12 infants. The newly remodeled building has an infant room, a preschool area, and a toddler room. They will accept children from 6 weeks to 13 years of age. When Luppen began her daycare quest, her experience...

  • Trust Me, Big Horn Sheep Are Crossing Hwy. 71

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Good morning! Wow, has that wind been getting after it, and the tumble weeds are not just tumbling, they are taking flight! I know we need the moisture, but personally I hope it holds off until the holidays are over. It would make travel a lot easier. Have any of you ever seen the Big Horn sheep that make the Wildcat Hills their home? I see them a lot, and have happened upon about a half dozen accidents involving them. Well, a few days ago as I was headed north, one of them streaked across Hwy. 71 headed west. He was really moving as he...

  • Johnadean Jo Petersen

    Dec 14, 2023

    Johnadean Jo Petersen, 70, of North Platte, lost her last life challenge surrounded by her family at her home as she peacefully departed this life. She was born December 12, 1952 to John and Verla (Sharp) Bohac in Kimball, Nebraska. Johnadean grew up in Kimball and graduated from Kimball High School with the class of 1972. After high school she worked as a secretary and bartender at night. Johnadean met Bruce Petersen and the couple then married on June 25, 1977 in Kimball. The couple moved to...

  • Raymona Williams

    Dec 14, 2023

    Raymona R. Williams, age 87, of Dix, Nebraska, passed away December 8, 2023 at The Residency in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Her graveside service will be held at the West Lawn Cemetery on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 2 p.m. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Gering Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with services. Raymona was born in Taylor, Nebraska, in Loup County on May 12, 1936, to Raymond and Phoebe Rittenhouse. She received her early education in Gering,...

  • Horns Go For Third Straight At Hershey

    Chad Miller, Longhorn Basketball Coach|Dec 14, 2023

    The Longhorns boys basketball team travels to Hershey on Friday, Dec. 15, with a 4-1 record to close out the December portion of their schedule. Here's a look at their previous three games in which they went 2-1. Kimball 77, Garden County 49 This was a great team victory in front of our hometown supporters. They got to see our Lady Longhorns take home a victory as well, which made it even better for our loud hometown fans. As far as our game goes, we had 5 players reach double digits in...

  • Lady Longhorns Visit Hershey For December Finale

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    The experience and maturity of the Kimball girls was the difference between Kimball and Garden County. Garden County's young team was overpowered by Kimball's experience and Kimball won, 51-30. Coach Jaclyn Burks was pleased with their execution and the press. Facing Garden County, Addy Olson had 19, Julia Winstrom playing a solid post position had 12, Grace Anderson added 8, sophomore Grace Moore was all over the court and had seven. Finishing out the scoring were Joey Perry with 3 and Rachel...

  • Coyotes Split Vs. Storm, Paxton

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Potter-Dix's Coyote basketball teams continued their start of the season, matching up against Creek Valley on December 8 and Paxton on December 9. The Creek Valley teams traveled to Potter on December 8, and the girls started first with their game. Potter-Dix opened a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Storm did a great job on defense in the second quarter, limiting the Lady Coyotes to just three points in the frame. Trailing 19-13 at the half, the Lady Coyotes responded...

  • Veterinarian Says Canine Virus A Concern

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Canine respiratory virus is affecting dogs in Fort Collins and along the Front Range of Colorado. Local veterinarian Dr. Mimi Shaw said that, with people and animals from this area going back and forth to the Front Range, it should make it a concern for dog owners. Shaw said she had not seen any cases but encouraged owners to make sure and have dogs current on their vaccinations, including canine influenza, bordetella, and parainfluenza. Shaw confirmed that symptoms include sustained coughing...

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