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Articles from the December 17, 2020 edition

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County New Case Percentage Highest

COVID-19 has unleashed its fury on Kimball County during the past week. According to covidactnow.org, Kimball County unfortunately leads the way in Nebraska in the percentage of daily new cases. The...

 

Kimball Schools Address COVID

The Kimball Public School Board met for the last board meeting of 2020 on Dec. 15 and the final meeting for three Kimball School board members: Clint Cornils, Carrie Tabor and Heather Norberg. Both No...

 

Kimball's City Clerk Job Opens Up

The City of Kimball will continue to look for a city administrator as the previous candidate for an interview last week withdrew his name. And now the city also will be looking for a new city clerk as the resignation for this position by longtime...

 

HOMETOWN HEROES

Local children were treated to an early Christmas as Holiday Heroes, formerly known as Shop with a Cop, treated the kids to breakfast, rides on emergency vehicles and presents for themselves and...

 

Vera Grace Walker

Vera Grace Walker passed away March 29, 2020 at the age of 88.  She was born September 30, 1931 to Samual L. and Nora E. (Duddley) Short, in White County, Illinois.  She attended a one room country...

 

Richard Miller

Richard Miller, 91, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Cremation has been held and family graveside services will be held at a later date. Friends may...

 

Sharon M. Hoffman

Sharon M. Hoffman, 64, of Bayard, passed away Monday, December 7, 2020. Her Mass of Christian Burial service was limited to private family only at this time due to COVID-19. The service was live...

 

Tommy (Tom) Mackland Southard

Tommy Mackland (Tom) Southard, 84, of Kimball, Nebraska, passed peacefully, with family by his side, on December 6, 2020 at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska. Tom had a short bout with...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    December 17, 2020

On The Lookout For Christmas Star in Banner County

Good morning! Here we are a few short days before Christmas 2020. If you hurry, you still have time to grab a gift tag off of the Western Nebraska Veterans Home Sharing Tree at Uptown Swank, or drop off your gift at E & H CPA’s 2041 Broadway in Sco...

 

Dog Quilt Project Raises $1,149 For High Point K-9 Park

The Kimball Quilt Guild raffled off its group project, which was a dog quilt, on Saturday at the Kimball Public Library. The quilt was a project that brought 15 different members, each making a block...

 
 By Mike Motz    Sports    December 17, 2020

Kimball Sports On Hold Till Jan. 11

Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Kimball Public Schools have postponed or rescheduled all of their activities and sporting events until January. According to Kimball High School Activities Director Ken Smith, the action was taken due to an...

 
 By Jim Orr    Sports    December 17, 2020

NSAA Sports In Orange Phase

Nebraska School Activities Association executive director Jay Bellar on Monday, Dec. 14, announced that the NSAA has decided to remain until Jan. 4 in the Orange Phase of safety measures regarding the coronavirus although the state has shifted to...

 

Banner Basketball Returns At JV Level

The Banner County JV boys basketball team under the direction of Coach Charles Jones has restarted the basketball program. The seven-member team opened the season against Mitchell JV at home. Freshman Jacob Parson had 11 points, junior Alex Rundell...

 

Cody 17th At World

Cody “Lil Hippie” Brinkman, 13, spent the past week riding miniature bulls in Mesquite, Texas, at the World Finals where Cody placed 17th in the field of 56 senior bull riders, ages 12-14. Cody and his mother returned home from Texas late Sunday...

 

More Reflections From Jake Reader, Jordan Greenwood

Former Kimball High School student athletes Jake Reader and Jordan Greenwood share their thoughts about Tom Southard below. The support and care that Mr. and Mrs. Southard have given to the Kimball high school athletic community is unmatched. It...

 

I WRITE FOR TOM SOUTHARD

Today, I write for Mr. Tom Southard. An extraordinary man who I was beyond blessed to have the opportunity to know, to talk with, and to meet in the first place. He was the man that so many students...

 

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