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Articles from the December 20, 2012 edition

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Visitor's Committee Presents Director Candidate

The Visitor’s Committee presented their choice candidate for the position of County Tourism Director to the Kimball County Board of Commissioners the morning of December 18. After receiving three applications and interviewing two candidates the...

 

New Junior High Program To Help Kids Make The Grade

The Kimball Junior High will be introducing a new program in order to aid students with troubled grades in the second half of the school year. The program named Extended Learning Time will be a mandatory after school study hall for kids who fall on...

 

City Sees No Spark In Electric Car Deal

After a long discussion over the past few meetings, the Board of Public Works has decided not to apply city funds toward acquiring an electric car for the city of Kimball in their meeting December 11. The decision not to move forward with the...

 

Board Adopts Landlord Deposit Policy

The Board of Public Works voted to adopt a resolution that will change the landlord deposit policy for utilities in the city of Kimball. The new policy will change the previous policy for landlords from paying a $100 dollar utility deposit per...

 

Christmas Stylin'

Students at Kimball Junior-Senior High School perform a colorful song and dance routine during the school’s Christmas Concert Monday night at McNees Auditorium. On Tuesday Kimball elementary...

 

GRI In Show Of Support For Ken Risk

Employees of GRI donned purple in support of Ken Risk’s fight against cancer. Through sale of the shirts they were able to donate $420 to St. Jude’s hospital....

 

Tis The Season

“So this is Christmas, and what have you done?” The first line of John Lennon’s famous holiday song reminds us that the season calls for a personal account of our efforts to aid community and humanity. Another year is ending, he reminds us, and...

 

The Boogey Man And Christmas

I’ve had some clever ideas in my time. For instance, it once occurred to me that figure skating would reap a much larger television market share if patches of thin ice were hidden around the rink. Just imagine the potential for excitement:...

 

Drought Conditions

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. This phrase from a popular Christmas song has never before been sung with such sincerity and intensity as it is this year across Nebraska. With more than 96 percent of Nebraska suffering from extreme or exceptio...

 

Court Report

TR12-469 Danielle Dillingham, Kimball, NE. Speeding, No OPS, Child safety restraint TR12-470 Casey Schindler, Kimball, NE. Child Restraint Violation TR12-471 Adam Spicer, Kimball, NE. Improper Turn, Occupant Restraint Violation TR12-472 Kassandra...

 

Problems With The EPA Way?

Over the course of the past few years, we have seen the Environmental Protection Agency become prevalent in agriculture. The EPA is a government program that was established to protect human health and the environment, although, some believe they hav...

 

Strengthening Rural Hospitals

I have the honor of representing Nebraska’s Third District, which is one of the largest and most rural districts in the country. I love rural America, but oftentimes Congress and bureaucratic agencies in Washington make decisions without fully...

 

Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense

Good Morning to each of you here in Banner County and to all of our friends and neighbors near and far. Here is hoping that you are all ready for the Christmas holiday. I am not completely, but I am getting closer. Guess that is a great thing since...

 

The Last Surrendering Sioux

In the pre-dawn hour of December 15, 1890, a squadron of more than twenty Indian Police roughly wakened Sitting Bull. Rudely escorted from his home, not even allowed the dignity to cover his naked body, Sitting Bull protested his unwarranted arrest....

 

Bushnell Bits

A lot of business was covered at last week’s village board meeting. Cody, Billy, and Karl took the oath of office for the positions they were re-elected to on the board. Tim was re-elected as chairman of the board. Shirley was reappointed as...

 

Library News

The Sentimental Production DVD’s are on the shelf and waiting for your enjoyment. These special DVD’s take you back in time by visiting venues and activities of the past such as Vintage Base Ball, Old-Piano Contests and Early TV Commercials. The...

 

Nebraska Offers Online Degree Programs

Online degree programs in criminology and criminal justice are now available at the University of Nebraska, providing students with flexible options to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a high-demand field. The programs became available...

 

Candlelight Services

The New Hope Assembly of God will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Monday, December 24 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 413 E. 3rd Street in Kimball. Everyone is welcome to attend this service. The Kimball Baptist Fellowship at 507 S....

 

Staehr Scholarship Seeks Donations

The Keith Staehr Scholarship was established in 2010 by a group of former students and athletes in honor of coach Staehr. The scholarship recipient is personally approved by coach Staehr and is chosen based upon demonstrated perserverance and...

 

Moustache Safety

Moustaches have become de rigueur in certain lifestyle choices; mountain men, Arctic explorers, Fu Man Chu-ists, carnival acts like the bearded lady and cowboy poets. As we know, if something becomes popular, the government soon tries to get...

 

Home Country

When Pop Walker sneaked out the kitchen door the other day, it affected all of us. He’s been a resident of the Rest of Your Life retirement home for several years now. He still remembers who said what during combat in Europe, but has a hard time re...

 

No Till Notes

In the past couple of articles I’ve talked about how we have added diversity into our cropping rotations to diversify markets and improve soil health. We have added field peas into our dry land cropping rotation which has allowed us to diversify ou...

 

Gas Prices Drop To $3.19

Average retail gasoline prices in Nebraska have fallen 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.19 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,150 gas outlets in Nebraska. This compares with the national average that...

 

Parsons Named To FSA Board

Todd Parsons, a well known Kimball County farmer/rancher was re-elected to the Kimball County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Committee for a three year term by the voters of the Bushnell Local Administrative Area (LAA) on December 5, 2012. Parsons will...

 

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