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Articles from the December 22, 2022 edition

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    Dec 22, 2022

    Dear Santa, My name is Maddy. I am 4 years old This year I have been Nice. Some nice things I have done this year: give some toys to my brother and hugged my dad this morning. For Christmas this year, I would like: toy horse that I can ride, a little toy owl, a fake little dog. Dear Santa, My name is Adrian. I am 5 years old This year I have been Nice. Some nice things I have done this year: helped my mom and dad find their phones and helped mommy and daddy work. For Christmas this year, I... Full story

  • Plows Take On 13-Foot Drifts

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 22, 2022

    Highway Road Superintendent Randy Bymer summarized the effects the recent blizzard had on Kimball County roads. He started his report with the phrase, "We're pushing snow," then explained that one plow is down while there is trouble with another one, but they are busting through drifts as high as 13 feet in certain areas of the county. On Tuesday, crews were still widening out roads in the wake of the blizzard. Real troubled spots are generally a result of trees planted years ago south of Dix, south of Kimball and near County Road 46. A disaste...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 22, 2022

    Known throughout the Kimball area for her cooking and baking, Judie Martin reflects that she started cooking "out of necessity." In 1974 when they, her husband Bob and herself, bought the A&W in Kimball, Judie said she wasn't very interested in cooking but began making the hamburgers at the A&W on west Highway 30. Judie explained that things were off to a good start because Boeing was still in Kimball – "We thought we had a goldmine" – but when Boeing began to leave, reality set in and Jud... Full story

  • NWS: Wind Chills Life-Threatening

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Dec 22, 2022

    And now Round 2. Following last week’s ferocious blizzard has come this week’s deep freeze. Temperatures were forecast on Tuesday to plummet from the mid-30s to minus 21 on Wednesday and on Thursday range from minus 7 to minus 15. Coupled with severe gusts and life-threatening wind chills of 50 to 65 below zero, the National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a Wind Chill Warning for noon Wednesday to 11 a.m. Friday for Kimball and nearby areas. NWS warned people that wind chills of this magnitude can cause frostbite in less than 5 minutes if...

  • Blizzard Put A Stop To Everything, Everywhere

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 22, 2022

    Good morning! This snow storm that we were hit with this final couple of weeks in 2022 sure put a stop to everything. I mean everything everywhere. We were completely snowed in from Tuesday morning through Saturday afternoon. Thanks to a good and helpful neighbor, we were finally able to get out late through the pasture. My driveway was full of snow the full length and width with drifts as high as the trees, and I have some pretty tall trees. Thankfully again, the county came to make a path... Full story

  • Potter-Dix Tops Kimball Going Into Break

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 22, 2022

    After a week filled with cancellations of games due to the recent snowstorm that blasted through the Panhandle, the Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes and Kimball Lady Longhorns finally got back on the court Monday night at Kimball High School. The Lady Coyotes have struggled a bit to start the season, earning one win against three losses. The Lady Longhorns are in the season of growing young players and have no wins in five games so far. The first quarter of the game featured tough defensive play by both... Full story

  • Slow Start Hampers Longhorn Boys Vs. Sutherland

    The Observer|Dec 22, 2022

    The Kimball boys basketball team went into its holiday break with a 65-51 loss to visiting Hershey on Dec. 16. The Horns played Hershey close most of the way – after a first quarter in which they were outscored 20-11. Leading Kimball in scoring were Brandon Paxton with 22 points and Kyler Lusche with 17. Also scoring for the home team were Wyatt Cords and Braxton Miller with 5 points each, and Ryker Behrend with 2. Kellan Spearman paced the visitors with 29 points, followed by Cooper HIll with 15 and Aldan George with 14. Leading Kimball in r...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 22, 2022

    When an airplane skeleton was recently unearthed at the old Castronics facility on the east side of Kimball, many individuals speculated on how it came to be buried there. The plane, considered a Vultee BT-13 Valiant, was built and used in the second phase of pilot training during World War II. After World War II, all of those planes were sold as surplus for a few hundred dollars. In 1951 the BT-13 sold for $700. The mid-training plane required the student pilot to master the two-way radio and... Full story

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