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Articles from the December 25, 2014 edition

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City approves Big Mamou liquor permit, seeks more training for Shopko

The Kimball City Council approved one liquor license and delayed one while seeking more training at its Dec. 16 meeting. Dedra R. Murray requested a liquor license for the Big Mamou Steakhouse, which was approved. After that, an application for a...

 

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

This 60-foot tall tree in Vince Heeg's yard on South Cedar Street is lit to the brim and can be seen for quite a distance. It is one of many displays put together around town by individuals that show...

 

New mayor seeks to be 'approachable,' wants more involvement

It has been almost a month since Keith Prunty took over as mayor of Kimball. For some in the community, Prunty is no stranger, and for others it will be a name to become familiar with. The latter is s...

 

FirsTier completes matching grant to KAF

FirsTier Bank presented a $9,500 check to the Kimball Area Foundation Monday morning to wrap up a $100,000 matching grant that began in 2006. For every $1.50 that the KAF raised, FirsTier Bank...

 

Kimball students raise funds for Hershey student with cancer

Students at Kimball Junior/Senior High raised $2,845 last week for Hershey High School junior Paige Larchick, who was diagnosed with leukemia this fall. The funds were raised by allowing students to...

 

Commissioners ask sheriff about use of cars

The Kimball County Commissioners asked Sheriff Harry Gillway about the use of vehicles during the Dec. 16 meeting. Commissioner Tim Nolting expressed concern for a subject that had been brought to his attention several times recently regarding the us...

 

Interact Club assembles holiday baskets

On Saturday, 10 students from the Kimball High School Interact Club helped put together holiday food baskets for families in Kimball County. This program is organized by the local Rotary Club and...

 

Mary Kay Morgan

Mary Kay Morgan, 67, of Rapid City, S.D., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Mary Catherine O'Brien was born to John and Leona (Popetz) O'Brien on Feb. 22,...

 

Juanita R. Hottell

Juanita R. Hottell, 59, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Juanita Rose Hottell was born in Chadron on Nov. 2, 1955, the daughter of Franklin and Martha...

 

County honors Janicek for 25 years of service

Kimball County Commissioners presented Fran Janicek, county assessor, with a plaque of appreciation for her 25 years of service to the county. County Commissioner Larry Engstrom presented the plaque...

 

Split weekend for Lady Longhorns basketball

It was a split weekend for the Kimball Lady Longhorn basketball team as they lost to Hershey on Friday night 38-32 but came roaring back on Saturday eveing to win over Bayard 76-51, running their...

 

Wildcats drop close games to Leyton, Creek Valley

Leyton pulled away in the second quarter and held off Banner County for a 48-40 win on Friday. The two teams were nip and tuck throughout the first quarter. Tyson Dahlgrin scored the first of his 23...

 

Longhorns fall to Hershey, Bayard

Free throw shooting can win you ball games, and it can also result in losing ball games. Poor performance at the foul line cost the Kimball boys Friday night and free throw shooting also played a...

 

Turnovers haunt Lady Wildcats in home defeat against Leyton

Turnovers haunted the Banner County girls in a 60-33 home loss on Friday against Leyton. The Lady Wildcats (1-5) held close early before turnovers proved the difference in the defeat. Banner turned...

 

Kimball JV teams split weekend games

In Kimball junior varsity basketball this past week, the Kimball girls lost a close one to Hershey 34-32. Jannel Fiehtner had 13, Myriah Tyan 10, Ireland Olson 7, and Justine Heeg 2. The Kimball girls won over Bayard 40-24 with Fiehtner high again...

 

Kimball wrestling team competes at Sidney

Kimball traveled to Sidney last weekend for the Sidney tournament. Clay Keller finished second in the 126 weight class, while Rowdy Keller took fourth in the 120 weight class. Complete results were...

 

Grubbs falls in third consolation round

Banner County's Garrett Grubbs fell in the third consolation round at last weekend's tournament in Sutherland. In the championship round, Grubbs won his first match and then lost in the quarterfinal....

 

Lady Coyotes split games; Coyotes fall to Leyton, Caliche

The Potter-Dix girls basketball team split a pair of games on the week, winning at home against Leyton and dropping a game on Friday at Caliche, Colo. Potter-Dix 50, Leyton 30 The Lady Coyotes opened the week with a 50-30 victory against rival...

 
 By John Verser    News    December 25, 2014

Christmas Special: A half century donning the suit

Portraying Santa Claus has been a longtime tradition for Richard "Rich" Elliott of Kimball. The 79-year old began his time as Santa in the mid-1960s and has portrayed him ever since. This year, he...

 

Christmas Special: Holiday dinner a tradition for Kimball students

The student center at the high school was packed, Christmas decor was everywhere and the murmur of excited children about to go on their winter break filled the room at the annual Holiday Festival...

 

Christmas Special: Many local businesses decorate for Christmas

Kimball is a town that really enjoys doing things well in the Christmas cheer arena. The hard work begins with the Kimball Banner County Chamber of Commerce, which promotes shopping locally plus...

 

Christmas Special: Christmas traditions are much different 'Down Under'

Rebecca Brown is not your ordinary high school student in Banner County. Brown is an exchange student from Australia who is staying with the Grubbs family. She will stay in Banner County for a year....

 

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