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Articles from the December 27, 2018 edition

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Happy New Year! Say You Want A Resolution?

Say you want a resolution? Well, they’re not for everybody, but plenty of well-intentioned people will at least start the New Year with one as they try to put their best foot forward into the great unknown of 2019. With up to 92 percent of... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    December 27, 2018

Kimball Trying To Save Its Shopko

Kimball isn't giving up its Shopko Hometown store quietly, but saving it appears to be a long shot. An online petition urging Shopko Stores Operating Co. to keep open the store gained about 1,000...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    December 27, 2018

The Good Hands People

More than 630 adults and students – elementary though high school – filled Kimball's own Goodhand Theatre this past week over the course of just three days. On Wednesday morning, Dec. 19,...


Wilma M. Gilliland

Wilma M. Gilliland, 94, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Cantrell Funeral...

 By Jim Orr    Opinion    December 27, 2018

So Glad To Be Back In The Nebraska Panhandle

Greetings, Western Nebraska Observer readers. I’m Jim Orr, the new publisher of your hometown newspaper. Some of you might recall when I filled in here -- right here in Kimball, right here in the Observer office -- as interim manager for about a mo... Full story


Huskers Add Size, Athleticism

Scott Frost took offense last season when, at times, he'd look across the field at Nebraska' Big Ten Conference opponent and see a bigger, stronger football team. "That," Frost said, "is not supposed...



The Kimball High winter sports scene is pretty much shut down as they adhere to the Nebraska State School Activities Association Moratorium rules that shut down practices for all Nebraska schools for 5 days from December 22 through December 26. This... Full story


Kimball Wrestlers Outnumbered At Imperial

The Kimball High Wrestling Team closed out the early portion of their season at a triangular in Imperial this past week before going on break for the Holiday lay off, mandated by the NSAA. With only 6 wrestlers on the roster, it is hard to win a...


Kimball Junior High Girls Hoops Shows Promise

Despite not having winning season, the Kimball Junior High girl’s basketball teams showed promise under the direction of coaches Danielle Reader and Tori Ingram. Coach Reader’s 7th grade team ended with a record of 4 wins and 5 losses, while...

 By Tom O Connor    News    December 27, 2018

The Aging Farmer

Wrinkles aren't the only thing that come with an aging body. No one – including farmers – is immune from the cardiovascular changes, weakened bones, slowed reflexes, memory loss, vision and...


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