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Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition


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  • Clean Harbors Housing Site Rezoned

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 28, 2023

    After public hearings and agenda items, the Kimball City Council rezoned two properties from single family residential to multi-family residential for a planned Clean Harbors housing developent. At the public hearings, the council heard neighbors of the properties voice concerns about traffic, the number of apartments, and the stipulation that Clean Harbors open the apartments to the general public. The two rezoned tracts directly north of Kimball County Manor were re-plated to one tract. The...

  • 4-Day School Week Possible

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 28, 2023

    The Kimball School Board is expected to continue discussing and gathering information on the four day school week into its next regular meeting. According to Superintendent Trevor Anderson, the next year’s school calendar is typically approved in March – and decisions will be made. Kimball Public Schools currently function on a 4.5 day a week calendar with a half-day of professional development scheduled on Wednesday afternoons for the entire year. In recent weeks, surveys were sent out to students, staff and patrons to obtain information....

  • THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

    Dec 28, 2023

    The day after Christmas brought an official blizzard warning and blizzard condititons to the southern Panhandle on Tuesday that the National Weather Service forecast would last until Wednesday morning with gusts up to 60 mph and up to 7 inches of snow in the Kimball area. The storm kept city road crews busy plowing, above on East 2nd Street, and forced some business to adjust operations. Interstate 80 and Highway30 were closed from Cheyenne to North Platte, the Kimball landfill was shut down,...

  • City Borrows $182,500 For Four Winds Repairs

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Dec 28, 2023

    The Kimball City/County Park and Recreation Executive Board voted unanimously to borrow $182,500 at 5.35% interest to drill a well and repair Four Winds Golf Course’s largest pump. Sargent Irrigation from Broken Bow will be doing the installation and repairs. The well will be operational by April 1, 2024. Approval for the well was given at a meeting on Tuesday, December 19. Four Winds Superintendent Jeremy Williams explained to the Observer the recent trouble with the large 100 hp well. For the past couple of years, the heads have plugged up...

  • LET THERE BE LIGHTS

    Dec 28, 2023

    The winners for Santa's Helpers 2023 Kimball residential and business decorating contest have been announced. Residential winners are Cheryl and Charlie Paul of 316 S. Chestnut St. in first (top photo) and Jim and Vonnie Saukerson of 121 W. 7th St. in second. Business winners are Upside Down Daycare at 1200 E. 6th St. in first and Kimball County Manor at 810 E. 7th St. in second (bottom photo). Santa's Helpers also gave special recognition to three houses on Road 29: Ben and Jill Ferguson,...

  • LET THERE BE LIGHTS

    Dec 28, 2023

    The winners for Santa's Helpers 2023 Kimball residential and business decorating contest have been announced. Residential winners are Cheryl and Charlie Paul of 316 S. Chestnut St. in first (top photo) and Jim and Vonnie Saukerson of 121 W. 7th St. in second. Business winners are Upside Down Daycare at 1200 E. 6th St. in first and Kimball County Manor at 810 E. 7th St. in second (bottom photo). Santa's Helpers also gave special recognition to three houses on Road 29: Ben and Jill Ferguson,...

  • And You Can Kiss It Goodbye

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 28, 2023

    Good morning and here we are kissing 2023 Goodbye. All in all the year was better then some for me, but I am still l not sad to see 2023 come to and end and I am looking forward to the new one. I hope the same can be said for you. Very little outside events this week other than New Year’s Eve celebrations and most of those are spent with family and friends. The Midwest has one more showing today, December 28th. of “Mrs. Doubtfire” and that will be at 1:30 p.m. Although school is out until next year, the boys junior varsity basketball...

  • SIXTH ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

    Dec 28, 2023

    Banner County children visited with Santa and enjoyed a pancake breakfast, crafts and wagon ride around Harrisburg on Saturday, December 16th, for the 6th annual Breakfast with Santa. In the bottom photo, the horse-drawn wagon rides were courtesy of Rick Henderson, his daughter Megan Allen and grandson Eli Allen. At top left, Mrs. Parson, Banner County art teacher, is shown with cousins Addison, Colbie and Trenton Knaub. They are pictured left to right. And at top right, Santa and Banner County...

  • Big Mike Takes Another Career Step

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Dec 28, 2023

    Longhorns basketball legend Mike Daum, who turned 28 on Oct. 30, is still moving up. Daum has joined the high-level Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague after the Bertram Derthona team in Italy released him from his contract so he could try to further his career. This follows the Dauminator's fine performance in the 2023 NBA Summer League with the Sacramento Kings. "It was not easy to make this decision," Bertram Derthona president Marco Picchi said on the team...