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Power Plant Switching On

The Kimball Power Plant will be brought on line to help out during a planned shutdown of a power station outside of town, but according to Mayor Keith Prunty, "We just don't know what is going to... Full story

 

Taylor Schmid Joins Kimball Police Department

Kimball's most recent addition to the police department has always wanted to serve the community in a police officer's capacity, and she has finally taken the leap.  For the next couple of months,...

 

No New Virus Cases In County

Kimball County had no new COVID-19 cases for the past week, and the Panhandle Risk Dial is in the yellow or moderate zone. The last time the area saw yellow was in October 2020. Only Banner, Box Butte...

 

Florian F. Brown

Florian F. Brown, age 88 of Nebr. City, NE passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at his home. Florian was born on May 31, 1932 in Rawlins County, KS, the son of Frank J. and Frances (Barenberg) Bro...

 

Dolores L. Harms

Dolores L. Harms, 84, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021 at St. John's Lutheran Church...

 

Kimball Cheer Team 2nd At State

Kimball cheerleaders captured second place at the Nebraska State Cheer competition in Class D Non-Building/Non-Tumbling, receiving the highest overall scores in their division. Representing Kimball...

 
 By The Observer    Sports    March 4, 2021 

Kimball Season Ends At Sub District

Kimball's season came to an end in the first round of the C2-12 Sub District Tournament, as they matched up against number one seed Bridgeport and were overmatched. Kimball ends its season 0-16 but...

 
 By Jessica Rocha    News    March 4, 2021 

LINCOLN HIGHWAY GETS SOME LOVE

The Lincoln Highway, much of which mirrors U.S. Highway 30, has recently been named as a National Scenic Byway. In mid-February, the Federal Highway Administration announced 49 new designations to the...

 

POWER PLANT POWERS UP

Last week proved to be an enormous strain on the electrical grid as temperatures dipped and electricity demand increased. The Kimball Municipal Power Plant, which has not operated continuously since... Full story

 

Council Acts On Business Grants

The regular February Kimball City Council meeting included discussion on Business Facade Grants and Business Infrastructure Grants. Former Flower Haven owner Kay McBride asked for an explanation for d...

 

Anna Coleman Spells 'Plague' To Win Kimball Bee

The Kimball Spelling Bee began last Thursday with a practice round for 23 students and concluded an hour later with only two students left spelling. In the final round, Andrew Hawthorne, a...

 

More Vaccine On The Way; 4 New Cases This Week

Officials at Panhandle Public Health District said on Monday at their briefing that the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 80.2% effective after 14 days. Their data shows that 14.3% of adults in the Panhandle have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Th...

 

MARV DOES IT AGAIN

Receiving the prestigious Fireman of the Year award for the second time in his career with the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department is Marv Nelson. Marv always responds and is essential in helping to...

 

RALLYING FOR JAKE

Jake Reader, center, accepts a check from the Kimball High civics class and community to help with the expenses he and his wife are incurring as he fights Hodgkin's lymphoma. Next to Jake are his...

 

SALUTE TO FFA

It's National FFA Week. As part of the celebration, the Kimball, Potter-Dix, Banner County and other FFA chapters are featured in this week's "Salute to FFA" special section. Pictured is the Kimball...

 

William 'Bill' Henry Hotes

William (Bill) Henry Hotes was born October 30, 1929, on the family farm near Bloomfield, Nebraska, the eldest son of Henry Herman Hotes and Doris Alice Scheele. He departed this life to join his Lord... Full story

 

EYE IN THE SKY

Ron Leal, Director of Region 21 Emergency Management, recently purchased a drone with a thermal camera. Leal said the drone would help law enforcement in search and rescue operations. It will also be...

 

McGinnis, Cluff Compete At State

Kimball's Longhorn Wrestling team sent two members to the NSAA State Tournament last week to compete in the annual championships in Class D. Sophomore James McGinnis represented Kimball in the 126 pou... Full story

 

Kimball Boys Fall To Mitchell Before Subdistrict

The Kimball Longhorn boys basketball team continued its search for wins this season with its second matchup of the year against Mitchell last Friday, and the result was similar to the first game they played in the beginning of the month. Similar, as...

 
 By Mike Motz    News    February 25, 2021

Season Ends For Kimball Girls

Kimball’s Longhorn girls basketball team fell to North Platte St. Pat’s in the first round of the D1-12 Sub district Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 16, ending their difficult season with a 3-13 overall record. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Longhorns...

 

Snowy Road Conditions Upset Some Residents

Highway Superintendent Randy Bymer reported at the Kimball County Commissioners meeting Tuesday that some people were upset that the county road graders weren’t out on Sunday or Monday after the snow. Bymer said it was a “bad call on his... Full story

 

Report At Icy Lake Not A Tragedy

At 5:15 p.m. Sunday, the Kimball Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch received a call reporting that an individual had fallen through the ice at Oliver Lake. According to Sheriff Harry Gilway, the reporting individual may not have seen the entirety of...

 

Four New COVID Cases In Kimball County

Cases in Kimball County decreased significantly in the past week with four new cases of COVID-19 being reported to Panhandle Public Health District. Most of the cases in the area, 68%, are contacted through community spread, according to the data...

 

Eileen 'Edith' (Neal) Sell

Eileen "Edith" (Neal) Sell, 80, went to be with her Heavenly Father on February 14, 2021, at her home in Gering, Nebraska, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on... Full story

 

Patsy L. Kasten

Patsy Lou Kasten, age 89, of Potter, NE passed away in Sidney on Tuesday, February, 9, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 18, 2021 in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church... Full story

 

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