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City Gives Annexation A Look

About 25 people attended the first Kimball City Council meeting of the year. Many businesses owners had been waiting for the new round of business improvement grants to be released at the beginning of the year. The following businesses – GRI,... Full story


Suspect's Bond Set At $100K

William Shane Serrano, 36, remains in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center. On Jan. 5, his bond was set at $100,000. Serrano has been charged with a Class IIA Felony. The punishment for such a charge ranges from zero to 20 years in jail. Serrano'...



Driving uphill from the Kimball underpass proved to be a problem for this FedEx truck and other vehicles last Thursday morning after the 11 inches of snow that hit Kimball, causing numerous delays...


Schools Hope Goal Adds Up For Students

On Monday, Jan. 10, during the Kimball School Board meeting, the board members heard the results of the Progress on School Improvement Goal – which is that 90% of all 3rd to 12th grade students will be proficient (70% or better) in the math skills...


New Police Officer

Kimball City Clerk Kim Barnwell administers the oath of office this month to new police officer Joseph Leitz. He started immediately....


County Reorganizes For 2022

The Kimball County Commissioners spent the first meeting of the year in reorganizational mode. Reorganization started with the election of officers, which remained the same as last year with Larry Engstrom chairman and Carl Stander vice chairman....


Question: What Happens To The Old Hospital?

When the Observer received this question from a citizen, we reached out to the hospital and received this response from Jim Cederburg, chairperson of the Kimball Health Services Board of Trustees. “Kimball County Hospital DBA Kimball Health Service... Full story


Dean Arvine Bouma

Funeral services for Dean Arvine Bouma, 89 year-old resident of Weatherford, Oklahoma, were held Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. in The Chapel of Lockstone Funeral Home with Ken Bryant... Full story


Ronald M. Richter

Ronald M. Richter, 63, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Sunday, January 2, 2022. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in... Full story

 By Cory McManigal    Sports    January 13, 2022 

Horn Wrestlers 9th In 22-Team Field

The Kimball Longhorns wrestling team goes into back-to-back meets this week after a competitive performance at Garden County to start off the second semester portion of the season. The Horns went to... Full story


Merryfield Leads Lady Longhorns In Scoring Twice

Kimball's Lady Longhorns basketball team returned from the holiday break on Tuesday, January 4, traveling to Big Springs to match up against the Lady Blue Knights. The contest started as a defensive...

 By Chad Miller    Sports    January 13, 2022 

Kimball's Lusche Puts Up 13 Against Chase County

Chase County 75, Kimball 25 The Saturday, Jan. 8, game saw a young Kimball Longhorn team come out and get a few early baskets but were not able to keep pace with the Chase County Longhorns. Scoring the first 2 points in the second quarter the young...

 By Mike Motz    Sports    January 13, 2022 

Coyotes Lose First, Go 2-1 On Week

Potter-Dix’s Coyotes basketball team had three games over the past week, and lost their first game of the season to Bayard on Friday. The week’s action started on Monday, January 3, when the...


Kimball Woman Shot To Death

The Nebraska State Patrol released a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming that a 21-year-old Kimball woman, Tessa Ghering, was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound to the head at about... Full story


Virus Keeps Grip On Kimball

As area COVID-19 cases rise again, Kimball Health Services has made some changes. A mask is required to enter Kimball Health Services, and once again, only the main entrance is open. All other...



If health, exercise or fitness appeared on your New Year's resolution list, then check out the many places in Kimball that will help you keep that resolution. Even when the wind is blowing 65 mph and...


Winter Weather Hits

Due to the high winds on Tuesday, the city of Kimball issued a statement shortly aftern noon that the Kimball Landfill would be closed for the remainder of the day Some gusts were expected to hit 60 mph or more. More winter weather was forecast,...


Kimball Feral Cat Program Gets Results

Tiffany LaBeau, founder of Kimball's catch and release feral cat program, says she is pleased with the progress of the program. To date, she has had eight cats fixed and vaccinated. Tiffany told the...


Donald Roy Deboodt

Donald Roy Deboodt, passed away September 20, 2021 at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs, CO. Born July 24, 1931 at North Port, Nebraska, Don celebrated his 90th birthday with his... Full story


Kenneth William Adrian

On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, Kenneth William Adrian, White River, passed away suddenly of complications from cancer at the age of 57. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at... Full story


Kimball Wrestlers Get Back At It

The Kimball Longhorns wrestling team will begin its second semester schedule on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Garden County invite. "We really challenged our guys coming back from the Christmas break to... Full story


Kimball Grad A Rhodes Scholar

University of Pennsylvania senior Nicholas Thomas-Lewis has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. From Kimball, Nebraska, Thomas-Lewis is majoring in... Full story


Nancy M. Walls

Nancy M. Walls, 78, of Kimball, passed away on December 22, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30 at Cantrell Funeral Home with Pastor Dan DeBruyn officiating. A private inurnment will be held by the family at a... Full story


Norman C. Williams

Norman C. Williams, 90, of Kimball, died at the Kimball County Manor on Monday, August 30, 2021. Memorial services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in... Full story


The K-Town Takedown

6U 45-46 Braysen Atkins's place is 2nd and has scored 14.0 team points. Round 1 - Beau Beltran (Team Garcia) won by decision over Braysen Atkins (Kimball Wrestling Club) (Dec 10-7) Round 2 - Braysen... Full story


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