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  • Kimball's New Hospital Opens

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Next up for the new – and now open – Kimball Health Services hospital is next week's ribbon cutting celebration with Gov. Jim Pillen in attendance. Patient services shifted to the facility from the old hospital at 7 a.m. Monday. The 505 S. Burg St. location, home to the hospital since 1950, is out. The new address, 255 W. 4th St., is in. "We're very pleased with how the move has gone so far, with only a few small items to be moved yet between buildings," Kerry Ferguson, KHS community...

  • Pillen, NDOT Boss To Visit KCTS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Kimball County Transit Service Administrator Christy Warner informed the Kimball County Commissioners at their Tuesday meeting that Gov. Jim Pillen and the Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Vicki Kramer will visit the transit service Feb. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Statistics for KCTS also were presented by Warner. Of 33,943 rides for the calendar year 2023, 61% were from Kimball County. Other numbers showed that 8,843 rides were educational and preschool, school or college; 3,690 rides were for employment; 2,086 were deliveries f...

  • Kimball's Unsolved Mystery

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Feb 22, 2024

    Bobby "Shorty" Wilson disappeared without a trace from the streets of Kimball on October 30, 1956, and the family struggled with his disappearance and searched for years for clues or his remains. In 1958, the family had a marker erected in the Kimball Cemetery that read: Robert G. "Shorty" Wilson. His birth date was May 28, 1925, and he was born in Kimball, Nebraska. The simple headstone says, "Disappeared on October 30, 1956." A description of Shorty Wilson was provided in a reward posted in...

  • Wildcat Wyatt Reichenberg Wins Three Matches, Places Second At State

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Good morning and welcome to the last day of February, seems impossible! We do have one extra day this year, so there is that. Congratulations to Banner County wrestler Wyatt Reichenberg for his 2nd place win at state! Does not appear to be much going on at the schoolhouse this week. However, tomorrow, February 23rd, will be a regular day of school with no sports, just to give everyone a breather. The Gering Library will host Board Game Night that evening at 6 p.m., and the Midwest Theater will...


    Jim Orr, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Among the special touches at the new Kimball Health Services hospital are plaques next to rooms that recognize donors for helping make possible healthcare services in those rooms. In this case, Ryan and Stephanie McElroy of Kimball are recognized for their contributions to mammography services. They posed for this image during a tour of the new facility...

  • Horns End Undefeated WTC Regular Season

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 22, 2024

    The postseason is here. The Kimball boys basketball team – 14-7 with a .667 winning percentage on the season after a sweet win over Mitchell – opened subdisrict play Tuesday evening against a 14-10 Morrill squad at Bridgeport. Kimball was the No. 2 seed and Morrill No. 3. On Thursday, the winner faces the winnter of No. 1 seed Bridgeport and No. 4 Gordon Rushville game. Friday's rematch with Mitchell was a great game that saw our players execute and have their 3rd most efficient game of the...


    Feb 22, 2024

    Kimball Longhorns freshman wrestler Cameron McGinnis made it to last week's NSAA State Wrestling Tournment despite battling injury. Hopes are promising for his future. At State, he lost by fall in his two matches....


    Feb 22, 2024

    The Kimball cheer team earned third place in the Game Day category during last week's state competition at Heartland Event Center in Grand Island. Coach Carrie Tabor said the team's "dedication, talent and unwavering Longhorn spirit shone brightly on the competition mat. After pushing through injury and a tough field, this team put their very best out on the floor and showed the rest of the state what Kimball's all about." Tabor commended the cheerleaders: "You've made us proud to be part of...

  • Suspect Being Held After Standoff

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Feb 15, 2024

    A high-drama scene unfolded on Thursday, Feb. 8, when the Kimball Police Department answered a disturbance call at 311 Cedar St. and followed up with an attempted arrest. The situation led to a standoff between law enforcement and a suspect in his home from morning until late evening. The next day, the suspect called the Kimball County Sheriff's Office and talked with Sheriff Dave Hottell. They worked out a method for the suspect to be taken into custody. Later, Hottell showed up at the...

  • Kimball Airport Runway A Winner

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    The rehabilitation of primary runway 10/28 at the Kimball Municipal Airport/Robert E. Arraj Field received the 2023 Project of the Year at the Nebraska Department of Transportation Aeronautic Division yearly awards night on Jan. 23. Chair of the airport board Ryan McElroy also received an Award of Merit. The new runway project provides a safe landing and takeoff surface for all users of the airport. Runway 10/28 is 6,200 feet long and 75 feet wide. The rehabilitation included 6 inch concrete whi...

  • Kimball's Unsolved Mystery

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    First Of Two Parts Almost 70 years ago before social media, cells phones, and cable TV, when oil was king, local children suffered from polio, and a washing machine at Montgomery Ward would cost you $159.95, Kimball's Bobby Wilson, 4 foot 6 inch in stature, disappeared from a local service station in broad daylight and was never heard from again. No body was ever discovered that matched his size, and no crime scene was ever found. Bobby Wilson just disappeared into thin air, never heard from...

  • School Board Gets Plasma Table Cutter For Kimball FFA

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    Kimball Jr/Sr High School received the Circle of Excellence award from Cognia on Monday evening at the Kimball School Board meeting. Cognia is the largest accreditation organization in the world and does on-site reviews for educational institutions. Cognia did the accreditation for Kimball Public Schools last year. The presentation included comments from the regional accreditation evaluator, Dr. Dan Leikvold, "Kimball Jr/Sr High School has a robust continuous school improvement process and an...

  • Janice M. Anderson

    Feb 15, 2024

    Janice M. Anderson, 82, of Melbeta, died at the Kimball County Manor on February 1, 2024. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the Cornerstone Community Church in Kimball with Pastor Alan Foutz officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Janice's tribute wall and share condolences and stories with the family. Janice had a long 15 year battle with Alzheimer's & Dementia. In lieu of flowers the family has... Full story

  • Jackie Sue Lean

    Feb 15, 2024

    Heaven gained its long-awaited guest on January 24, 2024, as Jackie Sue Lean, lovingly known by her family as “Susie,” aged 91, peacefully entered into eternal rest at Wyoming Central Hospice in Casper, Wyoming. Born on October 16, 1932, in Gridley, Kansas to Peter Middleton and Elsie Caroline (Gilliam) Scales, Susie’s journey was marked by love, laughter, and a profound impact on all who knew her. Raised alongside her sister, Twila Beth, and brother J Pete, Susie’s early years in... Full story

  • Robyn M. (Hottell) Becker

    Feb 15, 2024

    Robyn M. (Hottell) Becker, 60, of Bushnell, died at her home in Bushnell on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Cremation has been held and Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the Sagebrush in Kimball with services conducted by the family. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Robyn's tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Bushnell Fire Department. The family has entrusted the... Full story

  • Longhorns Look To Build On 13-7 Record

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 15, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns boys basketball team is nearing a late season rematch with Mitchell and the 2023-24 post season after improving to 13-7 with wins this past week at Pine Bluffs and over visiting Heminford. Kimball’s scheduled game Feb. 10 against Minatare was cancelled due to weather and will not be rescheduled. Mitchell rolls into The Arena this Friday, Feb. 16, when the Horns will look to avenge a one-point loss in the WTC tournament. Here’s a recap of the victories over Pine Bluffs and Hemingford. Kimball 61, Pine Bluffs 58 Feb. 6...

  • Kimball's New VB Coach: Enevoldson

    The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    The Longhorns are “thrilled” to introduce their latest head coach, Jenna Enevoldson, to lead the girls volleyball program, Kimball Public Schools Activities Director Darrell Howitt announced Tuesday. “Congratulations, Jenna,” Howitt said. “We extend our best wishes to you and the Longhorn volleyball team as you embark on this exciting new journey!” She succeeds longtime Kimball volleyball coach Jeri Ferguson. Enevoldson was assistant coach the last three seasons. Enevoldson brings experience and passion to the job, according to her...

  • Lady Horns In Subdistrict After Bounce Back Win

    Jaclyn Burks, Kimball Girls Basketball Coach|Feb 15, 2024

    The Longhorn girls played in the WTC last week and did well. Losing our first round game to Bayard 56-19 although we played much better than the last time we matched up with them in the first game of the season. The team has grown as players from the first of the season. We then faced a feisty Hemingford team at WNCC. We did not play our best game, but we came out with a win. With that win, Mitchell was next on Saturday morning. Our tired legs showed themselves as they overpowered us to a loss of 32-18. Our girls fought very hard throughout...

  • Diesel Theft Ring Hits Kimball

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    Kimball has been added to the list of areas that have suffered thefts of thousands of gallons of fuel at fuel stations. Other communities hit by the theft rings include Chappell, Benkelman, Haigler, Sidney and Dalton. Video shows that on Jan. 26, a white straight box truck with two subjects pulled up to a fuel station at Frenchman Valley Coop in Kimball and absconded with over 1,000 gallons of fuel. With the theft occurring in the city of Kimball, the Kimball Police Department is investigating....

  • Welcome Center Sale Date Near

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    At the Feb. 6 Kimball County Commissioners meeting, an update on the sale of the High Point Welcome Center was provided. After completing its due diligence, Big D Oil Company of Rapid City, S.D., will complete the purchase of the High Point Welcome Center and surrounding acres on Feb. 12. The county will lease the welcome center back for $500 a month until Big D is ready to start construction. The center and additional eight acres were sold to Big D for $500,000. The company plans on developing the area as a truck stop. Other business in front...


    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    "It is a joy, a blessing," Lela Carpenter said. "It is large enough for our family to go places and be together. It's great." Lela and her family purchased the "blessing bus" when it was declared surplus property for the county. The commissioners requested that the County Clerk's Office handle the bid process, and it went out for bid two different times. The first time there was no bid. The second time, the Carpenters bid $500 and they were the only bid, so they received the "blessing bus."...

  • Lodge Cabot Carroll

    Feb 8, 2024

    Lodge Cabot Carroll, passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday February 4th 2024, he was 70 years old. He was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and spent his childhood in Minatare and Kimball, Nebraska. He proudly served our great nation in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. While in service, he participated in Operation New Life in Guam, the relocation of Vietnamese refugees. He devoted 47 years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers as a medical technologist. He was a husband, father,... Full story

  • Jadie Giorgis

    Feb 8, 2024

    Jadie Giorgis, a loving husband and father, a dedicated educator, avid fisherman, trivia enthusiast, sports lover and lifelong Wyoming Cowboys fan died on January 22, 2024 at the age of 82. There will be a small memorial service held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to leave condolences and share stories with the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball or the donor's choice. The services for Jadie have been entrusted to th... Full story

  • Dennis Dean Munoz

    Feb 8, 2024

    Dennis Dean Munoz received his heavenly wings in the early morning hours of February 1, 2024, at Kimball County Manor. After many years of ill health and chronic pain, Dennis was lifted into the arms of our loving Savior and is now rejoicing in glorious eternal life in Heaven. Following his wishes, cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to share stories and leave condolences for the family. Memorials may be given in his... Full story

  • Lenna Smith

    Feb 8, 2024

    Lenna Smith, 93, a beloved homemaker, and devoted mother, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024. Following her wishes, cremation has been held and services will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to share stories and condolences with the family. Memorials may be given to the Kimball County Manor or the Grace United Methodist Church in Bushnell. The services for Lenna have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home. Lenna Rose Smith was born in Burwell, Nebraska...

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