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    The Observer|Apr 11, 2024

    The weekend storm that hit the Kimball area shut down I-80 and Highway 71, forcing double lines of trucks to wait for the roads to reopen. Winds in the area topped out at 70 mph, and then the snow created blizzard conditions. Hundreds of power poles went down. Especially hard hit were the Kimball, Banner County and Potter areas. By Monday most snow had melted in Kimball, but some people remained snowed in around the Harrisburg area. Banner County and Potter-Dix schools were closed Monday, while...


    Mar 28, 2024

    The Kimball High civics class and Potter-Dix senior class, at right, gathered in the Kimball district courtroom for County Government Day on March 26. After introductions, welcoming and folding of the flag, Jasmine Gawith played taps. The full day of learning about the county covered the following offices: county attorney, county court clerk, clerk of district court, county sheriff, assessor, clerk and treasurer. Later in the day, the students learned about KCTS....

  • County Steps In To Help KCTS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 21, 2024

    Kimball County commissioners Rich Flores, and Carl Stander voted to approve, if necessary, on Tuesday, March 19, the transfer of $210,000 from the inheritance fund to the general fund to pay KCTS payroll and bills due to a holdup in state funding. The discussion prior to the vote focused on cutting transit services, such as shutting routes down. Administrator Christy Warner said, “Everything is connected,” and a public hearing must be held in order to shut services down. The financial operation of the KCTS has been crippled because rei...

  • Clifford M. 'Cliff' Johnson

    Feb 29, 2024

    Clifford M. "Cliff" Johnson, age 83, of Sidney, NE passed away in Sidney on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney, NE with Pastors Kyle Larson and Doug Birky officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursd... Full story

  • Coyotes Stopped At District After Subdistrict Title

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 29, 2024

    MAYWOOD--After a middling 11-11 performance during the regular season, the Potter-Dix Coyote boys basketball team had a tall task ahead of them, as they had to travel as the number 15 seed to match up with number 2 seed Maywood-Hayes Center in the D2-2 District Final. Even prior to the consolidation of the Maywood and Hayes Center School districts, both teams were perennial State Tournament participants, and this season sailed to a 21-3 record. The Coyotes would have to play their very best game, with lights-out defense, if they were to get...

  • Coyotes Wrap Up Regular Season

    The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    The Potter-Dix Coyote basketball teams traveled to Arthur on Feb. 9, for games against the Arthur County Wolves. It proved to be the final regular game of the season for the girls team, as Hyannis cancelled their trip to Potter on Saturday due to the weather. The girls were scheduled to match up against Banner County in the first round of the Sub District Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 13, while the boys team has one last game on its regular season slate at Hay Springs on Feb. 16. The boys team enters its Sub District Tournament next week, with... Full story

  • Lady Coyotes Win Big Over Garden County

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    On Friday night, February 2, the Lady Coyotes of Potter-Dix had a big win over the visiting Garden County Lady Eagles, while the Potter-Dix boys were unable to get the win against their Garden County counterparts. The girls game started as a tight defensive match, with each team's defense disrupting the flow of the other's offense. The teams battled but Garden County took a three-point 9-6 lead a the end of the first quarter. The second period had the Lady Coyotes break out, putting up 17 points...

  • Tough Going On Road For Coyotes

    Mike Motz|Feb 1, 2024

    It was a tough week for the Potter-Dix Coyote basketball teams, as they made a long trip out to New Raymer, Colo., on Tuesday, January 23, and came up empty and then hosted Crawford on Saturday afternoon only to come out on the wrong side of the ledger each time. Tuesday's matchup had the teams travel to New Raymer to take on the Prairie Mustang teams. The third-ranked 1A Central Lady Mustangs opened the girls contest hot, quickly building a lead and building an 18-5 lead at the end of the...

  • Longhorns Battling, Tasting Victory

    Chad Miller, Kimball Boys Basketball Coach|Jan 18, 2024

    The Kimball Longhorns basketball team is showing some promise with an 8-4 record and two sweet victories of late over rivals Potter-Dix and Bridgeport. But on Jan. 16, the Horns dropped a hard-fought SPVA game in Hershey, 49-48. They return Jan. 20 with a tournament game at North Platte Community College. Then comes some home cooking Jan. 25 against Sutherland. Kimball 68, Potter-Dix 31 It was a complete team effort in the win on Tuesday vs. our neighbors to the east, and a very strong opponent....

  • Lady Horns In SPVA Tourney

    The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    The 5th seed Longhorn girls basketball team heads into the SPVA tournament this week to take on Chase County. The Chase County game was cancelled on Monday due to weather and extreme cold but has been rescheduled for Tuesday at Perkins County. The game started as 5 p.m. The winner of Chase County/Kimball will play the number one seed, Bridgeport on Thursday. Kimball 40, Potter-Dix 24 Kimball played Potter-Dix and Bridgeport last week and finished the week with a win and a loss. Although...

  • A Look At Area Offices Up For Election In 2024

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    The Kimball County campaign season is underway at this early date for the May 14 primary. Challenger David R. Hottell (not the sheriff) and incumbent Carl Stander are off and running. They already have filed as Republicans in the election for a seat on the county Board of Commissioners. No other candidate filings were received at the county courthouse as of Monday, but a good many area positions are up for election in 2024. The Kimball County Clerk’s Office provided this list of those positions, the incumbents and term lengths: • Kimball Cou...

  • Katherine Dolcater Lockwood

    Jan 11, 2024

    Katharine Dolcater Lockwood, 80, of Estes Park, Colorado, died at Kimball Health Services on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Cremation has been held and memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Lorri Kentner officiating. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh.com to view Katharine's tribute wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in her memory to Trinity United Methodist Church, Boy... Full story

  • Longhorns Continue Their Progress

    Chad Miller, Kimball Boys Basketball Coach|Jan 11, 2024

    The Longhorns boys basketball team went 2-1 in its first three games after Christmas break, improving to 6-3 on the season. Next up going into this week was a trip to backyard rival Potter-Dix on Tuesday, Jan. 9, a JV game with visiting Pine Bluffs on Jan. 11, then games against visiting Bridgeport on Jan. 12 and visiting Gordon-Rushville on Jan. 13. Here's a recap of Kimball's wins over South Platte on Jan. 2 and Banner County on Jan. 5 and the loss to Chase County on Jan. 6 Kimball 84, South P...

  • Boys Win, Girls Lose In P-D Hoops

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    The Coyote basketball teams opened 2024 with a challenging task, games against rivals Bayard and South Platte. The boys team was able to grab wins in both contests, while the Lady Coyotes struggled with losses in their first contests of the new year. The Lady Coyotes opened on Friday night against a very strong Bayard team, and it was quickly apparent that the Lady Coyotes did not have the firepower to keep up with the Lady Tigers. The Bayard girls opened a big lead early and cruised all night, ending the game with a 59-9 victory....

  • 'You Have To Look Forward'

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jan 4, 2024

    Josh Holz is moving in a positive direction as the New Year begins. "You have to look forward," he said. "There is no sense in looking backward." These wise words from 33-year-old Josh Holz ring true as he begins 2024 using his first prosthetic hand. Daily, ordinary things have been difficult, but with his new prosthetic, he can hold and grip things. Josh said it is "easier to hold the plate and cut my steak" and "easier to butter toast." His first prosthetic "is a very simple one that uses a...

  • Coyote Boys & Girls Split Against Caliche, Banner County

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 21, 2023

    Potter-Dix’s basketball teams each went 1-1 over the past week, with both teams dropping their contests against Caliche, and then both winning their games against Banner County. On December 14, the Caliche Buffalo teams came up from Colorado, and the action started with the girls game. The Lady Buffs were tough on defense, allowing very few good looks for the Lady Coyotes to start off the game. After Caliche built a 15-4 lead in the first quarter, Potter-Dix roared back in the second quarter, putting up 13 points in the period. But the Lady C...

  • Trust Me, Big Horn Sheep Are Crossing Hwy. 71

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Good morning! Wow, has that wind been getting after it, and the tumble weeds are not just tumbling, they are taking flight! I know we need the moisture, but personally I hope it holds off until the holidays are over. It would make travel a lot easier. Have any of you ever seen the Big Horn sheep that make the Wildcat Hills their home? I see them a lot, and have happened upon about a half dozen accidents involving them. Well, a few days ago as I was headed north, one of them streaked across Hwy. 71 headed west. He was really moving as he...

  • Coyotes Split Vs. Storm, Paxton

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Potter-Dix's Coyote basketball teams continued their start of the season, matching up against Creek Valley on December 8 and Paxton on December 9. The Creek Valley teams traveled to Potter on December 8, and the girls started first with their game. Potter-Dix opened a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Storm did a great job on defense in the second quarter, limiting the Lady Coyotes to just three points in the frame. Trailing 19-13 at the half, the Lady Coyotes responded...

  • Coyote Boys 1-1, Girls 0-2

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote basketball teams started their seasons with losses and look to turn things around quickly before they fall too far in the standings. With an opening matchup on the road against a tough Morrill team, the Lady Coyotes were overmatched and quickly fell behind. The Lady Lions’ defense was too strong for the Lady Coyotes to mount a consistent attack, while the Morrill girls had no trouble setting their offense and scoring. The game was pretty much decided before the end of the first half, and the Lady Lions breezed to a 61-...

  • Nice Start To December With The Party Girl

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 30, 2023

    Good morning, and here we are in December. I must be a party girl and don’t’ know it. I am not having that much fun, but boy is the time flying! Today is the last day of November 2023, and our wrestling team is headed for Hemingford for a tournament to begin at 4 p.m. Tomorrow, the varsity girls and boys basketball teams head to Hyannis with the boys game at 4 p.m. and the girls at 4:30 p.m. Over the hill, the Midwest will play the movie “Four Christmases” at 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday, the 2nd at 7 p.m. Torrington will ho...


    Nov 23, 2023

    Isaac Olsen, above, was among those who delivered remarks at the Veterans Day program Nov. 13 at the Banner County School gymnasium. Two days later, he did something else. He placed second in senior public speaking at the FFA District 12 Leadership Contest in Chadron to qualify for the state contest next April. See story on Page 5A about the students from Banner, Kimball and Potter-Dix who placed highly at district....

  • Kimball FFA: A District Leader

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Nov 23, 2023

    Kimball FFA showed well – among the best – Nov. 15 during the District 12 Leadership Contest at Chadron State College. The top three finishers in each category qualified for the state contest in Lincoln next April – and Kimball was among the highest overall leaders in qualifiers. Potter-Dix and Banner County FFA chapters added to the southern Panhandle's fine showing with their own qualifiers. Hundreds of FFA students from 20 schools participated. Here are this area's state qualifiers: Kimba...


    The Observer|Nov 16, 2023

    The Kimball High School sports coaches and sponsors met Tuesday in preparation for the winter sports season. It’s fast-approaching. Here are the opening schedules for the Longhorns, Banner County Wildcats and Potter-Dix Coyotes. Kimball Nov. 27: Girls varsity basketball jamboree at Alliance, 5:30 p.m., followed by boys varsity jamboree at 7 p.m. Nov. 30: Varsity wrestling invitational at Hemingford, 2 p.m. Nov. 30: Boys varsity, girls varsity and girls JV at Bayard. Games start at 4 p.m. with girls JV. Banner County Nov. 30: Varsity w...

  • Season Ends For Potter-Dix In Quarterfinals

    Nov 9, 2023

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes football season is over. The perennial post-season team in recent times ended the season at 9-1 with a crushing playoff loss to visiting Parkview Christian on Friday, Nov. 3. The scored was 51-0, a most uncommon outcome for the Coyotes – unless they're on the other side of this kind of point total. It marked the second straight year that P-D has lost in the quarterfinals. The defeat also ended a 10-game streak home win streak. But there was a bright spot. His name is D...

  • Potter-Dix Earns Fourth Straight Undefeated Season

    Mike Motz|Oct 26, 2023

    POTTER-- For the fourth straight year, the Potter-Dix Coyote 6-man football team has ended its regular season undefeated, and is ready to battle through the playoffs in hopes of a State Championship. Although there was some talk prior to the season about how the team would handle the graduation of All-Star Luke Kasten, those that followed the team closely knew that for all of Kasten's brilliance on the field, the Coyotes were not a one-note team reliant upon one superstar for success. And as...

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