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  • Kimball's Charvat Wins Wyoming Bowling Title

    Patty Yanaga, The Observer|Jun 13, 2024

    Some bowling news to pique your interest! Quite a few bowlers from Kimball have completed the 2023-24 season at Pine Bowl in Pine Bluffs and are looking forward to the next season starting in September. Signing up for a league at Pine Bowl qualifies you for the Wyoming State Bowling Tournament each year. This year, on May 11-12, the state bowling tournament was hosted at Camelanes in Gillette. Kudos to Kimball's Codel Charvat for winning the Wyoming State Men's Scratch Singles with an...

  • THEIR LONG & WINDING ROAD

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    From Germany to Argentina and then north to Alaska. Two German college students, Antonia Staacke and Laura Moller, have shown remarkable resilience on their journey from Germany to Argentina and then north to Alaska. They embarked on their bicycle trek in Patagonia, traveling through South America and Central America, and now they are biking through North America. This journey that has spanned almost eight months since October 2023. Antonia Staacke, 27, and Laura Moller, 28, have demonstrated...

  • Library Program

    Jun 6, 2024

    Mackenzie Ingram, 5, checks with her mom as she enjoys the Kimball Public Library magic show Thursday at Kimball Jr/Sr High School. The show kicked off the library summer reading program....

  • KIMBALL'S LEGACY ICONS

    Karen Bivens, The Observer|Mar 21, 2024

    The definition of legacy is something that can be passed on. But legacy can take many forms. It may be one’s faith, ethics or core values. It also may be monetary or asset gifts. Legacy may come from one’s character, reputation and the life they lead, setting an example for others and to guide their futures. There are many people in Kimball County who left a legacy – not necessarily monetarily or with property, but by their character, reputation and leading by example. I think of Gotte Park. It was started by a man who loved trees and wanted to...

  • THE GIFT OF GIVING

    Mar 21, 2024

    Those who have left legacies in Kimball include folks who worked to save, at right, Oliver Lake. Others include those who led by example in the areas of trees, the outdoors, music and sports. In her column below, Karen Bivens shares her thoughts on those who leave legacies to help their communities....

  • BANNER COUNTY FFA & RED SOLO CUPS

    Mar 7, 2024

    A large crowd enjoyed a meal, games and bidding on auction items at the Banner County FFA auction. The purchase of a red Solo cup from the Banner County FFA bought attendees a chance to win a gift certificate from The Sagebrush in Kimball. They either put the cup on the head or their tail and a coin was flipped. Winners went onto the next round until just one person had picked the right side of the coin every time....

  • TACK CROSS QUALIFIES FOR JUNIOR PATRIOT RODEO

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Oct 26, 2023

    Tack Cross, 13, of Banner County has qualified in breakaway roping for the Junior Patriot Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas. He said there will be "kids from all across the country; you can qualify in every state" at the Junior Patriot Rodeo held Feb. 28-March 10, 2024. "It will be cool to compete against a bunch of famous kids that already rope a lot." The lessons Tack has gained from the sport of rodeo will guide him throughout his future. Tack was quick to share lessons learned through roping: "It...

  • Madalinn & Colbie Banner Students Of The Month

    Oct 26, 2023

    Banner County School's Students of the month for September are Colbie Knaub, Grade 2, and Madalinn May, Grade 7. Colbie enjoys seeing her friends at school and reading. Her favorite subject is, in fact, reading. What makes Colbie feel the happiest? Her family, the world, and God. She also likes to keep her secrets to herself. Madalinn participates in football. Her favorite subjects are math and English because she loves being in Mrs. Groves' and Mrs. Knaub's classes. Three words that describe...

  • THE TOAST OF THE TOWN

    The Observer|Oct 5, 2023

    The Kimball County High School Class of 1973 was the toast of the town during its 50th reunion Farmers Day weekend. Those attending gathered for this group photograph. First row, from left: Dennis Klipp, Tom Bartels, Lyle Schadegg, Greg Hurlbut, David Cain, Mike Moehr, Leo O'Hare and Dave Lukassen. Second row: Rod Koester, Kerry Parish Jackson, Don Rose, Jody Smith Meyer, Jean Applegarth Huddleston, Mary Burback Moehr, Marsha Hanway Emmons, Susan Huggans Smiley and Sue Maxted. Third row: Dennis...

  • PRAISE IN THE PARK

    Jun 29, 2023

    A large crowd gathered for Sunday's Praise in the Park at Gotte Park. Breakfast by the Methodist Men's Group was served at 9 a.m. and the nondenominational service began at 10. Praise in the Park is sponsored by Kimball Ministerial Association. Two additional services will be July 30 and Aug. 27....

  • Tom O'Brien Goes Broadway

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Mar 2, 2023

    On March 4, "Broadway in the Bluffs" will showcase area talent – and Tom O'Brien from Kimball will sing a song from Disney's "Encanto" on stage. Broadway in the Bluffs is a musical fundraiser of Theatre West with local talent and alums performing different solos or small group numbers from Broadway and other musical shows. The event will be held at the Judy Chaloupka Theater at Western Nebraska Community College as a perfect evening to be exposed to live theatre and music. The Theatre West B...

  • DEAR SANTA

    Dec 22, 2022

    Dear Santa, My name is Maddy. I am 4 years old This year I have been Nice. Some nice things I have done this year: give some toys to my brother and hugged my dad this morning. For Christmas this year, I would like: toy horse that I can ride, a little toy owl, a fake little dog. Dear Santa, My name is Adrian. I am 5 years old This year I have been Nice. Some nice things I have done this year: helped my mom and dad find their phones and helped mommy and daddy work. For Christmas this year, I...

  • CHECKING OUT

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Nov 24, 2022

    After 28 years at Panhandle Coop and Main Street Market, Jeri Rutledge is moving on. Jeri has worked in many departments, including meat, deli and produce, but primarily in the grocery department. Additional duties included customer service and doing the books. Her plan is to take a couple of months off, relax, spend time with her grandkids and her husband, and then perhaps get a part-time job. She is looking forward to not working holidays. For the past 28 years, her holidays were spent at the...

  • Donna Foos, James Wertz Wed In Kimball

    Jan 16, 2020

    James Edward Wertz and Donna M. (McEntee) Foos were married 3 p.m. Nov. 23, 2019, at the Baptist Fellowship Church, 507 S. Oak St., Kimball. Mr. and Mrs. Terry/Patricia (Pat) Fletcher were Jim and Donna's attendants. Timothy Mars was the pianist. The bride's escort was David Edward Funk. Pastor Dennis Payton officiated the double-ring ceremony. Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the guests were all invited to enjoy a delicious buttercream with raspberry filling cake. The groom's son...

  • Tough competition for the top of the Longhorn class

    Tonia Copeland|May 11, 2017

    Late in the afternoon on Monday, May 8, Kimball High School Counselor Chauncey Pedersen announced that, after weeks of evaluation by Kimball High School administration, Audrey Day and Taylor Muldoon were named co-valedictorians, with no salutatorian for 2017. Early Tuesday morning, May 9, Pedersen called with the news that last minute grades made all the difference for 2017 graduate Hollie Clark. With the addition of those last minute grades, and just five days until graduation, Hollie was...

  • Franklin urges future Coyotes to try everything

    Tonia Copeland|May 11, 2017

    As seniors at Potter-Dix High School prepare for the 2017 commencement ceremony, one in particular is preparing for her last role as a student leader. Payton Franklin, Potter-Dix Valedictorian, began her high school career her freshman year on the speech team but the following year she chose One Act plays instead and that same year she was inducted into the National Honor Society. The following year she was named a member of the National Society of High School Scholars all while continuing...

  • Jordan looks both at the past and into the future

    Tonia Copeland|May 11, 2017

    As she leads the 2017 graduating class of Banner County High School, valedictorian Savannah Jordan looks back at the formative junior high years, the friends she will miss and all the support she has received from her teachers While most remember their junior high years, Savannah recalls hers fondly, in fact, those years include some of her favorite memories. "I know that is odd, because that is usually the worst two years of people's lives, however, I had my two best friends, Heidi and Jacque,...

  • Recent theatre performance was the "best in my time here"

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Oct 3, 2013

    The Kimball Community Theater’s melodrama “The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux” served as a perfect cap to the Farmers Day festivities Saturday night. The production, directed by Tom O’Brien, was put on in the Plains Historical Society Museum in front of a packed house of local residents. “The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux” takes place in the emergency room of the Hanover D. Cash Clinic where Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux, played by O’Brien, and his accomplice Nurse Hilda Hatchett, played by Aida Williams...

  • Vista Villa Art event showcases artists' fine works

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Aug 22, 2013

    The walls of Vista Villa were filled with the works of Carla Goranson, Fern Yung, and Jack Lockwood this past Saturday when it opened its doors for the Canvas for Carla Art Show. Goranson's pictures hung on canvases in the hallway, depicting local wildlife, the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery, and various other scenes that she has come across through her travels and vacations. According to Goranson, photography has been a long held passion in her life. "I took photography with Don...

  • Local talent takes over downtown coffee shop

    Laura Flores, Intern|Jun 13, 2013

    A little before 5 p.m. last Friday, a tall man with a beanie and guitar in hand walked towards the popular local coffee shop, Java Blend. He took the handle to the door and a faint ‘ding dong’ from the bell that hangs on the door filled the room. A few seconds pass and the owner of Java Blend pops out and greets the man with a warm welcome and asks if he’d like a drink? “On the house,” she states. Minutes pass, and you are instantly surrounded by the smell of fresh coffee and steamed milk which seem to be dancing to the soft tunes the man w...

  • "A Salute to Broadway" - Big city talent, small town feel

    Jacob Misener, Editor & Reporter|Jun 6, 2013

    The bright lights of New York City may be thousands of miles away, but this weekend, anyone who attended “A Salute to Broadway” would have never known. Entering the room, there were hardly seats to be found - in fact, I stood at the back of the room for most of the performance, in order to make room for the countless young volunteers, who although were not on stage, played an integral role - serving dinners, getting drinks and accomodating guests. The ornate ceiling flowed across the room bef...

  • Restaurant Review: Anong's Thai Cuisine

    Dave Faries, Editor|Apr 11, 2013

    Anong’s Thai Cuisine opened on March 16, and you can tell. Two or three bites into our appetizers, a waitress arrived with the entrees, forcing an untidy moment as several hands shoved plates around the overcrowded table. The intrusion exposed a flaw unfortunately common to new restaurants: service slip ups. Staff members still learning the fine art of expediting often fail to communicate between the floor and kitchen and dinner guests take the brunt, gobbling down portions as quickly as p...

  • Drinks: Dalmore 12 Year Single Malt

    Dave Faries, Editor|Apr 11, 2013

    Once upon a time, Dalmore 12 year old scotch ranked as the best single malt for the price conscious. When the distillery changed its aging process, splitting evenly the spirit’s time in bourbon and sherry casks, Dalmore disappeared from shelves. The new malt, which arrived in 2008, sacrificed some of its highland heft in favor of an approachable, almost timid dram. It sends sweet, floral impression to the nose, weighted by something akin to burnt fruitcake and candied orange peel. Work hard enough, and you also pick up on rye, espresso and t...

  • Restaurant Review: Java Blend

    Dave Faries, Editor|Apr 4, 2013

    Eight years ago, Java Blend was what its name implied. Owner Rebecca Brown gambled that Kimball coffee drinkers--enough of them, anyway--wanted something more than drip grind from Sysco and opened a storefront dedicated to espresso, cappuccino, cafe au lait...as well as unadorned brew. Or, as she explained, “it seemed like a good idea.” The concept borders on urban. Brown uses organic, fair trade beans grown in Brazil and roasted in Fort Collins, Colorado, to a point where bitterness and aci...

  • Drinks: Five Trails Sassy Apple Wine

    Dave Faries, Editor|Apr 4, 2013

    Yeah, I know—“Sassy Apple.” It sounds like one of those contrived car colors from that groovy era around 1970: Lemon Twist, Sub-lime and Vitamin C. My first car was a Dodge Challenger painted Plum Crazy, a supposedly hip shade of purple. But this apple wine from Five Trails in Paxton carries more credibility. With a nose almost akin to mulled apple with a faint leafy aura and impression of bruised fruit, it extends a promise of summertime and patios. The taste is pure, unsweetened apple—smooth and refreshing, with a noticeable flavor of skin...

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