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  • Living In The 'Gone Baby Gone' Category

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Aug 24, 2023

    Good morning, sure has heated up around these parts. We seem to be having June and July in August, which fits pretty well into the “Gone Baby Gone” category. Hard to believe September is just around the corner. Summer street markets are still going and some peaches are starting to show up. The 18th Street Market and the one in Morrill are open on Saturday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. for Scottsbluff and until 2 p.m. in Morrill. The Gering Public Library will host the Chess Club tonight, August 24th, from 6:30-8 p.m.and they are having the...


    Dec 1, 2022

    Joseph Bremer dressed as the Gigabyte character for Kimball's Christmas parade last Saturday while spending time with the daughter of a new police officer, Greg Deweese....

  • Talking Turkey, Talking The Burg; Plans In Works For Dinner Theater

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 24, 2022

    Good morning Banner County! Happy Thanksgiving to each and all. Here is hoping that you all spend this day with family and friends and eat too much. The Guadalupe Center will be hosting its 39th Thanksgiving in the Valley meal Today, Thursday, November 24th. They will serve between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and are located at 1200 E. 9th street in Scottsbluff. There will also be a free meal today in Morrill between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The location is 117 Center Avenue. Everyone is welcome to both, or either, dinners. On Saturday the 26th...


    Jul 28, 2022

    The yard of Carl Stander at 702 Burg Street was award Kimball's Yard of the Week. In the front yard is a large flower bed which was landscaped about five years ago when a large tree had to be removed from the area. The flower bed now has day and tiger lilies, along with ornamental grass and chickens and hens. The focus point of the flower garden is a large slice of the tree stump that was removed and now sports a large red N. The south side has a beautiful field of four o'clock flowers....

  • Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense

    Barb Cross, Correspondent|Feb 21, 2013

    With Valentine’s Day behind us and a few days off from school it sure has been nice to just enjoy being home. We (I) have under taken a re-modeling project that I am getting really tired of and will be glad to have completed. Hopefully that will happen this week! The blizzard type weather we had last Sunday closed all of our local Churches, and although we hated that, it was necessary and better to be safe. On top of all of that we have had a lot of flu in the community, some with severe symptoms, and the swine flu has also been diagnosed a... Full story

  • Bushnell Bits

    Jamie Carpenter, Correspondent|Feb 21, 2013

    The village meeting was pretty short again this month, but some helpful reminders were mentioned. The landfill fee is increasing by two dollars a month, to $13. The postal service meeting to gather input on preferred window hours will be held Tuesday, February 26 at 1 p.m. in the community center. The village board meetings will be held at 7 p.m. starting in March (because of Daylight Savings Time). And the annual pet clinic will be held April 16 from 6-7 p.m. in the fire hall – shots will be provided at a reduced fee and pet licenses may be...

  • Fort Mitchell And The Road

    Tim Nolting, Columnist|Feb 21, 2013

    “The Gap” threaded through the wind-cut spires and time-worn edifices of nature’s carved cathedrals in the towering sandstone walls of Scott’s Bluffs. North of the bluffs, reaching to the banks of the Flatwater (Platte), lay a rugged expanse of land known as “The Badlands,” an area of deep-cut ravines and gullies that no team of horses or oxen, pulling an overloaded immigrant wagon, could possibly traverse. And so, about five miles east of the gap, the trail would leave the nearby banks of the river and strike more westerly toward t...

  • Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense

    Barb Cross, Correspondent|Feb 14, 2013

    Good morning Banner County, neighbors near and far. What a busy week last week was--Music students at Chadron, District FFA at Gordon, and District wrestling at Sutherland…Not to mention basketball. As these particular sports seasons are starting to wind down we find everyone pumped up and more than one parent taking a deep breath. A little more rest is in the near future. As for the events that I just mentioned, however: Mrs. Sandy Wounded Arrow, music instructor, said that the young ladies that attended High Plains Music in Chadron...

  • Bushnell Bits

    Jamie Carpenter, Correspondent|Feb 14, 2013

    For those of you who missed the Kimball Concert Association’s show on Sunday night, the Thuringer Salon Quintet gave a beautiful performance. It’s too bad the weather deterred people from coming. The Lions Club pancake feed was a success, as usual. It’s always a pleasure to sit and visit with neighbors and friends–and all for a good cause! The Bushnell Lions Club also has calendars for sale at the Sisters Grimm. Stop by and pick one up for only $5. The village board will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 14. Family night is...

  • Wasicu Wakan

    Tim Nolting, Columnist|Feb 14, 2013

    Born in Racine, Wisconsin on February 14, 1849 to Irish immigrant parents, Valentine Trant M’Gillycuddy would become one of the wests most notable military surgeons, government agent of the Pine Ridge, Sioux Reservation and influential statesmen. At the young age of twenty years, he graduated from Detroit Medical School and a year later became an instructor at the college. Teaching apparently did not suit him and so he took a job with the geodetic survey crew that was mapping Lake Michigan. Tall, gangly and in poor health, Dr. McGillycuddy... Full story

  • Telling Stories

    Feb 14, 2013

    The Kimball High School boys basketball team recently dropped by West Elementary to visit with kindergarten and grade school students. The children took turns reading stories to the varsity athletes....

  • Years Ago

    Feb 14, 2013

    Feb. 2012 Kimball’s junior high boys lost two heartbreakers to Bridgeport on Monday. The 7th graders dropped a tight two point contest, 29-27--a game coach Dane Wurdeman characterized as hard fought all the way. “We just couldn’t get shots to fall when we needed them to,” he added. Brandon Barker let the way with 12 points, followed by Jaden Withrow’s eight. On the 8th grade side things were even more nerve-wracking. Bridgeport’s closest game coming into Monday’s matchup was an 18 point runaway. Over the weekend they drilled...

  • Rural Free Delivery

    Tim Nolting, Columnist|Feb 7, 2013

    The United States Post Office Department was created in 1775, by decree of the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin being named the first Postmaster General. However, it was not until 1896 that Rural Free Delivery was begun as standard delivery to non-city dwellers by the U.S. Postal Service. The idea of a free delivery to rural areas had been debated for a long time and experimentation with the concept was begun in 1891 amid a firestorm of opposition. The strongest argument against the implementation of Rural Free Delivery was... Full story

  • Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense

    Barb Cross, Correspondent|Feb 7, 2013

    Who believes that underground chipmunk Punxsutawney Phil anyway? Little snow here this past week and looking like warmer weather for at least a few days. Rain would be nice. This past weekend I had a chance to finally visit for a few minutes with Gwen Bayeral about her recent trip to Alaska to see kids, grandkids, and great grands. Of course she had a great time although she returned with the beginnings of a cold, or whatever this current nasty bug is. She is well now and we are glad for that. She said that the coldest day they had while she...

  • Bushnell Bits

    Jamie Carpenter, Correspondent|Feb 7, 2013

    The Bushnell Lions Club is having a pancake feed Saturday, February 9. Stop in from 11-1 or 5-7 for orange juice, pancakes, and sausage. $5 for adults, children 5 and under are free. Johnsons Surplus will be open Saturday, February 9 and every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until further notice. Contact me to register for the “Cupid’s Pen” poetry workshop that Tim and Deb Nolting will be holding at the bookstore from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, February 10. Cost is $20 per person, and the class is limited to 10 people. We will also be...

  • Hinton Named Kimball High Student Of The Month

    Feb 7, 2013

    Congratulations to Kimball High School’s January’s Student of the Month, Regan Hinton. Regan has always been a strong-minded and committed student at Kimball High School with a 3.97 GPA. She has been on the principal’s honor roll all four years of high school, and has participated in a number of activities throughout her high school career along with receiving many honors. Regan has been active in Volleyball for four years, cheer for three years, basketball and track for one year. She was...

  • Stand And Deliver

    Jan 31, 2013

  • Dull Knife's Quest, Part Two

    Tim Nolting, Columnist|Jan 31, 2013

    On January 8, 1879 three Cheyenne Chief’s, with Dull Knife’s band, were taken from the barracks where they were being held at Fort Robinson. Capt. Harry Wessells hoped that by removing the leaders from the Cheyenne people that they would relent and agree to be returned to the reservation at Darlington. Each of the three leaders, Old Crow, Wild Hog and Left Hand, individually and collectively refused to voluntarily return to the Indian Territory Reservation at Darlington and were subsequently placed in irons and held in separate quarters. Th... Full story

  • Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense

    Barb Cross, Correspondent|Jan 31, 2013

    I hope everyone enjoyed the terrific warm weather that we had over the past week. Although we have had more average temperatures for the last several days, I think it will warm up again somewhat. My yard is full of tumble weeds. I have no use for them and personally think they are a pain. We also had a smidgeon of rain one day and it reminded me that it still can happen, here in terribly dry Banner County! Last Sunday the Banner County Volunteer Fire Department hosted a soup lunch and silent auction for Tom Neal and his family. The weather was...

  • Bushnell Bits

    Jamie Carpenter, Correspondent|Jan 31, 2013

    The Abundant Grace Free Store will be holding a garage sale on Saturday, February 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location in Kimball (northeast corner of the intersection at the stoplight). They will be selling sewing machines, television sets, collectibles, dishes, Christmas decorations, and more. The community center board meets on Monday, February 4. The Bushnell Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6. There’s a new business in Bushnell–Verne Hackbarth’s Flying H Towing is now taking service calls. In the future...

  • Kimball Woman Records 100th Blood Donor Visit

    Daniel Thompson, Reporter|Jan 31, 2013

    Don and Connie Onigkeit prove that one does not have to run into burning buildings or serve in the military to be a hero and save a life, but rather one can be a hero to someone by simply donating blood. The Kimball couple has been donating blood for approximately 25 years with Connie reaching the 100 donation mark, which adds up to 12 and a half gallons of blood, the day after Christmas this past year. “They say you save three lives with each unit, and one time they did tell me it was for a baby so that made me feel good,” Connie said....

  • Banner County Releases First Semester Honor Roll

    Jan 31, 2013

    The following Banner County School students earned High Honor Roll for first semester: Rebecca Brenner Dalton Jordan Cole Carey Megan Gifford Teresa Monsees The following Banner County School students earned Honor Roll for first semester: David Gifford Haleigh White Amanda Harrison Ben Hostetler Jake Carey Tyson Dahlgrin Ashlynne Hanan Allysa Matthews Michael McKown Josh Boston Hollie Clark Savannah Jordan Jacque Stauffer Makenna Dahlgrin Sierra Flores Courtney Knisley...

  • Years Ago

    Jan 31, 2013

    January 2012 Kimball’s police chief, Mark Simpson, was assigned to investigate an incident that took place on Friday, January 13. A Scottsbluff man, Rodney Ingensoll, 45, suffered a gunshot wound. The Kimball County Ambulance Service and the Kimball police were called to the Kathy Ryan residence at 610 South Washington Street in Kimball after 9 p.m. on the 13th, responding to call regarding a gunshot wound. Ingensoll was transported from the 610 Washington residence and taken to Kimball Health Services by ambulance. The victim was then...

  • Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense

    Barb Cross, Correspondent|Jan 24, 2013

    Boy oh boy, has this month been a busy one! It seems like when school is in session we are all in perpetual motion, and believe me sometimes my personal motion is pretty s-l-o-w! The nicer weather has sure helped my attitude although I would dearly love some rain! Birthday folks this week include: Travis Cochran, Nathan Rogers, Reta Pahl, Camy Anderson, Larry Malm, Toria McGowan, Owen Gifford, Nathaniel McGowan, Corwin Bunny-Moore, Marie Parker, Louise Person, and Ronald Kennedy. Happy Birthday and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Royce Ammon...

  • Bushnell Bits

    Jamie Carpenter, Correspondent|Jan 24, 2013

    Since I was unable to attend the village meeting last week, here’s a quick summary I got from board chairman Tim Nolting. He said the meeting was short and they only covered a few items of business. The board accepted a bid on the metal roofing material that was removed from the shop building when the hail damage was repaired. They voted to file their periodic road maintenance report. Rick reported that they are still having electrical problems with one of the water pumps. The village also decided to see if they can get funding to replace...

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