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DOWNTOWN ADDITION

Kimball’s one and only Japanese restaurant is coming together and by the end of February the new restaurant is expected to be opened. The restaurant, named Ondori Ramen, will be located at 114 S....

 

Permit OK'd For Hunting

The Kimball County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The regular agenda items were addressed before the 10 a.m. public hearing on a conditional use permit. A preliminary...

 

Vaccine List Taking Names

Nebraska residents 65 years of age and older are encouraged to place their names on the COVID-19 vaccination list at Panhandle Public Health District. The number at PPHD to call is 308-262-5764. PPHD reported that more than 4,700 people have already...

 

Oliver Lake Vandalism

Unfortunately someone felt the urge recently to vandalize entrance signs and outhouses at Oliver Reservoir. The Kimball County Sheriff's Office said evidence includes tire tracks and there will be...

 

ACCIDENT NORTH OF KIMBALL

Late morning Tuesday, a Frenchman Valley Coop fertilizer spreader from Pine Bluffs was turning off of a Kimball County road north of Kimball, and a collision occurred with a truck traveling north on...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    January 21, 2021 

Banner County Students Will Leave You Spellbound (Jan. 28)

Good morning Banner County! Did half of Wyoming blow your way this past week? We sure did have a few days (and nights ) of nonstop high winds didn’t we? It was just extra cold and a big annoyance at our house, but I know there was a lot of...

 

All Aboard

New Kimball School Board members Albert Hargreaves, far left, and Chauncey Pedersen take their oaths of office Jan. 11 to join the board. Pedersen also was named the board's vice president during its...

 

New-Look Board In Place

Three newly elected school board members took their seats Monday at the January meeting of the Kimball School Board. The three new members – Albert Hargreaves, Lanny Little and Chauncey Pedersen...

 

New Cases Slowing

As COVID-19 fatigue sets in on the Panhandle, Kimball County’s numbers continue to stay steady or even decrease. With a total of 361 confirmed cases, the county had 18 people testing positive in the last 14 days. Since Jan. 7 Kimball County has...

 

Record Year For Bell Ringers

Pastor Roger Gillming reported to the Observer that the local Salvation Army was able to work just two and half days during the Christmas season, but the bellringers from St. John’s Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church and United Trinity Methodist...

 

MORE THAN A NUMBER

Recycling Resolutions for the New Year 2021 are simple to participate in and give you a feel good moment, when you recycle you are saving landfill space and preserving precious natural resources. The...

 

COMMISSIONER STANDER

Carl Stander takes the oath of office Jan. 12 as a Kimball County Commissioner from County Court Clerk Michele Woods. The commissioners, in their first meeting of the year, conducted their annual...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    January 14, 2021

Banner County Students On The Move These Days

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. Our beautiful weather has been great, but we sure do need some moisture, right? However, for our students traveling for sports or other school competitions, it has been especially nice. As usual,...

 

Shopko Building Nears Sale

With fingers crossed, the Shopko building at 1217 Highway 71 will no longer be called the Shopko building, as it appears that it will be sold. According to Red Diamond Realty, the building has been...

 

Flower Haven Finds Buyer

The Flower Haven in Kimball changed ownership Jan 1. Joe and Andrea Harroun purchased the local business from Kay McBride, who owned Flower Haven since 1988 and will stay and continue to help Andrea with funerals and holidays through Memorial Day....

 

Manor Staff, Residents Vaccinated

On Dec. 30, the Kimball County Manor became one of the first nursing homes in the area to have residents and staff get the COVID-19 vaccination. According to Director of Nursing Sarah Stull, 31 out...

 

WORTH A SHOT

COVID-19 vaccinations for those 75 years and older are now underway in Kimball and the surrounding area. Panhandle Public Health reported that as of Jan. 4, "2,108 people in the eligible population ha...

 

KIMBALL'S WATER TOWER

Purchases and major decisions made by the Kimball City Council 65 years ago continue to have an impact on residents today – and the water tower south of town is a perfect example of lasting...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    January 7, 2021

It's A New Year With School Days, Birthdays, Cancellations in Banner County

Well here we go again, hopefully a better New Year! School here resumed Tuesday, January 5th. For myself it was nice to have the days a little bit more scheduled for our senior, but not quite as nice for the husband that went off of vacation. As far...

 
 By Tom O'Brien    News    January 7, 2021

Dog GONE

'Twas the day after Christmas And all through the town, They searched and they searched But she couldn't be found.  Dear Midgey had wandered Away from her home, And now she was out there Cold,...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    January 7, 2021

EARLY MORNING SHIFT

When several inches of snow fell on the Kimball area overnight last Monday and Tuesday, city road crews were out and about clearing streets before many people woke up. In the photo, a plow clears...

 

COVID's Effects Hit Local Business

The effects of COVID-19 have obviously been felt throughout the world, but small local business owners have certainly taken the brunt of the effects of the pandemic. As COVID-19 cases continue to...

 

Happy New Year!

The Monday and Tuesday snow proved perfect to try out a new Christmas sled. After getting a push from their mom, Tiffany Johnson, Chance and Trajan get some speed to head down the hill at 5th and...

 

Goodbye, 2020

2020 will be remembered like other benchmark years in history – 1918, 1941, 1968, 1972 – but usually those years are remembered for just one or two events. 2020 will be remembered for COVID-19 which occurred throughout most of the year. Terms...

 

Kimball Fix-Up List Had 71 Properties

Mayor Keith Prunty’s report during a recent Kimball City Council meeting included a list of “City of Kimball Abatements” for properties that had fallen into poor condition. From June to December 2020, owners of 71 different properties in...

 

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