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Here Comes County Fair Week

With six years of 4-H experience under her belt, Dakota Vrbas, 14, has set her goals and looks forward to a successful Kimball-Banner County Fair. Beginning Aug. 8, 119 exhibitors from 66 area familie...

 
 By For the Observer    News    August 4, 2022 

THE CARTER CANYON FIRE

A large wildfire south of Gering destroyed three homes as August began on Monday and damaged several others as it continued to spread through the dry vegetation in Nebraska’s Wildcat Hills. As of Mo...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    August 4, 2022 

For Sale: Wheat Growers Hotel

Kimball's landmark Wheat Growers Hotel, a treasure chest of local history and lore, is on the market. Wheat Growers devotee Ed Avila, a former owner who reacquired the property 1½ years ago,...

 

Bushnell Fire Department Gets $5,000 Grant

Bushnell Volunteer Fire Chief Klent Schnell explained the process that the fire department personnel used to secure a $5,000 grant for the fire department from Plains All-American. Schnell said that...

 

Time Capsule Found At New Hospital Site

In 2000, the first grade classes at Kimball's West Elementary School filled and buried a time capsule which was to be opened in the year 2025. No one knew that before the time capsule would be opened...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    August 4, 2022 

Grateful For Volunteers Fighting Wildfires

Good morning, back here in a heat wave. Still not as hot as it was, and people in Texas or Missouri have the heat plus the humidity, so there is that. With a few rain showers that are hit and miss, it was really no surprise that the lightning...

 

Tourism Director Rocha Moves On

Kimball County Tourism Director Jessica Rocha submitted her resignation to the Kimball County Commissioners at the August 2 regular county board meeting. Rocha will continue until August 12 as the County Tourism Director. She has been in the...

 

Noise Ordinance Debated

The Kimball City Council members met with a packed house on Tuesday, July 19. The crowd patiently waited for the reason they came- – discussion and consideration of noise ordinance #806, which was...

 

KIMBALL FAMILY LOVES SNAKES

It's a family affair. The Coleman family – dad Mike, mom Jenn, and children Anna, 14, Sophie, 13, and Luke, 7 – have an unusual hobby and business of raising and selling ball pythons. The ball...

 

Kimball Considers Plans For Future

Kimball's proposed noise ordinance was a major focus of the City Council's July 19 meeting, but other important issues were addressed. Two agenda requests from council members were addressed early in the meeting. Christy Warner asked for an updated...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    July 28, 2022

'Tis The Season For Christmas Music?

Good morning! here we are at the end of July. Wow, with only August left it sees like this summer has simply flown by. I want it to last for about three more months, but know that won’t happen. We still have time for the lake, barbecues, gardens...

 

Clean Harbors Seeks Approval

On July 11, Clean Harbors Inc. submitted an Approval to Construct Request to the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy. This request is to continue construction for the implementation of the...

 

Human Resources Firm Talks To County

Zelle Human Resource Solutions met Tuesday with the Kimball County Board of Commissioners for 45 minutes; the presentation was on their human resource company. For their standard fee of $5,000 a month, Zelle would help the county in the areas of...

 

HOSPITAL MOVING AHEAD

A Hillen Construction Co. excavator makes short work of removing the 1950 boiler unit from the basement of the former West Elementary School, as progress continues on Kimball's new hospital building...

 

Police Respond To Road Rage Incident Near I-80 Exit

Kimball Police Chief Andy Bremer and his force were busy defusing situations last week. Bremer said a small car and a semi-truck got into a road rage incident Thursay night on Interstate 80. Both vehicles left the interstate at the Kimball exit,...

 

YARD OF THE WEEK

Brian and Rebecca White at 604 Chestnut St. received Yard of the Week honors. The Spanish style stucco house built in 1920 was purchased by the White family in 2006. It was overgrown and required a...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    July 21, 2022

Hotter Than A Hootchie-Cootchie

Good morning, sure is hotter than a hootchie-cootchie, right?! Take care out there. Tonight, July 21st, Bands on Broadway are at the 18th Street Plaza from 6-9 p.m., and in Chadron Bands on Bordeaux...

 
 By Natasha McFaul    News    July 21, 2022

The Tri-State Marker Comes With Interesting Background

A walking trail to the Tri-State Marker – where Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado meet – will allow one to experience the High Plains without disturbing the natural beauty of the private property. Pr...

 

GONE WITH THE WIND

Local individuals reported about an inch of much-needed rain on Friday in the city of Kimball, but a significant wind event occurred just north of town. The wind flipped the pivot in this wheat field...

 

NEW GATEWAY TO GOTTE

The City of Kimball recently removed the barricades at Gotte Park and 4th Street to allow traffic to pass between the park and nearby neighborhood. But in an effort to slow traffic from the park, two...

 

Tom Southard Makes Hall Of Fame

LINCOLN – Tom Southard made it. The longtime Observer sportswriter has been selected posthumously for induction into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame. He is among six inductees who will join...

 

Banner County Treasurer Resigns

Banner County Treasurer Monty Stoddard submitted his resignation to the Banner County Commissioners on July 5. The resignation was accepted by the commissioners and will be effective at the end of July. Stoddard began as Banner County Treasurer in...

 

THE PROFESSOR IS IN

Kimball's Tom O'Brien will step onto the stage again this week in the Theatre West production of "Legally Blonde." Legally Blonde runs July 14-16, and then July 20-23 in the Judy Chaloupka Theater at...

 

New Activity Bus Bought For Schools

The purchase of a new activity bus topped the action items for the Kimball School Board at its monthly meeting in July. To upgrade the bus fleet and maintain a rotation, the board opted to purchase a 2023 Thomas activity bus. With two bus trade-ins,...

 

YARD OF THE WEEK

On the corner of Second and Myrtle streets sits a beautiful, stately house owned by Chico Fernandez and Jeanette Merryfield. They purchased the place about two years ago and after remodeling the...

 

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