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 By Jim Orr    News    January 26, 2023 

Bob Pinkerton Dies

Bob Pinkerton, a giant in the world of community newspapering and a pillar of his own community in Kimball, has died. The former Western Nebraska Observer editor and publisher died at the age of 90...

 

Sheriff's Deputy Filed Petition

In late October, a petition was filed in the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court against Kimball County Sheriff’s Office and NIRMA II (Its Workers’ Compensation Self Insurance Pool). The petition by sheriff’s deputy Marla Knigge alleged...

 

Town Hall Meeting Held On Missiles

The Sagebrush in Kimball was the site Tuesday for the Sentinel real estate town hall meeting related to the Sentinel missile system project. The Air Force set up stations to explain the real estate acquisitions as well as the timeline and the method...

 

MAKING ROOM FOR JOE

In 1966, according to the Western Nebraska Observer's Feb. 24 edition, senior Joe Culek, at 145 pounds "took a state wrestling crown in Class B at Lincoln, leading the Kimball team to sixth in the...

 

Veteran Lawman Stan McKnight Retires As Sheriff

With great honor, the proud family of Stan A. McKnight, would like to officially announce his retirement after serving 47 years as a lawman. His bittersweet, last day in office was January 5th, 2023....

 
 By Barb Cross    News    January 26, 2023 

Quickly Approaching The Last Few Days Of January

Hello everyone, I hope that you are having a great week. We are quickly approaching the last few days of January. I flat do not know where the time goes, I am definitely not having that much fun! There is not a whole lot going on in the Valley or...

 

Visitors Center Under Review

Two public hearing will be held on Feb. 7, 2023, at the next Kimball County Commissioners meeting. At 9:30 a.m., a public hearing is scheduled for comment on the adoption of Ordinance 2023-1 concerning Snow Emergency and Abandoned Vehicles on county...

 

FREE OBSEVER STORIES ONLINE DUE TO SNOWSTORM

Th Observer is presenting free, full version of all stories posted on its website Jan. 19 due to severe winter weather that closed roadways and delayed delivery of the Jan. 19 print edition. We hope you enjoy these stories, we appreciate all of you...

 

KCTS To Lease Vans From County

The Kimball County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement between Kimball County and Kimball County Transit Service to lease six new transit vehicles. All six vehicles are 2022 Ford 350 EL vans, ranging in price from $190,991.52 to...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    January 19, 2023

Another Midweek Storm For Kimball

Here we go again. Another midweek dose of severe winter weather was forecast for Kimball County and surrounding areas this week. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and forecast on Tuesday that 6 to 9 inches of snow could hit...

 
 By Jim Orr    News    January 19, 2023

Getting There

Construction carries on as Kimball's new $43.5 million hospital continues to take shape, but this area's harsh winter weather may have slowed the development a bit. "The project has experienced about...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    January 19, 2023

Spelling Bee Jan. 26; County Commissioners Meeting Jan. 31

Hello! Here we are smack dab in the middle of January. Man is time ever flying, sometimes in a winter mode and sometimes not so much. There has been more ice and my driveway is still blocked. More...

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED

This week's scheduled Kimball City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, was canceled due to the snowstorm forecast and lack of a quorum of council members available to attend. From left at last...

 

New Era At County Courthouse

Newly elected and re-elected Kimball County officials and deputies were sworn into office before the Kimball County Commissioners meeting Jan 5. At the first meeting, the first order of business for...

 

Leadership Intact At Kimball Schools

The first meeting of the year for the Kimball School Board consisted of reorganization and installing new board members. After the four new or re-elected members took their oath of office and were sworn in, Travis Cook was re-elected president,...

 

Marathon Man

While the New Year is still young, and those resolutions are still fresh in your mind, a little motivation from others is always beneficial. Four of the top 10 most common resolutions include healthy...

 

NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN

New Kimball County Sheriff Dave Hottell signs his oath of office Jan. 5 in the Kimball County Courthouse....

 
 By Barb Cross    News    January 12, 2023

New Year Begins With New Officials Sworn Into Office

Good morning and here we are in the first month of a New Year. A New Year coming with challenges and changes, some of those which began here last week with the swearing in of newly elected county...

 

Banner County

A tinge of the red and orange sunset reflects off the Wildcat Hills in Banner County this past week....

 

Radon Awareness Saves Lives

Radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas, is found in homes throughout Nebraska and in Kimball County. The gas is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, but it can pose a danger to you and your family in your safest environment, your home. Testing for...

 

TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE

Newly elected Kimball School Board member Ken Smith takes his oath of office on the left. The current member seated is Lanny Little. Others taking their oaths of office on Monday evening are, from...

 

Kimball County Up To Bat To Reorganize

Due to no agenda items, the Kimball City Council will not meet on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 3, for its bi-monthly meetings. In December, the council and mayor went through the reorganizational process. Now, in January, the county will reorganize....

 

Jim Orr Wins NPA 150th Anniversary Logo Contest

The Nebraska Press Association is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023, and Observer publisher Jim Orr helped create the logo that it will use all year to commemorate the milestone. Orr won a...

 

Brother, Sister Drug Suspects Still In Jail

A Pennsylvania brother/sister pair who were arrested before Christmas on I-80 with a suspected 50 pounds of marijuana are still in jail. Brett Donohue, 22, waived his preliminary hearing and the case has already been moved to District Court. He was...

 

AN UPHILL CLIMB

Some might say it's been an uphill climb to get through the last couple of weeks of winter – with the blizzard, then the minus 20s, then the freezing rain covered with fluffy white stuff. This...

 

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