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 By Barb Cross    News    April 22, 2021

Here Come Arbor Day & Earth Day, But What Season Is It?

Good morning! Whatever season we are in today, I hope that it is a good one. We have a few options this week to get out and enjoy ourselves as long as a snowstorm does not pop up and cancel them out. That is still a possibility for this time of...

 

THE NEW HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN

Cassie Gasseling, Kimball Health Services chief financial officer, speaks April 13 at Kimball County Transit Service headquarters to present plans for a new hospital to the community. A reported 38...

 

Ace Is The Place For New Owner

Forget calling it the old Shopko building. The new name is Kimball Ace Hardware, according to owner Jeff Lepp. Lepp spent about 40 minutes telling the Observer about his new store in Kimball. "We... Full story

 

Mayor Recall Process Moves On

The City of Kimball mayoral recall process continues. Mayor Keith Prunty issued a statement to the media in response to the petition to recall. And one person who filed a petition, Ashley Sisk, said she was looking to “withdraw my name” from the...

 

37% Of Panhandle Adults Vaccinated; One New Case Here

Panhandle Public Health District reported Kimball County has only one new COVID-19 case for the past week. The surrounding counties of Cheyenne and Scotts Bluff have increased numbers, with six and 17 new cases, respectively. Just over 37 percent of...

 

CELEBRATING KIMBALL COUNTY TRANSIT

Kimball County Transit Service employee Ron Wall shows Mary Lynch first graders Riyah Jonsrud, Adie Weinbender, Breckin Wise and J.J. Rohde the transit bus. This week is Nebraska Public Transit Week,...

 

KIMBALL COUNTY GOVERNMENT DAY

Kimball County Government Day occurred on Tuesday, April 13. Kimball High senior civics students listen to District Court Clerk Deb Diemoz explain the duties associated with the District Court....

 
 By Barb Cross    News    April 15, 2021

Student Artist Makes This Grandmother Proud

Good morning! Here is hoping that you didn’t get blown away or sand blasted by the crazy winds that have been annoying us lately. Can’t even begin to call that kite flying weather. This past weekend was a half & half, one beautiful day, and one...

 

KIMBALL ROYALTY

Kimball Senior High’s 2021 prom royalty gather for a photo on their big night last weekend. From left are attendants Raven Johnson and Samantha Bemis, queen Reese Spradling, king Cole Henton, and...

 

Public Survey Planned For Schools

Over the past few months, the Kimball School Board has been discussing the school district’s facilities, and now they have reached a point of needing and wanting the community’s opinions. A short survey has been prepared by the board, and this we...

 

Mayor Recall Petition Filed

Two Kimball citizens have launched a petition drive to recall Mayor Keith Prunty. In November 2014, Prunty was elected mayor. He was re-elected in 2018. The recall process requires strict adherence to the Nebraska state statutes 32-1303 through...

 

Hospital Officials Make Their Pitch

Kimball Health Services presented its proposal Tuesday for a new hospital to the Kimball County Commissioners. The primary portion of the funding ($23 million) for the new hospital would come from a...

 

STILL BOWLING THEM OVER

Friendly and entertaining, Kimball resident Bev Wilson laughs and chuckles when she tells stories about her 60 years of attending the state bowling tournament. On March 29, Bev Wilson, 88 was...

 

Matter of Speaking

Xavier Thomas-Lewis of Kimball High School placed fifth in Class C2 informative speaking during the recent Nebraska State Speech Competition in Kearney....

 

Matter of Speaking

Banner County School students Haddie Grubbs, a senior, and Kairyn Miller, a junior, earned a trip to State with a third place finish at District. At State, they did an excellent job with fifth place...

 

Matter of Speaking

Potter-Dix speech team member Zack Rotert became the D1 state champion in humorous prose with a stellar performance at State. Also of note for the Coyotes, who finished sixth among 22 teams, were...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    April 8, 2021

Karen Valdes Named Young Educator of Year

Good morning Banner County! Beautiful here the past few days, and a great Easter weekend, hope yours went well. Congratulations to former Banner County School graduate, Karen Valdes in being named the “Young Educator of the Year 2021.” Karen is...

 

Potter-Dix Royalty

Here's to Potter-Dix Prom Royalty for 2021. In front are crown bearers Luke Halstead, left, and Emerson Frerichs. In back, from left, are attendant Brandon Mendoza, queen Mary Kasten, king Kyle Evans...

 

Kimball Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt officials estimated that 300 children participated in the Saturday, April 3, event at Gotte Park. The New Hope Assembly Church youth group organized and hosted the... Full story

 

Shopko Building Owner Planning

The new owner of the former Shopko building, Jeff Lepp, confirmed to the Observer this week that he purchased the property. Lepp owns and operates Specialty Sports & Supply in Colorado Springs,... Full story

 
 By Barb Cross    News    April 1, 2021

Super Great: Our Church Buildings Are Open For Easter

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far! Beautiful weather just in time for Easter. We still have a little snow piled here and there, but I suspect that the high temperatures and high winds will take care of that. As far as Easter, our churc...

 

A Close Look At Proposed Hospital

Operating in a 70-year-old building and facing rising patient numbers, Kimball Health Services is looking to build a new hospital. Hospital officials say the new facility would enhance patient care,...

 

Downtown Accident

Emergency personnel attend to one of the vehicles involved March 27 in a downtown Kimball accident. According to Kimball Police, on Sunday afternoon two cars collided near the stoplight and... Full story

 

32% Of Panhandle Residents Vaccinated So Far

Panhandle Public Health District reported no new COVID-19 cases in Kimball County for the past week, and the county is in the yellow or moderate risk category. All of the Panhandle counties are in the yellow or green category. One year ago, on March...

 

One And Done For Interviewee

Mayor Keith Prunty, Kimball City Council and the Board of Public Works conducted one interview last week for city administrator position. The candidate, John Walz, a mechanical engineer from Hastings, was interviewed. Since Dan Dean retired in May...

 

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