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Veterans Day Speaker Brings Vast Army Experience

Retired Col. Tony Baker is this year's keynote speaker for the 21st annual Kimball Jr/Sr. High School Civics Class Veterans Day program. In 2000, Baker completed a deployment to the Bosnia and Kosovo...


Another Serrano Hearing Set

William Serrano, charged with shooting his girlfriend Tessa Ghering at their home in Kimball, has been scheduled for a motion hearing next month. Ghering died at the scene. Judge Derek Weimer continued the case Nov. 1 and a lengthier hearing is...

 By Barb Cross    News    November 10, 2022

Elections Are Over, And It's Time To Move On

Good morning, this week blew in with strong gusty winds and a time change. Both were unwanted by yours truly. Elections are over (yeah!), but since that was Tuesday, and this is Thursday, nothing for me to report. Hopefully everyone voted and we can...


Information Sought For Cat Lost In Kimball

The phone number is 336-880-7893 to report any information regarding Oliver, a pet cat who was lost Sept. 6, 2022, in Kimball. The wrong phone number was listed in an advertisement appearing in the... Full story


30 Feral Cats In Kimball Could Be Fixed In One Weekend

The feral cat problem was once again on the Kimball City Council agenda. Tiffany LaBeau, the founder of Kimball's Trap Neuter Release, said the City of Kimball approved her fund request to help 30... Full story



At 1 p.m. Friday, the Kimball Dispatch Center went from using paper and pencil to recording calls into the 21st Century using a web-based computer program. With Kimball County now into the 21st...


Housing Hub Gets County's Support

The Kimball County Commissioners approved and signed a letter of support Tuesday for the Kimball Housing Hub for the GBSD (Ground Based Strategic Deterrent) Deployment and Minuteman III Decommissioning project. The prepared letter stated: “As...



A spirited campaign season in Kimball and Banner counties is winding down as the Election Day nears next Tuesday, Nov. 8. With this time frame in mind, Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen outlines below what to expect at the polls for the General...



Kimball schools Superindent Trevor Anderson, in the top photo, sported the "Joe Dirt" look during Halloween festivities Monday at the junior-senior high school. In the lower photo, downtown was...

 By Barb Cross    News    November 3, 2022


Well, here we are in November, and this year is a special November because it is an Election Year! Man will I be glad when that is over with. Bet a few of you feel that way also! Voting will take place here at the courthouse from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Tu...


Banner Students Participate In Land Judging

Students and instructors from Banner County and 28 other high schools met near Gering to compete in State Land Judging Oct. 19. The North Platte Natural Resources District partnered with the USDA Natu...



In the top photo, Amber Wilke, Colton Boren and Krystal Wilke with AW Laser Art handed out candy to over 250 kids and adults at the Trunk or Treat Halloween event at Kimball High School on Oct. 29.... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    October 27, 2022

Tom Southard In Journalism Hall

Now it's official. Tom Southard, the longtime Western Nebraska Observer sportswriter and columnist, is a member of the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame. Southard was inducted posthumously Saturday nig... Full story


Council Cracks Down On Dogs

The Kimball City Council heard the first and only reading of Ordinance No. 809 – Barking Dogs and Chasing Dogs – at the Oct. 18 meeting. The ordinance states that an individual will be fined no greater than $250 for the first offense of a loud... Full story

 By The Observer    News    October 27, 2022


This is the second of two installments of the Observer’s Q&A with local candidates in contested races. This week we present the candidated for Kimball Kimball County commissioner, Kimball School Board and Banner County commissioner. For each race...


Kimball Health Fair

Jo Timmerman, a registered nurse at Kimball Health Services, gives a flu shot to Kelly Garrett of Kimball during the Kimball Community Health Fair at the Sagebrush. Ninety-two people received low...


1922 Tractor Makes Its Case

The Banner County Museum's 1922 Case steam engine tractor is 100 years old this year and remains operational. The Case 65 H.P. steam engine tractor in Harrisburg is one of only a few in the area that... Full story

 By Barb Cross    News    October 27, 2022

Time For Cool Weather & Halloween

Good morning, little on the cool side around here, but no snow they were predicting. Good for that, although we are quickly approaching November. At this point, Halloween has been celebrated in various places in several ways and this Friday, October...


Legion Hall In Dix Getting A Makeover

By the Spring of 2023, the Legion Hall in Dix will be restored and available for public events, according to Joe Bayura, Jr., who purchased the building in June 2022. After the purchase, Bayura and...


Two Halloween Events For Kimball Kids

Kids in Kimball will have two Halloween events to show off their costumes and get sacks full of candy. Always a popular event, On Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m. at the East Parking Lot of the Kimball High School, Treat or Trunk will occur. The other... Full story



Kimball High School's 2022 Homecoming Royalty present themselves to their loyal subjects at last week's homecoming football game. From left are second attendants Trey Schindler and Emma Patterson,... Full story


No Diesel, No Deal

Sealed bids were opened at the Oct. 18 Kimball County Commissioners meeting to purchase two 14-passenger vans for the Kimball County Transit Service. None of the submissions met all the specifications due in part to the requirement of excluding...


Kimball Presbyterian Changing Denomination

On Nov. 25, the Presbyterian Church in Kimball will officially be dismissed, and on Dec. 4, church members will celebrate their new name and church. Although still a Presbyterian church, it will be...


KVFD Marks Fire Prevention week

Fire Prevention Week 2022 marked the 100th anniversary of the week, which began in 1922. Each year from Oct. 9 to 15, Fire Prevention Week is observed to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which...


First Responders Recognized At Banner County School

Selflessness, that is a key characteristic trait of a first responder. To honor our local first responders, senior Ariel Acosta of Banner County School organized a fundraiser to support these... Full story


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