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COVID-19 Roundup: First Case In Banner

As of Tuesday morning, Banner County was experiencing its first COVID-19 case. The person was described as a female in her 30s, and it was spread by close contact, according to Panhandle Public...

 

Plea Deal Made In Child Death Case

On July 7, Alexander Romero, 24, will be sentenced in district court on charges stemming from the death of his 7-month-old daughter, Aaliyah, in April 2019. The original charges of intentional child...

 

Three Fatalities In Area Accidents

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the wind on Saturday caused some major traffic accidents in the area. In a single vehicle accident on Interstate 80, the driver was trying to avoid some debris on the road, but ended up striking the debris. At...

 

What's Going On With The County Fair?

Some local decisions have been made for the Kimball-Banner County Fair to proceed with the COVID-19 situation, and the local fair board is following the recommendations of the governor's task force....

 

Kimball Superintendent Owens Says Goodbye From South Dakota

After two years at the helm of Kimball Public School system, superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Owens attended her last school board meeting via Zoom from her home in South Dakota, where she will retire. Each board member thanked her for her leadership...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    June 11, 2020

Wind Leaves Its Mark In Banner County

Good morning Banner County! Cooler here this week for sure but not so windy. Wow, the wind here this past Saturday was terrible. We personally did not have any serious damage and we did not loose our electricity. Parts of Banner County did though...

 

Griebel's Recount Victory In The Cards

Six candidates from the school board election were slated in the May 12 primary to move on to the general election, but sixth place encountered a tie vote between Maggie Laughlin and Jennifer... Full story

 

Emerging From COVID-19 Restrictions

In local COVID-19 news, the Kimball Community Concert Association is looking forward to the 2020-21 season but like everything else, it may look different. The local association has asked members to keep an eye out for a survey which will ask a few...

 

Hats Off To Potter-Dix Graduates Of 2020

Graduation exercises were held for the Potter-Dix seniors on Saturday, May 30, on Combs Field. The 30 minute COVID-19 compliant ceremony included the presentation of scholarships and shared addresses...

 

EATMON WELL SERVICE

"We used to run 24 hours a day with two divisions and up to 12 rigs." said Liz Ferguson, owner of Eatmon Well Service, as she reflected on the golden days in the oilfield. The oil industry has always...

 

Thank You, Mrs. Flores

Cathy Flores, who is retiring after 43 years as a first-grade teacher in Kimball Public Schools, was treated to a birthday parade as well as a retirement parade this past week. A host of students,... Full story

 

Towing Mishap

Nathan Belden lost control of a pickup that he was driving on Highway 30 east of Kimball at 10:02 p.m. Saturday, May 23. The pickup was towing another vehicle and fishtailed, thus causing the... Full story

 
 By Barb Cross    News    June 4, 2020

Banner County Notes: Our World Is Starting To Come Back

Good morning, friends near and far! Here we are in June, and boy does it feel like it, great warm weather, some rain and thunder showers. Our world is starting to come back to us ever so little. School is out for the summer but Banner County School h...

 

Life Looking A Bit Normal

Some things in our lives are getting back to normal as the Panhandle continues to deal with the coronavirus. Topping the hit list for Kimball County is the reopening of the Kimball's Pizza Hut. After... Full story

 

43 Years In Same Grade, Same School District

"It was always about the kids," said long time teacher Cathy Flores, reflecting on her 43-year teaching career. Not many teachers will be able to beat Mrs. Flores' record and her exemplary dedication...

 

Memorial Day, 2020

On a cool and windy Memorial Day, a small crowd at Kimball Cemetery gathered near their cars to honor those "who gave it all." The 20-minute ceremony featured the "Star Spangled Banner" sung by Jenna...

 

Golf Carts On City Streets Possible

The monthly meeting of the Kimball City Council was held on May 19 at 6 p.m. on the Zoom platform. The council discussed and voted on a variety of subjects from the Kimball Handyman Project and golf carts on local streets to streamlining the...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    May 28, 2020

Banner County Notes: Slowly But Surely, We're Getting There

Good morning everyone! I hope this finds you all in good health and looking forward to the warm months ahead. Here at home things are starting to open up somewhat, the church and bank at least. I have had no reason to go to the courthouse so do not...

 

Community Blood Drive June 8 At Sagebrush

The Kimball Community Blood Drive will be held on Monday, June 8, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Sagebrush (formerly the Kimball Event Center). Oorganizers noted that donating blood is still safe to do and is considered an essential gathering by the...

 

Seniors Graduate Virtually

Kimball High School virtual graduation was complete with Pomp and Circumstance, the Star Spangled Banner and speeches by the valedictorian and salutatorian. Students achieving academic recognition... Full story

 

Just Like Everything, Memorial Day Scaled Back

Although Memorial Day is traditionally considered to be the beginning of the summer season with people off to the lake and enjoying barbecues, it's real meaning can be found at the national and local...

 

School Board Vote Gets Recount

Most results of the May 12 primary election are final – but some results are not completely final yet, according to Cathy Sibal, Kimball County Clerk. The hotly contested school board race requires a recount. The recount will be conducted on May...

 

City Parks, Some Churches Reopening

Good news for children and parents alike as the Kimball city parks will be reopened on Tuesday,.Social distancing will still be required and signs will remind park visitors of the guidelines. Group sports are still not allowed under the current...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    May 21, 2020

It's Official: Banner School Year Over

Good morning Banner County! Well today, May 21st, is officially the last day of school for the 2019-2020 school year. What a weird year it has been. The first half was pretty much what most of us would consider “normal.” Then in March of 2020...

 

THE VALEDICTORIANS

"I'm focusing on seeing the bright side of tough situations. These past few months have been tough for everybody, but we won't get through it by looking at just the negatives." – Ginny...

 

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