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Merry Christmas!

Winners of the annual Christmas decorating contest that Santa 's Helpers sponsored are Jerry and Sharon Williams, 709 Marian St., Kimball, in the residential division (lower photo) and Larsen's... Full story



The new Kimball Fireman of the Year is Dan Laughlin, who received the award at the fire department's annual Christmas party Dec. 11. Elected in the department's November election were chief Andrew...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 23, 2021

County Cracks Small Biz Top 10

A new study from a financial planning organization lists Kimball County among the Top 10 counties in Nebraska with the strongest small business presence. To be precise, Kimball County checks in at No. 8. The study measures IRS data on the number of...



Dear Santa, My name is Kasten. I have been good this year. I really hope to find these present under the tree: robot with no eyes snake toy a Santa toy When you visit, make sure and drink your milk and eat your cookies. Make sure and share the...


Sheriff's Office, Windmill Workers Team Up To Give Families Presents

Employees of RES, who work on Kimball area windmills, recently made donations to help buy Christmas presents for local families, and RES helped the cause by matching the funds. When the Kimball...


Christmas Week Church Services

Here’s a listing of Christmas week services this week in the Kimball area. St. Johns Lutheran Church Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. Christmas Day, 11 a.m. Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m. First English Lutheran Church... Full story



The high winds last week not only created havoc for truckers on I-80 but also took down a landmark at the Ferguson place located 3½ miles west of Kimball. The 60-foot Spruce was planted in... Full story



Crew members from the Signs65 shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., started installing lettering Dec. 16 on the facade of the planned Kimball Ace Hardware at the old Shopko along Highway 71. The work includes...


Dix Cemetery Joins With Arlington Wreath-Laying Ceremony

In coordination with the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, the Dix Cemetery was one of 2,500 locations participating in the National Wreath Across America Day. Christmas wreaths... Full story


Annexation Bid Put Before City

The Kimball City Council met in regular session on Dec. 7. Mayor Keith Prunty's appointments for city clerk and city treasurer from within the city's employment were approved unanimously by the... Full story


School District In 'Stronger Position'

The Kimball School Board met for their final meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 13. The board received a “clean opinion” on their annual audit conducted by Trevor Schuessler from Rauner & Associates, P.C. The presentation by Schuessler showed no...



The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kimball as Gretchen Green, owner of Gretchen's Grooming, hosted a Groom-A-Thon fundraiser for a family. Gretchen said, "I wanted to make sure those kids have... Full story


Holiday Heroes Live Up To Name

Jimadaya Wheelock, 9, was one of the young shoppers Saturday in the Holiday Heroes program, which evolved out of the old Shop With a Cop effort. He said, "I am going to get some stuff for my sister...



And the award for best actress goes to ... Chloe Berger. The Kimball High student, at right, was named best overall actress during the Western Trails Conference One Act Play competition at Mitchell.... Full story

 By Chad Miller    News    December 16, 2021

The Comeback Trail Continues

Friday, Dec.10 Perkins County 80, Kimball 36 Game four on this young season at Perkins County saw our young team hit the floor ready to go at it again. Perkins County had already two big SPVA...


Breakfast with Books (and santa)

No doubt, Santa Claus brought out the smiles Saturday during the Breakfast with Santa event, above, at Kimball Public Library. Next up in Christmas in Kimball festivities are the Christmas Movie... Full story


Tom & Karen Southard Court

After a solid win by the Longhorn girls varsity basketball team, Kimball Public Schools dedicated the gym court to Tom and Karen Southard. The dedication took place on Dec. 5, 2021, just short of a ye... Full story


Board Of Regents Candidate Williams Visits Kimball

A luncheon was held Nov. 16 in Kimball for candidate Matt Williams, who is running for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents District 7. Williams serves in the Nebraska Legislature and will...


County Addresses Personnel Matter

The Kimball County Commissioners ended their Dec. 7 meeting by entering into an executive session to discuss "imminent/potential litigation regarding personal matters." The executive session lasted...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 9, 2021

Windmill Workers' Donation Energizes Food Pantry

Employees of RES, who work on windmills in the Kimball area, have donated truckloads of food to Kimball Food Pantry – a record donation to the charitable organization that helps those in need. Not...



The recent Grandparents Day at Mary Lynch Elementary School was a treat for younger and older folks alike. The popular event once again was well-attended....


One Hundred Years Of Faith

On Sunday, Dec. 5, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball will celebrate 100 years as a parish. Most Rev. Joseph Hanefelt, Bishop of Grand Island Diocese, will be in Kimball to help celebrate this...


Q&A With Annette Brower

This is the second of two installments of the Observer's question and answer interview with new Kimball administrator Annette Brower. Which department needs the most attention right now and which depa...

 By Jim Orr    News    December 2, 2021

KCTS Wins National Transit Award

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration presented Kimball County Transit Service with the 2021 Connecting Rural Communities Award during the recent national transit conference. KCTS administrator Christy Warner told...


Christmas Season Arrives In Kimball

Santa traded in his sleigh for a new set of wheels during Kimball's Parade of Lights, "Hometown Christmas on Chestnut Street," last Saturday – the opening day of "Christmas in Kimball" festivities.... Full story


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