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Shop With A Cop

Sirens were blaring all over town Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't an emergency. It was the annual Shop with a Cop extravaganza. Fifty-four children from kindergarten to the sixth grade were...

 By The Observer    News    December 19, 2019

Christmas And Christmas Eve Services Scheduled

Here is a partial list of Christmas and Christmas Eve church servics that The Observer was able to confirm with area churches. If your church’s service isn’t listed, please check with your church. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church December 24...


Owens Submits Resignation

All six of the Kimball School board members were present to accept the resignation of Superintendent Elizabeth Owens at the Monday night, Dec. 9, meeting. Owens will complete her second year as leader... Full story


The Show Must Go On; Jingle Bell Market Defies Storm

Local crafters gathered at the Eagles Club last weekend after they had to cancel their original date due to the winter storm after Thanksgiving. The craft show, Jingle Bell Market in its fourth season...

 By Claire Smith    News    December 12, 2019

County Gets Patrol Vehicle, Transit Renovation On

The Kimball County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Kimball County Courthouse. After legal notifications, commissioner reports and a review of communications, county Highway Superintendent Randy Bymer discussed...

 By The Observer    News    December 12, 2019

Meeting The Man

Jax Anderson had a nice visit with Santa last Saturday, Dec. 7, at the visiting Christmas icon's den in Hometown Floral. Jax is the 7-year-old son of Brandon and Angela Anderson. Santa plans on... Full story

 By Barb Cross    News    December 12, 2019

Yes, Winter Has Arrived In Banner County

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. Winter has arrived. Our family took a little road trip this past weekend and I was surprised to see so many pheasants. In several different places and counties. My dad loved to hunt and he would have...


Storm Belts Kimball Area

Last weekend's severe post-Thanksgiving weather that brought widespread power outages presented challenges for many residents and the departments of the city and county of Kimball that serve them.... Full story


More Than 150 Utility Poles Damaged

As of Monday afternoon, High West Energy said its line crews had restored power to all but about 700 members in the wake of a brutal winter storm. Some members, however, were expected to be without...


A New Era For Kimball Bakery

Kimball Bakery is under new ownership. "What a great fit, and the timing was perfect," new owner Mary Sue Gates said. She said her "goal this week is to learn and then to slowly implement change."...

 By Barb Cross    News    December 5, 2019

After Two Days Without Power, Banner Awaits Santa

Good morning Banner County! Here is hoping that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, especially since the aftermath was not what any of us wanted. And I do not mean the extra pounds! The blizzard...


Opening Near For Karen's Kitchen

Dreams do come true, and for Karen Hewitt her Karen's Kitchen "is that dream." "I always had this dream, I always knew that someday I would have my own restaurant," she said. Karen Hewitt and her...


Mic Rohde's Excellent Adventure To Japan Was 'Life Changing'

University of Nebraska at Kearney students traveled halfway across the world to present their research and immerse themselves in Japanese culture. Nicole Kent of Benkelman, Haley Pierce of West Point,...

 By Claire Smith    News    November 28, 2019

Selling Event Center In Focus

The Kimball City Council at its Nov. 19 meeting discussed the possible sale of the Kimball Event Center and moving forward after the departure of Amy Sapp from her role as the city’s economic developer and special projects coordinator. It was also... Full story

 By Claire Smith    News    November 28, 2019

The Priceless Quarter Store Returns

Utilizing that which God provides, members of the Bushnell Calvary United Methodist Church help economically disadvantaged children experience the joy of giving a Christmas gift to someone they love....


Ruth Phillips: Mom The Hero

Heroes comes in all shapes, sizes and ages. At 88 years old, Ruth Phillips is the matriarch and family hero to her eight adult children. The eight children have a true devotion to their mother. They...


Carol's Nut List Ends Long Run

Carol's Nut List is in the history books. It is the end of an era of nuts and candy in Kimball. Owner JoAnn Mueller made her last sales of nuts and candies on the 21st and 22nd of November. On those...

 By Barb Cross    News    November 28, 2019

The Big Man Coming To Banner School For Breakfast Dec. 7

Good morning, Banner County friends near and far. As I write this, we are awaiting a predicted snowstorm. I am quite happy to keep on waiting. It would be great if all of you that are traveling for...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 21, 2019

Work To Begin On Transit Building

Now it's not a question of if, but when, Kimball County Transit Service moves into its new home at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut streets in downtown Kimball. The county commissioners voted, 3-0, on... Full story

 By Claire Smith    News    November 21, 2019

Historical Foundation A Key For The Potter Of 2019

Dec. 31, 2019, is the date that the Potter Historical Foundation begins its 20th year of "preserving the unique history of the town of Potter and combating deterioration of the central historical and...

 By Barb Cross    News    November 21, 2019

Date Set For Santa Breakfast In Banner County

Good morning Banner County! I see corn harvest is still under way for some of us, finished for others. Spring weather out here today, breezy and mild. And we are toward the end of November and looking toward Thanksgiving! I hope this great weather ho...

 By Jim Orr    News    November 14, 2019

Kimball Salutes Veterans

The Veterans Day ceremony at Harry McNees Auditorium in Kimball is a wholehearted display of respect for America and the soldiers who serve it. For many, it is unconditional. Kimball Mayor Keith... Full story

 By Claire Smith    News    November 14, 2019

New Dix Post Office Will Operate Four Hours On Weekdays

Although a date is still to be determined, the brand new Dix Post Office will be opening in the not-to-distant future. Final details are being completed by contractors before all new technical...

 By Claire Smith    News    November 14, 2019

Control Of Costs A Must For Schools

The Kimball Public Schools Board of Education held its regular meeting Nov. 11 in the city council chambers. Monthly reports were received from the treasurer and administrators. After consideration, the board decided to purchase the tier two level...


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