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 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019 

Hefty Hike Proposed For Nebraska Alcohol, Tobacco Taxes

If you think Nebraska has high enough taxes on alcohol with beer currently at 31 cents per gallon, it may be time to think again. A proposed sales tax increase would hike the cost of wine, beer, spirits and tobacco to reduce property taxes throughout...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019 

Activate Kimball Effort Reaches Out To Schools

Activate Kimball – a project between the Kimball Area Foundation, city of Kimball, Panhandle Public Health District and Kimball Health Services – hopes in the near future that a possible partnership with the schools will be agreed upon. Members...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019 

Couple Loses Home To Fiery Blaze

A structure fire at 304 Berg St., a manufactured home, displaced two occupants Feb. 7 when resident Randy Harmon attempted to thaw frozen pipes with a flame as he has done many times before. Harmon... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019 

Changes To Nebraska Child Passenger Safety Law In Focus For 31st Govenor's Ag Conference

Changes in the Nebraska's Child Passenger Safety Law that became effective Jan. 1 were discussed Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Kimball Head Start. Christy Warner of the Kimball County Transit, Kimball Police...


Kimball County Manor Celebrating 51 Years

Kimball County Manor will celebrate 51 years of caring on Feb. 28 – and invites the community to join residents and staff for the festivities. To join in, please RSVP to Shannon Monheiser by Feb. 21. What a difference the past 51 years have made... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 14, 2019 

Memories & Love Tales from Kimball Couples

February is a special month. We bring attention and awareness to the prevention of heart disease in the America. Along with drawing attention to this diseases, we also celebrate hearts in a different...

 By Tom Southard    News    February 14, 2019 

Jordan Cluff, Toby McManigal In An Omaha State Of Mind

Kimball will have two wrestlers involved in this year's Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament being held this weekend at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha that starts today (Thursday). Jordan Cluff, a...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 7, 2019

Kimball's Night For Amy A Success

An evening full of hugs, laughter, friends, family and fun all circled around one thing this past Saturday night. It was a benefit for Amy Sapp, Kimball's special project coordinator. After Sapp was i...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 7, 2019

Commissioners Approve Mining Request

Apex Sand and Gravel, along with Paul Reed Construction, will continue to work in the Kimball County area this year. Apex received an approval for a conditional use permit application at the Kimball County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5. The...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    February 7, 2019

Hats Off To The King

The hearts of young children, enormous in size and just as kind, are eager to please the ones the respect the most. Between the many students at Mary Lynch Elementary, along with the teachers and...

 By Jim Orr    News    February 7, 2019

Panhandle Tourism Coalition Gets $4,000

Getting the good word out about the Nebraska Panhandle has received a boost. The Nebraska Tourism Commission has awarded a $4,000 grant to the Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition, which serves the Kimball area, to participate in a “social media...


Kimball Gas Averaging $2.14

Average gasoline prices Monday were $2.14 per gallon in Kimball, 2 cents lower than last week, the Western Nebraska Observer’s survey of local gas stations shows. That price is 3 cents higher than the statewide average of $2.11 and 11 cents lower...


S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Bee Feb. 14 At McNees Auditorium

To Bee or not to Bee? This is the question. Will you attend the annual Kimball School District Spelling Bee? The public is invited, you know. The big event begins 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at...


Local Family Displaced From Possible Weather Related Fire

Kimball firefighters responded at approximately 1p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 to a fire that destroyed the home of Sandy and Randy Harmon at 304 S. Burg St. in Kimball. The cause was believed to be...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 31, 2019

Airport Gets New Lights, Beacon

When flying into Kimball, pilots will be navigated by new LED lighting along with some new systems put in place. A lighting project was completed at the Kimball Municipal Airport in December. All...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 31, 2019

Widespread Respiratory Illness Serious

Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, that it was temporarily limiting visitor access due to widespread respiratory illness throughout the region. No visitors under age 18 were to be allowed in the hospital until...

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 31, 2019

Shutdown Ends, FSA Extends Ag Deadlines

The USDA-Farm Service Agency is back at work following the government shutdown. According to the Nebraska state office, the FSA has been hard at work since returning and extending deadlines for agricultural programs. The office also stated in an...

 By Jim Orr    News    January 31, 2019

Kimball Library Turns High-Tech Page

Kimball Public Library is one of 30 libraries statewide chosen for a program to let library visitors use high-tech equipment to make various items – such as signs, personally designed T-shirts and pin-back buttons and much more – at bargain...


Wheat Growers

Kimball Friendship Senior Center was the place. Wheat Growers Hotel was the subject. About two dozen people attended Ed Avila’s presentation Friday, Jan. 25, at the center about the landmark... Full story

 By Jim Orr    News    January 24, 2019


Should it stay or should it go? The future of Kimball’s historic but rundown Longhorn Restaurant building apparently will be in the City Council’s hands as soon as it officially gains possession... Full story

 By Dakota Kuhns    News    January 24, 2019

Hand Grenade Found In Kimball Attic

When cleaning out your attic what do you expect to find? Possibly some family history, some possessions from your childhood. What about a real hand grenade from World War II? It happened in Kimball....


Kimball Rallies For Amy Sapp

A big rally benefit for motorcycle crash victim Amy Sapp, the Kimball economic developer and special projects coordinator, is set for 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kimball Event Center. And...


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