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 By Tom Southard    Opinion    February 14, 2019 

What A Week For Area High School Sports

An interesting and exciting week of area High School sports. I, and all of you fans, were treated to some unusual scores and other happenings. Pine Bluffs came to Kimball on a Tuesday evening and once again both their girls and boys are having great...


Jock Talk

The Western Trails Conference Basketball Tournament of 2019 is in the books and it played out just like it was supposed to with the number one seeded teams winning it all. The Mitchell girls and the... Full story


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Kimball’s Mike Daum had another big week of basketball as he led his South Dakota State team to wins over North Dakota State and the Omaha Mavericks. His Jackrabbitts won over North Dakota State, 87-69, and Mike had 30 points, shooting 11/15 from... Full story


Wild Horse Rights And The Story Of Frank Robbins

For nearly a century, the U.S. Government, American Wild Horse Campaign, and many others have fought for and against the rights of wild horses roaming the Red Desert of Wyoming. A Wyoming Federal Cour... Full story


Jock Talk

With the Christmas break behind us, the winter sports action returns and Kimball High is going to be very busy. They got things going this past week and it is even busier this week. This past Tuesday Kimball hosted Potter-Dix for basketball although... Full story


The Calm Before The Storm In Nebraska Politics

Now that the New Year has finally arrived, it is safe to say that this is the calm before the storm. The new biennium Session is scheduled to begin on Jan. 9, so the political fireworks are about to begin. There will be several hotly contested bills...

 By Jim Orr    Opinion    December 27, 2018

So Glad To Be Back In The Nebraska Panhandle

Greetings, Western Nebraska Observer readers. I’m Jim Orr, the new publisher of your hometown newspaper. Some of you might recall when I filled in here -- right here in Kimball, right here in the Observer office -- as interim manager for about a mo... Full story


Roughin' It

As I sit here in disbelief that the year has almost come to an end, I question many things in my life and choices and decisions I have made over the last several months and the last year. I have had the opportunity to grow as a person and meet more...


Jock Talk

A good weekend for Kimball High athletes and their respective teams.The Kimball High girls won both of their games against Perkins County and Morrill and are now 3-1.The boys split their weekend losing to Perkins County after leading until late in... Full story


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Kimball High got the winter sports season underway this past week with their wrestling team going to Bayard for dual action on Thursday and to Akron, Colorado on Saturday for a tournament. Here at home, the basketball teams played host to a four... Full story


Sheriff's Corner

One word…. Civility. Politics have gotten so out of hand this year and so much hatred abound on both sides. Politics have never been so bad. I watched a show on the Smithsonian Channel the other night where it showed the debate between John F... Full story


LTTE: Thanks for the years

Thank you, the people of Kimball County, for giving me the honor of serving you the past four years as a Kimball County Commissioner. I worked to do the best job possible, considering the vastness of the reaches of the county programs. While working...


LTTE: Honor Flight

The Honor Flight Board would like to thank all who make our flights for Veterans possible. We could not do any of this without all of you. We extend our appreciation to the Patriot Guard Riders of NE and CO, American Legion Riders of NE and CO, Tim... Full story


Randomly Tonia

Though we should express gratitude as often as we feel grateful, this is the time of year that we focus on thanksgiving – not the holiday, but the action. Each year, as my family and friends gather, I experience awe at those around me and how... Full story


Jock Talk

The Kimball junior high winter sports is still underway and entertaining you fans, but the Kimball High School sports is ready to bust loose this next week with the basketball teams headed to Gering and I am not sure what format they will use. I... Full story


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The Western Trails Conference released their football and volleyball All Conference selections for this season this past week. Kimball garnered several honors including senior Zane Anthony being named the 8-man Offensive Player of the Year! Zane was... Full story


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Junior High winter sports are underway to keep you Kimball sports fans occupied until the High School seasons get underway. The junior high girl’s basketball team will entertain Gering this afternoon (Thursday) with game time at 3 p.m., and the... Full story


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All of the local High School sports for the Fall season are over with exception of volleyball and the Kimball High Lady Longhorns will move into sub-district tournament play on Monday at Scottsbluff, but at the time of this writing, the pairings had...


Letter to the Editor

The Farmer’s Day Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed, volunteered, participated and enjoyed all the events last weekend. We hope everyone liked having more events downtown and the gorgeous weather this year! Without the City’s...


Letter to the Editor

I would like to say Thank You to everyone who voted for me in the primary election for City Council. I feel when you are elected to serve in office you need to be able to commit 100%. Due to unforeseen health reasons, I have withdrawn my name from...


Jock Talk

Some good happenings for Kimball High athletes and their fans. The football team got that big win they have been needing so badly. The cross country team had some really great efforts from their kids. The girl’s golf team had their best team...


Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: Our public school system is the heart and soul of our community. Not only are we providing the tools for all students to have productive and successful lives, but everyone benefits from an educated citizenry. Educational attainment is...


Letter to the Editor

I’m writing in response to last week’s very disappointing “Sherriff’s corner” in which you allowed a full 1/3 of a page for a political rant. Since you chose not to include a disclaimer, one can only assume that the Observer endorses the...


Letter to the Editor

As President of the Nebraska Library Association, I was pleased to see the Kimball Public Library described as “a social center of the community” on Thursday, Aug. 16. I think it is great that the community recognizes the treasure that it has in...


Letter to the Editor

Just prior to our recent move to Gering, my husband was trying to move a truck on a car dolly and as he was attempting to take the trailer to air up the tire, the entire tire fell off. A local gentleman, Clay McDowall, assisted my husband and the...


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