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Friends and Neighbors: Southards have lived the sporting life following Longhorns


Tonia Copeland

When not chasing their "kids," the Kimball Longhorns, across the state, Tom and Karen Southard enjoy golfing and spending time together at home.

Tom and Karen Southard have been an integral part of the Kimball High School sports scene for quite some time, so much so that these record keepers are an institution.

Born in a small home north of Dix in 1936, Tom grew up to play football in high school. Though he never intended on going to college, a scholarship changed his mind. He attended Chadron State on a football and track scholarship, though he only played through the first football season before volunteering for the draft and joining the Navy.

"I came home and did all kinds of stuff," he said. "I was reading the Observer and I did...

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