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  • Wildcat Wyatt Reichenberg Wins Three Matches, Places Second At State

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Good morning and welcome to the last day of February, seems impossible! We do have one extra day this year, so there is that. Congratulations to Banner County wrestler Wyatt Reichenberg for his 2nd place win at state! Does not appear to be much going on at the schoolhouse this week. However, tomorrow, February 23rd, will be a regular day of school with no sports, just to give everyone a breather. The Gering Library will host Board Game Night that evening at 6 p.m., and the Midwest Theater will...

  • Wildcat Wyatt Reichenberg Wrestling At State

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 15, 2024

    Good morning! Lovin' Nebraska with flashes of near 60 degrees one day and 6 inches of snow the next!! This last blast of winter brought some pretty good moisture though, so that was appreciated. Interesting to see what the rest of the month will bring us. Here today, midway through February, the 15th, there is a Homeschool program out at the Wildcat Hills recreation area beginning at 10 a.m., and here at school there is an early OUT. Students will head home early for parent-teacher conferences....

  • Wyatt Reichenberg Gains 100th Victory

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 8, 2024

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Many area celebrations are offered to help with this mid-week holiday on the weekend prior. A few include: • This evening, February 8th, February Sip & Shop at 401 Beltline Hwy. W Suite 5, Scottsbluff. • Several on the 9th: Valentine’s Day Date Night in Mitchell, which will include a movie, flowers & gifts, and dinner. This will be available on Friday the 9th at 5 p.m. and on Saturday the 10th at 8 p.m. Contact information is available at Pinnacle Bank or Redz Bar & Grill. • Elodie’s Oddities at 102 E...

  • Phil's Forecast Would Be Different In Nebraska

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 1, 2024

    Good morning! It’s February but feels like May! Least for awhile, and how about that Punsutawney Phil? If he were here in Nebraska I do believe his weather predictions would be quite different, but I still have high odds for more winter. Safer that way. Well, here at home on February 1st we have the annual spelling bee at the school at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to go watch. Also the high school wrestling team will be competing at a MAC conference tournament in Bridgeport. That evening the Western Nebraska Art Center will host an...

  • January Sports Winding Down For Wildcats During Our 'Heatwave'

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 25, 2024

    Good morning! I hope you are enjoying this heat wave that we are having, nothing below zero, at least as  far we can tell for now. Personally I have never been very fond of January, partly due to the weather. After the 1st, it seems to go on forever! Even with all of that, it is hard to believe that this is the last week before February says “hello!”  However, starting this final week, tonight January 25, the Midwest Theater will host a musical comedy as the Three Redneck Tenors perform at 7 p.m. It also is Adult Anime Night for Adults...

  • Family In Nevada, Missouri & Oklahoma Getting Weather Like Ours

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 18, 2024

    Good morning, and wow has it ever been cold! From here in Nebraska where we are accustomed to extreme weather, I have been in touch with family in Nevada, Missouri and Oklahoma – and they have all been experiencing weather much like ours. With that said, it still doesn’t make me feel much better about it all! Thankfully, I am one of the lucky ones who does not HAVE to go out, and I do not have animals that are out there and needing care. For those of you that do have to be out, please take care. I think that we are looking to have somewhat...

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside; Sports & Activities Keep Banner Students Busy

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 11, 2024

    Good morning! Baby it’s cold outside, acting like it is January! Here is hoping that all is well with you and that you have your hat and gloves on if you must be outside! This week starts out with our kids having a regular day of school tomorrow, Friday, January 12th. However, there are still sports as the girls and boys varsity teams are off to play basketball at South Platte. The Lady Cats play at 5 p.m. and the Wildcats play at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile, over in the valley, there will be a PFR Insight meeting at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Scott...

  • New Year Begins And So Do School Days In Banner County

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jan 4, 2024

    Holy cow! Just like that we have a New Year! New do-overs to get it right. Not a whole lot going on, but here is what I’ve got. Today, January 4th, 2024 there is a New Year Animal Camp out at the Riverside Discovery center from 9:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. with a pizza lunch provided on site. Register at the gift shop please. Yesterday the staff at Banner County School returned, with or without smiles on their faces. Those vacations are always too short. The students returned today, and probably are ready to be back, and with tomorrow (the 5th) to b...

  • And You Can Kiss It Goodbye

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 28, 2023

    Good morning and here we are kissing 2023 Goodbye. All in all the year was better then some for me, but I am still l not sad to see 2023 come to and end and I am looking forward to the new one. I hope the same can be said for you. Very little outside events this week other than New Year’s Eve celebrations and most of those are spent with family and friends. The Midwest has one more showing today, December 28th. of “Mrs. Doubtfire” and that will be at 1:30 p.m. Although school is out until next year, the boys junior varsity basketball...

  • Wishing You All The Very Best This Christmas

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 21, 2023

    Good Morning! Here we are and it is your Last weekend to shop for Christmas! Some local churches will have regular Sunday services on the 24th and special services on that evening, Christmas Eve 2023. The Harrisburg Community Church invites you to join them at 6 p.m. The last day of school at Banner was yesterday Dec. 20 and until early January of the new year, No School. However, there are two ball games today. Both are at home vs. Cody-Kilgore, with the girls varsity game at 2 p.m. and the boys varsity at 3:30 p.m. No more sports until the 29...

  • Trust Me, Big Horn Sheep Are Crossing Hwy. 71

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 14, 2023

    Good morning! Wow, has that wind been getting after it, and the tumble weeds are not just tumbling, they are taking flight! I know we need the moisture, but personally I hope it holds off until the holidays are over. It would make travel a lot easier. Have any of you ever seen the Big Horn sheep that make the Wildcat Hills their home? I see them a lot, and have happened upon about a half dozen accidents involving them. Well, a few days ago as I was headed north, one of them streaked across Hwy. 71 headed west. He was really moving as he...

  • With All This Going On, Chistmas Is In The Air

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Dec 7, 2023

    Good morning! I have to say that so far December has been great. The sunrise Monday morning was stunning. Hope you were able to see it. After the snow on Sunday and my near miss with a stop sign, slush and ice, I definitely appreciate dry roads, and I am sure you do too! We are sorry to hear of the passing of Lyle Huffman, long time Banner County resident, and our sympathies are extended to his family. Here we go with another busy week. Tonight! – December 7th – the 6th graders will show you their marketing skills at the Sixth Grade...

  • Nice Start To December With The Party Girl

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 30, 2023

    Good morning, and here we are in December. I must be a party girl and don’t’ know it. I am not having that much fun, but boy is the time flying! Today is the last day of November 2023, and our wrestling team is headed for Hemingford for a tournament to begin at 4 p.m. Tomorrow, the varsity girls and boys basketball teams head to Hyannis with the boys game at 4 p.m. and the girls at 4:30 p.m. Over the hill, the Midwest will play the movie “Four Christmases” at 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday, the 2nd at 7 p.m. Torrington...

  • District One Act Play Competition Here Nov. 29

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 23, 2023

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and yours! I am wishing you time with family, friends,food,fun and relaxation on this weekend, and hopefully many reasons to be thankful. We had a gentle reminder this past weekend on Sunday, and personally I was reminded that even with the loss of loved ones we can be thankful. On Thanksgiving Day, the 40th annual Thanksgiving in the Valley Dinner will be held at the Guadalupe Center offering a Free dinner between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you are in need of home delivery, please call 632-3736. Well, and of course now we...

  • Thanksgiving Week On The Horizon

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 16, 2023

    Good morning, Spring has been in the air and slowly fading, but we will take all we can get! Last week was the Dinner Theater & One Act Play, delicious meal and awesome job by the students! Thanks for a great evening and to the coaches. Well, this week we had the Veterans Program and breakfast, and another thank you to all involved in that, and now we are going into the week with Thanksgiving on the horizon. Tomorrow, November 17th, the wrestling team will be headed to Morrill for competition matches that begin at 9 a.m. And beginning on that d...

  • Banner Students Perform One Act Play Nov. 10 For Dinner Theater

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 9, 2023

    Good morning! Welcome to a beautiful fall season so far, raking leaves and cooler days. Today, Thursday, November 10th our wrestling team is headed to Hemmingford for matches that will begin at 10 a.m. – and the homeschool program will be beginning at the Wildcat Hills at 10 a.m. also. Over those hills the Lied Library in Scottsbluff will be holding Preschool Story Time at 10 a. m and then later at 6:15 p.m. They have this program every Thursday and all preschoolers are invited. That evening the Midwest Theater will have a live program with...

  • Banner FFA Students At National Convention

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Nov 2, 2023

    Good morning! Finally had that hard freeze, now let’s have spring, haha. Just getting started. Well, here we are in November. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are soon to be days of celebration. As a heads-up, the Veterans Day celebration at the school will be on Wednesday, November 8. Currently and through November 20th, there is an exhibit at the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering titled “Voices and Votes.” It is based on a major exhibit that is at the Smithsonian National Museum. Today is preschool story time at the Lied library in...

  • Fall Harvest Potluck This Weekend At Banner County Fire Hall

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Oct 26, 2023

    Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. Here is hoping you are having a great fall season and enjoying this beautiful weather. We will be finding less and less of that real soon, as beet harvest continues. We are sending our condolences to the family of George Jerred, who passed away recently and until a few years ago was a lifelong resident of Banner County. We would like to express sympathy also to the family of Jan Rundell, who has also passed away, another family connected to Banner County for many generations. Just as a...

  • Oh, No, The W-Man Said The 'S' Word

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Oct 12, 2023

    Good morning Banner County! Well first thing on Monday morning I heard the weatherman talk about what a great fall we have been having, even the weekends and then he up and said a bad four letter word.. Snow. No way am I ready for that, not for another 3 months. It was really beautiful this past weekend, perfect weather to visit the Adams Family Pumpkin Patch (or several other local pumpkin patches! ). Our elementary kids will be headed that way today, October 12th., the coldest day predicted for this week. As I write this I am hoping that the...

  • It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas?

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Oct 5, 2023

    Good morning and Happy October! Halloween and Christmas decorations are on sale everywhere. Are you ready? I myself am trying to get into the spirit of fall, my most favorite time of the year. However, this year it seems like summer got such a late start that it is ending much too soon. But as we all know, time marches on. So, did you head to Kimball for Farmers Day this past weekend? I was there for awhile, but not as much as I have been over the years. Hope you made it to at least some of the...

  • Andie West, Nathan Clements Crowned At Homecoming

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Sep 28, 2023

    Good morning! At least one more beautiful week without a freeze, although it sure is getting cooler. Homecoming last weekend at Banner County High voted in Andie West as Queen and Nathan Clements as King, congratulations! And there is more sports this week starting tomorrow, September 28, with cross country at Bayard and an early out for the rest of the student body because . . . it is time for parent-teacher conferences! Those will take place between 2-5 p.m. and then again between 6-8 p.m. Child care is provided for those who need it during...

  • Fall Is In The Air, Farmers Busy

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Sep 21, 2023

    Good morning this beautiful fall morning in Nebraska! Hope we have this kind of weather for the next 90 days, and then spring! Everyone is still pretty busy and farmers are still trying to get wheat planted while beans, corn and beet harvest is still ahead. Whew! For this upcoming week, Thursday, September 21st, there will be a home volleyball game at 1 p.m. verses Community Christian. Football on tap for this week is here at home as the Wildcats celebrate Homecoming. Game time Friday is 5 p.m. for volleyball and 7 p.m. for the football game....

  • Homecoming Week For Wildcat Nation

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Sep 14, 2023

    Good morning! lots of rain and somewhat cooler. Kind of a mix of spring and fall. Nice football weather for the most part. This week – today Thursday, September 14th – there will be another pre-school program at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center hosted by the Nebraska Game & Parks and Wildcat Hills SRA. “Feathered Friend” will begin at 10 a.m. and is Free, however, a park permit is required. Beginning the next day through the 17th, there will be a display of quilts at the Torrington fairgrounds Rendezvous Center. This is part of the “Qu...

  • Flowerfield School Opens!

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Sep 7, 2023

    Good morning and Happy September! Wow did we ever have rain this past Sunday. Puddles everywhere. Hopefully that will help with the next plantings. Did anyone make it to the Horizon Music Festival this past weekend? I was lucky enough to go for a while on Saturday and know the stage lights were still on Sunday, rain and all. I was just wondering if the full lineup of artists were able to perform. I sure hope so. What I did see was great and I hope this becomes an annual event. Here is another question for you: Do you know what the Honor Flight...

  • Local News Centers Around Harvest; Remembering John Jones

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Aug 31, 2023

    Good morning, Banner County, here is a little News, Notes and Nonsense. Local news is still centered around harvest as we are in need of rain for the next crop planting and the harvesting of the remaining summer crops. School, of course, has started and that means fall sports. Volleyball and football games got underway last week. The next county commissioners meeting is on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:30 a.m. and everyone is welcome. We are sorry to hear of the passing away of lifelong Banner County resident, John Jones. Our sympathy goes out to...

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