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 By Barb Cross    News    September 16, 2021 

Wrapping Things Up Before Winter Sets In

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. Well here we are in the middle of September and still some mighty hot days. Beans are being harvested though, so it won’t be long before it will be time for corn and beets. Wrapping things up...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    September 9, 2021

Busy Days In The Burg And These Parts

Good morning Banner County! Beautiful here in Western Nebraska right now. We need more rain, but then so do many states in the Midwest all the way to California. Here is a little bit of what is happening in our neck of the woods. Story time is...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    August 26, 2021

Van Pelt Reunion Offers Much At Museum

Good morning Banner County. Here is hoping that you are having a good week, one that is not too hot to handle. With red flag days this past week, we are praying for rain. The 2021 Van Pelt Reunion will take place at the picnic area of the Banner...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    August 19, 2021

We Really, Really Need Some Rain; School Opens In Banner

Good morning Banner County! Boy have we had our share and then some of fires here this past month. Another one in the northwestern corner this past week. We really, really need some rain. School has officially started here and in a number of other...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    August 12, 2021

We Can Not Thank The Firefighters Enough

Good morning! I hope you are well and handling the smoke as best as possible. Fire is always a terrible thing and at this point the fire just east of here has been at it for close to a week. Many firefighters have been on the scene 24/7. I am sure we...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    July 29, 2021

Wheat Harvest A Done Deal For Some

Good morning Banner County! Wheat harvest is well under way, and mostly finished in most parts around here. Some areas are still spotty. Summer is definitely winding down. And my lawn needs mowed! Today! Thursday, July 29th folks in Chadron will...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    July 22, 2021

Combines & Semis All Over Banner

Good morning Banner County! The combines and semis have been in and out and all over Harrisburg and Banner for the past week. We have been very fortunate  with our weather so far and hopefully most...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    July 15, 2021

Seems Like School Is Just Around the Corner

Good morning and nice to see that some wheat harvesting has gotten under way. I feel deeply sorry for the folks who were affected up by Alliance this past week by the the huge hail. Corn fields looked like someone had gone through them with a...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    July 7, 2021

Oregon Trail Days The Big Deal Around Here

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far! Hot and dry around here and some of the wheat looks like it is ready to head to town. We might just see that begin to happen soon. Well, after two nights of rodeo and fireworks at the Bridgeport Camp...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    July 1, 2021

Fourth Of July Fun Throughout The Area

Good morning! Beautiful weather to start out the month of July ... Can you believe July is here already? I want it to be May. I need more time and nice weather. Well, since it is July you know that this week everyone everywhere will be celebrating...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    June 24, 2021

Days About To Get Shorter, But Plenty Going On

Good morning Banner County! We started this week out with a better attitude, at least around our house, due mostly to a couple of cooler days and some much needed rain. We had close to an inch of rain Sunday evening with a little small hail....

 
 By Barb Cross    News    June 17, 2021

Bless The Sweet Little Critters

Good morning! June has arrived with farmers in the field, hot weather and summer celebrations! I think in a past life my husband was at the very least a relative of Johnny Appleseed because every year or so we plant & re-plant trees. Recently we...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    June 10, 2021

Things Pretty Slow, But We're On The Go

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far! Well summer has arrived hot and hot! A little rain and just like that everything is green! I hope you all are loving it. Here at home things are moving in the fields and pretty slow, but on the go...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    June 3, 2021

Hot Fun In The Summertime

Good morning Banner County! Well, after several days of cloudy unsettled weather we woke up Monday morning, Memorial Day, to beautiful blue skies and with what appears to be summer on its way. I certainly hope so because area swimming pools are...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    May 27, 2021

Remembered For Sacrificing Everything

Good morning Banner County! This week ends with Memorial Day. In the Bluffs and surrounding areas there will be Memorial Ceremonies in many cemeteries and at the Veterans Home in Scottsbluff. We will remember those who sacrificed everything so we...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    May 20, 2021

Moving On, Up And Forward

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. Here we are in the middle of May and the school year will be over for most of our area students by the end of the week. Our last day for the kids is Thursday with a 1 p.m. dismissal. Hooray ! Senior...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    May 6, 2021

Here Come Graduation & Mama's Day

Good morning, Banner County! Here we are on the home stretch as far as senior graduation 2021 goes! Hallelujah! However, before all of that, the kids have high school track at Leyton this Friday, May 7th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Then they will...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    April 29, 2021

Spring Has Sprung Around Here (Banner County)

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far. I do believe spring has finally sprung! We sure have had some beautiful weather here lately. The folks in Torrington are thinking spring as the South East Wyoming Art Association is inviting all...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    April 22, 2021

Here Come Arbor Day & Earth Day, But What Season Is It?

Good morning! Whatever season we are in today, I hope that it is a good one. We have a few options this week to get out and enjoy ourselves as long as a snowstorm does not pop up and cancel them out. That is still a possibility for this time of...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    April 15, 2021

Student Artist Makes This Grandmother Proud

Good morning! Here is hoping that you didn’t get blown away or sand blasted by the crazy winds that have been annoying us lately. Can’t even begin to call that kite flying weather. This past weekend was a half & half, one beautiful day, and one...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    April 8, 2021

Karen Valdes Named Young Educator of Year

Good morning Banner County! Beautiful here the past few days, and a great Easter weekend, hope yours went well. Congratulations to former Banner County School graduate, Karen Valdes in being named the “Young Educator of the Year 2021.” Karen is...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    April 1, 2021

Super Great: Our Church Buildings Are Open For Easter

Good morning Banner County, friends near and far! Beautiful weather just in time for Easter. We still have a little snow piled here and there, but I suspect that the high temperatures and high winds will take care of that. As far as Easter, our churc...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    March 25, 2021

Spring Is In The Air While Snow Is On The Ground

Good morning and Happy Spring! She arrived in spite of all of our snow, hallelujah! You know last week I knew we were missing school on Monday. However, I didn’t know the same was going to be happening on Tuesday and Wednesday. School on Thursday a...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    March 18, 2021

Winter Arrives All At Once, Shuts Down The Burg

Good morning and I hope you are enjoying the heat wave! This past weekend we were given our “winter” season all at once as our entire area and quite a ways beyond was hit with blizzard conditions and lots of snow and cold. Everything here in the...

 
 By Barb Cross    News    March 11, 2021

Sometimes You Never Know The Value of Moment Until It's A Memory

Good morning Banner County! The beautiful spring tease is about to cool off by about a 15/20 degree drop, but it sure has been nice to have such great weather. Along with that change we will also be springing forward with our clocks beginning on Sund...

 

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