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  • YARD OF THE WEEK

    Jun 13, 2024

    The Crossman house at 713 S. Myrtle St. has seen a dramatic transition since the corner lot was purchased. When Royce and Shirley purchased the lot, there was a basement house there. Then they put up a modular house next to the basement house and finally built a bedroom on top of the basement house. The lot is large with many young and old trees. Not too many years ago, they toned down the size of the lawn by putting in tons of river rock that accent the beautiful green grass. They have a...

  • PEDAL TO THE METAL

    Jun 13, 2024

    Nancy Olsen of Banner County's famous Lawnmower Ladies puts the pedal to the metal during this month's Banner County Historical Day parade. The annual event is a highlight of the big day of family fun in Harrisburg that features games, meals and other activities....

  • Summer Fun Breaking Out All Over; VBS To Start

    Barb Cross|Jun 13, 2024

    Good morning! Here are upcoming events bringing us through the middle of June, already! Swimming lessons are starting up now and soon all over the area and so are sessions of VBS. The Harrisburg Community Church will hold VBS beginning the 24th of this month. Several posters are planted around town and invitations are being sent out to those who were involved in Kids Club but everyone is welcome! Today, Thursday, June 13th, the group from Omaha, the Frontier Strings, will be performing a free concert in Centennial Park in Scottsbluff. This...

  • YARD OF THE WEEK

    Jun 6, 2024

    Jason Lockwood, center, received Yard of the Week for the first week of June. He has lived at 306 Myrtle for a short time but has made the lush grass come back. His house belonged to his grandfather, Paul Heidemann. Built in 1900 and later bricked, the planter boxes are Jason's favorite part outside of the house. He has planted roses in one side and perennials in the other side of the planter boxes. Perennials include creeping flocks and a small flower that looks like a cigar. Pictured with...

  • It's Not Official, But Summer Is Here

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    Good morning! Great weather, a little rain and some very unwanted hail. Guess although summer is not officially here, it is here. To begin this week here is a reminder that the hiking path Saddle Rock Trail at the Scotts Bluff National Monument will be closed between sunrise and 10 a.m. on June 6th & 7th due to herbicide application in the area. Today, Thursday, June 6th, the 101 Dalmations will play at 1:30 p.m. at the Midwest Theater as part of the summer series children’s movie program. And at noon there will be a virtual training program t...

  • A BANNER PARADE

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Jun 6, 2024

    Pulling up the rear of the parade on Banner County Historical Day last Saturday is the hit of the parade, Banner County's famous Lawnmower Ladies. Linda Barret started the group more than 10 years ago to add a little spice to the parade. The group is open to anyone and everyone with a riding lawnmower and a Hawaiian shirt....

  • YARD OF THE WEEK

    May 30, 2024

    Loretta and Gary Copeland received the first Yard of the Week for the 2024 summer. Loretta will be the first one to tell you that her mother and late father, Roxie and Melvin Sims, should receive the credit for the outstanding yard and flowers at 500 S. Myrtle. Loretta's parents worked on the yard and accessories for the past 55 years, but her mother recently moved into Vista Villa. So in January, the Copelands moved next door to their new home. The yard has lots of beautiful green grass and...

  • Feeling Like Summer With Weather & Events

    Barb Cross, The Observer|May 30, 2024

    Here is assuming you made it through Memorial Day, finishing out May and looking into the face of June, already! Beautiful weather here this week, feeling every bit like summer. This evening, May 30th the Western Nebraska Arts Center will host the opening shows of Ginny Butcher and Karen Henneck with the topic ‘ “Captivated by the Landscape” from 5-7 p.m. These ladies are from Wyoming and have works created with pastels, oils and gouache. This is Free and open to the public. On Friday, May 31st, this is the first day of a three day celeb...

  • BACK TO SPAIN & FRANCE

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    Valentine Murdy and Hugo Rodriguez, both 16, have spent the last school year attending the rural high school and living in Banner County. Valentine is from the south of France, while Hugo is from Spain. Valentine, hailing from the south of France, was taken aback by the vastness and spaciousness of Banner County, a stark contrast to his home. His most significant adjustment was to the culture and the language. Initially, he struggled to string a sentence together, but now he's proud to say he's...

  • Banner County Stoplight Slows Things Down

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 23, 2024

    Good morning! After a couple of cool days earlier this week, we are off to warmer temperatures once again. The tumbleweeds still continue to be a pain in the derriere and we sure do need some rain. School is out for the summer, so here in town things are pretty quiet. The stoplight during the roadwork out on the spur is slowing things down also. The first stop light in Banner County, and most likely the last! In town, there are kids everywhere. Summer swimming lessons, reading programs, baseball and soccer! Today, May 23rd, the Calvary...

  • A BANNER DAY FOR ELITE ELEVEN

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|May 16, 2024

    The Banner County Wildcat Class of 2024, the 104th graduating class from Banner County School, has shown resilience. In her welcoming remarks, Superintendent Dr. Evelyn Browne acknowledged the class's struggle through the pandemic, a time period that tested their strength and determination. The 11 graduates will head off in a variety of different directions after graduation. Nathan Clement will attend Southeast Community College in Milford to study Automotive Technology in the Ford ASSET...

  • Busy Days As School Year Comes To End

    Barb Cross, The Observer|May 16, 2024

    Good morning! Here is trusting you had a great Happy Mother’s Day! Beautiful weather this week and lots of pictures on the aurora borealis – all of them beautiful. Busy week as we are finishing up the school year and looking for the summer to come. Here at the school house, May 16th there will be an AR party, the fourth and last one of the year, the pre-k will have a field trip to the zoo and then graduate at 1:30 p.m. followed by kindergarten graduation at 2:30 p.m. Wow. The next day the kindergarten through 2nd grades will have their fie...

  • POTTER-DIX CLASS OF 2024

    May 16, 2024

    Here's to the Potter-Dix High School Class of 2024: Jaxen Buettenback, Caden McConnell, Brayden Kasten, Hannah Kielian, Sabrynn Bogert, Jacina Wilbur, Madison Williamson and Gavin Williams (not pictured). Potter-Dix graduated eight seniors at the 2 p.m. May 11 ceremony. Brayden Kasten was salutatorian and Jaxen Buettenback valedictorian....

  • Time To Celebrate Graduates ... And Mom's Day

    Barb Cross, Observer Columnist|May 9, 2024

    Good morning and here is hoping you have had plenty of rocks in your pockets to keep you from blowing away! Holy moly have the tumble weeds been having a great time. The folks out there trying to repair fence lines really have their work cut out for them. Here we are already moving into the middle of May with Mother’s Day and graduations the big deal. Today, May 9th, the high school Activities and Awards Banquet will take place at 5:30 p.m. and over the hill it is Spa Night between 4-7 p.m. at the Good Life, and beginning at 6 p.m. it is Christ...

  • School Year Winding Down, Spring Activities In Full Bloom

    Barb Cross, The Observer|May 2, 2024

    Good morning! Here we are in May and looking at about two weeks of school after the end of this one. This evening is the annual Spring Concert & Art Show at the school beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the show! At 7 p.m., the Midwest Theater will have a live performance that is billed as the greatest two person circus act, “The Great Dubois.” Starting at 8 p.m. in the Valley Event Center in Gering there will be Midget Mayhem Wrestling. You must be at least 18 years old for this one. On Friday, May 3rd, there will be...

  • May Day! May Day! Time Marches On

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Apr 24, 2024

    Good morning on this beautiful final week of April! Unbelievable that over a fourth of the year has already come and gone. As the song says, time marches on. Today, Thursday, April 25th the Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff will serve a Grab & Go Lunch between noon and 2 p.m. if you are in the area. They are located at 17 E, 17th Street, and this is a free will offering. The kindergarten class will be taking a little field trip to Gering to the Legacy of the Plains Museum. Always exciting, and a fun place for the boys especially. The follo...

  • Banner County FFA Shows Well At State

    The Observer|Apr 18, 2024

    The Banner County FFA chapter competed recently at the State FFA Convention and boy did they represent the county well! Twelve local FFA members competed in AG Mechanics, Environment and Natural Resources, Livestock Management, Meats Judging, and Senior Public Speaking. Three people also received their State FFA degrees, and the chapter showed off Banner County by doing a table about Banner County. Here are the chapter’s results: • Ag Mechanics placed 31st out of 58 teams. • Environment and Natural Resources placed 31st out of 76 teams and e...

  • 'Born To Rein' Worth Seeing In Kimball

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Apr 18, 2024

    Good morning! Beautiful spring weather, for today at least. Stinking high winds and tumbling tumble weeds, welcome to Nebraska! Today, April 18th, there is No School at home, but the middle school track team will be headed to Kimball. There is NO School tomorrow either. Believe there is some ACT testing going on. Anyway, there will be a “Women As Warriors” self defense seminar at WNCC tonight from 6-9 p.m. For more information and to register, please call 635-6700. Also beginning at 6 p.m. there will be an informative Medicare Program at the...

  • MAC SPORTSMANSHIP TROPHY

    Apr 18, 2024

    Banner County School students who participated in basketball, wrestling and speech received the MAC Sportsmanship trophy for winter activities. All students in the Minuteman Activities Conference vote for the Sportsmanship Award each year. In the front row, from left, are Abigail Vargas, Lydia Grant, Keira Bolander, Abigayle Jones, Destiny Kraft, Nathan Clement, Brendyn Onstott, Ti Gaasch and Hugo Rodriguez Escalera. Back row: Kesmera Palu, Leeigh McGowan, Kambree Hottell, Karleigh Leslie,...

  • April Showers Bring Snow Plowers

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Apr 11, 2024

    Good morning, and as my daughter said last week, something she picked up ... April showers bring snow plowers, or whatever. Yep, near 70 degrees one day and a blizzard the next, actually clear blue skies and almost 50, then clouds, high winds, and blizzard by morning. Some folks are still without electricity as I write this and I know they are working around the clock to repair all of the damage and downed poles. Hopefully that is the last one for this spring. Many schools were closed Monday, including ours. Good call, people. The book sale at...

  • Banner Students Go To DC, NYC

    Apr 11, 2024

    From March 17-24, six Banner County students as well as their government teacher Mrs. Hilbert traveled to D.C. and N.Y.C. to participate in the Close-Up program. Students who attended were Grace Fankhauser, Andie West, Karleigh Leslie, Brendyn Onstott, Nate McGowan and Isaac Olsen. Student D.C. workshop topics were as follows: environmental issues, food security, college affordability, homelessness, and immigration. They participated in a mock session of Congress. Walking workshops brought them...

  • Banner County FFA Students Finishing Up At Lincoln

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Apr 4, 2024

    Good morning! Happy April and hopefully some showers, although March ended with hail at my house. The weather is so weird. When I think about a new month already, I just can’t believe it is going so fast, I’m not having that much fun. A fourth of 2024 is already gone. Graduations are not that far off and a lot of scholarship information is posted online. Today, April 4th, the FFA students are still in Lincoln for the state convention. The JAG conference was cancelled last week along with one other cancellation. Disappointment for those inv...

  • Lots of Events, Easter And Otherwise, In The Works This Week

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Mar 28, 2024

    Good morning! Man, has the month of March flown by or what? This week goes out the door with Easter this Sunday, and I think it is out like a lamb with about 60 degrees predicted with clouds. So we know the real reason for the season, but we are also aware of several Easter egg hunts surrounding our area. We will get to those here shortly, but first today is March 28th and there is high school track at Bayard, the Honor Society Induction at the school at 5 p.m., and the JAG students in Lincoln for Legistative Day. Lakota Language Classes will a...

  • Banner County Speech Team Heading To State Competition

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Mar 21, 2024

    Good morning! Beautiful weather, and we are sure ready for it, right? Today, March 21st there are two happenings that I think you might be interested in. One is at Backaracks in Scottsbluff this evening at 5:30 and is titled “Equal Pay Day.” It is hosted by Panhandle Business and Professional Women and is expected to end at 7 p.m. The other one is by speaker Robert Zemanek on “DNA for the Genealogist” and will be held at the Gering Public Library Council Chambers at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. The Close-Up group is still out of town until t...

  • UNSUNG HEROES

    Mar 21, 2024

    After hours of cooking before Kimball FFA's annual banquet and labor auction Saturday, FFA Alumni members pose for a picture in front of boxes of Rocky Mountain Oysters. Considered the unsung heroes of the FFA banquet are, from left, Ashley Laidlow, Bobby Martin, Dustin Wilke, Greg Wilke, Erwin Wilke, Brandie Wasielewski, Byron Wilke, Colton Boren, Keith Wasielewski and Duane Weisbrook...

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