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  • 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...

  • George The Cat Attacks St. Paddy Gnome

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Mar 14, 2024

    Good morning! Typical spring weather here in western Nebraska. Nice and pleasant, windy, with rain and snow! This week and weekend many people will be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day; here is to you and your fun and safety if you are one of them. I have a little green St. Paddy gnome that my cat George has gotten a hold of several times this past month. His little four leaf clover and buckle have been glued on more than once. Darn cat. The schoolhouse has very little going on compared to how their weeks usually go. Tomorrow, March 15th, there w...

  • Hardin, Patrol To Hold Meeting At Banner School

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Mar 7, 2024

    Good morning and happy Windy month of March! Nice kite weather if anyone does that anymore. Before we start the weekend, today, March 7, is the beginning of a Lakota language learning class that will be taught at the Scottsbluff High School. Beverly Running Bear from Black Hills State University will be teaching the classes through the 13th of March at 6 p.m. Friday, March 8th is an eventful day with a lot going on. There will be no school at Banner County School. State Sen. Brian Hardin and the Nebraska State Patrol will hold a meeting in the...

  • 4-H CLUB DONATES BLANKETS

    Joel Berger, Central Banner Club News Reporter|Feb 29, 2024

    The Central Banner 4-H Club met on Sunday, Feb. 18, to tie fleece blankets as a service project. This is an annual event for the 4-H Club. Club members Isaac, Gabe and Luke Olsen, Rachel, Luke and Joel Berger; Audrey, Silas and Eliza Ferguson; Luke Halstead and Theodore Perry donated fleece materials and tied 11 blankets. These blankets will be given to Kimball Health Services to share with kids who come in for care at the hospital. Club members enjoyed designing and creating blankets to share...

  • Lamb Or Lion? What Do You Think?

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 29, 2024

    Good morning! Well after today February is a thing of the past. This past week has been filled with spring and winter days buffeted by winds with speeds up to 40 miles an hour. So the expected wind of 18 miles per hour for March 1st seems pretty mild, bringing the question of lamb or lion? What do you all think? Winter sports continue to wind down with great year end finishes for both speech and boys varsity basketball. On March 1st, Friday, the annual FFA silent auction will take place at 5:30 p.m. I hear that the FFA group had quite a display...

  • 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 Overland in...

  • 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 o...

  • 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 at the...

  • 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 of...

  • DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

    BSCWILDCATS.ORG|Jan 18, 2024

    December students of the month at Banner County School are third-grader Kort Beottcher and ninth-grader Leeigh McGowan. Kort's favorite activities at school are recess and math. Math is his favorite subject because he is learning about division. The things that make Kort the happiest are seeing Grandma Vickie and playing with Reed. Leeigh participates in basketball, volleyball and Cats Committed. She is a member of the NHS. Her favorite subjects at school are math and PE. Leeigh describes...

  • 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 be...

  • PUPPY LOVE

    Jan 4, 2024

    While out for a New Year's Day ride on her motorcycle, Claudyne Jones' daughter Shelly Myers stopped on a bridge by Broadwater to take a photo of her bike. Enjoying the view, Myers heard puppies yipping and barking below the bridge. She found three small cold and scared puppies. Eventually she was able to rescue them, and her daughter came to pick them up. They were taken to a rescue and found new homes quickly. By Tuesday afternoon, all of the puppies were adopted....

  • 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 team...

  • SIXTH ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

    Dec 28, 2023

    Banner County children visited with Santa and enjoyed a pancake breakfast, crafts and wagon ride around Harrisburg on Saturday, December 16th, for the 6th annual Breakfast with Santa. In the bottom photo, the horse-drawn wagon rides were courtesy of Rick Henderson, his daughter Megan Allen and grandson Eli Allen. At top left, Mrs. Parson, Banner County art teacher, is shown with cousins Addison, Colbie and Trenton Knaub. They are pictured left to right. And at top right, Santa and Banner County...

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