Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Barb Cross

Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense


With Valentine’s Day behind us and a few days off from school it sure has been nice to just enjoy being home. We (I) have under taken a re-modeling project that I am getting really tired of and will be glad to have completed. Hopefully that will happen this week!

The blizzard type weather we had last Sunday closed all of our local Churches, and although we hated that, it was necessary and better to be safe. On top of all of that we have had a lot of flu in the community, some with severe symptoms, and the swine flu has also been diagnosed a few times. Hopefully the cold and snow wiped out most of the germs and put some moisture in the air so that we all will feel much better soon!

Spring seems to be in the air as the trees are beginning to bud. Since we have some of our worst weather in March and April I am not liking the early budding thing. Doubt very much me not liking it will stop it, or slow it down any for that matter! I am definitely ready for spring though, and Easter has always been my favorite holiday.

The crazy chickens at our house have not stopped laying all winter--which is a good thing. However, lately they are really getting spring fever, or something and we are getting tons of eggs. Ayden and Joe sell on the weekends, but eggs are available anytime, just give us a call. Would love to help you out!

The kids are finishing up the basketball season and speech meets have begun. Track practice will begin soon, so as always be on the lookout for them using the town pavement for running practice.

The wrestlers that competed at the state level last week did well. David Gifford placed 4th. Congratulations David, the rest of the team, Coach Gifford, and parents!

A break from sports will come to the high school students this weekend in the form of a StuCo Dance which will be from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, February 23. Nice break for the parents too!

On the elementary side the kids will participate in the ‘Hoops For Heart’ program Wednesday afternoon 2-3 p.m. You may have been contacted by any students or students asking for pledges for this program which is conducted in association with the American Heart Association.

The local 4-H Clubs were able to complete their annual market beef weigh–in session last Saturday, February 16. The weigh-in is always backed up with a second available date, due to our ever changing weather. This year, all went well, and we are glad for that. The Central-Banner County 4-H Club held their monthly meeting Sunday, February 17 with approximately 15 members attending. A candy making demonstration was given by Cassie Onstott and chocolates were enjoyed by the members! Thank you Cassie, great ideas for summer 4-H projects.

On Tuesday, February 19, anyone interested in learning how to knit found themselves at the home of Vicki Grubbs and beginning a 4-H project there. I will try to report on the outcome of that meeting next week.

Dates for Quality Assurance will be cancelled as those requirements will be met on line this year. If you have questions on this please call the Extension Office at 235-3122.

On the last day of February, Thursday the 28th, there will be a showing of ‘The Powerbroker’ at 7:30 p.m. at the Midwest Theater. This is the story of Whitney Young often considered the inside man of the black revolution. Admission is free.

Down south, the Kimball Hospital Foundation will host their 17th Annual Bowling Tournament. This is the second phase of this tournament and will be held at the KimBowl Friday, February 22, at 7 p.m. and Saturday the 23rd at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. This is a 9 pin, no tap tournament, with both women and men’s divisions. The cost to compete is $20 per person and $1,000 prize money is added for scores of 300 to the already existing prize. Monies raised will help pay for new endoscopy equipment at the hospital.

The second in a series of Lenten Luncheons will be held on Wednesday, February 27, at the Presbyterian Church in Kimball located at 600 w 7th street. Everyone is invited to attend these lunches which will continue every Wednesday at this address through March 20. The time is 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and the cost is one non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Free Will Donations are also accepted. Free Will Donations are used for the food pantry and Assistance Programs provided by the Kimball Ministries Association and Supplemental Funds provided by Trivent Financial for Lutherans.

Birthdays rounding out February include: Easton Anderson, Floyd Hein Jr., O.G. Linn, Dick Soule, Jeff Jackson, Robin Parsons, Ben McGowan, Roger McGowan, Shawn Fulk, Jim Nelson, Tina McKeehan, Renae Parker, Riley Smith, and Wyatt Reichenberg. Happy Birthday to each of you!

Celebrating an anniversary is Mr. and Mrs. Randy Kennedy and Don Cashler. Happy Anniversary!

Well, until next time you all take care. Have a great week and call anytime at 436-7152, 641-1335, or write to [email protected]


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