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Remembering Bill Nelson, His Stories & His Horseshoe Playing

Banner County

Good morning, here we are in the last week of August. Boy has the summer flown by.

We still have some great weather in store for us, but school and schedules sometimes are a bummer. Besides regular school, Flowerfield will be beginning in a few short weeks. However, here is a little bit of what is happening in our neighborhood.

This afternoon, Thursday, August 25th. at 1:30 p.m., the Lied Library in Scottsbluff is hosting a book signing and discussion over Nebraska author Jonis Agee’s award winning book “The Bones of Paradise.” This is about life in the Sandhills and some of the hardships endured. Free and everyone is invited to attend.

Although summer is winding down there is still time to visit the Scotts Bluff National Monument and check out the Emigrant Experience tour and discussion by a park ranger. The date is Friday August 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you are into golf and competition there will be a Tom Watson Memorial Mitchell/Morrill 3 person scramble in Mitchell the 27th & 28th. More information is available at 308-247-2817.

Another type of competition will be taking place on those same dates in Frank Park in Scottsbluff as the Nebraska State Horseshoe Competition gets under way. The time is set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the number to call here is 308-641- 3377.

Many of you remember former Harrisburg community member, Bill Nelson. Bill passed away several years ago. I always got a kick out of the stories he would tell about his early years here, but also about his award winning state horseshoe championship competitions. He usually placed first in his age group and I would bet if he were still here he would be in Frank Park this weekend.

Here at the Wildcat Hills State Park on the evening of the 27th, SRA will host a Night Sky event from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Perseids meteor show is supposed to be one of the best ones this year. The show is free but you need a park permit to enter the park and if you do not have one please call 436-3777.

The folks in Hay Springs will be celebrating August 26-28 with their annual Friendly Festival. Another golf tournament, plus an ice cream social, Free swimming, a parade, lawnmower races and more is part of the scheduled events. More information is available at 308-638-7132.

If you have little ones Saturday, August 27th the Riverside Discovery Center Splash Pad will be having a party and the first 200 people to come in will enjoy a Free lunch. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and you may call them at 308-630-6236 for more information.

The movie at the Midwest Theater August 26-28th is “Mack & Rita” with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. on the first two dates and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Also, just to throw a wrench in things, on Saturday they are advertising this movie as a “ Girl’s Night Out PJ Party.” So I am not sure if this a ladies only, or if you may come in your jammies, or both? Give them a call at 308-632-4311 and find out.

If you were in the Valley this past weekend you most likely came upon one of several folks selling garden vegetables, most often ear corn and peaches. Watermelon and more was available, and just to let you know if you want fresh green beans you had better get there early.

The Morrill Farmer’s Market will be on the 30th from 3-6 p.m. at the FOMO Park.

Here in the Burg with school back in session, so are the sports and Today! August 25th there is cross country at 3 p.m. in Scottsbluff and high school volleyball in a tri-meet at Cody-Kilgore. For times or other info. please call 436-5262.

On Friday the 26th there will be NO School, at least for the students. However, there will be a high school football in Wauneta that evening at 6 p.m.

Also the 26th to 28th is State Fair Academic Competition, so wish ours good luck, as well as to all competitors, and safe travel. Included in those well wishes is high school volleyball at Guernsey on Saturday the 27th at 10 a.m. and more volleyball on the 30th during a tri-meet at Garden County. Game time is 4 p.m.

The next commissioners meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8:45 a.m.

Well, all for now. Have a great week and take care until next time. Barb Cross at 436-7152.

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