Banner County News


Good morning! Is there anyone out there in newspaper land besides me that wonders each morning what kind of weather mother nature will send us for that particular day? What season will she pick?

It is green and beautiful around here, but cold and with frost on occasion. The poor trees have leafed out and been snowed on more than once already and the flowers are shivering in their pots. And the grass needs mowed again. If the rain will let up and the sun will dry the yard out.

On Monday, the elementary students were scheduled to have their annual Patron’s Day field and track events which they have been practicing for for several weeks. Well, she shot those down somewhat with cold, wet weather. The last I heard they were hoping for a short ‘ no rain ‘ spell so as to carry out the running events, and then taking it from there. I sure wish we could have had decent weather for them.

The musical/play went on as planned and was pretty entertaining. Well most local classes of 2016 have graduated after this weekend. At least the weather was pretty decent Saturday.

Eight graduates completed studies here at Banner County with Megan Gifford as valedictorian and Paige Cross as salutatorian. Parents of these two girls are Tracy and Merry Gifford and Jamie and Lisa Cross. Congratulations to all of you and the remaining graduates and parents!

At this point we have eight students going into kindergarten, the future class of 2030. Howdy dowdy, does that seem way into the future and it will be here before you know it. Nine are planning on pre-school for next fall at this point and that usually changes in August and September, so we will see.

My granddaughter Kady was here this past weekend and spent about 10 minutes with her old classmates, who are now in the fifth grade. The main topics of conversation were the exchange of phone numbers, who was the tallest, and class size, nine here to her present 23. Her current teacher also deals with MS and no para.

School is officially out for the summer here at Banner County as of today, May 19 at 12:20 p.m. Yippee!

Banner birthdays this week include Brett Farro, Erika Cochran and Trent Davis. Happy Birthday!

Anniversary couples are Mr. and Mrs. Chris Cooper and Brock Elsen. Congratulations!

I know that Scottsbluff and Gering will both be beginning summer reading programs, but so will the Kimball Public Library. Theirs will begin on Wednesday, May 25 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. The theme this year is Climbing Mt. Health more and professional ventriloquist Meghan Casey from Colorado will kick things off. This program is for grades K-6 and parents need to sign up during May.

Things will slow down around here for a bit and I for one am happy for that. At the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff the movie “Eddie the Eagle” will be playing Friday - Sunday, May 20 - 22. It will play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. This one is rated PG and is about a young man who does not qualify for the British Olympic Ski Team and so he goes to Germany and tries his hand with them as a ski jumper. You will just have to go and see the movie to know if he makes it or not.

The Western Nebraska Bicycling Club inaugural “Robidoux Quick and Dirty” bike ride will be held on Sunday, May 22. This ride will cover many scenic back roads in and near the Wildcat Hills so be aware. They are inviting approximately 200 cyclists, expect 4,000 feet of elevation changes and will peddle about 75 miles. For more information you need to contact their web site, which was not given. If you can not find it I would suggest contacting the Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking of bikes. This past weekend my two grandsons were having a great time on dirt bikes. One of the bikes is pretty small, just the right size for eight year old Nick. He was a first time rider and pretty good if I do say so myself. So glad he didn’t get hurt, always glad for that and big brother Joe who sometimes thinks he is Evel Knievel!

Well, that’s all for now. Have a great week and until next time take care. Call me at 436-7152, 641-1335 or Barb Cross (Mrs. Rod).


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