Banner County News


Well good morning Harrisburg, friends and family near and far. At this time last week it was beautiful looking out of my window, over the hills and through my travels on country roads throughout Banner County. It stayed that way until early evening when the dark blackish purple clouds moved in and most of us had our ears tuned in to the radio, weather alert stations and our eyes trained skyward.

When the sirens went off we ourselves headed to the basement and stayed there for close to two hours. We listened as one report of tornado sighting after another was sighted and tracked, at times several at once. Eventually most passed through our area. The hail that hit us was jagged and did no serious damage, thankfully.

Depending on where you were in the county, you were hit very little like we were or you possibly had golf ball sized hail and some crop damage, or had a barn roof severely damaged and trailers tipped over. All of the surrounding areas had damage of some sort, and as far as I know closest to us was Bayard were the folks at the rest home had to be re-located because of severe damage to the roof of their building.

As we circled through the area folks were still cleaning yards and roofs were in the process of being repaired days later. I was sad to see the number of huge trees that were taken out and the number of irrigation sprinklers on their sides. Since this happened so early in the season maybe the farmers will be able to recover early enough to save their crops. I sincerely hope so. This past Tuesday, June 20 was the first day of summer. So, time will tell.

On another sad note, Banner County has lost another long time resident with the passing of Winnie Rogers. Winnie’s father first arrived in this area in the mid 1880’s and she has spent the majority of her life here. She was a great friend and mentor to many and will be greatly missed.

Things are pretty quiet at the Banner County School and the hallways are filled with desks and other classroom furniture as the summer cleaning, painting and polishing continues. The gym is still seeing open practice however, and there will be a volleyball camp on Tuesday, June 27. If you need more information please call the school at 436-5262.

Birthdays here and about for this week include : Roger McGowan IV, Ashley Harrison, Billie Ann Brown, Kyle Boettcher, Victoria McGowan, Janet Soule, Larry Stoddard, Chris Martinez, Braylyn Gifford, Alan Olsen, Hillary Stoddard, and Chris Cooper. Happy Happy Birthday!

Congratulations to anniversary couples Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Thompson, Dave Mowers, George Jerred, Nathaniel McGowan and Ernie Griffiths.

Our fine neighbors town folk down south east in Potter will be celebrating Potter Days June 22- 24. On Saturday, June 24 the Potter Car Bowl will start things off at 9 am - 9 p.m. with car registration at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. There will be open bowing from 9 -10 a.m. and a Duck Pin Bowling Tournament from 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. On June 22, the first of three showings of the Melodrama will take place at the Potter Theater (the Potter Legion Hall). Show time is at 7 p.m. and will be the same for the following evening.

Then on Saturday, June 24th there will be a dinner served at noon and the final performance will take place at 1 p.m. Although a parade was not listed I am pretty sure that there will be one as I attended Potter Days in my youth just about every year. Always a parade. There used to be a ‘spike driving contest’ and my dad won that one several times.

This year there will be roo jumps (?) not sure what those are, kangaroo type races maybe? and cowboy fast draw contests.

The Rib Cook-Off will be on Saturday the 24th and that evening there will be mini bull rides. These are for kids ages 5-13 and for more information please call J.R. Yearous at 308 249-7834.

This particular weekend is a very busy one for this neighborhood because the annual Andy Shaw Co-ed Softball Tournament will also take place on the 24 and 25 out at the Kimball Recreation Ball Park. I do not have times available , so please contact the Chamber if you need more information.

There will also be the Annual Kimball Teammates Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 24. Lunch will be served at 12:30 and a shotgun start will happen at 1:30 p.m.

Way up north, but in Scottsbluff, not Alaska, the summer movie at the Midwest Theater is “ Troll”. This will play at 9 a.m, and at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22. It is rated PG. The performances at the Post Playhouse in Fort Robinson are a re-cap of shows throughout June. On June 25 it will be ‘Shrek’; June 22 and 24 will be ‘Crazy About You’ and on the June 23 it will be ‘Mama Mia!’. All performances will begin at 8 p.m. and for ticket information please call 308-665-1976.

Well, that is all I have for you at this time. Soon our month of June will be a thing of the past as we are heading toward July and all of the celebrations that go along with it. For now, have a great week and take care until next time. (Mrs. Rod) Barb Cross, at 436-7152, 641-1335, or [email protected]


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