On the Beat in Bluffton

Friday, September 12, 2014

N-B Links: Federal site cautions against distracted driving


Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving, according to a federal site that aims to educate American drivers on the risks of distracted driving.

All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

 Learn more by clicking here, and pick up the Saturday, Sept. 13, News-Banner to hear local law enforcement's take on the issue.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

N-B Video: BHS remembers Sept. 11, 2001

The Bluffton High School student body held its annual thank-you breakfast for the Wells County emergency first responders and Patriot Day convocation Sept. 11, 2014. (Video by Jessica Williams)

Presidential Proclamation --- Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2014


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America will never forget the September tragedy that shook our Nation's core 13 years ago.  On a day that began like so many others, a clear blue sky was pierced by billowing black smoke as a wave of grief crashed over us.  But in one of our darkest moments, we summoned strength and courage, and out of horrible devastation emerged the best of our humanity.  On this solemn anniversary, we pause in remembrance, in reflection, and once again in unity.

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men, women, and children -- friends and neighbors, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters -- were taken from us with a heartbreaking swiftness and cruelty.  As we come together once more to mourn their loss, we also recall how the worst terrorist attack in our history brought out the true character of the American people.  Courageous firefighters rushed into an inferno, brave rescue workers charged up stairs, and coworkers carried others to safety.  Americans in distant cities and local towns united in common purpose, demonstrating the spirit of our Nation; people drove across the country to volunteer, donors lined up to give blood, and organizations collected food and clothing.  And in our Nation's hour of need, millions of young Americans raised in a time of peace volunteered to don the uniforms of our country's military and defend our values around the world.

As we remember all those we lost on that day and the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars that followed, we must strive to carry forward their legacy.  On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we take up their unfinished work and pay tribute to their lives with service and charity.  Through these acts and quiet gestures, we can honor their memory and reclaim our sense of togetherness.  I encourage all Americans to visit www.Serve.gov or www.Servir.gov to learn more about service opportunities across our country.

In the face of great terror, some turned to God and many found comfort in family and friends -- but all Americans came together as one people united not only in our grief, but also in our determination to stand with one another and support the country we love.  Today and all days, we remember the patriots who endure in the hearts of our Nation and their families who have known the awful depths of loss.  In their spirit, let us resolve to move forward together and rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our Union as we work to strengthen our communities and better our world.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2014, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.  I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance.  I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this  tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Monday, September 8, 2014

N-B Slideshows: 2014 Ossian Days

Check out some highlights from this year's Ossian Days. (Photos by Glen Werling and Jessica Williams; videos by Jessica Williams)

Check out some of the highlights from this year's Ossian Days parade. (Photos by Glen Werling; video by Jessica Williams)

N-B Video: Ossian Days Big Wheel Race 2014

The annual Big Wheel Race was held Saturday morning during Ossian Days. Here are some time-lapsed highlights. Results are below. (Video by Jessica Williams)


Ages 3 and 4:
1st: Brady Watkins, 4
2nd: Ellie Bales, 4
3rd: Rachel Werling, 4

Ages 5 and 6:
1st: Kayleigh Hartup, 6
2nd: Gage Reinhard, 5
3rd: Kale Fuess, 6

Friday, September 5, 2014

N-B Photos: 2014 Ossian Days royalty named

Among a field of 10, two were tapped as the 2014 Ossian Days royalty Friday evening. Learn more in the Saturday, Sept. 6. News-Banner. (Video and photos by Jessica Williams)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

N-B Photos: 2014 Zanesville Homespun parade

Zanesville held its annual parade Saturday. Icy D. Eagle, the Fort Wayne Comets mascot, was the parade grand marshal. (Photos by Jessica Williams)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

N-B Video: New city dog park opens

The ribbon cutting for K-9 Kommons was held Saturday at Indiana and Market streets. Learn more in the Tuesday, Sept. 2, News-Banner. (Video by Jessica Williams)