On the Beat in Bluffton

Monday, February 23, 2015

N-B Slideshow: 2015 NHS girls' basketball regionals

For the third straight game, the Norwell Knights found themselves battling back for a close finish, but this time they came up short.
The Class 3A No. 9 Tippecanoe Valley Vikings  (24-2) ended the Knights’ bid for a regional championship repeat with a 47-45 overtime victory in the Bellmont High School tournament Saturday night. Learn more in the Monday, Feb. 23, News-Banner. (Photos by Glen Werling)

N-B Links: Economic development topics discussed in Huntington legislative update

A proposal from Gov. Mike Pence to fund an initiative that encourages regional partnerships has support from lawmakers statewide – albeit limited, depending on who is asked.

Another economic development discussion in Huntington centered around the effectiveness of Tax Increment Financing districts – specifically a study from Ball State University earlier this year that essentially claims they are ineffective.

Learn more by visiting the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative site.

Click to enlarge the following images from the site.




Also, learn more about the Ball State University TIF district study here.

The study leads researchers to "conclude that the Indiana TIF is not an economic development tool, but a county budget management tool," and they offer numerous policy recommendations.

‘A Child’s Journey through Ellis Island’ By Jance Sullivan

          ‘A Child’s Journey through Ellis Island’ By Jance Sullivan

                                                         January 1, 1902
Dear Slevin,

My dear cousin, I write this to you on the tenth anniversary of my arrival at Ellis Island. I know you will not understand what is written in this letter, and I hope your mother will hold onto it until you learn how to read and write.
We boarded the S.S. Nevada in Queenstown. Our neighbor, Annie Moore, was there. She was with her two younger brothers. Her cheeks were rosy, and her green eyes sparkled with hope and joy.
The journey lasted two arduous weeks. The ship was crowded, and smelled of death, sickness, and sweat. Most of us did get seasick. In spite of all of these atrocious conditions, we sang, danced, and played games to create the illusion of time moving faster.
After this time period, on January 1st, 1892, we had finally arrived. We all gathered at the edge of the ship to get our glimpses of the Statue of Liberty. She was beautiful, a mostly bronze color with tinges of  green here and there. We were all in awe of the magnificence of her.
Annie was the first passenger to step foot on Ellis Island. I watched her be given a gold coin almost as soon as she touched the ground. The rest of us exited the ship after her.
Upon arrival, officials at the bottom of the ramp were sending men one way and women and children another. They sent us to the baggage area, but I decided to keep my suitcase with me. I was afraid to check it in because I didn’t want someone to steal it. I wasn’t comfortable, but it was a good enough seat to sit on while waiting in line. There was mass chaos in the luggage section. I could hear many people shouting in English and Gaelic. Everyone was panicking. I could tell by the tone of their voices. What could I say, though? I was panicking as well because I was by myself. Many other kids about the same age as I was were also alone.
We had to go upstairs in a single file manner. There were men watching me, and I felt uneasy with so many eyes starring at me at once. While I was going up, I saw someone get marked with white chalk. The marking an X scribbled on her shoulder. I watched her  be sent in a different direction. After that, I never saw her again. I wasn’t sure if I should be more worried about the people with chalk marks, or the people turning their coats inside out to hide the chalk markings.
Next, we were herded to a really big room. There were more men asking me questions about my origin, myself, my fiances, and where I was going. I could not remember my mother’s address because my mind went blank with fear, so I dug into my suitcase for my most prized possessions, my letters from her and my prepaid train tickets. This seemed to greatly mollify the officials and make the interview run along faster, so remember to bring letters from us with you! They also inquired about my health. I replied, “I am hungry, tired, cold, and cranky, but otherwise okay.” He chuckled and sent me on my way to the ferry which would take me to the train station.
This experience really changed my life for the better. If you are coming this way, you will be entering through a different building that I did ten years ago. The original Georgia Pine building burned to the ground only five years later. The new building looks like a railroad station.
My advice to you is to eat heavily before you board the ship. Also, have a prepaid train ticket, along with letters from us. I hope you arrive soon. If you are coming that is. If not I hope you have a wonderful life back in Ireland.
                                                         Best regards.
                                                          Shannon Sullivan

Author Janice Sullivan also included a list of six sources she had used to secure the facts for her letter.

Monday, February 16, 2015

N-B Video: Chet Longenberger

Chet Longenberger of Monroe is featured in the Spring 2015 "Senior Living" magazine.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

N-B Slideshow: 2015 Chilly Chili Run

About 170 runners and walkers participated in Saturday's Chilly Chili Run at Ouabache State Park. This is the third year for the event, which is put on by the Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department. Both the temperature and snow on the trails were milder than 2014, when about 100 people participated. (Photos, video by Jessica Williams)


Thursday, February 5, 2015

N-B Video: Weekend food packs feed hungry Wells County students

This school year is the fourth year for the program, "Feeding Tomorrow's Future Today," out of the Wells County Purdue Extension office. The program provides food for those who need it every weekend of the school year. Listen to a group of Norwell students talk about what they've learned since they've been volunteering to pack the bags, and learn more in the Friday, Feb. 6, News-Banner. (Video by Jessica Williams)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

City's response to predicted snow storm

From the office of Mayor Ted Ellis:

The National Weather Service has predicted that a significant amount of snow will fall in Bluffton over the next 36 hours. 

If the NWS predictions are correct, the City of Bluffton will respond as follows:

While snow is falling and drifting,  Street crews will plow major arteries hourly to ensure that major routes are open to emergency traffic.  Those arteries are:  Adams, Bond, Clark, East Dustman, Lancaster, Madison, Market, Monroe, Silver, Spring, Stogdill, Wayne, Wabash, Western, Washington and Wiley.  The Indiana Department of Transportation is responsible for state routes (Main, West Dustman, Division and Harrison Streets).

When the snow and winds subside, street crews will begin clearing other streets.  It takes approximately eight (8) hours to plow every street one time.  Plows are stationed in each section of the city;  therefore, sections will be cleared simultaneously.

Downtown:  City parking lots will be plowed before 7:30 a.m. each weekday morning;  however, blowing snow may make parking difficult during the day.  In the event of a heavy snow, the snow will be removed from the downtown at a designated evening.

The Parks Department will attempt to plow a walking area throughout the downtown during the snowstorm;  however, clearing of sidewalks remains the responsibility of building owners and tenants.

The city will apply ice-melting chemicals to streets;  however, the effectiveness of these chemicals decreases dramatically when temperatures are below 20 degrees.

Residents are asked to use off-street parking in residential areas if possible to minimize the chance of accidental damage from snow plows.  When clearing sidewalks and driveways, snow should not be thrown or blown into the streets.

If conditions warrant, the City may declare a Snow Emergency.  Snow Emergency information will be available via the city’s website and the Bluffton News-Banner.