On the Beat in Bluffton

Thursday, July 17, 2014

N-B Photo: Markle Town Council receives its 2015 budget

The Markle Town Council received its 2015 budget Wednesday evening at its meeting. Council members will review the budget in the next month before the Aug. 20 public hearing. The adoption meeting date is set for Sept. 17. Both meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the town's fire station.

Here is a brief notice of the budget:

N-B Links: Northern Wells parents' must purchase iPad cases

Northern Wells school board members unanimously approved requiring parents for students in third grade and beyond to purchase protective cases for the iPads.

Parents will be able to purchase at a discount two types of cases through the district’s website, Mills said, and acquire them when they acquire their iPads.

If parents purchase their own cases, they must protect the iPad’s front, back and corners, particularly if the device fell off a table.

If parents want a Bluetooth keyboard or a different style of case, however, they must purchase them on their own; click here and here for two online reviews of cases, and click here to go to the Apple website for cases.

Monday, July 14, 2014

N-B Video: Turning the park green for 4-H

During Saturday’s “Color Me Green 4-H Dash," runners and walkers made two laps around the Wells County 4-H Park. They made their way through numerous coloring stations where volunteers splattered them with green-colored corn starch. Including volunteers at the coloring stations, 51 people participated. The county’s annual 4-H Fair begins in less than a week. (Video by Jessica Williams)

Friday, July 11, 2014

N-B Video: Students complete county's first robotics camp

Nine students programmed and engineered robots to complete an obstacle course at the end of a week-long robotics camp, hosted by the Wells County Economic Development office and the 4-H association. Learn more in the Saturday, July 12, News-Banner. (Video by Chet Baumgartner)

N-B Video: Dream Team kicks off another season

In its 14th season, the Dream Team provides local children with learning and physical disabilities the chance to play T-ball. Here are some highlights from this season-opening week. (Video by Jessica Williams)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

N-B Photos: Clay time at Washington Park

Children playing with clay enjoyed a cool, sunny morning at Washington Park Thursday. Two sessions were held for different age groups. The event was put on by Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department. (Photos by Jessica Williams)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

N-B Links: City building code passes its first vote

Tuesday night’s meeting of the Bluffton Common Council was brief but busy.

In 29 minutes, council members passed a building code on first reading, approved its own rezoning request, bought property and listened to a citizen’s complaint about what he thought were unsafe fireworks.

A building code for the city has been discussed off and on over the past two years, but the four council members present Tuesday night — Mike Morrissey, Jim Phillabaum, Bette Erxleben, and Melanie Durr — actually passed it unanimously on its first reading. The measure will be back on the agenda at the council’s next meeting, July 22.

Learn more in the Wednesday, July 9, News-Banner, and read through the proposed code by clicking here.