On the Beat in Bluffton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

N-B Links: Former lead singer of Creed to perform in Montpelier

The communities of Montpelier and Zanesville are hosting festivals this weekend.

Montpelier’s Jamboree will start Thursday evening and continue through Sunday, Aug. 31. The featured concert of the weekend will be a performance by Scott Stapp, the former lead singer of Creed, at 8 p.m. Sunday on the main stage.

To learn more about the band, click here.

For schedules of events for the festivals, pick up the Thursday, Aug. 28, News-Banner.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

N-B Video: Reporter accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

News-Banner reporter Jessica Williams was nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by the director of the United Way of Wells County. Who will she nominate in return? (Video by Jessica Williams)

So why are people dumping water on their heads and making videos of it for all their social media followers to see? Learn more about the ALS Ice Bucket challenge by clicking here.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

N-B Video: U.S. congressman opens Bluffton office

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman visited Bluffton Wednesday evening to celebrate the opening of his new office on South Johnson Street. He also took time to talk about upcoming issues he hopes to address in Congress.

Learn more in the Aug. 14 News-Banner. (Video by Chet Baumgartner)



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FCS releases 2014 Duck Race results


 Family Centered Services held its ninth annual Duck Race on the Wabash Saturday, Aug. 9.

Below is a list of the winners, provided by the agency:

37.  A Guys Day Out - 2 Passes for 18 Holes & Cart from Cross Creek Golf Club; 2 Scrip Tickets from Fort Wayne Komet Hockey; $20 Gift Card from Pizza King - Decatur; $20 Gift Certificate from The Galley; Four $5 Gift Cards from Arnold’s Drive-In.

Winner:___Brittany Kauffman - Huntington, Indiana_



36.  Relax & Renew – ½ hr. Hot Rock Massage from Alesha Shepard; Four $10 Gift Cards from Norm’s Preble Gardens; $25 Chamber Bucks from McBride & Associates Real Estate; Hair Cut from Salon 29:11; $20 Gift Certificate from Sassafras on Main.

Winner:____Joline Bowman - West Unity, Ohio_


35.  Date Night Fun - $100 Gift Card from TW Fable; 2 Goodrich Theater tickets from Wells County Voice; 2 Concessions coupons from Goodrich Theater.

Winner:__      Scott Mossburg - Bluffton 



34.  Dude’s Delight – Four 9 Hole rounds with Cart from Green Valley Golf Club; $25 Gift Card from Welches All Vehicle Repair; 2 Lower Level tickets from Mad Ants Basketball; Two $10 Gift Cards from Norm’s Preble Gardens; 2 Meal Deals from Tyeger’s Pizza Parlour; Four 1/3 lb. Thickburgers from Hardee’s in Bluffton.

Winner:_____Mike Kracium - Bluffton__



33.  A “Vera” Good Time – Large Duffle & Large Cosmetic from Vera Bradley; Pedicure from NuBeginnings, Simply Feet; Hair Cut from Shear Style; $10 Gift Certificate from Co Co China.

Winner:______Julie Terveer - Upland, California__



32.  Rejuvenate – 1 Month Membership + Tanning from Anytime Fitness; 2 Hair Cuts from Shear Style; Four 6” Subs from Bluffton Subway.

Winner:_______Cindy Markley__



31.  Deluxe Date Night – Dinner for 2 from Casa Restaurant; 4 passes to Cinema Center from Wells County Voice; $25 Gift Basket from Grounds & Grains; $25 Gift Certificate from Beer Theraputic Massage; Two $5 Gift Cards from Crossroads Pantry in Bluffton.

Winner:______Dick Troxel - Bluffton__

30.  A “Mantastic Reward” – Two $25 Gift Certificates from Wells County Automotive - NAPA;             Oil Change & Rotation from Bluffton Tire; 5 Car Washes from Bluffton Super Wash; 2 Meal Deals  from Teyger’s Pizza Parlour; 2 KFC Sandwiches from Bluffton KFC.

Winner:____Linda Kay Impola - Neenah, Wisconsin___



29.  Parlor City Pleasure - $100 Gift Card from TW Fable; Cut & Style from You’ve Got Style; $25             Gift Certificate from FPC Technology; 3 Tanning Sessions from Body Solutions.

Winner:____Kim Jutte - Bluffton__



28.  Foodie Fun Pack -  Tote & Items from A Perfect Blend; $25 Gift Certificate from Marko’s on 2nd; Four $5 Gift Cards from Arnold’s Drive-In; $15 Gift Certificate from West End Restaurant; $10 Gift Certificate from Back 40 Junction.

Winner:_____Pattie Troxel - Bluffton__



27.  Colts Strong -  An Apparel Package from the Indianapolis Colts; Dozen Colts Golf Balls from      Green Valley Golf Club; Colts Tumbler, Coasters & Magnet from Reed’s Do It Best Hardware.

Winner:_____Jessica Bender - Roanoke__



26.  A Gent’s Reward -  $50 Gift Certificate from Dick Mayer’s Masterson’s Clothing; Two $25 Gift Certificates from Wells County Automotive - NAPA; Oil Change & Rotation from Bluffton Tire.

Winner:_______Scott Smith - Ft. Wayne, Indiana__



25.  Bold & Beautiful -  3 Month Family Membership from Wells County YMCA; Paul Mitchell Hair Care Products from The Alley Cuts; Four 6” Subs from Bluffton Subway.

Winner:______Tennyson Mlyniec_



24.  Holiday Memories -  Kodak Easy Share Digital Camera from Radio Shack; $25 Gift Card from Walmart; Holiday Goody Tray from Christine Shestak; Artificial Plant from Gerber Furniture.

Winner:____Jim Cline - Ossian, Indiana__



23.  Car Lover’s Kit - 6 Ultimate Washes from Reed’s Andy’s Car Wash; Car Emergency Kit from Nicole Johnson - Edward Jones; Set of LED Pliers from True Value Hardware in Decatur; 8 pc. Chicken from Richard’s Restaurant.

Winner:_______Sarah Frey - Bridgman, Michigan_

22.  Parent’s Tool Kit - Kid Kit & 2 Books from Usborne Books; 2 doz. Cupcakes from Magdalena Cupcakery; 8 games of Bowling from The Bowling Center; $20 Gift Certificate from Trend; 2 Reg.  Meals & 2 Happy Meals from Bluffton McDonald’s; Large Stuffed Dog.

Winner:______Billy Kreigh - Bluffton__



21.  Around the Town of Huntington -  Manicure & Pedicure from The Nail Station; ½ hr. Massage     from Joy’s Serenity; $25 Gift Card from CafĂ© of Hope; $25 Gift Card from Owen’s South; 5 Small  Pizzas from East of Chicago Pizza in Warren.

Winner:_______Jeff Lemler_



20.  Pet Palooza – Shots for a K-9 or Feline from Bluffton Animal Clinic; Retractable Leash & Dog    Toys from Perfect Pet Food & Accessories; $15 & $10 Gift Certificates from Bluffton Pizza King;         $25 Chamber Bucks from Holloway Auction Company.

Winner:______Jeanine Goeglein - Zanesville, Indiana_



19.  Some Enchanted Evening  - $100 Gift Card from TW Fable; $30 Gift Certificate from County      Squire Florist; $25 Gift Certificate from Todd Shalley Company.

Winner:___Isaac Stoller - Bluffton__



18.  Glamour Goodies – Gift Box from Walgreens in Bluffton; $50 Mary Kay Gift Certificate from Randi Stevens; Pedicure from Achieva Salon & Spa; Two $10 Gift Cards from Norm’s Preble Gardens.

Winner:_____Jodie Hummer___



17.  Fellas Fun  - 2 Gift Cards for 18 Holes & Cart from Timber Ridge Golf Club; Oil Change from Mike Anderson Chevrolet in Ossian; 5 Car Washes from Bluffton Super Wash; TinCaps Baseball Cap signed by Josh VanMeter from Fort Wayne TinCaps; 5 KFC Sandwiches from Bluffton KFC.

Winner:_____Lindsay Zimmer - Bluffton__



16.  Me, My Car & My Dog Free Initial Visit from Bear Chiropractic; 5 Car Washes from Bluffton Super Wash; $25 Gift Certificate from OK Modern Dry Cleaners; $20 Gift Certificate and Toy from Oooh La La Pet Spa.

Winner:_______Betty Drinkut - Pennville, Indiana__




15.  Norwell Crusader Sports Fan – 2014/15 Adult Sports Pass from Norwell Middle School Athletic Dept.; NMS t-shirt from Parlor City Trophy & Apparel; 10 lbs. Ground Beef from Alan & Beth Surfus Farm; BBQ Tool Set from Ossian Hardware; 16 GB Flash-drive from Northwood Computer; 14” Pizza from East of Chicago Pizza in Ossian.

Winner:_____Zach Converse - Fort Wayne, Indiana_



14.  Norwell Knights Sports Fan – 2014/15 Adult Sports Pass from Norwell High School Athletic Dept.; NHS t-shirt from Parlor City Trophy & Apparel; Three 14” Pizzas from East of Chicago Pizza in Ossian; 2 Lunches from El Camino Real; 16 GB Flash-drive from Northwood Computer.

Winner:_______Karen Cahoon - Ossian, Indiana__



13.  Bluffton Tiger Sports Fan  - 2014/15 Adult Sports Pass from Bluffton High School Athletic Dept.; BHS t-shirt from Parlor City Trophy & Apparel; 6 games of Bowling from The Bowling Center; $20 Gift Certificate from Bluffton Pizza King; $25 Chamber Bucks from Coldwell Banker Holloway Realtors.

Winner:______Scott Eisenhut - Bluffton__



12.  Southern Wells Raiders Sports Fan – 2014/15 Adult Sports Pass from Southern Wells Athletic Dept.; SWHS t-shirt from Parlor City Trophy & Apparel; 10 Small Pizzas from East of Chicago Pizza in Warren; $20 Gift Cards from Corner Depot.

Winner:_______Sherri Godschalk - Fort Wayne __



11.  Huntington North Vikings Sports Fan – Two 2014/15 Adult Sports Passes from Huntington North High School Athletic Dept.; HNHS t-shirt from Parlor City Trophy & Apparel; Oil Change from Ingle’s Service Center.

Winner:_____Angie Vachon - Markle, Indiana_


10.  Summer Sizzler – Grill, 3 pc. Tool Set & Charcoal from Lowe’s in Bluffton; $50 Gift Card from Lengerich Meats; $25 Gift Card from Kroger in Bluffton.

Winner:______Lois Brown - Fort Wayne, Indiana__


9.  Body Booster – $100 Gift Certficiate from Sell Chiropractic; Natural Supplements from A Harvest     of Health; $25 Gift Basket from Ground & Grains.

Winner:______Cole Arnett - Bluffton__



8.  Pizza & Fun – 1 Pizza a Month for 1 Year from Bluffton Pizza Hut; 10” DQ Cake from Bluffton  Dairy Queen; 6 games of Bowling from The Bowling Center.

Winner:______Barb Clayton - Gas City, Indiana___



7.  Lovely Landscape – 3 ft. Blue Spruce Tree from GenMar STAR Nursery; Lawn Topiary & Solar     Stick from 2 Sister’s Glass Garden; Raised Bed Garden Kit from Habegger’s Ace Lumber; $25 Chamber Bucks from McBride & Associates Real Estate.

Winner:______Bekkee Thompson - Bluffton__



6.  Diva’s Delight -  Mary Kay Perfume, Lipstick & Compact from Becky Goshorn; Steelx Earrings   from Daniel’s Jewelers; $25 Gift Card & Matrix Shampoo & Conditioner from Bella Vita Salon.

Winner:______Kim Kline - Bluffton__



5.  Rock & Relax -  Adirondack Rocking Chair from Ossian Furniture; 14” Pizza from East of Chicago Pizza in Ossian.

Winner:______Sherri Godschalk - Fort Wayne__



4.  Sweet Flight of Fancy -  30 Minute Flight with you at the controls of 4 seat aircraft from SweetAviation; $25 Gift Certificate from Billy Ann’s Supper Pub.

Winner:_______Betty Drinkut_- Pennville, Indiana__



3.  Florida Sunshine -  1 Week Stay in 2 Bedroom Condo in Fort Myers, Florida from Dick & Elaine Reimschisel.

Winner:______Joy Curtis - Petroleum, Indiana_



2.  Happy Motoring -  Set of 4 BFGoodrich Tires from BF Goodrich Tire Manufacturing.

Winner:_____Linda Reiff - Bluffton__



1.  Grand Prize -  $1,000 Cash

Winner:________Trina Fornwalt - Bluffton_

Monday, August 11, 2014

N-B Video: Appleglen Cloggers dance at Wheels of Yesteryear

The Fort Wayne-based Appleglen Cloggers performed Saturday during the Wheels of Yesteryear's annual festival. See more news at www.news-banner.com. (Video by Chet Baumgartner)

N-B Video: 3,700 ducks swim in ninth annual Duck Race

Family Centered Services held its annual Duck Race on the Wabash fundraiser Saturday. Learn more in the Monday, Aug. 11, News-Banner. (Video by Jessica Williams; photos by Dave Schultz and Jessica Williams)


Friday, August 8, 2014

N-B Video: Do we need a pool?

The funding future of the Wells Community Pool is in question as Mayor Ted Ellis is looking for an increased contribution from the county –  when the Wells County Council isn't sure it can afford the new $20,000 request in 2015. City officials want to know, though: What will happen to the pool when a major repair is required? Catch the complete analysis in the Saturday, Aug. 9, News-Banner. (Video by Jessica Williams)