On the Beat in Bluffton

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ossian Freedom Festival

There was fresh kettle corn, free hot dogs and chocolate sundaes at the 2010 Ossian Freedom Festival Tuesday at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Hundreds of area residents turned out for the pie baking contest, the children's parade and live music. At dusk, a fantastic fireworks display lit up the night sky, bringing to a close an evening of fun and frolicking.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hunt of a Lifetime

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All were invited to a Hunt of a Lifetime to participate in raffles and a 3D archery shoot this past weekend. For the past three years, the Ossian Conservation Club has held a charity for children who have life threatening illnesses to go on the hunting trip of their dreams. This year's charity allowed Kane Scaaefer of Fort Wayne who has Lympho Blastic Lymphoma to go on a bear hunting trip to Alaska. Those visitors donating could buy OCC stickers, patches, or raffles to donate towards Scaaefer. (Video by N-B Intern Devan Filchak)

Indiana Elks State Ritual contest winner

Jim Horn, Kevin Poling, Keith Krider, Terry Christianson,Troy Krinn,
Barry Herdon, Don Hugunenard, Brad Koenigseker
(Front, seated)Exalted Ruler Jeff White.

This local Elks team will be representing Indiana Elks and competing in Orlando, Florida
at the Elks National Ritual contest. Congratulations!
Elks Grand Lodge Convention is July 4-8.


Sammy is a 3 year old Tan/white Chihuahua, male

Flash is an 8 week old DSh Calico, female

*We have several fixed and de-clawed cats for adoption. Their adoption fee is only $10.00 All of them are very sweet!
Call now: 824-6063

Monday, June 28, 2010

Safety Day 2010

The 2010 safety Day at Wal-Mart brought hundreds of children and adults out to visit with local emergency workers and help support Riley Children's Hospital. Kids got to check out police cars and firetrucks; emergency equipment and even ring the sirens.
News-Banner Intern Devan Filchak shot this video. She also posted a photo album at our Facebook Fan Page which you can find here.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Parks Department Show Choir

Bluffton Parks Department show choir camp ended Friday. News-Banner Reporter Frank Shanly was there to capture some of the action. Great job everyone!

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Creative Arts and Commerce Center

Don't miss the latest art display at the CAC in downtown Bluffton, just along the Wabash River. Check out the beautiful colors. Art will remain on display until July 15.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Girl Scout Camp 2010

Wells County Girl Scouts are attending their annual Girl Scout Summer Camp this week. Events have included disaster training, rock wall climbing and camping.

Sierra Tolen climbing the 17 foot high rock wall at Girl Scout Summer Camp this week. Just one of the many activities planned for the scouts.

Girl Scout Judges Patty Makowski, Joice Kammerer and Lisa Gephart took a bite from each of three mystery dinners served by the Girl Scouts who cooked a meal without a recipe

Midson Parsenow, Jessi Bunch, Vivien Roberts are starting a fire to cook their lunch. The girl scouts are staying at Markle this week for day camp.

Stephanie Graham drew her bow and arrow to fire at the targets. Graham is a senior girl scout this year and participated in girl scout camp this week.

Karri Patch is being painted up by Brad Poper for a practice disaster drill. The Girl Scouts went to Caylor-Nickel Clinic on Wednesday to participate in one of the two disaster drills this year.

(Photos by N-B Intern Brandon Gephart)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Daniels comes to Wells County

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels visited Wells County this morning. He spent the night at a home in Ossian, dropped by the Brew Ha Cafe for coffee and a blueberry muffin this morning, then headed out to Ouabache State Park.
News-Banner Reporter Frank Shanly caught up with the governor at Ouabache....
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Astronaut Col. Kevin Ford honored

NASA Astronaut Colonel Kevin Ford was honored in Montpelier Tuesday morning. Indiana Department of Transportation has named a section of Ind. 18 in his honor. News-Banner Reporter Justin Peeper was present for the dedication which included a monument.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jazz on the river

News-Banner Entertainment Editor Barb Barbieri visited the Wells County Creative Arts Centre on Sunday night for the annual Jazz on the Patio performance. Beautiful music and delicious barbecue from Heyerly's Market made it a great time for all....
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Monday, June 21, 2010


News-Banner Reporter Frank Shanly visited Touch-A-Truck on Saturday. Sponsored by the Bluffton Parks Department, the annual program provides dozens of utility vehicles, like firetrucks, police cars and tractors, for kids to climb on and explore. Check out the videos:

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Instead of a tree, perhaps a fountain


I have a suggestion for the southwest corner of Main and Market streets: A fountain.
This idea does not originate with me. I overheard a conversation about it the other day, and I was thinking, you know, that’s a good idea.
So I want to put it out there today and give the body politic something to think about: A fountain on the plaza of the Wells County Courthouse.
I bring no official sanction to this idea. I don’t know if it’s ever been discussed by any formal governmental body with the authority to make it happen (it’s a short list: County Commissioners and County Council). I don’t know if it’s ever been discussed by any beautification committee or service club with the ability to at least raise money for the thing.
It’s just an idea. And I’m tossing it out here....
(Read the rest of Dave's column in today's News-Banner)

Friday, June 18, 2010

State champs

Southern Wells FFA is the Indiana State Champion FFA Chapter Meeting Team. The announcement was made during an award session Wednesday during the Indiana FFA State Convention held at Purdue. Rounding out the four places were North Miami second, Shenandoah third and Cloverdale, fourth. Eight teams competed at state having survived the section level competition last March. Southern Wells will represent Indiana in the national contest in Indianapolis in October. Pictured front row, left to right, Jayde Sills, Linly Lloyd, Jenny Lloyd, Mandy Stoffer, and Damon Smith. Back row, Tyler Hogsten, Madeline Wygant, Sadie Herr, Blake Huffman, and Acacia Herr. Not pictured, Kendra Mounsey and Justin Perry. (Photo provided)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Check out new netbooks available to loan at WCPL

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Wells County Public Library now has 16 netbook computers for patrons to use to connect to the library’s wireless internet connection, communicate by Skype with the built-in webcams, or use the Microsoft Works software for basic word processing.

Now, patrons who have an active adult library card and a valid driver’s license can check out a netbook for two hours to use inside the library. Ten netbooks are available on a first come, first served basis at the main library; six at the Ossian Branch Library.

“The library’s general public internet computers were used over 46,000 times last year,” Stephanie Davis, WCPL director explained. “Patrons not only use the internet for leisure activities, but they also take online classes, file unemployment, search for jobs, etc. We did not have enough computers to meet the need, waiting lists were lengthening and, during peak times, patrons were limited to 30 minutes. The new netbooks more than double the number of general public internet computers, give the patron a longer work session, and offer the freedom to move comfortably around the library.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

For more information about checking out a netbook, stop by the Wells County Public Library or call 260-824-1612.

INTERNET, WORK OR SKYPE – Sixteen new netbook computers are now available for patrons to connect to the library’s wireless internet connection, communicate by Skype with the built-in webcams, or use the Microsoft Works software for basic word processing at the Wells County Public Library. Stop by the library circulation desk for more information. Pictured are library circulation staff Sharon Moriarity and Teresa Dustman. (Story and picture provided)

Southern Wells Talent Show

Pictured are Gwyne Coleman and Vanessa Haneline singing their hearts out at the 5th Grade Talent show.

On the last day of school, Southern Wells Elementary students and staff were treated to the 5th Grade Talent Show. There were several acts ranging from singing and dancing to judo and jump rope tricks. Our 5th grade students certainly “Got Talent!” Thank you to all the students who performed and a special thank you to Tricia Tucker for organizing and directing the whole show. Pictured are James Miller and Lindsay Aker showing off their judo skills.