On the Beat in Bluffton

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Tyler is a 2-year-old Tiger DSH male

Sasha is a female 6-month-old Lynx Point Siamese mix.

Emma is a 5-month-old black DSH female.

All cats are very loving and affectionate.
The next low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats is April 26. Cost is $5 per cat.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A healthy outlook on health

Wells County once again ranked as one of Indiana's healthiest counties overall in a statewide study, but the picture is slightly more complicated when you look at the details. The following comes from www.countyhealthrankings.org. Go to the Web site to learn more about each category and past rankings.

Click on the images for a higher resolution

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

B-H Board approves two $2 million projects Monday

The Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School Board unanimously voted Monday to build a transportation facility and renovate the stadium, but Monday's meeting enticed an almost-capacity crowd of proponents and opponents to come speak. Read about their opinions in Tuesday's News-Banner, but hear them here.

Bluffton High School Principal Steve Baker

Wells County resident Gene Biberstine

Wells County resident Dave Brinneman and Bluffton High School Band Director Jim Bueter

Wells County farmer Gary Carpenter

Gary Carpenter

Bluffton-Harrison Business Manager and Transportation Director Jon Bennett

Gene Biberstine

Bluffton-Harrison Superintendent Wayne Barker

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Wells County perspective on redistricting

Despite the political uncertainty in Indianapolis, state legislators still met in Fort Wayne to discuss Indiana's once-in-a-decade political redistricting. Wells County resident Ralph Garcia, who is the chairman of the Wells County Republican Party, provided the News-Banner's Dave Schultz with local insight into a statewide issue.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Live and In Color

Here's another look at the artwork featured on the first page of Saturday's News-Banner. Photos by Dave Schultz.

Trina Pope

Rosemary Pope

Joann Record (foreground)
Mary Ellen McEvoy (background)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Preventing Identity Theft

Bluffton resident Clarence Ostrander has 5,456 reasons to warn people about protecting important information.

In Friday's News-Banner, Ostrander shares how someone obtained his life insurance policy number and used that to cash in his policy for $5,456.38. You can read today's paper to learn more.

Though Ostrander's story focuses on stealing his insurance identity, identity theft in general can be a major crime, and the Indiana State Police recommends taking the following steps to help prevent identity theft.
  • Minimize the amount of personal financial information you carry. Do not carry your Social Security card with you unless you need it. This includes government-issued cards with that number on them. Only provide your SSN when absolutely necessary.
  • Memorize passwords and PIN numbers. Do not carry them.
  • Keep financial information in a secure place in your home or bank safe deposit box.
  • Shred documents before throwing them away. Purchase a cross-cut shredder to better protect your information.
  • Do not give sensitive information to unsolicited callers. Legitimate businesses will not make unsolicited calls asking for your Social Security or bank account numbers. Caller ID information can be spoofed, so do not rely on the name and number that is on your box. If in doubt, hang up and dial your vendors directly. Many methods of fraud are tied to bogus callers seeking information collection opportunities.
  • Shield your hand when entering your PIN at a bank ATM, store checkouts, or when making long distance calls with a calling card. This prevents security cameras, cell phone cameras or people near you from acquiring your pin. Shred ATM slips.
  • Pick up new checks or credit cards at your bank rather than having them delivered to your home. Do not print your driver's license or Social Security number on your checks.
  • If your bank or credit card statement does not arrive on time, call to make sure they sent it to the proper address. Also contact the Post Office to see if a change of address has been filed in your name. A thief may steal or divert your statements to hide the theft and use these as proof of their “new” identity.
  • When traveling, you are even more vulnerable to ID thieves. Keep all personal belongings locked in hotels safes/safe deposit boxes or with you. This includes prescription bottles that have personal information on them.
To help prevent someone from stealing your insurance information, you should regularly examine your annual insurance statements and shred them when you are done. You should also consult with your insurance agent on a regular basis to ensure that

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Taxing Blog

County officials recently told the News-Banner that property tax bills will increase for most Wells County property owners. For an in-depth look at the different factors that sparked the increase, see today's issue.

To get an estimate of your tax bill, you can go to the Web site of the state's Department of Local Government Finance, which has an online tax calculator.

The Department also has information about who pays property taxes in Wells County and who spends property taxes.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bluegrass and Books

The Honey Dewdrops, a husband and wife bluegrass group, performed for an hour at the Wells County Public Library during a free concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This was the group's first visit to Indiana.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Oatmeal is a 9 month old DSH, neutered male.
* all cats current on vaccines.

Dusty is a 8 month old Shepherd mix, female. Current on vaccines.

Claire is a 6 month old orange DLH, female. Nala is a 6 month old gray DSH, female.

**We have several cats that are fixed and/or declawed for adoption. Their adoption fee is only $10.00
For more information call the Bluffton Animal Shelter 824-6063

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bluffton Snow Plow

Friday, March 18, 2011

United Way Wells County 2010 campaign

Free Computer Classes at the Wells County Public Library

The Wells County Public Library will be offering free basic and intermediate computer classes in March and April at the main library. Classes are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up as soon as possible. Register for each class individually at the library, call 260-824-1612, or online at www.wellscolibrary.org.

Computer Maintenance:
Tuesday, March 22: 1:00-2:30 pm
Learn how to delete unwanted files and clean junk from your computer drive, organize folders, and more. Must have good mouse skills. Skill level: basic/intermediate.

Microsoft Excel Basics:
Wednesday, March 23: 1:00-2:30 pm
Learn basic information about Microsoft Excel: working with worksheets, copying and pasting data, using mathematical formulas and functions, creating graphs, and making a monthly budget. Must have good mouse skills. Skill level: basic/intermediate.

Digital Photo Editing
Tuesday, March 29: 6:00-8:00 pm
Bring your digital camera, USB port plug, and flash/ thumb drive to save pictures. We’ll go over how to transfer pictures from your camera to the computer, printing, and basic photo editing. Must have good mouse and Internet skills. Skill level: basic/intermediate

Computer Basics Computer Class:
Wednesday, April 6: 6:00-7:30 pm
This beginning class will cover a general overview of the computer, starting with how to turn it on, using the mouse and keyboard, working with Windows, and basic computer terminology. Great for seniors or those thinking about buying a computer. Also good for people who are self-taught and want to get a basic understanding of computer functions and how they work. Skill level: none/basic.

Internet Basics
Wednesday, April 13: 6:00-7:30 pm
Learn about the World Wide Web, how to navigate a Web browser such as Google, and explore the library’s Web site. To get the most out of the class, participants should have Computer Basics training or familiarity with basic mouse, keyboard, and computer functions. Skill level: basic.

Intermediate Internet
Wednesday, April 20: 6:00-7:30 pm
Provides hands-on exercises and goes into more depth about Internet searching. Must have Internet Basics training or good knowledge of the Internet. Skill level: basic/intermediate.

Email Basics:
Wednesday, April 27: 6:00-7:30 pm
Provides hands-on exercises and goes into more depth about Internet searching. Must have Internet Basics training or good knowledge of the Internet. Skill level: basics/intermediate.

2nd Annual Hot Cocoa Cafe

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

House Fire

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home needs volunteers

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, a locally-based, non-profit hospice and palliative care provider, is looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of ways including gardening, in Hospice Home and in nursing homes.
This special work is for people that seek a meaningful volunteer pursuit and requires individuals that are emotionally mature, comfortable with issues of death and dying, and can work two to four hours per week on a steady basis. Volunteers prepare light meals for patients, assist families and staff, visit with, sing or read to patients, and clerk at the nurses’ station. Volunteers are a vital and essential part of the interdisciplinary team that brings broad end-of-life support to patients and families. Volunteer work in the halls of Hospice Home is needed and greatly appreciated by staff, patients and families. Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home has a well-established volunteer program that provides ongoing support and guidance for the volunteer. A thorough 19-hour training will be held in May.
For additional information visit the agency Web site at www.vnhh.org or call Ann Blue, Volunteer Coordinator at 435-3222 or annblue@vnhh.org.

Earthquake in Japan


Nala is a 5 month old DSH, female. Current on vaccines.

Grissom is a 4 month old Chow/Shepherd mix, male.Current on vaccines.

Bear is a 6 month old Shepherd/Terrier mix, male. Current on vaccines.

*March 18th is the next Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. Cost is $50.00 a cat. Call the Animal Shelter for information on how to make an appointment.

**We have several cats that are fixed and/or declawed for adoption. Their adoption fee is only $10.00
For more information call the Bluffton Animal Shelter 824-6063

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bluffton bids 2-152 Cavalry Alpha Troop farewell

Several hundred people lined Spring, Main and Wabash Streets tonight to wish the members of Alpha Troop, 2-152 Cavalry Squadron a farewell on their deployment to Iraq

Ian Gerber, Dylan Felger, Jacob Collins and Derek Decker were part of a group of youth in front of the courthouse waiting to bid the troop farewell.

One of the two buses carrying members of the 2-152 Cavalry Squadron makes the turn at Main and Wabash as a group congregated in front of Deck Super Service to bid them farewell.

The Eric and Tammy Funk family were at the corner of Main and Wabash wishing the troops farewell. Eric, at left is holding daughter Madelyn while Olivia is with her mother on the right.

Southern Wells Junior Raider Idol

Basketball Schedule

Saturday, March 12
IHSAA Class A Regional at Frankfort, Southern Wells vs. Rockville, 10 a.m.; Blue River vs. Lafayette Central Catholic, to follow at noon; championship game, 8 p.m.
IHSAA Class 3A Regional at Blackford, Delta vs. Columbia City, 10 a.m.; Harding vs. Norwell, to follow at noon; championship game, 8 p.m.
IHSAA Class 2A Regional at Tipton, Tipton vs. Bluffton, 10 a.m.; North Miami vs. Carroll (Flora), to follow at noon; championship game, 8 p.m.

Northern Wells Dollars For Scholars

The Northern Wells Chapter of Dollars for Scholars held its annual phone-a-thon on February 26th. Student volunteers made calls to previous donors and other individuals in the Northern Wells community from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. and received over $6,300 in pledges, as compared to $7,700 in 2010 and $7,900 in 2009. If you were not contacted by a student and desire to support Dollars For Scholars, you still have time to make a donation. For the Northern Wells Chapter of Dollars for Scholars you may send your donation to PO BOX 86, OSSIAN, IN 46777, or contact this years President, Tony Crowell, at 824-9377. Thank you for your continued support of higher education for our students. The Northern Wells Chapter of Dollars for Scholars will present its scholarships on the evening of May 13, 2011, as part of the Norwell’s Awards Night Ceremony.

BHS Renovation Financing

Thursday, March 10, 2011

IDOE releases memo on ISTEP+ Security Breach

On Tuesday, March 1, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) received notice from several
educators that an open-ended English/Language Arts essay question from the current 8th grade
ISTEP+ test had been posted verbatim on a public social networking site and circulated via email.
This incident was particularly troubling since it breached the security of the assessment while
students in grades 3 through 8 across Indiana were still taking the ISTEP+ exam. (The testing window was open until yesterday, Wednesday, March 9.)
Upon receiving notification from concerned teachers, the IDOE quickly worked to address this issue and immediately located and contacted the hosts of the webpage to ensure the question had been removed from the page permanently. In addition, the IDOE was able to identify the individuals believed to be responsible for providing a copy of the question to the webpage hosts. The IDOE is still investigating the details of the breach and will take swift and appropriate action.
The consequences of this very serious test security breach are far-reaching. As a result of this
breach, the Grade 8 essay prompt must be suppressed for more than 83,000 8th grade students who took the test. This means that although each of these students will still receive a statistically valid E/LA score, none of them will receive a Writing Applications score. The IDOE estimates that all reports, in both electronic and paper formats, could be delayed up to a week for all students in grades 3 through 8. The additional cost attributed to this serious security breach is yet to be determined, but initial estimates indicate the cost to Indiana taxpayers could be hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Some wild and untrue allegations regarding the ISTEP+ test question at the center of this security breach have been lodged. To demonstrate how incorrect those accusations are, we provide this detailed information about the very thorough and lengthy process by which ISTEP+ assessment questions are developed. The essay prompt that was posted online and circulated via email during this year’s test administration window was developed 23 months ago. The following chart outlines the development timeline for the Grade 8 essay question.

Please note the Superintendent of Public Instruction does not participate in any part of the process.

In recent days, some members of the Indiana General Assembly and representatives of other special interest groups have publicly attacked the IDOE and have insinuated a political motivation behind the essay prompt at the center of this security breach. These individuals have wrongly suggested the essay prompt attempted to persuade 8th graders to support a legislative agenda item.
A review of the timeline set forth above makes it abundantly clear that any suggestion as to a political motivation surrounding the test question is completely far-fetched. As described in the timeline, the IDOE conducted a complete review of the Grade 8 essay prompt (as is done for every test question) well before the November 2010 election and the beginning of the 2011 legislative session. This ridiculous notion is another sad, politically-driven attack on the Department. It has no merit whatsoever.
As mentioned, Indiana students have now completed the open-ended Applied Skills portion of the 2011 ISTEP+ test, and the IDOE is now free to share the text of the essay prompt at the center of this breach:
Your school has just announced a program that will allow a group of eighth graders from your class to attend high school anywhere in the United States. You will have all of your expenses paid for by a special scholarship program.
Write a persuasive essay to your school’s selection committee explaining why you should be chosen and where you would like to go to high school. In your persuasive essay, tell about the personal qualities you have that would make you a good choice.
Explain why you want to go to high school in the town or city you have chosen.
Finally, the IDOE is conducting a full investigation into this ISTEP+ security breach and will be diligent and vigilant in the search to uncover those few educators and/or other school officials responsible.
This breach may well constitute the biggest, most widespread breach of the ISTEP+ in the history of the assessment. The few individuals involved will be held accountable for negatively affecting students and their results on this important high-stakes assessment. The IDOE is working to determine the appropriate disciplinary action for the major misstep each individual made in violating the security of the Grade 8 ISTEP+ assessment and compromising student results. The IDOE will keep the public informed as the investigation concludes.
While those responsible for the breach will meet the appropriate consequence, the consequences for others are irreversible. Hoosier taxpayers will see hundreds of thousands of their hard-earned
dollars being spent to re-calibrate the scores on the test to account for the missing question. But
more importantly, each 8th grade student will miss out on a writing sub score, will wait additional time for ISTEP+ results, and will have lost an hour of summative testing time – 83,000 hours of important assessment time wasted. While the adults who read a political agenda into a test question were offended, the tangible impact of these thoughtless actions is on Indiana’s students.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Oatmeal is a 8 month old DHS, neutered male. Current on vaccines.

Nala is a 5 month old DSH, female, Current on vaccines

Indy is a 7 month old DSh, neutered male, current on all vaccines.

All 3 of these cats adoption fee is only $10.00

*March 18th is the next Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. Cost is $50.00 a cat. Call the Animal Shelter for information on how to make an appointment.

**We have several cats that are fixed and/or declawed for adoption. Their adoption fee is only $10.00
For more information call the Bluffton Animal Shelter 824-6063

Norwell Swim-a-Thon

Norwell High School senior Jason Miskin cools
down after swimming a lap.
Event planner, Dani Thomas worked hard
coordinating the event.

Members from Norwell and Bluffton High schools
gather before they begin swimming.

Midwest Director for Tiny Hands International, John Andrews told
a little bit about the program and about his upcoming trip to India.

Saturday, March 5 members from Norwell and Bluffton High school's swim teams participated in a Charity swim-a-thon to help raise awareness and fight human trafficking. The event lasted for two and a half hours and included a brief speech from speaker John Andrews, a representative from Tiny Hand International. The event raised over 400 dollars and all proceeds were donated to Tiny Hands International. (Photos taken by Taylor Goodpaster)

Upcoming Events at the Wells County Public Library’s Ossian Branch

Wells County Public Library Release:

The Ossian branch of the Wells County Public Library will be offering many events and programs during the month of March and Spring Break week, including:

Movie at the Branch:
Saturday, March 12: 10 am
All ages. Showing “Megamind,” rated PG. No registration needed.

Birthday Card Class:
Wednesday, March 16: 6:30-8 pm
Adults. Participants will make 6 cards each. $5 cost. Registration required, must sign-up by Saturday, March 12.

Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly:
The Ossian Branch is offering Tax Counseling for the Elderly now through April 11. Ed Goetz offers free tax help to those 60+ on Mondays from 1:30 to 4 pm. The service is provided through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program and is on a first come, first served basis.

Wii at the Branch:
Tuesday, March 22
Show up and play the Wii during the afternoon. No registration needed.
· Elementary Students: 12-4 pm
· Middle/High School: 4-8 pm

Spring Break Special:
Wednesday, March 23: 10-11:30 am
Kindergarten-Grade 2. Movie, stories, games, and refreshments based on Mo Willems characters.
Registration required.

An Afternoon of Board Games:
Wednesday, March 23: 1-2:30 pm
Grade 3-up. Join us for an entire afternoon of board games. Games will be provided. Just show up for the fun! Registration required.

Movie at the Branch:
Thursday, March 24: 1-2:45 pm
All ages. Showing “Yogi Bear,” rated PG, on this special movie day at the library. No registration needed.

For more information please stop by any Wells County Public Library branch, call the Ossian branch at 260-622-4691, or visit the library online at www.wellscolibrary.org.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Schools across the state given four stars

Indiana DOE Release:

The Indiana Department of Education released the list of 2009-10 Four Star Schools today, following the creation of a new, easy to understand method of qualifying for the statewide honor. Out of 1,808 public schools, 188 were given this distinction. Thirteen of 261 private schools also received the honor this year.

“Today I offer sincere congratulations to Indiana’s 2009-10 Four Star Schools as we celebrate their dedication to academics,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said. “These schools set high expectations for their students on a daily basis, and as a result, students work hard and exceed those expectations. The students and teachers in these schools should be extremely proud of this honor, and I am confident they will continue down this path of success.”

Following numerous inquiries and recommendations from educators regarding what were confusing calculations for the Four Star Schools program, the IDOE’s Office of Accreditation created new benchmarks for the program. These new requirements, which were used to determine the 2009-10 honorees, establish the 25th percentile cut score for combined passing percentages for English/Language Arts and Mathematics as well as the percent of students passing both for all grades tested. Schools that rank in the top 25th percentile for each grade tested and each of these categories and have made AYP qualify for the Four Star School Award. Additionally, the attendance rate is addressed through AYP verification.

For the first time, IDOE reviewed data for non-public schools and included the top non-public schools as honorees. It is, however, important to note that both public schools and non-public schools had their own cut scores and were compared only to like schools—meaning public schools were only compared to other public schools, and non-publics only to non-publics. The calculations were completely independent of one another.

For a list of all the 2009-10 Four Star Schools, click here.

For a full breakdown of the new Four Star School methodology, click here.

Winter Reading Program at the Wells County Public Library

Wells County Public Library Release:

The “Get in the Game: Read!” Winter Reading Program at the Wells County Public Library was a great success. More than 140 people participated in the teen and adult program during the month of February and 88 families worked together to build a “snowman” by reading different categories of books and performing fun activities.

Those that completed the program received a free book or the option to donate a book to a local elementary school. As a result more than 33 books were donated to local school libraries. Prizes and books for the program were donated by the Friends of the Library and the Wells County Foundation.

From all those that finished the teen and adult program, grand prize winners were randomly selected to receive prize baskets filled with books, games, treats, and more. Grand prize winners included:

From the Bluffton library:
· Katie Hacker
· Beverly McCartney
· Mikayla Craig
From the Ossian branch library:
· Nanette Bear
· Franklin Hatfield
Library staff winner:
· Cindy Burchell (Children’s Services Department)

The library also offered a Minute to Win It game night that many patrons enjoyed in conjunction with the program.

For more information about the Winter Reading Program held annually at the library in February or details about other events visit the library online at www.wellscolibrary.org.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

More photos from Saturday's Departure ceremony

Here are a few more pictures from after Saturday morning's ceremony for Alpha Troop of 2-152 Cav Squadron. More to come!

Bluffton sends troops with best wishes

Bluffton High School's cafetorium was standing room only Saturday morning for the departure ceremony for the Alpha Troop of the 2-152 Cavalry Squadron.

Brian Hubble, a member of local Boy Scout Troop 152, hands out American flags to attendees at Saturday morning's departure ceremony at Bluffton High School. Troop members also handed out programs and set up chairs for the event.

Lauren Johnson and Alex Huffman show one of the "Hero Packs" they gave to all of the departing members of Alpha Troop, 2-152 Cavalry Squadron after the departure ceremony Saturday morning.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

2011 State of the City Address

Inside Jericho

LCEs Jump Rope For Heart

Friday, March 4, 2011

Red Cross Swimming Lesson Program 2011

Bluffton-Harrison MSD

March 28 – April 21

Classes will meet 2-3 times a week (See course descriptions below)

Registration Night: Monday, March 14th, 2011
6:00-8:00pm Door #5

Cost per student: $30 Bluffton Resident/$35 Non-Resident
(Checks Payable to BHMSD)

Infant & Pre-school Program:
Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 5:30-6:00pm
These lessons are for infants 0-2years of age and for toddlers 3-5years of age. Lessons for infants require an adult to participate with the child. Program is geared toward making child’s first impression of the water positive. Toddler lessons are intended for those who have never had swimming lessons before or are non-swimmers. The goal for these students is to make the child comfortable with the water and to be able to put their face in the water. A parent or family member is preferred to participate with their child.

Red Cross Level Program
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday Evenings 6:00-7:00pm
These lessons are for students who are already fairly comfortable with the water. Student should be 5 years of age. Each level focuses on different swimming skills. Students are evaluated daily and can be tested into the next level if ready.

For additional information contact Bluffton Middle School Pool @ 824-3536

**If minimum number of students is not met during pre-registration classes WILL be canceled!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Quality Review Reports Available Online

IDOE Release:

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has made the quality review reports, published through the School Quality Review Program, available online via the department’s web site.

The State Board of Education developed a requirement in response to the state’s school accountability law, Public Law 221, that schools in year four of Academic Probation participate in the School Quality Review Program. The program is designed to provide schools and their supporters specific, action-focused feedback on what is working well and to identify clear targets for improvement. The review provides a structure to improve academic outcomes in schools so they move out of the Academic Probation designation. Review teams included Indiana educators, community representatives, and IDOE staff members.

To view an individual report, please click here.

Wells Co. Jr. League evaluations slated

Baseball player evaluations for the Wells County Junior

League will be March 5 from 1-3 p.m. and March 17 from 5-

7 p.m. in the Norwell High School auxiliary gym.

All players, regardless of league experience, need to attend

one of the evaluation sessions. The league is open to players

ages 9-12 as of May 1. Registration at the door or on one of

the following dates at the Ossian Town Hall: March 3 from 4-

8 p.m., March 4 from 4-8, March 5 from 9-1, March 10 from

4-8, March 12 from 9-1. Cost is $60.

BHS Culinary Arts

Nala 7 and Lilly are 4 month old DSH, females. Current on vaccines. Very sweet girls!

Mo is a 2 year old Shih-tzu, male. Friendly little guy!

* The next Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats is set for March 18th. Cost is $50.00 per cat. Vaccines offered for an additional $35.00 fee, but not required.
**We have several cats that are fixed and/or declawed for adoption. Their adoption fee is only $10.00
Call the Animal Shelter for more information and how to schedule an appointment........824-6063

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kehoe Park under water

Southern Wells Wax Museum

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bluffton Parks Department News:

Senior Exploration Spring 2011  The Bluffton Parks Department has partnered with the First United Methodist Church to offer a 6-week program designed for adults who are interested in continued learning.  Senior Exploration will be every Monday starting April 4th through May 9th.  There is a one-time fee of $12 that will cover all classes due April 1sst with the registration form that will be in this Fridays News Banner.  Classes offered this session are Games Galore, Genealogy, Plastic Canvas, It's A Small World (stories from the Bluffton High School exchange students), Scrapbooking, Crochet, Rock Painting, 3:16 The Numbers of Hope study by Max Lucado, Birds, Bugs & Blooms, Computers 101, "The Taming of the Shrew" book club, and Craft Club.       Also we are looking for pee wee soccer coaches:    The Bluffton Parks Department is looking for Pee Wee soccer coaches to teach 3 hours of soccer on Saturday afternoons from April 2nd- May7th. Applications can be picked up in the Clerk Treasurer's office at City Hall and are due back March 11th.  Any questions call 824-6069. 

Southern Wells Ropers!