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Wells County Economic Development Director Tim Ehlerding stands out side of the 200,000 square foot spec building on Bluffton’s western edge. (Photo by Mark Miller) Spec building not the only topic Wells County...

‘Life’s better here’ - And we can prove it

By MARK MILLER Many communities will tell prospective residents and businesses that their quality of life is good and that it is a good community in which to raise a family. But Wells County has statistics to...

Building put Wells County ‘on the map’

The “spec building” on West Lancaster Street in Bluffton — unique in its size and scope of participation between the private and public sectors — has yet to be filled, although it is possible that an announcement...

Haldrup USA setting up shop in Ossian

Above, Haldrup team members are at the construction site north of Ossian. From left are Luke Binegar, Paul Wickey, Tamra Boucher and Brad Baker.(Photo by Glen Werling) By GLEN WERLING A decision by Haldrup USA...

Long-awaited YMCA opens, exceeding membership goals

Jon Jenkins, executive director of the Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA, stands just inside the entrance to the facility. The Y has seen significant increases in membership since it opened in January. (Photo by...

Will Bluffton be state’s first ‘Gigabit City’?

Bluffton is getting closer to being a Gigabit City. AdamsWells Internet Telecom TV was notified in April that its application for an expanded bandwidth capacity within the Indiana Fiber Network had been approved....

Bluffton Regional hopes to expand with new medical office building

By JUSTIN PEEPER Bluffton Regional Medical Center could add a new medical office building to its main campus at 303 S. Main St. before the decade ends to make visiting the doctor easier and more efficient for...

Big doings at BHES

Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Wayne Barker has championed a $10 million construction project at Bluffton-Harrison Elementary School as necessary for a growing student population....

Nearly $5 million (not) going to waste

Ernie Castle, superintendent of the Bluffton wastewater treatment plant, talks about the process of rebuilding and replacing a digester lid. Workers from Kokosing Construction have been putting the lid together...

City road improvements ‘the first step to good things’

By DAVE SCHULTZ What will happen in Bluffton this year, roadwise, could change the way the community sees itself for years to come. “Whenever the infrastructure, particularly the roads and streets, in a community...

Ossian has high performance plans for its future

This drawing by Zachary Benedict of MKM Architecture, partnering with High Performance Government Network, shows the proposed amphitheater for Archbold-Wilson Park in Ossian. By GLEN WERLING Ossian is looking to...

Norwell completes year of transition

Norwell High School Principal Mark Misch stands inside the main entrance to the school, which recently wrapped up a nearly $15 million renovation. (Photo by Matthew LeBlanc) By MATTHEW LeBLANC It is mid-May at...

‘Bluffton NOW!’ focused on the future

Nine members of the Bluffton NOW! task force stand in the open space left by the former Hideaway location downtown.The group is building support for redevelopment and revitalization in the area. From left: Erin...

Enjoying the challenge

Bluffton Police Chief Nathan Huss has been in charge of the department for a year now. As a student at Norwell High School, he said he was “intrigued” by the profession. (Photo by Jessica Williams) Nathan Huss...

Freedom Riders changing perspectives

John Major, front right, and members of Freedom Riders of Wells County gathered on a recent Sunday afternoon to present new smoke alarms to the Bluffton Fire Department, represented by Don Craig, fire chief. The...

Extraordinary

Sheila Herdman, Kathryn Geimer and Caitlin Krider (left to right) stand next to the latest work-in-progress at Ya Ya’s Mid Century and Modern. (photo by Cody Neuenschwander) Herdman working to make Ya Ya’s one...

‘A servant of the people’

Jim Phillabaum is seeking his 11th term on the Bluffton Common Council. He is also a member of the Bluffton Board of Works and Public Safety. He’s shown here looking over paperwork prior to the start of a Board of...

For the students

Bill Cline makes a point to one of his students on Cline’s last day at Southern Wells. (Photo by Glen Werling) Bill Cline brings his 32-year teaching career to a close By GLEN WERLING Southern Wells sixth...

More honors

The Bluffton Rotary Club honored Howard Rich last fall by naming the pavilion at Rotary Park, located along the Rivergreenway, in his honor. Above, club members surround Rich, seated, left, and his wife Bev, seated...

There was much to be done. Now, there is more.

The Forgotten Children Worldwide mission team from Wells County poses in front of a southern border crossing from Nepal to India during their missions trip in February. The group was focused at the time on...

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