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Wells Superior Court Criminal Cases Preliminary plea of not guilty entered for Roger Lee Fox, 18, Bluffton, charged with resisting law enforcement by use of a vehicle, a Level 6 felony; intimidation of a law enforcement officer, a Level 6 felony; unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe, a Level 6 felony;...
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MONDAY, Jan. 17 No games scheduled TUESDAY, Jan. 18 SWIMMING: Huntington North at Norwell, 5:30 p.m. WRESTLING: Bluffton at Eastside, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL: Wes-Del at Southern Wells, 7:30 p.m. (JV 6 p.m.); Jay County at Norwell, 7:45 p.m. (JV 6:15 p.m.)
Norwell took first place out of 14 wrestling teams at the Garrett Invitational on Saturday with 204 points. Norwell had two individual champions as well, with Cayden Smithley winning the 113-pound weight class and Eli Johnson winning the 170-pound weight class.  Hudson Kahn (182 pounds) placed second in his class, Stuart...

Fort Wayne Philharmonic offering two daytime programs Wednesday

Coffee with the Philharmonic and Live at Lunch are two events being offered by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Coffee with the Philharmonic will be presented at Crescendo Coffee by the Clyde Theatre at 10 a.m....

Zanesville News: 01-17-2022

Now finally here is what you have been waiting for: Winners of the December 2021 Zanesville Lions Christmas Lighting Contest: 40 points — First place, Landon Roth, 11212 W So. Co. Line 36...

Funny Things Kids Say: Resolving to think positively

One afternoon, earlier this week, Alessandra’s parents picked her up from daycare later than usual due to their work schedules. The next morning, Alessandra’s mother asked her if she wanted to be picked up early since she...

Destination Recreation: 01-15-2022

Yay! On Monday, we were notified that our entry into the Indiana Parks and Recreation Holiday Spirit photo contest won first place. Special thanks to everyone who took the time to vote and the time and talent...

Time to Take a Devotional Break: What if or Even if

The Old Testament book of Daniel is filled with excitement. Daniel and his three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were Hebrew captives taken from Jerusalem to Babylonia by King Nebuchadnezzar. After being identified as “strong, healthy, and...

Community events: 1-13-22

Gerber will be in gospel concert lineup Saturday Among the featured musicians at the ninth annual Friends Who Care Gospel Concert and Auction Saturday, Jan. 15, will be Brittany Gerber who will play the piano and sing.

The Christmas bells rang; all is not so weary

In one of my final 2021 entries in this Saturday morning space, there were lamentations about this “weary world” in which Christmas was coming. The phrase had been echoed in two Christmas carols I’d heard within a...

Reshaping America’s Battle of the Bulge

An anti-diet movement is afoot? Where can I sign up!  According to the Wall Street Journal, more people are taking a more reasonable approach to dieting that lets them be healthy while staying at their...

Indiana Legislature’s short session agnosia

Everyone will have a favorite piece of legislation to root for or against this session of the Indiana General Assembly, so there is a chance some of the lesser bills will escape attention. Here...

2022 resolutions amuck and pending

Why did I say I’d do that? What was I thinking?  Angelkeep resolutions created in 2021 had long been designated to the compost pile. From there they seem to sprout again in 2022 wafting...

Now they are coming for our beer

Mark Franke The Apocalypse is at hand. And it was COVID which brought it about. No, I’m not speaking of the endless riots and protests in the major cities. Neither am I speaking of the...

BPD cracks down on distracted driving

Over the course of 2021, Bluffton earned a reputation for enforcing the distracted driving law. If you were to read the list of drivers who received tickets as we published them in Police Notebook,...

Chamber gives Ossian restaurant its member honor for January

The Mi Case Mexican restaurant in Ossian is the Wells County Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Month for January. Pictured in the photo, left to right, are Cyndee Fiechter, North Eastern Group Realty, Chamber Ambassador; Kevin Sills, Farmers & Merchants...

Farmers & Merchants Bank donates to alleyway project

Farmers and Merchants Bank is an alley amenity sponsor for the downtown Bluffton pathways project. The bank has committed to funding a total of $7,500 over the next three years. “We are blessed to be able to give back towards enhancing...

Valero donation for 3D printing programs

The Wells Community Boys & Girls Club is the recipient of a $2,500 check from Valero of Bluffton to update the club’s 3D printing programs. Making the check presentation to Executive Director Vicki Bell, fourth from the left, are left to...

Wells County Automotive Supply chosen as Business of the Year

Monday, Bruce and Kate Stinson, owners of ...

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ROP Shop earns BBB Torch Award as Business of Integrity

The ROP Shop, a division of Outdoor Concepts, was selected as the 2021 Torch Award for Business of Integrity by the northern Indiana Better Business Bureau. The staff celebrated the honor on Wednesday. (Photo by Jessica Bricker) The...
Included with the Friday, Oct. 1, News-Banner: A 12-page scrapbook full of scenes from this year's Street Fair. Here are more photos. (By Jessica Bricker and Glen Werling)
Photos by Jessica Bricker. Click to enlarge.
Learn more in the Wednesday, Sept. 22, News-Banner. Photos by Jessica Bricker.
Learn more in the Thursday, July 22, News-Banner. (Photos by Glen Werling)

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Today’s news: They like their poetry OUT LOUD; Lady Knights cruise...

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Today’s news: Norwell boys heat up, win at Bellmont; Lady Raiders...

Douglas Alan Belcher, 85

Douglas Alan Belcher, 85, of Bluffton, died early Wednesday morning, Jan....

Omicron lifts state COVID-19 hospitalizations to new peak

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana hospitals are reporting a record number of...

Kids’ low vaccination rates called a ‘gut punch’

By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer

Lawmakers roll back bills on curriculum transparency

By CASEY SMITH Associated Press/Report for America

Jefferson Homemakers hold monthly meeting

The Nov. 10 meeting was held at the Ossian Library with...

Events at the Parlor City Plaza this weekend

On Friday evening, Sept. 17,  from 7 to 9 p.m. entertainment...

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BREAKING NEWS: An early morning drug sweep nets 12 arrests, including nine from Wells. Details in the Friday, April 14, News-Banner.