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Pictured are, from left to right, Chamber Board President Jim Brewer of Ossian State Bank, Kaylyn Wetrick, Laney Prible of Lexis Rae Hair Studio, Trisha Harris of Lexis Rae Hair Studio, Linley Prible of Lexis Rae Hair Studio, Amber Lewis of Lexis Rae Hair Studio, Mike Harris of Lexis Rae Hair Studio, Julia Prible of Lexis...
INCIDENTS City: Thursday, 9:11 a.m., 1240 4-H Road, Wells County 4-H Park. Report of a man who has been hanging around the park a lot, staying at the park and using the restroom to charge his phone. Management requested the subject be told to stay out of the park. Then shortly...
Wells Superior Court Criminal Case Marcella Joann Haage, 53, of Bluffton, admitted to allegations of a probation violation. Probation terminated.  Haage was initially charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor. Probation was violated when Haage failed a drug screen on April 17.  ———

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BHS golf tops Mississinewa Bluffton’s girls’ golf team defeated Mississinewa 206-220 on Thursday.  Amaris Moser shot a 49 to lead the way for Bluffton. Kayla Clark finished close behind, shooting a 51.  Olivia Johnson and Alivia Smith each shot a 53, and Maddy Wenger shot a 54. 
FRIDAY, Aug. 23 FOOTBALL: Bluffton at Northfield, 7 p.m.; Norwell at Jay County, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells at Fremont, 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Aug. 24 CROSS COUNTRY: Norwell at Huntington North Invite, 9 a.m.; Southern Wells at Monroe Central Invite, 10 a.m. BOYS TENNIS: Norwell at...
Norwell’s boys’ soccer team got its ...
Norwell senior Logan House signed to play baseball at Indiana Wesleyan University on Wednesday at Norwell High School. In 29 1/3 innings pitched for the Knights last season, House threw 35 strikeouts to go with a 3.10 ERA. House also added eight hits at the plate. Pictured are left to right: Front row, Jason House, Logan...

Chamber Directory 2019

Your guide to local businesses, 2018 highlights of the Wells County Chamber of Commerce, and much more! Click here to view the full edition.
Photos compiled by Glen Werling; News-Banner staff photos; video produced by Jessica Bricker).
Heyerly brothers still baking; Jim and Karen Ottjes' journey Wells County; more local stories plus holiday tips and recipes. Click here for the full edition.  
The Comet at Bluffton High School turned 100 years old this month. Students have shared ...

Anniversaries: John and Gwendolyn Fogwell

John and Gwendolyn Fogwell John and Gen Fogwell are celebrating their 74th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 25. The couple was married Aug. 25, 1945, at the Nine Mile E.U.B. Church north of Zanesville. They currently reside...

What’s Up: 08-22-2019

SW FFA to host Greenhand Supper/Auction Southern Wells FFA members are planning and preparing for this year’s annual GreenhandChili Supper and Member Auction. The event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the high school cafeteria.

Older adults and mental health

(This column information is taken from “Journal of Mental Health Counseling”, April 2015); and it still might be relevant today. America is graying. The baby boomers are living longer. Medical advances are somewhat responsible...

Donations cause a double take

Earlier this month, I stopped by The Bargain Shop on Kendallville’s Main Street. The Bargain Shop is one of those wonderful nonprofit places where people can donate good used items to be sold at a very low...

Ossian Class of 1949

Members of the Ossian Class of 1949 held a 70th anniversary reunion earlier this month at the Corner Depot restaurant in Bluffton. Those attending were, seated on the front row, Delores Scheumann and Nancy Confer, and standing in the back row,...

A history of Ouabache, as the firetower ceremony looms

By BARBARA BARBIERI With the dedication of the  fire tower restoration at Ouabache State Park scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. it might be a good time to offer a brief history lesson about the park.

Me and my mosquito. Be careful what you wish for

I have a new office pet. I already have three dogs that strategically place themselves around my rolling desk chair so that any time I move more than a fraction of a millimeter there...

The evangelicals’ enforcer

Are the dominant voices of white evangelical Christianity in the United States destined to be angry and defensive? Is President Trump making sure they stay that way? I found myself asking these questions after...

Gov. Holcomb, the press and ‘Brand X’

Gov. Eric Holcomb always looks so comfortably stern, like an accountant at tax time waiting for his client’s big gulp of ulcer medicine to kick in. He needs a good nickname to lighten his...

Morel moral can now be told

Fishermen sometimes keep their favorite fishing spots secret. Other fishermen expound to great lengths of their where, how, and often exaggerated size and number of a good fishing day. A poor fishing day discussion is an abomination...

If Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib can boycott Israel, why can’t Israel boycott them?

During a news conference on Monday, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., accused Israel of denying her and fellow congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., entry because they are “the first two Muslim American women elected to Congress.” On Twitter, Omar...

Tough decision was the right one for nearby winery

Next week’s deadline for a switch-over of sorts at a local winery is causing a stir in this region of the state. In July 11, Two EE’s Winery on U.S. 24 between Huntington and...

Lexis Rae Hair Studio opens for business in Bluffton

Pictured are, from left to right, Chamber Board President Jim Brewer of Ossian State Bank, Kaylyn Wetrick, Laney Prible of Lexis Rae Hair Studio, Trisha Harris of Lexis Rae Hair Studio, Linley Prible of Lexis Rae Hair Studio, Amber Lewis of...

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Getting ready to race

Peyton’s Northern is a $1,000 corporate sponsor for this year’s American Mortgage Duck Race to benefit Family Centered Services. A large portion of the drinks, candy and food at the race will also be provided by Peyton’s Northern. The race is...
Some scenes from this year's American Mortgage Duck Race to benefit Family Centered Services. Click here to see a list of the winners. (Photos by Jessica Bricker)
The 2019 Mud Fest had participants of all ages taking the muddiest of paths Saturday at the Bluffton Water Filtration Plant. (Photos by Jessica Bricker)
The Bluffton Parks Department hosted a community kayaking event Tuesday evening along the Wabash River. (Photos by Jessica Bricker)
Behind the Jack Sills Memorial Trophy ...

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Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

Today’s news: NHS boys’ soccer beats Blackhawk Christian; Repairs continue; Fall deadline for youth...

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019

Today’s news: NHS boys’ tennis falls to Concordia; Uncovering history; Cemetery gets another $3K...

China puts a tariff hike on $75 billion of U.S....

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer

AP-NORC poll: 62% disapprove of how Trump’s handling his job

By STEVE PEOPLES and HANNAH FINGERHUT Associated Press

Powell says Fed will help economy

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer

Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, citing the ’strong economy’

By KEVIN FREKING, JOSH BOAK and JONATHAN LEMIRE

Farrell to speak at Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana...

Actor Mike Farrell, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Capt....

What’s Up: 08-08-2019

Hall Family will sing at 1st Baptist in Ossian Sunday

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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.