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Wells Superior Court Criminal Cases Preliminary plea of not guilty entered for Ryan Joshua King, 42, Bluffton, charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; maintaining a controlled substance common nuisance, a Level 6 felony; possession of a schedule I, II, III, or IV controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor;...

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By JOSH BURRIS The Bluffton Tigers continued their winning ways Friday night, defeating the Northfield Norsemen 48-38 at The Tiger Den.  It took a while for the Tigers (14-5) to break away in this one. They trailed 22-21 after Northfield’s Graydon Holmes knocked down two free throws with 5:02 left to...
By RICK SPRUNGER The Southern Wells Raiders battled hard on Senior Night Friday evening. No, the Raiders didn’t win, falling to a strong Woodlan club, 69-54. But they fought their way all the way back from a 30-point deficit to trail by just 11 at one stage late...
SATURDAY, Feb. 15 WRESTLING: IHSAA Semi-State tournament at the Coliseum, 8:30 a.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL: IHSAA Regional at Bellmont, Norwell vs. Winchester, 10 a.m. GIRLS SWIMMING: IHSAA State Meet at IUPUI, 1 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 16 No games scheduled MONDAY,...

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).

Shelby Thompson – Scuba Diving, CPA and Saving for College.

Interview with Shelby Thompson, Senior at Southern Wells High School. How old are you? I’m 18. I’m almost 19. What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

Time to Take a Devotional Break: IT’S NOT YOUR HOUSE

IT’S NOT YOUR HOUSE A popular way to trim vacation costs these days is to rent the home of someone who lives near your intended destination, an individual willing to allow total strangers to...

Insights: Random acts of kindness

This is “Random Acts of Kindness Week”; February 9-15. And there is still time to be kind to someone. Last week’s column looked at some reasons to be kind; and some of the benefits. This week’s column...

Funny Things Kids Say: Love shines through all ages

Here are a few of my favorite “love” stories from the past 30 years of funny kids columns. Happy Valentines to each and every reader! A few weeks before Valentine’s Day, a 6-year-old boy...

Amish Cook: Do you have any ideas for the name of Gloria’s baby?

Time keeps marching faster than I can keep up with. I can hardly believe that I’m almost halfway through my waiting period or our little darling who is due in July. As of now, we don’t know whether it’ll be a boy...

‘Making a difference’ is theme of Boys & Girls Club fundraiser

Ken Ballinger, at right, introduced Jada Philabaum Hoerr, the evening’s guest speaker for the Boys & Girl’s Club third annual banquet. (Photo by Barbara Barbieri) By BARBARA BARBIERI It was an evening of...

‘Stop the fiscal insanity’? Such strange ideas.

Here’s a phone call you don’t get very often from an old friend: “How you doing? Guess what, I’m running for Congress.” Matt Hook has a Wells County connection. His father was born and...

Happy birthday to me — Achoo!

Every year for my birthday I ask my daughters to make me something; just create whatever they want, a drawing, sing me a song, whatever. Normally this results in me getting cards, pictures, arts and crafts projects...

Love comes calling at Angelkeep

Opening Angelkeep Journals with a title or headline like “Love comes calling at Angelkeep” could send some un-romantics hightailing for the hills. Could the columnist of Angelkeep actually get that “sappy?” Read to see....

What to do with our ‘in-between’ citizens

How about those kids today, huh? Don’t ask members of the Indiana General Assembly. They’re still trying to figure it out. In every legislative session, issues come up that the most astute observers had...

The Democratic establishment is awful at picking candidates

After 2016, the Democratic establishment would have been justified in getting out of the business of presidential politics.  It swung so strongly behind Hillary Clinton that it discouraged any serious contenders from getting in...

A modern Man for All Seasons

During his floor speech explaining his vote to convict Donald Trump, Mitt Romney was overcome by emotion and paused to compose himself. The intense moment came when he spoke of his devotion to God, saying: “I am...

Holiday means no paper delivery; county government will be closed

Due to Monday being a federal holiday, the mail will not be delivered and therefore home delivery of The News-Banner will be delayed one day. This means Monday’s paper will be delivered with Tuesday’s paper. If you are a...

U.S. stocks edge lower after China virus cases spike

By YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer Asian shares mostly fell Friday as investors turned cautious following a surge in cases of a new virus in China that threatens to crimp economic growth and hurt businesses worldwide.

‘Farmer’s Wife’ retail shop celebrates Bluffton opening

Pictured from left to right are Mayor John Whicker, Jamie Lemler of Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home, Jean Bordner of The News-Banner, Trudy Webb of Farmer’s Wife, Theo Webb of Farmer’s Wife, Briana Webb of Farmer’s Wife, Cyndee Fiechter of North Eastern...

U.S. economy gains 225,000 jobs

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring jumped last month as U.S. employers added a robust 225,000 jobs, bolstering an economy that faces threats from China’s viral outbreak, an ongoing trade war and struggles at Boeing. The Labor Department also said Friday...

Ossian Deli under a new family’s ownership

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Bank on Bluffton’s south side will close

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Friday's "Night to Shine" prom-like event for people of diverse abilities featured hundreds of participants and volunteers. Learn more in the Monday, Feb. 10, News-Banner. View a video of some dancing below. (Photos and video by Jessica Bricker)
The Markle Volunteer Fire Department dedicated its new Rescue 901 Thursday evening. Learn more in the Friday, Jan. 24, News-Banner. Visit the Rosenbauer website to learn about the truck's specifications by clicking here. (Photos by Jessica Bricker unless noted otherwise) The front of the truck features this custom light.(Photo from the MVFD on Facebook)

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Probe finds 911 dispatchers erred fatal pond crash

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher speaking to a desperate...

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WCT’s ‘Mousetrap’ auditions Jan. 17; show is March 13-15

Auditions for the Wells Community Theatre production of the Agatha Chrstie...

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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.