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County Drainage Board will meet Monday morning The Wells County Drainage Board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 21, in Room 105, the multi-purpose room on the lower level of the Wells Carnegie Government Annex, 223 W. Washington St. Topics on the agenda include: • A drainage...
PORTLAND, Ind. (AP) — A tornado was reported Friday afternoon in Jay County with reports of damage to some homes in the area. The National Weather Service in northern Indiana received an indication by radar of a tornado in eastern Indiana which was verified by a spotter in Portland about 3:50 p.m. Friday, said...
Wells Superior Court Criminal Cases Preliminary plea of not guilty entered for Kobi M. Donnersbach, 22, Bluffton, charged with intimidation where the threat made is to commit a forcible felony, a Level 6 felony; and driving while suspended, a Class A infraction Bond continued at $5,000. Larry Mock appointed public defender.
INCIDENTS City: Thursday, 4:22 p.m., Bluffton Wastewater Treatment Plant, 702 N. Main St. Burglar alarm. Officers responded. Alarm accidentally tripped. Thursday, 4:39 p.m., Utz Quality Foods, 705 W. Dustman Rd. Burglar alarm. Officers responded. Alarm malfunctioned. Thursday, 5:29 p.m., Wells Community Swimming Pool, 310 W....
Extreme Auto defeated Andrews & Crell 13-3.  Dawson Lee led Extreme Auto at the plate with a double and two singles. Gavin Grieser hit a double and a single, and Sam King added two singles. Blayden Bosworth was the winning pitcher. On the Andrews & Crell side, Axton Beste hit a...
First-place winners of the Green Valley Junior Golf pitching contest’s age 14-18 group are from left, Ethan Hunt, Ephraim Frauhiger, and Isaac Frauhiger. (Photos provided) Second-place finishers in the age 14-18 group are from left, Ethan Dalrymple, Grant Reifsteck, and Bodie Zimmer. Third-place finishers from the age 14-18...
First-place winners of the Green Valley Junior Golf pitching contest’s age 11-13 group are from left, Sophia Meeks, Paxton Miller, Kreigh Ault, and Will Ault. (Photos provided) Second-place finishers in the age 11-13 group are from left, Carter Lehman, Cheyenna Carper, Denver Moser, and Rafe Gerber. Third-place finishers...
First-place winners of the Green Valley Junior Golf pitching contest’s age 8-10 group are from left, Andrew Falk, Jessica Little, Olivia Fenstermaker, Maddox Kauffman, Liam Smith, and Kreigh Ault. (Photos provided) Second-place finishers in the age 8-10 group are from left, Emmy Aschliman, Leyton Chamberlain, Carter Lloyd, Brad Masterson, and Clive Gerber.

Destination Recreation: 06-19-2021

We have another jam-packed weekend of fun and a crazy busy week of activities next week. Join us today for the free Touch a Truck event and let your child see big trucks up...

Time to Take a Devotional Break – When Jesus Doesn’t Show Up

John 11:21 ‘Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”’ Have you ever prayed passionately, continuously, and in great faith for a specific request, only...

Springer Anniversary

Kenneth and Eileen Springer Kenneth and Eileen Springer of Ossian celebrated their 65th anniversary this week. The couple was married June 17, 1956, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Township between Columbia City...

Ready for the big show

A talented group of young ...

Recovery advice — particularly for men

Recovery advice — particularly for men This pandemic has taken a toll on all men’s health. Now more than ever is the time to recognize the value of increasing awareness of men’s health issues....

Area Events and Happenings: 6-17-21

Roustabout to play at Parlor City Plaza On Friday, June 18, the 5-piece Americana band Roustabout will be on stage at Bluffton’s Parlor City Plaza. The concert will be from 7 to 9 p.m. and refreshments...

There’s a reason for the new law, and it’s a good one

Every newsroom has a police scanner. It largely becomes background noise, yet certain exchanges stand out. One afternoon this week, the dispatcher asked for a police officer to come to the front counter. Someone wanted to talk...

The essence of a father: A tribute

He was a silent, strong, stoic man. His only entitlement, besides being born a U.S. citizen, was to work. Ed and Holly Taylor on her sixth Easter outside the big farmhouse he bought and remodeled for his family...

Vaccination policy at IU still has issues

Facing backlash from students, parents, faculty, staff, legislators, and the state’s attorney general, Indiana University altered its COVID-19 vaccination policy last week. On May 21, IU had mandated that all students, staff and faculty...

And still we wait to see if…

Historical records indicated a Hoosier June snow squall yet possible. In Indiana’s statehood year, 1816, snow fell mid-June, then worsened. Historians called it the year without a summer. No pioneer soul complained of global warming in 1816,...

News ‘philanthropy’ is a bad idea

The Indianapolis Star now has itself a team dedicated to “racial equity,” which includes, thanks to a grant from a nonprofit called Report for America, a reporter who will be tasked with covering “inequity in social services,...

Some early census results and what they mean

The Census Bureau is now rolling out their population estimates from the 2020 counts. We have state and now local municipal counts. These figures are used to determine the number of House seats each...

Reserve eyes earlier rate hikes with inflation up

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it may act sooner than previously planned to start dialing back the low-interest-rate policies that have helped fuel a swift rebound...

Peña’s mechanical surprised by Chamber honor

Pictured in the photo left to right: Kevin Pritchard, Ruoff Mortgage, Chamber Ambassador, Cory Haviland, Peña’s Mechanical, Kody Kumfer, Forgotten Children Worldwide, Chamber Ambassador, Ryan Searing, Peña’s Mechanical, Casey Robbins, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Chamber Ambassador, Mason Boomershine, Peña’s Mechanical, Keith...

Another jump in prices tightens the squeeze on U.S. consumers

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers absorbed another surge in prices in May — a 0.6 percent increase over April and 5 percent over the past year, the biggest 12-month inflation...

Local civic leader Howard Rich dies at 89

Howard Rich, active in the ...

Shoppers are starting to go back to stores

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are going back to one of their favorite pastimes: store shopping. With more people getting vaccinated and dropping their face masks, retailers...

Potter’s Lawn Service expands

Pictured from left to right are Heather Morgan of National Oil, Mayor John Whicker, Alyssa Sponseller of Archbold & Lewis, Sandy Garcia, Tonner Johnson of Potter’s Lawn Service, Tracy Garton of Potter’s Lawn Service, Kevin Pritchard of Ruoff Mortgage, Kirk Potter...
The Insiders kicked off the free Kehoe summer concert series Friday, providing a Tom Petty and Heartbreakers tribute for a full house at the amphitheater. The two-hour show featured many crowd favorites spanning Petty’s band and solo careers. Click here to learn more. Photos by Jessica Bricker.
The Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Star Wars night Wednesday along the Rivergreenway. Learn more in the Thursday, May 6, News-Banner. Click photos to enlarge. (Photos by Jessica Bricker)
Wells County Creative Arts Council Executive Director Janiece Lipsey told the crowd last weekend that she was excited they were there before her. After months of practices and preparation, the 2019-20 season was abruptly cut short last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This past weekend the dancers were back on the stage in...
See the story here Learn more in the Monday, April 19, News-Banner. (Photos by Jessica Bricker unless specified) Photo provided

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Today’s news: Longtime nursing educator speaks out about vaccination rate; Roustabout brings music...

Friday, June 18, 2021

Today’s news: Ready for the big show; 'A little frustrating'; A hot day's work; and...

Western heat wave threatens health in several communities

By ANITA SNOW  Associated Press

Olympic athletes? Yes. Olympic spectators? No.

By STEPHEN WADE and MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press

Hoosiers near 50% vaccine rate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly half of Indiana residents eligible for the...

U.S. to spend $3.2B on treatments for COVID-19, other viruses

By ZEKE MILLER and MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press

Area Things to See and Do

 EMBASSY THEATRE, FORT WAYNE “Down the Line,” March...

Community Events: 11-16-2020

Art for the holidays at FW’s Orchard Gallery

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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.