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It has been lovely weather. There has been not a lot of rain so everyone has been working in their yards. Thanks to all of you who came up to the park and worked on clean-up day. I hope to have a list of volunteers by the next time I write.
INCIDENTS City: Monday, 3:47 p.m., 200 block of West Washington Street. Report of issue with juvenile. Monday, 9:39 p.m., Walmart. Caller reported woman screaming at three or four children. Unable to locate. Monday, 9:49 p.m., Christian New Light Church. Report of two people dumping trash...
At its regular weekly meeting on Thursday, May 30, Ossian Rotary will hear from Kelly Goode, Norwell Schools Mental Health Coordinator, speaking about teenage mental health, a growing concern nationwide. Goode brings over two decades of experience in providing mental health support within educational settings. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Butler...
Norwell Middle School has released the names of its students on the high honor roll and honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2023-24 school year. 6th Grade Distinction  (GPA of 3.7 or higher and no grade lower than A-) Alfreus Alfreus, Canyon Aschliman, Mackenzie Bunn, Violet...
Tigers defeat Raiders in boys’ golf Bluffton defeated Southern Wells at Timber Ridge Golf Course by 10 strokes Tuesday night. The match was the final one of the regular season before heading into the sectional meet, which is also at Timber Ridge. The Tigers shot a 200 and...
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 No events scheduled. THURSDAY, MAY 30 No events scheduled. FRIDAY, MAY 31 BOYS GOLF: (Sectional) Bluffton, Norwell and Southern Wells at Timber Ridge, 9 a.m. TRACK & FIELD: (Girls state) Norwell at Robert C. Haugh Track...
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Charles B. Bertsch, 62, of Bluffton, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, at his residence. Arrangements are pending with Goodwin - Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton.

Here’s the Thing: What do bricks, milk, and fast cars have in common?

Let it be known that there’s more than corn in Indiana. The Hoosier state is recognized worldwide for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. This weekend was the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500. The Centennial event celebration was held in 2016 before...

A Joyful Noise: Still Learning

I graduated from high school 25 years ago, and I graduated from Ball State University 20 years ago, and I made the same mistake both times. Both times, I forgot I was ignorant. Without in anyway...

Here’s the Thing: Warning…standing naked in the cafeteria may cause distress on occasion

Years ago, when I shared a classroom with students, they sometimes were hesitant to express what they were thinking or questioning. This happened whether they were voicing an opinion, writing an essay, composing a poem, or participating in a class discussion. They...

Amish Cook: Gloria settles into a daily routine at the cabin in Ohio

We rounded the corner and started up the long, winding lane. We had arrived at our destination. The usual six to seven-hour trip to Danville, Ohio, was done in less than six hours. I smiled as the children cheered all the way...

Extension Homemakers celebrate spring with a ‘Picnic in the Park’

By BARBARA BARBIERI It was a Picnic in the Park for the Extension Homemakers as they celebrated their spring festival on Thursday evening at the Wells County Community Center and named Vicky Lewis their Homemaker of...

Time to Take a Devotional Break: Clean Stables

Until I married into a 4-H family during the summer of 1985, I had no idea what that organization involved. I had heard the story of Jesus being born in a stable and laid on a bed of straw, but the reality...

Anatomy of a Nikki Haley voter

Nikki Haley received roughly 22% of the vote in the Indiana Primary earlier this month.  I was one of them. Since Haley recently announced that she would be voting for Donald Trump this fall, I’ve heard...

Celebrating a special group of professionals this May

“What’s your favorite word, Señor?” One of my students asked me that question last fall as we were wrapping up the day’s lesson in which our focus was to recognize a handful of new vocabulary words that the students...

On this 80th anniversary of D-Day …

June 6 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Allies’ D-Day invasion of France during World War II. As many years as it has been, most of us here today are familiar with D-Day only through Hollywood, whether it be the film,...

‘Earn this … earn it.’

A year ago, after writing a story about a local family’s loss, my intent had been to make that an annual project: Identify a local soldier who had lost his life in defense of our country and tell his story — hopefully...

Angelkeep Journals: Tall bearded iris ground zero for six continents

Angelkeep possesses a black thumb when it comes to a perfect iris garden. The fault cannot be passed off to the plants. It’s the planter, the caretaker. The gardener is to blame for tall bearded iris failure at Angelkeep. 

Memorable mistake makes magnificent memories

Last Friday was a busy day. I was looking forward to crawling in my bed at the end of the night and sleeping in Saturday morning. And then Sarah called. In true younger-sibling fashion, I’m going to blame all of this on...

Chamber celebrates expansion of Perma-Column LLC in Ossian

The Wells County Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the expansion of Perma-Column LLC in Ossian. The Chamber staff and ambassadors joined Perma-Column in celebrating this milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their facility located at 400 Carol Ann Lane, Ossian,...

Psi Ote’s give to community groups

Members of the Bluffton chapter of Psi Iota Xi were in a giving mood as they presented money to several community groups for their projects. The check presentation took place at the Wells County Public Library. In...

March Madness winner

Deb Garrett is the winner of The News-Banner’s 2024 NCAA basketball bracket contest with 206 points. She received a 55 inch LG T V from Stylus Technologies, pictured above. From left to right is Deb Garrett, Patty...

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Today’s news: Knights’ comeback stuns No. 6 Tigers to win regional title;...

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Today’s news: Panthers leave Tigers in heartbreak with walk off; Indians out-slug...

Judge delays Fort Wayne murder trial

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday delayed until...

Fed: Interest rates will stay at high until inflation further cools

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER  AP Economics Writer

What marijuana reclassification means for the U.S.

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Here’s the Thing: Warning…standing naked in the cafeteria may cause distress...

Years ago, when I shared a classroom with students, they sometimes...

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Area artists are being offered the...

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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.