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Area State Inside Local/Area Obituaries. . . . . . . . . 3 Police Notebook . . .3 Opinion Jerry Battiste . . . . . .4 Also... Sports. . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Classifieds . . . . . . 8-9 Diversions . . . . . . .10 Dancin’ Feats show their moves Page 3 Outside Chance of showers, off and on, as the fair winds down Today Saturday Sunday High 69 High 63 High 59 Low 49 Low 41 Low 38 More Weather on Page 2 Endeavor to fly low over California Vol. 83 No. 274 FRIDAY September 21, 2012 Page 12 Sports Check it out on the Courthouse Square and at www.news-banner.com Parker talks about improving in MLB News-Banner The www.news-banner.com FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 BLUFFTON, INDIANA • Wells County’s Hometown Connection 50¢ ‘Charisma’ captures choral contest crown By FRANK SHANLY Northrop’s “Charisma” won its second Street Fair Choral Contest crown in four years Thursday evening. The evening also presented a passing of the torch, as Rick Elwell, who performed the dual roles of event organizer and emcee, announced that next year, he will hand the organization of the event over to Emily Price. Elwell was unsure whether he had held the reins for 14 or 15 years, after taking it over from Ted Ellis during the 1990s. After last year’s event was brought to an early end due to rain, organizers were relieved that this year’s competition was able to procceed unhindered by the elements. Northrop edged out DeKalb’s “Classic Connection” and East Noble’s “New Vision” to capture the top honors at the 2012 Street Fair competition on the main stage on West Washington street. The new layout in the stage area provided room for a larger audience, and there weren’t too many spare seats as five high schools competed in the event. In addition, Bluffton and Norwell presented exhibition performances — unable to compete due to “host choir” status. Blackford — appearing for the first time at the Street Fair competition — and New Castle were the other two competing schools. Curtis Shaw of Fort Wayne, Chris Brush of Indianapolis, and John Wenning of Huntington were the competition judges, while Chip Topp of Honegger, Ringger & Co. tabulated the judges’ scores. Video of Bluffton and Norwell’s performances will be posted on our “Street Fair” blog at www.news-banner.com frank@news-banner.com Hurry up Two young girls race across the midway in front of a massive combine owned by New Holland Tri-County during Thursday’s annual Industrial Parade at the Bluffton Free Street Fair. The girls were taking advantage that the combine had to stop briefly as police officers walking alongside it made sure that everyone was moved back far enough to allow the massive machine to pass. More than 90 entrants participated in the parade. (Photo by Glen Werling) Injury avoided in crash at Norwell By CHET BAUMGARTNER Two women escaped injury after their vehicles collided at about 4:58 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of U.S. 224 and 100E. According to the report from the Wells County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred after Rachel M. Towle, 18, rural Ossian, pulled out in front of Virginia A. Terveer, 55, Decatur, while Terveer was driving east on U.S. 224. The report states that Towle, who was driving south on 100E north of U.S. 224, initially stopped at the intersection, but she did not see Terveer coming and pulled onto the highway. The force of the impact caused Terveer’s 2004 Chevy K15 to spin 180 degrees and cross the center line. Her vehicle stopped in the westbound lane. Towle’s vehicle, which was not described in the report and was registered to her parents, continued through the intersection and stopped on the northbound lane of 100E. The front bumper of her car was tossed into the grass on the northwest corner of Norwell High School’s property. (Continued on Page 2) Online Sing and dance with the NHS and BHS show choirs at the fair at our “Street Fair” blog. Browse our blogs at www.news-banner.com Page 6 The celebrations begin as Northrop performers lift the trophy at the conclusion of Thursday evening’s Street Fair Show Choir competition and their supporters storm the stage to join in the celebrations. (Photo by Frank Shanly.) Rainfall easing drought in some Corn Belt states ST. LOUIS (AP) — With hopes of a once-stellar corn crop dimmed by a summer of drought, Gerald Jenkins doesn’t expect the unfolding harvest to burden his co-op’s grain elevators, which are capable of storing 9 million bushels of the grain it buys from growers. Finding timely barges to ship it off may be another story. The same drought that has punished the Midwest’s corn and soybeans for months has lowered the Mississippi River that eases past the western Illinois co-op Jenkins oversees to levels unseen for nearly a quarter century. The shallower waterway — notably from Memphis south to New Orleans — has closed some portions of it while forcing shippers to cut the number of barges their towboats push and the amount of freight in each. That means Jenkins may have to get in line to ship the Ursa Farmers Cooperative’s goods on the Mississippi, which is among the major inland U.S. rivers that routinely move some 60 percent of the nation’s grain exports each year. “For us, we just have to be aware we just can’t snap a finger and expect a barge to be here,” he said. “Instead of two days to get a barge, it may take four or five.” Mitigating matters a bit is that there’s less of a corn crop expected, no thanks to the drought that has been the nation’s worst in decades but increasingly is showing signs of leveling off and, in some key farm states, easing. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday showed that recent rainfall benefited parts of the (Continued on Page 2) Ossian firefighters clean up after two vehicles collided at about 4:58 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. 224 and 100E intersection. No one was injured in the crash. (Photo by Chet Baumgartner) How to contact us: Call us: 824-0224 or 1-800-579-7476 Fax us: 824-0700 email@news-banner.com On the Web: www.news-banner.com Follow us at: twitter.com/newsbanner

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