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GRADUATION GRADUATION DAY DAY We’ll Remember Always ... Check out The Grads on the Web! www.news-banner.com Special Supplement to The News-Banner Wednesday, May 23, 2012 The Inside Local/Area Obituaries. . . . . . . . . 3 Police Notebook . . .3 Opinion Frank Shanly . . . . . .4 Also... Sports. . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Classifieds . . . . 10-11 Diversions . . . . . . .12 Annual Salute to Seniors! Attacking germs at the 4-H Fair Sports NHS runners wait for call to state Page 14 Special Section Today Page 6 News-Banner www.news-banner.com WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012 BLUFFTON, INDIANA • Wells County’s Hometown Connection 50¢ At left, Thomas Jackson, 13, and above, Brant Miller, 11, both from Boy Scout Troop 72 in Adams Central Community Schools, place flags near a veteran's headstone in Elm Grove Cemetery Tuesday afternoon. In preparation for Memorial Day, the troop was earning some community service time. (Photos by Jessica Williams) Memorial Day services set for Monday Three services for Memorial Day have been scheduled in Wells County Monday. The events, all sponsored by the Grover Sheets Post 111 of the American Legion in Bluffton, will be held at 8 a.m. at Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton, at 9 a.m. at Veterans Park in Bluffton, and at 11 a.m. at the Oak Board of Works gets update on status of Adams Street project By DAVE SCHULTZ Adams Street, Doug Sundling told the members of the Bluffton Board of Public Works Tuesday, “is happening.” What Sundling meant by that statement is that the rights of way — which had been a sore point in getting final state and federal approval for the improvement of the roadway on Bluffton’s far west side — are now being staked out for utility lines. The project is due to go out for bids on July 11, he said. Sundling, a consultant to the city on planning and infrastructure matters, said there are four utilities in that area that will need to accommodate the road improvements. He said the two primary ones, NIPSCO and United REMC, were preparing the site now — although, he said, NIPSCO may have a problem working with the Wabash Central Railroad. Adams Street, the former Wells County Road 100E on Bluffton’s west side, has been deteriorating under the weight of increased truck traffic with the location of several industries there. The road will be built into what the Indiana Department of Transportation refers to as a “Super 2,” which will make it look much like Ind. 124 in that area. In the board’s only other business conducted Tuesday, a representative of the First Church of Christ was asked to bring back contacts from additional residents of the Ridgewood Lane area. The church wants to hold a block party from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, on Ridgewood near Parlor City Drive. The church held similar block parties at three locations last summer. However, Kevin Mechling, the church’s youth pastor, brought signatures from just over 20 residents to the board Monday. The two board members present, Jim Phillabaum and Melanie Durr, wanted more signatures from more affected residents. Mechling agreed to come back to the board next Tuesday. daves@news-banner.com Outside There’s a possibility of some rain later this week Today Thursday Friday High 81 High 89 High 88 Low 59 Low 65 Low 69 More Weather on Page 2 Lawn Cemetery in Ossian. The ceremonies at Veterans Park and in Ossian will be a full service with military honors and a guest speaker, Sgt. 1st Class John W. Huffman. The ceremony at Elm Grove will have military honors only. Huffman, who will be the speaker at Vet- Online Get a daily e-mail of today’s headlines, including sports and obituary notices. Sign up @ www.news-banner.com Vol. 83 No. 173 WEDNESDAY May 23, 2012 erans Park and at Ossian, is the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Bluffton Armory. He has served in the Army for 13 years, participating in the Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn combat operations. He has received several awards and decorations. FRIDAY FUN! Bowling Just $ 1 00 Shoe Rental 50 ¢ A Game Summer Hours May 25-Aug. 17 Noon-4:00 1231 South Scott Street Bluffton 824-9966 Residents in former school OK with BZA By CHET BAUMGARTNER The Wells County Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously decided Tuesday that a family does not violate county zoning ordinances by living in a portion of the former Columbian School, located at 1225 W. Washington St. The BZA reviewed the situation after neighbors reported to Bluffton officials that Timothy McKnight and his wife, Rose, were renting out apartments in the building, particularly after McKnight’s “noisy grandkids” moved in, McKnight said. However, Michael Lautzenheiser Jr., the Area Plan Commission director, said Tuesday that the county’s zoning ordinance counted the family — comprising four generations and six adults — as one unit, and the building, zoned R-2, allows for two units. A single man, who is not part of the family but helps in remodeling, also lives in the building. McKnight, in his official appeal to the board, stated that he and his wife care for her parents as well as his sister. He also reported that his daughter and her children recently moved in as well. Also, during Tuesday’s meeting, McKnight told board members that he has no intentions of renting any other living space in the building. The Christian New Light Church, located at 1011 W. Washington St., owns the structure, and allows McKnight, the church’s pastor, to live there. In other business, board members Jerry Petzel, Keith Masterson, Jim Schwarzkopf, Rose Ann Barrick and Harry Baumgartner Jr.: Prediction: $4 (should be) the limit Purdue economist says gas prices should stay steady, barring catastrophe By JUSTIN L. MACK (Lafayette) Journal and Courier Lafayette’s Jared Paxton said the summer months have never been kind to his gas tank. “I’m usually driving out of town at least twice a month during the summer. I’m always planning a road trip or just coming down from one,” he said. “Next month is going to be really tough. I have a wedding, an anniversary party and two concert trips. The longest trip is out to St. Louis.” That’s why Paxton was relieved to hear a Purdue University economist predict that as long as market conditions don’t drastically change, gasoline likely will remain between $3.50 and $4 per gallon in Indiana this summer. “That would be awesome. Honestly, anything under four bucks I can deal with,” Paxton said. On Monday, Purdue agricultural and energy economist Wally Tyner said the political situation in the Middle East and U.S. relations with Iran will play a large part in what motorists pay for gasoline. He also warned that global instability and disruptions in supply could force prices upward. “Any disturbance in the Middle East or heightening of tensions with Iran could move crude oil up,” Tyner said, “And that would send gasoline higher.” Along with politics, Tyner said supply can be interrupted by bad weather or refinery or pipeline outages for other reasons. When they do happen, they often temporarily drive prices up. On the other hand, sluggish economic growth, an increase in crude oil production and higher-than-normal crude oil stocks could bring prices down. Recent developments in the economic crisis in Greece and an apparent slowdown in China’s economy could be important to summer’s gasoline prices. “Economic growth or lack thereof is a major Marion is Obama/Romney battleground By MATT TROUTMAN (Marion) Chronicle-Tribune President Barack Obama’s national campaign is attacking Mitt Romney’s connection with a local factory buyout, strike and closure. The five-minute long online video “Romney Economics: Job Loss and Bankruptcy at Ampad” features former workers of SCM Office Supplies, 2409 W. Second St., which was purchased by Bain Capital LLC in 1994. Obama for America is featuring the video on romneyeconomics. com, which criticizes Romney’s tenure as CEO of Bain Capital. The ad charges that Ampad bought and closed the SCM office products plant, costing 250 workers their jobs. The aim is to challenge Romney’s arguments that he’s more qualified than Obama to handle the country’s shaky economy. Romney was attacked over Bain (Continued on Page 2) (Continued on Page 2) Capital by his Republican rivals, most prominently Newt Gingrich, during the early primary season. The Obama campaign’s focus on Romney’s tenure at Bain recently received criticism from Newark, N.J.’s Democratic Mayor Cory Booker on Meet the Press. He called the attack “nauseating,” but walked back his comments in a YouTube video saying looking at Romney’s business record is fair (Continued on Page 2) 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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