Congratulations to the Parks Department — and to all of us

Score another one for the quality of life in Bluffton and Wells County.

Saturday Sub — The Rivergreenway, the Chamber, and next: the YMCA

Had a visitor a couple weeks ago who accompanied me to a meeting at the Arts, Commerce and Visitors Centre. He was impressed.

Chili event another success

I would like say a big “Thank You” to everyone who contributed to the success of our 4th annual Dan Weldy Boys & Girls Club Chili Cook-Off.

Just Jerry — It’s beginning to look alot like Buffalo

Bluffton received just a few inches of snow this week, which was more than enough to last us all year, in my opinion, which brought forth a deluge of photos on social media of blanketed patio furniture.

Guest Column - How do we break the cycles of drug abuse?

I read with interest “Drug abuse puts a huge strain on families” by Jessica Williams (The News-Banner, Nov. 17, 2014).

Angelkeep Journals - The autumn olive gets spared

An employee connected to the power company was checking over vegetation at Angelkeep that could prove a threat to the flow of electricity

Stop and take a photo — but only for a moment

The ability to take pictures is truly an amazing phenomenon.

Getting into the Christmas spirit before Thanksgiving

I don’t know about you, but I am in the Christmas spirit a little earlier than normal this year.

Saturday Sub: Gratifying expressions of well-deserved appreciation

Wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a good sign when I pulled into the entrance to the Bluffton Armory on East Spring Street. Two members of the local chapter of Freedom Riders were there. “Are you here for the...

Just Jerry: Forget the chestnuts; Just give me the fire

Ah winter, how I loathe thee. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who does. This year, winter decided to trick us by sleeping late and not fully descending upon us until this week.

Have you ever seen an all-green walking stick?

There is a problem with writing a nature-rich newspaper column when one has not had significant educational background in the subject.

Some inconsistency within Norwell dress code rules

A complete double standard for any girl attending Norwell High School is the importance of following the strongly enforced, but poorly written, dress code.

Four-day fall visit to Washington, D.C.

My notepad is full of observations to share following a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., last week with a group of talented high school journalism students.

A son’s questions about war, and being a veteran

My son asked me the other day if I could still join the Marines.

Never forget the debt that is owed

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” Elmer Davis Reporter, author, and Director of the United States Office of War Information

There is much to consider when the topic is life’s end

When the Fort Wayne Philharmonic brings its Patriotic Pops concert to the Ouabache State Park each year, you can count on the encore: “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Saturday Sub: Most surprises Tuesday were in the margins

Elections are rarely dull when you’re in the news business. There are usually a few things to spice up the evening — results that bring some degree of surprise or a quote from one of the candidates. And while every...

Election poor sportsmanship

After reading some of the articles in the Bluffton paper about the election results, I was disgusted at some of the remarks made by a couple of really poor sport Democrats. There is a reason they did not win the...

Just Jerry — Science is not for the faint of nose

Scientists are now saying smelling flatulence might just be good for you.

Angelkeep Journals — Freedom’s price

Election Day is past and in its wake leaves some torn because of loss, while others are jubilant and optimistic because they supported a winner.

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