2022-05-04 E-Edition


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Benton Central’s Prom was held Saturday night at the Gathering Acres Event Center in Lafayette. Crowned Prom King was Diego Arenas. Crowned Prom Queen was Natalie Williams. Prom Prince and Princess were R.J. Martinez and Zelie Birault. Prom Prince candidates were: R.J. Martinez, Owen Kottkamp, Ethan Crume, Zachary Albitz, Logan Hardebeck and Levi Humphrey. Junior Princess Candidates were: Jazmine Weaver, […]

Republican voters pick their candidates

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On Tuesday Republicans in Benton County made their votes count and chose their candidates for November’s general election. In county races, Republicans chose Rex Kepner for Prosecutor, John Cox for Sheriff, Dave Fisher for Surveyor and John Fields for Commissioner in District 1. Following are the unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary election for contested races. COUNTY COMMISSIONERDISTRICT 1Steven P. Cox […]

‘Bison Proud’

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The Council for Academic Excellence is featuring Benton Central graduates. This month’s spotlight shines on Brad Deno who graduated in 1986. Q. Where do you work and what is your job? A. First, thank you for asking me to participate! I am a Construction Engineer, and I work at Kettelhut Construction in Lafayette. I started with Kettelhut upon my graduation […]


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Property Taxes due May 10 The first installment of property taxes is due by May 10. In addition to the Benton County Treasurer’s Office, taxes can also be paid at the following banks: Fowler State Bank located in Fowler, Kentland, and Williamsport; Alliance Bank located in Oxford and Otterbein; and Farmers & Merchants Bank located in Boswell, Otterbein, and West […]

Police & Courts

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Editor’s Note: A lawsuit filed or an arrest made is only one side of a story. In America, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Benton County Courts CIVIL: April 26 – Alan Henry vs. Dustin Vessels, small claims. April 27 – LVNV Funding LLC vs. Amenda Paolone, civil collection. April 28 – Lloyd Varnado vs. Sondra Dunn, evictions. […]

Golden ‘Dale’ Nern

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Golden “Dale” Nern, age 94 of rural Ambia, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Green Hill Manor in Fowler. Dale was born on September 19, 1927 at home in rural Ambia. He was the son of Charles and Priscilla Nern. Dale grew up in rural Ambia the son of a farmer. He graduated from Boswell High School. He […]

Next Level Trail Grant awarded

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OTTERBEIN Town Council

The Otterbein Town Council moved into what became a rainy April with 2 meetings: on Thursdays of the 7th and the 21st, both conducted in the Horwedel Room of Otterbein’s Town Hall/Community Center. The community’s governing body of president Amy Brown, vice-president Jackey Apache, and council members Doyle Allison, Rick Hadley, and Daniel Klumpe met twice to absorb these major […]

Event raises funds for field hospital in Ukraine

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On Sunday, April 24, The Goodland First Baptist Church in Goodland held a special service to support a field hospital near Kiev, Ukraine sponsored by international Christian service organization, Samaritan’s Purse. This hospital provides physical, spiritual and emotional support to refugees dislocated by Russia’s assault on the nation of Ukraine. The service began with the 2015 Ukrainian Choir at the […]

Ala Carte

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GUEST Column

On the Wolfsie refrigerator, next to a photo of me hugging Goofy at Disney World (I was a mere 57 years old at the time) is Mary Ellen’s list of items to be purchased on her next trip to the supermarket. Needless to say, there is frequent updating, like if we consume the last of the mayonnaise or the dog […]