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November 17, 2017

Outdoor sweeper

Jan Basinger, village services employee, picks up leaves on South Main Street with help from the largest sweeper in the village. (Jamie Nygaard photo)

Over $129,000 spent on sidewalk improvements since 2015

Council committee lists 2018 street maintenance schedule

Since 2015 the village of Bluffton and property owners have spent over $129,000 toward improving “walkabity” in town.

That statement, from the Bluffton council streets, alleys, lights and sidewalks committee, shows the efforts made here in improving sidewalks.

The committee met Nov. 13 and provided a report during the Nov. 15 council meeting.  Attached at the bottom of this story is a summary of several areas involving the committee.

Bluffton honor code in the world

The code now in existence for the 100th school year

At Bluffton University, students are held to a distinct system of accountability, one that permeates not only academic integrity, but all aspects of community life.

Bluffton is one of just 100 or so colleges and universities in the United States with an honor code.

Latest Pirate sports stories

(CONVOY) - A long drive but it was worth it. The girls soccer team won a share of the Northwest Conference crown with a crushing 9-0 victory of Crestview. If Allen East stubs their toe in conference, the NWC title would belong to Bluffton out right. Seven first half goals put this game out of reach in a hurry. The Pirates got goals from several players in the balanced win. Sarah Cartwright, Averey Rumer and Kayla White each found the net twice. Brenna Kindle, Brinkley Garmatter and Clara Matthews also scored for BHS. Sophia Smucker assisted as well as Kindle...

Click here for match photos by Marvin Foster(BLUFFTON) - Two area powerhouses met Saturday afternoon at Steinmetz Field when Lima Shawnee came calling. The Indians prevailed 3-2 in a game featuring two teams with a combined total of 5 losses in 27 matches played. Shawnee held a 1-0 halftime lead before back to back goals from Jake Lehman had the Indians in front by three. The Pirates stayed in it and Jesse Montel scored off of a Luke Young corner kick at the 61' mark. Three minutes later, Shawnee was whistled for a penalty in the box and Montel buried...

(LIMA) - Lucie Fett advanced to the sectional quarterfinals before bowing out of the OHSAA tournament ending a very successful season for the Bluffton girls tennis squad. Fett dominated Van Wert's Ali Morrow 6-0, 6-0 to open her tournament run. Lucie kept rolling with another 6-0, 6-0 victory this time over Ottawa Glandorf's Lindsey Schneeg. In the quarterfinals on Saturday, Fett fell 6-3, 6-0 to eventual Sectional Champion Clare Caywood of St. Mary's. Erin Hotmire defeated Bath's Fayme Ghandi 6-1, 6-0 in her opening match. Erin lost a hard fought match 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Kenton's Mykaela Schriber. Katie Wright fell...

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History lesson

Prior to 1897 Bluffton residents' water came from wells. The town-wide water system developed shortly after that.


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Yesterday's Top Story

Surprise emergency legislation falls flat

4-2 vote halts attempted repeal of legislation by lame ducks council members

• Read statement by Joe Sehlhorst
  attached at bottom of story
• Failed ordinance also attached

In a totally unexpected move, on Monday four members of Bluffton council voted to repeal the water and sewer surcharge that it enacted in the spring of 2016.

The legislation was not part of the original council packet, made available to the media, earlier in the week. It was added later and not released to the media in advance.

Newest Stories

If “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of your all-time favorite Christmas movies, you are in luck.

Bluffton Icon will sponsor two free showings of the 1946 classic featuring the all-star cast of James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Shannon Theatre.

Gallery 323 on Bluffton's North Main Street will be open during the Blaze of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 25, according to Kat Luginbuhl, gallery manager.

Photos by Jamie Nygaard
Skyler Noble, a 2015 Bluffton High School graduate, was one of four new deputies sworn in as members of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. The event was Nov. 15.

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Poetic License

CE LA V - This is the life! This plate is frequently seen around Ada.

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