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August 12, 2020

Section leader

Bluffton High School band member Eli Okuley rehearses outdoors in a pre-band camp rehearsal. A junior, he is the percussion section leader.

Council reviewing police department vacation issues

Covid-19 and several other issues causing scheduling challenges

Taking no action, Bluffton council reviewed scheduling issues in its police department during Monday’s council meeting.

The situation, reported by the council personnel and finance committee, which met on Aug. 5, specifically concerns vacation time.

The department has challenges due to several events, including a pregnancy and two surgeries involving officers.

Combined with that, Police Chief Ryan Burkholder anticipates problems scheduling vacations due to the continuous full-time department work during the covid-10 period that began in March.

Final swim of the summer is on Saturday

Later this month repair work planned on pool's concrete seams

Swimmers awake!

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool’s final week of operation is underway. The final day for swimming is Saturday, Aug. 15, according to Jenny Wilson, manager.

She said that the staff appreciates the extra steps taken by swimmers to ensure a safe operation in spite of the pandemic.

According to Jesse Blackburn village administrator, the pool will be pumped down next week to allow repair work on the concrete seams at the bottom of the pool.

The work, performed by Patterson Pools, Plain City, will begin on Monday, Aug. 24.

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Latest Pirate sports stories

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Bluffton girls tennis team lost at Shawnee 5-0 Tuesday.

The defeat dropped the Lady Pirate net record to 0-2. Shawnee swept all 10 sets in the dual match.

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton golf team hosted the eight-team, annual Pirate Invitational at the Bluffton Golf Course Friday.

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton girls tennis team served up its opener with a 4-1 loss to visiting Celina Monday. 

By Cort Reynolds
CLYDE - The Bluffton golf team teed off its 2020 campaign by finishing a strong second in the nine-team Woodmore Invitational at the Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde Tuesday.

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) unveiled a bold, revitalized visual identity on Monday. The comprehensive redesign includes distinct primary and secondary logos, a complete suite of sport-specific and championship marks, and an exclusive custom font. 

History lesson

Here's Bluffton High School band seniors during the 2003 football season - members of the class of 2004. That's...

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The Bluffton Public Library is wrapping up the 2020 Summer Program and would like to remind everyone to log their reading on Beanstack and drop their virtual tickets into the preferred prize package(s) by the end of the day Saturday, August 15!

Local author speculates dire nightmares.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided the following updates on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio as of Aug. 11.

Currently, Ohio has left the decision to individual school districts on how to approach the new school year. 

Yesterday's Top Story

Bike racks coming to Main Street

Bentley Road pathway extension ribbon cutting in September

Bluffton council heard updates on several bike-related topics on Monday.

Bluffton’s council streets and alleys committee, meeting Aug. 4, reported that bike racks will soon appear in several Main Street locations, encouraging the use of bicycles in the village.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Allen County Health Department’s "Creating Healthy Communities,” bike riders will have 17 places to park on Main Street.