• Red Cross blood drive, First Mennonite, Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.

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Emily Stratton

December 13, 2017

You know someone in this choir

Monday was the annual sell-out with standing room only in the Bluffton High School gymnasium. The crowd came to hear their children, grandchildren, et al. It was the annual Bluffton elementary Christmas concert. More photos are below. (Jamie Nygaard photo)

It's a Christmas concert sell-out!

The annual Bluffton elementary Christmas concert

Photos by Jamie Nygaard

It's Bluffton annual sell-out concert.

Over a 12-month period there's nothing in Bluffton that quite compares to the Bluffton elementary Christmas concert.

Place all Kindergarteners through fifth graders in the east side bleachers of the high school gym. Fill the floor with seats. Open the doors about 60+ minutes prior to the concert and before you know it, it is standing room only.

How Alice Basinger handles it, we don't know. Does she get any sleep the night before?

Meet November's BHS student of the month

Hannah Yost, a junior, is heavily involved in music

Hannah Yost, a Bluffton High School junior, is the November BHS student of the month.

Hanna is in the marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band, symphonic choir, chamber choir, show choir, Latin Cub, Math club and Drama club.

She attends St. John Mennonite Church where she is in the youth group and is also a member of multiple worship teams. She is also a member of the BHS National Honor Society and has received OMEA District III Honor for Jazz Band.


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The Bluffton McDonald's boys' holiday basketball tournament has a schedule change, according to Alex Hanna, BHS athletic director.

Bluffton’s full court pressure fueled two huge first half runs enabling the Pirates to coast to a 61-26 victory in the opening Northwest Conference game for both teams.  BHS scored 11 straight points in the first quarter to take a 13-2 lead and followed it up with an 18-0 burst early in the secon

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Is this Bluffton? Yes. It's one of the earliest Main Street photos - possibily as early as 1880.

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Here are Bluffton's lighting contest winners

$500 in chamber gift certificates go to winners


Four Bluffton families can claim the best holiday lighting decorations in 2017.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce announced the following winners in this year's residential lighting competition,

• First place and a prize of $200 goes to Paul and Vicki Gesler of 347 Sycamore Court.

• Second place and a prize of $150 goes to Dave and Jenny Roby, 431 Cherry Street.

• Third place and a prize of $75 goes to Mark and Debbie Dulle of 423 Ethan Circle.

Newest Stories

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce reminds Bluffton shoppers that chamber gift certificates make great Christmas gifts.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 1-6 p.m. 

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”

Poetic License

You'll find LULUS 1 on a bright red Dodge truck, usually parked at Lu Lu's Diner, 114 E. College Ave., Bluffton.