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March 19, 2019

Rehearsing for Friday

Bluffton HS show choir members rehearse for Friday's Music Booster chicken barbecue and concert. Caleb Mikesell is in the center of the photo. Additional photos in the series show other scenes from the show choir's rehearsal.

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Music, music, music...and food

14 Bluffton school musical groups perform Friday

Get your ticket before it’s a sell out.

The Bluffton Music Boosters annual chicken barbecue-shrimp dinner and concert is Friday, March 22, at the Bluffton Middle School.

Fourteen music groups from fourth grade to BHS seniors are on the program from 4 p.m. on. Groups are directed by Alice Basinger, elementary; Rachael Lewis, orchestra; David Sycks, band; and Kara Zink, choir.

This year’s menu includes barbecue chicken or shrimp dinners at $8 each. Tickets are on sale in advance at the middle school office.


Meet the new NHS members at BHS

32 students inducted on March 19

One senior, nine juniors and 22 sophomores are this year's inductees in the Bluffton High School National Honor Society, according to Jamie Erford, NHS advisor.

The ceremony took place March 19 at Marbeck Center. The list of new members follows:


Kylee Staley


Patrick Estell

Madison Fleece

Erin Hotmire

Brandt Manns

Danielle Novak

Nephi Peralta

Austin Reynolds

Maria Spallinger

Angelica Williams


Latest Pirate sports stories

The Bluffton Powerlifters attended the meet in Kenton Ridge on March 2. Bluffton had six individual winners. Results follow:

Nebraska Montgomery -
80 Bench, 210 Deadlift - 4th in her class

By Sam Brauen www.blufftonpirates.com
Bluffton High School senior guard Alivia Koenig has been named second team All- Ohio in Division IV basketball.


DeAndre Nassar, Bluffton High School wrestler, won his quarter-finals state meet match with the takedown in the final three seconds to advance to the state finals. Watch the Icon for more details. (From www.blufftonpirates.com)

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History lesson

Members of the Bluffton High School National Honor Society in 1958-59 school year. Bottom, left to right, row by row top...

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Verla Ernestine Diller, 93, died on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Lima Memorial Hospital. 

Verla was born to Vearl and Eva (DeHart) Kitt on Feb.27, 1926, on the family farm in Wauneta, Nebraska, on the South Divide.

William "Bill" Allen Frideger II, 45, died March 19, 2019, at his residence. Bill was born March 16, 1974, in St. Marys, Ohio, to William and Maria "Angie" (Franco) Frideger. On May 11, 2002, he married Amy Dues Frideger who survives.

The Village of Bluffton is accepting applications for the positions of assistant manager and lifeguard for the Community Swimming Pool for the 2019 season.

Qualified candidates for lifeguards must have or be in the process of obtaining CPR and lifeguard certifications. 

Yesterday's Top Story

They lifted 4,000 pounds

Some heavy lifting on Saturday for Bluffton team

The Bluffton Powerlifters competed at  the powerlifing state meet on March 16 at Kenton High School. The team took 5th place, lifting a total of 4,000 pounds. CLICK HERE for Amy Mortimer's photos.

Here are their individual results:

• Arielle O'Neal - Squat 345, Bench 165, Deadlift 400 - tied with the record Deadlift in unlimited weight class

• Shyanne Mortimer - Squat 245, Bench 140, Deadlift 330 - 1st place in 155 pound weight class


Poetic License

The Icon spotted R FARM last week in Ada during the farm conservation conference. It's on a red Chevy truck.