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July 14, 2020

Awaiting lunch

A northern leopard frog awaits lunch as it basks in the shallow waters of Little Riley Creek. The Icon enhanced the photo so viewers can see the frog's feet below water level. The frog was very polite, posing quietly without moving, while the photo session took place. 


Bluffton schools will reopen Aug. 31

Five-page "Allen County Schools Common Reopening Agreement" attached at bottom of this story

Bluffton schools will reopen for 2020-21 on Monday, Aug. 31, and reopening plans are posted on the school's website.  The information on the website follows below.

Also attached at the bottom of this story is a five-page "Allen County Schools Common Reopening Agreement." It addresses:
• When a student/staff member has been diagnosed with covid-19
• Student and staff health issues not related to covid-19
• Food services
• Classroom occupancy
• Remote learning
• Visitors/volunteers/parties/field trips
• Transportation
• Recess

Village income tax quarterly estimates due July 15

2020 Quarterly dates were adjusted due to impacts on businesses and individuals related to covid-19 effects on the U.S. economic this winter

You may need to get out your checkbook.

In case time slipped away from you, the Village of Bluffton’s April 15 and June 15 estimated quarterly tax payments were extended to Wednesday, July 15, and that date looms on this week’s calendar.

Quarterly payments are due to the village when taxpayers owe more than S200 in non-withheld income tax. The quarterly payment program is new this year.

The Iconic Photo Gallery

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Berries in the straw
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Valentine season

Latest Pirate sports stories

Ohio Lt. Governor Husted also announced that Phase II of the Responsible RestartOhio plan for sports activities will allow contact practice for all sports to resume on Monday, June 22. 

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference presidential and athletic leadership groups remain optimistic that the HCAC will be able to safely conduct fall athletic competition.  

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Men's All-Sports Trophy following the completion of the 2019-20 season. This is the Fightin' Engineers 11th title since the awards inception.

Hanover College was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Women's All-Sports Champion following the 2019-20 campaign. The Panthers accumulated 62.3 points in the standings to garner the award, capturing their ninth overall women's title.

FROM ADA ICON - Isaac Spar of Ada High School and Trey Jefferies of Kenton High School are each recipients of a $500 scholarship from the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame.

History lesson

Some things never change. We have about 25 different years of this photo. The only change from one photo to the next is...

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Riley Creek Arbor is sponsoring two  free pool admission events for the first 125 people at the Bluffton Community Pool later this month.

Here’s the plan:
Friday, July 17: noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 18: 1 to 6 p.m.

Some things never change. We have about 25 different years of this photo. The only change from one photo to the next is the cast of characters.

This 2002 classic Pirate photo serves several purposes.

Yesterday's Top Story

University alum now project organizer for Gulf Coast Leadership Council

Her current priorities include organizing for the 2020 Census and bringing local faith-based leaders together to work on issues of flooding.

When Sarah Ricks graduated from Bluffton in 2010, her goal was to help people “and utilize my skills and education in a way that would make a contribution to my greater community.”

Today, that is exactly what she is doing, but she never imagined it would be in Southeast, Texas.

The Lima native is a project organizer for Gulf Coast Leadership Council, a non-profit that brings faith communities of all denominations together to provide resources to people in need. Over the past few years, the greatest need has been Hurricane Harvey recovery and relief.

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