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Thursday community meal, Thanksgiving service cancelled

Due to the icy weather conditions, the Thanksgiving community meal and service planned at the Senior Citizen Center this evening (Thursday, Nov. 15) is cancelled, according to Rev. Jeremy Mann, of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.




Bluffton schools cancelled Thursday

Ice on the roadways

A two-hour ice delay turned into a school cancellation day today (Thursday, Nov. 15) for Bluffton and many area schools.

The two-hour delay was called at 5:26 a.m. The cancellation announcement was made at 7:30 a.m. At the time of this posting the temperature was 31 degrees with ice-covered roadways.

Gary Hofacker was a 1979 graduate of Bluffton HS

Gerald "Gary" Ervin Hofacker, 57 of Lima, died Nov. 13, 2018, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center.

Gary was born Aug. 11, 1961, in Lima to Gerald "Slim" Hofacker, who preceded him in death and Shari (Luchini) Hofacker who survives him in Lima.

On Aug. 11, 1990, he married Janice (Hoffman) Hofacker, who survives him in Lima. Gary graduated from Bluffton High School in 1979 with honors and then attended The Ohio State University, Lima branch. He started at Allen County Juvenile Facility in 1991 where he worked his way up to captain.


Straight “A’s” from The Leapfrog Group

BVH achieves elite national recognition

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH), a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), achieved straight 'A's' for the ninth consecutive time since October 2014 in The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. Leapfrog assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on how safe they are for patients.

BVH is a licensed, 150-bed acute care facility that features a full range of services, including inpatient medical/surgical care, 24-hour emergency care, outpatient surgery, robotic surgery, total joint replacement and diagnostic services.

Embracing leadership, relationships on way to graduation

Quincy is president of the Multicultural Student Organization, a resident advisor in the Riley Court Apartments and a mentor for Project H.O.M.E. (Hope, Opportunity, Mentorship and Education).

Besides walking across the stage with a diploma in hand, Quincy Salcido already has a plan for graduation day.

The senior from Van Wert  is getting a picture with all of the people who have helped him succeed at Bluffton University. That way, he can always keep near a reminder of their encouragement and tough love.

“I tell them thank you, but I don’t think they understand my level of gratitude and care,” said Salcido, a business administration and sports management double major.

Nicholas Spurck 1937 - 2018

Nicholas H. Spurck, 81, of Arlington died on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. He was born in Galion, Ohio, on Jan. 3, 1937, to the late Hotch H. and Violet M. Spurck. Nick married Shirley A. Gibson on Aug. 27, 1960 and she preceded him in death on March 19, 2011.