• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

February 1, 2015

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Recker goes for HCAC and Bluffton record 53 points

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


Bluffton falls to Hanover women 96-86

By: Adriane Bruner, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women’s basketball team was not able to pull out the victory after Hanover’s impressive display in the second half sent the Panthers to a 96-86 win on Saturday, Jan. 31.  The loss dropped the Beavers to 8-4 in HCAC play (13-6 overall), but Bluffton is just one game back of Hanover and Franklin for second place in the HCAC. The win puts Hanover at 13-6 overall and 9-3 in conference play.

30 candles - or in this case 60 candles on the cake

Okay, it's a slow news day.

Even so, we predict this post will explode on the internet. It's a "selfie" of former Bluffton natives Kristen Lugibihl, Ashley Luginbuhl, Ben Luginbuhl and Ben's wife, Alex Roth.

Since Ben has a zillion Facebook friends, this photo has already landed in practically every Buffton Facebook follower's page anyway. In our way of thinking that puts it in the Public Domain.


The color purple - only in Bluffton

Even the ice melt on campus is purple. Must be a new branding campaign.

Here's the screen shot of a tweet the Icon received from Bluffton University Sports Medicine. It reads "Coach Yarnell - Bluffton University - even the ice melt is purple. Now that's the #PowerOfPurple! #GoodObservation 

Bluffton McDonald’s celebrates Mondays with steaming coffee billboard

Drive down Cable Road or Elida Road and what might appear to be a billboard on fire is actually a fresh, steaming cup of coffee — or at least appears to be.

Local McDonald’s franchise, Lewis Family McDonald’s, has recently introduced a new “Free Coffee Mondays” promotion. This limited time promotion offers guests a free small premium roast coffee every Monday with no purchase necessary.


So far, so good...but low-impact winter storm heading our way

So far, so good. As winter in Bluffton goes.

Maybe that's about to change. The Bluffton snow plow crew is on alert for whatever may come our way this weekend.

Village administrator, Jamie Mehaffie updated The Icon on salt usage soo far this winter  saying that the town has not needed to order any road salt.


Five special nighttime programs this winter-spring at ONU observatory

Like to watch the sky at night? Here are five opportunities this winter and spring to participate in special nighttime programs at the Ohio Northern University Astronomy Observatory sponsored by the ONU Astronomy Club, according to Dr. Jason Pinkney, ONU Department of Physics and Astronomy, and observatory manager.

All programs are from 8 to 10 p.m., are open to the public, and are dependant upon weather conditions.

Village personnel and finance committees to meet Feb. 2

The Village of Bluffton’s personnel and finance committees will meet Monday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., according to Nancy Kindle, fiscal officer.

The list every grandparent and parent in Bluffton awaits: Elementary Honor Roll

The second quarter Bluffton Elementary honor roll for the 2014-15 school year is now on the Icon. It follows:

All A Honor Roll


BHS grad Tyler Oberly talks about his sidelines work with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Mitch Gatzke, Bluffton University student

On Jan. 22 Bluffton University hosted a mathematics seminar unlike any you’ve ever been to.

Tyler Oberly, Manager of Analytics for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, addressed an eager audience with a speech titled “Sports Analytics: Diving into the math behind athletics.”

The seminar, which was open to all, focused on the emerging industry of sports analytics, and Oberly’s journey to his current position.