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May 23, 2019

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Two Pirates earn All-NWC baseball honors

By Cort Reynolds
DELPHOS - Bluffton had two baseball players earn All-Northwest Conference notice in voting conducted by the league coaches Monday night at Delphos.

Junior Cayden Rayle was voted second team All-NWC, while freshman Nick Prater was named honorable mention all-league.

The young and rebuilding Pirates finished 2-18 overall this season, and came in last in the NWC. Paulding (8-0) knocked off state-ranked Lincolnview (7-1) in the regular season finale 6-4 to capture the NWC title.


Pirate Schaadt named tops in NWC softball

Tony Rumer was a unanimous selection for NWC Coach of the Year

By Cort Reynolds
DELPHOS - Bluffton junior pitcher/slugger Libby Schaadt was voted Northwest Conference Player of the Year in voting conducted by the league coaches Monday night in Delphos.

Schaadt led the Pirates to a 20-2 record with a sparkling 18-2 mark of her own on the rubber. Both of Schaadt's and Bluffton's losses came to Carey, including in the district semifinals.

Schaadt edged out senior teammate Averey Rumer in a close vote for league POY honors. Crestview junior Alexis Gregory finished third in the balloting.


Reflections on a small town doctor

Icon viewers respond with many comments about Dr. Howard Shelly

Dr. Howard Shelly, retired Bluffton general practitioner died May 4, 2019. The response to his obituary was immediate.

As of May 7 on the The Icon’s Facebook post, over 50 persons offered comments about him.  As of May 7, his Facebook post had over 13,000 reaches.

This outpouring of comments is worth sharing with viewers. Icon Facebook comments follow:

Hollyann Murray: He was amazing. Not replaceable. GOD TOOK THE BEST.

Lorie Davis Montooth: Prayers. He was a wonderful doctor, man and person!


Personnel and finance committees meet Friday

Bluffton council will hold as personnel committee and finance committee meeting at noon, Friday, May 24, in the town hall.

Police investigate armed robbery at Dari Freeze

At 9:06 p.m. Tuesday, two male suspects entered the business, brandished a firearm and demanded money

An armed robbery at the Bluffton Dari Freeze, 595 S. Main St., is under investigation by Bluffton police, according to Ryan Burkholder, police chief.

The police issued the following statement on May 22:

On Tuesday, May 21, at approximately 9:06 p.m. Bluffton police officers responded to the Bluffton Dari Freeze for a reported armed robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, officers learned that two male suspects had entered the business and brandished a firearm and demanded money.


Bluffton village clean-up week May 22 - May 28

The village of Bluffton's spring clean-up week starts Wednesday, May 22, and runs through Tuesday, May 28, according to Bryan Lloyd, assistant village administrator.

Dumpsters will be located at the village brush dump on Spring Street during this period.

Items not permitted to dump are household hazardous materials, paint, used motor oil, car batteries and tires. The premises will be under video surveillance and the clean-up week is only for residents of the village.