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Council reviewing police department vacation issues

Covid-19 and several other issues causing scheduling challenges

Taking no action, Bluffton council reviewed scheduling issues in its police department during Monday’s council meeting.

The situation, reported by the council personnel and finance committee, which met on Aug. 5, specifically concerns vacation time.

The department has challenges due to several events, including a pregnancy and two surgeries involving officers.

Combined with that, Police Chief Ryan Burkholder anticipates problems scheduling vacations due to the continuous full-time department work during the covid-10 period that began in March.

Final swim of the summer is on Saturday

Later this month repair work planned on pool's concrete seams

Swimmers awake!

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool’s final week of operation is underway. The final day for swimming is Saturday, Aug. 15, according to Jenny Wilson, manager.

She said that the staff appreciates the extra steps taken by swimmers to ensure a safe operation in spite of the pandemic.

According to Jesse Blackburn village administrator, the pool will be pumped down next week to allow repair work on the concrete seams at the bottom of the pool.

The work, performed by Patterson Pools, Plain City, will begin on Monday, Aug. 24.

Bluffton Public Library's 2020 Summer Program Ends Saturday!

The Bluffton Public Library is wrapping up the 2020 Summer Program and would like to remind everyone to log their reading on Beanstack and drop their virtual tickets into the preferred prize package(s) by the end of the day Saturday, August 15!

Any paper logs may be turned in via the outdoor bookdrop by the end of the day Saturday to be included in the drawings.

Icon book review of two by Bluffton author

Tobias Buckell's Arctic Rising, and Hurricane Fever

Local author speculates dire nightmares.

Review by Robert McCool
It's Monday in a sunny August blur where the world is in full bloom, the weather fine. During the past two days, and in addition to my regular weekend chores, I managed to read two speculative fiction novels where the weather is most definitively not fine.

Those books, Arctic Rising (Tor, ISBN 978-0-7653-1921-0), and Hurricane Fever (Tor, ISBN 978-0-7653-1922-7) byTobias S. Buckell take place in a space where global warming is transforming our world with an undesirable outcome.


Here's how Ohio schools are reopening

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided the following updates on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio as of Aug. 11.

Currently, Ohio has left the decision to individual school districts on how to approach the new school year. 

According to information gathered by the Ohio Department of Education:

• 325 public school districts in Ohio are planning to return to school full-time which equates to approximately 590,000 students. 

Shawnee stops Bluffton; Pirates take on Kenton Thursday

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Bluffton girls tennis team lost at Shawnee 5-0 Tuesday.

The defeat dropped the Lady Pirate net record to 0-2. Shawnee swept all 10 sets in the dual match.

The freshmen second doubles tandem of Caitlyn Couch and Brooke Camper came closest to winning a set, but they lost their second set in a 7-6 tiebreak (7-4 in points).

Seniors Julia Smallcombe, Olivia Barnes and Pearl Lewandowski fell in singles play. Juniors Libby Frazier and Ellie Nickel also lost at first doubles.