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November 13, 2018

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Charles Hilty celebrates birthday number 84

Bluffton’s man-about-town Charles Hilty blew out 84 candles on election day, Nov. 6.

To hear him tell it, his birth was an American political omen.  After considering the following, you may have to agree.

“I was born 15 minutes before the 1934 mid-term polls opened,” he says. “My birth marked the very bottom of the Great Depression for the Republican Party.”

Adding that when born there were only 88 Republicans among the 432 members of Congress (48 states in 1934), representing the largest-ever congressional majority for the Democrats in U.S. history.

15 minutes with Morgan and Natalie Basinger

Meet 5-year-old identical twins who recently graduated from pre-school

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
After interviewing my childhood best friends, Natasha and Theresa Meyer, who were twins, I set out to interview other twins from Bluffton. I managed to interview my first set of identical twins. Allow me to introduce Morgan and Natalie Basinger.

Morgan and Natalia are identical twins, the daughters of Scott and Kate Basinger. They are five years old. For the record, Morgan is older. The girls will start kindergarten in Bluffton this fall. They have one younger sister, Brooklynn, age 4.

Former BHS track standout qualifies for 2020 Olympic marathon trials

Ann (Stechschulte) Alyanak third overall woman at Illinois Marathon

Former Bluffton High School track standout Ann (Stechschulte) Alyanak completed The Illinois Marathon as the third overall woman with a time of 2:43:00, and qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials. The April 28 marathon was held in Champagne, Ill.

This is the third time Alyanak has qualified for the Marathon Olympic Trials. She finished 7th overall at the Olympic Trials her first time around back in 2008.

Skilliter twins' first words were not "mama" or "dada," but each others' names

15 minutes with Jordan and Braden Skilliter

Interview by Liz Gordon-Hancock
After interviewing Theresa and Natasha Meyer last week, I reached out to other twins who grew up in Bluffton. I caught up with Jordan and Braden Skilliter.

Jordan and Braden are fraternal twins. For the record, Jordan was born first, by 10 minutes. They are the sons of Rick and Meri Skilliter. They graduated from Bluffton in 2015.

What are you up to now?|
Jordan:
I am currently taking classes at the University of Toledo in the field of mechanical engineering.

15 minutes with Jessica Meyer

2005 BHS grad says that smiling breaks the ice

Interviewed by Liz Gordon-Hancock
Jessica Basinger married Ryan Meyer, from Bluffton, and they have five children: Gibson is 8 1/2 years old, Emerson 7, Adeleigh 3, Charlotte 19 months and she's seven months pregnant with a baby girl due in July.

Where did you graduate from, and when?
I am a 2005 graduate of Bluffton High School.

Did you go to college? Where and what's your degree?
I have an associate's degree in radiography from Rhodes State College

Welcome to the Icon's "twin series"

Re-introducing Natasha and Theresa Meyer

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
Bluffton has its fair share of twins. In the '90s, there were three sets of twins in Bluffton schools. One of these sets were two of my best friends, Theresa and Natasha Meyer. Starting with them, I set out to track down some Bluffton twins.

We all graduated from Bluffton HS in 2000. I managed to catch up with them recently for a quick chat.

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