• 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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Red Cross assisting Mt. Cory family following house fire

The American Red Cross of Hancock County is helping a Findlay family and a Mt. Cory family following fires in their homes.

A Findlay family of four received assistance for clothing and seasonal clothing and comfort kits with personal hygiene items following the fire in their Elm St. home on Thursday evening.   Red Cross Disaster Responders Bill Davis and Karl Gingrich responded to the call for help. 


Daniel F. Reel 1942-2015

Daniel F. Reel, 72 of Delphos died Jan. 28, 2015, at Florida Hospital North, Tarpon Springs, Florida. He was born Dec. 1, 1942, in Findlay to the late Paul and Clara (Arras) Reel.  He married Sharon Sheidler Reel and she survives.

He was a salesman for TruGreen Chemlawn.  He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Delphos. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors also include a daughter Tamra Sue (Stephen) Cope of Lima; a son Bryan Kent Reel of Delphos; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a sister Ruth Ellen (Richard) Johnson of Bluffton. 

Six days in January had minus zero readings

Raise your hand if you thought January 2015 was colder than most Januarys.

There's lot of hands raised out there and you are correct. According to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, the average January 2015 daily temperature was 21.6 degrees. The normal January daily temperature is 25.4 degrees.

Even though it was a colder-than-normal January the highs and lows included a 59 degree fluxuation. The high temperature of January was 51 on Jan. 3. The low was seven days later at minus 8. That mark was one of six January days that reached minus zero degrees.

Beavers' Trey Everett goes 6-11 to break Bluffton indoor high jump mark

By Patrick Brean

The Bluffton Track and Field team divided its efforts between two high-caliber meets and came away with exciting performances from a number of Beaver athletes.

On Friday night, vaulter Terrill Webb (Kenton), and the throws team ventured up I-75 to the University of Findlay. Webb highlighted the proceedings with an indoor PR, a school record, along with an HCAC leading and a 13th placing on the NCAA nationals list with a clearance of 11-7.75.

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.