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"I can see your house from here!"

Kyle Gratz says that he can see your house from where he stands. This photo may not mean much, until you examine the next photo, taken from ground level - about 60 feet below Kyle.

Gratz was among nearly 20 volunteers who strung Christmas lights on five trees in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church yard on Saturday. Matt Ellerbrock took this photo and shares it with the Icon.

We aren't certain if the volunteers allowed Kyle to come back to earth. Next time you walk by the church, check to see if he's still up there.


Check out who you know on the 4th-5th grade honor roll

First grading period of 2018-19

Here is the Bluffton fourth and fifth grade honor rolls for the first grading period of the 2018-19 school year.


Fourth Grade

Willow Angel

Katrina Bauman

Joana Candido

Coby Dailey

Daphne Johnston

Kate Klinger

Nora Matthews

Rebekah Rehm

Owen Shoemaker

Gracie Warren

Fifth Grade

Isaiah Ansley

Madison Beasley

Brooklynn Bible

Lauren Bowers

Lucy Casey

Oliver Combs

Grady Coonfare


Student Senate creates tree for Ada auction

Bluffton Middle School Student Senate participated in decorating a tree that will go up for auction during the Festival of Trees at Community Health Professionals in Ada next week.

Students, from left, Faith Combs, Adanna Johnstone, Ella Armstrong, Leah Klinger, Gabe Meza, Christine McCafferty (senate advisor), Olivia Smallcombe, Amy Jebsen, Jack Hohenbrink (behind Amy), Rylee Setzer and Carter Hohenbrink. In front, Izzy Stechschulte and Asa Clingerman.


Meet the October BHS student of the month

Mara Drue Minnig is active in many school organizations

Mara Drue Minnig, senior, is the October Bluffton High School student of the month.

She is a member of Latin Club, Renaissance, Drama Club and is in the Show Choir.

She competed on the BHS golf team the past four years and this spring plans to play softball again for the Bluffton Pirates. She has been active in dance for numerous years at Debbie's Dancers Elite where she also volunteers with the younger students.


Two Beavers all-HCAC volleyball first team

For the 11th straight season the Bluffton University volleyball team had at least two Beavers named First Team All-Heartland Conference when the post-season awards were doled out. Seniors Bethany Martini (Pickerington/North) and Erin Weisgarber (Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) showed out with first team honors following Bluffton's sixth straight trip to the Heartland Conference semi-finals. Also recognized by the Heartland Conference coaches was Brooke Kleman (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) who secured Honorable Mention All-HCAC while being named to the All-Freshman Team.

University choirs in concert at Grace Mennonite Nov. 16

Bluffton University choirs, University Chorale and Camerata Singers, will hold a concert at Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.
The choirs, under the leadership of newly appointed director of choral activities Dr. Bo Young Kang, will perform a wide selection of music from the sacred Cantate Domino by Giuseppe Pitoni to the traditional American folk song “Cool of the Day” arranged by John Ratledge to the beautiful sounds of “Oh My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” by Rene’ Clausen.
The community is invited to this free event.