September 22, 2014


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Kim Badertscher wins Icon football contest for week 4


The winner of Week 4 of the Icon Football Contest is Kim Badertscher.   Sixcontestants correctly picked all 10 games. Five of those had the correct tie-breaker #1.  But, Kim was the only one to correctly pick tie-breaker #2.  

Weekly winners:
Week 1 - Todd Fleharty
Week 2 - Travis Swank
Week 3 - Dale Badertscher
Week 4 - Kim Badertscher


Support group forms for those facing life challenges

Facilitated by pastors Mark and DJ Fuerstenau, Strength in Christ is an informal group for individuals facing challenges such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, a failing relationship, a financial struggle, or someone who just doesn't know which way to turn. 


Library seeks donations for holiday silent auction

The Bluffton Public Library is seeking donations for its Holiday Gift Silent Auction. Bidding on auction items will begin the evening of Monday, November 3 and will continue through Saturday, November 22.  All packages will include a minimum bid and feature a special “buy now” price.

Suggestions for donations include themed gift baskets or individual items such as: gift cards, children’s items, (new books, toys, games or craft items), admission tickets (valid in 2015), merchandise for all ages, free services, lessons, and lodging. Cash donations are also welcome. 

$310,206 price rage for fire truck under council's consideration

Bluffton council will act on the purchase of a new fire truck and new turn out gear later this month. The vehicle under consideration would replace the 1984 Ford that is in the department.

Council heard a presentation on Sept. 15 from a village safety services meeting held earlier. Details of the turn out gear and fire truck are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Council is considering the purchase of a 2015 Rosenbauer smart cab firefighter at a purchase price of $310,206. If purchased the vehicle will be delivered next fall.

Eight persons indicate interest in Bluffton's vacant council seat

Bluffton council will hold two special sessions in the next two weeks to interview potential candidates for the open council seat created when Mitch Kingsley resigned from council.

According to Judy Augsburger, Bluffton mayor, eight persons have expressed an interest in the seat. Council set special meetings for Thursday, Sept. 18, and Thursday, Sept. 25. Both sessions start at 6:30 p.m.

Both sessions will be in executive session with four interviews scheduled each evening.

Sidewalk repair deadline moved to July 15, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 15, the Bluffton council Street, Alleys, Light and Sidewalk Committee recommended to the full council to amend Ordinance No. 07-13 to extend the deadline for sidewalk repairs until July 15, 2015, for properties on the east side of Main Street.  

Jesse Blackburn of the village, told The Icon, "The committee was pleased with the current 42% response rate from residents regarding sidewalk repairs."

Ruth Hartzler funeral arrangements incomplete

Ruth E. Hartzler, 92, of Pandora, died at 2:28 p.m. Sept. 19, 2014, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Volleyball splits on day two of HCAC/OAC Crossover

By: Brittany Roth, sports information assistant

Baldwin Wallace stats  I  Muskingum stats

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Less than nine hours after matches finished last night, teams were in the gym ready to go for day two of the HCAC/OAC Crossover. Bluffton was off for the first round of matches and then came up against the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets.

Thomas More women post 7-0 shutout at Bluffton

By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - On Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, the Bluffton Beavers took on the Thomas More College Saints and were defeated by a final score of 7-0. The Saints jumped out to a quick start, scoring less than 10 minutes into the match and adding on three more tallies in the first 45 minutes.

Bluffton harriers compete at Otterbein

Women's Results  I  Men's Results

WESTERVILLE, Ohio - The Beaver harriers had a productive day at the Otterbein Invitational cross country meet.  The women's team finished fifth in a field of 10 teams while showing continued improvement in their race craft, in this their first 6K competition of the season.