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Walter Ray "Bud" Kimble graveside service Oct. 6

Walter Ray “Bud” Kimble, 69 died Sept. 12, 2016, at Lima Memorial Hospital.  He was born to the late Alfred S. and Evelyn (Dye) Kimble.

Bud served in the U.S. Navy.  He had worked at Ford Motor Company and also at Bath Township Fire Department. 

Survivors include a daughter Lisa Brandt; two sisters, Joyce Shields of Delphos, Connie Sherer of Bluffton; a brother David Kimble of Lima; and two grandsons, Brian and Shawn.

Bud was preceded in death by two sisters Coeta Gunn and Alice Stoodt; and a nephew Steven Gunn.


Here's what's happening at Bluffton University in October

Bluffton University announced the following events held in October that are open to the public. Events are free unless otherwise noted.
Oct. 7 Colloquium: “In This World but Not of It: Literary Fiction and Spiritual Conflict,” Friday Colloquium by Jamie Lyn Smith, assistant professor of English, 4 p.m., Stutzman Lecture Hall
Oct. 11 Forum: “Complicating Public Perceptions of the Amish,” Forum presentation by Saloma Miller Furlong, author and speaker, 11 a.m., Yoder Recital Hall

Tickets available for Living Proof simulcast at Ebenezer Mennonite Oct. 15

Evangelist Beth Moore featured presenter

A Living Proof simulcast featuring Evangelist Beth Moore will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

Join women from around the world for this one-day event, during which participants can hear Moore’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching. Guests also can hear Dove-award winning musical artist Travis Cottrell.

The morning session begins with coffee and pastries. The cost for tickets are $15 with an additional $5 optional Subway lunch. Tickets available until Sunday, Oct 9.


2nd annual Farmers’ Table features Sycamore Lake Wine

Keep Allen County Beautiful fundraiser Oct. 22

A farm-to-table culinary event that celebrates regional farms and favors takes place at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at Fassett Farm, 22532 Bowsher Road, Cridersville. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at Quick As A Wink Printing, Lima, or by calling 419-228-1836.

Chef Kevin Link will prepare a meal using fresh, locally-grown organic produce and meats. The menu includes thin shaved prime rib, charbroiled chicken, lodaed potato cakes, sweet kale salad, bacon wrapped butternut squash and caramelized onion tarts. 


The subject is hydrangeas on Oct. 4

Hydrangeas is the topic of the October meeting of Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area. The meeting, open to the public is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at in the lower level of the Bluffton Public Library.

Allen County Master Gardener Tim Staley will make the presentation.

The most recent club newsletter in an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Girls' soccer: It's all Pirates against two NWC opponents

BHS beats Paulding 16-0; Ada 3-0

Last Thursday afternoon the Bluffton HS Lady Pirates  soccer team traveled to Paulding.

Bluffton was ahead 6-0 at the half, with 3 goals by Senior Captain Abbie Parkins, and one apiece for sophomore Hannah Yost, senior Sarah Theisen, and one for freshman Kayla White off a corner kick by Junior Kelli Leugers.


Volleyball sweeps Earlham in HCAC opener

September 28, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


RICHMOND, Ind. - The Bluffton University volleyball team was on the road for their opening Heartland Conference contest with Earlham College on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The Beavers dominated the match, winning 25-11, 25-15 and 25-19 while improving to 12-7 overall and 1-0 in the HCAC. Earlham slipped to 4-15 and 0-1 in the conference.

Women's Soccer drops 4-3 decision to Heidelberg

September 28, 2016


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Heidelberg University women's soccer team led 4-1 with less than two minutes to play before a pair of Bluffton tallies gave the Beavers momentum heading into Heartland Conference play this weekend despite a 4-3 loss to the Student Princes on an overcast Wednesday, Sept. 28. Bluffton ends non-conference play with a 0-5 mark, while Heidelberg goes into OAC action with a 5-3-2 mark.

Men's Soccer falls 4-0 at Wooster

September 28, 2016


WOOSTER, Ohio - The College of Wooster netted three goals in the first 25 minutes en route to a 4-0 shutout of the Bluffton University men's soccer team on a rainy Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The visitors fell to 3-6 on the season, while Wooster improved to 4-5-1 with the victory.

Third annual Drew Rayle Memorial game set for Saturday

Epilepsy awareness event honors former Bluffton and North Baltimore student

The third annual Drew Rayle Memorial midget football game, honoring a Bluffton youth who died in 2014, takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. in Memorial Park, North Baltimore. The event supports the Drew Rayle Memorial Fund.

This is an epilepsy awareness event. During his brief life, Rayle, as an elementary student, attended school in North Baltimore and later moved to Bluffton where he attended school. He played midget football for both teams.