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December 18, 2017

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Looks like there's a 2018 BHS biology field trip to the Florida Keys

School board will act on Monday

Bluffton school board will consider on some year-end actions at its Monday night school board meeting.

Among action to be consider is approval of:
• a bus bid from Cardinal Bus Sales
• Nancy Yeager to a 7-year term on the Bluffton Public Library board
• several board policies ranging from non-discrimination on the basis of sexual harassment to truancy
• 2018-19 open enrollment policy

The board will also act on approval of a high school biology field trip to Florida Keys June 4 to June 12, 2018.

After 37 years in the nursing home profession

Randy Cox will retire Jan. 1

By Monty Siekerman
FROM ADA ICON - Vancrest Administrator and Bluffton resident Randy Cox will retire at the end of the year to enjoy life with his family and do more traveling and golfing. He might be considered young to retire (58) and looks even younger, but has been in the nursing home business for 37 years.

Randy spent a year deciding on staff and purchasing furniture and equipment for the nursing home in Ada prior to its opening.


Jo Ann King was a 1955 graduate of Lafayette-Jackson High School

Jo Ann King, 80 of Bluffton, died Dec. 17, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home.
Jo Ann was born Jan. 20, 1937 in Lima, OH, to George and Birtha (Zimmerly) Nichols, who preceded her in death. On June 17, 1956, she married William P. "Bill" King, who preceded her in death on July 31, 2011.

Women roll to 68-50 win over Grizzlies

December 16, 2017


FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Bluffton University women's basketball team continued its impressive start with a 68-50 victory at Franklin College on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Beavers improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Heartland Conference with all three of those HCAC wins on the road. Franklin fell to 2-4 and 2-2 in the conference.

Men knock off Franklin 86-83 in OT

December 16, 2017


FRANKLIN, Ind. - It took until the final buzzer in overtime, but the Bluffton University men walked away victorious, 86-83, capping off a sweep of the Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 16. Bluffton improved to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the Heartland Conference, while Franklin fell to 2-7 and 1-3 in the HCAC.

$2,495.78 in loose change

Elementary students' collection total for Adopt-A-Family at Christmas

Ask elementary students to collect loose change for a good cause and watch what happens.

The challenge was put to Bluffton Kindergarten through fifth graders during the past three weeks.

On Friday, Dec. 15, students took the coins collected to Citizens National Bank. They watched as the coins dropped into the coin counter.

The result: $2,495.78 collected!