October 31, 2014



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Bluffton celebrates Halloween - and here are more photos than we've ever posted

They came out of the woodwork on Thursday as Bluffton residents opened their doors to Halloweeners.

Thanks to the Bluffton University photojournalism class, the Icon captured lots of dressed characters on camera.

Student photographers in the project included Meg Short, Delano Whidbee, Mitch Gatzke, Colton Steiner, Venessa Owsley and Caitlin Nearhood.


BHS drama club presents fall production Nov. 14-16

Bluffton High Schoo's Drama Club will present "In Praise of Miss Brown," a two-act comedy in which the five teen members of the cast spend a great deal of time in the home of their teacher, Constance Brown. The play is reminiscent of the "Our Miss Brooks" television series.

The cast includes Darnell Boddie, Emma Burkholder, Jack Neff, Elijah Runk, Erica Sheehan, Adel Sommers, Megan Sycks, and Dylan Whitlow. Kevin Gratz is the director

Performances are November 14 and 15 at 7:30p.m., and November 16 at 2 p.m.
on the Middle School stage.

Smith's Realty Professionals new listing on Basinger Road

Smith's Realty Professionals, 147 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces a new residential listing, according to Lorrinda Smith.

The listing is at 206 Basinger Road, Pandora. The residence has five bedrooms and three baths and a list price of $106,900.

For complete details open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Order Thanksgiving turkeys from The Dough Hook now

The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, has your Thanksgiving planned. Icon viewers may now order fresh, never frozen turkeys. The order deadline is Saturday, Nov. 15, according to Marlena Ballinger, of the downtown business.

The turkeys are gourmet, Ohio raised, fresh, free-range, antibiotic free, all vegetibale feed and ready to cook.

The Dough Hook 


Listen to music, listen to God

Kenneth Heffner believes that the City of God will be a city filled with the arts.

“What we’re longing for as the people of God is the reunification of heaven and earth,” said Calvin College’s director of student activities during an Oct. 28 forum presentation at Bluffton University. “We’re looking forward to the new city that is coming to the earth that is not made by human hands.”

55 firefighters from six departments fought Precast blaze

Investigators and clean-up crews are now on site at the Bluffton Precast Concrete Co., scene of a fire described by officials as a “major loss” on the afternoon of Oct. 29.

For photos and videos of the fire, click here.

According to information from Jon Kinn, Bluffton fire chief, and Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police, the following information is known about the blaze:

Mustard Seed Cafe now open four nights a week; has new menu

There are new hours and a new menu at Mustard Seed Café, 562 N. Main St., Bluffton. The cafe is now open four nights a week. 

The restaurant is now open:
• Monday 11 – 3
• (Closed Tuesday)
• Wednesday & Thursday 11 – 8
• Friday & Saturday 9 – 8
• Sunday 9 – 3

New additions to the lunch menu include Chicago Style Hot Dog, Baked Tortellini, Autumn BLE (bacon, lettuce & egg) and Cobb Salad on Wedge.


Beavers swat Jackets in straight sets

By: Brittany Roth, sports information assistant


DEFIANCE, Ohio - The road to the Heartland Conference tournament championship will run through Defiance for the second consecutive season and that appears to be just fine with a Bluffton University volleyball team that ended the Jackets bid for a second straight 9-0 mark in the HCAC. Bluffton rallied for a 28-26 win in the lidlifter before routing the home team 25-15 and 25-19 for a three-set sweep of rival Defiance College.

Lots of arts and events on university November calendar

Here is the Bluffton University arts and events calendar for November. Events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

Nov. 1  Fall Play: “The Skin of Our Teeth,” 7:30 p.m., Ramseyer Auditorium, College Hall. Tickets, $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens (65 and over) and non-Bluffton students, are available online at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or at the box office at the Marbeck Center information desk.

Diamond Manufacturing honored by Department of Defense

The Ohio Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that Kevin Hilty and Diamond Manufacturing, Bluffton, were recently honored.

Hilty, a Diamond employee, received the Patriot Award in recognition of support of its employee serving in the Marine Corps Reserve.