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David Yoder

May 27, 2017


Poetic License

Who ya for? The answer: both. This ONU and OSU supporter wears his school loyalty on his sleeve...or, in this case, his license plate. The two-university plate was spotted on a black Altima on ONU's campus.

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School's out for summer - watch the video

You'd think it was the last day of school.

It was.

Interested in watching two minutes go by after the elementary bell rings for the final time in the 2016-17 school year?

CLICK HERE sit back and enjoy. Or, scroll down and click on the video.


Pirate boys' track team three points from runner-up in Division III regional

The Bluffton High School boys' track team finished three points from runner-up in the Division III regional meet at Tiffin.

Click here for all meet results.


Pickleball play starts in June at BFR

Silver Sneakers pickleball is coming to Bluffton Family Recreation on Thursday mornings in June.

Play takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Pickleball is free for Silver Sneakers members, and $4 for non-Silver Sneakers members.

For more information contact BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, or call 419-358-4150.

Bluffton University to host golf scramble July 15

Bluffton University’s 20th annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 15 at Colonial Golfers Club in Harrod.

Registration for this event is $90 per person or $360 per team. This cost includes greens fee, cart and lunch. To attend the lunch only is $10. Check out the website bluffton.edu/golf for more information or contact Coach James Grandey at grandeyj@bluffton.edu by July 7 to register.

ALL youth class deadline nears

Allen Lima Youth Leadership Class of 2018

The application deadline for next year’s Allen Lima Youth Leadership Class of 2018 is approaching, ALL Executive Director Heather Rutz said.

Students must apply online at AllenLimaLeadership.com by May 31 to be eligible for next year’s youth class.

Bluffton students in the class of 2017 were Sydney Hoff, Kayla Kindle, Rameen Omar and Aimee Ritter.

Bluffton students in the class of 2016 were Haley Baker, Jadyn Barhorst and Zane Myers.

Outdoor family movie on Presbyterian lawn June 16

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a free, family-friendly movie
on the Presbyterian church lawn.

The animated movie "Sing" will be shown at 9:15 p.m., Friday, June 16.

The animated film about musically-inclined animals staging a singing competition will keep you laughing. Rated PG.

And what's a movie without popcorn? Ten-cent bags of popcorn will be available for purchase. Brought to the community by Bluffton Presbyterian Church, corner of Main and Cherry.


Presenting the Bluffton High School class of 2017

Commencement is Saturday evening

Eight valedictorians and one salutatorian graduate in the Bluffton High School class of 2107 on Saturday.

It is the 136th annual BHS commencement. It is held in the Bluffton High School gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 7 p.m.

A copy of the commencement program with the entire list of graduates is attached.  The graduation list also indicates honor students and students graduating with diploma with honors

He's "Educator of the Year"

Bluffton middle school principal Kyle Leatherman

Bluffton Middle School principal, Kyle Leatherman, shared his talent on Friday morning at the middle school year-end talent show.

He wasn’t even on the program.


And the end of the show, to Leatherman’s surprise, it was announced that he was named Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA) “Educator of the Year.”

Attending the presentation was Jay Clark, president of OMLA and principal of Van Buren Middle. Also attending was is wife, Jill, and their three children, Kooper, Macy and Parker.


MS students on stage

Bluffton Middle School students shared the stage on Friday morning for the school talent show.

It was a packed house of students and parents and grandparents. Here, Jasmine Whitlow sings "Loyal," as the closing number. She received a standing ovation.

The talent show's program is attached.


BHS boys' 4x800 relay advances to state meet

Finals for most events are today

One Bluffton High School boys' track team advanced to the state track meet - so far.

Finals for most regional events, held at Tiffin, take place today.

The finals for the boys 4 x 800 relay is completed and the BHS team of Isaac Andreas, senior, Luke Young, sophomore, Baylor Garmatter, freshman, and Christopher Harnish, junior, finished fourth to qualify for the state meet.

First - Eastwood, 8:12.50
Second - Montplier, 8:13.5
Third - Riverdale, 8:16.31
Fourth - Bluffton, 8:17.04