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September 20, 2017


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This plate on a Corvette was spotted at the County Line Church of the Brethren car show in July. Maybe the son has a matching Corvette, too.

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Bluffton's newest health care provide now open

Mercy Health - Bluffton Family Medicine

Bluffton’s newest health care provider, Mercy Health – Bluffton Family Medicine, 204 N. Main St., opened its doors on Monday. The health provider is located in the former Groves’ Bears building.

Bluffton Family Medicine provides primary care medicine and walk-in medical care. New patients are being accepted now and appointment schedules are being taken.

Dr. Anna Kauffman, M.D., a Bluffton resident, is the physician on duty. Abbie Nartker is the nurse practitioner on duty.


SR 103 east of interstate closed Sept. 18 for five days

State Route 103 just east of Interstate 75, Bluffton, will close Sept. 18 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic detoured north onto Interstate 75 to state Route 235 back to state Route 103. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage


From a tiny sunflower seed

It's amazing how much things grow over one summer. Here's a perfect example.

On the final day of the 2016-17 school year each sixth grader in Sue Epp’s science class received a small gift from their teacher.

Mrs. Epp gave each student a small sunflower seed in a Dixie cup.

The Icon’s obtained photos of three sunflower photos from class members– taken on the first day of the 2017-18 school year, and we share those with viewers.

Photos show Abbie Lemley (top), Isaiah Mikesell (center)  and Gavin Kruse (bottom).


Bluffton University to present a Thursdays at Yoder performance

Initial recital features music faculty members

The Music Faculty Recital will be the first performance of the newly developed Thursdays at Yoder concert series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 in Yoder Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

The performance will feature some familiar faces at Bluffton while introducing the community to new visiting and adjunct professors. 

The concert will feature a wide-range of styles from international music to opera, solo acts and duos, and instrumental arrangements and vocal performance. 

Volleyball falls to ONU in straight sets

September 13, 2017
By: Lynsey Trusty, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University volleyball team dropped a three-set decision (25-16, 25-19, 25-10) to local rival Ohio Northern on Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Sommer Center. Bluffton fell to 4-5 on the season while Ohio Northern improved 7-2.

Muskingum pitches 6-0 shutout of men's soccer

September 13, 2017


NEW CONCORD, Ohio - The Bluffton University men's soccer team dropped a 6-0 decision at Muskingum University on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Muskingum improved to 1-4-1, while Bluffton slipped to 0-5 on the season.

Three late first half goals in a span of seven minutes right before the break were too much to overcome as the home team piled up a 31-8 edge in shots, including 16-3 over the first 45 minutes.

Ada music studio offers music classes for young families

Family music for babies to 5-year-olds is coming to Miss Vicki's Music Studio in Ada on Sept. 21.

Vicki Mills, studio owner said, "Make music as a family! This new section of music class is for parents,guardians and children under the age 5 to 6.

"Classes are action-packed with singing, dancing, listening, playing instruments, and are a joyful time of making music together."

These new classes are from 6:40 - 7:10 p.m. on Thursday evenings.  Cost for one child is $175 and siblings are discounted. 


Blanchard Valley Hospital and Bluffton Hospital Echo Laboratories reaccredited

Bluffton Hospital first accredited in 2008; reaccreditations in 2011 and 2014

The Echocardiography Laboratories at Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) and Bluffton Hospital have been reaccredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The BVH and Bluffton echo labs perform echocardiograms, a non-invasive test used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions.

This accreditation recognizes labs that provide a high level of patient care and quality testing when diagnosing heart disease.

Ada's Harvest and Herb Festival is Saturday

Over 120 vendors, entertainment, parade

FROM ADA ICON - Bluffton’s annual Fall Festival is next Saturday, Sept. 23 – and The Icon will provide lots of details about it soon.

In the meantime, Saturday, Sept. 16, is Ada’s 32nd annual Harvest and Herb Festival.  Sponsored by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, it takes place in downtown Ada.

This year’s festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in past year’s, it will fill Ada’s Main Street from Highland to College. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81.

The festival has over 120 vendors already signed up.


Bluffton council meets in special session Thursday

6:35 p.m. meeting for personnel changes

Three special Bluffton council meetings, each held in the town hall, were announced today by Judy Augsburger, mayor:

• Streets and Alleys Committee meeting, Thursday Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m

• Special council meeting for Main Street closure for BHS homecoming parade, Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. (parade is Friday, Sept. 22)

• Special council meeting for personnel changes, Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:35 p.m.