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Letter: Second Amendment must stop being a political game

High powered, rapid fire weapons, be they rifles or hand guns, are not needed by hunters or citizens

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High powered, rapid fire weapons, be they rifles or hand guns, are not needed by hunters or citizens.

Tragically they are used over and over again at schools, churches, malls, entertainment venues, work places and even military bases to kill people. It was only in 2008 in Justice Antonin Scalia’s 5-4 Supreme Court opinion that it was determined for the first time in our country’s history that the Second Amendment provided protection for the individual’s right to own guns.


ArtSpace/Lima hosts annual Kewpee high school art show

Bluffton's Anita Lehman was one of the jurors

ArtSpace/Lima will host the 30th Annual Kewpee High School Art Invitational from Feb. 23 to April 7, according to Bill Sullivan, operations manager.

The exhibit, which will feature cash awards, includes works in various categories, including sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting, digital media, printmaking, mixed media,  jewelry, and drawing.  


During Spiritual Life Week

Students, pastor explore “Rising from Darkness to Light”

Using Micah 7:8b, “Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light,” as inspiration, Bluffton University students explored themes of failure and growth during Spiritual Life Week, which is held twice a year on campus. It’s a verse that resonates with many.
“This week has shown me that you can come back from failure; everybody experiences failure,” said Leslie Beasley, a sophomore education major from Columbus, Ohio. “The theme definitely resonates with me.”

Chocolate malts and frogs’ legs?

Willow Ridge: Not your typical nursing home

Barb Lawrence remembers a text she received while getting ready to go to work at Willow Ridge.

“A staff member sent me a picture of a chocolate malt (with whipped cream and a cherry) that she had just made for one of our elders.  It was 6 a.m.!”

Barb’s story illustrates what’s unique about Willow Ridge.  The first Green House home in Ohio, it refutes just about all the perceptions people have about long-term care. 

Joe Sehlhorst hopes to expand village cultural affairs committee

He invites ideas and volunteers to expand committee beyond the Blaze of Lights

One of the Village of Bluffton’s little-known committees – Village Cultural Affairs – is returning to life after a long sleep.

Known best as the caretaker of the Blaze of Lights Ream Holiday Folk Art cutouts, the committee originated in the 1970s as a village committee to inspire arts in Bluffton.

At the beginning of 2018 council member Joe Sehlhorst asked to be council’s representative to the group. On Jan. 30 Sehlhorst and Mayor Richard Johnson met with a group of volunteers who indicated an interest in assisting the committee.

After 1906, but no motor vehicles

Here's a photo from "The Bluffton We Never Knew." It shows Main Street from the town hall clock tower. Visible are four church steeples, trolley rails on the center of Main Street, hitching posts for horses and awnings on store fronts. This photo was taken sometime between 1906 and 1915. The photo is among 170 photos in the Bluffton photo history book.

Copies are avialable for $19.95 plus tax at the following businesses:
• Bluffton Senior Citizens Center
• Twisted Whisk Cafe
• The Food Store
• Book ReViews
• Bluffton University bookstore