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Pirate boys' beat Ft. Jennings; girls' stop Van Buren

Kyler hits 22 for boys' • Kylie nets 13 for girls'

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton edged Fort Jennings 69-66 in a tight non-conference boys basketball battle Saturday night.

And, Bluffton defeated visiting Van Buren 39-31 in a low-scoring, non-conference girls' basketball game Saturday afternoon.

Accounts of both games are part of this story.

Boys' over Ft. Jennings
The Pirates and FJ battled to a 37-37 halftime tie as Trenton Donley drained four trifectas. Bluffton edged ahead with a 20-17 third quarter behind eight Carson Soper points.


Bluffton 4th of July 1915

Here's a Bluffton photo from what is believed to be a 1915 Fourth of July parade.

We base that upon the year of the vehicles in the photo, the bricked Church Street and the Russell Hotel on the left. The hotel burned to the ground in 1919. A very close examination of the license plates shows a "5."  We also take into consideration the style of the dresses worn by the women walking toward Main Street.

Rick Emmert: "In the midst of that halftime show suddenly my right hand drumstick broke"

For more information about "Bluffton Anthology" click here.
Rick Emmert writes: 

In the fall of 1964, I was a lowly freshman in high school playing saxophone in Miss Souder’s marching band, the product of her initiative from the previous year, which we affectionately called “sax lessons” to train some of the clarinet players to play saxophone during the fall marching band season to give the band a stronger sound.


Icon music review: McCartney III - Paul McCartney

McCartney III is a gem that proves why Sir Paul McCartney is the greatest singer-songwriter of modern times

Reviewed by Craig Hoffman
McCartney III is the 18th solo album by former Beatle Paul McCartney. The album was released in December 2020. The genius songwriter is the most successful albums act in U.K. recorded music history. 

The artist has 22 number 1 records with The Beatles, Wings, and other solo efforts. McCartney III is on pace to add to that tally. It is expected to reach number one in the U.K. and the top three on the U.S. charts.


School board reorganizes for 2021 on Monday

Board agenda attached to this story

Bluffton school board reorganization and regular January meeting is at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, with several beginning-of-the-year actions on the agenda.

These include:
• Election of officers
• Several standing authorizations
• Establishing 2021 meeting dates
• Appointing representatives to several organizations
• Contracts, assignments
• Agreements with several programs and councils

The agenda is attached at the bottom of this story.

Forgotten Bluffton: BHS grad who became mayor of Cleveland

Ralph Locher - also was a member of the Ohio State Supreme Court

Have you ever wonder what famous people were at one time Bluffton residents?

There are several, and this winter this series will identify many of them.

The first is Ralph Locher, a 1932 Bluffton High School graduate, who eventually became mayor of Cleveland and later a member of the Ohio State Supreme Court.

He also served on the Board of Trustees of Bluffton College and is a member of its athletic hall of fame.

Here’s his story:
He was born on July 24, 1915, in Romania to Ephraim and Natalie (Voight) Locher.