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September 19, 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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Otterbein stays unbeaten with 4-1 win over Women's Soccer

September 19, 2017


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's soccer team waited out an hour and 10 minute storm delay and then gave undefeated Otterbein University all it could handle for 60 minutes before the Cardinals pulled away on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Bluffton fell to 1-5 on the season while the visitors improved to 6-0-1 overall following the 4-1 victory.

Meet Kaitlyn Burkholder, Icon's BHS artist of the month

Welcome to a new school year and a new monthly feature showcasing Bluffton High School artists. Vickie Garmon, BHS art teacher, selects the featured artists.

This month's artist is Kaitlyn Burkholder, a Bluffton High senior.

She had already taken several art classes including Art one, Photography one, Design/Composition one  and two, Ceramics one and two, and Seminar.

"I hope to persue a career in art education after high school," she says.


New downtown activities expand Fall Festival

Senior Center toy show; BAMA's songfest

Two new activities, both in the downtown area, join this year’s Bluffton Fall Festival.

Senior Citizens Center
The Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N. Main St., will host a toy car show, according to Tonya Meyer, director.

"We are looking for collectors young and old, who collect Matchbox, Hot Wheels or other toy cars to display during the festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m." she said.

The show will be free and open to the public. There is no cost to display the toy cars.

Here's BFR's adult fall fitness class schedule

Bluffton Family Recreation extended its adult fall fitness class schedule this year, according to Amy Byers, sports coordinator.

Classes take place Mondays through Fridays. The new schedule follows.

Skills learned

University sophomore takes skills learned from the classroom into the workplace

Hannah Conklin, a sophomore convergent media major from Westerville, Ohio, spent the summer as an intern at 104.9 The River. However, there were no coffee runs or mindless data entry in Conklin’s summer schedule. Instead she spent the majority of her day with the station’s digital and community impact department, promoting the radio station’s mission to “encourage connections and share Jesus” on the social media channels.

104.9 The River is a nonprofit, Christian radio station and the third highest rated radio station in Columbus.

BFR expands adult fall fitness classes

You chose Mondays through Fridays

Bluffton Family Recreation extended its adult fall fitness class schedule this year, according to Amy Byers, sports coordinator.

Classes take place Mondays through Fridays. The new schedule follows (and a printer-friendly schedule is an attachment to this story).

Here's this week's BHS homecoming schedule

One of the fun parts of homecoming week in Bluffton is theme dress up day. Here’s the dress up themes this week at Bluffton High School.

Monday – Decades (pick your favorite and dress the part)
Tuesday – DC vs. Marvel comics
Wednesday – Hollywood
Thursday – Under the Sea
Friday – Pirate day

Groups are still invited to participate in the Friday homecoming parade. The parade forms at the Centre at 5 p.m. and passes down Main Street to Harmon Field at 5:30 p.m.


Rockport UMC spaghetti dinner fundraiser Sept. 30 for Sara Campbell

Rockport United Methodist Church, 5505 Rockport Road, Columbus Grove, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30.

Proceeds assist Sara Campbell to compete at the WKC World Championships in November in Orlando, Fla., as a member of the Team USA.

Money raised will help cover her registration, uniform, hotel and other expenses.

The evening includes a split the pot raffle. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth 12 and under.


Dorothy Holt was a Bluffton HS graduate

Dorothy J. Holt, 95, died at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, while residing at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio. 

She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Columbus Grove, to Monroe and Elvina (Amstutz) Burkholder. On June 10, 1942, she married Wayne L. Holt, who preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2009. They were married 67 years. 

She was a graduate of Bluffton High School. Dorothy was a member of the Cable Road Alliance Church and had been a member of the Columbus Grove Christian Church for many years.


Baylifft Gym and Box open house Saturday

Dunkirk facility has fall class signups underway

Baylifft Gym and Box, 23535 Township Road 68, Dunkirk, hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23.

The open house includes give-aways, drawings, door prizes and other special activities. Drawings are hourly throughout the day. See the display ad at the bottom of this story.

Visitors may tour the facility during the open house. Special events taking place include: