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OHSAA to expand football playoffs in 2021

Board of Directors approves expansion from 8 to 12 qualifiers per region

During its May meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the OHSAA football playoffs from eight schools per region to 12 beginning in the 2021 season. The 9-0 affirmative vote was given to a recommendation from the OHSAA staff, which was based on a proposal from the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.


Today's BHS seniors in the spotlight

Here's today's installment of the Bluffton High School Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight. Each weekday until the end of May the Icon will feature photos and future plans for four BHS seniors.  Students will be featured in a four-set random order. 


Weekend doctor: The rise of spring allergies: Fact or fiction?

Each spring isn’t necessarily worse than the last

By Maria Slack, MD, MMSc
This spring allergy season could be the worst yet, or at least that is what you might hear or be feeling. Every year is particularly bad for allergy sufferers, but are spring allergies this year really worse?

While it’s true that allergies are on the rise and affecting more Americans than ever, each spring isn’t necessarily worse than the last. The prevalence of allergies is surging upward, with as many as 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children having at least one allergy.

Rhodes State hosts manufacturing certification program

Rhodes State College is offering a special eight-week Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and Certified Production Technician (CPT) Programs for high school students interested in an Ohio In-demand Manufacturing Career.

This summer program provides high school students with an alternative pathway to graduation. Students will earn four college credits and a 12-point industry-recognized credential toward graduation. 

Scott Benroth was a Bluffton HS graduate

Scott Alan Benroth, 54, died May 21, 2020 at his residence. Scott was born July 12, 1965, in Bluffton to Richard and Jane (Alspach) Benroth. On July 13, 1990, he married Rita Jane Swartz Benroth who survives in Bluffton. 

Scott graduated from Bluffton High School and worked as a technician at Proctor & Gamble in Lima. He enjoyed golfing, camping, grilling out, the outdoors, Ohio State football and basketball, NASCAR and spending time with his family.  


You can have your pancakes and eat them too!

Lu Lu's Diner reopens with regular hours

Please add strawberries to my pancakes.

As Bluffton reopens, Lu Lu’s Diner, 114 E. College Ave., is back in the breakfast and lunch business. The diner reopened on May 21, and is operating with a full staff and its regular hours.

Those hours are Mondays through Saturdays 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Employees are wearing masks. The restaurant is being continually sanitized and tables are spread apart for the safety of customers.

Lu Lu’s is owned and operated by Justin Musil, who opened the popular eating spot in the summer of 2015.