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University senior will showcase written work on March 14

Bluffton University senior Mackenzie Hoeckley will present “In the Palms of My Hands” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the Reading Room of Musselman Library.

Hoeckley, an art and writing major from Santa Barbara, Calif., will showcase some of her written work and discuss what she’s learned from the process. 

Edward Jones: Use your tax refund wisely

Here's some ideas for taxpayers

Mark Alliman, financial advisor
Edward Jones
107 S. Main St.
Bluffton - 419-358-2622

It’s tax time again – which for many Americans means that a tax refund is on its way. If you’re going to get a refund this year, how can you use the money to your best advantage?


Hesston music faculty presents concert of J. Harold Moyer

March 14 in Yoder Recital Hall

The Sunflower Trio, comprised of Hesston College music faculty Matthew Schloneger, tenor; Rebecca Schloneger, violin and Ken Rodgers, piano, will present a program about Mennonite composer J. Harold Moyer which will feature some of his music during Forum at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, in Yoder Recital Hall. 

The group will also perform a concert of Moyer’s works at 7:30 p.m. that evening in Yoder Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. A free-will offering to cover program expenses will be taken during the evening performance.

March 2 service recognizes 2007 university baseball accident anniversary

11:30 a.m. at Circle of Remembrance

Bluffton University students, faculty and staff will gather at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2 for a memorial service at the Circle of Remembrance to recognize the 10th anniversary of the 2007 baseball team’s bus accident in Atlanta, Ga., when the team’s charter bus fell from an overpass on their way to spring training.

Student Art Showcase Launch Party

It’s Student Art Month! This year the library will feature a Student Art Showcase Launch Party on Thursday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Art from area schools and homeschooling families will be displayed throughout the library for your perusal, and refreshments will be provided.

Riley Creek Arbor invites viewers to contribute to toy-book drive

Benefits Bluffton Community Preschool

Riley Creek Arbor will hold a toy and book drive from Wednesday to Friday, March 8-10, according to Gary Reese, of Faith Investment Services, Bluffton.

The drive benefits the Bluffton Community Preschool. Here’s how Icon viewers may participate:

Visit Faith Investment Services, 122 N. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 8-10. Select any item from the window to purchase.

Rohde named First Team All-HCAC

February 28, 2017

All-HCAC release

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton senior AUSTIN ROHDE (Shelby) capped off his stellar career at the University by being just one of six players to earn First Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors! Rohde collected hardware for the second straight season after the high flyer was a second team selection as a junior. Sophomore Jared Wentling (Carey) scooped up Honorable Mention All-HCAC for his cage efforts this year.

TrueValue Family Hardware's Bargains of the Month encourages you to work outside

Jeff Kantner of Family TrueValue Hardware, Bluffton, announces the store’s Bargains of the Month for March.

• Turf Builder with Halts crabgrass preventer, 5,000 square feet, $21.99
• 6-cubic-foot True Temper steel wheelbarrow, $49.99
• Roundup gallon extended control weed and grass killer, $19.99
• Wild bird seed – your choice 20-lb wild bird seed or 10-lb sunflower bird seed, $4.99

Family TrueValue Hardware
109 N. Main St.
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Village releases three-year capital improvement projects proposal

Waterline replacement, Bentley Road bike-pedestrian path construction, SR 103 work and more

Village officials revealed six major capital improvement projects proposed for 2017, 2018 and 2019 late last week.

If each of the six is approved, the village will embark on three years of intense projects.

Specifics are detailed in a three-page document attached at the bottom of this story. With these items on the council’s proposed calendar, discussion and decisions will follow. Each project has several items to be considered and those considerations are listed in three pages of the attachment.

Timelines and estimated costs are not included in the projects.