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2007 Bluffton baseball team will be inducted

Into university athletics hall of fame

The 2007 Bluffton University baseball team has been selected for induction into Bluffton’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 2007 team demonstrated remarkable courage and strength in responding to the March 2, 2007, bus accident in Atlanta, Ga., including completing the 2007 baseball season under difficult circumstances.

#19 Women's hoops drops Earlham 88-54

December 7, 2016
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's basketball team rolled up a 49-24 advantage at halftime en route to a dominating 88-54 victory over visiting Earlham College on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Bluffton stayed perfect at 6-0 (2-0 HCAC) on the season while the Quakers dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the Heartland Conference.

Men's Basketball holds off Earlham 88-87 in OT

December 7, 2016
By: Jared Sleutz, sports information assistant


RICHMOND, Ind. - The Bluffton University men held off upstart Earlham College for an 88-87 overtime road victory on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Bluffton improved to 6-1 (1-1 HCAC) after the one-point win while Earlham slipped to 3-4 (0-2 HCAC). The Beavers led by as many as 14 points early in the second half but it took a Trey Elchert (Jackson Center) triple with 11 seconds remaining to force the extra period.

The Women's Center at Bluffton Hospital topic at library Dec. 8

Informational meeting open to the public

Want to learn more about the latest expansion to the Bluffton Hospital?

Bluffton Public Library hosts  a representative from Blanchard Valley Health System at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, to talk about The Women's Center at Bluffton Hospital.

Bluffton receives one of 35 bike racks in county

Result of Creating Healthy Communities Program grant

There a bike rack on the Bluffton school grounds thanks to a Creating Healthy Communities Program grant.

Bluffton's bike rack is one of 35 installed this fall in Allen County as a result of the grant.

The Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Program of Allen County Public Health has been working to make Lima and Allen County more bike friendly.

Ohio's Job and Family Services features topic of Friday chamber breakfast

BCE workshop "Small Business Road Map to Success" follows meeting

Joe Patton from Ohio Means Jobs, will explain services offered by Ohio's Job and Family Services, Lima office, during the Friday, Dec. 9, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast, according to Gen Akroyd, chamber director.

Citizens National Bank will also share the impact of the election and outlook into 2017 in financial markets.

You can view the entire Ream Holiday Folk Art disply from this video

For the first time, the Icon offers viewers a front row seat to view the entire Ream Holiday Folk Art display on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

It's easy to take this winter display for granted, at least for Bluffton residents who pass by it nearly every day in December.

We encourage residents to take a moment in the evening. Stop, get out of your vehicle and walk around the display. You'll see familiar images and new ones.


Inn at ONU offers holiday assistance

Wrap It-Up Luncheons and Mind-Body-And-Spirit Tea

The Inn at Ohio Northern University offers two wrap it-up luncheons and one mind-body-and-spirit tea this month.

Here are the details:

Wrap It-Up Luncheon
Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17
11 a.m. to 1 p .m.

Menu includes Christmas casserole with holiday salad and dessert while Santa’s elves wrap up three of your gifts.

Mind-Body-And-Spirit Tea
Sunday, Dec. 18
2 to 4 p.m.


You never need to mow this soccer field

BFR's new indoor 7,200-square-foot turf getting great reviews from athletes

After 19 years and who-knows-how-many soccer matches, Bluffton Family Recreation has a new carpet – more precisely, a new indoor turf on its soccer field.

And, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director, “We are getting great reviews from athletes using it.”

The new turf replaced the original turf.

• Old turf
• BFR floor with no turf
• Installing new turf
• New turf in place

Bluffton Family Recreation, located at 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, and offers year-around sports programming.

Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour on Saturday in four locations

Don't forget the Swiss Society's homestead open house also on Saturday

Icon viewers are invited to an old-time Christmas tour in the rural Pandora community on Saturday, Dec. 10, according to Tom McCullough.

The second annual Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour takes place in four locations with open houses from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.