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Bluffton man and his cousin die of gunshot wounds

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office has reported that two people, including a Bluffton man and his cousin, died from gunshot wounds on Monday evening, March 21.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said Ashley M. Sayarath, 19, died from two gunshot wounds, according to a press release. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said David Sayarath, 30, of Bluffton, and the cousin of Ashley, apparently shot Ashley at 605 Palm Drive, Liberty Township, before turning the gun on himself and dying.

The investigation is continuing.


BHS well represented on NWC Scholar Athlete list

Several Bluffton High School winter athletes are Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes for 2016-17.

Gold level - Letter winner in the sport and GPA of 3.5 or above during the season
Silver level - Letter winner in the sport and GPA of 3.00 - 3.49 during the season

Attached is the entire NWC scholar athlete list -

• Gold – Emily Stratton, Jazmynn Wilson, Kelli Leugers
• Silver – Lydia Skelly, Maddie Soper, Chase Koontz


University Gospel Choir performs in concert April 1

Soloists include community members in the choir

Bluffton University’s Gospel Choir will present a concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in Yoder Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature personal favorites of conductor, Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music. Soloists will include community members who are in the choir, Kathy Grady of Findlay, and Marta Michalska-Uras, originally from the Czech Republic. Michalska-Uras was previously a member of the Maranatha Gospel Choir in Prague.

Why knot?

10 university students spend spring break in week of service

While some students decided to go to the beach over spring break or home to relax, 10 Bluffton University students decided “Why Knot?” spend the 2017 break week in service.

Several members of SERVE, a service organization at Bluffton, traveled to Quakertown, Pa., where one of their projects was knotting quilts during West Swamp Mennonite Church’s Why Knot Week.

Oberly and Huber recognized for 70 years of legion membership

Both lifelong Bluffton residents served in World War II

70 years.

The Bluffton American Legion Post 382 recently recognized two lifelong Bluffton men.

The two, Dale Huber and James Oberly, both World War II veterans, received special recognition representing 70 years of appreciation and membership from the legion, according to Dennis Morrison.

During the war, Huber, who turned 90 in December, served with a bomb removal unit in Germany. He is a retired farmer and retired owner of Specialty Foods of Ohio.


Blanchard Valley Hospital Trauma Center verified as a Level III Trauma Center

Designation was earned through teamwork

The trauma center at Blanchard Valley Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). 

This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The BVH Trauma Center is under the medical direction of Doug Yoder, MD.

Jackie Wyse-Rhodes speaker at March 31 colloquium

Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, assistant professor of religion, will present the Colloquium “Portrayals of the Natural World in Second Temple Jewish Literature” on March 31.

Her presentation is free and open to the public beginning at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.  

“For biblical writers, the natural world was a source of inspiration,” says Wyse-Rhodes, “such as when the Psalms invite the reader to join the sun, stars, mountains, oceans and rocks in praise of God the Creator.”

Library invites you to a brown bag lunch Friday

It's all about networking, new trends, future planning and business development

Networking…new trends…future planning…business development.

If any of those words and phrases attracts your attention, Bluffton Public Library invites you to a brown bag business development lunch at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 24.

According to Jessica Hermiller, library administrator, patrons are encouraged to spend your lunch at the library.

“Bring your packed lunch – we’ll have some snacks, too – and peruse the library’s business section offerings while learning how book discussions can help increase intelligence and communication,” she said.

Cutting Edge Woodcraft, The Food Store BCE business plan winners

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs has awarded over $60,000 in prize money since inception

Five businesses are winners in this year’s Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.

Awards were presented March 21 in BCE open house in the Bluffton town hall. This is the 9th annual competition, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president.

Emerging business division winners

First place - Cutting Edge Woodcraft, Bluffton, owned by Nicholas Recker and Luke Keuneke, $4,000

Second place – Art Me!, Ottawa, owned by Kirstene Adkins, $1,000

Information meeting on forming Rotary Club tonight at Marbeck

An information meeting for persons interested in forming a Bluffton Rotary Club takes place tonight (Wednesday, March 22) at Marbeck Center.

According to Bill Aubry of Upper Sandusk Rotary, the meeting is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. in the Kreider Room of Marbeck Center on the Bluffton University campus.

Persons wanting additional information may contact Aubry at 419-294-7343 or e-mail upperaub@yahoo.com.