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Everett Collier resigns as Bluffton council member

Everett Collier resigned from his Bluffton council seat on Monday. Collier, who was first appointed to council in January 2012 later ran and was elected, and was serving his first full elected term.

Collier did not give a reason for his resignation.

His absence opens a vacancy on council that will either be filled by council appointment or by mayoral appointment. Council has 30 days to select a replacement. If council does not fill the vacancy Mayor Judy Augsburger will appoint his replacement.

Bluffton author Elaine Sommers Rich has Saturday book signing at Book ReViews

Bluffton author, Elaine Sommers Rich, who recently celebrated her 89th birthday, will hold a book signing and reading at Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, according to Dr. Christina Walton, store manager.

The book, published in 1966 by Herald Press was released earlier this year by Wipf and Stock Publishers and is titled: “Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow: Youth Serve in a Mental Hospital.”


University class focus on "looking at history through food"

A new course at Bluffton University this semester has had students spending part of their time learning about various cultures, and the other part cooking their cuisines.

The World History of Food and Culture course has explored both ancient and modern civilizations to learn why humans eat what they do, concluding that what’s on our plates really tells us who we are.

Dorothy Robinson retired to Bluffton in 1987

Dorothy Banks Robinson, 90, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born on Sept. 3, 1924 in Warren, the daughter of the late Russell and Agnes Klingemier Banks.

Following her graduation from Champion High School as the class valedictorian, she worked for several years at the Champion High School and subsequently the Union Savings and Trust Co. 


Everett earns third straight HCAC POTW award

April 20, 2015

BLUFFTON, Ohio - For the third straight week and fourth time in the last five weeks, sophomore standout Trey Everett (Sidney/Fairlawn) was named the Heartland Conference Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week. It marks the sixth time that Everett has taken home this honor in 2015, including four outdoor field athlete of the week awards in the last five weeks and two during the indoor season! 

Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen April 21-24

What's Cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen, April 21-24

We are open for breakfast Tuesday-Friday and serve breakfast all day!


Chicken noodle soup
Stuffed peppers
Turkey bacon avocado sub

Vegetable beef soup
Fish platter
Shepherd's pie
Cabbage rolls

Italian bean soup
Chicken pot pie
Chicken fajita wrap
Mediterranean turkey burger

Icon's favorite spring photo of Bluffton - which one is better?

Our problem: which view do we like the best?

There ought to be an award for the most attractive spring scene in Bluffton. If such an award existed, the Icon votes for this scene.

Our problem is that we can't decide which view we like better. The location is the back yards of the Burokers and the Dillers on South Main Street.

The Dillers have a gorgeous magnolia tree. The Burokers have a white blooming cherry and yellow forsythia bush. The combination is out of this world.


St. John Mennonite youth perform "Big Shot" April 26

The Children's Choir at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora,will present the musical, "Big Shot," Sunday, April 26, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.  

This story takes place in a garden at 54 Garden Row where the insects are fearing for their lives. The new owner of the property is bringing in the big, bad Goliath DX 1000 for a full property extermination. The insects learn to listen to the smallest insect in the garden, a spider mite, who comes up with a plan to handle the exterminator.

There are over 70 children ages 4 through grade five involved.


Library books in honor of Treva Stratton

Treva Stratton was recognized by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce with three books donated in her name to the Bluffton Public Library.

The book titles: "Chocolate Hair, Vanilla Care," "Fabulous Teen Hairstyles," and "Braids, Buns and Twists," are now in circulation.


Baseball falls 19-6 at #23 Ohio Northern

April 19, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


ADA, Ohio - The 23rd-ranked Ohio Northern Polar Bears defeated the Bluffton University baseball team on Sunday, April 19, by a score of 19-6. The game was pushed up by over an hour and a half and only went six innings before Mother Nature halted the action for good. The Beavers dropped to 19-13 on the year, while ONU improved to 24-7.