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November 15, 2018

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Vicki Watkins was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Vicki J. Watkins, 64, died Nov. 9, 2018, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  Vicki was born Dec. 29, 1953, in Bluffton, to Don and Ilo (VanScoder) Martin who survive. On May 14, 1983 she married Mark Watkins who survives.

Vicki worked in the cafeteria at Pandora-Gilboa High School.  She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church.  Vicki enjoyed cooking, camping and was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School. 


Ohio Holiday Light Trail includes “Blaze”

First time listing for Bluffton’s holiday lights

For the first time, the Ohio Holiday Lights Trail will lead travelers to Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights, which includes the Ream folk art display, downtown holiday lights, and residential lights.

Men’s basketball: Season opens at Allegheny tip off

Bluffton's return to the Heartland Conference tournament in 2017-18 after a two-year hiatus has the Beavers excited to hit the hardwood when the season kicks off on November 16. Gone is All-HCAC point guard Kevin Christie who poured in 17.7 PPG to go along with his team-best 116 assists, but a freshmen crew that jumped into the fray right away is ready to show that last year was far from a fluke as Head Coach Guy Neal gears up for year 30 at the helm!

First National Bank Bluffton branch re-opening celebration on Friday

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., ribbon cutting, refreshments, giveaways, tours

First National Bank hosts a grand re-opening of its Bluffton branch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, according to Todd Mason, president and CEO.

The festivities will start at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and presentation followed by light hors d'oeuvres, cake, giveaways. Guests will also be able to take a tour of the updated branch.

The branch remodel included new paint and flooring and seating area, the addition of a conference room for community use, an additional office and another secluded customer meeting area.


Beavers keep the "Hammer" after dominating Defiance 34-7

Bluffton holds edge in series: 47-45-2

By Joseph Watkins, sports information assistant

The Bluffton University football team kept the 'Hammer' right here at home after a dominating 34-7 win over rival Defiance on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The Beavers improved to 3-7 overall and 3-5 in the Heartland Conference, while Defiance fell to 1-9 and 1-7 in the HCAC. Bluffton has now won eight of its last nine against the Yellow Jackets for a 47-45-2 lead in the all-time series after the Senior Day victory.

Weekend Doctor: Biologic Injections as Treatment for Osteoarthritis

By Katie Fultz, PA-C, ATC
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine