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The Icon spotted "CHEER 63" in the Ada school parking lot in September. Look for it in a white Chevy Traverse LTE. Does it belong for a former cheerleader born in 1963? That's our best guess.

Do you have an interesting license plate? Send a photo to info@blufftonicon.com. Don't forget to tell us the plate's meaning.

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A Bluffton ghost story that's over 100 years old

It involves Maple Grove Cemetery and apparitions seen there at night

By Fred-in-Stein
Ready for a couple Bluffton ghost stories?

Here’s one you’ve probably never heard. I’ll share two versions.

Sometime in the early 1980s Rolland Stratton, longtime Bluffton resident, told me his version from memory. I wrote it down after hearing it, wondering if he was telling me the truth.

Then, in a dusty file folder in a forgotten drawer in third floor of the town hall – before it was renovated - I discovered the second version. It was beautifully hand-scribed in India ink, almost too faded to read.


Volleyball downs Wilmington in straight sets

October 21, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


Next stop on your Bluffton Halloween tour is the public library

Don't go in the basement, unless you are ready for the "scare zone"

You want to put stop at the Bluffton Public Library on your Thursday Halloween schedule. That's because Bluffton library teen volunteers host their annual haunted library fun house.

The evening includes crafts and snacks, refreshments, games and coloring opportunities plus a “Scare Zone.”

And, the Bluffton Icon photographer, Fred-in-Stein, will take photos of Halloweeners for use on the Icon.

Here are details:
Events take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

What are your Saturday plans?

Bluffton has lots to offer this weekend - here's the schedule

What are your Saturday Bluffton plans? There’s a lot going on. Here’s a sampling:

• Farmers’ Market, Citizens National Bank parking lot, South Main Street.
From 8:30 a.m. to noon, the final market of the season is Saturday, Oct. 29.

• Cars and Coffee
The final cars and coffee of the season is from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, according to Tim Boutwell of Heated Vehicle Storage, 906 N. Main St.

R Coop, rural Bluffton, open Friday and Saturday

R Coop, 2168 Road R, Bluffton, is open Friday from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Jane Shaw.

The speciality shop offers great one-of-a-kind, repurposed, fall, Halloween, Christmas and OSU/Michigan items.

R Coop is also on Facebook.

How do you get there? Drive north out of Bluffton 2 miles. It's on your way to Suter's Cider Press.


Riley Creek UMC hymn sing Oct. 30

Riley Creek United Methodist Church, rural Pandora, holds afternoon of hymns and songs on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m.  

"Music from many eras will weave together a tapestry of faith and the message of redemption.  Bring your voice in whatever condition it is and raise a joyful noise together with a great chorus of others as we sing the hymns that are the soundtrack of our heritage and inspiration,” said Rev. Duane Kimberley, pastor.         

HIS Blank Canvas, an art ministry, will be shared at the event.


Martyrs Mirror and Jan Luyken artwork forum topic Nov. 1

Dr. David Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history at Messiah College, will present “Humanizing Martyrdom: ‘Martyrs Mirror’ and the Artwork of Jan Luyken” during a Bluffton University Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. 


Dr. Weaver-Zercher, the author of a new social history of the “Martyrs Mirror,” will explain how images enlivened 17thcentury European accounts of Christian martyrdom such as the “Martyrs Mirror.”


Boys' soccer: Pirates blank Ottoville 3-0 in the rain

BHS advances to district finals Tuesday against Ft. Jennings

Ottoville came to Bluffton for their second game of a sectional boys' soccer match. Bluffton, playing its first game after taking a bye, knocked off the Big Green, 3-0.
Playing in a steady rain, the teams traded splashes till the 7th minute when Luke Young took the pass from Josh Begg and buried it in the net.


If history is the guide look for Bluffton-Richland Township to vote Republican for president

However, the May primary shows there is room for doubt

If history is the guide, the majority of Bluffton and Richland Township voters will support the Republican presidential candidate on Nov. 8.

But, as the May primary results show, there is room for doubt in the election.

However, The Icon’s analysis of presidential voting patterns here since 1908 reflecting history as the guide will probably mean a Republican win.

Consider the following show of Republican political strength in this community:

Carolyn Risner 1938 - 2016

Carolyn J. Risner,  78, died on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at noon at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on June 1, 1938, in Lima, Ohio, to Claude and Della (Hall) Gullett who preceded her in death. On May 19, 1956, Carolyn married Paul E. Risner and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2015.

She was a member of Grace Gospel Church of Ada. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.