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May 7, 2015


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Meth lab discovered in Ada house fire; one man in critical condition

The story of a house fire south of Ada on Monday evening is unraveling into a tragedy on several levels.

The fire resulted in the discovery of the existence of an active methamphetamine (meth) lab. In addition, one person is in critical condition. Another is charged with complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs, and four juveniles are placed in custody of Children’s Services.

Ada’s fire department responded to a 6:30 p.m. fire alarm at 4781 State Route, Apartment A, south of Ada, on May 4.


Bluffton grads urged to value "your one wild and precious life"

Life after graduation can be a confusing and stressful transition for many college students, but Dr. Karen Longman believes the secret to life can be summarized in one interjection: WAHOO!

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asked Longman, quoting poet Mary Oliver May 3 at Bluffton University’s 115th annual commencement ceremony.

Bluffton's Main Street opens its doors for May 16 arts and crafts show

Bluffton’s busy summer continues on Saturday, May 16, with the 44th annual chamber-sponsored Arts and Crafts show.

This year’s event includes up to 70 booths featuring area crafters plus Bluffton businesses. The show, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will stretch along Main Street from Elm Street to the post office.

Swimming pool opens May 25

Bluffton Community Swimming Pool will open on Monday, May 25, Memorial Day.

Admission prices are the same as last summer:
• Single daily admission $3
• Single season pass $80
• Family season pass $130

Park levy passes overwhelmingly in Bluffton

The Allen County Park District levy passed on May 5. by a 4,447 for and 3,696 no, for a 54 percent plurality.

Here's the area precinct vote:

Beaverdam            15 for         12 against
Bluffton A                111            24
Bluffton B                 93            20
Bluffton C                 50            19
Richland A               41            38
Richland B               41            28

Postal employees food pantry collection Saturday

On Saturday, May 9, letter carriers in Bluffton and Beaverdam will participate in the Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The nationwide food drive is the largest one-day food collection in the country, filling food pantries and food banks.

To participate, place non-perishable food items or paper products and or toiletries in bags and leave by your mailbox early Saturday morning or drop them off at the Bluffton post office.

Mustard Seed Cafe plans Mother's Day brunch

Mustard Seed Café, 562 N. Main St. Bluffton will be serving a Mother’s Day 4-Course Brunch May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested; call 567-226-1120.


1st Course - Choice of
Avocado Blue Cheese Salad or
Creamy Spring Onion Soup

2nd Course –Baked Egg Cups
Choice of Caprese or

3rd Course– Choice of
Coffee-Rubbed Filet Mignon with Mushroom Gratin & Shallot Sauce
Chicken Crepes with Brie, Spinach and Artichoke Cream
Smoked Salmon with Lemon Risotto and Asparagus

Pandora UM offers free community meal May 27

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a FREE Community Meal on Wednesday, May 27, from 5:30- 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the Mission Committee. The menu will be sub sandwiches, potato salad, chips, brownies and beverage.


Allen County task force and Bluffton Pedestrian and Bike Pathway committee say: "Get on your bikes!"

The Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force and the Bluffton Pedestrian and Bike Pathway Steering Committee wants Icon viewers to get on their bikes this summer.

The Allen County task force is cooperating with the National Bike Challenge, which started May 1 and continues to Sept. 30.

The local goal is to get 100 riders to log 60,000 miles by Sept. 30.