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Bluffton fifth grade girls' winter basketball program signup underway

A fifth grade girls' basketball program will be held this winter in Bluffton schools, according to Wesley Klinger.

The team will practice twice a week starting Nov. 20 and continuing through February.

"Practices will focus on individual player devleopment, and we will also teach more advanced team basketball concepts, plus sportsmanship and teamwork," he said.

An attachment to this story includes a registration form plus additional information. Contact Klinger at 419-296-0056 for more informstion.


Boys' soccer: Bluffton advances to district finals after stopping Ft. Jennings 3-2

Pirate goals by Smucker, Schwaab and Kingsley

Bluffton Pirates boys' soccer team took on the Ft Jennings Muskateers Tuesday evening the in the early game at Kalida District semi-final. Bluffton won 3-2.
Bluffton advances to the Kalida district final against the Temple Christian – Continental winner (Temple Christian) on Saturday.
Scoring for Bluffton started with a shot by Tristan Smucker at the 3rd minute, assist by Luke Young; next Isaiah Schwaab scored at the 27th minute; and finally Antony Kingsley put in a bouncing ball at 34 minutes.


Temperatures start feeling more like autumn

It’s starting to feel more like autumn. Temperatures in the past seven days dipped into the 50s, 40s and 30, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The attachment at the bottom of this story reveals daily weather conditions in Bluffton for October.


Pandora Methodists hold election day dinner

The Pandora United Methodist Church, State Route 12, Pandora, will serve and election day dinner featuring chicken/beef noodles, mashed potatoes, full salad bar, dessert and beverage  on Tuesday, Nov 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The cost of the meal is: adults $8, 3-12 yrs. $4 and under 3 free.


Betty Reed previously worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton

Betty J. Reed, 89, died on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at 6:26 a.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1927, in Kinniconick, Ky., to Ernest and Dorothy (Pell) Rhoden who preceded her in death. Betty married Elvin Reed and he preceded her in death in 1986.

Betty formerly worked for Triplett Corp. of Bluffton, Westinghouse of Lima and prior to her retirement she worked at the Marysville Correctional Facility. Betty was a homemaker. She was a USO volunteer and a member of the Kenton Moose Lodge #428 Ladies Auxiliary.


Oh, boy! The Blaze gets closer and closer

Holly Follies return! Still time to enter the parade; here are important Blaze set-up dates

The Blaze of Lights is closer than you think.

Here are some imporant dates leading up to the Blaze for downtown businesses and volunteers interested in helping put up the Ream holiday folk art display.

Friday deadline for BFR indoor soocer league signup

First session starts Nov. 6

It's not too late, but time is getting short.

Team registrations are still being accepted for fall indoor BFR soccer competition. Session I is from Nov. 6 to Dec. 17. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 28. The team fee is $460.

New this fall is a holiday soccer tournament set for mid-December for all high school leagues. Watch for more details on the tourney.

Zickafoose named HCAC Player of Week

October 24, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University sophomore ISAAC ZICKAFOOSE (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge) has been named the Heartland Conference Defensive Player of the Week following a career-day in Bluffton's 34-6 win over Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Zickafoose stuffed the Manchester offense with 11 tackles, including 10 solos, on Saturday. He equaled Mitch Agner's (2008) school record with five tackles-for-loss. The defensive tackle also made his presence known with three sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery in the Beaver victory.

Weisgarber named HCAC Player of Week

October 24, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University sophomore ERIN WEISGARBER (Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) propelled the Beavers to a perfect 3-0 mark on the week with conference sweeps of Manchester and RHIT along with OAC foe Wilmington on her way to being named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on offense.

Easter House Bed and Breakfast owner speaks to Lima Rotary

Winner of 2016 BCE business plan competition

Amy Eddings, reporter for The Lima News and SALT, formerly of NPR, is the speaker at the Lima Rotary Club on Monday, Oct. 31.

The Lima Rotary Club meets at noon in the North Hall of the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center. The speaker usually begins around 12:30 p.m.

Eddings and her husband are winners of the 2016 Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs business plan competition. They own Easter House Bed and Breakfast, Ada.