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Armstrong, Bowlus, Diller, Diller and Verb – it’s not a new law firm in town

Five swimmers from the Bluffton area qualified for the Great Lakes YMCA Zones Swimming Championship at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio March 16-18.

Landon Armstrong and Riley Verb swim for the Putnam County YMCA swim team under assistant coach, Bob Verb of Bluffton.

Jackson Bowlus, Allison Diller and Xavier Diller swim for the Lima YMCA swim team coached by April Dorman of Bluffton. In the summer, they all swim for the Bluffton Sardines.


April 3 presentations explore conscientious objection to war

Programs by Center for Conscience and War

British Actor and playwright Michael Mears along with Maria Santelli and Jake Short, executive director and administrative and outreach coordinator, respectively for the Center for Conscience and War, will give two presentations on April 3 on the campus of Bluffton University.

At 11 a.m. in Yoder Recital Hall, Mears, Santelli and Short, a 2010 Bluffton graduate, will present “100 Years of Conscientious Objection to War: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance and Civil Liberties from World War I through Today.”

April 9 deadline to register to vote or change address

Monday, April 9, is the deadline to register to vote or change address for the May 8 election. The Allen County board of elections, located at 204 N. Main St., Lima, is open 8:30-4 Monday through Friday.

Lugibihl Spray Service wants to help you get a jump on spring lawn care

Offers grass seed, soil testing and other services

Lugibihl Spray Service, 6705 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton, has lawn and garden supplies and lots of other supplies for persons interesting in getting a jump on their spring lawn care.

Lugibihl offers:
• Grass seed and soil tests
• Round-up Quik Pro
• Lawn fertilizer with crabgrass control
• Blended fertilizer for lawns
• Garden fertilizer
• Lime and gypsum
• Spray for lawn weeds


Red and white scholar athletes

Winter sport and academics

Several Bluffton High School athletes are Northwest Conference scholar athletes, according to Jim Raabe, NWC  commissioneer.

To be named a scholar-athlete a student must be a letter winner in a sport. The gold level is for students with grade point averages of 3.5 to 4.0 during the season. A silver level is for students with grade point averages of 3.00 to 3.49 during the season.

The entire NWC list is attached.

• Gold : Hannah Grace-Perry, Kaitlynn Rieman, Maria Spallinger
• Silver : Annie Campbell, Sidnie Koontz


Makin named HCAC Field Athlete of the Week

March 19, 2018

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Gabe Makin (Elida) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week following his pole vault victory in Virginia over the weekend.

Makin won the pole vault at the Washington and Lee Carnival on Saturday. The freshman cleared 4.70 meters which currently ranks second in NCAA Division III. Makin opened his outdoor campaign much like he finished the indoor portion of the season when he bested the competition (15-7) with a Heartland Conference championship at Anderson on February 18!