December 20, 2014


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BCE competition offers early-bird entry incentive

Persons entering the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition can save money by registering for the competition before Dec. 31.

Persons will save $25 on their entry fee if they pay by Dec. 31. In January the entry fee is $150.

This is BCE’s sixth business plan competition and it recognizes the late Ropp Triplett, long-time Bluffton industrial leader and entrepreneur. Three cash prizes will be awarded:

Elders at Willow Ridge are truly home for the holidays

The Christmas season in a nursing home is often filled with carolers, family visits and special treats. Activity rooms fill with elementary school children singing favorite Christmas songs as Elders smile with enjoyment. Christmas trees adorn the lobbies, dining rooms and other places where space can be found. It is a festive time.

Free showing of "Night at the Museum" 10 a.m. Saturday - sponsored by Tommy Tire

Tommy Tire is sponsoring a free showing of "Night At The Museum; Secret of the Tomb" at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Shannon Theatre. All are welcome, but seating is limited so it's first come first serve.  Small popcorn and drink will be provided as well.


Parkins and Schmutz each can 22 in BHS win over LCC

Parkins and Schmutz hit 22 points each as the Bluffton High School girls' basketball topped Lima Central Catholic 66 to 63 in overtiime tonight at BHS.



Bluffton Lions hear about trip to Antartica

Stan Clemens and Mark Weidner will speak on their trip to the Antartica at the Tuesday, Jan. 6, noon meeting of the Bluffton Lions Club.

Details on that meeting and several other activites of the Lions is in the newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Erica Sheehan December BHS student of the month

Erica Sheehan is the December Bluffton High School student of the month. She is the daughter of Mike and Sue Sheehan of Bluffton.

Erica is a senior at Bluffton High School and has a 4.000 GPA.

She is involved in Latin Club, Art Club, Math Club, Drama Club, National Honor Society, SADD (Student's Against Destructive Decisions); Domestication Club, NLSH, and also tutors. She attends Ebenezer Mennonite Church and is involved in the youth group. She also finds time to volunteer at St. Rita's.


Three individuals, one team joining University Athletics Hall of Fame

This year’s inductees into the Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame represent six sports over a recent 20-year span.

John Murray shares with Bluffton fourth graders his life-long challenge with cerebral palsy

John Murray, elder at Maple Crest Senior Living Community, told Bluffton fourth graders about his life-long challenge with cerebral palsy, during a special program earlier this week.

Murray was interviewed by Louise Matthews, director of “The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center” of Bluffton University. The session as part of an on-going program with Bluffton fourth graders that emphasizes kindness and respect towards all people. 

The event was hosted at Maple Crest.

Bluffton prof to address Ebola during January forum

Dr. Ross Kauffman, an assistant professor of public health at Bluffton University, will address Ebola in a campus forum on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Free and open to the public, Kauffman’s presentation on “Ebola and Fear: A Public Health Perspective” will begin at 11 a.m. in Bluffton’s Founders Hall.

He will discuss both the history and biology of the disease and responses to the recent outbreak, while seeking to place them in the context of other public health challenges.

Trinity Lutheran church and school services announced

The students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, will present "Children of the Heavenly Father” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. The students from pre-school through eighth grade will tell of the birth of Christ through word and Christmas hymns.  Pre-service music by the youth will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Pre-service music on Wednesday Dec. 24, will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by "Children of the Heavenly Father" at 7 p.m.

A Christmas day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. The choir and handbell choir will perform.