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Softball sweeps ONU in 8-inning games

March 28, 2017

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BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University softball team hosted the Ohio Northern Polar Bears on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon. It took extra innings in both games to declare a winner, but the Beavers were able to get both those wins. The sweep of the Polar Bears saw Bluffton improve to 14-4 overall while Ohio Northern dropped to 15-3 on the season.

Baseball drops 7-0 decision at Earlham

March 28, 2017


RICHMOND, Ind. -The Bluffton University baseball team was unable to capitalize on its momentum from the Anderson series victory last weekend as Earlham College pitched a 7-0 shutout at the Beavers on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Bluffton dropped to 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the Heartland Conference, while the HCAC favorites upped their mark to 8-5 and 3-1 in the conference.

Spring wake-ups

What color are your crocuses? Many of these spring flowers woke up in early March only to be snowed upon. Very hardy, they appear to have survived the cold.


Village accepting applications for village administrator

First review of candidates takes place Apriil 25

Wanted: Administrator for the Village of Bluffton.

The village, operating without an administrator since late January, is now advertising for the opening. The ad is listed on the Icon classified ad page.

On Jan. 23, by a 4-2 vote, Bluffton council voted to terminate Jamie Mehaffie, who served for 13 years in the post.

The recommendation to terminate Mehaffie was made  at that meeting by Judy Augsburger, mayor. Voting for termination were Roger Warren, Richard Johnson, Ralph Miller and Sean Burrell. Voting against termination were Phil Talavinia and Joe Sehlhorst.

Making connections

Through employer expo, accountants' chapter meeting, alumni night and mock interviews

Bluffton University’s campus has been booming with professionals and alumni from the surrounding areas this March.

Four events in two weeks provided extensive opportunities for Bluffton students to interact and gain practical experience and advice from those already experienced.

These events included:
• the Employer Expo,
• Institute of Management Accountants Lima chapter meeting,
• Bluffton Education Organization Alumni Night, and
• Mock Interview Night.

Hilty Home, Pandora, holds Easter egg hunt April 15

Prizes in three age groups

Hilty Home, 304 Hilty Dr., Pandora hosts an Easter egg hunt on its front lawn at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 15, according to Jason Cox, administrator.

Hilty Home and Hilty Preschool and Child Care sponsor the event.

Age groups for the hunt include:
• ages 3 and under
• ages 4-6
• ages 7-10

There will be prizes for each of the three age groups.

Prize tickets will be hidden in three eggs of each age group. The Easter Bunny will be present and parents are welcome to take their child's picture with him.

Funeral arrangements incomplete for Edna Judy

Edna M. Judy, 89, died March 28, 2017, at Lima Memorial Health System.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

50th annual Bluffton University art department juried student exhibition

April 3 to 28 in Grace Albrecht Gallery

The Bluffton University art department will present the 50th Juried Student Exhibition from April 3-28 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery in Sauder Visual Arts Center. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will showcase work created this academic year by students in university art classes or supervised independent studies.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Two Bluffton University music major senior recitals in April

Two Bluffton University music education majors have senior recitals in April.

Boys' tennis team stops Bath in opener 5-0

Bluffton High School's boys tennis team launched its 2017 season with a 5-0 win against Bath on March 27.

BHS winners follow:

1 singles - Justin Haggard 6-1, 6-0
2 singles - Ryan Sprague, 6-0, 6-0
3 singles - Trevor Bunch, 6-0, 6-0
1 doubles - Levi Mikesell/Jaret Geiser, 6-2, 6-3
2 doubles - Tad Steiner/Jake Staley, 6-1, 6-0