October 31, 2014



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Grover Rutter speaker a FabTech event

Grover Rutter of Grover Rutter Mergers, Acquisitions and Valuations, Findlay, is a speaker  at FabTech, Nov. 11-13, in Atlanta, Ga. It is  North America's Largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. 

His presentation is "Baby Boomers: Uncover the secrets to increasing the value of your business before it's time to exit.”  


Jacqueline Diller was an RN at Bluffton Hospital

Jacqueline "Jackie" K. Diller, 66, died Oct. 30, 2014, at her residence. She was born Nov. 7, 1947, in Toledo to the late Don  and Evelyn (Biede) Spilker. She married Daniel "Dan" J. Diller and he survives.

She was a registered nurse in the OB department of Bluffton Hospital. She was also a Licensed Massage Therapist She was a graduate of Lima Senior High School and Toledo School of Nursing.


Bluffton celebrates Halloween - and here are more photos than we've ever posted

They came out of the woodwork on Thursday as Bluffton residents opened their doors to Halloweeners.

Thanks to the Bluffton University photojournalism class, the Icon captured lots of dressed characters on camera.

Student photographers in the project included Meg Short, Delano Whidbee, Mitch Gatzke, Colton Steiner, Venessa Owsley and Caitlin Nearhood.


BHS drama club presents fall production Nov. 14-16

Bluffton High Schoo's Drama Club will present "In Praise of Miss Brown," a two-act comedy in which the five teen members of the cast spend a great deal of time in the home of their teacher, Constance Brown. The play is reminiscent of the "Our Miss Brooks" television series.

The cast includes Darnell Boddie, Emma Burkholder, Jack Neff, Elijah Runk, Erica Sheehan, Adel Sommers, Megan Sycks, and Dylan Whitlow. Kevin Gratz is the director

Performances are November 14 and 15 at 7:30p.m., and November 16 at 2 p.m.
on the Middle School stage.

Smith's Realty Professionals new listing on Basinger Road

Smith's Realty Professionals, 147 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces a new residential listing, according to Lorrinda Smith.

The listing is at 206 Basinger Road, Pandora. The residence has five bedrooms and three baths and a list price of $106,900.

For complete details open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Order Thanksgiving turkeys from The Dough Hook now

The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, has your Thanksgiving planned. Icon viewers may now order fresh, never frozen turkeys. The order deadline is Saturday, Nov. 15, according to Marlena Ballinger, of the downtown business.

The turkeys are gourmet, Ohio raised, fresh, free-range, antibiotic free, all vegetibale feed and ready to cook.

The Dough Hook 


Listen to music, listen to God

Kenneth Heffner believes that the City of God will be a city filled with the arts.

“What we’re longing for as the people of God is the reunification of heaven and earth,” said Calvin College’s director of student activities during an Oct. 28 forum presentation at Bluffton University. “We’re looking forward to the new city that is coming to the earth that is not made by human hands.”

55 firefighters from six departments fought Precast blaze

Investigators and clean-up crews are now on site at the Bluffton Precast Concrete Co., scene of a fire described by officials as a “major loss” on the afternoon of Oct. 29.

For photos and videos of the fire, click here.

According to information from Jon Kinn, Bluffton fire chief, and Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police, the following information is known about the blaze:

Mustard Seed Cafe now open four nights a week; has new menu

There are new hours and a new menu at Mustard Seed Café, 562 N. Main St., Bluffton. The cafe is now open four nights a week. 

The restaurant is now open:
• Monday 11 – 3
• (Closed Tuesday)
• Wednesday & Thursday 11 – 8
• Friday & Saturday 9 – 8
• Sunday 9 – 3

New additions to the lunch menu include Chicago Style Hot Dog, Baked Tortellini, Autumn BLE (bacon, lettuce & egg) and Cobb Salad on Wedge.


Beavers swat Jackets in straight sets

By: Brittany Roth, sports information assistant


DEFIANCE, Ohio - The road to the Heartland Conference tournament championship will run through Defiance for the second consecutive season and that appears to be just fine with a Bluffton University volleyball team that ended the Jackets bid for a second straight 9-0 mark in the HCAC. Bluffton rallied for a 28-26 win in the lidlifter before routing the home team 25-15 and 25-19 for a three-set sweep of rival Defiance College.