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The Icon spotted "CHEER 63" in the Ada school parking lot in September. Look for it in a white Chevy Traverse LTE. Does it belong for a former cheerleader born in 1963? That's our best guess.

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Boys' soccer: Pirates blank Ottoville 3-0 in the rain

BHS advances to district finals Tuesday against Ft. Jennings

Ottoville came to Bluffton for their second game of a sectional boys' soccer match. Bluffton, playing its first game after taking a bye, knocked off the Big Green, 3-0.
Playing in a steady rain, the teams traded splashes till the 7th minute when Luke Young took the pass from Josh Begg and buried it in the net.


If history is the guide look for Bluffton-Richland Township to vote Republican for president

However, the May primary shows there is room for doubt

If history is the guide, the majority of Bluffton and Richland Township voters will support the Republican presidential candidate on Nov. 8.

But, as the May primary results show, there is room for doubt in the election.

However, The Icon’s analysis of presidential voting patterns here since 1908 reflecting history as the guide will probably mean a Republican win.

Consider the following show of Republican political strength in this community:

Carolyn Risner 1938 - 2016

Carolyn J. Risner,  78, died on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at noon at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on June 1, 1938, in Lima, Ohio, to Claude and Della (Hall) Gullett who preceded her in death. On May 19, 1956, Carolyn married Paul E. Risner and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2015.

She was a member of Grace Gospel Church of Ada. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.


Misrepresentation and misinterpretation of Amish in popular culture

Author dispells myths in university forum

From the romantic literature know as bonnet fiction to television shows such as “Breaking Amish” and “Amish Mafia” there is no shortage of portrayals of the Amish in mainstream culture.

But there is a shortage of truth in those portrayals. Author Saloma Miller Furlong dispelled some of the myths surrounding the Amish during a Bluffton University Forum held Oct. 11.

She offered authentic insight into a people who are time and again misrepresented and misinterpreted in popular culture.

Andie Schmutz named to NWC first team volleyball

Bluffton's Andie Schmutz, senior, was named to the first team all-Northwest Conference in volleyball. The announcement was made earlier this week by a vote of the NWC coaches.

Kayla Schimmoeller, Bluffton junior, was named honorable mention. Bluffton finished the season 2-6 in the NWC and 6-15 overall.

The attachment includes the entire list of NWC all-conferenc players.


Here's Bluffton University's November events calendar

Here is the arts and events calendar for November at Bluffton University. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Nov. 1 Forum: “Humanizing Martyrdom: ‘Martyrs Mirror’ and the Artwork of Jan Luyken,” Forum by Dr. David Weaver-Zercher, 11 a.m. Yoder Recital Hall
Nov. 1 Forum: “Deficiency: Situational and Generational Poverty in America Explored through Art,” student Forum by Anna Hairston, 11 a.m. Musselman Library Reading Room

Ream folk art display lights set up on Nov. 5; cutouts on Nov. 12

Volunteers needed - contact Lynda Best

Lynda Best of the village cultural affairs committee invites anyone from the community to help setting up the Ream holiday folk art display on the Presbyterian Church lawn.

"We are getting ready to set up the Blaze and could use some help," she said. "The lights go up on the Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the display is set up on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m."

Lunch will be provided to volunteers.

"We can use the help very much if someone can only give us a couple hours we would appreciate it," she said. Contac Best 419-296-2790.

Fall festival at Bethel UMC, Mt. Cory, on Sunday

Chicken barbecue and trunk or treat on Oct. 29

On Sunday Oct. 23, , the Mount Cory United Methodist Church will hold a fall festival, open to the public, at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 201
W. Washington St., Mount Cory.

The festival is from 1 to 4 p.m. and includes  games, Romick train rides prizes, petting zoo, friendly clowns and much more.

Chicken barbecue Oct. 29
A chicken barbecue will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
at the Bethel Family Life Center.  Meals are $8 and include, one-half chicken,
au gratin potatoes, applesauce, roll and dessert. 


The three sides of Joan Bauman

Missionary, teacher, businesswoman

We knew three sides of Joan Bauman:
• teacher at Cory-Rawson for 30 years
• owner of a Bluffton bed and breakfast
• a person with an international view

For those 30 school years at Cory-Rawson, students knew “Mrs. Bauman” as the teacher whose room was in the top right corner of the old Rawson school.

As a third grade teacher, former students describe her in glowing terms:

“my all-time favorite teacher,” “phenomenal,” “a teacher with a big heart,” and “larger than life.”


Power pole at high school explodes

Center of Bluffton without power this morning

It was the sound of three “booms” and then the lights went out, at approximately 9 a.m.


A center section of Bluffton is without electrical power this morning. The outage covers the area between Main, Grove, Lawn and Elm. The two largest areas affected are all businesses on the west side of Main Street and the Bluffton elementary, middle and high school.

The stoplight at the intersection of Main and Cherry is also out of power.