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October 17, 2018

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Men's soccer: It's Beavers over Earlham in OT

Freshman Bishop Williamson (West Liberty) collected Jacob Kiger's (Groveport) rocket off the crossbar and deposited into the back of the nest for his first collegiate goal just over two minutes into overtime, propelling Bluffton to its first Heartland Conference victory of the season.

The Beavers improved to 2-11 overall and 1-3 in the Heartland, while Earlham fell to 2-9 and 1-3 in the HCAC.

New Vision Medical Laboratories announces competitive price schedule

New Vision Medical Laboratories, Lima, announces a new competitive price schedule for their outreach lab sites, including a Bluffton location, according to Georgianna McKissick.

“Although, we are affiliated with Mercy Health, we can process lab work from any provider. We also accept most insurances.” she said.
You can find our outreach lab draw sites in the following locations:

• Bluffton at Mercy-Health, Bluffton Family Medicine, 204 N. Main St.
PHONE: 419-996-5001


Dr. Lorie Thomas of Blanchard Valley Health System named Master Surgeon

Lori Thomas, DO, a gynecologist at Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has achieved accreditation as a master surgeon of both minimally invasive gynecology and robotic surgery by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). This accreditation distinguishes Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology, a division of BVHS, from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

A VIP visitor to Bluffton

Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction, Ohio Department of Education comes to Bluffton

All photos by Jamie Nygaard
It's not every day that the Superintendent of Public Instruction from the Ohio Department of Education drops in for a visit.

After all, there are 3,600 public schools in the state and 1.6 million students in his care.

It happened yesterday (Oct. 9) as Paolo DeMaria visited Bluffton schools. Jamie Nygaard followed Supertendent DeMaria's visit. Accompanying the state superintendent was State Rep. Robert Cupp (4th district).

Village moving ahead with two annexation requests

One in Orange Township; one in Richland Township

The Village of Bluffton is moving ahead with two annexations requests, which would enlarge the village in Orange Township and Richland Township.

The two include:
• Property in Orange Township, owned by Josh Brown
• Property in Richland Township, owned by Bluffton University

Council passed separate emergency resolutions on the requests on Monday.

Both resolutions state the village intents to provide municipal services to the parcels. Municipal services include water, sewer, police protection, fire and other village services.

Maple Grove trustees ask persons to remove shepherd hooks

Village will remove decorations that do not meet standards of Maple Grove Cemetery’s rules and regulations book

"Due to time constraints maintaining Maple Grove Cemetery the village will enforce the rules and regulations of the trustees of Maple Grove Cemetery and the Bluffton council," Bernadine Ludwig, cemetery sexton, told The Icon on Monday.

"All shepherd hooks must be removed. There will be no exceptions for these hooks to remain on stones, gravesites or foundations," she said.

If you would like assistance in the removal of the hooks contact Ludwig, at 419-358-9501, or the village office at 419-358-2066.