October 23, 2014



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Volleyball rolls over Manchester in straight sets

By: Brittany Roth, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Beavers came out firing on all cylinders against visiting Manchester University in tonight's mid-week Heartland Conference match. From the beginning to the end of the match, Bluffton controlled the action, downing Manchester in three quick sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-13). The Beavers improved to 18-8 overall and 5-2 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester slipped to 5-20 and 1-6 in the HCAC.

Men's soccer drops 1-0 decision at rival Defiance

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Bluffton University men’s soccer team made the short trip north to face arch-rival Defiance College on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Beavers dropped the hard-fought rivalry game, 1-0. The loss puts Bluffton in a tough spot, falling to 2-4 in the HCAC (5-11 overall), while it catapults the Yellow Jackets into a tie for the pivotal fourth spot in the Heartland Conference standings at 3-2-1 and 5-10-2 overall.

Lions Way bike and Pedestrian Pathway open for business after five years of planning

Over 80 persons attended a windy and cold but exciting ribbon cutting on Oct. 21 for Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway. 

CLICK HERE for a story on the history of bike paths in Bluffton.


Lions Way was named to recognize the efforts of the Bluffton Lions Club and Bluffton Lions Foundation, which spearheaded the project.

Bluffton Center for Entreprenuer "Think Tank" creative approach to business problem solving

How many business owners – large or small, established or start-up – might like to discuss ideas for growth in a confidential setting with their peers?

The “think tank” idea, a project of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs, offers that option to businesses in Bluffton and surrounding communities. Earlier this week, BCE held its fifth think tank.

Donavon Jan Conrad worked at Bluffton Stone Co. for one-half a century

Donavon Jan Conrad died on Oct. 22, 2014,  at his home in Findlay.  He was born on April 28, 1938, in Bluffton to the late Donavon Burdette and Ruth Lucille (Dally) Conrad.

He is survived by his wife Leona of 53 years. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses; Jon Randall (Lorie) of Mountain View, Wy., Canda Sue (John) Rooney of Sedona, Ariz., and Michael Eric of Grand Blanc, Mich.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; his sister Sharon (Bill) Locke of Bluffton; nieces and a nephew.


Services for former Bluffton resident, Nancy Young, Oct. 24 in Columbus

Nancy Lee Young, 82, of Columbus, a longtime resident of Bluffton, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Abbington of Arlington surrounded by her family. 

She was a graduate of Central High School and The Ohio State University. She was a member of Maple Grove United Methodist Church. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, James R. Young, a retired Ohio State Highway Patrolman, and former Bluffton councilman. 


Women's soccer downs rival Defiance 4-2

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


Fleming-Short wedding Oct. 15

Mariah Faith Fleming and Gregory A. Short united were married October 15th at St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton.

She wore a ivory, empire beaded waist, ruched mermaid silhouette style,
strapless gown. She wore a flower crown of mini white roses and baby's breath
and carried a bouquet of white roses, baby's breath, white Peruvian lilies
and lush greens.

Mariah is the daughter of Jeremy Fleming, of Bluffton and Jeff and Jodi
Holtgreven of Van Buren, Ohio. She is a 2010 graduate of Bluffton High


Trella Niswander was a Bluffton College graduate

Trella E. Niswander, 91, of Findlay, died October 20 at Bridge Hospice in Findlay.


Fair Trade jewelry party Oct. 24 at public library

Dear Friends

Please support Fair Trade in Bluffton and encourage community members to attend planned programs to raise awareness.

This Friday, October 24th between 11:00am and 1:00pm the library will partner with Ten Thousand Villages to host a special Fair Trade Jewelery Party.

Esther Birkey
Youth Services Coordinator
Bluffton Public Library