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Morris Groman and The Riley Creek Fish Incident

Or, how he saved the village $4,000 plus lots of headaches

CLICK HERE for Groman's obituary.

Most Icon viewers aren’t aware that former Bluffton council member Morris Groman once saved the Village of Bluffton $4,000 in federal fines, plus lots and lots of headaches and embarrassments.

Most people think of Morris Groman as a polite, quiet guy, which of course, he was.

He used this persona to get things accomplished and it worked. Here’s an example.


Koenig hits 25 as BHS stops Pandora-Gilboa

Bluffton defeated Pandora-Gilboa in girls' basketball, 57-34. The Pirates were led by Alivia Koenig's 25 points, and today scored her 100th career 3 pointer. The Rockets were led by Brittney Hovest, with 10 points.

Attached you will find the box score


Morris Groman was former Bluffton council member and Lions Citizen of the Year

BHS and Bluffton College graduate was active in several community organizations

Morris Joseph Groman, 87, died Jan. 20, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital surrounded by his family and friends after a brief illness with acute myeloid leukemia. 

Morris was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Tiffin to the late Oliver J. and Esther M. (Gromann) Groman.  On July 3, 1955, he married Carol Sammet Groman who survives.

Morris graduated from Bluffton High School in 1947 and from Bluffton College in 1951.  He was an Army veteran, serving as a Petroleum Products Laboratory Technician in Pusan, Korea in 1953. 


Webb and Reese lead Bluffton T&F at Tiffin

January 21, 2017

Results  I  Youngstown State Results

TIFFIN, Ohio - The Bluffton University thinclads traveled to Tiffin University to compete in the Dragon Open invitational. Again this week in a predominately Division 2 and NAIA scholarship-granting field, the Beavers showed their grit.

Second half keys Bluffton women at Franklin

January 21, 2017


FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Bluffton University women's basketball team outscored host Franklin College 40-30 in the second half for a come-from-behind 64-55 win on Saturday, Jan. 21. Franklin fell to 7-9 overall and 5-5 in the Heartland Conference, while Bluffton improved to 14-3 and 8-2 in the HCAC. It marked just the second time (2015-16) in school history that the women have won at the Spurlock Center, but it was the fourth consecutive Bluffton victory over the Grizzlies!

Elchert hits buzzer beater as men win at Franklin

January 21, 2017


FRANKLIN, Ind. - A Trey Elchert (Jackson Center) deuce with six tenths of a second remaining handed the Bluffton University men's basketball team its second straight victory over Franklin College on Saturday, Jan. 21. Bluffton improved to 10-6 overall and 3-6 in the Heartland Conference, while Franklin fell to 4-12 and 1-8 in the HCAC.

Funeral arrangements incomplete for Jeff Bridgewater

Jeff Bridgewater, 47, of Bluffton died Jan. 20, 2017 at his residence.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Several council, school board, township trustees races in 2017

4 council, 3 school board, 2 township trustees

Several seats will be on the November 2017 ballot in Bluffton village, Richland Township and school board races. The general election is  Nov. 7.

According to the Allen County Board of Elections, the following seats will be on the ballot this year.

Community Assistance Program involves the entire Bluffton community

Perfect example - the birthday cake mix story posted below

A Bluffton Community Assistance (CAP) food pantry volunteer assisted a client whose young child was having a birthday.

The client couldn’t afford a birthday cake. When the mother came to the food pantry and discovered boxed cakes supplies and frosting, there were tears in her eyes.

Bluffton middle school and high school students, who brought donations from Christmas food drives, learned about this story.

As Ed Yeager, CAP board president, shares: “Following that, ‘whooom’ - bunches of baking supplies and cake mixes came pouring in.”

Master gardening classes accepting students

The Master Gardeners Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock counties will
offer the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima
Campus this spring.

This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county  assisting with Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored educational programs and activities for residents. Volunteer opportunities and projects vary by county.