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October 23, 2017

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PLRBARE - You'll expect a plate like this in Ada. That's where we found it, on a   Ford Explorer Sport in the  Ada city building parking lot.


Council will act Monday to authorize K-9 dog for police department

Tyler Hochstetler, police sergeant, will be the dog's handler

Bluffton council plans emergency legislation on Monday to authorize the purchase and training of a police K-9 from funds donated to the K-9 project.

The legislation makes official what was announced earlier when the police department raised over $17,000 in donations and pledges for purchase and training of a police dog.

Police Sergeant Tyler Hochstetler will be the designated handled for the dog.

Ryan Burkholder, police chief, informed Bluffton council members on Oct. 12 that the department achieved it $17,000 goal to purchase the dog.

Ray Wilch was a 1949 Bluffton High School graduate

Ray L. Wilch, 86, died Oct. 20, 2017, at Bluffton Hospital.

Ray was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Jenera, Ohio, to Harvey and Roma Wilch, who preceded him in death. On May 1, 1977, he married Raelene (Campbell - Balmer) Wilch who survives.

Ray graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1949. In high school he was very athletic and was the captain of the football and basketball team.

Ray retired from Tuttle Construction in Lima where he was a bricklayer.


Women's Soccer stuns RHIT 1-0 on Senior Day

The Bluffton University women's soccer team stunned Rose-Hulman with a Brittany Huff (Union/Northmont) free kick from beyond midfield for a 1-0 victory on Senior Day! Rose fell to 7-8-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the Heartland Conference, while Bluffton improved to 3-12 and 2-5 in the HCAC.

Rose-Hulman holds off Men's Soccer 1-0

The Bluffton University men's soccer team put up a valiant effort against the HCAC-leading Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers, but the visitors held on for a 1-0 victory on a beautiful Saturday, Oct. 21. Bluffton slipped to 1-14 on the season and 1-6 in the Heartland Conference, while Rose-Hulman improved to 11-4-1 with a 6-1 mark in the HCAC.

Saturday marked Senior Day for Blake Hershberger (Canton/McKinley) and Adam Knott (Lima/Shawnee) who were honored, along with their parents, prior to kickoff.

Football falls 28-21 at Manchester

October 21, 2017
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Bluffton University football team traveled to Manchester University on Saturday, Oct. 21, and came up just short, dropping their second straight road game by a 28-21 margin. Bluffton falls to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester improved to 3-4 on the season and 2-3 in the HCAC.

Volleyball tames Grizzlies in three quick sets

October 20, 2017
By: Lynsey Trusty, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University volleyball team needed just an hour and five minutes to dispatch Franklin College in three quick sets on Friday, Oct. 20, after the line judges made their grand entrance. Franklin slipped to 10-13 and 0-7 in the Heartland Conference, while Bluffton improved to 15-10 and 5-2 in the HCAC.

Swiss historical society host to Great Day of Singing Sunday

On Sunday, Oct. 22 the Swiss Community Historical Society brings the Great Day of Singing to Bluffton University at 4 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall.
Bradley Kauffman, project director of a forthcoming new hymnal from MennoMedia, will lead participants in hymns that explore the musical heritage of local Swiss immigrant churches: from songs of the Anabaptist martyrs, to favorite American hymns, to new songs from the global church proposed for the “Resonate” song and worship collection.


Fall festivities days Saturday at Emmanuel UCC

Emmanuel United Church of Christ's fall festivities day is Saturday, Oct. 21, at the church, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event includes truck or treat, activities and crafts. Persons are invited to come dressed for Halloween. The event is open to the public.


BFR Halloween party and BBQ on Sunday

Bluffton Family Recreation will hold a Bubba C Barbecue from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22, at BFR, 215 Snider Road. It's during BFR's Halloween party.

Tickets are $8 and include either a pulled pork sandwich or one-quarter chicken, macaroni and cheese and green beans. Meals are for carry-out or eat-in at BFR.

Also on Oct. 22 - Halloween party

BFR will hold a family-friendly Halloween party from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22.