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Men 3rd and women 5th at HCAC Indoor

February 20, 2017


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Bluffton University men’s track and field team was nothing short of amazing in Saturday’s HCAC Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. The men came home 3rd in the 10 team field and accomplished that placing with a participating team of 18 with nine of those men scoring points.

Harrod Summer Spectacular invites vendors

Event is June 10

We invite direct vendors, hand-made craft vendors, and local small businesses that would like to show off their talents and products during the Saturday, June 10 Harrod Summer Spectacular, according to Brock Ackerman of the festival committee.

"This is a great show that you do not want to miss," he said. "Please contact us for more information at harrodss@hotmail.com or find us on Facebook at Harrod Summer Spectacular. 

This year's show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Harrod Community Center.


$50 off any set of 4 tires from Tommy Tires

Offer good until March 17

Tommy Tire, 319 N. Main St., Bluffton will give customers $50 off the purchase of any set of four passenger or light truck tires now through March 17, according to Tom Dotson.

Tell them you saw the offer in the Icon.

Tommy Tires
319 N. Main St.


Eastern Mennonite University president commencement speaker

Mother to a graduating Bluffton student

Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman will serve double duty this May as Bluffton University’s 2017 Commencement speaker and mother to a graduating Bluffton student.

President James Harder announced during a recent faculty meeting that Dr. Huxman, president of Eastern Mennonite University, will address the graduating class during the May 7 ceremony in the Sommer Center.
Huxman’s daughter, Emily Huxman ’17, is a communication and marketing double major.

Bluffton Community Housing Corp., turns over ownership of Vance Street Apartments

National Affordable Housing Foundation is new owner

Vance Street Apartments changed ownership on Jan. 1.

Bluffton Community Housing Corp., the overseeing body of both Vance Street and Riley View Apartment, turned over its ownership of Vance Street to the National Affordable Housing Foundation, according to Deb Beer, secretary of the housing corp.

Portion of Elm closed Feb. 21 to March 6

Bluffton police advise drivers of a road closing in the village.

From Tuesday, Feb. 21 until Monday, March 6,  Elm Street between Spring and Rosenberger Drive will be closed while sewer work is underway.

Residents and Mennonite Memorial Home employees will have access.




Here's BFR's final week of free classes

Keeping Active 2017 ends Feb. 24

This is the final week of free classes offered this winter by Bluffton Family Recreation's Keeping Active program, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

Here's this week's free opportunities:

Monday, Feb. 20
Free walking all day to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb . 21
Total body conditioning, free class, 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Free walking all day, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free yoga class, Bluffton Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

Taylor family music ministry at Baptist Church Sunday

Bluffton Baptist Church will have special guests Tim and Patty Taylor and their daughters present a worship service of music at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Taylor family with their daughters have served their music ministry for over 20 years. The family is from Monroe, Mich.

The church is located at 345 County Line Road, Bluffton.



University senior artists, graphic designers exhibit work

March 6 to 24 in Albrecht Gallery

Senior artists and graphic designers will showcase their most prominent work from their four years at Bluffton in their exhibit titled “Viewer Discretion Advised.”

Tracy Cook, Defiance, Ohio; Anna Hairston, Mansfield, Ohio; Mackenzie Hoeckley, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Courtney Rettig, Bluffton, Ohio; Aaron Ward, Toledo, Ohio; and Justin Weaver, Bluffton, Ohio, will have work on display.

Pirates lose to Grove, defeat Kenton in OT

Denecker brothers combine for 26 vs. Kenton

Bluffton High School boys' basketball team split its weekend games, losing to Columbus Grove and defeating Kenton.

On Friday, Grove defeated Bluffton 42-39, Grove was led by Caiden Grothaus with 15, the Bulldogs move to 6-13 (NWC 2-5). The Pirates were led by Gabe Denecker with 14, and move to 10-10 (NWC 4-3).

On Saturday, Bluffton defeated Kenton 54-47 in overtime. The Pirates move to 11-10, while the Wildcats move to 12-9 on the season. Gabe Denecker led all scorers tonight with 19, followed by Luke Denecker with 17. Jaron Sharpe led Kenton with 11.