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October 17, 2017

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University presents "The Crucible" in November

Drama by Arthur Miller in Ramseyer Auditorium

Bluffton University will present “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller this fall.

Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of art, communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, being staged at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2-4 and 2:30 p.m., Nov. 5 in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall.

And, they're not for sale

Bet you didn't know Suter's Produce grows radishes and peas

Bet you didn’t know Suter’s Produce grows radishes and peas.

They do, but they aren’t for sale. They are for cover.

The next time you visit the cider press or corn maze check out the 40-acre field on the south side of Road R.

“The radishes and peas are a cover crop. They will be there until we plant our no- till sweet corn next spring,” Jerry Suter said.

Suter’s have used the radish-pea cover crop combination for the past four years. 


Bluffton police meets state law enforcement standards

Provisional Certification through Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement program

The Bluffton Police Department recently met the requirement to receive Provisional Certification through the Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement Certification program, according to Ryan Burkholder, Bluffton police chief.

This achievement means that the Bluffton police department has adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

50th anniversary of May Day

After posting this photo we've learned more about it. From Carrie Phillips: "It could be the 50th anniversary May Day weekend."

She adds: My grandparents, Ray and Lucile Holcomb, are in the back row, 3rd and 4th from the left.

The first row include faculty members.

Persons identified on the second row are sixth from left, Wanda Suter Pannabecker, next is Earl Lehman. Arden Slotter is 13th from left. Robert Simcox is fourth from right.

Ohio Beef

Ohio Beef - this is a speciality plate the Icon saw on Main Street Bluffton. It's a Hancock County plate we spotted on a dark  blue Toyota Highlander.


School board reviews five-year forecast

18 supplemental contacts on Monday's agenda

Bluffton school board members will review and act upon a five-year forecast for fiscal years 2018 to 2022 at Monday’s October board meeting.

The forecast is a state requirement of all school district.The forecast was not part of the board's packet. Watch the Icon for a followup on the forecast details.

In other action, in an otherwise light agenda, the board will act on 18 supplemental contracts and assignments. The majority involve winter coaching positions.

Six substitute teaching contracts are also on the agenda.

Raymond Diller was a 1970 Bluffton HS graduate

Was retired from Tower Automotive

Raymond "HooRay" Doyle Diller, 65, died October 13, 2017, at Bluffton Hospital.  Raymond was born Sept. 16, 1952 in Bluffton to Robert and Burdella (Nusbaum) Diller who preceded him in death. On Sept. 27, 1986 he married Deborah Ruebush who survives.

Raymond was a 1970 graduate of Bluffton High School. He retired from Tower Automotive where he was a production technician. He had also worked for Maynard Badertscher Construction, Reichenbach Lumber, Steiner Lumber and Bluffton Precast Concrete.


Hanover pulls out 31-28 win over Bluffton Football

By Colton Steiner, sports information assistant
After a dominating Homecoming win over Anderson last week, the Bluffton University football team hit the road to face the Hanover College Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 14. After a slow start by the Beavers, they were able to come back from a 17-7 halftime deficit to lead 28-24 in the fourth quarter. However, a late touchdown by the Panthers gave the home team a 31-28 victory as Bluffton dropped to 2-4 (2-2 HCAC) on the season.

Cash and Frost pace Beavers at Inter-Regional Rumble

The Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin College traditionally lives up to its name with tough collegiate cross country across fields from five or six NCAA regions. This year’s edition was no exception. The Beaver harriers raced aggressively, producing quality placings and times in this final tune-up prior to the HCAC Championship. The women’s team finish of 16 in a field of 29 teams is the best in school history at this high-caliber meet with the best women’s individual finish produced as well.

Panthers pitch 2-0 shutout of Women's Soccer

The Bluffton University women's soccer team kept Hanover off the scoreboard for nearly 70 minutes, but the Panthers netted two late tallies for the shutout victory. It marked the fewest goals a Hanover women's team has scored against the Beavers since a 1-0 Panther victory in the 2011 HCAC championship match. Bluffton slipped to 2-11 overall and 1-4 in the Heartland Conference, while Hanover improved to 10-3 and 4-1 in the conference.