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Professors share clips, stories from “Activismo: Art & Dissidence in Cuba”

Works of three artists on exhibit now in Albrecht Gallery on campus

Half of a century after the Cuban revolution, diplomatic relations have been restored between The United States and Cuba; commercial airlines are once again operating on the tiny island and tourists are flocking to the country just 100 miles south of Key West.

Rowe earns 2nd straight HCAC Player of Week

February 13, 2017

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University's KAYCEE ROWE (Harrod/Allen East) bucketed 22 points and six rebounds per game as the Beavers improved to 19-4 following road wins at Defiance and Anderson last week. She earned her second straight Heartland Conference Player of the Week honor and is the second Bluffton women's basketball player to be recognized this year following Rachel Beining (Ottoville) who took home the same award four weeks ago.  

Reese named HCAC Field Athlete of Week

February 13, 2017

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University’s D'Nae Reese (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week following her performance at the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday, Feb. 11.

BHS musicians impress solo and ensemble judges

Several superiors and excellent ratings on Saturday

Bluffton High School musicians achieved several superiors and excellent ratings at the OMEA solo and ensemble contest Feb. 11 at Lima Senior High.

BHS music teacher are Rachael Lewis, strings, David Sycks, band, and Kara Zink, vocal.

Those students follow:



Bluffton Lions invite Citizen of the Year nominations

Dr. Oliver Lugibihl was last year's honoree

Who will it be?

The Bluffton Lions Club seeks nominees for the 2016 citizen of the year.

The award was established in 1981. It honors a person, couple or someone representing a group who has selflessly given time, effort and talent for the benefit of those in the Bluffton area and whose dedication and achievements have profoundly improved the quality of life of the people of the area.

The nominee may be living or deceased (within the last year). The winner will be honored at a banquet later this spring


Nashville dou performs in Bluffton twice this month

The duo The Rough & Tumble from Nashville, will perform twice in Bluffton during February, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick,

They will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Bluffton town hall during a Town Hall Concert Series performance.

They will also perform during brunch at The Mustard Seed, Sunday, Feb. 26. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The Rough & Tumble has been on the road since April 2015. Musicians Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler share their 16-foot camper with dogs Butter and Pud as they tour nationwide. 


You'd think it was Valentine's Day

You'd think it is Valentine's season just by glancing at the window of Et Cetera Shop on South Main Street.


Bluffton's contribution to the Edsel V-8

Did you know that engines for Edels were built in Lima?

Dennis Morrison shared with the Icon this photo of his father, Jack, who Dennis says was either the first or second person hired at the Lima Engine Plant when it opened.

He later became a maintenance foreman and retired from Lima after 30 years of service.

This photo shows Dennis’ father hot testing the 410 Edsel engines. The engines were V-8s. This photo was taken in December 1957.

Dennis also worked at the plant for 40 years, upon graduation from BHS in 1965 until 2006.



Drive north on Jackson Street and you may see this car parked across from the high school. It's on a red Chevy and just might belong to Jessica Mayberry, science teacher.


Village may purchase new dump truck

Several additional purchase items on Monday's agenda

Bluffton council will consider approve several purchase requests on Monday.

The largest purchase is for a new dump truck. A quote through the state bidding system is $77,803. The village had budgeted $65,000 and eliminated several options, bringing the revised quote to $67,069.

Other purchase requests include:
• Two mowers - $14,354 quote

• Adobe Pro Software - $3,920 quote for 10 users; village asked for quote for three users, which is not yet received (estimate is $1,200)