September 17, 2014


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Several new events at Bluffton University homecoming

Bluffton University has new events in store at the beginning, middle and end of its Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 4.

“New Beginnings” is the theme for Homecoming, which will kick off Saturday with the launch of a new book at The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center. From 9-10:30 a.m., visitors may stop by the center for a reception with Lisa Weaver and 2013 Bluffton alumna Amanda Huston, the author and illustrator, respectively, of “Swords to Plowshares,” a children’s book published by the center. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Bluffton University president promotes value of liberal arts education

Liberal arts education “makes a difference—for those who receive it and for the society we live in,” Bluffton University’s president reminded students, faculty and staff in a Sept. 9 address.

15 minutes with Christian Downey: "Plan ahead!"

By Torie Wright, Icon Intern

15 minutes with Christian Downey, a 1995 graduate of Bluffton High School.

You recently graduated from The Ohio State University at Lima with a BA in English. How have you been utilizing your degree?

Arrangements pending for Isabelle West funeral service

Isabelle M. West, 97, of Bluffton, died Sept. 10, 2014, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. Services will  begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Bluffton. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.  Other arrangements are pending.


Did you graduate from BHS in the classes of 1955 to 1965? Then, this message is for you

What: BHS alums 1955-1965
When: Wednesday, Sept. 17
Where: Luke' Bar and Grill patio
When: 3 p.m. to whever

Wouldn't it be great if there was a Bluffton High School alumni association with an annual banquet?

Read on and you might see the glimmer of that idea taking hold. A group of BHS alums has planned a Bluffton High School get-together at Luke's Bar and Grill. 


Harold "Skeet" VanScoder was active in many Pandora organizations; owned Skeets' Body Shop for 40 years

Harold "Skeet" VanScoder, 88, of Pandora passed away September 9, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Skeet was born November 3, 1925 in Pandora to Harry and Caroline Schumacher VanScoder.  On September 26, 1959 he married Rosemary Higgins, who preceded him in death on April 21, 2011.


New specials at The Dough Hook

The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, has several new specials, according to Marlena Ballinger.

The specials follow:

• Smoked Swiss, $5.99 per pound
• Smoked Cheddar, $5,99 per pound
• Hot Pepper, $4.99 per pound
• Roast Beef, $8.29 per pound



Ohio Northern downs Bluffton in straight sets

By: Brittany Roth, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - Quick starts in all three sets propelled Ohio Northern to a convincing sweep of the Bluffton University volleyball team on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Bluffton (8-1) fell from the ranks of the undefeated, while Ohio Northern improved to 7-2 on the season following the big rivalry win.

Bluffton Public Library plans Saturday “Geek the Library” launch

Bluffton area, add a new verb to your vocabulary— “geek.”

Bluffton Public Library announces the launch of its “Geek the Library” campaign beginning with a launch party onSaturday, Sept. 13. The party begins when the library’s doors open at 9:30 a.m. and continues until closing time at 2 p.m. 

Bluffton University in top third of regional colleges: U.S. News

Bluffton University remains in the top one-third of Midwest “regional colleges” in U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The 2015 edition of the magazine’s Best Colleges guidebook ranks Bluffton 28th among 95 comparable institutions in 11 Midwest states. Now listed in the U.S. News rankings for 17 consecutive years, Bluffton has consistently been ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges.

In addition, in one of the rankings criteria—percentage of classes under 20 students—the university’s percentage rose to 64 percent, which no institution in the top five bettered.