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Gerald Mast presents Nov. 17 colloquium

Dr. Gerald Mast, professor of communication, will present the colloquium, "The Regulation of Internet Communication in Conservative Mennonite Conferences and Fellowships," at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 in Stutzman Lecture Hall.

During the presentation, Mast will elaborate on his studies with conservative Mennonite communities and how they have begun to live a life where technology plays a roll. 

This presentation is free and open to the public. 

Someone you know is on the elementary, middle school or high school honor roll

Here's the list

Here is the Bluffton Elementary, High School and Middle School first quarter honor roll for 2017-18.

The elementary honor roll is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Middle School All “A” Honor Roll



If you take I-75 north next week - you'd better read this

Traffic switch means lane, exit closures next week

The following impacts to traffic related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County are occurring or scheduled to occur in the coming weeks:

Dates to Note:
Nov. 14-15 – Interstate 75 southbound far right lane to close during traffic switch, no access to Findlay exits available (details below)
Nov. 20, 21 and 22 – Ramp from U.S. 68/state Route 15 to Interstate 75 southbound will close during nighttime hours for setting of bridge beams for the new flyover ramp (details below).

Make plans to be in Bluffton for the Blaze on Nov. 25

And, there's still time to enter the parade

Final plans are underway for this year’s Blaze of Lights according to Paula Scott of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s event is Saturday, Nov. 25.

Here’s the schedule:

There’s still time to join the parade. A parade application is attached at the bottom of this story.

Junior Weihrauch, parade director, said that over 75 units are already registered. The parade forms at 4 p.m. on Snider Road at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. The parade starts at 5 p.m.

“Crisis of the Day”

From Faith Investment Services

By Gary Reese
Faith Investment Services
Bluffton, 419-358-4207


When the evening news dishes up a “crisis of the day” it is very easy to feel like nothing is secure.

The political world has upheaval, the economic world is uncertain and confusing.  It can be very easy to feel afraid. However, fear can cause us to make irrational decisions that are not good for us in the long-term.


Puerto Rico benefit concert next on Town Hall Series

A Puerto Rico relief benefit concert is set for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, on the Town Hall Concert Series, according to Jeff Yoder.

Performing is a Lima band called Raincoat. It includes Mike Huffman, Dayton Fandray and Yoder

Donations will be accepted for  Mennonite Disaster Service to help with relief in Puerto Rico.


All tied up

Dennis Morrison said that he couldn't resist taking this photo on a recent Saturday morning downtown. He calls it "all tied up." The dog's owner was getting some coffee.



Bluffton junior represents student voice in Mennonite committee

Hernandez: “I thought this would be a good opportunity to meet people and be able to be involved more in Mennonite society"

By Cara Echols,
PR student news writer

Maria Hernandez, a mathematics and physics double major, is engaging and growing in her Mennonite faith while offering her voice and insight to the community.

he junior from Alamo, Texas, serves as a student representative for Bluffton University on the Mennonite Central Committee’s Great Lakes Board.

“I thought this would be a good opportunity to meet people and be able to be involved more in Mennonite society, as I grew up Mennonite,” she said.

Bluffton Primary Care opening Monday

Bluffton Primary Care, part of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices will open to see patients Monday, November 13. Bluffton Primary Care is located at 161 Garau St. and beside Bluffton Hospital.

“We are pleased to welcome Bluffton Primary Care to our professional family at Bluffton Hospital,” said Chris Keller, president of Bluffton Hospital.

Office Hours:

Monday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Chamber will get update on police department K-9 unit

Friday's breakfast also has Veterans Day recognition, Farmers' Market report and Blaze of Lights update

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members will hear about the Bluffton police department K-9 unit during Friday's chamber breakfast, according to Paula Scott, interim director.

Breakfast is served from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The meeting is at 7:30 a.m., in the third floor of the town hall, 154 N. Main St.

Also on the program is a Veterans Day recognition, report about this year's Farmers' Market and a Blaze of Lights update.