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Track opens outdoor season in Virginia

March 21, 2015

Men's results  I  Women's results

LEXINGTON, Va. - The men's and women's track and field teams opened their outdoor season at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA in mixed weather conditions and to mixed fortunes. 

Bluffton downs Franklin 6-2 in HCAC opener

March 20, 2015


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University baseball team finally played their home debut and made it count, as they opened HCAC play with a 6-2 victory over Franklin College on Friday, Mar. 20. Bluffton used a stout seven-inning performance from senior hurler Nate Simonds (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln) in the winning effort. The Beavers improved to 8-5 and 1-0 in conference play, while the Grizzlies fell to 5-6 and 0-1 in the conference.

Chamber invites sponsorships for June 27 fireworks

Fireworks will light up Bluffton’s nighttime sky as a pre-Fourth of July weekend celebration again this summer.

Bluffton fireworks, hosted by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, takes place the evening of Saturday, June 27, in the outdoor athletic field area of Bluffton University at the corner of Bentley and Augsburger roads.

The chamber currently seek donations from area businesses, industries, organizations and individuals to help support the fireworks.

It's time to think about Bluffton's downtown flower garden (this is where you come in)

When you think of Main Street Bluffton in the spring and summer do petunias come to mind? While it’s mid-March, it’s time to stop what you are doing and think about smelling the flowers.

According to Susie and Steve Stratton of Stratton Greenhouses, “This will be the ninth year for providing the potted plants on Main Street.”

To make this happen, according to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Steve and Susie are asking for contributions to keep the program going. This year the sponsorships are $100 per pot.

Ride to Remember bike event meeting Saturday AM

A planning meeting is set for 9:45 a.m., Saturday, March 21, in the History Room of the Bluffton Public Library (main floor) for persons interested in volunteering for the Ride to Remember bicycling event planned in Bluffton on Saturday, July 11.

The Saturday, July 11, event offers short bike routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders.

All the music you can eat - tonight at Bluffton Music Boosters chicken barbecue

The Bluffton Music Boosters present its annual chicken and shrimp barbecue – with all the music you can eat Friday, March 20, in the Bluffton middle school.

Tickets are $7.50 for your choice, a one-half chicken or seven pieces of shrimp with sides. Persons may eat in or carry out. Desserts are available separately. Checks may be made to: Bluffton Music Boosters.

A silent auction organized the Bluffton High School OWE program takes place during the evening. The auction includes over 70 donated items benefiting the Ronald McDonald’ House and the OWE program.


Everett Collier in this weekend's Encore Theatre production of "A Raisin in the Sun"

Everett Collier of Bluffton portrays the role of Walter Younger in the Encore Theatre production of “A Raisin in the Sun.”

The final weekend of performances is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 20-22 at Encore Theatre, 991 N. Shore Dr., Lima.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday’s matinee is at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (62 and older), and $10 for high school students and younger.


The Dough Hook taking orders for fresh food boxes

Marlena and Shawn Ballinger took over The Dough Hook in 2013 from her parents when they retired.

"We did it because I wanted the business to stay in the family. I saw the work that mom and dad put into the business and I wanted to take the seed that they planted and make it grow,' said Marlena.

The Ballingers have recently begun taking orders for Fresh Food Boxes, which customers pick up at the store on Tuesdays. They do make up a few extra boxes to sell to walk-in customers. Here, Marlena explains their unique approach to to serving the local community.


Dawn Jones, Bluffton Hospital nurse, named BVHS associate of the year

Dawn Jones, RN Named BVHS Associate of the Year, Nominated for Ohio Health Care Worker of the Year Award

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has named Dawn Jones, RN the BVHS associate of the year and has nominated her for the Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA).