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There's a new pizza choice in town - in a familiar downtown business

The Dough Hook now offers 'Take 'n Bake' pizzas; On Jan. 28 stop in for free taste tests and drawing for free pizzas

There’s a new pizza shop in town and it’s throwing a free taste party on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Marlena Ballinger of The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., said the downtown shop is now offering pizza.

The pizzas are already available for customers and a launch party to introduce customers new the new item takes place starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28.

“Stop in from 8 to noon for free cooked samples of our Take ‘n Bake Pizzas,” she said. “We will also have plenty of frozen pizzas on hand for customers to purchase during the party.”


Beining named HCAC Player of Week

January 17, 2017

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University's Rachel Beining (Ottoville) averaged a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds per game as the Beavers went 3-0 with a home win over Franklin and road victories at Manchester and Hanover last week. Beining was the last Bluffton women's basketball player to earn HCAC POTW honors (December 14, 2015).

Reese named HCAC Field Athlete of Week

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University’s D'Nae Reese (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) re-set her own Bluffton University record in the weight throw and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week following her great performance at the Northwest Ohio Invitational on Friday, Jan. 13.

Bluffton Community Preschool moving to Presbyterian Church

Offering classes for area 3- and 4-year-olds

Bluffton Community Preschool, one of the many important non-profit organizations in Bluffton, will soon have a new home.

The preschool is currently located in First United Methodist Church. Due to the church's need for additional classroom space, this fall the preschool went in search of a new home.

That new home, beginning next school year, is Bluffton Presbyterian Church. Members of the preschool board recently signed a lease with the church.

Icon add advertiser Facebook links to Advertiser Index

Links to over 70 area businesses - all Icon advertisers - are included

The Bluffton Icon recently added a new feature for advertisers and viewers.

The Icon Advertiser Index now includes links to advertiser Facebooks. When the Index was first created website links and phone numbers were included. With the popularity of Facebook pages, those are now added.

The Bluffton Icon has over 70 advertisers listed in its Index. The Index is one of the most viewed features on the website, simply because it is the only comprehensive listing of Bluffton area businesses with phone numbers, website links and now Facebook links.


Can't want for this wrestler to be on the BHS varsity

 Bluffton's Junior High wrestling team competed at Archbold Invitational this past weekend. 

Eighth grader Jeremy Sturgeon took first place in the 86 pound weight class.  He won all five matches for the day with 4 pins and one tech fall. (Amy Mortimer photo)


Here's an ODOT update on expenses this winter in clearing roads

The Ohio Department of Transportation Distrtict 1 has used 3,552 tons of salt on Allen County roads this winter, according to its initial 2016-17 winter expense report.

In addition, in Allen County, ODOT vehicles have registered 30,531 miles, used 30,735 gallons of deicing liquids, for total labor, equipment and material costs of $459,371.

The chart attached reveals information in each of the counties covered by District 1.

Dora Deane Faine had worked at Cooper Tire 42 years

Dora Deane “Deane” Faine, 87, died Jan. 14, 2017, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Arlington, Ohio. Deane was born Oct. 6, 1929 in Findlay to Clarence and Blanche (Abbott) Wells who preceded her in death.

Deane was a secretary at Cooper Tire for 42 years before her retirement. She enjoyed antiquing, attending garage sales, sports of every kind, boating, skiing and spending time with her grandchildren.


Access Ohio 2040 has Bluffton in its sights

Main Street could be on national bike route

This is the first in a two-part series on a proposed national and statewide bicycle route network that could pass through Bluffton’s Main Street. It needs Bluffton council’s support for it to take place.

If Bluffton council agrees, the village will be on “the map.”


Meet Bluffton Auto Repair Center's new shop manager

Christian Gomes, 2016 University of Northwestern Ohio graduate

Christian Gomes bought his first car – a 1985 BMW 318i with 130,000 miles on it – eight months before he was old enough to get his driver’s license.

He’s been in love with cars ever since.

Earlier this month he joined Stratton Auto Group as shop manager of Bluffton Auto Repair Center, 302 N. Main St. He accepted the position upon the retirement of Jim Kinn.

Originally from New York state, Gomes is a December graduate of University of Northwest Ohio, Lima. He holds degrees in applied science plus automotive technology, high performance and commercial driving.