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December 10, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Have you ever eaten a Gottshall Pretzel baked in Bluffton?

100 years ago it was a business located here

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations.

Gottshall Pretzel Factory
Howard Gottshall, owner

The Gottshall Pretzel Factory was a Bluffton Main Street business from 1911 to 1914.


Sunita Vohra 1939 -2016

Sunita Vohra, 77, died Dec. 4, 2016, at 8:40 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System. Sunita was born July 17, 1939, in Amritsar, India, to the late Puran and Roop (Rani) Kaura.  On June 2, 1956, she married Ramesh Vohra who survives in Bluffton.


Meet the babies born in November at Bluffton Hospital

Six boys, five girls

The following births were reported in November from Bluffton Hospital.


Is it one or two uniforms ago?

Yes, it is the Bluffton High School marching band.

And, how many uniforms ago is this?

The photo is of the band marching in the 1986 Bluffton quasquacentenial parade (125th year of Bluffton's founding). Phil Wilson was the director. We see some familiar faces and welcome viewers to make identifications to info@blufftonicon.com.

Dick Boehr took this parade photo.

There's only one family who could have this plate

NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.


Pandora UMC Christmas cantata Dec. 11

Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will presents Christmas cantata, “Shout the Good News!” written by Lloyd Larson on Sunday, Dec. 11, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service, according to Rev. Duane Kemberley, pastor. 

The church service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Pat Michel. The church is at 108 E. Washington Street in Pandora. 


Pay library fines with canned good donations to the food pantry

And stop in Monday evening for a little music, crafts and refreshments

Got library fines?

During the week of Dec. 5, Bluffton Public Library offers Food for Fines. This is an opportunity for patrons to have some fines waived while helping the community at the same time.

For each canned good donated during the week, $1 is forgiven from a patron's fines.

Check the flyer and the Food Pantry wishlist for requested items and restrictions. The library is unable to accept items that are expired or damaged.

13 legislative pieces on Bluffton council's Monday agenda

Final reading set to fill in village park pond

In year-end housekeeping action Bluffton council on Monday will act on 13 pieces of legislation, nine of which are by emergency. Council’s agenda, listing those pieces are an attachment at the bottom of this story.

One ordinance, which has caught attention of several Bluffton residents, is the final reading “authorizing and directing that the village park pond be filled in as soon as possible with construction demolition and other legal materials.”

Bluffton women rout Transy 67-44 in HCAC lidlifter

December 3, 2016


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Bluffton University women's basketball team won each quarter en route to a 67-44 dismantling of a quality Transylvania University squad on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Beavers stayed perfect at 5-0 overall after winning their Heartland Conference lidlifter. Transy slipped to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the HCAC.

Men drop HCAC opener 83-60 at Transy

December 3, 2016


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Bluffton University men's basketball team fell to Transylvania University 83-60 in the Heartland Conference opener on Saturday, Dec. 3. Bluffton saw its five-game winning streak come to an end as the Beavers fell to 5-1 and 0-1 in the HCAC. Transy evened up its overall mark at 2-2 with a 1-0 start in the conference.