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Forum speaker tells university audience: Effects of ‘bad history’ still felt

The Civil War ended 150 years ago, but most Americans still don’t know the main reason it started, contends the author of a bestselling book about “bad” history education in textbooks.

And even fewer are probably familiar with what Dr. James Loewen calls “the most important era in U.S. history you’ve never heard of”—an era, he adds, that’s still relevant today.

Think spring - time to register for May 16 arts and crafts show

Here's a great way to keep warm.

It's time to think about the 2015 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce arts and crafts show.

The 44th annual downtown event moves to the third Saturday of May this year, making it Saturday, May 16. In recent years it was held on the Saturday prior to Mother's Day.

A vendor registration form and information sheet are attachments at the bottom of this story.

Pirates win defensive battle over WBL Kenton

By Evan Skilliter

Shots were not falling and points were not adding up for the Pirates as they played host to the Kenton Wildcats on Tuesday night, Jan. 27, but a strong defensive effort from the home team helped tame a physical Wildcats offense and helped lead BHS to a low scoring, 43-37 victory.

The win pushed the Pirates record to 11-3 (1-2 NWC) and helped them extend their record to 3-1 against Western Buckeye League opponents this season.


HCAC gives back to Samaritan's Feet

January 28, 2015


Child Advocacy Organization hosts new volunteer orientation Jan. 29

Child Advocacy Organization, CASA, of Allen and Putnam Counties is looking to expand their reach of advocacy, hoping to double the amount of children assisted over the next two years. 

To reach that goal will require an increase of funding and volunteers. If you desire to investigate becoming an advocate, CASA will be hosting a new volunteer orientation on Thursday, Jan. 29 with two available time slots; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bluffton Community Preschool accepting students

Bluffton Community Preschool, housed in the First United Methodist Church, is gearing up for 2015-16 enrollment, according to Shelly Matijevich, director.

"With the new year we are excited to get geared up for enrollment of 2015-2016 program years. If you are interested in our program for the fall please send us an email blufftoncommunitypreschool@gmail.com and you will be contacted in February for pre-enrollment," she said.

Basinger, Preston, Bugner bowl 279 games

Todd Basinger, Randy Preston and Shane Bugner each bowled games of 279 to tie for men’s high game scores last week at Southgate Lanes. Gina Bloomfield’s 248 was the high woman’s game score.

The attachment to this story shows the week’s high games and high series.


More than three inches of snow Jan. 25-26

The Bluffton-Pandora  area received slightly over three inches of snow on Jan. 25 and 26, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. The attachment at the bottom of this story shows January’s daily weather summaries.

And, here's the Bluffton High School second quarter honor roll

Here is Bluffton High School’s second quarter Honor Roll for 2014-2015 school year:

9th Grade – all A:

Morgan Auchmuty, Leah Conley, Christopher Harnish, Sydney Hoff, Kayla Kindle, Kelli Leugers, Rameen Omar, Aimee Ritter

10th Grade – all A:

Isaac Andreas, Joshua Begg, Eli Bourassa, Alton Burkholder, Julianna Hotmire, Zane Myers, Douglas Nester, Abbie Parkins, Marley Runk, Jayme Siefer, Sydney Staton, Megan Sycks, Phillip Tatarkov, Sarah Theisen, Kristen Yost

11th Grade – all A:


Whirlpool will create $18 million Findlay Wind Farm

Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s largest global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances is building on the company’s 40 years of commitment to sustainability by using wind energy to power its manufacturing facility located in Findlay.