November 23, 2014


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Duane Hauenstein was a 1976 Bluffton High School graduate

Duane Dale Hauenstein, 57, died Nov. 23, 2014, at his residence.  He was born Oct. 23, 1957 in Bluffton to the late William and Betty (Ewing) Hauenstein who preceded him in death. On April 20, 2002, he married Melanie Stall Hauenstein and she survives.

Mr. Hauenstein was owner/operator of Hauenstein Trucking, Bluffton and was also a farmer. He was a 1976 graduate of Bluffton High School.


Bluffton men fall at North Central 77-61

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Despite another big night from Thayne Recker (Arlington), the Bluffton University men’s basketball team fell to host North Central College on Saturday, Nov. 22, by a final of 77-61. Recker scored 24 points on 9-for-10 shooting while adding five boards to follow up his 25-point, 11-rebound performance in Friday’s loss. The Beavers fell to 1-2 while the Cardinals are now 2-0 early in the season.

Absolutely everything you need to know about this year's Blaze of Lights

The Saturday after Thanksgiving in Bluffton means more than just the OSU-Michigan football game.

It means the Blaze of Lights. 

But, the Blaze of Lights is more than just a one-day event. In addition to the events taking place on Nov. 29, it includes these elements that continue nightly through Jan. 1:

• the Ream folk art holiday display
• the Gift of Giving light show extravaganza
• Bluffton Main Street business district Christmas window displays
• a tour of Bluffton’s residential yard lighting

BOGO jewelry sale Nov. 28-29 at Ten Thousand Villages

Coming to Ten Thousand Villages, 115 S. Main St., Blufton, is a buy one, get one 50 percent off jewelry sale, according to Aphaphanh Nussbaum, manager.

The sale takes place for two days only - Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29.


2006 Pontiac G-6 Kirtland's Auto Sales manager's special

A 2006 Pontiac G-6 is the current manager's special at Kirtland's Auto Sales, 302 N. Main St., Bluffton.

Jim Kinn said that the vehicle price is reduced to $7,995. For complete details on this vehicle open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Beavers down Wooster 81-64 in home opener

By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


Men battle before falling to #1 Wisconsin-Whitewater

November 21, 2014


NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The Bluffton University men's basketball team was looking to slay a giant, #1 ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater, when the Beavers traveled to North Central College for game one of the Chicago Marriott Naperville Tip-Off Tournament on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The Beavers were within striking distance, down 51-44, with less than five minutes to play before the Warhawks found their stroke, pulling away for a hard-fought 67-46 victory.

$500 prize money in Bluffton residential lighting contest

Bluffton’s residential holiday lighting contest prize money totals $500 this year. The chamber contributed $350 and First National Bank contributed $150.


Bluffton to present Christmas concert

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers and University Chorale, along with a brass ensemble, will headline “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” the university’s Christmas choral concert, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Yoder Recital Hall.

The Friday evening performance will be the only presentation of the full concert. A shortened version will be presented as Bluffton’s weekly forum, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, also in Yoder Recital Hall.

Senior art show to open

Bluffton University art majors Victoria Watkins of Mansfield, Ohio, and Sarah Gilman of Knoxville, Tenn., will present their senior exhibit, “Pop Fiction,” representing artwork they have created at Bluffton, in the Grace Albrecht Gallery in Sauder Visual Arts Center.

The exhibit will be open to the public from Dec. 1-19; gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. An artist reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.