• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

January 30, 2015

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So far, so good...but low-impact winter storm heading our way

So far, so good. As winter in Bluffton goes.

Maybe that's about to change. The Bluffton snow plow crew is on alert for whatever may come our way this weekend.

Village administrator, Jamie Mehaffie updated The Icon on salt usage soo far this winter  saying that the town has not needed to order any road salt.


Five special nighttime programs this winter-spring at ONU observatory

Like to watch the sky at night? Here are five opportunities this winter and spring to participate in special nighttime programs at the Ohio Northern University Astronomy Observatory sponsored by the ONU Astronomy Club, according to Dr. Jason Pinkney, ONU Department of Physics and Astronomy, and observatory manager.

All programs are from 8 to 10 p.m., are open to the public, and are dependant upon weather conditions.

Village personnel and finance committees to meet Feb. 2

The Village of Bluffton’s personnel and finance committees will meet Monday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., according to Nancy Kindle, fiscal officer.

The list every grandparent and parent in Bluffton awaits: Elementary Honor Roll

The second quarter Bluffton Elementary honor roll for the 2014-15 school year is now on the Icon. It follows:

All A Honor Roll


BHS grad Tyler Oberly talks about his sidelines work with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Mitch Gatzke, Bluffton University student

On Jan. 22 Bluffton University hosted a mathematics seminar unlike any you’ve ever been to.

Tyler Oberly, Manager of Analytics for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, addressed an eager audience with a speech titled “Sports Analytics: Diving into the math behind athletics.”

The seminar, which was open to all, focused on the emerging industry of sports analytics, and Oberly’s journey to his current position.


Defiance men exact revenge on Bluffton 73-51

January 28, 2015
By: Griffin Kuras, sports information assistant


Beavers hand Coach Shutler career win 100

January 28, 2015


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.