October 21, 2014



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Michigan man charged with one count robbery; additional charges being considered in Chase bank robbery

Bluffton's Chase bank was the scene of a robbery this morning (Oct. 21). A statement from Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief, explains that a suspect has been arrested.

Skilliter's report follows:

At 8:56 a.m. today a lone white male entered the Chase Bank, 135 S. Main St., Bluffton,  and presented tellers with a note that threatened an explosion if his demand for money was not met. A teller complied with the demand and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. The man fled from the bank.


Letter: About those pumpkins on Main Street

Note: The Icon accidentially sat on this letter by error. We received it on Oct. 14. Our apologies.

Icon viewers:

You may soon notice that pumpkins aren’t just orange this year.  Before long, hand-painted pumpkins will be distributed throughout Bluffton, exhibiting a variety of colors not typically seen on this fixture of autumn.


BFR announces Halloween party, next Paint and Sip, plus winter hours

BFR Sports & Fitness will provide a free Halloween event from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday,
October 26. The event will include games, crafts, and snacks for families with young children.  A costume judging contest is scheduled for 3 p.m., with divisions for ages 0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11 and older, and a family/group division. 

Sarah Thiesen named to first team all-NWC girls' soccer

Bluffton High School girls' soccer player Sarah Thiesen, sophomore, was named to the first team all-Northwest Conference in girls' soccer. Jadyn Barhorst, sophomore, was named to the second team. Kayla Kindle, freshman, was named honorable mention.

Allen East sophomore Leah Casey was voted the 2014 Northwest Conference “Player of The Year. Lamar Houston (AE) was selected as "Coach of the Year" in the balloting.


Calico Skies concert Oct. 25 at town hall

Calico Skies, a  two-piece, guitar-and-violin duo based out of Findlay, Will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at theNluffton town hall.

The duo plays Celtic, folk, rock, pop, and country music, including songs from artists such as Cat Stevens, Electric Light Orchestra, The Rolling Stones, and the Moody Blues.

The concert will be on the third floor, which is handicap accessible. The public is welcome to attend and will be asked to share a donation for the musicians.

Andie Schmutz named 2nd team all-NWC

Bluffton's Andie Schmutz, a sophomore, was named to the second team, all-Northwest Conference in volleyball. Lauren Parkins and Sidney Joseph were named honorable mention.

Crestview senior Courtney Trigg was voted the 2014 Northwest Conference “Player of The Year.” Trigg had also earned first team honors in last year's balloting. Tammy Gregory of Crestview was voted NWC Coach of the Year by her peers.


Bluffton University presents "Skin of Our Teeth" Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Taking place simultaneously at the dawn of human history, in the 20th century and at the end of the world—complete with talking dinosaurs—Bluffton University’s fall play is zany to say the least. But by refusing to obey the rules of time, “The Skin of Our Teeth” serves as an allegory to the human condition that remains relevant in 2014.

While the plot may seem nonsensical, its messages are clear, says Dr. Melissa Friesen, professor of theatre and communication at Bluffton and director of the play.

Todd Basinger, Ryan Studabaker bowl 287 games at Southgate

Todd Basinger and Ryan Studabaker each bowled 287 games last week at Southgate Lanes. They tied for men's high game scores. Meanwhile Brian Huether had the men's high series at 747.

Ruth Everett's 238 was the high woman's game score and Onalee Shepler's 635 was the high woman's series.

Open the attachment for the top week's bowlers.


BHS girls' cross country team headed to regionals; Nisly finishes 4th overall; Jacob Barnett qualifies for boys' regional

Despite the dreary, cold weather on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Bluffton Pirate girls' and boys' cross country teams performed well. 


The meet took place at Ottawa Park. Jacob Barnett was the lone regional qualifier for the boys’ team. The girls’ team captured 4th place, moving them on to the regional tournament at Tiffin on Oct. 25.


Maple Crest appreciation program recognizes 20 area pastors

Twenty area pastors and 58  parishioners, who reside at Maple Crest, gathered for a banquet on Oct. 16.


“This annual banquet is provided to honor the ministries of area pastors who visit and minister to their parishioners not only in the church, but in whatever places their parishioners call home,” according to Doug Luginbill, Director of Church Relations.