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"The Butler" showing this week at Shannon Theatre

Starting Friday, September 13 and playing through Thursday, Sept 19, will be THE BUTLER (PG-13).

Showtimes are every evening at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday matinees at  1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn flavor of the month September is Caramel Apple.


Vendors still accepted for C-R Impressions Oct. 12 craft show

The Cory-Rawson Impressions Show Choir is having a craft show on Saturday, Oct 12, from 1-4 p.m. at Cory-Rawson High School.

All table rental fees go to benefit show choir.  There is still room for vendors and many items to choose from ranging from homemade goodies and direct sales.

Contact Heather Powell at hpowell97.hp@gmail.com for more details.


Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet Sept. 15

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is Sept. 15, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.
The menu includes:
• Beef and noodles
• Baked salmon with dill sauce
• Mashed potatoes
• Glazed carrots
• Dinner rolls
• Apple pie
• coffee and iced tea.
The buffet is in the Patio Room at Maple Crest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to all adults 55 and older at a cost of $7.50 per person.

Letter: We object to the use of violence as a solution in Syria

Bluffton, OH; Saturday, September 7, 12:00 noon the public gathered at St. Mary's Catholic Church for a time of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria. People of all backgrounds and faiths came together to fast and pray for the people of Syria. Forty citizens signed the following letter.

We object to the use of violence as a solution in Syria for the following reasons

1. In a military strike, it is likely that Assad would be absolutely the last person in the country to get hurt.


St. John's UCC commemorates 140th anniversary Sept. 15

One of Bluffton’s oldest congregations, St. John’s United Church of Christ, celebrates its 140th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 15, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

Using the theme “Joy in the journey,” the congregation has several events planned during the day.

Rev. Charles Jordan, a son of the congregation, will preach the anniversary sermon, titled “Reaching into the future with faithfulness.” The service starts at 10:30 a.m.


J. Bankert Bookkeeping can help you stay on top of your paperwork

J. Bankert Bookkeeping, LLC, asks Icon viewers, "Can you keep up with your paperwork?" 

If not, contact Bankert for bookkeeping assistance. Contact Julie Bankert, 419-348-3812 or e-mail julie@jbankertcpb.com


Jeff Slattery named executive director of Richland Manor

Jeff Slattery has been named executive director of Richland Manor Health Campus, 7400 Swaney Road, Bluffton.

Most recently, he was administrator for a 63-bed facility in Hicksville. In this role, he was instrumental in revitalizing the facility, including re-establishing positive relationships with community members and state regulators, and recruiting campus team members to assist him in this transformation.

The community has an opportunity to met Slattery during Richland Manor's family night celebration. It is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at Richland Manor.



Girls' soccer: Allen East stops Bluffton

Allen East girls stopped Bluffton 4-2 earlier this week in NWC soccer action at Lafayette.

Here's the summary:

Halftime: AE, 4-1 Goals: (B) Theisen, (B) Theisen, (AE) Alleneast player, (AE) Alleneast player, (AE) Alleneast player, (AE) Alleneast player. Assists: NA.

Shots on Goal: AE, 14-5. Corner Kicks: AE, 4-2,Saves: B,Barhorst (16); AE,Plaugher (4)

Bluffton 4-3-1, 2-1-0


Bluffton University's Anna Hairston named HCAC Athlete of Week

Freshman Anna Hairston (Mansfield/Ontario) was recently named the Heartland Conference Female Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Queen City Invitational on Friday, Sept. 9.

Hairston, who is relatively new to the sport in only her second year, set the mark for the fastest 5k all-time at Bluffton University. She finished with a time of 19:37 in a very competitive women's field, good enough for 40th among 148 total runners at the Queen City Invitational in Cincinnati. She was the highest-placing non-scholarship athlete on the women's side.

Bluffton American Legion helps fund several local organizations


Bluffton American Legion Post 382 presented checks to 11 area organizations on Sept. 9. From left, Ed Yeager, Community Assistance Program, Dr. Darrell Groman, Boy Scouts, Mike Metzger, Boy Scouts, Amanda Stechschulte, Girl Scouts, Erinn Prater, Bluffton Diamond Sports, and legion members, Dennis Morrison,  Sam Reineke, Fred Arnold and Jerry Cupples. 

According to Morrison, $6,000 was raise from the 4th annual golf outing, and was distributed to the following organizations: