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Bluffton McDonald’s Restaurant offers tax day special

Jerry Lewis’ McDonald’s is giving people a break on tax day. Area locations will be offering a special promotion on Monday, April 15. Customers who buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese can get a second for just 15 cents.

“Tax Relief Day is one more way we are bringing customers great value,” said Jerry Lewis, local McDonald’s owner. “Our customers look forward to the promotion every year.”

The promotion runs the entire day and is available at McDonald’s in Lima, Delphos, Van Wert, Beaverdam, Bluffton and Ada.


Harold Spallinger was retired from General Dynamics


Harold W. Spallinger, 86, of Pandora died at 3:20 p.m. April 12, 2013 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. 

He was born Sept. 18, 1926 in Toledo to Hiram and Gladys Irene Doty Spallinger.  On Oct. 14, 1949, he married Rosalie Clifton and she survives. 

Mr. Spallinger retired from General Dynamics, Lima.  


Mary Jane Lugibihl started Harlan's Bar-B-Q and Catering with her husband

Mary Jane (Carr) Lugibihl, 96, of Pandora, died at 12:02 p.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora, on April 14, 2013. She was born on April 7, 1917, at the family’s “Hickory Farm” near Bluffton, to William G. and Eva M. (Deitler) Carr. She attended grade school at the Hickory One-Room Country School and graduated from Pandora High School where she excelled as a member of the women’s basketball team.

On July 5, 1952, she married Harlan E. Lugibihl who preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 1992.


Chappell-Dick cruises by own school record

Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., sent three athletes to Saturday's Mason Spring Invitational, hosted by D-I George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.  The meet,  loaded with D-I athletes, was a final tune-up for the trio for next week's ODAC Championships.

Both of Eastern Mennonite's women ran in the 800m, and freshman Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton) destroyed her own school record and crossed with the top D-III time at the meet.  She flashed across the line in 2:14.34, shaving more than three seconds off her previous record of 2:17.47.


Community choir rehearsals begin for National Day of Prayer Service

Rehearsals for a performance of Marty Park’s “Prayer for America: A Declaration of Dependence” will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning April 16, in Room 115 at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. 

Anyone interested in singing, from high school students to adults, is welcome to join the rehearsals, which will lead to a performance at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, in the Crossroads Ministry Center at Ebenezer. 

Brent Zimmerman, Adult Choir Director at Ebenezer, will be conducting.  Music scores will be available for singers to borrow. 


Lots going on at elementary school starting with book fair week

April is a busy month at the Bluffton Elementary School. Here's a sampling of activities taking place:

ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR WEEK OF APRIL 16th:  The annual elementary spring Book Fair will be held April 16 – 20.  The Book Fair will be open daily from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday evening (6-8 p.m.) will be FAMILY NIGHT.  This Book Fair is a Buy One/Get One Free (BOGO).  The Book Fair will close at 2 p.m. on Friday.

University civic engagement day: Use of media urged to fight violence against women

When she opened her Twitter account recently, the first photo Katelyn Brewer saw was of a woman in her underwear, accompanied by the message, “Doesn’t my girlfriend look sexy?”

Speaking on Civic Engagement Day at Bluffton University April 10, the Bluffton senior cited her experience as an example of how technology and media can promote violence toward women.

Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services offers spring special

Spring is here and Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services is here to help.

“The annual process of spring cleaning is fun and satisfying,”  says Kathy Rode, Director of Home Health & Senior Services. “It’s the only time of year that projects like house cleaning, organizing, and doing minor repairs around the house feel like a fresh start instead of like chores. People are starting to think in terms of cleaning up their home for spring and summer, but many may not be able to get something done or know where to look for help.  That’s where we can help.” says Rode. 

Continental student wins peace oratorical contest at Bluffton University


Bluffton University senior Brent Schroeder, from Continental, Ohio, won the university’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on April 10.

In addition to earning a $175 cash prize, Schroeder qualified for a binational contest with top finishers from other North American Mennonite colleges.

Flood warnings throughout northwestern Ohio

It's wet in Bluffton but it's wet and wild in Findlay.

While the Little and Big Rileys are flooding its banks only in low areas, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is urging residents in at least one neighborhood to evacuate as rainstorms raise the water level of a flood-prone river.