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June 23, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Kirtland's Auto prepares for final oil change and all vehicle repair; will focus entirely on car sales

Area vehicle owners take note: Effective July 31 Kirtland’s Auto Repair, 302 N. Main St., will no longer repair vehicles.

Kirtland’s Auto Sales, in the same location, will continue to sell automobiles. Gary Kirtland has owned the business since 1985.

In other words: Kirtland’s is out of the repair business – but remains in the car sales business.

Up to now 10 percent of the business has been car sales and 90 percent repair. “We want to see it at 100 percent car sales,” said Kirtland.


School board acts on $14,058,262 appropriations for 2014-15

Bluffton school board will act on approval of $14,058,262 appropriations for 2014-15 at Monday night's July school board session. 

In addition, as the new school year gets closer, the board will finalize several last-minute items. Among those are:

Town hall, Sunset Drive updates provided at Monday's council meeting

Bluffton council will hear several updates on village projects from Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, during Monday’s council meeting. A summary of those updates follow. The complete council agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

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According to the village insurance adjustor, he will submit the file to the insurance carrier this week. Supposedly, we should have a response in seven to 10 days.

Jeanne’s Kitchen, July 22-25

Open at 8:00 a.m. We serve fresh homemade pastry and coffee Tuesday-Friday mornings until 10:30 a.m. Carry out or eat in.

LUNCH SPECIALS for July 22-25

Garden vegetable soup
Open-face Vietnamese sandwich
Hummus and tabouleh pita

Chicken spinach cannelloni soup
Caprese sandwich
Buffalo chicken burger with sweet potato fries

Tuscan bean soup
Deconstructed eggplant parm
Waldorf tuna salad

United Way feature agency of the week: Bluffton Community Preschool


This is part of a series of stories featuring local organizations that received Bluffton, Beaverdam, United Way funding.

Where would Bluffton Community Preschool be without the United Way?

Meet lifeguard Mitchell Ault

Mitchell Ault is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.


Photos: A different kind of parachute


Kinzi Koogler, 2, runs under the uplifted parachute during an exercise class at Mennonite Memorial Home. In the other photos are her brothers, Titus, 4, and Gunner. They are the children of Emily and Aaron Koogler. 

Watch the video.

Angie Palte benefit July 19 at Springfield Fireworks

A benefit for Angie Palte is planned from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 19, at Springfield Fireworks, 490 State Route 103, Bluffton. Friends and family members plan the benefit.

The event includes live music by:
• 1 p.m. Them Kids with Mama Spaz
• 2 p.m. Philosoraptors
• 5 p.m. Sunday’s Regret
• 8 p.m. Two Dragons


Tommy Tire serving free ice cream July 25

How better to celebrate summer than with some ice cream?

Tommy Tire Sales, 319 N. Main St., will serve free ice cream from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 25, in front of its business, according to Tom and Sheena Dotson, owners.

"Jay Lugibihl will have his antique ice cream maker set up and we’re giving free bowls of ice cream to anyone in the town who would like to stop by for a bowl," said Tom and Shenna. 


Meet lifeguard Nate Staley

Lifeguard Nate Staley is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.