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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:


St. John's UCC centennial committee (1973)


This week celebrates the 140th anniversary of St. John's United Church of Christ. Here is a photo of the congregation's centennial committee, taken in 1973.

Front, from left, Meredith Stepleton, Rhoda Matter, correspondence; Silas Diller, general chairman; La Donna Derringer, secretary; Sidney C. Stettler, history chairman and booklet chairman; Leota Badertscher, church publications.

Bluffton trick-or-treat night Oct. 31

Trick-or-treat night in Bluffton is set. Dennis Gallant, Bluffton mayor, set the date as 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, which happens to be the actual Halloween night this year.



Avon representative, Crystal Sellers-Battle, Icon's newest advertiser

Bluffton Icon's newest advertiser is Crystal Sellers-Battle, Avon representative. Icon viewers may reach her several ways:

Website: www.youravon.com/csellers-battle
E-mail: crystal.sellers@gmail.com
Cell: 614-425-6227

Avon's Campaign 20 started on Sept. 9.


Ault passes for 268 yards and 3 TDs in BHS win at Carey

By Bryan Kress
After a slow first half that showed only one touchdown from Carey the fireworks were turned on in the second with six scores allowing the Pirates to take home the victory.

The only score of the first came a Zach Brodman four-yard run to put the game at 6-0.

Bluffton came out of half time throwing as Mitchell Ault got the Pirates on the board with a 54-yard pass to Levi Kistler.


Grandson of Bluffton couple making waves in national gymnastic competition

Alec Yoder, grandson of Alan and Diann Yoder of Bluffton, and son of Mike and Rebecca Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind., continues to excel on the national stage in the sport of men’s gymnastics.

In May, Yoder, a sophomore at Northpoint Home School, competed in the U.S. Men’s Junior Elite National Championships in Portland, Ore., as a Level 10 elite gymnast.


Lauren Osting new director of Bluffton Child Development Center

Lauren Osting says she always wanted to be a teacher – and open her own day care center.

As new director of the Bluffton Child Development Center, Osting says she has the best of both worlds.

Osting of Elida assumed the BCDC director position on Aug. 1, following the retirement of Mary Painter.

She graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and is certified to teach pre-kindergarten to third grade.

Steinman Lumber -in Bluffton, Jenera and Ada

Don Steinman from Arlington, found this sign in a antique store in pretty bad shape. He had a fellow restore it for him.  Don is relation to the Steinman's from the lumber company and is also the editor and president of the Eagle Creek Historical Organization clubs newsletter in Arlington.

Steinman Lumber Company's Bluffton office was on the site of Riley Creek Mercantile on Cherry Street.

Viewer comments are wecome. (Photo by Dennis Morrison)

Food boxes available for P-G families for September

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District. 

The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four. 

In order to pick up a box, you must register by calling 419-384-3038 by 5 pm on Monday September 23. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday September 28 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.