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May 29, 2016


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Darvin Luginbuhl: Four irrefutable facts

Note: The following was given by Gregg Luginbuhl at the memorial service on Friday for his father, Darvin Luginbuhl. The Icon wants to share it with its viewers.

By Gregg Luginbuhl


Bluffton University unrolls the purple carpet for May Day-commencement weekend

Here's the Bluffton University arts and events calendar for May. Events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

Sommer Center contractor honored for "excellence in construction"


Thomas & Marker Construction, the general contractor for Bluffton University’s new Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education, has been awarded for its work on the project.

The Ohio Valley Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors recently recognized Thomas & Marker’s efforts on the Sommer Center with its highest honor for excellence in construction, the Eagle Award.

Iron Man 3 at Shannon Theatre with special premiere at midnight tonight

Premiering Thursday, May 3 and running through Thursday, May 9 will be Iron Man 3 showing in both 2D and 3D formats.  The movie is rated PG-13.

The 2D shows are every evening at 7 p.m. and  Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m.

The 3D shows are every evening at 9:30 p.m. and the Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.

Special MIDNIGHT PREMIERE at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning (Thursday night), in 3D. 

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn flavor of the month for May is Caramel Nut Cluster!


Superintendent explains need for income tax levy renewal

By Greg Denecker, Bluffton school superintendent
On May 7, The Bluffton Exempted Village School District will ask for your continued support of the renewal ½ % income tax for permanent improvements. 
• This is not a new tax; it is a renewal of an existing tax for three years.
• The tax generates around $600,000 per year.
• This tax will be on the ballot on May 7, to be renewed at the same amount: 1/2% income tax for three years.
• First collection of the renewal would begin in calendar year 2014.

Tagged trout number 1 - "Big Glove" now lurks in the Buckeye

The first Sunday in May – for the past six decades in Bluffton that means the Bluffton Community Sportsmen’s Club trout derby at the Buckeye quarry.

This year’s derby following a time-honored tradition of naming tagged trout number one after a Bluffton icon – and this year’s fish “Big Glove” honors the Bluffton Peerless Ohio Glove Factory. If caught during derby hours, it’s worth – well, the pot keeps growing – lots.

In addition to tag number one there are 250 tagged trout with prizes. Those trout were tagged and released in the Buckeye on Tuesday.

Smith Realty has new listing at 346 Sycamore Court

Smith Realty announces a new residential listing. The listing is at 346 Sycamore Court, Bluffton. The residence is listed at $339,900. For complete details of the offering, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Several streets closed May 2-3-6 for street paving

The Village of Bluffton announces that the following streets will be closed (May 2, May 3 and May 6) while street paving takes place:

• Grove Street, Jackson between Grove and Kibler, and Lawn Ave between College and Kibler will be closed Thursday, May 2, for road paving.

• Also anticipate Cherry Street and Mount Street being closed on Friday, May 3, for paving.

• Monday, May 6, should see Main Street closed from State Route 103 to County Line for paving.