Posted by Fred Steiner on January 7, 2014 - 11:01am
By Mary Pannabecker Steiner
It seems like Mother Nature missed Christmas by just a few weeks. Thermometers are registering subzero temperatures and strong winds are producing dangerous wind chill of minus 40. But despite the fact that “the weather outside is frightful,” comments posted on Facebook suggested that few local residents minded staying inside.
WATCH A BRIEF VIDEO OF WATER BEING TOSSED INTO THE AIR - AT BOTTOM OF STORY
Open registration for youth wanting to play in the Bluffton Soccer Club takes place at the Bluffton middle school from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 30, Registrations with payment is due on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 6, 2014 - 8:04pm
Bluffton council first meeting of 2014 has a two-day weather delay. Originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6, the meeting is reset for Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. in the town hall. The meeting will include the swearing in of newly-elected council members.
The meeting agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 6, 2014 - 7:52pm
Ryan Rodabaugh (left) is the winner of a Henry repeating rifle, won from a Bluffton American Legion raffle held Dec. 16. Presenting the rifle to Rodabaugh is Larry Core. The presentation was at Riley Creek Mercantile.
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 6, 2014 - 7:39pm
On Monday, Jan. 6, Beaverdam-Richland Township Fire Department responded to a house fire with Cairo. The firemen ended up covered in nearly an inch of ice. The first picture is of Ed Montgomery's safety vest frozen and standing on its own. - Sent to the Icon by Amy Mortimer
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 6, 2014 - 4:19pm
Ohio's minimum wage increased on Jan. 1, 2014.
The minimum wage rose 10 cents to $7.95 per hour at the start of the new year. For tipped employees, the new minimum increased 5 cents per hour to $3.98.
The increases were mandated by Ohio voters who in 2006 approved an amendment to the state constitution that links the minimum wage to inflation.
The Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers rose 1.5 percent during the period used to calculate wage increases. A year ago, Ohio's minimum wage jumped 15 cents at the beginning of 2013.