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Women's Basketball Season Preview

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant

HCAC Pre-season Coaches Poll

Vocalist pays homage to African-American singer, activist

Through song and speech, singer and teacher Anthony Brown tells the story of Paul Robeson, the 20th-century African-American artist and social activist.

Bluffton High School takes second place NWC Scholastic Bowl

Crestview won the Northwest Conference Scholastic Bowl competition with a perfect 6-0 record in matches held at Columbus Grove High School on November 1. Crestview's win is the fourth consecutive NWC Scholastic Bowl championship. 

Bluffton and Ada tied for 2nd with 4-2 records in the competition followed by Allen East, Delphos Jefferson, Spencerville and Columbus Grove.  Lincolnview and Paulding did not have teams entered in the competition.

Standings for varsity and jv teams are below:


Brielle Hamilton BHS October student of the month

Brielle Hamilton is the October Student of the Month at Bluffton High School. She is the daughter of Barry and Bonnie Hamilton of Bluffton.

Brielle is junior and is a 4.00 student. She participates in a variety of clubs including Spanish Club, SADD, Renaissance and Math Club. She is a member of the National Honor society and is in the band.

She attends church at Cable Road Alliance in Lima and is a youth group leader.
She is on the BHS girls' tennis team. She has been awarded an academic letter for her good grades.


A story about my grandmother who voted in Bluffton 99 years ago

By Fred Steiner

Somewhere in a collection of family photos is a 1920 snapshot of my Hahn grandparents, Bertha and Fred, standing in front of their home at 216 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

I know it was 1920 because taped to the window behind them was a Harding for president poster. I never felt the significance of the snapshot until election day 2014. It was then when I recalled a brief notation in my grandmother’s diary. It read: “I went to vote and Margaret and Florence went with me. Margaret is one year old, Nov. 2, 1915.”


Births reported by Bluffton Hospital

The following births were reported by Bluffton Hospital.

Ara Woolley was a member of Bluffton Senior Citizens

Ara Ellen Woolley, 95, of Rawson died November 4, 2014 at 5:35 a.m. at Bluffton Hospital.  Ara was born November 17, 1918 in McGuffey to the late Charles and Annie Wilson Patterson.  On June 27, 1937 she married Roy L. Woolley and he preceded her in death on April 5, 2000.


Food boxes available for families in P-G school district

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 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Boxes will be available to be picked up at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.

Please note that this is one week earlier than usual due to the holiday.


Photos of long-time Bluffton photographer Leland Gerber on exhibit at MMH

A collection of family and individual portraits from the 1950s to 1970s taken by long-time Bluffton photographer, Leland Gerber, is on display in the third floor gallery at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. 

Gerber owned a photo studio on South Main Street, Bluffton, during the 1950s-70s era. Most class photos of Bluffton elementary students from this era were taken by Gerber.

Heated vehicle storage opens on North Main Street

Tim and Pat Boutwell have opened a new business that offers heated vehicle storage in Bluffton.

The facility is provided by Marsh Run Properties, LLC, owned by the Boutwells. The storage is located at 906 N. Main St., next door to Masterpiece Signs and Graphics, Inc.

Boutwells said that they saw a need for winter storage of vehicles, motorcycles, boats and other large vehicles that need to be stored in a heated area.