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Charles Binkley 1929-2013

Charles W. Binkley, 83, died at 9:43 a.m. Jan. 27, 2013 at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  He was born April 17, 1929, in Lima to the late William and Mary (Fleming) Binkley.  On Oct. 3, 1958, he married M. Aileen Diller and she survives.

Mr. Binkley retired from Phillips Corporation, Ottawa.  He was a member of the Pandora Church of Christ. Survivors also include a sister-in-law Lucille Binkley of Lima and several nieces and nephews.

Andrew Keeler talks turkey like no one else you know - he's part of MCC's mobile canning crew


Andrew Keeler probably cans turkeys in his sleep. That’s because when he’s awake and on the job, he helps process up to 5,000 2-pound cans of turkey meat per day.


Franklin drops Bluffton 61-50 on Hall of Fame Day

By Evan Skilliter

The Bluffton women looked to answer Wednesday’s loss at Earlham with a Saturday win on January 26 as they welcomed Franklin College to the Sommer Center, but the Grizzlies held off a late Bluffton comeback attempt to nail down a 61-50 victory on Hall of Fame Day.

Beavers continue winning ways with 72-69 victory over Franklin

By Keisha Holtsberry

The Bluffton University men’s basketball team defeated Franklin College, 72-69, on Saturday, Jan. 26, showing off in front of the Alumni Day and Hall of Fame crowd. Bluffton improved to 9-10 overall and 5-7 in the Heartland Conference with its fifth victory in the last six games. Franklin fell to 11-8 overall and 6-6 in the HCAC.

Junior Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee) made a layup to tie the score up at four just over two mintues into the game. Franklin went back ahead before Pope cashed in with another layup to tie the game at six.

J.S. Bach up

The Icon spotted this plate in the Moisman Hall parking lot. Turns out this  belongs to Jon Peterson, member of the university music faculty. No surprise.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Vera Higgins, 94

Vera A. Higgins, 94 died at 7:05 a.m. Jan. 27, 2013 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Tax assistance for Bluffton seniors starts in February

AARP tax-aide help will be available at the Bluffton Senior Center starting at 9 a.m., Thursday Feb. 7, according to Tonya Meyer, director.

AARP volunteers specialize in helping taxpayers with low and moderate-income, with special attention to those aged 60 and older.

Appointment is required and may be made by calling 419-358-8971 or stop by the Bluffton Senior Center. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

How about some Bingo? Tonight's the night

G 14....B 10...(you know the drill).

Bluffton P.T.O.'s annual "Bakery Bingo" event is Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6-8 p.m. in the middle school cafetorium.

"There will be lots of family fun, including Bingo games for a chance to win delicious baked goods," Allison Mittendorf of the PTO, told The Icon.

"Additionally, there will be a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles thanks to the generosity of local businesses and parent donations. Food concessions will also be available.

Look who's on the Bluffton elementary school honor roll

The Bluffton elementary school honor roll for the second quarter was recently released. It is in PDF list form attached at the bottom of this post.  


Bill Swartley talks to Lions about medical mission trips to DR

Bluffton resident Bill Swartley is the guest speaker at the noon, Tuesday, Feb. 5, Bluffton Lions Club meeting. The meeting is in the Patio Room of Maple Crest.

Swartley, a nurse anesthetist, will talk about his experiences involving medical missions to the Dominican Republic. Since 1998, Swartley has participated in 17 trips as a member of a surgical team with Medical Ministry International.