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December 15, 2017

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James Garmatter was a Cory-Rawson and Bluffton University grad

James “Jim” A. Garmatter, 46, of Perrysburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Toledo Hospital. Jim was born Oct. 11, 1971 in Bluffton, Ohio, to Marvin D. and Karen S. (Anderson) Garmatter.

He graduated from Cory-Rawson High School in 1990 where he played football, basketball and ran track. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University.

Jim married Antoinette “Anne” Sherman on Sept. 30, 1995, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fostoria. Their family was complete after the birth of their two children, Noah and Rachel.


Adult volleyball league starts in early January

Register by Dec. 29 at BFR

Bluffton Family Recreation is taking team registrations for a winter adult volleyball league to begin in January.

Games are Thursday evenings from Jan. 4 through Feb. 8. Games begin at 6 p.m. The final week of play is a single-elimination tournament.

Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 29. Register online by clicking here or call BFR at 419-358-4150. A $50 team deposit is required. The cost for each team is $150.

Nolan Younkman was a United Methodist pastor

Nolan Rolf Younkman, 88, of Punta Gorda, Florida and formerly of Lafayette, Ohio,died Dec. 14, 2017, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Florida. 

Nolan is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary; his son, Dale; his daughter-in-law, Peggy; his granddaughter, Ashley and her husband, Matthew.

He was born on July 1, 1929, near Lafayette, Ohio, to Dale and Alma (Carey) Younkman. His sister, Roberta Jean, four years his elder, died on June 7, 2000.  He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Francis Guy and Erdie May Younkman. 


Lots of opportunities for youth at BFR in January

Lots of youth opportunities begin in January at Bluffton Family Recreation, 2015 Snider Road, Bluffton. Here's a list and membership details is at the bottom of the story.

Classes for youth

• Tennis
Lessons available for all skill levels. Call BFR to schedule your free assessment.

• Rookie Sports
Use up energy by learning a new sport each week.
Tuesdays, 4:15-5 p.m.
ages 4-6 ($25/$35)

Cattle wrestling in Ada

Earllier this year Ada had a roaming rooster. Today's animal at large was a calf. This is a screen shot from the Ada Police Department Facebook. Click here to watch the video.


450 calls for service in November

Bluffton PD respond to Main Street business break in

Bluffton police responded to 450 calls for service in November. Among these were a reported break-in to a South Main Street business, a student making threats at Bluffton High School, and a telephone scam.

November 2

  • Officers responded to an Eastland Drive residence in reference to a mentally ill person.

November 3

  • A McComb resident reported that while she was in Bluffton for an appointment, items were taken out of her unattended, unlocked vehicle.

November 4