December 17, 2014


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Bluffton Hospital announces new additions to area families

Bluffton Hospital has reported the following births:

November 3
Willow Jean Camper, daughter of Sierra Vaughn and Logan Camper, Forest.

November 4
Brooklyn Marie Rupert, daughter of Michael and Erin Rupert, Ottawa.

November 8
Bentley Michael, son of Miranda Fagan and Brian McKinney, Elida.

November 11
Ryker Nathaniel Schmehl, son of Justin and Nancy Schmehl, Rawson.

Wyatt Elmer Maag, son of Shane and Jodi Maag, Ottawa.

Evan, son of Alex Sider and Kathy Dickson, Bluffton.

First Mennonite Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m.

First Mennonite Church invites all to attend their candlelight Christmas Eve service scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. The service will include vocal and instrumental music, scripture, candlelighting, and carol singing.

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.


It certainly doesn’t feel like December

With temperatures in the 50, the weather this week may not put people in the Christmas spirit, but we’ll take it.

Here’s the daily weather high and low temperatures for the first 15 days of the month with snowfall (none) and precipitation (scan), provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The information is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.

It's Bluffton girls over Van Buren 52-35

Bluffton High School girls' defeated Van Buren 52-35 in a non-league basketball game at Bluffton on Tuesday. 

Open the attachment for the game stats.


MHCO will sponsor Bluffton University ILR program

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), a Bluffton-based senior care provider, is a sponsor of Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) program this academic year.

MHCO’s $5,000 sponsorship for 2014-15 is the first of its kind for the institute, now in its 23rd year of offering courses to retirees each fall, winter and spring. Members of the program design and lead many of the courses, which informally explore topics of interest just for the sake of learning.

Watch Bluffton University holiday tournament games online

Bluffton University basketball fans who can’t get to the men’s and women’s McDonald’s of Bluffton holiday tournament games Dec. 29 at the Sommer Center can still see the games live.

Bluffton Presbyterian Christmas Eve service filled with carols

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St., will have a carol-filled night on Christmas Eve.

The 7 p.m. worship service will be a candlelight service of lessons and carols.  


$500 in prizes delivered in residential lighting contest - here are the winners

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will deliver $500 in chamber gift certificates to winners of this year’s Bluffton residential holiday lighting contest.

Judging took place this past weekend. Judges considered residential lighting displays within the village limits. In addition, they looked at residences that requested to be judged.

Winners follow:


Edmiston, Kindred, McKinley to retire at end of school year

Bluffton school board on Monday accepted the resignation of three teachers who have made lasting impacts on Bluffton students for several decades.

The resignations are effective at the end of this school year for:
• Mary Edmiston with 37 years teaching in Bluffton
• Julie Kindred with 17 years teaching Bluffton
• Susan McKinley with 24 years teaching in Bluffton

In addition to that action, the board approved several items including: