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Beavers compete at Joe Banks Invitational

Karen Brandt, Bluffton University track and field coach, and Jason Fisher, a Bluffton grad and now throwing coach, advise team members during the Joe Banks Invitational held at Ohio Northern on Saturday. (Monty Siekerman photo for Ada Icon)



Karen Anita Tharp was a retired nurse

Karen Anita Tharp, 68, of Findlay died, at 9:41 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, surrounded by her family, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center.  

She was born on Oct. 10, 1947, to the late James H. and Catherine (Stanford) Purdum.  On Nov. 5, 1966, she married David C. Tharp and he survives.


Katherine V. Parkins was retired from Triplett Corp.

Katherine V. Parkins, 97, died 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2016, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. She was born Sept. 3, 1918 in Elk, Wash., to August and Glenna Payne Steegman.  On Aug. 4, 1937, she married William H. Parkins who preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1981. 

Katherine graduated from Liberty Benton High School in 1936.  In 1939, she and her husband moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she took a job at a sewing factory, sewing gowns and costumes for the Hollywood stars while her husband worked at Douglas Aircraft. 


Talk in a Box creators can get you talking...even if you want to keep quiet

Stanley Scott and Nancy Banman had a "game signing" event Saturday at Book ReViews.

The Bluffton couple has developed a game they call "Talk in a Box." It can be played by from two to eight players.

According to the game creators, Talk in a Box makes good coffee shop talk, picnic talk, pillow talk, road trip talk, inter-generational talk, table talk, retreat talk, and talk just about anywhere people come together.

CLICK HERE for a short video about the game.


Karen Fredritz turns on the "open" sign for Bluffton Barbers

Note: Two new businesses opened last week in the former Hopscotch Magazine and earlier, Bluffton News office, at 103 N. Main St.  They are Bluffton Barbers, featured here, and Studio Silhouette. Click here for that story. 
Karen Fredritz turned on the “open” sign in her barbershop for the first time on Friday.


Studio Silhouette brings new retail options to Main Street

Rachel Davis fulfilled a dream this month by moving her business from her home to Main Street.


Webb obliterates pole vault record with 12-5.5 at ONU

February 6, 2016


ADA, Ohio - The Bluffton Beavers threw down the gauntlet at Ohio Northern University during the Joe Banks Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 6. 

#23 Beavers fall 65-57 at Transylvania

February 6, 2016
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


Bluffton men drop 73-64 decision at Transy

February 6, 2016
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Bluffton University men’s basketball team fell in a key HCAC road game to the Transylvania University Pioneers, 73-64, on Saturday, Feb. 6. The loss knocks the Beavers to 10-11 overall and 5-9 in HCAC play while the Pioneers improved to 9-12 and 8-6 in the conference.

Etta Jo Huber was active in several local organizations

Etta Jo Huber, 86, died Feb. 5, 2016, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Circleville to Joliffe B. and Irene (Osborne) Maynard.  On Jan. 21, 1951, she married Dale L Huber, and he survives near Bluffton.
Etta graduated from Commercial Point High School in 1946 and Office Training School, Columbus in 1947.  She enjoyed raising her family, being a farm wife, and helping run the family business, Specialty Foods of Ohio, that she co-owned with her husband for 20 years before retiring in 1990.