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The Icon spotted "CHEER 63" in the Ada school parking lot in September. Look for it in a white Chevy Traverse LTE. Does it belong for a former cheerleader born in 1963? That's our best guess.

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Harold Rau was a retired Bluffton businessman

Co-owner of M&R Plumbing and Heating from 1958 to 1997

Harold E. Rau, 84, died Oct. 22, 2016 at his home in Bluffton.  Harold was born April 9, 1932, at home in Paulding County, Ohio, to the late Ross and Edna (Titler) Rau.

He graduated from Continental High School in the class of 1950. On June 14, 1952, Harold married Ada (Buckmaster) Rau at the Mt. Calvary Church in Ayersville.

Harold Served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 as a medic and was in the Army reserves from 1955 to 1957.


Men's Soccer falls 6-0 at RHIT

October 22, 2016


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Bluffton University men's soccer team gave Rose-Hulman all it wanted during a first half that saw the Engineers take a slim 1-0 lead into the break. A flurry of five goals in less than 20 minutes to start period two propelled the home team to a 6-0 victory on Saturday, Oct. 22. Bluffton stands 3-13 overall and 0-7 in the HCAC, while Rose-Hulman improved to 11-5 with a spotless 7-0 mark in Heartland Conference action.

Football: Record-setting day for Beavers

Bluffton improves to 6-1 in 34-6 win

By Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


The Bluffton University football team welcomed Manchester University on a windy but comfortable Saturday, Oct. 22. The Beavers improved to 6-1 (4-1 HCAC) on the season after a convincing 34-6 victory. The Spartans remain winless, dropping to 0-7 (0-5 HCAC).


A Bluffton ghost story that's over 100 years old

It involves Maple Grove Cemetery and apparitions seen there at night

By Fred-in-Stein
Ready for a couple Bluffton ghost stories?

Here’s one you’ve probably never heard. I’ll share two versions.

Sometime in the early 1980s Rolland Stratton, longtime Bluffton resident, told me his version from memory. I wrote it down after hearing it, wondering if he was telling me the truth.

Then, in a dusty file folder in a forgotten drawer in third floor of the town hall – before it was renovated - I discovered the second version. It was beautifully hand-scribed in India ink, almost too faded to read.


Volleyball downs Wilmington in straight sets

October 21, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


Next stop on your Bluffton Halloween tour is the public library

Don't go in the basement, unless you are ready for the "scare zone"

You want to put stop at the Bluffton Public Library on your Thursday Halloween schedule. That's because Bluffton library teen volunteers host their annual haunted library fun house.

The evening includes crafts and snacks, refreshments, games and coloring opportunities plus a “Scare Zone.”

And, the Bluffton Icon photographer, Fred-in-Stein, will take photos of Halloweeners for use on the Icon.

Here are details:
Events take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

What are your Saturday plans?

Bluffton has lots to offer this weekend - here's the schedule

What are your Saturday Bluffton plans? There’s a lot going on. Here’s a sampling:

• Farmers’ Market, Citizens National Bank parking lot, South Main Street.
From 8:30 a.m. to noon, the final market of the season is Saturday, Oct. 29.

• Cars and Coffee
The final cars and coffee of the season is from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, according to Tim Boutwell of Heated Vehicle Storage, 906 N. Main St.

R Coop, rural Bluffton, open Friday and Saturday

R Coop, 2168 Road R, Bluffton, is open Friday from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Jane Shaw.

The speciality shop offers great one-of-a-kind, repurposed, fall, Halloween, Christmas and OSU/Michigan items.

R Coop is also on Facebook.

How do you get there? Drive north out of Bluffton 2 miles. It's on your way to Suter's Cider Press.


Riley Creek UMC hymn sing Oct. 30

Riley Creek United Methodist Church, rural Pandora, holds afternoon of hymns and songs on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m.  

"Music from many eras will weave together a tapestry of faith and the message of redemption.  Bring your voice in whatever condition it is and raise a joyful noise together with a great chorus of others as we sing the hymns that are the soundtrack of our heritage and inspiration,” said Rev. Duane Kimberley, pastor.         

HIS Blank Canvas, an art ministry, will be shared at the event.


Martyrs Mirror and Jan Luyken artwork forum topic Nov. 1

Dr. David Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history at Messiah College, will present “Humanizing Martyrdom: ‘Martyrs Mirror’ and the Artwork of Jan Luyken” during a Bluffton University Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. 


Dr. Weaver-Zercher, the author of a new social history of the “Martyrs Mirror,” will explain how images enlivened 17thcentury European accounts of Christian martyrdom such as the “Martyrs Mirror.”