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Women roll to 68-50 win over Grizzlies

December 16, 2017


FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Bluffton University women's basketball team continued its impressive start with a 68-50 victory at Franklin College on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Beavers improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Heartland Conference with all three of those HCAC wins on the road. Franklin fell to 2-4 and 2-2 in the conference.

Men knock off Franklin 86-83 in OT

December 16, 2017


FRANKLIN, Ind. - It took until the final buzzer in overtime, but the Bluffton University men walked away victorious, 86-83, capping off a sweep of the Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 16. Bluffton improved to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the Heartland Conference, while Franklin fell to 2-7 and 1-3 in the HCAC.

$2,495.78 in loose change

Elementary students' collection total for Adopt-A-Family at Christmas

Ask elementary students to collect loose change for a good cause and watch what happens.

The challenge was put to Bluffton Kindergarten through fifth graders during the past three weeks.

On Friday, Dec. 15, students took the coins collected to Citizens National Bank. They watched as the coins dropped into the coin counter.

The result: $2,495.78 collected!

Red Cross helping Forest family after fire

The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter responded to a fire on Hardin County Road 205 in Forest on Wednesday evening.

The Red Cross provided assistance to the family of five for their immediate needs, such as food, clothing and personal hygiene items.

“We’re deeply saddened for those who were impacted by this fire,” said Todd James, Executive Director, North Central Ohio Chapter. “As we continue to help them, we urge everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home.”

To provide assistance contact the Red Cross at 419-422-9322.


It's open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year

Bluffton Hospital ER sees 6,000 people in a typical 12-month period

While most of Bluffton shuts down after midnight, one important community service never closes.

It’s Bluffton Hospital’s Emergency Room.

Its traditional busy times are from 3 to 11 p.m., but the door is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

While many reading this story may have used the ER – even at some odd hours – here’s some details most persons in the hospital service area may not realize.

Craig "Chip" Brown, Jr., dies in Houcktown house fire

Craig A. "Chip" Brown, Jr., of Houcktown, died in a house fire in Houcktown on Dec. 10, 2017 along with his partner Katherine Anne "Katie" Bernot.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1992, in Findlay to Craig A. Brown, Sr. and Elizabeth Wilkins. He is survived by his father, Craig A. Brown, Sr., mother Elizabeth Wilkins both of Houcktown, two brothers: Eric (Jenna) Wilkins of Rawson, Elijah (Kassandra Girdler) Wilkins of Mt. Blanchard, two sisters: Emily (Devin) Lucius and Nicole Brown both of Findlay.