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January 23, 2017

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You can't miss this plate if you drive through Ada. You'll see it on a cream-colored Cooper S. This driver must be a Washington Nationals baseball fan, or we've read this completely incorrectly.

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Jailed for being beardless in 1961

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It was a crime to be "beardless" in Bluffton during the one-week August centennial in 1961. The only way men could stay out of jail was to purchase a pin  giving them permission to shave.

Bill Hart was caught by the Keystone Kops of Findlay and was jailed because he lacked a beard and a permit to share. He was housed in a make-shift jail on Main Street until someone bailed him out.

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