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Heating assistance available

From Home Energy Assistance Program

The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Area Agency on Aging 3 want to remind Ohioans that assistance is available to help with their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides Ohioans at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level with a benefit to help pay their heating bills.

06 SRT8

This license plate, spotted at the ONU Sports Center, reflects the model of the car, a Chrysler SRT8.


Verla Diller was a retired LPN at Mennonite Home

Verla Ernestine Diller, 93, died on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Lima Memorial Hospital. 

Verla was born to Vearl and Eva (DeHart) Kitt on Feb.27, 1926, on the family farm in Wauneta, Nebraska, on the South Divide.

Verla graduated Wauneta High School in 1945. She married Doyle Ralph Carpenter, Aug. 30, 1945. Two daughters, Josephine and Delores were born to this union. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1965. Verla returned to school earning her LPN degree and license, in 1966. She served the Mennonite Memorial Home for the next 29 years.


Bill Frideger was a controller at Procter and Gamble

William "Bill" Allen Frideger II, 45, died March 19, 2019, at his residence. Bill was born March 16, 1974, in St. Marys, Ohio, to William and Maria "Angie" (Franco) Frideger. On May 11, 2002, he married Amy Dues Frideger who survives.

Bill graduated from St. Marys Memorial High School. He also had attended Lima Technical College. Bill worked at Procter and Gamble in the engineering department as a controller.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bluffton.  


Music, music, music...and food

14 Bluffton school musical groups perform Friday

Get your ticket before it’s a sell out.

The Bluffton Music Boosters annual chicken barbecue-shrimp dinner and concert is Friday, March 22, at the Bluffton Middle School.

Fourteen music groups from fourth grade to BHS seniors are on the program from 4 p.m. on. Groups are directed by Alice Basinger, elementary; Rachael Lewis, orchestra; David Sycks, band; and Kara Zink, choir.

This year’s menu includes barbecue chicken or shrimp dinners at $8 each. Tickets are on sale in advance at the middle school office.


Meet the new NHS members at BHS

32 students inducted on March 19

One senior, nine juniors and 22 sophomores are this year's inductees in the Bluffton High School National Honor Society, according to Jamie Erford, NHS advisor.

The ceremony took place March 19 at Marbeck Center. The list of new members follows:


Kylee Staley


Patrick Estell

Madison Fleece

Erin Hotmire

Brandt Manns

Danielle Novak

Nephi Peralta

Austin Reynolds

Maria Spallinger

Angelica Williams