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It's official: state soccer championship games hosted at Mapre Stadium

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has finalized details for several upcoming state tournaments, including  soccer.

In partnership with the Columbus Crew SC, the OHSAA girls and boys soccer state championship games will once again be hosted at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

The girls finals will be Friday, Nov. 13, followed by the boys finals on Saturday, Nov. 14. The OHSAA applauds the Crew SC for working with the OHSAA to make it possible for the finals to remain at MAPFRE Stadium, where they have been since 1999.


Jefferson Street phase II scheduled for 2021

Work will cover the street from the railroad to the County Line Road

Jefferson Street phase II is back.

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, provided Bluffton council members with a 2021 timeline for the project originally scheduled for the spring of 2020. The one-year delay was due to state funding issues related to covid-19.

Blackburn said that the estimated bid date for the project will be in November. Bids will be awarded in December or January. 

Sanitary and storm improvements will begin in March and roadway construction is set for April with a completion date of June.

Creativity is the word this Halloween

Some traditional stops will not be open; however a residential reverse trick-or-treat is planned; fire dept. will shoot candy from a hose

Thursday’s Bluffton trick-or-treat has a different feel from past years.  Bluffton’s trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Here are some updates.

While a contagious covid-19 is the real scary threat this year, creativity is at work.

A “residential reverse trick-or-treat” is planned from 5:30 to 6 p.m., before the village’s Halloween hours get underway. This is planned outside the retirement communities at Mennonite Home, Willow Ridge and Maple Crest.

Icon music review: Gimme Some Truth (Box Set)- John Lennon

The collection clearly shows Lennon's pursuit of perfection; it offers an upgrade in aural experience for John Lennon fans

Reviewed by Craig Hoffman
Gimme Some Truth is a box set containing four themed discs of remastered John Lennon songs.

The box set was released along with John Lennon Signature Box Set and Power to the People: The Hits compilation to celebrate what would have been the artist’s 80th birthday.


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Pirate spikers earns District 8 notice

By Cort Reynolds
Two Bluffton spike standouts recently earned Div. I-II-III honors for District 8 in volleyball.

Junior hitter Kylie Stackhouse was named first team All-District 8. She led the 14-9 Lady Pirates in kills.

Lady Pirate Taylor Schwab was named to the East Honorary Senior squad for the District 8 All-Star Game. She was second on the Pirate team in kills, and was among the leaders in digs.

Sophomore Kaleigh Palmer of Wapakoneta was voted District 8 Div. I Player of the Year.