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Both 1999 BHS soccer teams advanced to Division II regional play

This feature includes two team photos, both from the fall of 1999. Bluffton High School girls' soccer team, at 18-2-2, advanced to the Division II regional finals.

Bluffton High School boys' soccer team, at 19-2-0, advanced to the Division II regional semi-finals. The boys' team photo is at the bottom of this feature.

1999 Division II regional runner-up BHS girls’ soccer team
Team record: 18-2-2

Front from left, Sarah Unterbrink, Olina Vidarsdottir, Abby Trollinger, Abbey Schaaf, Bekah Trollinger, Anna Bixel, Rebecca Gratz.

Last week's poll results; invitation to take this week's poll

Here are the poll results from last week's Icon poll. This week's poll concerns you plans for handing out trick-or-treats. Click here to take this week's poll.

Forgotten Bluffton: Why does it read "Triplett 1900" above the CVS pharmacy

Will Triplett, pioneer Bluffton photographer, had the building constructed; his photo studio was on the second floor

Why does it read “Triplett 1900” on top of the building housing CVS Pharmacy at 126 N. Main St.?

The reason is that a man named Will Triplett built the building in 1900. He was the grandfather of the late Ropp and Morris Triplett. Will’s son, R.L., Triplett, founded what became the Triplett Corp., which for several decades was Bluffton largest employer.

Here's the Will Triplett story:
Will A. Triplett was Bluffton's photographer for over 50 years, working here from 1881 to 1934, when he died. 

392 new covid-19 cases in Allen County in October; 33 hospitalizations

According to the Ohio Department of Health the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita for Allen County is 248. This number represents the number of new cases per 100,000 people in Allen County over the past 14 days.

Local public health officials are noting a drastic increase in the number of new daily reported cases:

There have been 392 newly reported cases to date in this month, and 33 hospitalizations 

If this pace continues, October will record the most cases and hospitalizations in a month since the start of the pandemic

She's the event coordinator for the November community harvest dinner

What's an Indianapolis student doing in a small town? "Coming to a place where you actually get to know everybody is nice"

When Indianapolis native Haley Gill was searching for a college, she was drawn to Bluffton University’s small campus community and atmosphere. 

“I graduated with 600 other students in my high school class, so coming to a place where you actually get to know everybody is nice,” said Gill. “At Bluffton, I knew I would be able to build relationships with my professors, and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed. You can talk to your professors about life or anything.”

Weekend doctor: Covid-19 and myocarditis: A risk for athletes

Experts believe that exercising while infected with the virus increases the risk of developing myocarditis.

By Michael Stump, MD
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

While the effects of COVID-19 infection on the lungs are well-publicized, it is not just a respiratory infection.

Coronavirus can also cause a condition called myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart muscle. Just like it affects the lungs, the virus can invade heart muscle cells, causing inflammation and damage. This condition can result in the weakening of the heart muscle and arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats.