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Youth soccer, flag football, volleyball registration open

BFR spring play begins in March

Registration is now underway for Bluffton Family Recreation youth spring soccer leagues, flag football and volleyball, according to Amy Byers, BFR sports coordinator.

“The deadline to register is Sunday, March 1. After this date there will be a late fee. Ordering tee-shirts, splitting teams, setting up coaches and practices, takes time, so please register by the deadline,” she said.

Slapstick comedy this weekend at Freed Center

"Loot" performances Thursday through Sunday

The Freed Center at Ohio Northern University presents “Loot,” by Joe Orton, in three 7:30 p.m. performances, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-22 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Stambaugh Studio Theatre.

The performance is described this way:

“Uproarious slapstick meets dubious morals as two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin in an attempt to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.


Personal branding talk Friday

Marathana Prothro, assistant professor of communication at Bluffton University, will present the Colloquium, “Inside Job: An Integrated Approach to Personal Branding,” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Prothro, who received a Bluffton University Research Center Grant to study and develop a book around this topic, says her research has led her a different direction than expected. She will expand upon and share her realizations and outcomes during Colloquium on Feb. 21.  

Bluffton Farmer's Market 2020 plans already underway

Vendor meeting in March, opening day first Saturday in May

New and returning vendors are invited to a meeting with Bluffton Farmers Market manager Greg Probst at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.

The meeting will take place on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. That evening, vendors will learn about promotional opportunities and may reserve full-year spaces at a discounted price.

Located in the Citizens National Bank parking lot in downtown Bluffton, the Bluffton Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. - noon, May through October.​

Artist of the month: "Art is something that can never bore me"

Sophia Smucker is the Bluffton Icon's Bluffton High School artist of the month.

The BHS senior has taken many art courses including art 1, Design 1, Design 2, and now Art Seminar.

"After high school I planto attend Goshen College to pursue a major in social work," she said. "I enjoy art as a way to express myself and while doing so, I'm able to spend time with my friends. Art is something that can never bore me."  

Vickie Garmon is the Bluffton High School art teacher.


Another Pirate dream team on the way

7th grade boys' basketball team finished the season at 19-0

Photos by Sam Brauen
Story information by Sam Brauen and Chris Ackerman

Pirates basketball fans hold on to your seats. 

Another dream team heads this way quicker than you can intercept a mid-court pass and score on a fast-break layup.


Coaches Chris Ackerman and Chad Osborne led this year’s 7th grade boys’ team to a 19-0 record. Here's part of the story: