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David Yoder

May 25, 2017


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Who ya for? The answer: both. This ONU and OSU supporter wears his school loyalty on his sleeve...or, in this case, his license plate. The two-university plate was spotted on a black Altima on ONU's campus.

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Former Owlsburg bar will become a family restaurant - corner of 235 and Old 30

By Monty Siekerman

FROM THE ADA ICON - Owlsburg - once a school,  a church, a tractor dealership, and most recently a bar - gets a new lease on life as a family restaurant.

New owner David "Rico" Rodriguez plans to open Cherico's Restaurant at the corner of State Route 235 and Old Route 30. Target date for opening is November.

A major renovation is underway on the structure, probably 150 years old, with efforts to save some of the past handiwork such as the yellow pine floor and the stamped tile ceiling made of tin.


Friday open house for Bluffon office of Wessler Engineering

Concerning his work as a project engineer Ryan Brauen says he likes to look at the big picture.

In his case, that picture includes lots of water.

Wessler Engineering will host an open house from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday. The event is open to the public. A Bluffton chamber ribbon cutting takes place at 5 p.m.

Earlier this year Bluffton native Brauen returned home to open an office of Wessler Engineering in the rear  (Suite D) of the former Bluffton News building, 103 N. Main St.


Bluffton businesses show university students their products and services

Nearly 20 Bluffton businesses will introduce themselves to Bluffton University students during a Sept. 17 university business showcase.

The annual fall event, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, is a way to give businesses a chance to display their services and products to university students.

The showcase takes place in Marbeck Center, the student dining area, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Each participating business has a table and offers students lots of give-aways in addition to showing its services and products.


30% off entire store; 60% off clearance items at Thursday's Ten Thousand Villages cash mob

Ten Thousand Villages, 115 N. Main St., hosts the Thursday, Sept. 17, Bluffton downtown cash mob.

Watch for the "Cash Mob" banner hanging in front of the store as a reminder.

According to Aphaphanh Nussbaum, store manager, the cash mob features 60% off clearance items and 30% off the entire store including coffee, tea, chocolate and dried fruit. Hours are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In addition, all visitors to the store during cash mob hours may register for a $50 shopping spree.


Rock the tan party at Polished on Wednesday - $1 tans from 7-11 p.m.

Polished Nail and Body Salon, 415 N. Main St., will hold a "Rock the Tan!" party from 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to Joan Frederick.

During the special hours you can stop in and tan for only $1. In addition, you may enter to win one month tanning, Mystic tans and lotions.

For more details call Joan at 419-358-0001.



Touch of Sun on North Main reopens with new owners

A Van Wert couple has purchased the Touch of Sun Tanning, 324 N. Main St., and it is now open for business.

Christopher and JJ Joseph are the new owners and the business is renamed JJ’s Touch of Sun Tanning. Joy Duden is the manager of the store.

JJ’s Touch of Sun Tanning offers Level I and Level II tanning beds. In addition, a stand-up tanning bed will be added soon. In addition to tanning, the business carries a lotion bar and offers Hempz and Australian Gold products.


Sept. 11 customer appreciation day at Citizens National Bank

Citizens National Bank will hold a customer appreciation day on Friday, Sept. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 102 S. Main St.  

Free pulled pork sandwiches, brats, chips, and cupcakes will be served. Attendees may also enter to win a grand prize tailgate package. CNB will also offer special rates on all new CDs opened in the Bluffton office Sept 12 -18. Call the office at 419-358-8040 for more details.


Part 2 - A Bluffton you never knew - Andrew Klay Foundry

1887 -1925 Owner — Andrew Klay

The Andrew Klay Foundry was located on the corner of Grove and Jackson streets during the years 1887 to 1925.

The owner of the foundry was Andrew Klay, a natural-born genius with an aptitude for mechanics. The business was started as a small repair shop, but increased in size when fKlay purchased some larger equipment from another repair shop operated by Courtad and Green.


First National Bank celebrates 25th anniversary in Bluffton this week

Thursday, Aug. 20, marks the 25th year anniversary of the grand opening of First National Bank’s Bluffton branch. To celebrate the anniversary the Bluffton branch will host a weeklong celebration for customers and the community starting Monday, Aug.17th.


A Bluffton you never knew: Stories about our pioneer businesses - part 1

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. The Icon will publish one article at a time. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations mentioned. The manuscript was given to the Icon by the Ropp Triplett family.