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David Yoder

May 25, 2017


Poetic License

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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Thoughts on the death of James Bond

Well, one James Bond, that is

(Hum the James Bond Theme while reading this)

Dum dum dum dum
Dum dum dum dum

da da tee da da da daa
da da ta da daaaaaa

da da tee da  da da daaa
da de da dot ta da daaaaaaaa

Roger Moore was never my favorite James Bond. I mean, Sean Connery, come on. Nobody’s “Bond, James Bond,” like the Scot.

Never mind. When James Bond dies – even if it is Roger Moore - my thoughts go flashing back again to…Goldfinger.


What third graders learn about Bluffton

More on the third grade-mural photo.

The Icon posted this photo last week. It shows third graders in Ann Kingsley's class at the Main Street mural. We ask Ann for more details and here's what she sent us:

In third grade, social studies focuses on "community." 

We spend the month of May learning about Bluffton. This is our first of three Bluffton history walks. 


Wait 'til the bell rings in the afternoon

Who would have guessed it - Bluffton High School seniors' final day at school.

This morning with a police escort, members of the BHS 2017 class came to school in a variety of vehicles.

Please enjoy these photos and try to recall your final day in high school.
(Mary P. Steiner photos)


This owl has its clock messed up

A young screech owl moved into the Icon's backyard on Grove Street earlier this month. Over this past weekend, the owl decided to remain awake during the day.

It continued its owl calls throughout Saturday afternoon. Here's a photo of the bird, in a maple tree at about 40 feet above ground. This photo was taken in the middle of the afternoon and the owl's eyes are open.


The Scoreboard - new name and new look - 111 N. Main St.

You knew it as The Sports Warehouse

If you've not visited 111 N. Main St., lately, now is the time stop in and browse.

Main Street’s Sports Warehouse transformed into The Scoreboard last week during its first-year anniversary under its ownership by Natalie and John Mueller.

The name change is something Natalie has worked on since enrolling in Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition.



10 seek 4 Bluffton council seats in November

Largest group in a council race in several years

Bluffton voters will select four candidates in  a 10-candidate race for Bluffton council seats on the Nov. 7 general election. This is the highest number of candidates in several elections.

The four top vote-getters will win four-year council terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 30, 2021.

The following names will be printed on the Nov. 7 ballot. Write-in candidates may still file petitions to run, but their names will not be on the ballot. The write-in filing deadline is in August.

Candidates on the Nov. 7 ballot follow:


Icon total views up over 11% in first quarter of 2017

In the first quarter of 2017 Icon viewership increased by more than 11 percent of the same period in 2016.

Here’s Bluffton Icon’s viewer stats according to Google Analytics based on the reporting period of Jan. 1 to April 30, comparing 2016 to 2017.

2017 figure is first – 2016 figure is second

Total viewers
144,507 vs. 129,97
11.18 percent increase

Total individual viewers
48,202 vs. 42,360
13.79 percent increase


Coffee shop story Facebook count at 17,970

After 18 hours being posted on Icon's Facebook the story of the new coffee shop owners is hiting the ceiling.

The post has reached 17,970 people.

It has 60 shares and 165 "likes."

Also, 32 comments.

Based upon the above, this is, so far the story of the year in Bluffton...and it's still reaching people.


Icon introduces new classified/display page look

Icon viewers will notice a new look to the Icon classified/display ad page.

What's new?


Interesting footnote to BHS tennis win at Lima Senior

Darrell Groman explains it this way...

Darrell Groman provides an interesting footnote to Bluffton High's tennis win over the weekend in Lima. Here goes:

Many in Bluffton thought the Lima News caption in the Sunday, April 23, Sports Section was a typographical error. The caption with photo on page 4C reads, "Lima Senior's Christian Groman, playing at No. 3 singles, hits a return during Saturday's Lima City High School Tennis Tournament ..." (you can also find the article and photo on their website at www.limanews.com.