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Jaime Nuzum

June 27, 2017


Poetic License

Here's a plate frequently seen on West College Avenue across from St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of the church. It's on a grey-blue GMC Terrain.

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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.


Wild in Bluffton

Lauren Canaday took the Icon's wildlife photo of the week.

Here's what she says about the photo:

"I just watched a pheasant run from my backyard through the neighborhood heading towards College Avenue... 

"I got in my car and found it running through the library's back parking lot, and all through those parking lots until it got to behind the town hall and then I gave up. 

She adds: "I've never seen one before, and wow, can they run!"


Your invitation to take a spring sight-seeing tour of Ada

Photos from Icon's sister publication in Ada

Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon are sharing spring photos this week.

Last week, Bluffton posted photos of our town's spring blooms. We are sharing those photos on the Ada Icon this week.

In return, we're sharing Ada's spring photos.

Please enjoy the photos of spring in Ada - attachment at bottom of story -

The Village of Ada is know for the flowering pear trees that line Main Street each April, but the residential sections of town are decked in beauty as well.  


An April cruise to view Bluffton's spring colors

19 photos of April in bloom in Bluffton

It’s mid-April.

Let’s cruise Bluffton.

In our quick trip you’ll notice lots of reds, pinks and in-between shades as trees put on their spring robes. In a few weeks lots more blooming things will catch our attention.

We’ll watch for those, too.

And, until May comes, here’s Bluffton in its favorite April colors. We’ll start in the middle school front lawn and proceed from there.

Please open the 20-page photo attachment to view our photos.