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February 14, 2016

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If you check anything on The Icon today - you better watch this!

You'd better believe that the price was right for Justin Atkins of Bluffton today. Check out these videos. Then add up the winnings: $44,973! Justin appeared on the television show "The Price Is Right."

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Could you please douse me with water? I'm on fire

Five of the eight chili soups judged on Saturday

I judged a pie contest once. Going into it was the happiest day of my life. After the 10th or so pie, I changed my mind.

I judged a chili soup contest Saturday at the library. Going into it was the happiest day of my life. Then, I caught on fire. Wow! But it was worth it. I love chili soup as much as I love pies.

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Three other guys - judges - burned with me: Phil Zimmerly, Dr. Matthew Jordan and Luke Young. They like chili just as I do. We could have sat there all day.


Bluffton visited by President and First Lady on Tuesday - honest!

Bluffton received a presidential visit on Tuesday.

Honest Abe Lincoln visited residents of Maple Crest Senior Living Village earlier this week. With Mrs. Lincoln at his side, President Lincoln told about his early life and years as president.

His visit was one day after Presidents' Day and very close to his own birthday. When not playing the role of President Lincoln and the first lady, the couple is known as Roger and Judy Jenot from Carey.

This is the second visit to Bluffton by the Lincolns. Last year they visited with patrons of the Bluffton Public Library.


Icon supports 1/4 percent tax issue; urges voters to attend Thursday's public meeting for details

One of Bluffton's most important decisions of the decade will be decided on March 6. Bluffton voters will decide the fate of a proposed one-quarter percent income tax.

The Icon supports this issue and urges voters who need more information to attend one of two public meetings planned for the next two Thursdays to learn more about this issue.

The meetings are both at 7:30 p.m., with one on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the second on Thursday, March 1, in the third floor of the town hall, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.


And boy are these gems: IRS releases the Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2012

Just when you think you've heard it all...the Internal Revenue Service issues its annual "Dirty Dozen" ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

The Dirty Dozen listing, compiled by the IRS each year, lists a variety of common scams taxpayers can encounter at any point during the year. But many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns.


I want your Bluffton stories from the 1950s - yes, your's

By Fred Steiner

Bluffton in the 1950s. Were you there? Tell us about it. Or, tell us who to talk with about it.

The second "Bluffton: A Good Place To Miss" collection of stories is coming together this winter. Its focus is the years when men's ties were as wide as white wall tires: Jan. 1, 1950, to Dec. 31, 1959, to be specific.


Constant practice makes a good loser

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

I lose things. Constantly. Sometimes I find them, sometimes not. Sometimes I replace the lost item and find the old one months later. I find some comfort in realizing that this is not a new (i.e. older-age) problem. It's been ongoing since childhood.

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School staff working on the new Academic Content Standards

By Greg Denecker
Bluffton School Superintendent

The first semester has come and gone, and our students and staff are settling into the second semester. As always, our students and staff are working hard to maintain and exceed our Excellent with Distinction rating on the Ohio Department of Education report card.

Specifically, our staff is working on the new Academic Content Standards (known as the Common Core) that have been passed and adopted by 46 states.


"Beheading" reveals real J. Denny(s)

Appearances at about 45 events (and counting) this academic year attest to the popularity of J. Denny Beaver, the Bluffton University mascot.

With that kind of demand, it has taken three Bluffton students to perform J. Denny's duties. Their identities were revealed at halftime of the men's basketball game on Feb. 8 during a "beheading" ceremony-the only time that college mascots traditionally remove their costume heads in public.


Monday morning quarterback - the Super Bowl and all its side shows

By Mitchell Gatzke, Icon sports anaylist

As a true football fan I was extremely entertained while watching the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York football Giants. However, other than the game itself, the event was quite a let down.