September 22, 2014


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So, you think you know Bluffton, well, then where's this?

It resembles a sign from Roman antiquities. Yet, it's in Bluffton, and you've stepped over it lots of time. Maybe you never looked down. It's there. But where? 

For the answer, check the photos below this story.


John Hartzler, the Holy Grail of Bluffton High School sports, is gone and we didn't even get to say goodbye

The Holy Grail of Bluffton High School athletics is gone and we didn’t even get to say goodbye.

John Hartzler – not a Bluffton household name in 2013 – died at age 100 in January. Who was John Hartzler? Why does his death matter?

Here’s the answer

In the dawn of Bluffton High School athletics the school played an independent schedule in all sports. Its team colors were red and white, but those teams were not called the Pirates. They had no mascot.


840 feet above sea level - but where is it?

How do we know Bluffton is 840 feet above sea level? There's a "bench mark," with that information. Where does one find the bench mark? 

Click on the photo below for the answer. You've passed it countless times. 







The bench mark is located at the corner of Main and East Elm Street in the lower outside corner of the town hall.


Meet Millie

The Icon welcomes Rachel Stutzman as a new columnist and blogger. She writes a blog titled "Small Town, Big World."  Here's a link to her blog and here's her second contribution.

I know.  Sweet, right?  Oh, but you should see her when she gets ahold of my slippers. Eight months old and I am completely out-maneuvered.


Welcome new columnist and blogger: Rachel Stutzman

The Icon welcomes Rachel Stutzman as a new columnist and blogger. She writes a blog titled "Small Town, Big World." It will begin to appear regularly on The Icon. Here's a link to her blog and here's her first contribution.


So, you think you know Bluffton?

So, you think you know Bluffton pretty well? Okay, where would you find the item in the photograph? We'll give you one hint: Tom Benroth knows the answer and visits this location probably every day of the week.

For a real interesting story, ask him for the combination.

Want to know the location?


Check the photo below and say, "45817."


You can't have a Super Bowl without Ada, Ohio - but you already know that

You can't have a Super Bowl without Ada, Ohio. But you already know that. The 2013 Super Bowl footballs, made at the Wilson football factory in Ada, are already created and shipped – and there are lots of them.

According to officials at the Ada Wilson factory, 54 balls were shipped to the Baltimore Ravens and 54 to the San Francisco 49ers. Those will be used for pre-Super Bowl practice.


Tiger, tiger, shining bright

Check out the tiger at BFR. Courtnee Morris is adding a jungle and ocean full of animals to fill out the walls fo the child care room at BFR Sports and Fitness. The room-size mural is nearly complete. Here's a close up of the tiger in the room.


And now a word from Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs

Because The Icon is a small business, we are a member of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs. BCE has its own website and facebook. We encourage Icon viewers interested in becoming entrepreneurs or who own small businesses to check out the BCE sites.

One of the recent additionals to the site is a column from SCORE. It's called "Seven Ways to control chaos in your small business."

Here's a brief summary of SCORE:


Coaching football may not be easy, but entertaining a Bluffton chamber audience is a cinch for Carlin


Carlin Carpenter told Friday's (Jan. 11) Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast audience that this was the earliest he's been up since his kitchen was on fire several years ago.