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May 22, 2018

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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