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Posted by Fred Steiner on May 21, 2014 - 5:44pm
AN ICON OPINION
In our lifetime of observing events in Bluffton several things are clear. Topics that sell newspapers and get heavy hits on the Icon include:
• Fantastic girls’ basketball teams
• Mystery beasts roaming the countryside
• Issues of controversy involving Bluffton village government
The ongoing discussion of Bluffton government deserves a comment.
1 – The town hall water flood was a fluke. Anyone who thinks it serves to cover up any village shenanigans needs to have his head examined.
Posted by Fred Steiner on May 17, 2014 - 3:54pm
Oral history may not be entirely true, but it makes a good story.
A couple years ago The Icon flirted with the waters of Bluffton oral history. Some claim we fell head-first into the National Quarry, while walking around it.
Either way, we surfaced with a lung full of stories placing them in a book. Appropriately called “A Good Place To Miss: Bluffton Stories 1900-1975,” it is now out of print.
Posted by Fred Steiner on May 12, 2014 - 11:31pm
You had a mother, too? So did I.
With Mother’s Day fresh on my mind, allow me to share with you some important things my mother taught me. Maybe after reading this, you’ll think of some things your mom taught you.
Here goes. In no special order.
Posted by Fred Steiner on May 4, 2014 - 8:56pm
Here’s a Bluffton fish story you’ve not heard, but if you are old enough, you’ve witnessed.
While in my backyard on Sunday afternoon, I’m convinced I heard Arden Baker’s distinctive voice speaking over a World War II-era PA system. The voice came from the direction of the Buckeye.
Anyone who knows Arden’s voice identifies it immediately. That PA system he spoke into, the loudest in Bluffton, is stored on the second floor of the town hall – maybe the third.
Posted by Fred Steiner on April 27, 2014 - 8:18pm
NOTE: We invited our Icon intern to write a column comparing her hometown to Bluffton. Here's that column:
By Caitlin Nearhood, university intern
I couldn’t wait to get away.
Posted by Fred Steiner on March 12, 2014 - 9:12pm
It's supposed to be in the 50s this weekend.
In the meantime, we are shoveling snow from our driveways and sidewalks. We are canceling events and wondering if winter will end.
Here's a photo essay of what we hope is winter's last blast in Bluffton. The photos offer a combination nasty winter photos plus an artistic look at winter. The photos were taken during the height of the March 12 snow.
Please give the photo collection a moment to open.
Posted by Fred Steiner on March 9, 2014 - 9:34pm
By Caitlin Nearhood, university intern
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was right when he said: “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
However, when I tore a crucial ligament in my right knee playing tennis last July, that phrase was the last thing on my mind.
Posted by Fred Steiner on March 7, 2014 - 2:24pm
The Circus Tent
By Paul Klassen
Yes, I remember, it happened in our town.
Almost everything I remember from those long years ago
happened in our town. There was no other place to be.
No other place to go. We were always there. Stuck you might say.
And so the word got out. The circus was coming to town,
And tomorrow would be the day.
But they were here already, setting up at the edge of town
In the empty field on Vance Street.
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 25, 2014 - 9:29pm
Reviewed By: Delano Whidbee
All hail Queen Bey! The Carter’s have their own rules when it comes to dropping their album. Following up in her superstar husband’s footsteps, Beyonce surprising dropped her new “visual” self-titled album “Beyonce’” on ITunes first. Giving every woman what they really wanted for Christmas.
Posted by Fred Steiner on January 20, 2014 - 10:58am
Reviewed by Delano Whidbee
Artist: VELLY BERETTA
Album: WORK HOSTED BY DJ SUBSTANCE
Genre: Hip Hop, Rap, Music
MOVE OUT THE WAY!!!!!!! Velly Beretta delivers another street favorite hosted by Dj Substance.