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August 14, 2020

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Here's how Ohio schools are reopening

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided the following updates on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio as of Aug. 11.

Currently, Ohio has left the decision to individual school districts on how to approach the new school year. 

According to information gathered by the Ohio Department of Education:

• 325 public school districts in Ohio are planning to return to school full-time which equates to approximately 590,000 students. 

Shawnee stops Bluffton; Pirates take on Kenton Thursday

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Bluffton girls tennis team lost at Shawnee 5-0 Tuesday.

The defeat dropped the Lady Pirate net record to 0-2. Shawnee swept all 10 sets in the dual match.

The freshmen second doubles tandem of Caitlyn Couch and Brooke Camper came closest to winning a set, but they lost their second set in a 7-6 tiebreak (7-4 in points).

Seniors Julia Smallcombe, Olivia Barnes and Pearl Lewandowski fell in singles play. Juniors Libby Frazier and Ellie Nickel also lost at first doubles.


So, you think you know Bluffton? - the answer

Ryan DeMarco, provided this photo to the Icon. Where is it? The answer is in the photo below. It's at 575 S. Main St., just north of the Dari Freeze.


Avoid these estate planning mistakes

By Brandon Blackford
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

You save and invest to meet a variety of goals during your lifetime: college for your children, long vacations, a comfortable retirement, and so on.

But you probably also want to leave something behind – to your loved ones and, possibly, to the charitable organizations you support. To do so, you’ll need to develop a comprehensive estate plan, but to make that plan work, you must avoid some common mistakes.

Here are a few of these pitfalls you’ll want to avoid:


So, you think you know Bluffton?

So, you think you know Bluffton? Ryan DeMarco took this photo and shared it with the Icon. He wonders how many viewers can identify this location.

It's a tree growing inside a tree stump.

Answer tomorrow.

Bike racks coming to Main Street

Bentley Road pathway extension ribbon cutting in September

Bluffton council heard updates on several bike-related topics on Monday.

Bluffton’s council streets and alleys committee, meeting Aug. 4, reported that bike racks will soon appear in several Main Street locations, encouraging the use of bicycles in the village.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Allen County Health Department’s "Creating Healthy Communities,” bike riders will have 17 places to park on Main Street.