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Weather summary: It didn't feel like October

Area farmers were happy for great harvesting weather over the past week. With no precipitation and temperatures in the 60s and 70s, it doesn’t feel like October.

Here’s the daily October weather summaries from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Open the attachment for the summaries.

BHS drama club presents fall production Nov. 14-16

Bluffton High Schoo's Drama Club will present "In Praise of Miss Brown," a two-act comedy in which the five teen members of the cast spend a great deal of time in the home of their teacher, Constance Brown. The play is reminiscent of the "Our Miss Brooks" television series.

The cast includes Darnell Boddie, Emma Burkholder, Jack Neff, Elijah Runk, Erica Sheehan, Adel Sommers, Megan Sycks, and Dylan Whitlow. Kevin Gratz is the director

Performances are November 14 and 15 at 7:30p.m., and November 16 at 2 p.m.
on the Middle School stage.

55 firefighters from six departments fought Precast blaze

Investigators and clean-up crews are now on site at the Bluffton Precast Concrete Co., scene of a fire described by officials as a “major loss” on the afternoon of Oct. 29.

For photos and videos of the fire, click here.

According to information from Jon Kinn, Bluffton fire chief, and Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police, the following information is known about the blaze:

Knock, knock...whoooooooo's there? Trick-or-treat night is Thursday

Whether you are a mad scientist (see the photo with this story), simply a scientist, just plain mad, or some other kind of Halloweener, Thursday night is trick-or-treat night in Bluffton. Hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to Bluffton residences, here are some doorbells you’ll want to ring:

Bluffton Icon will take your photo at the library - in cooperation with the Bluffton University Photojournalism 299 class members, the Icon will take photos of all Halloweeners for a Halloween photo exhibit posted on The Icon. 

Bluffton Precast Concrete: a huge inferno



A fire of undetermined origin is sweeping through the large Bluffton Precast Concrete Co., building at 8950 North Dixie Highway, south of Bluffton Wednesday afternoon.

It does not appear that anyone is injured.

The Bluffton Fire and EMS was called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. At the time black smoke was billowing hundreds of feet into the air toward Interstate 75.  The smoke was visible from the center of town.

Wednesday cash mob party offers bowling for 25 cents a game

It's a party at Southgate Lanes and you are invited.

The final Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob of 2014 is from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Southgate Lanes bowling alley, 9700 Dixie Highway Bluffton.

"This cash mob is a bit different from our previous nine events," said Fred Steiner of the chamber. "It's cash mob year-end party."

Check out the new Bluffton schools website

Check out the new Bluffton schools website. Click here.

In the meantime, here are some news updates you'll find on the high school page of the news website:

Wrestling pre-season conditioning starts Monday, 11/3 from 4-5:30 in the old HS gym.

There will be a basketball cheerleading meeting at 3:30 on Tuesday in room 300.

There is a sign up sheet on Coach Boblitt's door (room 207) for any boy interested in playing basketball this season. If interested stop by and sign up!

Bluffton man launches "Single Dad's United" organization for divorced fathers

A Bluffton man is launching an organization that is relatively unique, not only to Ohio, but perhaps the entire country. Eric Wagner heads up the new organization called “Single Dad’s United: Standing Stronger Together.”

According to a recent Huffington Post article, the number of single father households in America has risen nine-fold since demographers began measuring it more than 50 years ago. Also according to the article, one of the biggest reasons for this phenomenon is simply the increase in the divorce rate.

Lions Way bike and Pedestrian Pathway open for business after five years of planning

Over 80 persons attended a windy and cold but exciting ribbon cutting on Oct. 21 for Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway. 

CLICK HERE for a story on the history of bike paths in Bluffton.


Lions Way was named to recognize the efforts of the Bluffton Lions Club and Bluffton Lions Foundation, which spearheaded the project.

BFR announces Halloween party, next Paint and Sip, plus winter hours

BFR Sports & Fitness will provide a free Halloween event from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday,
October 26. The event will include games, crafts, and snacks for families with young children.  A costume judging contest is scheduled for 3 p.m., with divisions for ages 0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11 and older, and a family/group division.