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WOAL swim championships bring 2,500+ to Bluffton on July 8-9

With an expected attendance of more than 2,500 people, the Western Ohio Aquatics League (WOAL) swim championships will return to the Village of Bluffton July 8-9. Bluffton is the host site for the WOAL every three years.

“We are excited to be the host pool for the 2016 WOAL swim champs,” said Jennie Wilson, president of the Bluffton swim team. “The WOAL summer swim program has more than 600 swimmers across eight teams, and with these swimmers come families, friends and grandparents.

Pool closed July 8 and 9

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, for the Western Ohio Aquatic League (WOAL) championships.

Apollo board has contract night June 27

The Apollo Career Center board, meeting June 27, will act on several contracts for the 2016-17 school year.

The agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

It's an Icon "Weekend," with 13 pages of Bluffton-Ada events and photos

It’s an Icon Weekend. And, there’s lots going on.

The Icon’s 13-page weekend feature - CLICK HERE TO OPEN – offers a window to the events and activities in the Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon viewership areas from Saturday, June 25, through July 1.

Waters down; all that remains is the dried mud

Today the waters have subsided.

But, yesterday morning this was the scene (above) at the Buckeye park from Spring Street.

The below photo shows a stream crossing the Hardin County Line south of County Line Church of the Brethren. That stream was still high on Thursday evening and traffic was unable to cross.

Bluffton Community Assistance Program sets 12-month budget at $22,000

Bluffton Community Assistance Corp. reorganized for 2016-17 at its June 20 annual board meeting held at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

The assistance program works on a June 1 to May 31 calendar year. The board approved a $22,000 12-month budget for 2016-17.


Here's Bluffton Food Pantry's summer wish list

The Bluffton Food Pantry, operated by the Bluffton Community Assistance Program, provided the following list of items it could use immediately and for the summer.

The food pantry is open mornings on the third Saturday of each month at the St. John's United Church of Christ. Persons interested in making food or monetary donations may contact St. John's UCC.

Monetary donations may be mailed to:
Bluffton Community Assistance Program
PO Box 52
Bluffton, OH 45817

And it's getting higer

College Avenue is closed between Harmon Road and Railroad Street due to high water. Riley Creek continues to rise at a steady rate. These photos were taken at 10:45 a.m.

Damaging winds expected this evening and into the early morning hours

The National Weather Service provided a "severe storm warning" to the northwestern Ohio area at 2:45 p.m. on June 22.

The warming states damaging winds are likely from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. tonight and into June 23. The service states that there is a significant chance of tornades south of U.S. Route 30 tonight. Damaging wind gusts are expected in a wide area.

The storm movement is from the northwest as it heads into Ohio. For a larger image of the storm map, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Grant assists low-income Hancock residents replace and repair septic tanks

The Hancock County Commissioners, the Hancock Public Health Department and the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership are pleased to announce that the Ohio EPA has awarded a $150,000 grant to help low income families in the county replace/repair failing Home Septic Treatment Systems (HSTS). The grant will start in May 2016 and applies to Hancock County residents.