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August 18, 2019

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John George retired this year after teaching 37 years

Chemistry teacher and academic team coach at BHS; was "town crier" during Blaze of Lights

Bluffton resident, John Edward George, 61, retired Bluffton HS chemistry teacher and Blaze of Lights "town crier," died Aug. 12, 2019, at the Meadows of Ottawa. He was born Nov. 21, 1957, to Charles and Joan (Hite) George. 

John graduated from Liberty Union High School where he was class president and valedictorian, received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and his master’s degree from Ohio State University. 

Some back-to-school details

Schedule pickup, school photos taken Aug. 16 and 19

As the clock ticks toward the opening day of school on Monday, Aug. 26, here are some back-to-school details from the school website.

All school offices are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Friday. Both the Jackson Street and College Avenue entrances are open at Bluffton High School.

Schedule pick up and school pictures will be taken on Friday, Aug. 16, and Monday, Aug. 19, at the middle school and high school buildings.

A packet of information, including the fee card and picture envelope, was mailed on Friday.

Bluffton's night out

Photos tell the story of a small-town celebration

All photos by Jamie Nygaard
Over 20 photos at bottom of this story

We think National Night Out was created with Bluffton in mind.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

I-75 project on pace for 2020 completion

Project in year three of four-year construction schedule

The most significant highway construction project in the Findlay area’s recent history stands at approximately 70% complete.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) $114 million reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County has progressed well. The project is in year three of a four-year construction schedule and is on pace to be completed late next year.

Bradley Dailey files for open school board spot

Here's a look at the possible Nov. 5 local ballot

The Nov. 5 local general election ballot is nearly in place, as the candidate filing deadline for school board and township trustees was Aug. 7.

Here is what appears to be on the November ballot. A write-in candidate deadline could change any of this. That deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26. And, the board has not yet certified school board and trustee petitions.

The lone change in races is that Renee Smith did not file a petition for the Bluffton school board seat she currently holds. A new candidate, Bradley Dailey has filed for that seat.

Local charities receive over $17,000

PromCares Program donating 5 percent of PromoHits total product sales to non-profits

At the beginning of 2019, Melinda Bowden of PromoHits, 141 N. Main St.,  Bluffton, decided to give back to local communities.

She announced that 5 percent of PromoHits total product sales would go to local charities. Through June 30, $17,565.14 was raised through the program. When purchasing promotional products from PromoHits, customers designated which charity they wanted to support.