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How Allen farm crop yields compare with the region

Here’s the 2018 report for corn, soybeans and wheat

Corn and soybeans, crop yields from the 2018 growing season have been released from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Although these crop production numbers are based on estimates, they are used for crop insurance and government reporting purposes.


Area county yields:

Ready or not, the count-down is on

Last day of school is 55 days away; here's April's elementary calendar

Ready or not, the count-down toward the last day of school is underway. As the year wraps up, lots of events are on the elementary calendar. A summary of those activities from the April elementary newsletter follow:

CALAMITY DAYS: Bluffton schools have scheduled Thursday, April 18, and Thursday, May 30, as make-up days because the school used more than five calamity days this year. Additional days missed will be added on to the end of the school year.  

Swiss Historical Society provides Heritage Center update

At April 12 chamber breakfast

Samantha Shrider of the Swiss Community Historical Society will speak during Friday's Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast, according to Paula Scott, chamber CEO. Shrider will present an update on the fundraising for and creation of a Heritage Center at the Schumacher Homestead.

The breakfast, open to the public, is in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall. The morning's schedule follows:

New name for senior dining program

Area Agency on Aging 3 announcement

The Area Agency on Aging 3 announces that the Senior Dining Program has changed its name to DISH. DISH stands for Dining to Improve Socialization and Health, what the Senior Dining Program always tried to promote. 

“We are trying to really stress the need for older adults to get and socialize with others and we believe that they can accomplish that through the DISH program. We also know that the program helps older adults eat healthier and more regularly then they would normally do,” Program Director Emily Taylor said. 

April 4 rally for release of full Mueller Report

The public is invited to a rally to urge release of the full report of the Mueller investigation into the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The rally will be at the gazebo in the Lima Town Square at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.  It is organized by local group Allen and Hardin for Election Action & Democracy (AHEAD) and is part of a National Day of Action in coalition with MoveOn, Public Citizen, and People for the American Way.

We think you missed our April Fool story

(Hint: it was about a surcharge on vanity plates)

The Icon gets but one chance a year to fool viewers.

That chance was yesterday, on April 1. Sometimes we win and other times, it's rather ho-hum.

Judging by the responses from this year's story, it was, well, not even ho-hum. It was a dud.

Spoiler alert: There is no truth to the fact that a voter initiative may go on the ballot to create a surcharge on all types of Ohio vanity license plates.