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October 17, 2017

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Our new bridge to the world

Bentley Road bridge making progress

When will the Bentley Road overpass be opened again?

Everyone in Bluffton asks that question. Here's some photos to show the stage of the project at the moment.


Technically there are two bridges on Bentley Road (one over Interstate 75 and one over the railroad). The bridge replacement started in early June and the bridge will be closed until sometime in September. 

Both the southbound entrance and exit ramps at Bentley Road are also closed.

Ohio’s acute pain prescribing rules now in effect

News rules by the Ohio Medical, Dental and Nursing Boards go into effect this week for prescribers using opioids to treat acute pain. The provisions of the new rules are designed to address overprescribing of opioid medications to reduce possible abuse and diversion.

Bluffton's pathway keeps growing

Sept. 5 ribbon cutting and dedication of Lions Way Parkview

Bluffton’s Lions Way bike and pedestrian pathway will grow significantly following a 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, ribbon cutting and dedication of the Lions Way Parkview Path.

The ribbon cutting, open to the public, takes place at the pathway recognition sign just off Parkview Drive. Persons can enter Parkview from either Main or Jackson streets.

The Parkview path is a significant piece in the entire pathway project, according to Richard Ramseyer, president of the bike and pedestrian pathway board.

Here's the September school menu

What's for lunch at Bluffton schools in September?

Friday, Sept. 1, starts with pizza, carrots, sorbet fruit cup and ala-cart.

For the daily menu click here.

New routine begins today

The school bell didn't ring, but the 2017-18 school year is underway, just the same

Do you remember your first day of first grade?


• Smiles
• Panic
• New routine
• Where’s my room?
• Let’s take one more picture
• Hello, Mr. Closson
• First day jitters

All of the above represent things going on between 7:30 and 8 a.m., at Jackson and Church on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.


AEP's first announcement was changed within moments of its release

3:50 p.m. Friday power update – POWER IN BLUFFTON WILL NOT GO OFF SATURDAY MORNING (as previously announced by the Icon).

At 2:53 p.m. Bluffton police announced via Nixel that AEP would shut off Village of Bluffton electricity from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Icon immediately posted this announced on its site and on Facebook. Then, at 3:30 p.m. a new police Nixle announcement stated that Bluffton’s power would NOT go off.

The Icon contacted AEP immediately to discover what was happening - are we off or are we on?

Police seek community assistance to add a canine to the force

$5,000 already raised and $12,000 still needed

The Bluffton Police Department’s next officer might have four legs.

And, the police are asking for financial support from the community to make the hire.

The department is proposing to add a K-9 unit to the department. On Aug. 14 Bluffton council granted the police permission to seek volunteer contributions for the project.

Tyler Hochstetler, police sergeant, said that the cost for a K-9 is $17,000 and two businesses have already pledged $5,000, so the need is down to $12,000.

New driver's education classed offered

Offering includes Abbreviated Adult and From the Passenger Seat classes

Drive Time Driving Instruction, based in Bluffton and Findlay, has expanded its offerings to include Abbreviated Adult and From the Passenger Seat classes.

Abbreviated Adult
New drivers, over the age of 18, are not required by law to take driver’s education before taking the driver’s test. However, on July 1, 2017, a new law went into effect requiring new drivers over the age of 18 who have never had a driver’s license and who fail the driver’s test to take Abbreviated Adult driver’s education.

1,200 students expected as school opens Monday

5 first grade sections; school spends $2,700 less that state average per pupil; testing shows district consistently near top of state

Residents of the Bluffton school district received the Bluffton school summer newsletter this week. The newsletter is posted at the bottom of this story. Greg Denecker, superintendent, provides the following school district update as the first day of school is Monday.

By Greg Denecker, superintendent
We are looking forward to the start of a fantastic school year.  On Aug. 28, we will welcome approximately 1,200 students into our district.

Road work next week on U.S. 30, SR 696 and 309

Here are road repair updates for next week from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

• U.S. 30 eastbound just west of Pevee Road will be reduced to one lane through the work zone on Aug. 28 for repair of concrete pavement. Work is being performed by ODOT roadway services.

• State Route 696 from just east of Swaney Road to just north of the village of Beaverdam will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.