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February 23, 2019

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Chamber members share their "dreams" for Bluffton

Ropp Triplett offers a suggestion as Bob Neff and Luke Young listen

Call it a "working session," 45 members of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce put their heads together and focused on several issues involving the community. The session took place during the April 9 chamber breakfast in the town hall.

The chamber board asked its members to discuss four themes:

1 - Increasing communication to benefit member businesses

2 - Provide resources for members

3 - Inform and education members

4 - Grow and promote Bluffton

School board holds special meeting April 12

The Bluffton school board will hold a special meeting at 8 p.m., Monday, April 12, in the superintendent's office to discuss three items of business, according to Greg Denecker, superintendent.

Hospital ER/OR renovation and expansion underway

It's official: The Bluffton Hospital multi-million dollar ER/OR renovation and expansion is underway.

With a ceremonial tossing of dirt by Isabelle, James S. and John West, on April 8, the project began. Following the West family, Ropp Triplett tossed a shovel of dirt at Bill Watkins, Bluffton Hospital chief administrative officer. Ropp and Mary Emma Triplett served as campaign co-chairs.

The project will create new, much needed space for Bluffton Hospital's emergency and surgery departments, as well as add professional/medical office space.

High temps stay in the 70s and 80s

Suddenly it's spring. Temperatures in the past five days proved that March went out like a lamb. Here are the high and low temperatures readings recorded by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer for the first days of April.

Date High Low Precipitation

April 1 79 56

April 2 82 58

April 3 74 45 trace

April 4 73 38

April 5 76 59 0.01

RSVP for Friday's free chamber breakfast

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will host a "brainstorming" breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Friday, April 9, in the third floor of the town hall. The free breakfast, sponsored by Greg's Pharmacy, will allow chamber members to offer their views on what they believe the chamber should focus on during the next few years.

Persons interested in attending should RSVP to blufftonchamber@gmail.com by Wednesday noon.

Four school levy information meetings in April

The Committee for Better Schools announced four community levy informational meetings held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 22; at 7 p.m.
  • and Tuesday, April 27 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

All meetings will be held in the elementary library, except for the 9 a.m. meeting on April 27, which will be held in the high school library.

These meetings concern the renewal of a one-half percent income tax for permanent improvements, which will be on the ballot May 4.