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Rhodes State hosts manufacturing certification program

Rhodes State College is offering a special eight-week Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and Certified Production Technician (CPT) Programs for high school students interested in an Ohio In-demand Manufacturing Career.

This summer program provides high school students with an alternative pathway to graduation. Students will earn four college credits and a 12-point industry-recognized credential toward graduation. 

Ohio announces new reopening

Bowling alleys, skill training for all sports

Lt. Governor Husted announced several new sector opening dates in Ohio:

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys may resume operations if they can meet required safety protocols. 

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, skills training for all sports, including contact sports, may resume if required safety protocols can be met. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited. 

Monday's council meeting moved to Tuesday

Here's Bluffton council's meeting schedules next week:

All meetings will be held using Zoom video conferencing. Those interested in attending should contact Jesse Blackburn at blackburnj@bluffton-ohio.com to request an invitation. 

• Utilities – Friday, 5/22 at 10:30 a.m.
• Council meeting – Tuesday, 5/26 at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Due to the Memorial Day holiday, council meeting has been moved to Tuesday, May 26.

Clean up week ends at 4 p.m. today

Bluffton's annual clean-up week ends at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, May 21.Dumpsters are in place at the Bluffton recycle center on Spring Street.

The following items are not accepted:
• Hazardous material (motor oil, paint, etc.)
• vehicle batteries
• Tires
• Appliances that use Freon (refrigerators, unless these are certified that Freon is legally removed and disposed of properly)

The dumpsters are for residents of the village only. Persons dumping items may be randomly asked to verify that they are residents.

As Bluffton begins to reopen it's time to check the business status update

Cooperative effort of the Icon and Bluffton chamber; provides all local business details

If you want to know what businesses in Bluffton are open, the Bluffton Icon and Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce can help you.

The cooperative effort of chamber and Icon provides a business status update, and it offers lots of new information as Ohio starts to reopen.


The report is divided into the following groups for easy access:
• Food
• Leisure
• Retail
• Services
• Worship

Here yesterday, gone today

With floods in our memories, what should we call yesterday's Riley Creek conditions?

Bluffton’s flood experiences require news outlines like the Icon to select with care words fitting the weather conditions of the day.

To call Tuesday’s waterflow a flood might be overkill. To call it a deluge, well, that too, is in question. Same with torrent, saturation of water, flash flood and even high waters.

To view the bank of the Riley overflowing into the Buckeye once upon a time was a rare and frightful experience. Not so in 2020. Tuesday’s rain blocked roadways, but hardly touched East College Avenue at Harmon Field. Same to Vance Street and Cherry.