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February 23, 2019

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I-75 northbound around Bluffton 1 lane on Thursday

Interstate 75 northbound between Bentley Road and state Route 103 (Jefferson Street) in the Village of Bluffton will be restricted to one lane through the work zone on Thursday, Jan. 24, for the repair of cable rail barrier. Work is being performed by the ODOT roadway services department.

Chamber announces new board members

Arts and crafts registration now open

Three new members have joined the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce board, according to Paul Scott, chamber CEO.

They are Marlena Ballinger of The Dough Hook, Lauren Beasley of Citizens National Bank, and Stacy Stumbaugh of First National Bank of Pandora. The chamber's new treasurer is Ryan Brauen of Wessler Engineering.

A: Minus 13 and 6.7 inches of snow

Q: How cold was it and how much snow did we get?

Minus 13 degrees and 6.7 inches of snow.

Those two facts answer the two questions on most people’s minds in Bluffton today.

Q: How cold was it?
A: Minus 13 early Monday morning

Q: How much snow did we get?
A: 6.7 inches on Saturday

The weather stats are from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

That -13 is 1 degree colder than the coldest temperature reported in 2018. But it doesn’t match  -16 in 2009 or  -19 in 2014. Yet, it is 68 colder than January 2019 high of 55 on Jan. 8.

20 school years on the middle school cake

Bluffton Middle School opened Jan. 19, 1999

Where did the school years go?

On Jan. 19 the Bluffton Middle School celebrated its 20th birthday.

Kyle Leatherman, middle school principal, decided the event needed a birthday cake. So, on Friday during lunch students, staff and teachers had some cake and cupcakes, 20 years in the making.

Six of the teachers who were on the staff in 1998-99, and continue teaching this year, posed with the cake before it was cut into pieces.

Rhonda Maag created the cake.

Do you have snow photos?

Send them to the Icon

Surely you took photos of all that snow. The Icon invites you to e-mail your best photos to us to possible posting.

We are particularly interested in sledding, snowman and snow drifts.

Tell us the location of the photos and the photographer's name. If people are in the photos, please give their names. Send to: info@blufftonicon.com.

2018 building permits total $13.6 million in new construction

2017 building permits totalled $2.4 million

Bluffton’s 2018 building permits totaled a whopping $13,612,185 – thanks to a $10 million building project underway at GROB Systems.

The 2018 figures compare to 2017 figures, which reached $2,433,428 in construction. In 2017, 46 permits were issued totaling $1,773,128 for residential and $660,330 for commercial and industrial.

According to Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, 65 building permits were filed with the village in 2018. Of those, 60 were in Allen County and five in Hancock.