• *** Attention Super heros, ghosts, princesses and all other masked characters - Bluffton's trick-or-treat night is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 ***

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Meet Shirley Wagner - Bluffton's newest funeral director

“I’m motivated by helping other people.”

She works with physicians, lawyers, clergy, health department officials, fire fighters, coroners, florists, hairdressers and sometimes even criminal investigators.

You could easily say she meets people all across the spectrum.

She is Shirley Wagner, licensed funeral director and embalmer.

She’s new to Bluffton, and as staff member of Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, she’s the newest business professional in town.


Five Bluffton Boy Scouts involved in Eagle Scout projects

Christian Groman, Brice Metzger, Kaden Reneker, Jacob Thompson, Noah Woodruff

Five Bluffton Boy Scouts are involved in Eagle Scout projects this fall, according to Mike Metzger, Bluffton scoutmaster.


Metzger said that the requirements to achieve Eagle Scout include a series of advancements, the earning of at least 21 merit badges, and evidence of leadership skills.


Meet the BHS September student of the month

Sydney Hoff, junior, involved in many school and outside school activities

The September Student of the Month at Bluffton High School is Sydney Hoff, daughter of Scott and Brigette Hoff of Bluffton. Sydney is a junior and is a 4.000 student.

Sydney is involved in marching band, concert band, pep band, jazz band, show choir , concert choir, math club, math team, Latin club, Spanish club, Art club, SADD club, National Honor Society, Allen Lima Leadership, Allen County Junior Fair board, Beaverdam Bunch 4-H club, Future Shepherds 4-H club, St. John Mennonite Church Youth group and is an AWANA children's K-2nd grade ministry leader.


Your invitation to join a Bluffton tour group to London, Paris and the Alps

First group information meeting is Oct. 19

Bluffton High School teachers Vickie Garmon and Brigette Hoff will lead a trip to London, Paris and the Alps and invite community members to participate.

The community is invited along with students entering the 9th grade and above as of 2018.  The trip will take place in June of 2018. 

"We will be having our first meeting Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in Bluffton High School  Please enter the College Street doors and go up the stairs to Room 303," said Garmon. "We lead a trip to Italy and Greece in June of this year.  Here is a group photo of our trip."


Woodruff family quintet returns for alumni band night

Margie told The Icon: “It was a really fun night to have our family together and everyone under one roof, if just for one night!”

The musical Woodruff family – each a Bluffton High School marching band alum - returned to Bluffton on Friday to be part of the BHS alumni band. 

They were part of a 40-member alumni band marching with the BHS band during a pre-game performance.

Joshua played trombone; Mary, E-flat horn; Rachel, clarinet; Emma, cymbals and Noah is this year's senior field commander.

Here's an update on each Woodruff:

• Joshua, graduate of Brigham Young University, lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Sarah. He attends Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.


Allen County Visionaries annual dinner Oct. 13

Visionary of the year and visionary citizen of the year awards to be presented

The Allen County Visionaries will hold their annual dinner on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Shawnee Country Club. The Visionaries is the private arm of Allen County’s economic development efforts. The nearly 100-member companies and individuals provide half the funding of the Allen Economic Development Group.


A pumpkin patch full of kindergartners

Makes for an interesting photo essay by Jamie Nygaard

pump·kin - ˈpəm(p)kən/ - noun
noun: pumpkin; plural noun: pumpkins
a large rounded orange-yellow fruit with a thick rind, edible flesh, and many seeds.
the plant of the gourd family that produces the pumpkin, having tendrils and large lobed leaves and native to warm regions of America.


Meet Sierra Ribley, Icon BHS artist of the month

"I enjoy the freedom of art and that it allows you to show your creativness."

Those are thoughts from Sierra Ribley, the Icon's first high school artist of the month. Our feature will focus on Bluffton High School artists, their works and their ideas about art.

Sierra is a senior at BHS. Her art classes have inclulded Art I, Design I, Ceramics I, Ceramics II and Art seminar. She is undecided about college.

The work she holds is a self portrait. She painted it with acrylic on canvas.

Vickie Garmon is the Bluffton High School art teacher.


Posthumous award to Don Schweingruber from Thiel College

Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from his alma mater

Longtime Bluffton resident, Don Schweingruber, was honored earlier this month by Thiel College, where he graduated in 1963.

Posthumously, he was name recipient of The Thiel College Distinguished Alumni Award. It is presented to a Thiel alum nominated by fellow alumni and approved for recognition by the Alumni Association Board of Directors for outstanding contributions to the person's profession. Thiel is located in Greenville, Pa.


Here are the September births at Bluffton Hospital

Here’s September births and Bluffton Hospital (plus one August). Click here for photos.

Aug. 31 – Nash Schulte, son of Matt aand Carcie Schulte, Ottawa