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October 22, 2020

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Don Leader retires from Youth for Christ of Northwest Ohio

Jared Diller of Pandora becomes executive director on Nov. 1

Bluffton resident Don Leader, executive director of Youth for Christ of Northwest Ohio, will retire at the end of October after serving 19 years in the position, according to YFC board chair Mark Yoder, also of Bluffton.

Jared Diller of Pandora, ministry director of the local YFC and for five years director of Rally Point, a Lima-based ministry, will replace Leader. 


Go fund me site in place for former resident Kriss Heiks

'73 BHS and '78 BC grad diagnosed with rare form of cancer

A Go Fund me site is now posted to assist former Bluffton resident Kriss Heiks.

Click here to visit the site.

She is a 1973 graduate of Bluffton High School and 1978 graduate of Bluffton College (University), now living in Boone, N.C., was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that settled in the sinus cavity in the left side of her face.

According to Heiks, essentially the entire left side of her face was removed, including her eye, jaw and nostril.


Daniel White in U of Findlay production

Daniel White of Bluffton recently participated in the University of Findlay's theatre production of "The End of the World Improv Showcase." UF students participated as cast members and/or as members of the production crew.

White was a cast member of SIX Feet Apart.

Directed by comedian and alumna Sam Woodman '10, the live-streamed show featured 12 masked students and explored a variety of improvisational comedy forms, audience engagement, and spontaneous creativity.


BHS student of the month hopes to pursue medicine or dentistry

Grace Meyers active in many school and outside school activities

Bluffton High School senior, Grace Meyers is the September student of the month.

She is captain of the BHS volleyball team and plays on the softball team. This year she is president of the Bluffton Cattlemen 4-H Club and was the 2020 Allen County Poultry queen. 

She is a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church "God Squad," tutors at the Bluffton Elementary School and is a member of the Bluffton High School National Honor Society.


Denise Marquart Testa, C-R grad, publishes book on John Dillinger

Join a Zoom lecture with the author on Sunday through the Hancock Historical Museum

John Dillinger takes the stage in a free virtual lecture from the Hancock Historical Museum this weekend.

The presentation is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11. To register for the Zoom lecture, click here for the museum’s website or call the museum at 419-423-4433.

Denise (Marquart) Testa, a 1975 Cory-Rawson graduate, is the presenter. She will talk about her soon-to-be-released 226-page book “Defending the Dillinger Gang.”


Melina Meza, October's Icon artist

Melina Meza, a Bluffton High School senior, is the October Icon's artist of the month.

She had taken several art classes including Art 1, Design 1,  and currently Photography, Mural and Art Seminar.

Here's what she says about art:
"I enjoy art because I have the liberties and freedoms to express my ideas and thoughts. There are so many ways to put together an art piece, and with different mediums, that it never becomes boring.