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April 25, 2019

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Meet the BHS Girls' State and Boys' State participants

Annalise Nisly, Raina Runk, Neil Metzger and Zachary Taylor

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Two Bluffton High School girls and two boys will represent the school at their respective Buckeye Girls State and Buckeye Boys State events this summer. Each student is a junior at BHS.

Local sponsors are the Bluffton American Legion Post 382 and the Bluffton Lions Club.

Attending Girls State are Annalise Nisly and Raina Runk. Girls State is held at University of Mount Union, Alliance, from June 16 to 22.


St. Mary's Catholic Christian Preschool staff set

Katie Hohenbrink is director and head teacher; Amanda Stechschulte is teacher's assistant

St. Mary’s Catholic Christian Preschool, which will open in early September, has announced its staff.

Katie Hohenbrink will serve as director and head teacher. Amanda Stechschulte will serve as teacher’s assistant.

Hohenbrink holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and previously directed a preschool at St. Augustine in Napoleon. She and her husband, Keith, are parents of four children of their own, two boys and two girls.


The Bluffton Story - part 2

Written by Bluffton 6th graders in 1953-54

Note: Bluffton sixth graders in the 1953-54 school year (graduating class of 1960) created a booklet titled "The Bluffton Story." The following article is part of that booklet, which is now in the history collection at the Bluffton Public Library. This series continues each week on the Icon.
By Jerry Hilty and Ronald Zimmerly


A chat with Tom Doty

You always learn something you never knew about Bluffton

You learn something you didn't know about Bluffton every time you talk with Tom Doty.

The most recent confab took place in his repair shop while talking with Tom and his son, Mike. The topic under discussion was the last half century of the Bluffton auto repair business. It covers lots of miles.

Click here to read the announcement of Mike Doty taking over ownership of Doty's Auto Repair and Wheel Alignment.


Bluffton first grade is a real life-saver

On Feb. 22 she called 9-1-1 during an emergency

Sydney Goodwin, a Bluffton first grader, has already accomplished something few adults have managed to do.

She helped save someone's life.

Lima Memorial Health System presented Sydney with a Life Saving Award on April 17 to recognize the bravery and courage she displayed during an emergency her grandmother experienced in her presence. 

Seven-year-old Sydney sprang into action on Feb. 22,  when her grandmother collapsed right before her eyes. 


"No one fights alone" fundraiser for SumiRiko-Ohio associate May 4

Ada resident diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Six months ago, Tony Adams, Ada resident and a 19-year associate at SRK-Ohio (SumiRiko Ohio), Bluffton, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

During the last six month he has undergone treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation.

While fighting cancer he has had multiple trips in and out of hospitals combating the side effects of his cancer treatment.

Tony’s treatment plan is on-going for the next two years.

To assist in paying for is astronomical bills, a public event in his support is planned in early May.