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Doug Luginbill accepts conference minister post with Central District Conference

Doug Luginbill of Bluffton will become the conference minister of the Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA beginning Aug. 15.

Locally, First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, and Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora, and Lima Mennonite Church, Lima, are members of CDC. The conference includes 42 congregations in 10 states.

The Central District Conference office will remain in Goshen, Ind., and as conference minister, Luginbill will work from an office in Bluffton. 


Latest Judy Clemens book launches at Book ReViews on July 9

Local author Judy Clemens launches her most recent book “Tag, You’re Dead,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9, at Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton.

The book will be available for sale and for autograph signing at the party.

Clemens is best known for her Stella Crown series, the Grim Reaper mysteries, and the stand-alone, “Lost Sons.” Her new book goes in another direction from previous books.


Six area high school grads receive Lions scholarships

Bluffton Lions Club presented six scholarships to 2016 area high school graduates earlier this month.

Scholarship winners (not in photographed order):
• Bluffton High School: Saraelizabeth Bertka, Maggie Fett and Misha Groman
• Cory-Rawson: Rebecca Schutz
• Pandora-Gilboa: Cole Alexander & Karissa Dorn.

Members of the scholarship committee in the photo are John Rich, Barbara Plaugher, Ron Lora and Colleen Lazar. Other scholarship committee members Jo Croft, Jesse Blackburn and Kyle Leatherman.


Virgil Studebaker's Studebaker takes the show

When your last name is the same as an antique vehicle and you are an antique vehicle collector you certain have to own one.

Take the case of Virgil Studebaker from Spencerville.

He owns a 1930 Studebaker Dictator. It won Best of Show in this year’s Bluffton Lions Club Festival of Wheels.

There are all the winners from last weekend’s show:


Bluffton's Riley Creek Arbor service club receives charter

Bluffton has a new service club.

It’s Riley Creek Arbor, formed this spring by Gary Reese of Faith Investment Services of Bluffton.

“This arbor is associated with Gleaner Life Insurance Society based in Adrian, Michigan,” said Reese. “An arbor is a local service club, organized and operated by Gleaner members. Gleaner supports the arbors with matching funds and donations to charities of their choice."

Riley Creek Arbor held a start-up dinner on June 2 at Jeanne’s Kitchen.


Alice Basinger on ONU music camp staff

By Monty Siekerman
FROM THE ADA ICON - One hundred music campers arrived on the ONU campus Sunday and will conclude their week of study and practice with concerts on Thursday and Friday in the Freed Center.

Ensemble concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The next evening the full choir, band, and orchestras perform at 8 p.m. The public is invited.

The camp, for students in grades 7-12, draws aspiring musicians from several states and Germany.


Five area students graduate from ONU

Five area students recently graduated from Ohio Northern University. They are:


Erica Bowling, daughter of Thomas and Kelly Heckman, 2459 County Road 29, Bluffton, graduated Magna Cum Laude. She received the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in nursing. Bowling is a graduate of Pandora- Gilboa High School.

Logan Skelly, son of Karen Musser, 401 Ethan Circle, Bluffton, received the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing. Skelly is a graduate of Bluffton High School.


Meet this spring's BHS NWC scholar athletes

Several spring Bluffton High School student athletes were named Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes.
Students receive the honor by the following criteria:
• Must be a letter winner in the sport.
• Gold Level - GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 during the season
• Silver Level - GPA of 3.00 to 3.49 during the season


Two BHS girls at Girls' State; two BHS boys at Boys' State this week

Two Bluffton High School girls are attending Buckeye Girls’ State at the University of Mount Union, Alliance, this week, while two boys are attending Buckeye Boys’ State at Bowling Green State University.

The students are Megan Sycks and Marley Runk at Girls’ State and Conner Dawson and Trevor Bunch at Boys’ State.

The four students will be seniors in August at BHS. 


Bluffton HS, Bluffton College grad, Bill Swank recognized by OHSAA

Bill Swank a 1966 Bluffton High School and 1970 Bluffton College graduate, will be recognized on Saturday, June 11, as one of 15 Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials of the Year for 2015-16.

Also during the program will be the induction of 15 members to the OHSAA Hall of Fame.

Now retired, for many years, Swank was middle school principal, athletic director and coach in several sports at Van Wert. Although retired, he continues to work as a high school sports official.