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January 17, 2021

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Daren Lee named acting chief operating officer of MHCO

He joined the senior living community as director of Maple Crest in 2006

Daren Lee was recently named acting chief operating officer of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, according to Elizabeth Kelly, MHCO board chair.

On Aug. 1, Lee moved into a dual role of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Team Leader and Director of Maple Crest and Independent Living by the Board of Directors. 

During his time in this role, he has coordinated leadership team meetings, facilitated continued collaboration between campuses, and explored opportunities to better align service areas across the MHCO continuum of care. 


Jerry Cupples re-elected Bluffton council president for 2021

Here's who is who on council committees

Jerry Cupples was re-elected president of Bluffton council for 2021 at the Jan. 11 reorganizational meeting of council.

Mayor Richard Johnson told the Icon that council committees would remain unchanged from last year. Those committees follow:


"I enjoy art because it is a means for expression"

Meet Nicole Boyle, Icon's BHS artist of the month

Nicole Boyle, Bluffton High School junior, is the Bluffton Icon student artist for January.

Nicole has taken art each year in high school and her classes have included Art 1, Design 1 and currently Design 2. 

In the photo, she holds an art project that she says represents her childhood and outlook on life. 

About her art, Nicole says: "I enjoy art because it is a means for expression." Vickie Garmon is the Bluffton High School art teacher.


Bluffton grad experiencing success in alternate rock

Sam Stucky, a musician in Pittsburgh who graduated Bluffton University in 2016, is experiencing success in the field of alternate rock.

He released a new single “Breathe In,” on Sept. 25. In October he released another single, titled “No One Else.” In November he released a single titled “Nothing Special.”

This month he will release a full EP. Viewers can follow Stucky on SoundCloud.

Click here to hear his singles.



Mark Sommers wins Bluffton Icon football bowl contest

Watch for national playoff contest posted tonight

Mark Sommers is the winner of the Bluffton Icon college football bowl contest. Of the 73 entries, he picked 12 correct winners and also picked both tie-breakers. He receives a 1-item, 14-inch Padrone's Pizza.

Angie Guinn was the winner of the Ada Icon contest.

Entries were from the following communities:
Bluffton - 42
Ada - 19
Pandora - 3
Lima - 1
Columbus Grove - 1
Ottawa - 1
Alger - 2
Dallas, Texas -1
Jenera - 2
Cary, North Carolina - 1 


Meet Celia Smith, BHS December student of the month

Following high school she may pursue nursing or social work

Celia Smith, a senior, is the December Bluffton High School student of the month.

She is involved in many activities including Drama Club, swim team, Latin Club, SADD, 4-H, Gatekeepers and is an SOS tutor after school.

She is in the National Honor Society and has received academic awards three times and  also received the academic scholar award.

She is a member of the volleyball team and the Bluffton swim club. She is employed at Arby's in Bluffton and in her spare time she enjoys singing, volunteering, drawing, painting, reading and writing.