• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

January 30, 2015

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The list every grandparent and parent in Bluffton awaits: Elementary Honor Roll

The second quarter Bluffton Elementary honor roll for the 2014-15 school year is now on the Icon. It follows:

All A Honor Roll


BHS grad Tyler Oberly talks about his sidelines work with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Mitch Gatzke, Bluffton University student

On Jan. 22 Bluffton University hosted a mathematics seminar unlike any you’ve ever been to.

Tyler Oberly, Manager of Analytics for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, addressed an eager audience with a speech titled “Sports Analytics: Diving into the math behind athletics.”

The seminar, which was open to all, focused on the emerging industry of sports analytics, and Oberly’s journey to his current position.


And, here's the Bluffton High School second quarter honor roll

Here is Bluffton High School’s second quarter Honor Roll for 2014-2015 school year:

9th Grade – all A:

Morgan Auchmuty, Leah Conley, Christopher Harnish, Sydney Hoff, Kayla Kindle, Kelli Leugers, Rameen Omar, Aimee Ritter

10th Grade – all A:

Isaac Andreas, Joshua Begg, Eli Bourassa, Alton Burkholder, Julianna Hotmire, Zane Myers, Douglas Nester, Abbie Parkins, Marley Runk, Jayme Siefer, Sydney Staton, Megan Sycks, Phillip Tatarkov, Sarah Theisen, Kristen Yost

11th Grade – all A:


Hey, Dad! I made the middle school honor roll!

Here's the Bluffton Middle School Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year.

All “A” Honor Roll:

6th Grade:  Isabella Angel, Elizabeth Bourassa, Simon Derstine, Rebekah Hoff, Ellie Hoffman, Levi Hohenbrink, Joshua Meyer, Melina Meza, Thaddeus Mittendorf, Grace Myers, Isaac Pimentel, Lauren Rhodes, Alexi Rieman, Tanner Schultz, Julia Smallcombe, Celia Smith


State Rep. Cupp appointed to four House committees

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) to serve on several standing House committees for the 131stGeneral Assembly, including the House Finance Committee, and the chair of its Primary & Secondary Education Subcommittee.


Here's more Bluffton musicians contest results

Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event was held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Lima Senior High School. Congratulations to the following Bluffton students:

Class "A"
Mark Bixel - Violin Solo - Superior
Mark Bixel - Piano Solo - Superior
Darnell Boddie – Tenor Solo  – Superior

Megan Sycks - Soprano Solo  – Superior

Amy Warren – Soprano Solo  – Superior

Katie Frazier - Trumpet Solo - Superior

Emma Woodruff - Oboe Solo - Superior

Amy Warren - Piano Solo - Good


Bluffton string musicians have successful Saturday

Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event was held on Saturday, Jan. 17,  at Lima Senior High School. Congratulations to the following Bluffton students:

Class "A"
Mark Bixel - Violin Solo - Superior
Mark Bixel - Piano Solo - Superior

Class "B"
Isaac Andreas - Violin Solo - Superior
Tad Steiner - Viola Solo - Superior
String Quartet - Superior -  Mark Bixel, Sarah Siders, Emma Woodruff, Jack Neff


Kruse donates her locks once again...for the 6th time.

Kasey Kruse, 18, of Columbus Grove donated ten inches of her hair to Locks of Love for the sixth time recently. She has been able to give this gift approximately every 1 1/2 to 2 years. Kasey is the daughter of Ken and Connie Kruse, of Town and Country Flowers, Bluffton. 

Kasey is a senior at  Columbus Grove High School. She had her hair cut by her Aunt Linda Kruse of Linda's Styling and Tanning Salon, Columbus Grove.


Bluffton Boehrs pick Jim Sommer as first draft pick - OK, we're stretching it a bit, but it's still a great story

Blame it on Dick Boehr.

This fall he started cleaning out more than a half century of Bluffton collectibles from his Vine Street office.

When he came to the box with Bluffton Boehr’s basketball jersey number 55, he couldn’t resist.


He sent it to the only player who ever wore the jersey, Jim Sommer, a Bluffton University athletic hall of famer.


Here's a quick reminder of where all those NFL footballs come from...it's Ada, Ohio

It's down to four teams: Green Bay, New England, Seattle and Indianapolis.

But no matter who makes the trip to the Super Bowl, Ada will in on every play. Wilson Football recently created a brief video of the Ada Wilson factory.

Click now to view the video.

Maybe you are in the video - or know someone who is.

Every NFL game ball that's appeared in Super Bowl competition has been made at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada.