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June 18, 2019

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Eight middle school students receive national honorable mention

After taking spring Noetic Math Challenge

Seventeen Blufton sixth graders and nine seventh graders took the spring Noetic Math Challenge in April, according to Dina Tadena, sixth and seventh grade math teacher.

There were 34,055 students who took the challenge from 47 states and  776 schools.

The following Bluffton students received national honorable mention, which means they scored in the top 50% of all of the students. Each grade had a team winner, based on the highest score from those that took the test.

7th grade:
• Team winner and national honorable mention
   Theo Andreas


Reflections on a small town doctor

Icon viewers respond with many comments about Dr. Howard Shelly

Dr. Howard Shelly, retired Bluffton general practitioner died May 4, 2019. The response to his obituary was immediate.

As of May 7 on the The Icon’s Facebook post, over 50 persons offered comments about him.  As of May 7, his Facebook post had over 13,000 reaches.

This outpouring of comments is worth sharing with viewers. Icon Facebook comments follow:

Hollyann Murray: He was amazing. Not replaceable. GOD TOOK THE BEST.

Lorie Davis Montooth: Prayers. He was a wonderful doctor, man and person!


Retired Bluffton police chiefs recognized

Rick Skilliter and William Gaiffe have Wall of Honor plaques

A new Bluffton tradition was established last week, recognizing retired Bluffton police officers.

Two retired Bluffton police chiefs are the first inductees to a Wall of Honor, recognizing the officers. Those inducted this year are Rick Skilliter and the late William Gaiffe.

The May 15 ceremony, took place at the newly-established wall on the second floor lobby of the police department in the town hall.


Area students on Rhodes State spring dean’s list

Rhodes State College, Lima, announces its dean’s list for the spring semester. 

To be eligible for this full-time Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Full-time students:
Makenna Lynn Callahan
David Thomas James Dotson
Cory Robert Kellum
Kyli Lynn Lause
Luis German Olvera
Weston Lee Robinson


The Bluffton Story - part 6

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 Sandra Diller and Connie Patterson
Bluffton's first post office was started in 1837 with a Daniel Gobel as postmaster. Mr. Gobel received a salary of fifteen dollars a year and mail was distributed at the post office once a month.


Bluffton High School's 2019 scholars

39th annual academic awards program held May 15

Bluffton High School's 39th annual academic awards program was May 15. The following is a list of students who received recognition at the program.


Bluffton University........................................ Mrs. Samantha Shrider

      Centennial Scholarship                                                    Tyler Niles

      Music Ensemble Scholarship                                      Caleb Mikesell

      Academic Honors with Distinction Scholarship             Caleb Mikesell