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March 23, 2019

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He pulled a trapped woman from a vehicle before it exploded

Bluffton police name Kenneth Dotson of Vaughnville, its 2018 Citizen of the Year

A Vaughnsville man with a Bluffton connection is the Bluffton Police Department’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.

The honor goes to Kenneth Dotson, coincidentally the father of Tom Dotson, who owns Tommy Tire. Kenneth Dotson works at Tommy Tire. He was recognized during the Jan. 14 Bluffton council meeting.

Here’s the circumstances surrounding the award:

On Nov. 8 Kenneth Dotson and his wife, Rebecca, were southbound on Interstate 75 near mile marker 138 when they witnessed a two-vehicle accident on the Interstate.


Seven powerlifters compete at Bellefontaine

BHS wins third place trophy

Bluffton High School powerlifting squad, with seven girls competing, walked away with a third place overall team trophy with a combined weight of 2,530 pounds at Saturday's meet at Bellefontaine.

CLICK HERE for powerlifting Facebook showing photos.


Bob Neff's story was unlike anyone who ever lived in Bluffton

He lived for 33 years following a heart transplant; was one of the longest-living transplant survivors in the world

The following feature is re-posted from November 2015. It shares part of Bob Neff's story as one of the world's longest living survivors of a heart transplant. His heart transplant took place in 1985.

It is believed that the world's longest surviving heart-transplant patient is Susan Law who received a new heart at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge, England, in 1982.


Two residents take reins of local economic development

Dave Stratton and Jeff Sprague

Two Bluffton residents – Jeff Sprague and Dave Stratton - continue to play significant roles Allen County economic development.

On Jan. 1 the two were involved in promotions in their roles.

Stratton was promoted to replace Sprague as the president/CEO of Allen Economic Development Group. Sprague became president/CEO of Greater Lima Region.

Prior to the transition, Sprague held both positions. Stratton has served as director of business development for AEDG since 2015. He is a Bluffton High School graduate.


Your invitation to audition for Noteworthy Community Choir

Second season begins this year; auditions now through March 2

Vicki Mills of Ada announced that the Noteworthy Community Choir begins its second season this year.

"Area singers are invited to audition for a spot in the choir for its performances planned this year," she said.

The choir will make its second guest appearance at the Ohio Northern University/Lima Symphony Orchestra Patriotic Pops Concert this summer.

And, the choir will perform in several additional venues from March 18 to July 6.


Art on Friday's chamber menu

Holiday art by BHS artists will be auctioned

Friday's Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast includes some art.

Nearly a dozen holiday-themed pieces of work will be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction go to the artists, who are Bluffton High School students.

In November Neil Reichenbach of Reichenbach and Steiner CPA displayed these works in the CPA office window. The holiday art display is annual art competition sponsored by the Main Street business.