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December 10, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Meet Natasha Smith, Icon's December student artist

Natasha Smith, a senior at Bluffton High School, is the December Icon student

She says, "I am going on an 18 month church mission, then will return and attend college at Brigham Young University, Idaho. I plan on majoring in art and going on to a career in art therapy.


Red Cross blood drive December 15 at First Mennonite

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thursday, Dec. 15 from noon-6 p.m. at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.

Donors should enter by the double doors on Jackson Street -- directly across the street from Bluffton Elementary/Middle School. First Mennonite is handicapped accessible.

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.” (Note that the next Bluffton blood drive will be Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at First Mennonite.)


Letter: Writer concerned about Ohio "heartbeat bill"

Dear Governor Kasich:

I understand you are considering the “heartbeat bill” which would ban abortions in the State of Ohio after 6-8 weeks, or when an embryo’s heartbeat can be detected.

I have learned that an embryo’s heartbeat can be heard only with ultrasound equipment or a fetal Doppler, both available from an obstetrician. A pregnant woman can use a stethoscope, but only much later (18-20 weeks) in a pregnancy.


Taxing answers from Village of Bluffton

Who pays village income tax? When is it due? What are some of the details? ...all here

It's still 2016, however some viewers start thinking about taxes in December.

Here's an overview concerning Village of Bluffton income taxes from the village tax administrator, Rhonda Hohenbrink.

"As the new year approaches, we feel it is necessary to inform Bluffton residents of some of the key and new provisions passed in House Bill 5 in regards to filing and paying Bluffton village municipal income tax," she said.

Elementary Christmas concert Monday

And lots of other December-January events at the school

December is full of activities at the Bluffton elementary. Here's an update of those events. The December elementary newsletter is attached at the bottom of this story.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  The Bluffton Elementary Christmas concert is Monday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. If school is cancelled, the concert will be rescheduled Monday, Dec.19.

2007 Bluffton baseball team will be inducted

Into university athletics hall of fame

The 2007 Bluffton University baseball team has been selected for induction into Bluffton’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 2007 team demonstrated remarkable courage and strength in responding to the March 2, 2007, bus accident in Atlanta, Ga., including completing the 2007 baseball season under difficult circumstances.

#19 Women's hoops drops Earlham 88-54

December 7, 2016
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's basketball team rolled up a 49-24 advantage at halftime en route to a dominating 88-54 victory over visiting Earlham College on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Bluffton stayed perfect at 6-0 (2-0 HCAC) on the season while the Quakers dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the Heartland Conference.

Men's Basketball holds off Earlham 88-87 in OT

December 7, 2016
By: Jared Sleutz, sports information assistant


RICHMOND, Ind. - The Bluffton University men held off upstart Earlham College for an 88-87 overtime road victory on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Bluffton improved to 6-1 (1-1 HCAC) after the one-point win while Earlham slipped to 3-4 (0-2 HCAC). The Beavers led by as many as 14 points early in the second half but it took a Trey Elchert (Jackson Center) triple with 11 seconds remaining to force the extra period.

The Women's Center at Bluffton Hospital topic at library Dec. 8

Informational meeting open to the public

Want to learn more about the latest expansion to the Bluffton Hospital?

Bluffton Public Library hosts  a representative from Blanchard Valley Health System at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, to talk about The Women's Center at Bluffton Hospital.

Bluffton receives one of 35 bike racks in county

Result of Creating Healthy Communities Program grant

There a bike rack on the Bluffton school grounds thanks to a Creating Healthy Communities Program grant.

Bluffton's bike rack is one of 35 installed this fall in Allen County as a result of the grant.

The Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Program of Allen County Public Health has been working to make Lima and Allen County more bike friendly.