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June 27, 2016


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Waters down; all that remains is the dried mud

Today the waters have subsided.

But, yesterday morning this was the scene (above) at the Buckeye park from Spring Street.

The below photo shows a stream crossing the Hardin County Line south of County Line Church of the Brethren. That stream was still high on Thursday evening and traffic was unable to cross.

Pirate cross country athletes meet Tuesday for initial practice

Bluffton High School cross country practice will begin soon.

Runners from seventh through 12th grade are invited to participate. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the village park, beginning on Tuesday, June 28.

Practices are planned:
• June 28-July 1
• July 4-8
• July 25-28

Hannah Chappell-Dick, BHS grad and recent Eastern Mennonite University grad, will assist the team this summer.


Red Cross assisting family involved in Mt. Cory house fire

The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter responded to a fire that occurred on Lincoln Street in Mt. Cory on Thursday.

The Red Cross provided assistance to the family of four for emergency shelter and immediate needs such as clothing and food and also provided comfort kits of personal hygiene items to those affected.

Todd James, Executive Director, North Central Ohio Chapter. Said the Red Cross urges everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home.

The American Red Cross of Hancock County is a United Way partner.


Police: Lock cars and homes - nightime break-ins reported

Bluffton police are urging residents to lock their car doors and residences as police report a recent increase in reported residential burglaries.

"We are encouraging everyone to make sure they lock their home, cars and garages," said Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief.

"We’ve had three reports in the past two weeks - two last night - of unknown subjects entering homes and or cars to steal purses," he said.

"These homes have been occupied during the burglaries. This is a particularly troubling situation since the suspects are entering occupied homes," he added.


Bluffton Community Assistance Program sets 12-month budget at $22,000

Bluffton Community Assistance Corp. reorganized for 2016-17 at its June 20 annual board meeting held at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

The assistance program works on a June 1 to May 31 calendar year. The board approved a $22,000 12-month budget for 2016-17.


Here's Bluffton Food Pantry's summer wish list

The Bluffton Food Pantry, operated by the Bluffton Community Assistance Program, provided the following list of items it could use immediately and for the summer.

The food pantry is open mornings on the third Saturday of each month at the St. John's United Church of Christ. Persons interested in making food or monetary donations may contact St. John's UCC.

Monetary donations may be mailed to:
Bluffton Community Assistance Program
PO Box 52
Bluffton, OH 45817

And it's getting higer

College Avenue is closed between Harmon Road and Railroad Street due to high water. Riley Creek continues to rise at a steady rate. These photos were taken at 10:45 a.m.

The day the zoo came to Bluffton

The Toledo Zoo came to the Bluffton Public Library on Wednesday. With it came several interesting zoo residents.

Included was a boa constrictor and an armadillo. Here are some close ups.


ONU Piano Camp accepting students ages 6 to 14

ONU's Piano Camp (July 25 - 29) is accepting registrations for pianists ages 6 - 14. 

Music can be used to tell stories of all kinds. From folk songs to symphonic poems, music can be a powerful language to communicate a narrative.

This year, our campers will explore composers who have told stories through their works. They also will learn ways of creating dramatic effects to tell a story at the piano.


Damaging winds expected this evening and into the early morning hours

The National Weather Service provided a "severe storm warning" to the northwestern Ohio area at 2:45 p.m. on June 22.

The warming states damaging winds are likely from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. tonight and into June 23. The service states that there is a significant chance of tornades south of U.S. Route 30 tonight. Damaging wind gusts are expected in a wide area.

The storm movement is from the northwest as it heads into Ohio. For a larger image of the storm map, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.