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Men's Basketball falls to #22 Hanover 65-64

February 18, 2017
By: Jared Sleutz, sports information assistant


SR 103 corridor project could cost $10.4 million

Bluffton council exploring several options to move forward

One suggested fix resulting from Bluffton’s State Route 103 corridor safety study comes with a $10.4 million price tag.

That solution considers solving the following:

• Poor access management
• Lack of pedestrian facilities
• Need for crosswalks
• Separate bike and pedestrian facilities
• Congestion by the businesses
• Lack of turn lanes
• Poor sight distance at County Line Road

Council street-alley committee discusses Main-College

Parkview and Main also on agenda

Bluffton council’s streets, alleys, lights and sidewalk committee meet Feb. 2 with seven agenda items.

These included:
• Asphalt sealing
• Alley vacation
• Riverbend lighting
• 2017 sidewalk connectivity
• State Route 103 corridor study
• South Main and College intersection
• Parkview-Main Street-State Route 103 intersection

Much of the discussion involved the Main-College intersection. Four possible solutions to the safety of the intersection are under discussion.

Tree Commission and Lions Club discuss joint tree planting projects

Looking as several locations in the village

The Bluffton Tree Commission is in conversation with the Bluffton Lions Club for a tree planting project in several locations in the village.

The commission met Feb. 7. During the meeting Gene Long of Lions presented a club tree planting project. Commission members are receptive to the plan. The first steps are to inspect sites along Snider Road and 313 North Main Street to hlep form a planting plan.

Several additional items were on the Feb. 7 agenda. The minutes of the meeting are attached.

Theft loss in December totaled $6,322

According to monthly Bluffton police report

Bluffton police chief, Ryan Burkholder, reports that Bluffton experienced $6,322 in theft loss during December.

That stat is part of the January Bluffton police report. In January police had 306 calls for service, 60 traffic stops and issued 11 citations.

The monthly report, listing additional information is attached.


In the 1870s Bluffton had needs for a water pump business

It was located on Cherry Street

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations.

Philip Wilch
Maker of Water Pumps


You've seen this sign in town

And here's the meaning and its background

“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor."

It’s a simple message in three languages – printed on a sign that first appeared in October at the Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The signs are now located in many communities around the country, including Bluffton.

According to Pastor Matthew Bucher of the Harrisonburg church, the message was a statement born out of Mennonite belief.

"This is a symbol of Jesus' command to love your neighbor," he says. "And as followers of Jesus, we follow someone who was himself a refugee."


If you see it on Pinterest or HGTV Diller's has it

Still time to get those indoor remodeling projects done

Did you know that if you see it on Pinterest or HGTV Diller's Flooring and Interior, 119 N. Main St., Bluffton, has it!

Dan Diller said that there's still time to get get those indoor remodeling projects done. Dillers has ceramic tile and hardwood for all indoor remodeling projects.

Hours are:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays
9 a.m. to noon Saturdays


Anxious to start gardening? You are not alone

Gardeners of Bluffton and Pandora Area offer several programs

Like many Icon viewers, Victoria Zeits of the Gardeners of Bluffton and Pandora says that the crazy winter weather makes her feeel that either winter has yet to begin or she  should instead be watching for spring bulbs to start blooming.

She says that she's visited her herb garden and observed 14 green things coming up that should be under a couple inches of snow.

Despite the weather, there are several opportunities for gardeners to get moving in anticipation of spring.


Beverly Steiner was retired director of laboratory operations at Bluffton Hospital

She was a Pandora-Gilboa graduate

Beverly Steiner, 82,  died Feb. 15, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.

Beverly was born April 22, 1934, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Albert and Irene (Cherry) Schutz who preceded her in death. On July 6, 1957, she married Ralph Steiner who preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2016.