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Betty A. Barrere (Engle) 1920 - 2016

Betty A. Barrere (Engle), died at  3:12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1920, in Van Wert, Ohio, to Arthur and Rilla (Files) Mooney.  They both preceded her in death.

On March 26, 1939, she married Philip Barrere, he preceded her in death, Oct. 30, 2001.


Football: Huge second quarter drives Crestview

By Sam Brauen
Crestview showed up in a big way in the second quarter ripping off 28 unanswered points on their way to a 41-21 Northwest Conference victory over Bluffton. 

Dakota Bricker scored two first quarter touchdowns to stake Bluffton to a surprising 14-6 lead.  From there the Knights took to the ground and pounded the Pirates into submission.  Crestview clinched a playoff spot with the win and improved to 6-3.  Bluffton dropped their fifth consecutive contest and fell to 3-6.  The Pirates will close their season against Columbus Grove Friday evening.


Volleyball secures top 2 seed with sweep of RHIT

October 23, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


Kay Miller was a former Bluffton school board member, Weekday Christian Ed teacher

Kay Miller, 62, of Bluffton, died on Oct. 22, 2016.
She was born on Oct. 23, 1953, in Hilliard, Ohio, to A.C. and Theresa Montgomery, who survive. She married Dave Miller on July 12, 1975, and he survives.

Kay was a graduate of Bethany College. She was very involved in the Bluffton Schools, serving many years as the president of the PTO and later serving many years on the school board.


Harold Rau was a retired Bluffton businessman

Co-owner of M&R Plumbing and Heating from 1958 to 1997

Harold E. Rau, 84, died Oct. 22, 2016 at his home in Bluffton.  Harold was born April 9, 1932, at home in Paulding County, Ohio, to the late Ross and Edna (Titler) Rau.

He graduated from Continental High School in the class of 1950. On June 14, 1952, Harold married Ada (Buckmaster) Rau at the Mt. Calvary Church in Ayersville.

Harold Served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 as a medic and was in the Army reserves from 1955 to 1957.


Men's Soccer falls 6-0 at RHIT

October 22, 2016


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Bluffton University men's soccer team gave Rose-Hulman all it wanted during a first half that saw the Engineers take a slim 1-0 lead into the break. A flurry of five goals in less than 20 minutes to start period two propelled the home team to a 6-0 victory on Saturday, Oct. 22. Bluffton stands 3-13 overall and 0-7 in the HCAC, while Rose-Hulman improved to 11-5 with a spotless 7-0 mark in Heartland Conference action.

Football: Record-setting day for Beavers

Bluffton improves to 6-1 in 34-6 win

By Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


The Bluffton University football team welcomed Manchester University on a windy but comfortable Saturday, Oct. 22. The Beavers improved to 6-1 (4-1 HCAC) on the season after a convincing 34-6 victory. The Spartans remain winless, dropping to 0-7 (0-5 HCAC).


A Bluffton ghost story that's over 100 years old

It involves Maple Grove Cemetery and apparitions seen there at night

By Fred-in-Stein
Ready for a couple Bluffton ghost stories?

Here’s one you’ve probably never heard. I’ll share two versions.

Sometime in the early 1980s Rolland Stratton, longtime Bluffton resident, told me his version from memory. I wrote it down after hearing it, wondering if he was telling me the truth.

Then, in a dusty file folder in a forgotten drawer in third floor of the town hall – before it was renovated - I discovered the second version. It was beautifully hand-scribed in India ink, almost too faded to read.


Volleyball downs Wilmington in straight sets

October 21, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


Next stop on your Bluffton Halloween tour is the public library

Don't go in the basement, unless you are ready for the "scare zone"

You want to put stop at the Bluffton Public Library on your Thursday Halloween schedule. That's because Bluffton library teen volunteers host their annual haunted library fun house.

The evening includes crafts and snacks, refreshments, games and coloring opportunities plus a “Scare Zone.”

And, the Bluffton Icon photographer, Fred-in-Stein, will take photos of Halloweeners for use on the Icon.

Here are details:
Events take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.