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April 25, 2019

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Council approves resolution in support of USDA Development loan

Bluffton council passed a resolution of support for the application of Bluffton University to a United States Department of Agriculture Development Loan on Monday.

A copy of the resolution is attached at the bottom of this story.

Council sets public meetings

Bluffton council announced several committee meeting and other public meeting at Monday’s council session. Those meetings follow:

Springtime in Bluffton - these scenes change daily

Jamie Nygaard captures several spring scenes in Bluffton - these are a few days old. As we know, spring blooms change continually. Watch the Icon for more spring views of Bluffton in the coming week

Meet the BHS Girls' State and Boys' State participants

Annalise Nisly, Raina Runk, Neil Metzger and Zachary Taylor

Photos at bottom of story -

Two Bluffton High School girls and two boys will represent the school at their respective Buckeye Girls State and Buckeye Boys State events this summer. Each student is a junior at BHS.

Local sponsors are the Bluffton American Legion Post 382 and the Bluffton Lions Club.

Attending Girls State are Annalise Nisly and Raina Runk. Girls State is held at University of Mount Union, Alliance, from June 16 to 22.


St. Mary's Catholic Christian Preschool staff set

Katie Hohenbrink is director and head teacher; Amanda Stechschulte is teacher's assistant

St. Mary’s Catholic Christian Preschool, which will open in early September, has announced its staff.

Katie Hohenbrink will serve as director and head teacher. Amanda Stechschulte will serve as teacher’s assistant.

Hohenbrink holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and previously directed a preschool at St. Augustine in Napoleon. She and her husband, Keith, are parents of four children of their own, two boys and two girls.


Softball: NWC-leader Pirates blank Grove 10-0

15-1 Bluffton faces 11-2 Allen East in showdown Thursday

By Cort Reynolds
COLUMBUS GROVE - Visiting Bluffton stayed alone atop the league softball standings by shutting out Columbus Grove 10-0 in a Northwest Conference mismatch Monday evening.

The Lady Pirates improved to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in the NWC with their 14th consecutive win. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs fell to 4-6 and 1-4 in the NWC with the defeat.    

Pirate hurler Libby Schaadt improved her record to 13 -1 with a six-inning, complete-game shutout. She allowed just three hits, struck out 10 Bulldogs and walked four.