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December 14, 2017

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The Advent of Emmanuel Christmas program Dec. 17

At Riley Creek Baptist Church

 Riley Creek Baptist Church, 4950 Township Road 27, Bluffton, invites the public to its Christmas program, “The Advent of Emmanuel,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. 

The program will consist of a play telling the story of “Lydie” as she comes to understand the true meaning of Christmas, along with a number of musical selections and parts for children of the congregation.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information call 419-326-6361.


Bluffton University’s literary journal goes digital

The second edition of “Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal” is now live.

Sorry - "The Bluffton We Never Knew" won't make it for Christmas

Delay at the publishing house - book expected in January; pre-sale orders still available

“Everyone who pre-orders a book as a Christmas gift will receive a card stating the book is on its way after Christmas,” said Steiner. “That way, the gift-giver has something to present on Christmas morning.”

Production issues have delayed the printing of the Icon’s book “The Bluffton We Never Knew,” according to Fred Steiner.


Berch Carpenter steps down from tree commission

Berch Carpenter, recently retiring member of the Bluffton Tree Commission, was recognized at the Dec. 11 Bluffton council meeting.

Mayor Judy Augsburger presented Carpenter with a plaque reading: "In grateful appreciation of your 10-plus years of service and dedication to the Bluffton Community Village Tree Commmission."

The mayor said that Nancy Benroth was recently appointed as Carpenter's replacement.


Laura Strahan, Icon's student artist of the month

Laura Strahan, a Bluffton High School senior, is the Icon's student artist of the month. Laura has enrolled in Art 1, Design 1, Design 2. Her college plans are undecided.

Describing the art project in the photo, Laura says: "It was a watercolor painting of a drawing I did of a dragon at the top of a waterfall with mountains in the background.

"I don't think watercolor is my best medium - had not had much experience - but I felt like I got better at it and enjoyed it more as I did the project."

Vickie Garmon is the Bluffton High School art teacher.


Stanford study says Bluffton students learn faster

Local district in 95 percentile nationwide


Students in Bluffton schools appear to be learning faster than those in almost every other school system in the nation.

That fact is evident in new data from Stanford University.