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University names vice president and dean of academic affairs

Lamar Nisly has served as interim since June 2017

Dr. Lamar Nisly has been appointed Bluffton University’s vice president and dean of academic affairs. Nisly has served as the interim vice president and dean of academic affairs since June 2017. 

As a member of the President’s Cabinet and the university’s chief academic officer, Nisly will oversee the academic program of the university including faculty development, assessment and general education. He will also guide the Center for Career and Vocation, Learning Resource Center, Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center, library and registrar’s office.

20 school years on the middle school cake

Bluffton Middle School opened Jan. 19, 1999

Where did the school years go?

On Jan. 19 the Bluffton Middle School celebrated its 20th birthday.

Kyle Leatherman, middle school principal, decided the event needed a birthday cake. So, on Friday during lunch students, staff and teachers had some cake and cupcakes, 20 years in the making.

Six of the teachers who were on the staff in 1998-99, and continue teaching this year, posed with the cake before it was cut into pieces.

Rhonda Maag created the cake.

Margaret Weaver funeral arrangements pending

Margaret Weaver, 97, of Bluffton died Jan. 20, 2019, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Boys' bball: Pirates grind out road win

Tuesday is a triple-header at home

By Sam Brauen www.blufftonpirates.com
(SPENCERVILLE) – A 12-0 third quarter burst saved Bluffton in a boys' league matchup at Spencerville. 

The Pirates started and ended the game with less scoring and energy than they hoped for but it was enough to grit out a 51-47 road win against the 1-10 Bearcats.  Luke Denecker scored 19 points and Jared Piercefield 18 as the top Pirate scorers.  Bluffton improved to 10-3 (3-1 in league play) with the win.

Keys to the Game


Wrestling: Pirates fourth at Van Buren Invitational

Deandre Nassar improves to 22-0

By Sam Brauen www.blufftonpirates.com
(VAN BUREN) - Senior Deandre Nassar won the 182 class leading Bluffton to a fourth place team finish at the Van Buren Invitational.  Tayton Kleman, Jeremy Sturgeon, Kaden Basil & Landen Luginbuhl all finished fourth in their classes and Dustin Mortimer nabbed fifth aiding in the strong Pirate team score.  


Robert "Bob" Badertscher was retired from Cooper Tire

Was a veteran of the Korean War

Robert "Bob" E. Badertscher, 88, died Jan. 20, 2019, at his residence. Bob was born March 30, 1930, in Bluffton to the late Milton and Edith (Kunzler) Badertscher. On June 27, 1959, he married Lena Preto Badertscher who preceded him in death on April 26, 2017.

Bob retired from Cooper Tire in Findlay.  He enjoyed gardening, bowling, fishing, doing puzzles and was well-known for his long walks all around Bluffton and greeting folks. He was a veteran of the U.S Army serving during the Korean War.