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Shirley Benham was an Ada High School graduate

Shirley E. Benham, 78, of Beaverdam died at 7:25 a.m. March 22, 2015 at her residence. 

Shirley was born June 28, 1936, in Orange Township, Hancock County to the late John and Cora Balmer Marquart.  On Nov. 7, 1957 she married Billy A. Benham and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2009. 

She was a homemaker and had worked as an executive secretary at the A.J. Heinz  Company, Bowling Green.  She was a 1954 graduate of Ada High School.  


California professor to discuss love stories, gender

Dr. Cheri Larsen Hoeckley, professor of English and co-coordinator of gender studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., will explore “Men, Women, and the Stories We Tell About ‘Us’” in Bluffton University’s annual Women’s Studies Forum on March 31. Free and open to the public, her talk will begin at 11 a.m. in Founders Hall.

Spring instrumental concert March 29 at university

Three wind chamber ensembles will join the Bluffton University Concert Band to present a spring instrumental concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in Yoder Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Roy Couch, assistant professor of music, conducts the Concert Band and coaches a brass quintet, while Dr. Adam Schattschneider, professor of music, directs a flute ensemble and coaches a saxophone quartet.

Brittney Ries, a junior from Freeman, S.D., and a Concert Band member, will conduct the band’s performance of “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.”

Bluffton softball splits pair at Alma

March 21, 2015 Game 1 Stats I Game 2 Stats ALMA, Mich. - The Bluffton University softball team split a pair of two-run games at Alma on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The Beavers took game one by a 3-1 count before the home Scots returned the favor, 4-2, in the nightcap. Bluffton stands 9-8, while Alma moved to 9-9 on the season. It marked the first Bluffton victory against Alma since a 1-0 road shutout in 2009 and only the third win ever over the Scots.

Devore walkoff grand slam powers Beavers to sweep

March 21, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

Track opens outdoor season in Virginia

March 21, 2015

Men's results  I  Women's results

LEXINGTON, Va. - The men's and women's track and field teams opened their outdoor season at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA in mixed weather conditions and to mixed fortunes. 

Bluffton downs Franklin 6-2 in HCAC opener

March 20, 2015


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University baseball team finally played their home debut and made it count, as they opened HCAC play with a 6-2 victory over Franklin College on Friday, Mar. 20. Bluffton used a stout seven-inning performance from senior hurler Nate Simonds (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln) in the winning effort. The Beavers improved to 8-5 and 1-0 in conference play, while the Grizzlies fell to 5-6 and 0-1 in the conference.

Chamber invites sponsorships for June 27 fireworks

Fireworks will light up Bluffton’s nighttime sky as a pre-Fourth of July weekend celebration again this summer.

Bluffton fireworks, hosted by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, takes place the evening of Saturday, June 27, in the outdoor athletic field area of Bluffton University at the corner of Bentley and Augsburger roads.

The chamber currently seek donations from area businesses, industries, organizations and individuals to help support the fireworks.

It's time to think about Bluffton's downtown flower garden (this is where you come in)

When you think of Main Street Bluffton in the spring and summer do petunias come to mind? While it’s mid-March, it’s time to stop what you are doing and think about smelling the flowers.

According to Susie and Steve Stratton of Stratton Greenhouses, “This will be the ninth year for providing the potted plants on Main Street.”

To make this happen, according to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Steve and Susie are asking for contributions to keep the program going. This year the sponsorships are $100 per pot.

Ride to Remember bike event meeting Saturday AM

A planning meeting is set for 9:45 a.m., Saturday, March 21, in the History Room of the Bluffton Public Library (main floor) for persons interested in volunteering for the Ride to Remember bicycling event planned in Bluffton on Saturday, July 11.

The Saturday, July 11, event offers short bike routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders.