• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

January 31, 2015

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Two older, experienced Buckeye fans

Where were you on Jan. 24?

A couple "older experienced Buckeye fans" Marcia Gallant and Brenda Byers attended the OSU National Championship celebration at OSU stadium Saturday Jan. 24.

They left Bluffton at 6 a.m. with a bag full of winter clothing and enjoyed the band, the team and thousands of other Buckeye crazies as the National Championship trophy and other awards were shared with the crowd.


Letter: Library thanks all sponsors, donors and supports in 2014

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The Bluffton Public Library wishes to thank the wonderful patrons, community members and businesses who sponsored, donated time and gifts, and supported the library during 2014 - through your generosity we are able to offer successful programs which encourage reading, education, and community awareness. 

We had wonderful programs and presentations which helped the community discover new things (and revisit old classics) which were provided by:


Sarah Hunter named HCAC Athlete of Week

January 26, 2015

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University’s Sarah Hunter (Mt Blanchard/Riverdale) posted one of the top 800-meter times in the nation at the Findlay Track and Field Classic and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. It marks the first time since 2012 that a Bluffton track and field athlete has been named Player of the Week.

Kenton comes to town Tuesday facing BHS boys'

By Evan Skilliter

A strong, 21-point performance from Levi Kistler and a solid first half performance from the Pirates was not enough to contain a talented Spencerville offense as the Bearcats outscored Bluffton 33-19 in the second half en route to a 52-38 Northwest Conference victory.

Junior Zach Goecke turned in 18 points for Spencerville (9-3, 3-1 NWC), 10 of which came in a huge third quarter for the Bearcats.  Bluffton fell to 10-3, 1-2 in the NWC.


When Willie Stemen coached the Pirates

Forty-seven seasons ago, these Pirates, with their black Red Ball Jets tennis shoes, finished 12-9 overall and set a school record scoring of 103 points in a game (versus Perry in tourney opener). Names of the players are attached to the photo. This was the 1967-68 Bluffton boys' team.


View an asteroid Monday night

The ONU Astronomy Club invites Icon viewers to a special event from 8 to 10 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, according to Jason Pinkney.

“Normally we meet on Fridays, but on this day, a small asteroid (0.3 miles across) will fly safely past the Earth close enough to be seen through our telescopes. The closest approach is about three times the distance to the Moon,” he said.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass through the constellation Cancer during the evening, and its motion should be detectable to the eye (unlike most asteroids).

Hey, Dad! I made the middle school honor roll!

Here's the Bluffton Middle School Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year.

All “A” Honor Roll:

6th Grade:  Isabella Angel, Elizabeth Bourassa, Simon Derstine, Rebekah Hoff, Ellie Hoffman, Levi Hohenbrink, Joshua Meyer, Melina Meza, Thaddeus Mittendorf, Grace Myers, Isaac Pimentel, Lauren Rhodes, Alexi Rieman, Tanner Schultz, Julia Smallcombe, Celia Smith


Bluffton First United Methodist baked spaghetti dinner Feb. 18

First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, will hold a baked spaghetti dinner to benefit children and youth ministries from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 in the fellowship hall.Youth Ministries. Tickets are $7 each. Contact 419-358-8921; carry-out and delivery are available.


Mennonite historian subject of peace lecture

This year’s C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture at Bluffton University will address the 20th-century Mennonite historian for whom it is named.

Dr. Perry Bush, a professor of history at Bluffton, will examine “The Professor as Peacemaker: C. Henry Smith and the Mennonite Intellectual Tradition, 1920-1948” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Founders Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

2015 looks like an exciting year for Bluffton - chamber has several new programs planned

This proves to be an exciting year for the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce as the chamber has several ambitious plans to promote the community, according to Fred Steiner, chamber CEO.

Among those include:
• launching a signage program,
• expanding social media to promote the community, and
• developing ways to make Bluffton a destination for visitors.

These three programs emerged from last winter’s chamber brainstorming session when the chamber board asked members for ideas on improving Bluffton.