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December 9, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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BHS has several NWC fall scholar athletes

Several Bluffton High School athletes are Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes for the fall sports season.

Gold level students have grade point averages of 3.50 or above.
Silver level students have grade point averages of 3.00 to 3.49

Cheerleading -  Gold: Sidnie Koontz, Maddie Soper, Chase Koontz, Shyanne Mortimer, Allison Wise

Boys CC - Gold: Brayton Businger, Tanner Pinks, Derek Swartzlander, Austin Warren, Seth Andreas, Noah Woodruff, Brice Metzger


Song of Zechariah Dec. 7 Advent theme at Trinity Lutheran

“The Song of Zechariah” is the focus of the Wednesday, Dec. 7,  7 p.m. Advent service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera.  The choir will sing “Praise to the Lord” and the church will be decorated for Christmas. Everyone is welcome as we hear how happy Zechariah was following the birth of his son John, who would go before the Lord to prepare the way for Him. 


Allen East HS National Red Ribbon photo contest winner

Kelly Prichard is Allen East SADD advisor

Allen East High School is the Region 5 winner of the  2016 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest.

Students, faculty and staff were led by teacher and SADD advisor, Kelly Prichard, in decorating the school with this year’s theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free.”

This was done in addition to the school’s traditional Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31) celebrations to promote their commitment to living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.


Documentary poet speaks on the contradictions of information and knowledge

With smart phones at many people’s fingertips all day, every day, a generation of young people have grown up with access to information at all times. But has all that information lead to an increase in knowledge?

Girls' basketball: Parkins and Rumer score 12 each in win

BHS beats Ft. Jennings 53-30 on Saturday

Bluffton High School girls' basketball team defeated Fort Jennings 53-30 on Saturday. The Pirates were led in scoring by Abbie Parkins and Averey Rumer both with 12 points each.

The box score is attached.


Appears briefly in Bluffton, promises to return

At least one snow creature appeared in Bluffton following Sunday night's snowfall. This guy was seen on West Elm Street at the Bergstrand front yard. A few other sightings were reported on the Bluffton University Centenial Hall lawn.

The word the Icon received was that these snow people will return later this winter.(Jerry Maag photo)

Ebenezer children's Christmas program Dec. 11

A children's Christmas program, "The Good News Flash" will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

The program includes children sharing in drama and song about the Christmas story. The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 

An afterglow will be held following the program. 


Icon's village park pond poll grabs viewers

One of the most attention-grabbing polls on the Icon is the poll from last week (Dec. 1-5).

Our question concerned the village park pond. Sixty-eight viewers responded to the poll with 75 percent indicating an interest in keeping the pond. Fifteen person of those who responded said to fill it in. Two percent had no opinion.

Bluffton council, on recommendation of the village park board voted 5 to 1 on Dec. 5 to fill in the pond. Joe Sehlhorst voted against the measure to fill in the pond.


230-plus new dress inventory coming to Studio Silhouette

Including 50 new wedding gowns and lots more

A Main Street Bluffton business is ready for the next 50 area weddings.

Rachel Davis, owner of Studio Silhouette, 103 N. Main St., recently add 50 new wedding gowns to her shop’s inventory.

That’s not all.

The wedding gowns are part of over 230 new dresses and other clothing accessories coming to the shop this week, she says. In addition to a dress for the bride, additional inventory includes dresses for flower girls, bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom.

The wedding gowns range from size 8 to 28 with prices from $200 to $1,500.


Christmas at the Homestead Saturday

Experience the season in rural Bluffton-Pandora in the 1800s

The Bluffton Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house, “Christmas at the Homestead” is Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead. 

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season. 

Guests can watch food being prepared in the fireplace, hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, string popcorn, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the house and typical life in the 1840s.