• 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." 

February 1, 2015

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Anita Augsburger Topp was a 1966 Bluffton High School graduate

Anita L. (Augsburger) Topp, 66, of Delphos, died on Sunday Jan. 4, 2015, at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. 

She was born July 3, 1948, in Bluffton, to Denver and Pauline (Showalter) Augsburger. Both preceded her in death. She married John Vogt on Jan. 17, 1970,  and he preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1988. She then married Larry Topp on Nov. 26, 1994, he survives in Delphos.


Family satisfaction survey ranks Willow Ridge in elite Ohio group

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) does it again!

Willow Ridge of MHCO was named 13th highest in the State of Ohio according to the results of the 2014 Ohio Department of Aging Resident Nursing Home Family Satisfaction Survey.

Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest Senior Living Village and MMH Independent Living, said that those survey results were released this month.

Willow Ridge, featuring the first Green House Homes in Ohio, scored a 94.6% satisfaction score to achieve its ranking. 

Bluffton HS sophomores visit Apollo Jan. 30

Bluffton High School sophomores will visit Apollo Career Center this month.

BHS students will be among the nearly 650 sophomores in Apollo Career Center¹s 11-member district to visit Apollo during 411Blast, Friday, Jan. 30.

Parents of sophomore students interested in attending Apollo for the 2015-16 school year are also invited to attend.

Bob Reichenbach was a life-long farmer and was retired from Ex-Cello

Robert "Bob" L. Reichenbach, 84, died Jan. 19, 2015, at 7:15 a.m., at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born April 8, 1930, in Marion, Ohio, to the late William and Sibyl (Cooley) Reichenbach.  On Jan. 14, 1955, he married Carrol Goodwin Reichenbach who survives.


MLK forum: A call for King-like courage, nonviolence

A call for King-like courage, nonviolence

Martin Luther King Jr. publicly opposed the Vietnam War for the first time in 1967, straining his relationships with other civil rights leaders and President Lyndon Johnson.

And today, “we, too, must break our silence” when witnessing violence—whether physical or other unjust treatment—being perpetrated against others, a nonviolence activist said in Bluffton University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Forum on Jan. 20.

Peanut peanut butter and jelly is the winner

And the winner is...PEANUT PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY!

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co., invited customers to participated in an employee popcorn cook-off held Saturday.

According to Shirley's website the team of Amber and Sean created the winning flavor.

Shirley's is still working on the details, but expect to see Peanut Peanut Butter & Jelly available in the store as a flavor of month soon.


University Gospel Choir sings at Lima MLK breakfast

Members of the Bluffton University Gospel Choir sing Jan. 19 at the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast at the Lima Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Sigma Mu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Funeral arrangements incomplete for Paul Risner

Paul E. Risner, 76, died at 8:33 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in an auto accident.

He was born on Oct. 23, 1938, in Lima, Ohio to Elmer R. and Ellen Elizabeth (Gilroy) Risner and they preceded him in death. On May 19, 1956, he married Carolyn J. Gullett and she survives in Bluffton.

Mr. Risner retired from Rockwell where he worked as a machinist. He attended Grace Gospel Church of Ada.


Bluffton Lions Club offers scholarships

The Bluffton Lions Club is offering two $500 scholarships to 2015 graduating seniors in local schools. The scholarships will be paid directly to the school or college where the winningstudents will be enrolled.

Applications for these scholarships may be obtained through the guidance counselors in Bluffton, Pandora-Gilboa or Cory-Rawson school districts. Applications received by April 15, 2015 will be considered.

Ideal Images has relocation sale - lots of special prices

Ideal Images, 114 E. College Ave., Bluffton, is having a relocation sale with $2, $5, and $10 tables, according to Rachel Webster, owner. The sale is underway now.

Ealier this month Webster announced that it is expanding and moving one site to Lima and retaining another in Bluffton at a new location.

"We are proud to be a member of the Bluffton community and will celebrate our fourth  successful year in business on Jan. 24," said Webster.