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Boys' golf: Pirates finish 5th in NWC tournament

Aaron Belcher fires a 78, named all conference first team

Lincolnview won the Northwest Conference golf tournament in an 18-hole tournament played at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in Van Wert. The first-place tournament finish also clinched the overall 2016 conference golf championship for the Lancers.

The Lancers had a team total 338 to defeat tournament runner-up Spencerville (361) by 23 strokes.  Other tournament team totals were:  Columbus Grove (370), Paulding (372), (Bluffton 377), Crestview (388), Delphos Jefferson (401), Allen East (411), Ada (514).



STEAM on the Quad registration is now open

New OSU event gives K-12 students a chance to try out science, technology, engineering, arts and math

Registration for Ohio State’s STEAM on the Quad is now open. 

STEAM on the Quad is a new, family-friendly event where kids in grades K-12 will be able to do hands-on activities that will improve their knowledge and interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math fields. It will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, on the Ohio State Lima Quad.

STEAM on the Quad is a collaborative project between The Ohio State University at Lima and OSU Extension and is supported in part by the Ohio 4-H Foundation.


Oct. 7 colloquium: Literary fiction and spiritual conflict

Jamie Lynn Smith, assistant professor of English, will present the colloquium "In This World but Not of It: Literary Fiction and Spiritual Conflict” on Oct. 7. 

Smith’s presentation will focus on the intersection of Christianity and writing through personal examples. She will also perform a reading of her story “Because it Means ‘God is Gracious.’” 

Smith will also focus on questions of faith and how they’re played out in literary fiction. Her presentation is free and open to the public beginning at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.  

Apollo school board meets Sept. 26

Apollo school board will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in the Apollo board room, 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima. The board agenda is an attachment to this story.

Giant Wilson's Sporting Goods garage sale Saturday in Ad

The Wilson Sporting Goods football garage sale is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 24, 217 Liberty Street, Ada.

The sale includes hundreds of footballs, baseball gloves, shoes, clothes, tennis items and additional sporting good items.


Columbus Crew one-day winter camp at BFR in January

Columbus Crew Soccer Club will hold one of its winter camps at Bluffton Family Recreation in January.

The one-day camp is Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon. It is open to youth ages 5 to 14. Registration is $75 per youth.

Camps will focus on player development through a core foundation of soccer skills and a challenging learning environment.  A wide range of technical training will be included such as dribbling, passing, controlling and finishing.

$65,420 SR 103 safety study taking place

Choice One Engineering invites public comments by Sept. 28

The Village of Bluffton and Allen County Regional Planning are partnering this fall in a $65,420 safety study of State Route 103. The study is part of a much larger project, which could eventually lead to road improvements on the state route.

(Note: the cost of the study was updated from its original posting on Sept. 22)

The study’s focus is from the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing on Jefferson (SR 103) to Interstate 75.

Regional planning’s share of the project is $50,000 and the village’s is $15,420.

Petition asks village for additional safety measures at Main and College

Share the Road Bluffton, Ohio, Facebook invites viewer comments

While the Village of Bluffton is paying for a safety study of the State Route 103 corridor, a second safety project is also in play here.

Paula Scott, advocate for improved signage at Main and College, invites Icon viewers to sign a petition to ask village officials to revisit the intersection with an additional focus toward safety.

“Students who cross Main Street at College Avenue are being ignored by drivers,” she said. “The village needs to show drivers that it is a state law to yield to pedestrians in cross walks.”

Football Moms throw a party that includes a bonfire

It's all part of a small-town high school homecoming celebration

There's something about a homecoming bonfire.

And, here's the lastest one to watch. Jamie Nygaard followed the event from start to finish in the East College Avenue parking lot across from Harmon Field.

The Wednesday night party, hosted by the Bluffton HS Football Moms, helped launch this year's high school homecoming celebration.

The next event is Friday's best small town homecoming parade in Ohio. Parade line up at the Centre starts at 5 p.m. The parade heads south on Main Street at 5:30 p.m., turning at College toward the football stadium.

R Coop reopens Sept. 30 with lots of fall and season items

R Coop, 2168 Road R, Bluffton, is reopening Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers will find an offering unique repurposed fall, Halloween, Christmas and OSU/Michigan items. There will also be outdoor fall decore available. Check out R Coop on Facebook.
Hours through the end of October are Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.