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June 24, 2018

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Several ODOT projects affect local traffic patterns

Interstate 75 and state routes around Bluffton and Beaverdam

Several projects by the Ohio Department of Transportation will affect traffic patterns next week in the Bluffton area. Those follow:

• State Route 103 near the village of Jenera, between county Road 698 and township Road 59, will close June 25 for five days for replacement of three culverts. Traffic detoured onto state Route 235, U.S. 30 and U.S. 68 back to state Route 103. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.

It's a garden you'll want to see

Bluffton in Bloom's garden of the month award to Nanci Mistovich

The Bluffton in Bloom committee presented the Garden of the Month Award for June to Nanci Mistovich. Nanci’s yard on Polo Drive includes dramatic rock displays, whimsical arrangements of found objects, and impressive sweeps of beautifully maintained plants and herbs.  

Garden of the Month winners receive a signed certificate of recognition from the mayor, as well as a $25 gift certificate and hanging basket of their choice from Stratton Greenhouses.


Chicken barbecue Friday evening on Presbyterian lawn

Bluffton Presbyterian Church will hold a chicken barbecue during the Wheels Festival on Friday, June 15.

Serving is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The barbecue is from Ted's Market and tickets are $8.50 each. Included is chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans and a roll.

Also available will be brauts and hot dogs. Tables and chairs will be set up on the church lawn. For tickets in advance contact Lynda Best at 419-296-2790.

And they will close Main Street - it's that big

It's a birthday party, a carnival, and a 5-K on Saturday downtown Bluffton

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co., Bluffton celebrates Shirley's birthday on Saturday, June 16, with a day full of family-friendly events, according to Pete and Kim Suter.

Carnival games, a coloring contest, and buy-one-get-one specials highlight the event held downtown Bluffton, with 100 percent of sales being donated to Bluffton Public Library.

Letter: I appreciate the Elida students who spoke up

Mr. Ascura’s AR-15 rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition made his verbalized threats to the four students credible.

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Note: This was originally posted in the Lima News as a guest column.

By Beth Bish

I would like to express my appreciation to the four Elida students who spoke up regarding Mr. Ascura’s threats to “shoot up,” Elida High School. They were courageous when they decided to talk with the Allen County’s Sheriff’s office. I appreciate the speed at which the Allen County Sheriff’s office assessed the threat, made a decision, and then carried out their investigation to a peaceful end.


Todd French 1964-2018

Todd Adams French, 54, of Palmyra, Pa., and formerly of Lima, died Saturday, June 9, 2018. He was born on March 17, 1964, to Dean and Connie French at St Rita's Hospital in Lima.

He graduated from Elida High School in 1982. He attended the business program at the Ohio State University and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He worked with Republic Parking Systems and was transferred to Harrisburg International Airport in 1989 as manager.