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Girls' bball: Huge win for Bluffton over Spencerville

The Bluffton HS girls' basketball team defeated Spencerville tonight  44-43. The Pirates are now the only undefeated team in the NWC. The Lady Pirates move to an 11-3 record and 5-0 in the Northwest Conference. 

The Lady Bearcats drop to 3-1 in the Northwest Conference and 10-3 on the season. 

Box score attached -


80 years combined...and counting

Dyck and Sue Richard: Four decades have flown by for these MHCO employees

When they accepted jobs at Mennonite Memorial Home, neither Rodney Dyck, nor Sue Richard anticipated that they would still be at MMH four decades later!  Richards recently celebrated her 40th anniversary as an employee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, while Dyck had that honor in 2017. 

Working in two different departments, the long-term employees have similar feelings about working at MMH … Do a good job.  Get to know and understand the residents, and be willing to change to meet the needs of the organization.

He pulled a trapped woman from a vehicle before it exploded

Bluffton police name Kenneth Dotson of Vaughnville, its 2018 Citizen of the Year

A Vaughnsville man with a Bluffton connection is the Bluffton Police Department’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.

The honor goes to Kenneth Dotson, coincidentally the father of Tom Dotson, who owns Tommy Tire. Kenneth Dotson works at Tommy Tire. He was recognized during the Jan. 14 Bluffton council meeting.

Here’s the circumstances surrounding the award:

On Nov. 8 Kenneth Dotson and his wife, Rebecca, were southbound on Interstate 75 near mile marker 138 when they witnessed a two-vehicle accident on the Interstate.


The Inn at ONU introduces a new menu

16-page menu includes an assortment of options

Check out the new 16-page events planning  menu and and the new menu at The Inn at Ohio Northern University. The Inn is located at 401 W. College Ave., Ada.


It includes menus for:
• Food and beverages
• Breakfast buffet
• Brunch
• Take a break (afternoon tea time and meeting breaks)
• Cold reception offerings
• Hot reception offerings
• Lunch buffets
• Plated luncheon entries
• Lunches
• Dinner buffets
• Plated dinner


Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?

A new class starts in March; registration deadline Feb. 23

The Allen County and Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will partner to host a master gardener volunteer training course for new master gardener volunteers this spring.

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program
provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who
then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities
for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county

Here's the 2019 public library board meeting schedule

The Board of Trustees of Bluffton Public Library has announced its meeting schedule for 2019. 

Meetings will be held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. the library's Board Room at 145 S. Main St., Bluffton. 

No meetings will take place in July or December.

Board members are Elizabeth Hostetler, president; Bob Beer, vice president; Carrie Phillips, secretary; Amy Lehman Mikesell, Robert Scott, Emily VonStein, and Nancy Yeager. 

 Board meetings are open to the public.