Tired of the same old book recommendations?

There is a curious freshness about these vintage finds at Bluffton's Book Reviews used book store, 123 S. Main. Staffed by volunteers, the current shop hours are 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday. Check out the shop's Facebook page for more vintage shelves.

Village of Bluffton Income Tax Information for 2022

The Village of Bluffton has provided the following guidance on 2022 village income tax returns, including instructions for part-year residents, college students and those who moved in 2022.

It’s income tax filing time again. Below you will find important information in  regards to filing your 2022 Village of Bluffton Income Tax return.

Filing Deadline Date for 2022 Income Tax Returns: TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2023

The Village of Bluffton requires mandatory income tax filing by all full and part-year residents, age 18 or over, regardless of the amount of income they earned or lost in the case of a business. Even if your employer has fully withheld and paid in income tax to the Village of Bluffton or another municipality on your behalf, you are still required to file a Bluffton Income Tax return with the village annually. Any person or business located outside of Bluffton but performing services inside the village must also file a return. Anyone who receives income from rental properties, farm income, partnerships, self-employed business ventures, etc., must file an annual return regardless of any tax owed, even if there was a loss for the year.

Part-year residents will only be taxed on the income earned while they lived within the Village of Bluffton. When filing your first and last return it will be necessary to attach both your W-2s and a year- to-date pay statement (provided by your employer), as of the beginning or end date of your residency.

Bluffton American Legion Four Chaplains Service

Chaplain Gary Dipnarine of Bluffton American Legion Post 382 has announced a worship service to mark the Sacrifice of Four Armed Forces Chaplains during World War II, which will take place during the Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023 worship service at the Beaverdam Church of Christ, 308 East Main St.

The public is invited to attend the service, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

Legion officials and clergymen are planning special programs for the observance of the 80th Anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester and the heroism demonstrated by the four chaplains.


New Stories

By Matt M. Stutz

The Pandora-Gilboa Rockets welcomed Putnam County League rival Columbus Grove to the Launch Pad for a mid-week match-up for State Route 12 bragging rights. The Rockets found themselves down ten points late in the third quarter, but battled all the way back, to sneak away with a hard fought 46-43 PCL win.

Bluffton University’s library director, Carrie Phillips, will speak about “Mennonite Hymnals in the Special Collections of Musselman Library” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in the Reading Room of Musselman Library.

Dorothy F. Hartman, 78, of Bluffton passed away January 31, 2023 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

A memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 3, 2023 at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Cory-Rawson Schools have released the following honor roll for the second quarter of the 2022-2023 academic year, including grades 7-12. By our count, there are 94 students receiving these honors.

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Monday nights are for Hummin' and Strummin' at the library

By Paula Scott

Monday night at the library in Bluffton is quite different from other nights. There certainly is no shushing going on. When the Icon stopped by on January 30, the event now billed as “Hummin’ and Strummin’” drew in a group of regulars with guitars, a ukelele and a banjo, as well as a broad repertoire of songs. An equal number came to hum, sing and listen.

Hummin’ and Strummin’ is now a weekly activity from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Mondays at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St. Formerly known as the library jam sessions, the activity has been renamed to reflect that you don’t have to be a performer to join in. The schedule has been expanded to every Monday night the library is open.

Between songs there is plenty of getting to know each other, consultations on chords, capo settings and tuners, and remarks on concerts attended.

On this evening, song inspirations ranged from Johnny Cash to Brandi Carlile, and from cowboy songs to prog rock. Note takers were jotting down titles and composers that were new to them, so that they could check out lyrics and notes between events.

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