Musselman Library collection of Mennonite hymnals featured

Musselman Library on the campus of Bluffton University is hosting a 3:00 p.m. program on February 5, featuring Mennonite hymnals in the library's special collections. The hymnals display will remain up through next week. The Sunday event is part of the Voices Together event and exhibit series.

It happened one night

By Fred Steiner

A barn explosion, rather than a barn-burner describes this game 64 basketball seasons ago in the packed old Bluffton High School gym, featuring the LaFayette Wolves versus the BHS Pirates.

The late Charles Hilty describes the game, from his seat on the gym stage as the official scorekeeper. This story is reprinted from “Bluffton Anthology: A Creeks Runs Through It,” available at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center and The Black Lab.

By Charles Hilty
Who won the 1959 Bluffton-Lafayette boys basketball game? The scoreboard (after some hesitation) said Bluffton did 61-60, but the referees couldn't decide. 

One person who held a positive opinion from start to finish was Lafayette coach Bob Harter, who said Lafayette won 60-59. 

The whole, roaring argument could have been avoided if Bluffton's Buck Schifke hadn't been lucky. Lafayette led 60-59 when Schifke grabbed the ball after a tipoff and heaved it towards the basket before or after (pick one) the final buzzer sounded. 

The ball went through and the argument began. Referees, coaches, players and fans swarmed over the timer's table, demanding an official verdict. The timer said the shot was good, an opinion which was instantly unpopular with at least half the house. 


BHS boys basketball: 70-55 win vs Falcons

By Cort Reynolds

The host Bluffton High School boys basketball team rode a three-point barrage to beat Riverdale 70-55 in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, February 4.

Sophomore guard Marek Donaldson drained seven of the 11 Pirate three-point goals, and he scored a game-high 23 points to pace the victory.

Bluffton outscored the Falcons 36-24 after intermission.  

Donaldson sank three trifectas in the opening stanza to help the Pirates to a 20-13 advantage.


New Stories

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new pilot program which will allow the Sheriff’s Office to send future deputies to Rhodes State College Basic Police Officer Academy.

The ACSO Cadet program will provide the costs of tuition and equipment for up to five (5) cadets. Additionally, these cadets will receive full-time medical benefits and pay while enrolled in the academy. Upon successfully completing Rhodes State College Basic Police Officer Academy and obtaining OPOTA certification, these individuals will be hired as fulltime Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

LIMA--The Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission (LACRPC) is soliciting public review and comment on the FY 2024-2027 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and the FY 2024-2027 State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP).  The TIP is an official listing of capital, highway, transit, pedestrian, bicycle, and bridge projects scheduled for construction with federal funds in Allen County over the next four-year period. Planning and engineering efforts are also identified.

Findlay--Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County, through its Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), is launching a new program that connects area residents with the technology and training necessary to function in today’s digital world.

“UNIFI provides a variety of customized services aimed at increasing digital connectivity and support to members of the community through more accessible, affordable, reliable, and adoptable technology,” explains Dustin Fuller, FOC manager. “We offer resources such as devices, data plans and training to  individuals and families that are otherwise unable to benefit from online resources.”

During the fall 2022 semester, Dr. Gerald Mast’s Religious Communication class at Bluffton University developed study notes based on class discussions of three texts from the Bible including one each from the Old Testament, New Testament and Psalms.

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February 11 funeral service for Barbara Jean Suter

LONGMONT, Colo.--Barbara Jean “BJ” Suter, 74, died January 13, 2023 at Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont after a private year-and-a-half long battle with breast cancer, accompanied shortly before her death by her long-time friend and housemate David Coile.

BJ was born August 9, 1948 in Dayton, Ohio to Dale and Helen Suter and spent her early years in Centerville, south of Dayton. At the age of four, she knocked out her front tooth on her family’s piano and began her musical career.

After the family moved to Troy, Ohio in 1956, she mastered the piano and later joined the high school band and learned the flute, violin, sousaphone and tenor drum—though the guitar soon became her primary instrument. She then explored choral music, winning a state music competition with a 6-voice ensemble, and was named “Most Valuable Musician” her senior year. From there she went on to earn degrees in music, art and German from Bluffton College in 1970.


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