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Bluffton University hurdler shatters record, seeks NCAA DIII berth

Bluffton University sophomore Desmond Gist (Detroit, Mich./Trenton) traveled to Alliance, Ohio, on Thursday, May 19, 2022 to compete in the 110 meter hurdles event at the Mount Union Last Chance Meet.

He put up a record-setting time for the university and as of 11 p.m. Thursday night, was tied for 18th in NCAA Division III competition. Over the next day or so that status can change.


Pirate baseball eliminated by Parkway

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School baseball team lost 7-3 to visiting Parkway in Div. III sectional semifinal play Thursday, May 19.

The 12th-seeded Pirates fell to 3-18 with the loss, while 13th seed Parkway improved to 3-19 after the win. 

The Panthers advance to the sectional finals Friday, May 20 at top seed Pemberville Eastwood.

The district finals will be held at Elida May 26/28.


BPL Summer Storytime begins June 6; register today

Summer Storytime at Bluffton Public Library is for infants to Pre-Kindergarten who will get to talk, sing, read, write, and play with fellow Storytime Friends. This is a great way to engage your little one in social cues and how to make friends while listening to stories.

Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is required. 

Scan the QR code on the flyer with your phone camera

Drone's eye view of BHS street painting

Drone pilot Joel Dunifon provides a 5:00 video of Bluffton High School Seniors in the process of putting their mark on College Avenue in BIG painted graphics and text. 

View the video at


Hands off those baby birds

JAMPD tips on abandoned, nesting and fledgling birds

From the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District (via Facebook):

"The phone calls to the Park Office are increasing every day. Let's have a quick clarification on abandoned, nestling and fledgling birds on this Wildlife Wednesday.

"Abandoned-baby birds (animals) are rare. Unless you physically see the deceased parents near the nest (or burrow or den) DO NOT DISTURB the baby animal.

Aloha summer at BFR

Aloha Summer! is the theme for Bluffton Family Recreation's May 31-June 3 day camp:

"Finally saying Aloha to Summer! Surf into the start of summer vacation with a week full of water, sun, and exploring the amazing outdoors! We want each and every day at camp to feel like a vaca for our campers! Come join us to start camp with a positive and welcoming vibes! Make sure to bring your water clothes."