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If you like The Icon now, wait until you see what's coming in 2010

Notice anything different in The Icon home page? Look closely. We've created some fine-tuning, which makes things easier for viewers.

First, we've expanded the list of stories posted (check out the top, right-hand corner). Previously we listed the six most recent stories posted. Now there are 12 listed. Also, if you wish to check out the 10 most recent stories with relative ease, click the link at the bottom of the 12 stories. That link will reveal the 10 most recent stories and you may view them in one fell swoop, so to speak.


Bluffton Relay for Life teams organizing for 2010 event

Want more info? Call Tracy Steele, 419-358-0155, or John Spaeth, 419-326-4364

"Sockhop for a Cure" is the theme of the 2010 Bluffton Relay for Life according to Tracy Steele and John Spaeth, co-chairs of the event. This year's relay is from 3 p.m., Friday, June 26 to 9 a.m., Saturday, June 27. It is held at the Bluffton University Salzman Stadium.

An early-bird team registration is going on now until Jan. 28. Teams that register now have a registration fee of $50 per team of 15. Starting Jan. 29 team registrations are $10 per team member.


Retiring mama

I have a lot of heroes, but the one that ranks right up at the top is my mother. She'll probably snort with laughter when she sees that, but it's true. After all, how many 87-year-olds still work at two different retail stores several times a month, teach piano lessons, walk a half mile or ride a stationary bike most days, drive themselves most places, act as chauffeur to their non-driving friends, serve as an officer in her quilt club, make quilts for their grandchildren, take courses through ILR, sing in the Messiah every year and sing in the church choir?


15 minutes with Lindsay Steiner

Lindsay Steiner

What are your graduation years?
BHS 2001; Ohio University 2004; Kent State, MA in Literature and Writing, 2009. Now I'm in my first year as a Rhetoric and Composition PhD student in the Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice program at Kent State. I take classes and teach freshman writing.

Let's start at the beginning. Who did you sit beside in the first grade?

Leslie Wise.

What was your favorite thing about about grade school?

Probably art class with Mrs. Reineke.


It must belong to Karim Awad

It belongs to Karim Award

We spied this plate in front of the Award residence on Dec. 26. Knowing that Karim lives in Connecticut, we naturally figured it's his. To get the full impact of this plate, read the "61 minutes with Ben Luginbuhl."

61 minutes with Ben Luginbuhl; and don't believe a word of it

Ben standing in front of the '94 Dodge

By Fred Steiner

11:11 a.m. on the CNB clock. Dec. 26, 2009.

Ben Luginbuhl, always man-about-town in Bluffton, now of Portland, Ore., gets at the wheel of his parent's 1994 Dodge Caravan with 198,500 miles logged on it. There was a half tank of gas, peanuts on the floor mat and two cups of Common Grounds coffee to go in the cup holders.

He's in town for a few days and wants to get caught up on the slander and libel of the place. I want to cruise in the Caravan. It's an even trade.

He asks me if I've ever bagged it. I say, "No. What is it."