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Summary of November Board of Education meeting

The Board of Education of the Bluffton Exempted Village Schools held a regular meeting in the Elementary Media Center at 7:30 p.m. on November 21, 2022.

All board members were present: Larry Hoffman, President; Brad Dailey, Vice President; Roni Kaufman; Jeremy Scoles and Wes Klinger.

Staff present were Greg Denecker, Superintendent; Marty Herr, Technology Coordinator, Josh Kauffman, Middle School Principal, Paula Parrish, Treasurer, Ben Thiel, Elementary School Principal; Mike Wilson, Maintenance Supervisor.

All legislation was passed unanimously.

Ants N Fleas joins Icon advertisers

Ants N Fleas, a 5,000 square foot gallery of collectibles, antiques, flea market and consignment has joined business card advertisers on our Classifieds page.

Located at 201 E Kiracofe Ave, Elida, Ohio, Ants N Fleas may be contacted at 419-860-4023 and [email protected].

Business hours are Wednesday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Monday-Tuesday: Closed.


Highway patrol looks to reduce fatal crashes during holiday weekend

COLUMBUS--As Ohio residents and visitors make their way to see family and friends this Thanksgiving, Ohio troopers will be making sure motorists are taking the proper safety measures by driving sober, not driving distracted, and wearing their safety belt.

Troopers will be highly visible and cracking down on those driving impaired and those failing to wear a safety belt from Wednesday, November 23 at midnight through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 27.

Radio Dispatcher Tyree honored in Findlay

FINDLAY– Ohio State Highway Patrol Dispatcher Ashlee Tyree has been selected as the 2022 Dispatcher of the Year at the Findlay Dispatch Center. Dispatcher Tyree has also been selected as the 2022 Dispatcher of the year for the Findlay District. 

Tyree, 37, was honored in recognition of outstanding service of the past year at the Findlay Dispatch Center. Sworn officers and dispatchers chose Tyree based on technical job knowledge and ability, enthusiastic work attitude, teamwork, and prompt and courteous response to the public’s requests for information and assistance. 


2022 Blaze of Lights schedule of events

By Paula Scott

On November 26, Bluffton will celebrate the 36th annual Blaze of Lights, a longstanding tradition rooted in the ingenuity and creativity of a local farming couple, Harry and Dorothy Ream. This year’s theme for the float competition and downtown business decorations is “A Candyland Christmas.”

The centerpieces of the Blaze celebrations are a 5:00 p.m. parade and the Ream Folk Art Display lighting ceremony featuring the Town Crier. Please note that from year to year some details change. Below is a listing of activities scheduled for 2022.


Larry Dudgeon served in the U.S. Army

Larry Dudgeon, 88, passed away November 17, 2022 in Sebring, Florida. Larry was born June 13, 1934 in Bluffton to the late Melvin and Beulah (Rice) Dudgeon. On March 6, 1970 he married Annetta (Habegger) Dudgeon who preceded him in death on December 20, 2015.