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June 18 evening hike at Motter Park

On Tuesday, June 18, at 6:00 p.m., The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park
District will lead an evening hike at Motter Metro Park, 10740 Columbus Grove Rd., Bluffton.


BHS Academic Awards spotlights scholarship recipients and outstanding students

UPDATED MAY 29: The Daniel L. Sommers Memorial Scholarship was also awarded to Alyssa Hoffman.

Bluffton High School held the 44th annual Academic Awards Program on Wednesday, May 15 in the Middle School Cafetorium. The program included a welcome by principal Mike Minnig and academic awards presentations introduced by Dr. Elizabeth Smith, school counselor, who also provided closing remarks.


Bluffton Middle School honor roll for final quarter of 2023-2024

The following honor roll has been issued by Bluffton Middle School for the 4th Quarter of the 2023-2024 school year.

All “A” Honor Roll

6th Grade:  Bentley Angel, Barrett Benroth, Jillian Blackburn, Clara Brauen, Thayne Bricker, Landon Byers, Cameron Cox, Easton Dunifon, Caleb Fifer, Warren Gaertner, Alenah Gordon-Hancock, Nakia Grenier, Colton Kelly, Kyson Kleman, Amara Kohli, Peyton Lieurance, Hope Luginbill, Dominic Recker, Addison Rieman, Juliana Rigali, Kadreye Scoles, Addilyn Shoemaker, Claire Snyder, Abram Steiner, Emery Thiel

7th Grade:  Kohen Anderson, Bodey Benroth, Evelyn Boyles, Madison Coonfare, Jaegar Crawfis, Micah DeMarco, Marissa Dennis, Jack Eiden, Max Fritsch, Austin Ginther, Ariana Goings, Leah Granger, Lukas Green, Georgia Hagan, Leah Hoffman, Titus Koogler, Gabriella Lewis, Morgan Martini, Colton McGuire, Elyse Montel, Siren Morris, Kaden Niekamp, Bracyn Oglesbee, Atticus Prothro, Adalynn Rettig, Samantha Ruller, Brody Schneck, Taryn Shaw, Carter Steinmetz, Madelyn Sterrett, Tessa Tarplee, Hailey Utendorf, Camden Verb, Cole Weissling, Kaydence Welch



Bluffton Council prepares legislation to put new Safety Services funding on November 2024 ballot

Proposed Village Income Tax increase would raise about $31M over 20 years; June 10 and June 18 public meetings scheduled

By Paula Pyzik Scott

On Tuesday, May 28, the Village of Bluffton Council took the first steps required to ask Bluffton voters for new funding for Village EMS, Fire and Police departments. Beginning with a separate committee of the whole meeting, councilors reviewed developments that make current funding inadequate to continue existing levels of service.

Significant equipment cost increases and dramatically higher demand for EMS services were cited as primary factors. Full-time EMS staffing is proposed.

Council discussed a proposed November 5 ballot measure asking Bluffton voters to approve or deny an increase in the Village income tax rate from 1.25% to 1.65%

At the regular meeting that followed, council unanimously approved the first of three readings of a Resolution to place the issue on the November 5, 2024 ballot. Council also unanimously approved the first of three readings of the Ordinance to increase the Village income tax for 20 years.



"Mornings with Mommy" summer park play dates in Jenera

Bring your kids/grandkids--both big and small and join "Mornings with Mommy" at the Jenera Park on the south edge of Jenera starting at 9:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of June, July and August.


"Those ravishing seniors and teachers" at Bluffton High School in 1974

The headline reads: "Those ravishing seniors and teachers." School's been out for 50 years for Bluffton High School alumni in the class of 1974. Check out the 1974 Buccaneer courtesy of the BHS online Wall of Fame HERE.