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Ohio’s weeklong deer gun hunting season

COLUMBUS__ Ohio hunters checked 19,359 white-tailed deer during the opening day of gun hunting season on Monday, Nov. 27, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s seven-day gun season is open until Sunday, Dec. 3, and a two-day gun season is open on Dec. 16-17.


News from the Bluffton Lions for November 2023

By Paula Scott

A visit to the Bluffton Lions Club meeting on November 21 provided updates from the organization and a chance to learn about Bluffton’s police department straight from Chief Ryan Burkholder, who made a presentation and answered questions from members.


$1.22 million in roadwork improvements will support GROB Systems

COLUMBUS__The Ohio Department of Development has announced the release of more than $5.3 million in funding to support business growth and community enhancement including a project in Bluffton to improve the SR 103-Navajo Dr. intersection.

During its Monday meeting, the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of more than $1.6 million through its Regional 166 Direct Loan program to benefit a pair of businesses and more than $3.7 million in Roadwork Development Grants to assist in a trio of construction projects.

Three communities will benefit from the Roadwork Development Grant, also known as the 629 program.

The Village of Bluffton will receive $1.22 million for public roadwork improvements in support of the GROB Systems, Inc., project in Hancock County. The proposed roadwork consists of constructing a single-lane roundabout on State Route 103 at the intersection with Navajo Drive and the reconstruction of Navajo Drive from State Route 103 moving south and then west to the intersection with Pocono Drive. As a result of the project and state assistance, 200 full-time equivalent jobs will be created, and 838 full-time equivalent jobs will be retained.


Eighth year for Credit Check Wednesday

Select Bluffton banks participate in free credit checks

So far in 2023, Crime Victim Services has helped 66 people who had credit accounts opened in their names, or credit cards stolen or misused. With identity thefts growing by the day, it’s important to monitor your credit report.


Community Foundation Awards $544K in Grants 

FINDLAY__The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Trustees  approved grants totaling $544,997 at the November board meeting. This total includes 18 responsive grants, four president’s discretionary grants and 31 donor advised fund grants.  


Capital campaign kicks off for dog park at scenic Lake St. location

By Paula Scott

An ad hoc group of Bluffton dog owners and enthusiasts is inviting the Bluffton community to give a “Woof!” and support the creation of a Village dog park on Lake St. next to the Village Arboretum. The Village of Bluffton is providing land and ownership of the park but funds for the construction of fencing and other infrastructure depend on donations.