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June 4 Arts & Crafts show seeking 40 vendors

Blended Roots will host on Cherry St.

Blended Roots, 246 Cherry St., is seeking 40 vendors for the 2022 Bluffton Arts and Craft Festival, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. The festival will be located in and around the store including the surrounding grounds on Cherry and Railroad streets.

In addition to art and craft vendors, the festival will include food trucks and live music. Vendors are invited to participate with handmade and upcycled items. Mass quantity, catalog items are not allowed.


Book Review: State Of Terror

By Robert McCool

A blockbuster book from two powerful authors.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny co-authored the intense political thriller State Of Terror, (Thorndike Press ISBN-13-1-4328-8983-8) a page-turning thriller on a grand scale. If you like insight into the intrigue of our political system, this book is written to your taste.


Book Review: The Book of Magic

By Robert McCool

When I read for pure pleasure, I read Alice Hoffman. And nothing brings me more joy than her “Magic” books.

Beginning with Practical Magic from 1995, then enhanced by The Rules of Magic in 2017, also Magic Lessons in 2020, and now finishing with The Book of Magic (Simon and Schuster, ISBN: 978-9821-5148-5), Hoffman’s novels are masterworks of extraordinarily vivid magic-realism. These books are about books, family and love, in enchanting prose that opens your heart and mind to the possibilities that life has to offer.


Book Review: Gangsters vs. Nazis by Michael Benson

By Robert McCool

With sixty nonfiction books to his name, Michael Benson speaks with an authority that's hard to deny. That is especially true with his latest, Gangsters vs. Nazis: How Jewish Mobsters Battled Nazis in Wartime America (Kensington Press, ISBN: 978-0-8065-4179-2).

In this April 2022 release, Benson's genius particularly shines. His research is unparalleled and easy to follow in this engaging page-turner. His skill in writing nonfiction results in a flowing scene of visualizations of the people and places in the time they occur in, 1938. All of the action is accurate and true; he's committed to the story and willing to go the distance it takes to present it.


Book Review: The Devil in the White City

by Robert McCool

First posted on the Icon September 10, 2020.

Welcome to the White City - Chicago in 1890-1893.

It's been a while since I've written a review, as my wife had an emergency back surgery and an extended stay in the hospital that has kept me busy doing other things than writing.

But even as immediate as my time has been recently this book has been on my mind quite a bit. Once again, it comes recommended by a member of the Ada book club, and is justified as a good read.


Did the 13th Amendment end slavery?

By Amelia Alexander

Alexander is an Ada High School student and a regular columnist for the Bluffton Icon.

I have been learning many things in school that have inspired me to write about them. In government, we are memorizing the amendments. Even the early amendments to the U.S. Constitution that trace back to the 1800s are still extremely relevant. I wanted to write about the 13th Amendment because it pertains to things that the media does not always cover.


What is the 13th Amendment?