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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. 


Karl L. Rieman served in the U.S. Army

UPDATED November 22, 2022.

Karl L. Rieman, 89, of Bluffton Ohio, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at his home.  Karl was born on August 11, 1933 to the late John and Mary (Maag) Rieman on the family homestead west of Glandorf, Ohio.  He married Teresa Ann (Kuhlman) Rieman on July 1, 1961, and she preceded him in death on July 9, 2010.


Residential lights contest deadline is December 2

Decorating for the holidays? The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has a prize for that. The chamber sponsors a residential holiday lighting contest to help spread the Blaze of Lights spirit throughout the village.

$1000 in Chamber Bucks will be awarded in 2022. There will be five categories this year each with a $200 prize.  They are:

Best Overall

Best Lights

Best Decorations

Mayor’s Choice *

Chamber Choice *


Christmas Open House at Schumacher Homestead, December 3-4

The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas Open House, “Christmas at the Homestead” will be held for two days, December 3 and 4, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead, located at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton.

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house, snack on treats in the summer kitchen and listen to songs of the season. Guests can watch food being prepared in the fireplace, hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the house and typical life in the 1840s.


Helping others at Red Cross blood drives

As many gather for Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends, the American Red Cross urges donors to shake up their holiday traditions and plan a time to give blood or platelets in the coming weeks.

Blood and platelet donations tend to drop more than 20% during holiday weeks, including the days around Thanksgiving. Seasonal illness and the threat of winter weather can add more concern during a time of year that is traditionally hard on the nation’s blood supply.


Beavers struggle in 98-68 loss at Hiram

By Takayla Gadberry, sports information alumna

HIRAM, Ohio – The Bluffton University men's basketball team traveled to Northeast Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 20, but came up short with a 98-68 loss at Hiram College. The Beavers dropped to 0-3 on the season, while the Terriers improved to 2-2.