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Knowlton Science Center construction update

Bluffton University posted this visual progress report on Knowlton Science Center construction. For an up to the minute view, visit

What’s the story about the curve on Bentley Road north of Bluffton?

By Fred Steiner

Why is there a “curve” on Bentley Road just north of Bluffton where the road crosses Riley Creek?

There’s also a curve on Tom Fett Road and on Phillips Road at about the same location.

On Phillips Road it's a serious twist, instead of being just a curve in the road. That’s because the Tom Fett and Bentley “jogs” have been modernized. Phillips remains the same at it was when it was originally laid out.

Bluffton girls edge AE to claim tourney crown; Scoles named MVP

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton girls basketball team held off a late rally to defeat backyard rival Allen East 55-52 in an exciting championship game at the annual Lewis Family McDonald's Holiday tournament late Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Mustangs had a last-gasp chance to tie it on a left wing three-pointer in the final seconds. The shot by senior Kennedy Truex was on line but came up just short to preserve the three-point Pirate win.

The Pirate girls improved to 2-0 with the hard-fought win. AE fell to 1-1 with the difficult defeat.


Deborah Sanders obituary

Deborah "Debb" Diane Sanders, 69, passed away November 18, 2022 at Bluffton Hospital. Debb was born July 24, 1953 in Lima to the late Charles and Opal (Williams) Webb. 

Debb graduated from Allen East High School. She loved and adored her previous job as a nanny. Debb was a life member of High Street Freewill Baptist in Harrod. She was a seamstress, cake decorator and was a jack of all trades.  


Weekend Doctor: RSV

By Brittany Grider, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist of Northwest Ohio

It’s always a joyful moment when a new baby is born. Everyone in the family wants to come meet the new addition. A few days later, this precious little baby is struggling to breathe and needs to be in the ICU with RSV bronchiolitis. 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is generally a virus present in the winter, usually at its worst in January and February each year. This year, RSV and influenza were conspicuously absent in the winter months. There are likely multiple reasons for this, but the bottom line is that RSV is here now. 


BHS girls basketball beats Arlington with big 4th period

By Cort Reynolds
Photo by Marvin Foster

Tournament host Bluffton High School girls basketball team toppled Arlington 59-43 in the semifinals of the annual Lewis Family McDonald's Holiday event Friday night, November 18.

The Pirates jumped to a 14-6 lead after the first period, but the Red Devils cut the margin to 31-25 at intermission.

Arlington's Brooklyn Smith scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in the second stanza to keep the visitors close.

Bluffton held a 40-34 lead going into the fourth period after a 9-9 third stanza.

The Pirates then sank 12 of 17 free throws in the final quarter to win it 19-9 and cruise to victory by 16 points.

Better-balanced Bluffton placed four players in double figures, compared to one by Arlington.