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Game review: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

TEH. BEST. GAMES. EVAR.
By Andr'e Swartley

Issue #10
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Lucasarts
Platform: Mac, PC, Xbox
Rating: T for Teen

It's difficult to explain to someone who didn't live through the 1980s just how quickly and completely Star Wars saturated our culture during that decade. All of my friends, male and female, had Star Wars action figures, lunch boxes, breakfast cereal, bed sheets, underpants, etc.

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Aphaphanh Nussbaum named chair of 2010 chamber of commerce

Aphaphanh Nussbaum of Ten Thousand Villages is the new Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce chair for 2010. Brendon Matthews held the position in 2009. He continues on the board. The chamber board reorganized on Jan. 29.

Other new officers include Julia Szabo, secretary, Judy Augsburger (continuing as treasurer), Robert Neff (continuing as economic development chair), Jamie Mehaffie (continuing as investor benefits chair), and Mandy Kinn, pro-active business voice chair. Other board members are Luke Young and Matt Luke.

50,000 pounds of wool wanted

Bluffton's Russell Hotel

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Here's an extremely rare glimpse of Main Street Bluffton prior to 1900. The photograph is a tintype measuring 6 1/2 by 9 inches. Of all the tintype photos taken of Bluffton, this is the largest we've ever seen.

The photograph shows the Russell Hotel. It was once located where the Citizens National Bank is today on the west side of Main Street. There are other photos of the hotel that can be seen in early Bluffton post cards of Main Street.

Red Cross blood drive Feb. 4 at First Mennonite

First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, will host a Red Cross blood drive this week at the church. The drive is from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. For more details on how to donate check here.

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Fortune magazine recognizes Edward Jones financial services; Ron Michel: "Gratifying honor"

For additional information about the company, contact Michel or Alliman at 419-358-2622. The Bluffton office is at 107 S. Main St.

The financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked number 2 on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2010" list in its 11th year on the list, according to Ron Michel and Mark Alliman, financial advisors in Bluffton.

Letter: From Icon reader Jane Yoder, Louisville

Hi Fred and Mary:

Just a quick note from Louisville...I just LOVE your website and check it out quite often! Nancy Yeager told me about it soon after you were up and running. What a great way for so many of us former Blufftonites to keep in touch with Bluffton! I really appreciate what you and your staff are doing.

Re: the historical picture of the Methodist Episcopal Church Choir...I am wondering if the signature on the back belonged to Harl "Choppy" Mann who was married to Pearl Bogart Mann.

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