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Photo-story: First grade hosts Author Party

On Thursday, May 12, Bluffton Elementary School first graders invited their families to an Author Party in the middle school cafetorium. The room was abuzz with activity, with the students presenting their writing and illustrations in small group circles.

Each student took a turn in the author's chair while other students and family members looked on. They shared an autobiography or an animal book that they had created. The event was organized like a conference with presentation groups numbered and authors listed on signs.


Bluffton chamber board hires Jim Enneking as executive director

At the May 13 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) meeting, board president Mandy Gerken-Snyder (Bluffton Paving Inc.-Bluffton Stone Company) introduced guests to the organization’s new executive director, Jim Enneking.


Bernard W. Baumgartner worked for Ford Motor Company

UPDATED May 16, 2022.

Bernard W. Baumgartner, 92, passed away peacefully in Dayton, Ohio on May 12, 2022.  He was born on July 15, 1929 in Bluffton, Ohio to the late Reno and Viola (Geiger) Baumgartner.  On February 14, 1949 he married Betty J. Busick who preceded him in death. 


Pirate boys 2nd, girls 4th at NWC track title meet; Bogart sweeps hurdles

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School track and field teams fared well at the nine-team, annual Northwest Conference championship meet in Convoy Saturday, May 14, hosted by Crestview. 

The Bluffton boys finished an impressive second, behind only repeat  champion Columbus Grove.

Spencerville won the girls team crown, with Grove second and Bluffton coming in a solid fourth.

Pirate junior Landon Armstrong won the boys 800 meter run in an NWC R meet record time of 1:56.16. He broke the mark held previously by Simon Derstine of 1:57.7.


6th inning flurry lifts Lady Pirates over AE

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School varsity softball team finished strong late to end its league regular season schedule with a 7-2 win at local rival Allen East Saturday afternoon.

The Pirate girls improved to 10-8 overall and finished a very respectable 5-3 in the NWC with their comeback victory. 

AE dropped to 9-11 overall and 2-5 in the NWC with the defeat.   

Bluffton trailed 2-0 after Lady Mustang hurler Nikki Thaxton slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning.


A chat with the woman who played the piano in Bluffton’s silent movie theatre

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By Fred Steiner

Question: Can you name a business that has continually operated on Bluffton’s Main Street for over one century?

Answer: You may not guess this, but the answer is a movie theatre. Today’s Shannon Theatre was once called the Carma. And, the Carma’s origins started in the silent film era as the Star Theatre.

In the days of silent movies, a piano player sat in a pit near the screen providing music to accompany the drama unfolding.

That piano player was Helen Worthington.