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15 minutes with Evan McCarthy

Evan McCarthy with Daisy

When did you move to Bluffton? Was that difficult for you or were you so young you don't remember much about that?

I moved to Bluffton around age 4 from Columbus and then Ada within a year. From what I remember it was exciting, especially the whole living on a farm thing.

When did you graduate from high school?

I graduated from high school in 2008.

Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Favorite course in high school? What activities were you involved in during middle and high school?

Bluffton card decks: this year's hottest item almost sold out

"Two cards, please dealer."

The hottest Christmas item in Bluffton this year is selling so quickly that less than 40 remain for sale.

The item: Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce card decks. The 52-piece ensemble sells for only $5. They are available while supplies last...and we emphasis "while they last."

The card decks were the idea of Melinda Bowden of PromoHits! That Main Street business sold sponsorships to Bluffton businesses to be on the cards. PromoHits! had the card decks printed and gave about 350 sets to the chamber as a fund raiser.

Photo contact sheets and life

By Tanya Pike

One of my responsibilities when I worked at the Bluffton News was to develop the black and white film that the editor shot every week. That was back in the days before digital cameras were the photographer's tools of choice. After winding the film into the canisters in total darkness, the process of developing each roll took about 30 minutes.

It was always a somewhat stressful half hour for me.


Schlumbohm funeral arrangements incomplete

Cecilia C. "Tootie" Schlumbohm, 87, of Pandora died at 1:50 p.m, Dec. 23, 2009 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home, Bluffton.


My attempt at giving Old Man Bluffton a Christmas list


Dear Icon Viewer:

It's a strange feeling to ride in a parade...watching the crowd. This happened to me on Nov. 28. As I rode and watched, I spied a guy who I hadn't seen in town for some time. It was Old Man Bluffton. He retired to warmer clims some years ago, but returns now and then to check up on his real estate.

After the parade, I caught up with him in the Senior Citizens Center and was lucky to give him a Bluffton Christmas list.


Bluffton Lions support Ohio School for Blind Marching Band in Rose Bowl parade

As you watch the Rose Bowl Parade on television on new year's day, you'll see two talented blind marching units with a Bluffton connection.

The Bluffton Lions Club is a supporter of the Lions White Cane Blind Precision Drill team and the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB) Marching Band, which is grouped with the Lions Clubs International float.

Marching in front of the Lions Clubs International float entry "Decades of Service" is the Lions White Cane Blind Precision Drill team from Tustin, Calif. The Lions' entry is eighth in the Rose Parade order of march.