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BVHS Names Renee Smith, MD as New Chief Medical Officer

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has announced that Renee Smith, MD will become its new chief medical officer (CMO).

Dr. Smith comes to BVHS from Aspirus Network, Inc. (ANI), a clinically integrated provider network in Wausau, Wisconsin with more than 1,100 physicians, advanced practice clinicians and other providers with 110 practices. Most recently, she served ANI in the capacity of executive director (since 2016) and as medical branch director–emergency operations center (since 2020).

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October Board of Education meeting notes

The Bluffton Board of Education met in the Elementary School media center on October 18 with an audience of nine including the Bluffton Icon.

Among contracts approved by the board was bus driver Deborah Hilty, hired for a 60 day trial period at 4 hours per day.

Middle school principal Josh Kauffman noted that amidst the tight hiring market for drivers, that “knock on wood,” the Bluffton schools are in good shape with drivers and substitute drivers.

Pirate volleyball season ends with marathon tournament loss 

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton volleyball team lost a five-set nailbiter to visiting Van Buren in the Div. III sectional semifinals Monday evening, October 18.

The Lady Pirates won sets two and four in close battles to force a decisive fifth game. But VB took the first, third and fifth sets to eke out the win.

Bluffton's season record ended up 13-10. Five seniors played their final match for the Pirates in the gut-wrenching 25-12, 30-32, 25-17, 22-25, 15-12 defeat.

VB improved to 17-5 with the tournament victory, their second win over the Pirates in less than a week.

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Trevor Bassitt homecoming visit to Bluffton Schools

Bluffton High School graduate Trevor Bassitt (2017) visited the 7th and 8th graders at Bluffton Middle School on Homecoming Friday, October 15, 2021. Bassitt, who reached the 400-meter hurdles finals in the United States Olympic Team Trials in June, responded to a standing invitation from teacher Robin Ault.

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October 18 School Board agenda

The Bluffton Exempted Village Schools provided the attached agenda for the 7:30 p.m., October 18, 2021 meeting of the Board of Education in the Elementary Media Center, 102 S Jackson St.

Beaver golfers wrap up fall season at Denison

The Bluffton University men's golf team wrapped up its 2021 fall slate with a 332 on Sunday, Oct. 17. Bluffton's 667 at the Denison Fall Invitational put the Beavers in 8th place following 36 holes at the Cumberland Trail Golf Club.

Junior Clay Quellhorst (St. Marys/Memorial) and senior Dominic Castelvetere (Ontario) both put 81's on the board Sunday. Freshman Hunter Jolliff (Elida) chipped in with an 84 as he and Quellhorst topped the Beavers with identical scores of 165 for the weekend.

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