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Bluffton students receive Dean's List honors for Spring 2024

The Bluffton Icon was notified of the following students receiving Dean's List honors in higher education for Spring 2024.


  • Eden Antrim - Cedarville University
  • Katherine Bish - Bowling Green State University
  • Dakota Bricker - Bluffton University
  • Sophia Bricker - Bowling Green State University
  • Wesley Colby - Bluffton University
  • Maeve Donaldson - Bowling Green State University
  • Ashley Eachus - Bluffton University
  • Riley Eachus - Bluffton University
  • Justin Harbison - Southern New Hampshire University
  • Ellie Hoffman - Bowling Green State University
  • Amy Jebsen - Olivet Nazarene University 



Bluffton Lions Club installs Jackie Bourassa as president

L-R) Andrew Armstrong, Natalie Armstrong, Cindy Lee, Sponsor President Elect Jackie Bourassa and District Governor Elect Sue Davis

At the June 18 meeting of the Bluffton Lions Club, a new president and officers were installed and three new members were inducted.


2024 Bluffton Memorial Day ceremonies emphasized memories of people and places

Above, L-R) Rev. Burr Shlling and Lary Core, Commander of the Bluffton American Legion Post 382

Slide Show HERE.

By Paula Pyzik Scott

Memorial Day is a widely observed federal holiday that was first created to recognize soldiers who died in the American Civil War. For many, Memorial Day means backyard barbecues, appliance sales and patriotic sentiments on social media.


Gerding awarded Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Emma Gerding is the 2024 Recipient of the Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO). 


Hoffman retiring from First National Bank

Open House on June 14 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at FNB in Pandora 

Pandora __ Larry Hoffman, EVP, Chief Financial Officer at First National Bank is retiring effective June 30, 2024. Larry began his career with First National Bank at the Pandora office in 2011.

Hoffman has 44 total years of accounting  experience, which includes 13 years of public accounting as a Senior Accountant for  Fruth & Company, CPAs and 18 years in higher education as Controller/Assistant Treasurer at Rhodes State College. Larry and his wife, Marcy, reside in Bluffton and have  3 children, Ellie, Nolan, and Ethan.

Larry has served on many community boards  including Bluffton Soccer Club, Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Bluffton School Board and St. Mary’s Church and plans to continue his involvement in community service organizations in retirement.  



Taylor is BHS Student of the Month for May 2024

The Bluffton High School May student of the month is senior Nathan Taylor, the son of Matthew and Stefanie Taylor of Bluffton. 

Taylor is a three time academic letter recipient with a 3.864 GPA. He is an athlete, participating in the Southgate Lanes Youth Bowling League, Miracle League Baseball in Findlay, and Abilities Baseball League in Lima.

He is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Findlay, and is involved in youth group activities through the church. In his free time, Taylor enjoys watching athletic events, including the Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus Crew, and Manchester United. Nathan also likes playing golf and video games.

After graduation, Nathan plans to attend Apollo Career Center's Project Search program.