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October 27, 2021

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Two guys from Bluffton

After 38 years decided it was time to sell their business - Lima Lumber Co.

Two guys from Bluffton hold the local record for combined years of experience in being in business together, and they don’t even work in town.

Kevin Gratz and Mike Steiner, both Bluffton High School graduates and lifelong residents, have sold their interests in Lima Lumber Co., effective March 1.

Kevin, a 1970 BHS grad, and Mike, a 1972 BHS grad, have nearly a century of combined lumber yard experience going back to their days at Reichenbach Lumber and Basinger Furniture.


Five Bluffton HS artists in ArtSpace exhibit

Bella Angel • Anna Edwards • Riley Pearson • Angie Brown • Amber Boop

Five Bluffton High School artists had works accepted in the Lima ArtSpace Kewpee Art Invitational currently on exhibit in Lima. The show runs through Feb. 27. Vickie Garmon is the BHS art teacher.

Bluffton artists include:
Bella Angel - Painting
Anna Edwards - Painting
Riley Pearson - Printmaking
  (she received a 1st place award) 
Angie Brown - Sculpture
Amber Boop - Drawing (primacolor)


"Every time I make a piece of art, I shape a new small world"

Meet Amber Boop, Icon's BHS artist of February

Amber Boop, Bluffton High School junior, is the February artist of the month.

"This piece is called Rat House and it's a piece I really love," she told the Icon. "When drawing it the personalities of the rats emerged and evolved. Each of them has a unique personality and story. I loved being able to develop them and their little world.

Amber says that she enjoys art because she enjoys developing a world with her hands.

"I can shape this world however I wish," she said. "I can make it as beautiful, practical, and amusing as I want.


Haley Baker graduates from Baldwin Wallace; Heather Kahle from Ohio University

Two Bluffton High School graduates participated in fall and winter commencements. 

Haley Baker graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, with a Bachelor of Science: Psychology.

Heather Kahle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (baccalaureate nursing) from Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions.



BHS graduates named to dean's lists

At Ohio University and University of Findlay

Several Bluffton High School graduates were named to area college dean’s lists. Those students follow:

Ohio University
Ali Moser in the College of Arts and Sciences
Rhett Donaldson in the College of Arts and Sciences
Ben Theis in the College of Business
Abigail Pennington in the College of Fine Arts
Kevin Childs in the College of Health Sciences and Professions
Darby Prichard in the University College

University of Findlay
Brandy Duling
Kenneth Lovett
Sarah Siders
Daniel White


LeeAnn White wins Bluffton Icon Super Bowl contest

LeeAnn White of Bluffton is the winner of the Bluffton Icon Super Bowl contest. She predicted a Tampa Bay win by 13 points, which was the widest point spread among all entries.

She wins a 14-inch, 1-item Padrone's Pizza. Coincidentially, the Ada winner, Howard Fenton also picked Tampa Bay by 13.

Here's some contest stats:
16 contestants picked Tampa Bay to win
32 contestants picked Kansas City to win
Contestants entered from Bluffton, Ada, Lima, California, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Watch for the next Icon contest coming soon.