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A little off the top please: a barber returns to the lower level of Main and Vine

Craig Stone will open Stoney's Barbershop in mid-March

Watch for a barber pole to return to 125 N. Main Street - lower level, if you please.

Richard Boehr, owner of the building, informed The Icon this week that by mid-March Craig Stone will open Stoney's Barbershop in the storefront of the former Jerry's Barbershop.

Stone, who is currently renovating the barber shop says he intends to be open for business on Wednesday, March 16. He is a 2006 Upper Scioto Valley High School graduate and in January 2010 graduated from the Ohio College of Barber Styling, Columbus.


Differences apparent between 2007 and 2011 flood; preliminary damage estimates at $145,400

Notice the high flood marks on Spring Street near the Buckeye.

NOTE: March 2 update: Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief, has place preliminary estimates for the Feb. 28 flooding at $145,400.


The clean-up phase of the Feb. 28 flood took center stage Tuesday. The village placed dumpsters on Cherry Street, Railroad Street and Riley Street as residents ripped up carpets and all sorts of ruined furniture and personal belongings, placing them in the dumpsters.


34.3 inches of snowfall so far in 2011

So far in 2011 we've experienced 34.3 inches of snowfall. But after a while, who's counting?

Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, released the February weather report. During the second month of the year we had 18.3 inches of snowfall. In January we had 16 inches.

Here are some additional figures:


1,000 sand bags later: Bluffton take a breather

Monday's flooding from the Main Street bridge looking toward the Buckeye

One thousand sand bags.

That's the number of bags created in advance and distributed throughout the village as a result of Monday's flood, according to Rick Skilliter, police chief.

To read more flood stories, view videos and photos click here.


Give an Oscar to the Shannon Theatre - it's now digital

Pete Suter goes over final instructions Monday night on operating the Shannon Theatre's movies digitally

Pete and Kim Suter deserve an Oscar. The Icon may nominate them.

Click here for a video interview.

The Suters made Bluffton movie history on Monday night: They successfully converted the Shannon Theatre from 35 mm film to digital projection. Until Monday night, every film ever shown in a Bluffton theater, going back to the Carma and Star Theater (the Star showed silent movies), were on film.

"It's the biggest change ever in the film industry," said Pete in an interview with The Icon.


February goes out like a pride of lions - flooding raises havoc here

12 a.m. Vance and Jefferson

Where do things stand at 2:30 p.m.?

Who would have predicted it? The Big and Little Riley offered a quick and devastating encore of its August 2007 flood only 3 1/2 years later.

The combination of a 6-inch-plus snowfall on Friday teamed with high temperatures over the weekend spell FLOOD in Bluffton.