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End of Watch memorial to visit Bluffton, July 13

On Saturday, July 13 at 3:00 p.m., the Beyond the Call of Duty “End of Watch Ride to Remember” will be arriving in Bluffton to honor fallen Bluffton Police Officer Dominic Francis (EOW March 31, 2022). 

The rolling memorial will be arriving at the Bluffton Dairy Freeze, 595 S Main St, around 3:00 p.m. and leaving around 4:30 p.m. with a police escort through downtown Bluffton.

Beyond the Call of Duty and the End of Watch Ride to Remember is an organization out of Spokane Valley, WA that travels the country with their rolling memorial every other summer to honor the officers that were killed in the line of duty in the previous two years. 



Dementia and dignity

Bill Herr taught high school mathematics and science for 32 years. After retiring from teaching, he began a nursing home ministry, first as a volunteer and then as a nursing home chaplain. He has written columns for the Icon on Bluffton sports history and on being a chaplain.


Blood drive at St. Mary's, July 25

The American Red Cross asks donors to make and keep appointments this July at one of several area locations to help meet life-saving transfusion needs this summer.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bluffton will serve as the host site for a blood drive Thursday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two different types of blood donations will be administered, Whole and Power Red.

Listed below are additional blood drive dates and locations.


New Wilson Football Factory holds media spotlight on Ada, Ohio

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By Paula Pyzik Scott

The July 8 community celebration of the new Wilson Football Factory, 517 E Highland Ave, held the media spotlight on Ada, Ohio for a second week. For this event, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted was the honored guest speaker of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce and Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.


Lack of safety belt usage prevalent in July 4th weekend traffic fatalities

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 16 people lost their lives in 15 traffic crashes during the July Fourth reporting period, which began Wednesday, July 3 at midnight and ended Sunday, July 7 at 11:59 p.m.


Obituary for Melanie Frances Mathewson Horn

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Melanie Frances Mathewson Horn, 29, of Ohio City.