Ralf Bronnenmeier, chief executive officer of Grob Systems in Bluffton, died in an airplane crash outside of Findlay just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The other occupant, a female passenger, was also killed in the accident; however, authorities had not officially confirmed her identity before this newspaper’s deadline for print was reached. According to multiple reports, the crash occurred on Hancock County Road 18 between Cass Township Road 215 and Hancock Road 216. The site of the crash stretched a half-mile distance along Hancock County Road 18, where the plane ended up in a ditch.
A 23-member delegation from China West Normal University is learning about American higher education at Bluffton University as part of an ongoing exchange program between the two institutions. The China West Normal faculty, administrators and government liaisons—including 16 men and seven women—arrived in Bluffton July 27. During a nearly two-week stay, they are also scheduled to spend time at Bowling Green State University and in Lima, Toledo and Dearborn, Mich. On the Bluffton campus, a Higher Education Training Institute (HETI) is exposing the visitors to Bluffton academic programs and instruction, support programs, facilities, finances and student life. They are meeting with university President Dr. James Harder; members of his Cabinet; and various faculty, staff and students.
by Kathryn Tschuor Bluffton Public Library received a visit from Dr. John Becker last Thursday, July 24. Dr. Becker, who has authored more than 25 books for children, gave a presentation in the library’s Richland Room starting at 11 a.m. The writer and former teacher has lived an exciting life and had many adventures to share with the children and their parents who attended the event.
by Austin Arnold After 44 years of service, Kirtland’s Auto Repair Center will effectively close on Thursday, July 31, 2014. However, as the old saying goes, “When one door closes, another one opens,” and that rings true yet again as Kirtland’s Auto Sales will remain open and thus become the primary focus of the business. It will be a new chapter for owner Gary Kirtland and longtime manager of Kirtland’s Auto Repair Center Jim Kinn, as he will hold the same position for the auto sales business.