Battle of the Badges Supports Community Assistance Program

   On Sunday afternoon (April 12), members of the Bluffton Police Department and Bluffton Fire Department traded in their on-duty uniforms for T-shirts, shorts and tennis shoes as they took part in the Third Annual Battle of the Badges, a pick-up basketball game played between the two public safety units at Bluffton University’s Sommer Center.

BAMA Hosts Poverty Simulation on Bluffton University’s Campus

by Ivy Keller   Anyone at the Bluffton University Burky Gym this past Saturday was met with an intriguing sight. Instead of being full of people working on their physical fitness, as one might expect of a gym, it was filled with chairs and tables in preparation for The Bluffton Ministerial Association (BAMA) poverty simulation. When entering the room, visitors were greeted by a table covered in name tags. Not with their own names, but with the names and photographs of the low-income family members they would be acting as for the morning.

ONU Theatre Group’s Presentation “Takes Flight” at Bluffton Elementary

by Paula McKibben   “Be nice to others and don’t laugh at them; instead of being mean to her, they should have gotten to know her,” said one upper elementary student at the end of the production of “Taking Flight: Tales of Courage” presented by the Ohio Northern University’s Special Topics in Theatre Arts: Children’s Theatre Touring Company class on Thursday, April 2, at the elementary school.

Bluffton Town Council Tables Ordinance on Alley Vacation

by Ron Geiser   The power of the people spoke, at least temporarily, Monday night at Bluffton Village Council as the first reading of an ordinance to vacate an alley was tabled following several objections from the audience.
   First reading of an ordinance to vacate an alley as requested by Steve and Allison Mittendorf and Andy and Danielle Althaus was tabled for 60 days. Councilmen Everett Collier and Joe Sehlhorst voted against the motion to table.
   Sehlhorst stated that the issue has been before council for several months, and it was noted that even if a first reading passed, the issue still required two more readings, and it wouldn’t become law for 30 days after the third reading.

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